Air Force Falcons Football: Is Troy Calhoun being courted by Colorado?

The Buffs Are Looking for a New Head Coach Will CU Come Looking in Colorado Springs for Their Next Coach??? Contact/Follow @Sean or @MWCWire Unfortunately for all involved, the Karl Dorrell era has come to an abrupt and pre-mature halt in Boulder. …


The Buffs Are Looking for a New Head Coach


Will CU Come Looking in Colorado Springs for Their Next Coach???


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Unfortunately for all involved, the Karl Dorrell era has come to an abrupt and pre-mature halt in Boulder. After a nice 4-2 start to his tenure in the shortened COVID season of 2020, coach Dorrell’s team won just four games the last two years combined. That includes the current 2022 winless campaign.

With the search for a new leader of their football program under way, there is a bit of chatter that their primary target is just South of the Colorado University Campus, in Colorado Springs.

Not surprising, Troy Calhoun’s name has once again been associated with a power program’s head coaching vacancy. It is even less surprising that it is with CU, as they supposedly courted Calhoun after 2019 when Mel Tucker departed the program. The 16 year Air Force coach wasn’t interested then, which led to the Karl Dorrell era, and circumstances may have the Buffs trying to make yet another appeal to coach Calhoun.

As mentioned, this isn’t the first program to be associated with Troy Calhoun as a suitor. It hasn’t appeared likely though, that he’s been of serious interest to depart the Air Force Academy. So why would he consider it now?

Perhaps there is some appeal to going to a “major” conference. The PAC12 was recently pilfered by the Big Ten, but still holds significant markets with a few marque programs yet. Calhoun has remarked multiple times, the challenges a Military Academy faces competing in a conference (compared to that of Army West Point who competes as an Independent). This can lend to some relief on the recruiting front. Not that a less than stellar recruiting class has impaired Troy Calhoun and the Air Force Academy’s product on the field.

In the Karl Dorrell era, the Buffs ranked 58th (2022), 65th (2021) and 36th (2020) in recruiting classes according to 247Sports.com. Compare that to Air Force who was 127th, 93rd and 113th respectively in those same years. Considering Calhoun’s record as head coach during that span 17-7, which includes a trouncing of Colorado this year along the way to the present 4-1 mark, it’s no wonder Colorado or any number of programs would come calling.

At the end of the day, there is a reason Troy Calhoun is still in Colorado Springs. A coach doesn’t accidentally stay somewhere for 16 years, they are wanted. And certainly on some level, that feeling is reciprocated. Calhoun routinely remarks on the privilege it is to prepare tomorrows Military officers, as it remains the primary objective at the Academy. Trading in the pride with that distinction as well as the culture of success that they’ve fostered in Colorado Spring’s would only come at an exchange of significant, if not unthinkable return to Calhoun.

I’m not sure that kind of return exists out there at this point in Troy Calhoun’s career, but only he knows. I certainly don’t anticipate the tradeoff to take the coaching position in Colorado poses anywhere near the appeal it would require to secure the Falcons head coach. That is a pretty daunting rebuild awaiting in Boulder, compare that to what they have cooking in the Springs, and it feels like this “potential candidate” discussion dies on the vine.

 

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Week 5 Mountain West Bowl Projections

Week 4 Mountain West Bowl Projections This will be a weird week for bowl projections Contact/Follow @JeremyMauss & @MWCwire Bowl projection season is here after Week 4 Week 5 2022 Mountain West Bowl Tie Ins, Lineup …

Week 4 Mountain West Bowl Projections


This will be a weird week for bowl projections


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Bowl projection season is here after Week 4

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Week 5

2022 Mountain West Bowl Tie Ins, Lineup

 

Here are the bowl lineup for the Mountain West this year.

– Cotton Bowl – at-large vs. Group of Five
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs MAC
– Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl vs Pac-12
– New Mexico Bowl vs Conference USA
– Barstool Arizona Bowl vs MAC
– EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl vs Conference USA

Back up tie-ins are below

– Guaranteed Rate Bowl vs Big Ten or Big 12

Other Options

Cure Bowl vs Group of Five
– RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl vs Group of Five
– SERVPRO First Responder Bowl vs Group of Five
– Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl vs Group of Five

Preseason Bowl Projections | Week 0 | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

NFL Predictions, Game Previews, Schedule, Lines, How To Watch: Week 4

NFL predictions, schedule, game previews, lines, how to watch, and TV listings for Week 4 of the 2022 season

NFL predictions, schedule, lines, how to watch, and TV listings for Week 4 of the 2022 season highlighted by Kansas City at Tampa Bay, Buffalo at Baltimore, and the Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco


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Results So Far
SU: 24-17-1, ATS: 21-20-1, Point Total: 27-14-1
Week 4 NFL Expert Picks

Click on each game for the preview and prediction. Previews to come throughout the week

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals

Prediction: Cincinnati 27, Miami 23
Line: Cincinnati -3.5, o/u: 47
Final Score: Cincinnati 27, Miami 15

