Boise State will be looking to knock off Baylor in a Group of 5 vs. Power 5 matchup in the Cactus Bowl.
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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer
Baylor's lead-up to the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl, Dec. 27 against Boise State, looks set to rate as one of the strangest in postseason history. Interim coach Jim Grobe is on his way out. Some of the assistants figure to get new jobs this month. A coaching hire, presumably, will serve as the priority for program that needs desperately to recruit. As for the players, it's safe to wonder about their motivation level after six straight losses.
Ex-NFL coach and Tampa resident Tony Dungy told Oregon officials that USF coach Willie Taggart would be a "good fit" in Eugene. Boise State's Bryan Harsin is also in the mix for the vacant job.
Who will take the reins at Oregon?
According to Chantel Jennings, Western Michigan's P.J. Fleck, Boise State's Bryan Harsin, West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen and UCF's Scott Frost are candidates for the Oregon job. Who else may be considered? Search Firm (Insider)
Michigan was narrowly defeated by rival Ohio State and now owns two losses. But it's not time to count the Wolverines, who sit at No. 5 in this week's Power Rankings, out of the playoff hunt.
Air Force had a late goal-line stand, Tyler Weaver returned a blocked punt 11 yards for a touchdown and the Falcons beat No. 19 Boise State 27-20 on Friday.
What is Boise State's destiny?
There are two potential landing spots when it comes to bowl games for the No. 19 Broncos, according to ESPN's Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy. Bowl projections
Mountain West could see shake-up
According to ESPN's FPI, Wyoming's chance to clinch the Mountain Division is nearly a coin flip. New Year's Six-contending Boise State needs a win and a Cowboys loss.
Can Wyoming row the boat for WMU?
No. 21 Western Michigan needs Wyoming to beat New Mexico this week. No. 19 Boise State would finish second in its Mountain West division if that happens, and WMU would earn a NY6 bid as the highest-ranked Group of 5 champion. GameDay Kickoff
The top four remained the same this week, meaning Alabama would face Clemson and Michigan would face Ohio State in the CFP semis, as of now. But chaos awaits.
Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson remain the top four teams in the CFP, but expect things to change after the Buckeyes and Wolverines meet Saturday.
Where does the Group of 5 race stand?
Last week, one-loss Boise State jumped one spot ahead of undefeated Western Michigan. Washington State's loss to Colorado, however, may shake up the rankings again on Tuesday night. Dinich: Questions facing committee
McNichols' play a lethal weapon
Jeremy "The Weapon" McNichols torched UNLV for 205 yards and four TDs last week and is one to watch as he makes a case for the Doak Walker Award. Flipping the Field
If you are looking for the rivalry game with the most playoff impact, you've found it. Michigan and Ohio State head into their clash next weekend both in the top four of the Power Rankings.
Boise State @ Baylor Bears
Chase Field - Tue 12/27