Dennis Erickson leaves Arizona State Disgraced, ASU Destroyed by Boise

 

Boise State University entered the Maaco Bowl against the Arizona State Sun Devils as the number seven team in the BCS rankings. Yet, they were left out of a BCS game once again this season after suffering an earlier loss to the TCU Horned Frogs.

Don’t worry; this is not another column about how flawed the system is. I will not lobby here for a playoff. I will outline why bowl coaches should never come into the contest in a lame duck situation. I understand why this takes place. It is impossible for a team to hire a coach after the regular season and have him take over with his entire staff prior to the postseason.

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College Football 77 in 77: #46 Pittsburgh Panthers

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Congratulations Pittsburgh Panthers, you had the most thuggish ruggish team in all of college football last season. In a criminal study by SI among the preseason top 25, the Pittsburgh Panthers had more arrests than any top 25 team. The Iowa Hawkeyes were second.

The legal problems off the field and the disappointments on the field cost Coach Dave Wannstedt his job. You got to feel for him though because he’s kind of like college football‘s version of a “wacky neighbor” character on a prime time network sitcom. Maybe I get this perception of him because he kind of looks like Schneider from “One Day at a Time,” a classic television character.  He has the same exact mustache, and like Schneider, he spent a lot of time fixing messes he didn’t create.

And after he was cut, Pitt football saw more drama than a season of Friday Night Lights.

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College Football 77 in 77: #65 Tulsa Golden Hurricane

When you consider that Tulsa, Oklahoma is smack dab in the heart of Tornado Alley, why did their University football team pick a hurricane as their mascot instead? And how exactly does a hurricane become “golden?” Is that for category fives only?

Category four hurricanes are “silver?”

Ridiculously stupid nickname aside, Tulsa can play some college football. In 2010, they had a really nice balanced offense that was 6th overall in the nation; 15th in rushing, 13th in passing. The only problem was the defense, especially the pass defense, which was dead last nationally.

Basically, even you and I could find a way to gain passing yards against them. But they had a wonderful season all things considered. The defense found a way to force turnovers and stop opponents enough when they had to. The G.H. went 10-3, 6-2 in Conference USA
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