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints

9:30 am, NFL Network
Prediction: COMING
Line: Minnesota -2.5, o/u: 44
Final Score: COMING

Cleveland Browns at Atlanta Falcons

1:00, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Cleveland -1.5, o/u: 50
Final Score: COMING

Washington Commanders at Dallas Cowboys

1:00, FOX
Prediction: COMING
Line: Dallas -3, o/u: 42.5
Final Score: COMING

Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions

1:00, FOX
Prediction: COMING
Line: Detroit -6, o/u: 50
Final Score: COMING

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts

1:00, FOX
Prediction: COMING
Line: Indianapolis -3, o/u: 42.5
Final Score: COMING

Chicago Bears at New York Giants

1:00, FOX
Prediction: COMING
Line: New York Giants -3, o/u: 38.5
Final Score: COMING

Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles

1:00, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Philadephia -6.5, o/u: 48.5
Final Score: COMING

New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers

1:00, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Pittsburgh -3.5, o/u: 41.5
Final Score: COMING

Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens

1:00, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Buffalo 3.5, o/u: 52
Final Score: COMING

Los Angeles Chargers at Houston Texans

1:00, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Los Angeles Chargers -5, o/u: 44.5
Final Score: COMING

Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers

4:05, FOX
Prediction: COMING
Line: Carolina -1.5, o/u: 44
Final Score: COMING

New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers

4:25, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Green Bay -10.5, o/u: 40
Final Score: COMING

Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders

4:25, CBS
Prediction: COMING
Line: Las Vegas -2, o/u: 44.5
Final Score: COMING

Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8:20, NBC
Prediction: COMING
Line: Kansas City -2.5, o/u: 45
Final Score: COMING

Monday, October 3, 2022

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers

8:15, ESPN
Prediction: COMING
Line: San Francisco -2.5, o/u: 42.5
Final Score: COMING

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CFN Predictions & Game Previews

NFL Expert Picks, Predictions, Lines: Week 4

NFL Expert Picks and Predictions for Week 4 of the season including Buffalo at Baltimore, Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco, and Kansas City at Tampa Bay

NFL expert picks, predictions, lines for Week 4 highlighted by Buffalo at Baltimore, Rams at San Francisco, and Kansas City at Tampa Bay


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NFL Expert Picks, Predictions: Week 4

* next to the pick means the team will win, but not cover.
Click on each game for the game preview and CFN Prediction

Miami at Cincinnati

Line: Cincinnati -3.5, o/u: 47

Evan Bredeson, CornhuskersWire.com: Miami
Jeff Feyerer, CFN: Cincinnati
Pete Fiutak, CFN: Cincinnati
Cami Griffin, LonghornsWire.com: Miami
Phil Harrison, BuckeyesWire.com: Cincinnati
Jeremy Mauss, MWwire.com Miami
Big Game Ben Niewoehner, CFN Miami
E, CFN Miami
Tyler Nettuno, LSUTigerswire.com Miami
Zack Pearson, TarHeelswire.com Miami
Nick Shepkowski, FightingIrishWire.com: Miami
Scott Steehn, WinnersandWhiners.com: Cincinnati
Clucko the Chicken (a coin flip), CFN: Miami
CONSENSUS PICK: Miami

Week 4 NFL Expert Picks
Miami at Cincinnati | Minnesota at New Orleans
Cleveland at Atlanta | Washington at Dallas
Seattle at Detroit | Tennessee at Indianapolis
Chicago at NY Giants | Jacksonville at Phil
NY Jets at Pittsburgh | Buffalo at Baltimore
LA Chargers at Houston | Arizona at Carolina
New England at Green Bay | Denver at Las Vegas
Kansas City at Tampa Bay | LA Rams at San Fran
Expert Picks So Far | NFL Week 4 Schedule
College Football Expert Picks: Week 5

NEXT: Minnesota at New Orleans Expert Picks, Predictions

Air Force Football: The Falcons Sink Navy 13-10

Navy Battles Air Force to the End Air Force Clears the First Hurdle for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy Contact/Follow @Sean or @MWCWire It wasn’t pretty, but Air Force sends Navy back to Annapolis with an L. The Falcons jumped out to an early 10-0 …


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It wasn’t pretty, but Air Force sends Navy back to Annapolis with an L. The Falcons jumped out to an early 10-0 lead on a big touchdown strike from Haaziq Daniels to David Cormier, and then a field goal from the steady leg of Matthew Dapore on their first two drives. Nothing came easy for Air Force from there as a game Mids defense showed why they feature one of the nations most stout run defenses.

The game itself was a microcosm of Haaziq Daniel’s day. A roller coaster with some fantastic highs and forgettable lows.  Sandwiched between a beautiful touchdown bomb to Cormier and a game winning engineered drive were multiple fumbles and an errant pitch.

Daniels and the offense were resilient though. Brad Roberts delivered another strong performance, saving his best for when they needed it most. Most notably though, the defense played four physical quarters that ultimately helped deliver on a 13-10 victory.

