Going for it on Fourth: Coaching carousels continue

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Updated: October 30, 2015
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It’s another week in college football, and more coaches are being fired or retiring. Usually the coaching carousel isn’t spinning this much until after the season. But are there more coaching moves soon to come?

 

The orange tie becomes too tight

After a 58-0 loss to Clemson, Al Golden was fired from Miami (FL). The Hurricanes have not been the same since the early 2000s. What we saw in the “30 for 30: The U Part 2” was one the last great dominating teams to come out of Coral Gables. Randy Shannon, and now Golden, have failed to bring the swagger back to South Beach since the Larry Coker days.

There have been many problems that have contributed to the disaster that has been this Miami (FL) program. Since moving into Sun Life Stadium in 2008, the Hurricanes have not won more than nine games in the regular season and have lost all five of their bowl appearances.

Other than their stadium being off campus, Golden has had to endure the Nevin Shapiro scandal. The result of the scandal was lost scholarships and more damage to the program’s reputation. Going 0-5 to rival Florida State and 3-10 against teams ranked in the top 25, did not help Golden’s case.

Will the swagger ever return to Miami? I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

The Hurricanes will try to salvage their season under interim head coach Larry Scott at No. 22 Duke this Saturday.

 

Jerry Kill makes the smart move.

A lot of coaches are labeled as tough, but there’s no one mentally tougher in my mind than now-former Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Jerry Kill. With the continued battle with epilepsy, Kill said he couldn’t do the job anymore this week and passed the reigns to his trusted assistant Tracy Claeys.

Claeys has taken over the program for Kill before, the last time in 2013 when Kill missed seven games to focus on his health after multiple seizures. Minnesota went 4-3 during that seven-game stretch.

Kill had the Gopher program headed in the right direction. Back-to-back 8-5 seasons and three straight bowl appearances is a good direction for a program that hasn’t had too much success in recent memory. Kill has done a great job in Minneapolis, but has made the smart move to focus on himself and his health.

Now Minnesota, like many other programs in the last few weeks, will have to search for a new head coach.

 

Upset Alert: No. 12 Oklahoma State at Texas Tech

If you like high scoring, shootout football, this one’s for you. Both of these teams average over 40 points per game. But Texas Tech’s Achilles heel is its defense — giving up over 40 points per game. This one will come down to how effective the Cowboys’ defense will be. They give up just 18 points per game — the lowest of all Big 12 schools.

There are a ton of playmakers to watch in this game, but the one that will be in the spotlight will be Patrick Mahomes. The sophomore is top five in the country in passing yards with 2,851. Also, the Red Raiders have big-play capability, with seven different wide receivers having a touchdown reception of 49 yards or longer. Big plays are also contagious with the running backs for Texas Tech. Three different backs have a rushing touchdown that is longer than 50 yards.

Oklahoma State relies on quarterback Mason Rudolph to make plays for their offense. He spreads the ball to all of his targets, with three different receivers that have over 300 yards receiving.

Although the Cowboys are a 2.5-point road favorite, I think the more explosive offense of Texas Tech will pull this one out.

 

Game of the week: No. 9 Notre Dame at No. 21 Temple

Headlines going in: The hype that surrounds the AAC could be taken to a new level if Temple were to pull off this historic upset. Temple is 1-32 against ranked foes at home. Last season they defeated No. 21 East Carolina, but this is the first ranked vs. ranked matchup in Owls history.

Now that we’re done with that history lesson, let’s get into the X’s and O’s. Temple has one of the best defenses in the country. They give up under 15 points per game. Yes, they do play in the American, but they only allowed 10 points to Penn State in Week 1.

For Notre Dame, speed is key for both sides of the ball. The Fighting Irish have elite weapons on offense; C.J. Prosise, Will Fuller and Cory Robinson are all threats to score every time they get the rock. The leader of the Fighting Irish defense is Jaylon Smith, who leads the school with 56 tackles. Along with Smith, Sheldon Day has been a force to be reckoned with. Day leads the team with eight tackles for a loss.

What it will come down to: How will DeShone Kizer do against another top-10 defense on the road? Last time the Irish faced a top-10 defense was at Clemson. Kizer threw for over 300 yards, had a total of three touchdowns and was a two-point conversion away from sending the game to overtime. Kizer will have to rely on running back Prosise to have a balanced attack. This will be difficult, as the Owls allow less than 100 yards per game on the ground.

Offensively for Temple, they will rely on P.J. Walker to continue to protect the ball, and Jahad Thomas to make exciting plays. I don’t think the Owls will turn the ball over much, but they’ll have trouble moving it down the field on Notre Dame’s defense. I believe the Irish will come out of this one on top.

Prediction: Notre Dame 27, Temple 20

Brice Vance

Brice Vance

Brice is a college football writer for Sideline Sports Report. He's from Fort Wayne, IN, and a current Journalism student at IPFW. His favorite sports teams are the Notre Dame Fighting Irish-NCAAF, Indiana Hoosiers-NCAAB, Chicago Cubs-MLB and Green Bay Packers-NFL.

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