2017 Head-Coaching Hire Analysis: First-Year Head Coaches

So the head-coaching openings for the 2017 season are filled. There were 21 job changes in all, though we should acknowledge that in the past few years there have been changes well outside the traditional window for hiring and firing (Bobby Petrino at Arkansas, Tim Beckman at Illinois and Art Briles at Baylor, just to name a few). So we can’t rule out a job change before the season starts…

January 21, 2017

Final FBS Standings for 2016

RoadTripSports.com presents the final standings for the NCAA Football Bowls Subdivision, as compiled by John Fineran. AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE East Division Conf. All Temple 7-1 10-4 South Florida 7-1 11-2 UCF 4-4 6-7 Cincinnati 1-7 4-8 East Carolina 1-7 3-9 Connecticut 1-7 3-9 West Division Conf. All Navy 7-1 9-5 Tulsa 6-2 10-3 Memphis 5-3 8-5 Houston 5-3 9-4 Southern Methodist 3-5 5-7 Tulane 1-7 4-8 BOWLS SATURDAY, DEC. 17 Las…

January 17, 2017

2016-17 College Bowl Season Final Results

A complete recap of the college football bowl season courtesy of John Fineran. COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF Saturday, Dec. 31 SEMIFINAL AT THE CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL At Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Dome, 74,228/75,996) No. 1 Alabama (Southeastern) 24, No. 4 Washington (Pacific-12) 7 SEMIFINAL AT THE PLAYSTATION FIESTA BOWL At Glendale, Ariz. (University of Phoenix Stadium, 65,000/71,279) No. 2 Clemson (Atlantic Coast) 31, No. 3 Ohio State (Big Ten) 0 Monday, Jan. 9,…

January 14, 2017

FBS Coaching Carousel: Fickell, Kiffin return to head coaching ranks

Today the 2016 FBS Coaching Carousel is in full spin. As of December 12 there have been 17 job changes, 15 of which have been filled. We’ll start with the new openings and the new hirings since our last update on December 5 (the hiring of Baylor’s Matt Rhule). Hirings Cincinnati: Luke Fickell will finally get the chance to lead a program, and not on an interim basis. The Bearcats…

December 13, 2016

2016 FBS Coaching Carousel: Baylor hires Temple’s Matt Rhule as head coach

Today the 2016 FBS Coaching Carousel is in full spin. As of Dec. 6 there have been 16 job changes, seven of which have been filled. Hiring/Departure Baylor: Baylor hired Temple head coach Matt Rhule on Tuesday. Rhule led Temple for four seasons, building the Owls into a conference champion this season after defeating Navy in the American Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday. Rhule’s first season in Temple in…

December 7, 2016

The Heisman Top 25: The Finalists Will Be …

So here we go. The Heisman Trophy finalists will be announced early this week. This is always the tough part. You have a full season of games to look at and you find there are plenty of deserving players. Now it’s time to predict who will get to the ceremony in New York City. So a couple of factors to consider. First, there are always three Heisman finalists. Those are…

December 4, 2016

The Heisman Top 25 (November 29)

In my opinion, Lamar Jackson of Louisville remains the Heisman Trophy front-runner. But how tight is his grip on the award at this point? His numbers are among the best in the nation. Only Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes has more total offense than Jackson. Jackson compiled nearly 5,000 total yards and 51 total touchdowns this season. But his last opportunity to make a case on the field was Saturday against…

November 29, 2016

2016 FBS Coaching Carousel (November 28)

Today the 2016 FBS Coaching Carousel is in full spin. As of November 28 there have been 11 job changes. We’ll start with the four jobs that have already been filled. Texas: The most important job on the market. Texas fired Charlie Strong, who went 16-21 in three seasons, after the loss to TCU on Thanksgiving weekend. The Longhorns hired Tom Herman, who went 22-4 in two seasons at the…

November 28, 2016

The Heisman Top 25: November 25, 2016

So how much did Louisville’s loss to Houston last week hurt Cardinals QB Lamar Jackson and his Heisman candidacy? I’d venture to say not too much. Earlier this week Jackson was revealed to be a finalist for every quarterback award he’s eligible for this season. Granted some of those ballots may have been cast before the Houston game. But that’s impressive all the same. Houston certainly found a way to…

November 25, 2016

The Heisman Top 25: November 17

I was at the Colorado-Arizona game last weekend when I saw the flash that Louisville was down two points going into the fourth quarter. I thought, perhaps, the door to usurping Lamar Jackson’s front-runner status for the Heisman might come ajar. Turns out not so much. Louisville won the game, 44-12, with an enormous fourth quarter. When I caught up with Jackson’s stat line after the game, it was clear…

November 17, 2016