It may have been ugly, but that’s how a lot of the Academy football matchups go. Coming out on the winning end is all that matters in these contests. Singing second means the Falcons are still in the running for their primary objective: a shot at the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. With this win against Navy, their November 5th game versus Army will present an opportunity to bring that CiC Trophy back to Colorado Springs for the holidays.

 

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College Football Rankings: 1 To 131 After Week 4

College football rankings from CollegeFootballNews.com from 1 to 131 after Week 4

College Football News 2022 college football rankings after Week 4 for all 131 teams with results and who’s up next week.


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It’s our motto with the college football rankings that we try to never stray from: respect the results.

That’s a problem now.

Really, Tulane should be ranked ahead of Kansas State, who should be ranked ahead of Oklahoma, but Tulane just lost to Southern Miss, who lost to …

It doesn’t work.

Just trust us when we say we get it. There are a lot of insane inconsistencies and wild moves, especially for some teams that were great this weekend and should’ve moved up.

All of the bizarre upsets and twists in a fun start to the college football season changed up everything.

For example, do we think Texas A&M and Oklahoma would beat James Madison? Almost certainly. Would we pick the Aggies and Sooners over the Dukes? Yeah.

Is James Madison unbeaten after beating the Appalachian State team that beat Texas A&M a few weeks ago in College Station? Yeah. Did it destroy the Middle Tennessee team that just trucked Miami? Yeah.

To get this ultra-pretentious ramble there faster, it’s simple. Some – not all – of the unbeatens get a ton of respect in the Week 4 college football rankings.

This will all get cleared up over the next few weeks as more results come in, so PLEASE don’t get into too much of a twist if your team was impressive on Saturday but dropped; that meant other parts of the overall puzzle changed.

With all of that in mind, here are the wacky and wild Week 4 college football rankings.

Contact @ColFootballNews

CFN 2022 Rankings: After Week 4
76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 4 Scoreboard, how the predictions went

CFN College Football Rankings: After Week 4

131 FIU (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 131
Week 4: WKU 73, FIU 0
Week 5: at New Mexico State

130 Hawaii (1-4)

Last Week Ranking: 119
Week 4: New Mexico State 45, Hawaii 26
Week 5: OPEN DATE

129 UConn (1-4)

Last Week Ranking: 128
Week 4: NC State 41, UConn 10
Week 5: Fresno State

128 Colorado State (0-4)

Last Week Ranking: 118
Week 4: Sacramento State 41, Colorado State 10
Week 5: OPEN DATE

127 Akron (1-2)

Last Week Ranking: 130
Week 4: Liberty 21, Akron 12
Week 5: Bowling Green

126 UMass (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 122
Week 4: Temple 28, UMass 0
Week 5: at Eastern Michigan

125 New Mexico State (1-4)

Last Week Ranking: 127
Week 4: New Mexico State 45, Hawaii 26
Week 5: FIU

124 Charlotte (1-4)

Last Week Ranking: 123
Week 4: South Carolina 56, Charlotte 20
Week 5: UTEP

123 Georgia State (0-4)

Last Week Ranking: 124
Week 4: Coastal Carolina 41, Georgia State 24
Week 5: at Army

122 Colorado (0-4)

Last Week Ranking: 105
Week 4: UCLA 45, Colorado 17
Week 5: at Arizona

121 Arizona State (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 94
Week 4: Utah 34, Arizona State 13
Week 5: at USC

120 Eastern Michigan (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 93
Week 4: Buffalo 50, Eastern Michigan 31
Week 5: UMass

119 Buffalo (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 129
Week 4: Buffalo 50, Eastern Michigan 31
Week 5: Miami University

118 Louisiana (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 92
Week 4: ULM 21, Louisiana 17
Week 5: South Alabama

117 Florida Atlantic (2-3)

Last Week Ranking: 116
Week 4: Purdue 28, Florida Atlantic 26
Week 5: at North Texas

116 ULM (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 125
Week 4: ULM 21, Louisiana 17
Week 5: at Arkansas State

115 UTEP (1-4)

Last Week Ranking: 126
Week 4: UTEP 27, Boise State 10
Week 5: at Charlotte

114 Texas State (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 120
Week 4: Texas State 34, Houston Christian 0
Week 5: at James Madison

113 New Mexico (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 117
Week 4: LSU 38, New Mexico 0
Week 5: OPEN DATE

112 Utah State (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 115
Week 4: UNLV 34, Utah State 24
Week 5: at BYU

111 Kent State (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 111
Week 4: Georgia 39, Kent State 23
Week 5: Ohio

110 Arkansas State (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 109
Week 4: Old Dominion 29, Arkansas State 26
Week 5: ULM

109 North Texas (2-3)

Last Week Ranking: 110
Week 4: Memphis 44, North Texas 34
Week 5: at Memphis

108 Nevada (2-3)

Last Week Ranking: 106
Week 4: Air Force 48, Nevada 20
Week 5: OPEN DATE

107 USF (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 101
Week 4: Louisville 41, USF 3
Week 5: East Carolina

106 Nebraska (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 104
Week 4: OPEN DATE
Week 5: Indiana

105 Northwestern (1-3)

Last Week Ranking: 103
Week 4: Miami University 17, Northwestern 14
Week 5: at Penn State

