College Football Nation: Week 6 Brings Rivalries and the Hot Seat

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College football is now in full swing as programs are hitting the mid-stretch of their schedules and doing all they can to garner consideration for the College Football Playoff. As teams rise and fall in the rankings week to week, we take a look around the nation into some of the programs making headlines.

SEC

The SEC is currently chaos with no clear frontrunner.

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The SEC is currently chaos with no clear frontrunner.

Is the SEC ever going to stop beating up on itself? After an instant classic upset loss to Ole Miss two weeks ago, Alabama plummeted eleven spots in the rankings. Then the Tide put a beating on 8th-ranked Georgia while Ole Miss was dominated by No. 25 Florida.

And speaking of the Gators — at 5-0 and after an easy victory over a top 10 opponent — they are starting to look like a true contender for the first time since the departure of Tim Tebow.

The current state of the SEC shows a strong group of teams that are knocking off one another in conference play, making it very difficult to get an accurate sense of which teams have a legitimate shot at getting into the playoff.

ACC

Florida State at No. 12 decided to stir the pot ahead of its big game against in-state rival Miami this week. Its fans started a “Keep Al Golden” campaign to mock a show support for current Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden.

Florida State wants to start a war with the Miami Hurricanes.

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Florida State wants to start a war with the Miami Hurricanes.

Shirts were made and have been sold all week leading up to Saturday’s contest, and a banner was also scheduled to be flown over the stadium — although that flight was eventually canceled.

These shirts are reportedly being sold right next to “Sucks to be U” t-shirts in stores, as Florida State seems to have no interest in allowing this rivalry to cool down.

Big 12

The current state of affairs in Austin is rocky with Charlie Strong on the hot seat after a very poor start to the Longhorns’ season. Texas is 1-4 and coming off a blow-out loss to the TCU Horned Frogs. This once-powerhouse program has been looking for a new identity after the departure of Mack Brown.

Not much to smile about for the Head Coach of the Texas Longhorns.

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Not much to smile about for Charlie Strong, the head coach of the Texas Longhorns.

So far they have been unable to work out a formula for success. With the football culture the way it is in the state of Texas, fans can be unforgiving when the Longhorns are not playing well, as is currently the case.

Strong and Texas face another tough outing when they face the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2015 edition of the Red River Rivalry. Oklahoma is coming into the game ranked 10th in the nation, sporting an impeccable 4-0 record.

Pac 12

Speaking of hot seats, there are none hotter than the one USC head coach Steve Sarkisian is sitting in.

After early season trouble over his inappropriate behavior at a kickoff event for the program, Sarkisian has led the highly touted Trojans to a 3-2 overall record, including suffering Pac-12 upsets to Stanford and Washington.

USC, a popular preseason pick for the Pac 12 championship game South representative, has yet to endure the tough part of its season schedule.

Sarkisian is the current head coach of the USC trojans.

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Sarkisian is the ‘current troubled head coach’ of the USC Trojans.

Yet to come for the Trojans: difficult games at home against Utah and UCLA and road match-ups with Notre Dame, Cal and Oregon.

 

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Brian Perry

Brian Perry

Brian is currently a junior the University of Oregon, focusing his major studies in Journalism and minoring in Business. Brian comes to the University of Oregon with an AA degree in Communication Studies and an extensive background in sports. His sports knowledge and experience come from a lifetime of competing, including playing Football, Basketball and Baseball throughout high school and Baseball at the community college level. He enjoys following all professional sports, and also loves watching the Oregon Ducks! Brian has dreams of becoming a sports broadcaster for ESPN.