You talk about wild times. Kevin Sumlin is being mentioned as a possible replacement at Arkansas or Florida, while others are speculating who is going to replace Sumlin.
I took a break Saturday night between stories with a trip to Subway.
“That was just a horrible game,” said a man, as I entered the store. “Who is going to be our next coach?”
If a guy getting a $10 meal at Subway is fed up with Sumlin, what were the school’s big donors saying at the meal table?
“But who can we get?” the guy asked. “There’s no one good out there right now.”
I told him divorces are known to happen, bringing a smile to his face.
Judging by my emails today the guy at Subway has company, and they weren’t as kind. They want Sumlin gone right now. Heck, they might call my boss and try to have me fired, upset with my report card grade of C for coaching in the 42-27 loss to Auburn.
There were positives. A&M did average 4.3 yards rushing with no turnovers and only two penalties. The defense had five stops and A&M blocked two field-goal attempts. A&M also lost to the 10th-ranked team in the country. A grade of C means average and that’s what they were. A&M lost by exactly the 15 points Vegas predicted. A&M was average, but average is not good enough at A&M, not when you’re getting paid $5 million a year as is the case with Sumlin. As for a grade of F, that was last week against Mississippi State.
Jerry Palm has A&M playing in the Texas Bowl against West Virginia. I don’t know about that. A&M was in Houston last year and it played West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl in 2014.
The Texas Bowl is grouped with five bowls – the Outback, Music City, TaxSlayer, Liberty and Belk.
The SEC’s top team(s) will play in the College Football Playoff, Sugar Bowl or Orange Bowl. The next selection will be by the Citrus Bowl. Then six teams will be ASSIGNED to those other bowls that include the Texas Bowl.
After those six selections, the Birmingham Bowl has its choice with the Independence Bowl last.
A&M (5-4, 3-3) should become bowl-eligible this week by beating New Mexico (3-6) which has lost four straight. The Aggies opened as 18.5-point favorites and it dipped to 18.
A&M could play itself into a Florida bowl by winning out, but it also could lose its last two games to be 6-6 to fall to the Birmingham Bowl or Independence Bowl.
Palm has Alabama in the national playoff.
His other SEC teams in bowls are:
Georgia in the Orange Bowl vs. Miami.
Auburn in the Citrus vs. Ohio State
Kentucky in the Liberty Bowl vs. Texas
LSU in the Outback Bowl vs. Penn State
Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Louisville
South Carolina in the Music City Bowl vs. Northwestern
Tennessee in the Belk Bowl vs. Wake Forest
Vanderbilt vs. Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl
Vanderbilt (4-5) still has to win two games to be bowl-eligible, though I guess it could get in at 5-7. Vandy has Kentucky and Missouri at home and Tennessee on the road.
Missouri (4-5) still has a chance to get to six victories with Tennessee at home along with road games at Vandy and Arkansas.
I don’t know if Auburn is the 10th-ranked team in the country. I had them 16th. The only voters in the AP poll having the Tigers lower were Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News, each voting them 18th.
Auburn on Saturday plays host to Georgia, the nation’s second-ranked team. Auburn is a two-point pick. A&M’s schedule hasn’t allowed me to see much of Georgia.
The Bulldogs are trendy after topping the first College Football Playoff rankings which mean little as all Aggies know after A&M was fourth last year.
John Adams of the Knoxville News and Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman were voted Georgia No. 1 last week. They were joined this week by Bill Landis of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Lauren Shute of SEC Country and Ryan Aber of the Oklahoman.
On the flip side, Jeff Miller of the Orange County Register voted Georgia third.
Georgia is getting more love in the Football Writers Association of American and National Football Foundation’s Top 16 poll, getting No. 1 votes from Tony Barnhardt of TMG Sports/SEC Network, Nicole Auerbach of The All-American, Chip Brown of Horns247, Jon Finkel of Beckett Media, Bryan Fischer of Freelance, Pete Fiutak of CollegeFootballNews.com, Barrett Sallee of CBSSports.com and Scott Woerne, 2016 Hall of Fame Class.
SLOCUM’S TOP 16
Here’s how retired Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum voted in this week’s Football Writers Association of American and National Football Foundation’s Top 16 poll.
3, Notre Dame
10, Oklahoma State
11, Southern Cal
12, Washington State
13, Ohio State
14, Penn State
16, Michigan State
CESSNA’S TOP 25
7. Notre Dame
10, Oklahoma State
11, Ohio State
12, Michigan State
13, Penn State
14, Virginia Tech
15, Central Florida
17, Southern Cal
18, Washington State
19, Mississippi State
20, Iowa State
24, West Virginia
25, South Florida