The College Football Playoff is coming down to the final week to decide the Final Four. Ohio State is creating a potential nightmare for the committee by forcing their hand to include them in the Final Four, despite not winning their conference championship, and losing the head-to-head matchup to potential champion Penn State. Colin doesn’t believe in qualifiers, and disagrees that Penn State should get in just because they win the conference. If it comes down to the two-loss Nittany Lions or the one-loss Buckeyes, Colin is taking Ohio State because they’re the better team.
“I don’t believe the Penn State/Wisconsin winner should get in the Final Four. Penn State got boat raced by Michigan and lost to Pitt. That’s two ugly losses. Ohio State’s got one loss.”
The Panthers don’t trust Cam Newton. They didn’t come out and say it, but their actions tell you exactly that. Yesterday, on a 4th and 1 with 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter, and the game tied at 32, the Panthers punted instead of going for it. Colin thinks that after six years, the Panthers hesitancy to try to get one yard against a weak defense, in a make-or-break game for their season shows the Panthers still don’t trust Cam.
“Wow, does that tell you what Carolina, by there actions, think of Cam. Forget the words. I don’t care about the words. Your actions are ‘I don’t trust him.’ Six years in.”
Tom Herman is the new head coach at Texas, and Colin thinks it’s a home run hire. Herman was the offensive mastermind under Urban Meyer during Ohio State’s national championship run, and energized Houston’s program in his short time there. At Texas, he inherits several of Charlie Strong’s highly ranked recruiting classes and brings his own impressive Texas recruiting ties. He should win a lot of games of Austin.
“I’m very happy for Tom Herman. He’s arguably Urban Meyer’s best assistant coach ever. He is young, he is MENSA. He is smart. He’s clever. He’s creative. He has been a head coach. He’s won games. He’s been a top assistant, and helped them win games. I think he’s gonna win a bunch of football games.”
Notre Dame just got their golden domes kicked in by USC, and are a complete disaster sitting at 4-8. Brian Kelly is taking the heat for a bad season, which is only compounded by his abrasive personality and caricaturish sideline rants and recent academic cheating scandal. Some are calling for his head, others think it should just be chalked up to a bad year, and Kelly deserves the chance for a turnaround next season. Colin realizes that Kelly is having a bad year, but is still a solid college coach. Notre Dame has worn him out. If Notre Dame fans think that someone like Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck is going to be an upgrade over Kelly, they’re completely clueless.
“Jim Harbaugh yells, but it’s usually at officials. Brian Kelly yells at players.”
Peter King – Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the MMQB joins the show to discuss the biggest stories from NFL Week 12, whether Gary Kubiak should take the blame for the Broncos’ loss last night, if Jim Harbaugh whining over a spot is bad form, and his thoughts on Marcus Mariota.
Shannon Sharpe – NFL Hall of Famer, 3-time Super Bowl champ, and co-host of Undisputed is in-studio to discuss Gary Kubiak’s decision to attempt a 63-yard field goal in last night’s loss to the Chiefs, why Jim Harbaugh should have gone for 2 in overtime on the road against Ohio State, and whether Ryan Tannehill’s recent play changes his big picture opinion of the quarterback.
Peanut Tillman – Former NFL Cornerback and co-host of Fox NFL Kickoff Sunday is in-studio to talk NFL Week 12, Cam’s struggles, whether his critics are off-base, what it’s like to face a rookie quarterback as a veteran NFL cornerback, and how he would play Jared Goff if he got the chance to face him.
Ian Rapoport – NFL Network Insider joins the show for his weekly appearance ot break down the latest NFL buzz after Week 12, how he sees Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota developing in year two, how the Kirk Cousins contract situation will play out in Washington, and if Jay Cutler has a future as an NFL starting quarterback.