104 Miami University (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 98
Week 4: Miami University 17, Northwestern 14
Week 5: at Buffalo

103 Virginia Tech (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 80
Week 4: West Virgina 33, Virginia Tech 10
Week 5: at North Carolina

102 Old Dominion (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 79
Week 4: Old Dominion 29, Arkansas State 26
Week 5: Liberty

101 Temple (2-2)

Last Week Ranking: 114
Week 4: Temple 28, UMass 0
Week 5: OPEN DATE

CFN 2022 Rankings: After Week 4
76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Week 4 Scoreboard, how the predictions went

NEXT: CFN 2022 College Football Rankings: Week 4 Top 100

College Football Hot Seat Coaches Top 10 Ranking: Week 4

Which college football coaches are on the hot seat? Which ones have to win now, or else, after Week 4?

Now that Geoff Collins is reportedly out at Georgia Tech, who are ten other coaches on the hot seat after Week 4 of the college football season?


Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews & @PeteFiutak

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College Football Coaches Hot Seat Top 10: Week 4

College Football Week 4 Roundup
CFN 1-131 Rankings | Bowl Projections
Week 4 Scoreboard | Week 5 Early Lines
What 12-Team Playoff Would Look Like
AP Rankings | Coaches Poll

Herm Edwards was done after last week and Scott Frost was whacked after his team was pasted by Georgia Southern. To absolutely no one’s surprise, Georgia Tech’s Geoff Collins appears to be next …

He got the rare break of time. Everyone knew Georgia Tech needed a few years to undergo a giant pivot into the modern age of college football offenses – although, I’ll be the first to profess true and undying love for the triple option and its place in the world – but it never got going with a 10-28 run in just over three years.

So who’s next? Who are the coaches who desperately need a win?

We do College Football Coach Hot Seat a bit differently. First, there are the five who almost certainly won’t get fired, but could desperately use a big win soon. And then there are the five who are in big, big trouble if something doesn’t turn around fast.

Starting with five who could use something positive …

5 college football coaches who had better win now, or else

Five College Football Coaches Who Won’t Get Fired, But … WIN

5. Steve Sarkisian, Texas

Up Next: West Virginia

One wild 37-34 OT loss to Texas Tech shouldn’t mean the world – that’s a good Red Raider team and it was on the road – but there can’t be a slide.

And that’s the problem – everyone is expecting Texas to melt down just like it did last year after the Caleb Williams touchdown run to kickstart the Oklahoma comeback win.

There’s no easy out in the Big 12 this year, and it doesn’t get easier going forward.

West Virginia could absolutely win this weekend in Austin. No pressure, but if that happens, Oklahoma, Iowa State, at Oklahoma State, at Kansas State will seem very, very scary.

4. Mack Brown, North Carolina

Up Next: Virginia Tech

He’s been recruiting well, his teams have been interesting, and …

24-18 in just over three years. That’s not exactly setting the world on fire.

Obviously different circumstances – North Carolina isn’t under the NCAA cloud that Arizona State is – but Herm Edwards was sort of a similar outside-the-box older hire, and he went 25-17 in his first 42 games before going 1-3 to finish out his era.

The Tar Heels just suffered their first loss of the season in a 45-32 shootout with Notre Dame. They should’ve lost at Appalachian State, and they got pushed by Georgia State.

After a home game against Virginia Tech, UNC play four games in five on the road and still has to deal with NC State to close out the regular season.

Everything should be fine – there’s no Clemson to deal with – but losing to the Hokies this week would be a problem.

3. Mike MacIntyre, FIU

Up Next: at New Mexico State

There are no expectations in a rough situation, and there’s no concern about anything that happens in his first year of a massive turnaround.

FIU has a close-call win over Bryant from the FCS world, got rocked by Texas State, and last week lost to WKU 73-0.

However, at New Mexico State, UConn, at Charlotte are all up in the next month, and all would be seen as sure-thing wins for just about anyone else.

FIU doesn’t need to necessarily start winning – again, this is going to take time. It would be nice to get a few positives, though, considering where this season appears to be heading.

2. Michael Desormeaux, Louisiana

Up Next: South Alabama

The former star quarterback and current favorite son of the Ragin’ Cajuns had a huge task trying to keep everything going after what Billy Napier was able to put together. However, even with some big personnel losses, this was still expected to be a great team that could be in the Sun Belt title hunt.

Everything looked fine over the first two games, and then came the strange loss at Rice when everything stopped, and then came the ultimate sin – a 21-17 loss last week to ULM.

He’s just getting started, but there aren’t a slew of sure-thing wins left. It’s going to be tough to get four more and get bowl eligible.

1. Mel Tucker, Michigan State

Up Next: at Maryland

This might get ugly in a hurry.

After a fantastic 2021, the program made a massive commitment to Tucker, the needle was pointing up, and it seemed like the glitches were fixed. Everything started out well against Western Michigan and Akron, and then came two massive problems.

