The Vols have a losing record in his two seasons at the helm.
The Tennessee football program will be watching bowl season from home, and Vols fans are already contemplating if head coach Derek Dooley can lead them back to prominence. Tennessee is historically a top ten football program, but that has been nowhere near the case for the last four years. Phil Fulmer had an amazing run from 1992-2004 before letting the program slip severely, missing the postseason in both 2005 and 2008.
Losses by Oregon, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma have turned the race for the national title – at least for now – into a three-team battle: Alabama, Arkansas and LSU. If the Tigers and Crimson Tide win out, all signs point to a rematch for the championship on Jan. 9 in New Orleans.
The Tigers face Arkansas and potentially Georgia the next two weeks.
The LSU Tigers clearly have the best resume in college football and of course are ranked No. 1. But after watching top team after top team fall over the last month, you have to wonder if Les Miles’ bunch can finish the season with a perfect record and head to the BCS Championship Game. It seems like most of the college football world is already assuming the Tigers will cruise to the national title game, but they face the No.
I don’t vote in the two polls that make up two-thirds of the BCS standings — the coaches poll and the Harris poll. But I do a weekly ranking, of all 120 FBS teams, on our website. And it is something I take seriously. It’s not rocket science, but it does take some time to sort through every team and determine where they should be ranked based on which teams they beat (and when they beat them) and which teams they lost to (and when they lost).
The Rebels may finish with two wins for the first time since 1946.
After winning nine games in each of Houston Nutt’s first two seasons in Oxford, the Ole Miss program has been in a complete freefall. The Rebels went 4-8 last year, and the 2011 season has actually been worse. Ole Miss has now lost 12 consecutive SEC games and looks to be headed for a 2-10 campaign. The last time the Rebels finished a year with two wins was 1946, a year before the legendary John Vaught took over in Oxford.