ACC Correspondent – Week 13
1. The Wolfpack beat Boston College 27-10, but it wasn’t enough for coach Tom O’Brien to keep his job. The NC State coach has been fired after a disappointing 7-5 season and will not coach in the upcoming bowl game. Tom O’Brien was 40-35 in six seasons at NC State and, even though O’Brien has led the Wolfpack to three straight bowl games, his teams have failed to live up to expectations set for the program.
2. The FSU and Clemson losses to their SEC rivals end the hopes to have two ACC teams in BCS bowls this season. The ACC will have to settle for an automatic bid going to the champion of the ACC title game next Saturday between Florida State and Georgia Tech.
3. Ga Tech lost painfully to UGA but is heading to Charlotte for the ACC Championship game. The Yellow Jackets are in a very interesting situation at 6-6 because they play in the ACC title game, they could very well finish with a losing record. If there are 70 or more bowl-eligible teams, they would have to ask for a waiver from the NCAA to participate in the bowl game. If there are not 70 bowl-eligible teams, Georgia Tech might not need to file a waiver based on revised NCAA bowl eligibility rules. There are currently 69 bowl-eligible teams, with Pittsburgh and Connecticut vying for eligibility next weekend.
4. Virginia Tech pulled out a close win over in-state rival UVA and secured a bowl bid The Hokies left no room to spare in their quest to make it to their 20th consecutive bowl game. This has been one of the most difficult seasons in quite a while for Frank Beamer and Virginia Tech, but the Hokies found a way to beat Virginia for the ninth straight time when Cody Journell nailed a 29-yard field goal as time ran out. Antone Exum intercepted Michael Rocco in the closing minutes, setting up the winning field goal for Journell.
5. Boston College fired coach Frank Spaziani on Sunday after a disastrous 2-10 season, the Eagles’ worst since 1978. “A personnel decision of this magnitude affects many people and is never taken lightly, but I felt a change was necessary,” BC athletic director Brad Bates said in his statement. Frank Spaziani’s best season was his first, when he led the Eagles to an 8-5 record in 2009 and his teams have gotten progressively worse since. Spaziani just finished his fourth season as head coach, and leaves with an overall record of 22-29. This season was the obvious low point, as the Eagles only beat one FBS team on the season- Maryland.
SEC Correspondent – Week 13
1. It was rivalry week and many SEC teams faced off against their regional foes. LSU and Arkansas played first in a close game the Friday after Thanksgiving. The Tigers were up 10-0 at halftime but Arkansas fought back in the second half. LSU kicked a game winning field goal with 1:26 left in the game, beating Arkansas 20-17. After the game, Arkansas announced that their interim coach, John L. Smith would not return next season.
2. Florida faced off against their in state rival Florida State. FSU was up 20-13 over the Gators at the end of the third quarter, but the Gator’s then scored 24 straight points in nine minutes in the fourth quarter. FSU scored a last minute touchdown, but it was not enough, Florida came away victorious, winning 37-26. Florida’s BCS National Championship hopes were crushed when Notre Dame won their game against Southern Cal later that evening.
3. South Carolina toppled their in state rival Clemson, winning 27-17. South Carolina played their back-up quarterback, Dylan Thompson, who threw for three touchdowns. This was South Carolina’s fourth straight win and Coach Steve Spurrier’s 65th win as South Carolina’s head coach, the most victories of any South Carolina coach.
4. Georgia also faced off against their in state rival, Georgia Tech, in a game known as “Clean Old Fashioned Hate”. The game was not even close as Georgia crushed Tech, winning 42-10. The third ranked Bulldogs have national championship hopes in their future, where a win in next week’s SEC Championship game could put them in the BCS title game against Notre Dame.
5. Alabama shut out rival Auburn 49-0 to clinch the SEC West division title. Alabama will play Georgia in SEC Championship game next week in Atlanta. The winner of the SEC title game will play Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship. Auburn fired their head coach Gene Chizik after the loss. Coach Chizik lead the Tigers to a national championship in 2010, however Auburn failed to win an SEC game this season, and they are currently under investigation by the NCAA.