It’s not that Michigan State last to Washington and Minnesota, it’s that it didn’t look like it belonged on the same field with either one. A late rally made the 39-28 final score against the Huskies look better than it was, but the 34-7 loss to the Gophers wasn’t even that close.

Tucker and the Spartans had better win at Maryland with Ohio State, Wisconsin, at Michigan, and at Illinois to follow and at Penn State to close.

Six wins and a bowl game aren’t a given now.

5 college football coaches who had better win now, or else

NEXT: 5 College Football Hot Seat Coaches Who Need To Win Now, Or Else

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College Football Hot Seat Coaches: Win NOW, Or Else

These five coaches will likely hang on to their respective jobs with an okay final record, but they all need to put together a strong string of wins NOW.

5. Jeff Hafley, Boston College

Up Next: Louisville

Boston College fans were getting bored with seven-win seasons. They wanted more, they wanted to break through, they wanted to be a contender – all very reasonable.

Hafley went 6-5 in the COVID year – great. He went 6-6 last season – okay.

Now Boston College is on a rough 1-5 run since the end of last year, and here’s the really rough part – Boston College only has one win over a team that finished with a winning record since Hafley took over.

The Eagles got rocked by Florida State. They started with a loss to Rutgers, lost to a bad Virginia Tech squad, and got a win over Maine from the FCS.

Lose to Louisville this week, and with Clemson and at Wake Forest to follow – and with road games at NC State and Notre Dame ahead – there’s a problem.

4. Eliah Drinkwitz, Missouri

Up Next: Georgia

Welcome to life in the SEC.

If Nathaniel Peat is able to hang on to the ball for just a half-step longer, Mizzou beats Auburn on the road, it’s 3-1, and with Vanderbilt and New Mexico State still to play, a bowl game would’ve seemed close to being a lock.

Peat fumbled, Missouri lost 17-14 in overtime, and up next is Georgia, then Florida on the road. then Vanderbilt and at South Carolina in a bit of a break, then Kentucky, then at Tennessee. NMSU is a breather before closing with Arkansas, but at this point, it’s going to take something special to get to six wins.

There’s a chance 12 of the 14 SEC teams are now eligible. It will be dicey if Mizzou joins Vanderbilt as the ones without an invite.

Speaking of that ending.

3. Bryan Harsin, Auburn

Up Next: LSU

Yeah, Auburn got the win, and yeah, the team is 3-1 now – you are what your record says you are. However, the offense isn’t moving, the Penn State loss was a disaster, and there’s a whole lot of pain and suffering on the horizon.

At 3-1 is seems like a bowl game is a lock, right? Find the three wins out of LSU, at Georgia, at Ole Miss, Arkansas, at Mississippi State, Texas A&M, WKU, at Alabama.

However, if Auburn is sick of him, there’s one place that might like him back …

2. Andy Avalos, Boise State

Up Next: San Diego State

Really? Losing to UTEP 27-10? Boise State?

This is the program that seemingly went decades without losing to anyone other than someone amazing, and now it’s losing to … UTEP?

Bryan Harsin went 69-19 during his seven years at Boise State. The program won three Mountain West championships, two other divisions titles, went 9-4 with a bowl win in a 2015 season when it didn’t take the division, and was 5-2 in the strange COVID year of 2020.

Former Boise State LB Andy Avalos stepped in and went 7-5 last season. Okay, but the 2-2 start to this year isn’t okay, especially after that loss to …

UTEP.

San Diego State, Fresno State, at Air Force. This is a critical three-game stretch. Win those, and all will be right with the world.

1. Karl Dorrell, Colorado

Up Next: at Arizona

The guy knows how to coach – he was the Pac-12 Coach of the Year just two seasons ago, and he won it back in 2005, too.

He was fine at UCLA. Not amazing, but the 35-27 run wasn’t bad. He was a strong assistant in the pros, he knows how to run an offense, and there’s one level of thought that this brutal 2022 is a step back to get the new parts time to potentially take a giant leap forward.

That, and the $11.4 million buyout is a bit too rich to get rid of him before the end of the season.

Colorado has’t even been close in the four losses to TCU, Air Force, Minnesota, and last week against UCLA. Making things worse is the lack of a true lightweight game the rest of the way.

Going to Arizona is close, maybe getting Cal at home is winnable, and hosting Arizona State on October 29th is a shot, but 0-12 is a real possibility with the way the team is playing after four weeks.

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College Football Week 4 Roundup
CFN 1-131 Rankings | Bowl Projections
Week 4 Scoreboard | Week 5 Early Lines
What 12-Team Playoff Would Look Like
AP Rankings | Coaches Poll

Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Predictions: Week 4

What are the bowl projections and the College Football Playoff calls after Week 4 of the college football season?

The bowl projections get weirder than ever for three reasons.

First, who’s going to be there from the Group of Five who’ll be worthy of a New Year’s Six bowl spot? Second, there are going to be way too many eligible teams, and third, who the heck is that fourth team going to be in the College Football Playoff?

It’s a snapshot of what this all might be, along with an added bowl to handle the overflow.

