Duke: You cant change history, but you can make it. Thats what the Blue Devils did Saturday with their 33-30 win against North Carolina. The Blue Devils have their second win against the Tar Heels since 1989 and will be going bowling for the first time since 1994.
N.C. State: Take that, Nick Novak. It took nine years, but N.C. State finally got Novak and Maryland back for ruining Saint Philips senior day. Novaks clutch kick sunk the Wolfpack in 2003 but it was N.C. State kicker Niklas Sade who turned the tables on the Terps, while Marylands Brad Craddocks 33-yard field goal clanged off the upright. Remember, its always better to be lucky than good.
Oregon: Are we sure the Ducks arent the best team in the country? Chip Kellys team put on a clinic in the first half of Thursdays 43-21 win against a decent Arizona State team. Oregon could have hit 100 if Kelly hadnt called the dogs off.
West Virginia: The Big 12 aint the Big East, but West Virginia knew that before Saturdays embarrassing 55-14 home loss to Kansas State. The Mountaineers have given up 212 points in four Big 12 games. The real problem is on offense, where they have managed only 14 points per game in the past two games, both losses.
At the risk of raining on Dukes parade, the Blue Devils still probably need another Virginia Tech loss to get to the ACC championship game. The Hokies (2-2) will finish 5-3 in the division with wins against Miami, Boston College and Virginia (even without a defense, not a far-fetched scenario.)
Meanwhile, Dukes staring at consecutive losses, to Florida State and Clemson, and would need wins against Georgia Tech and Miami, to get to 5-3. The Hokies, by virtue of their 20-point comeback last week, own the first tiebreaker over Duke.
The good news for Duke is it can still get to Charlotte but it will be later in December for the Belk Bowl.
Even Icarus and Bobby Petrino think it has been a precipitous fall for Auburns Gene Chizik. Since winning the 2010 BCS title, Chizik has gone 9-11, including a 1-6 mark this season after Saturdays 17-13 loss at Vanderbilt.
Odd, without Cam Newton, or the help of Cams dad on the recruiting trail, Chizik seems to have fallen back to his Iowa State form.
Speaking of SEC coaching changes, the writing is on the wall for Tennessees Derek Dooley after Saturdays 44-13 home loss to Alabama. The Vols looked great in the opener, pummeling N.C. State, but they have started 0-4 in the SEC. Louisvilles Charlie Strong, Vanderbilts James Franklin and Mississippi States Dan Mullen will all get a long, long at Tennessee, and likely at Auburn, too.
Dooley, who is only 44, will land on his feet. Id put even money the former Virginia player eventually rehabilitates his career in the ACC.
Dont look now but Penn State has won five straight, after starting 0-2 with losses to Ohio and Virginia. Former Duke assistant Bill OBrien will get plenty of support for national coach of the year awards if he can get the Nittany Lions to seven wins. Given they still have Indiana and Purdue left on the schedule, thats a real possibility.
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