2022-2023 conference bowl tie-ins

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Bowl Projections: Week 4

Bowl Projections: Week 4 2022-2023
Bowl Projections, Part 2 | New Year’s Six
College Football Playoff Prediction
CFN Week 4 Rankings 1-131
Contact/Follow @ColFootballNews & @PeteFiutak

All Times Eastern

HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl

Friday, December 16, 2022
11:30 am, ESPN
Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
Last Year: Middle Tennessee 31, Toledo 24
Bowl Ties: Conference USA vs MAC
Bowl Projection: UAB vs Eastern Michigan

Duluth Trading Cure Bowl

Friday, December 16, 2022
3:00, ESPN
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
Last Year: Coastal Carolina 47, Northern Illinois 41
Bowl Ties: Group of Five vs Group of Five or Army
Bowl Projection: Tulane vs Troy

Wasabi Fenway Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
11:00 am, ESPN
Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Last Year: Canceled
Bowl Ties: ACC vs American Athletic (Conference USA)
Bowl Projection: Wake Forest vs UCF

Cricket Celebration Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
12:00, ABC
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Last Year: South Carolina State 31, Jackson State 10
Bowl Ties: MEAC vs SWAC
Bowl Projection: North Carolina Central vs Jackson State

New Mexico Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
2:15, ESPN
Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
Last Year: Fresno State 31, UTEP 24
Bowl Ties: Mountain West vs AAC, C-USA, MAC or Sun Belt
Bowl Projection: Air Force vs Middle Tennessee

Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
3:30, ABC
SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA
Last Year: Canceled
Bowl Ties: Mountain West vs Pac-12
Bowl Projection: Fresno State vs UCLA

LendingTree Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
5:45, ESPN
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA
Last Year: Liberty 56, Eastern Michigan 20
Bowl Ties: MAC vs Sun Belt (C-USA)
Bowl Projection: Toledo vs South Alabama

SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
7:30, ABC
Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
Last Year: Wisconsin 20, Arizona State 13
Bowl Ties: Pac-12 vs SEC
Bowl Projection: Washington State vs LSU

Frisco Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
9:15, ESPN
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Last Year: San Diego State 38, UTSA 24
Bowl Ties: Group of Five vs Group of Five or Army
Bowl Projection: Houston vs UNLV

Myrtle Beach Bowl

Monday, December 19, 2022
2:30, ESPN
Brooks Stadium, Conway, SC
Last Year: Tulsa 30, Old Dominion 17
Bowl Ties: C-USA, MAC, Sun Belt
Bowl Projection: Appalachian State vs BYU

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Tuesday, December 20, 2022
3:30 ESPN
Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
Last Year: Wyoming 52, Kent State 38
Bowl Ties: MAC vs Mountain West
Bowl Projection: Miami University vs Boise State

RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl

Tuesday, December 20, 2022
7:30, ESPN
FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
Last Year: WKU 59, Appalachian State 38
Bowl Ties: Group of Five vs Group of Five
Bowl Projection: Marshall vs Florida Atlantic

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Wednesday, December 21, 2022
9:00, ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Last Year: Louisiana 36, Marshall 21
Bowl Ties: Conference USA vs Sun Belt
Bowl Projection: Louisiana Tech vs Coastal Carolina

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Thursday, December 22, 2022
7:30, ESPN
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
Last Year: Army 24, Missouri 22
Bowl Ties: American Athletic vs Conference USA (Big 12, Pac-12)
Bowl Projection: Tulsa vs UTSA

Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl

Friday, December 23, 2022
TBA, ESPN
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
Last Year: UAB 31, BYU 28
Bowl Ties: American Athletic vs Army
Bowl Projection: SMU vs Army

Union Home Gasparilla Bowl

Friday, December 23, 2022
TBA, ESPN
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Last Year: UCF 29, Florida 17
Bowl Ties: ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC (AAC, C-USA)
Bowl Projection: South Carolina vs Texas Tech

Frisco Football Classic*

Thursday, December 23, 2022
TBA, ESPN
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Last Year: Miami University 27, North Texas 14
Bowl Ties: None
Bowl Projection: Kansas vs San Jose State
*We’re making the call that once again there will be too many available bowl teams, so – this is a projection – ESPN will revive the Frisco Football Classic to get a Big 12 team in against an available Mountain West squad.

Easyport Hawaii Bowl

Saturday, December 24, 2022
8:00, ESPN
Clarence TC Ching Complex, Honolulu, HI
Last Year: Canceled
Bowl Ties: Conference USA vs Mountain West
Bowl Projection: WKU vs Wyoming

Bowl Projections: Week 4 2022-2023
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College Football Cavalcade Think, Know, Believe: Talking Trash

College football reaction to Week 4: What I think, what I know, and what I believe, including the smack talk kerfuffle

College Football Cavalcade: What I think, know, and believe after Week 4 and all the strange twists and turns of this first month of the season.


College Football Cavalcade

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Sorry if this take sucks, it’s not my fault …

I still haven’t recovered from the shocking and hurtful comments made by North Carolina QB Drake Maye.

(NSFW warning …)

“Whether you want to admit it or not, growing up in Carolina, you’re gonna be a Carolina fan. Some people may say (NC) State, but really people who go to State just can’t get into Carolina.”

Oh sure, he walked it back, and he was coached to say all the right things, but that bell can’t be unrung in just a tweet.

There needs to be grief counseling, there needs to be sensitivity training, there needs to be a total culture overhaul.

How this monster is still allowed to roam the streets, much less play college football – and how Mack Brown and University of North Carolina president Peter Hans are able to keep their jobs after bringing this filth to such a fine institution – is beyond me.

Fortunately, God punished the heathen by allowing those good Catholics from Notre Dame – who would never, ever spout anything disparaging about an opponent – to enjoy some semblance of an offense for a week.

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You really think THAT was a rip? I’d like to introduce you to a certain Jumpman logo from that school who took trash talk to a legendary art form.

I think … dogging your rival is the entire point of being a college sports fan.

I know … after a lifetime of living and working in and around the college space, I’ve heard them all. I can do this forever.

If you can’t get into college, you can go to (insert rival here).

You went to (insert school unnecessarily mentioned in random conversation here)? Okay, I’ll speak slower.

Why is it THE Ohio State University? Because THE America’s Safety School doesn’t fit as well on a t-shirt (or, the alternative dig, because Ohio State students need to constantly be reminded they were accepted into a college).

How do you spot someone who went to Michigan? By the trail of Ivy League rejection letters. What do all Michigan alumni have in the closet? 157 things that say Michigan and a wistful Northwestern sweatshirt tucked in the back.

Why do people go to USC? Because the University of Spoiled Children are too lazy to spell UCLA.

What does UCLA stand for? University of Common Little Adults.

What does Texas A&M stand for? A 17-14 loss to Appalachian State. (Rim shot. Or insert the latest home loss, playing on the tradition of the students standing at the ready in case they need to enter the game. I’ve heard it used by a Longhorn to an Aggie, and bad things happened from there.)

I believe … being able to set off a Texas fan by turning a hand sign upside down might be the funniest thing in all of American society.

I think … if you’re actually offended by any of that, or especially what Drake Maye said …

I know … that’s on you, and …

I believe … you’re too boring to be a part of a functional planet, much less the fun of college sports.

I think … Drake Maye has been terrific so far completing 69% of his passes for 1,231 yards and 16 touchdowns with a pick and a rushing score. He hit Notre Dame for five touchdowns.

I know … North Carolina once again seems like it has a strong team under Mack Brown, but it sort of doesn’t.

I believe … North Carolina continues to be an underappreciated college football quarterback factory.

I think … I’m going to miss the edit on his name at about a 32% clip as my computer continues to want to change Drake Maye into Drake May.

I know … I’m annoyed, because I can’t really ask my computer to learn the spelling since I’ll need to use the word May, too.

I believe … if you have the Curb Your Enthusiasm music going through your head on a constant loop, all stupid daily problems become whimsical.

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I think … James Madison has to be ranked ahead of Texas A&M.

I know … Texas A&M was ranked 17th in the latest polls. James Madison received 11 votes from the Coaches and 4 from the AP.

I believe … if Team A is unbeaten and it beat Team B on the road, and Team B beat Team C – and Team A TRUCKED Team D that blew out Team E that Team C just barely got past – then of course you put Team A over Team C in the rankings. It’s just not that hard.

I think … people’s brains melt when they have to actually think about how to rank things properly.

I know … people will do anything and will buy into anything that conforms to their familiar beliefs, even when they’re probably wrong.

I believe … very few people who vote in college football polls take the time to try putting all the pieces of the puzzle together. There needs to be a way this crazy sports takes its playoff system out of the hands of a panel of judges. Which is why …


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Week 4 Scoreboard | Week 5 Early Lines
What 12-Team Playoff Would Look Like
Hot Seat Coach Rankings | AP Rankings | Coaches Poll


I think … the 12-team College Football Playoff idea would make this season a whole lot more fun than it already is with more teams, more bases, and more casual fans involved.

I know … it wouldn’t diminish the rivalry games and big matchups like the old timers think it would. On the flip side, an expanded College Football Playoff will make them bigger.

I believe … 15 minutes after the expanded College Football Playoff is in place, everyone will wonder why it wasn’t done a gajillion years sooner.

I think … the Ohio State all-black uniforms were sad. It looked like Utah was playing Wisconsin.

I know … the Ohio State normal kits are fantastic.

I believe … in 99% of all cases – Ohio State being in the 1% – if you need an outfit change to make your team better at a sport, you already know your answer.

I think … DJ Uiagalelei has – potentially, and with work – No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick upside and talent.

I know … I’m in a room by myself with people who agree with that assessment.

I believe … he’s going to be one of those quarterbacks who rises up and rocks with one more year of seasoning. Some guys just need the time and the live reps for everything to slow down to a stop. EVERY senior college quarterback remarks about how night-and-day easier the game becomes at 22 than it was at 19.

I think … a quarterback mistakenly stepping out of the back of the end zone for a safety isn’t particularly interesting or embarrassing.

I know … I’m in a DJ Uiagalelei Is Great lonely place with that.

I believe … field position and tactics-wise, it’s not necessarily the worst thing in the world to suck up the 2 and flip the field back around. Obviously you don’t want that, but it’s not necessarily a killer unless you lose by one like San Francisco did.

I think … Kansas being 4-0 is one of the best college football stories in a long time.

I know … Lance Leipold is one of those head coaches who, if all things were equal, could take his and beat your and yours and beat his.

I believe … Nebraska, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, and others will come calling soon.

I think … the Arizona State job is better than the Nebraska job.

I know … recruiting area, market size in an NIL world, and overall expectations with time to build will matter.

I believe … I can’t get there with Georgia Tech being as big of a sleeping giant as Arizona State, but there are a whole lot of positives about that gig to flip it around sooner than Geoff Collins was able to.

I think … I have no freaking clue how to make Nebraska amazing again.

I know … Notre Dame, USC, Texas, Tennessee, Miami, Florida State, Michigan – it’s next to impossible to recapture the magic like fans remember.

I believe … it takes a whole lot of dumb luck to hit the perfect blend of the right coach, the right administration, and the right infrastructure. There was a time when it was hardly a given that Alabama and Ohio State would become this.

I think … I’m loving this start to the 2022 season. Bring on more upsets, more twists, and more zaniness.

I know … how this all ends, though.

I believe … SEC powerhouse vs Ohio State for the national championship. And America yawns.

I think … I know it’s all going to be okay.

I know … I believe it’s all going to be okay.

I believe … I think it’s all going to be okay.

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Week 4 Scoreboard | Week 5 Early Lines
What 12-Team Playoff Would Look Like
Hot Seat Coach Rankings | AP Rankings | Coaches Poll

College Football Playoff Expansion Top 12 Projection, 2022 Version After Week 4

College Football Playoff expansion: What would the top 12 project to be if the new format was in place for 2022?

College Football Playoff Expansion Top 12 Projection, 2022 Version After Week 4

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Bowl Projections | CFN Week 4 Rankings 1-131

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The expanded College Football Playoff is coming. It’s not quite sure when, but we could really use it this year.

When it gets going, the top four teams get a bye, the higher seeds get the home campus advantage in the first round, and the ensuing rounds go to the bowls – scroll down to the bottom of this for the ins and outs of how it will all work.

Here’s how it would likely project as things stand right now and if they expanded this year – which they’re not.

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Top Four Projected Seeds After Week 3
 (top four conference champions)

1. Georgia (SEC): Sugar Bowl
2. Ohio State (Big Ten): Rose Bowl
3. Clemson (ACC): Orange Bowl
4. USC (Pac-12): Cotton Bowl

At-Large Seeds 



12. Cincinnati (AAC Champion) at
5. Alabama (SEC)

11. Penn State (Big Ten) at
6. Michigan (Big Ten)

10. NC State (ACC) at
7. Kentucky (SEC)

9. Tennessee (SEC) at
8. Oklahoma State (Big 12 Champion)

Top Three Teams That Would Be Left Out
Ole Miss (SEC), Utah (Pac-12), Oregon (Pac-12)

Here’s how it’s going to work (this comes from the College Football Playoff):

1. The 12 teams will be the six conference champions ranked highest by the selection committee (no minimum ranking requirement), plus the six highest-ranked teams not included among the six highest-ranked conference champions.

2. The ranking of the teams will continue to be done by a selection committee whose size, composition, and method of selection will remain substantially unchanged.

3. The four highest-ranked conference champions will be seeded one through four and each will receive a first-round bye.

4. The other eight teams will play in the first round with the higher seeds hosting the lower seeds either on campus or at other sites designated by the higher-seeded institution (No. 12 at No. 5, No. 11 at No. 6, No. 10 at No. 7 and No. 9 at No. 8.

5. The model allows for first-round games to be played on either the second or third weekend in December in a way that best accommodates the format and the participating teams, with at least 12 days between the conference championship games and the first-round games. The Management Committee would make the final determination of the calendar.

6. Subject to reaching agreement with bowls, the four quarterfinal games and two Playoff Semifinal games would be played in bowls on a rotating basis.

7. The national championship game will continue to be played at a neutral site.

8. Subject to reaching agreement with bowls, the four highest-ranked conference champions will be assigned to quarterfinals bowls on selection day in ranking order, and in consideration of current contract bowl relationships if those bowls are selected for the rotation. For example, if the Pac-12 champion were ranked #1, the Big Ten champion were ranked #3, and the Rose Bowl were a quarterfinal site, the Pac-12 champion would be assigned to the Rose Bowl and the Big Ten champion would be assigned elsewhere.

9. With the four highest-ranked champions assigned to quarterfinal games in bowls, the opponent from first-round game winners will be assigned by the selection committee based on the bracket.

10. The higher seeds would receive preferential placement in the Playoff Semifinal games.

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