Laura Rutledge talks with Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald and Jeffery Simmons about the Golden Egg, cowbells and the Egg Bowl showdown with Ole Miss (Thanksgiving night, 7:30 ET- ESPN).
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on his team's handling of the speculation surrounding his future: "We'll deal with it the way we've dealt with everything this year. We'll continue to do business as usual....Dealing with adversity, that's what life is about. For our players, it's another learning experience and how they respond and how they react is one thing. How you perform is another. That is part of the learning experience that you try to teach young adults and that's how we've handled it."
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, responding to a report from the Houston Chronicle that he will be fired after the Aggies' game against LSU, said "I haven't talked to [athletic director] Scott [Woodward] since Saturday after the game." Asked of his reaction, he said "It's not like we haven't dealt with this since the spring. I think our team has done a really, really nice job of focusing on games at hand. And we'll continue to do that. "
Former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti to ESPN.com on Chip Kelly's decision: "If he has a choice between UCLA and Florida, I think he would take Florida. They’re both good jobs, but UCLA has fired every coach since Terry Donahue. People think he’s got the success on the West Coast, but the reality is he’s an East Coast guy. ... UCLA is a very good job. I’m not sure I could say it’s a great job."
No one has accomplished more than Miami so far this season, per Strength of Record. However, FPI still believes Clemson is the best team in the ACC.
USC is again at No. 11 in the College Football Playoff rankings. The Trojans still have the Pac-12 championship to play, but there remains very little hope they can somehow vault into the top-four by season's end.
Oklahoma holds on to the No. 4 spot. Presumably, the Sooners are in the CFP if they win out, considering No. 2 Miami and No. 3 Clemson will meet in the ACC championship game.
At No. 12, TCU still has a long ways to go to sneak into the CFP. The Horned Frogs are still behind five other two-loss teams, including USC, Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Auburn.
Oklahoma State plummets to 19th in the CFP after losing to Kansas State. Fortunately for Oklahoma and TCU, who are counting on their wins over the Pokes to count, Oklahoma State should stick in the Top 25 with a victory over Kansas this weekend.
Not sure the picture does it justice but there are lots of RVs and trailers already set up around Auburn in advance of Saturday's showdown with arch rival and No. 1-ranked Alabama. I'm not sure they ever left since beating Georgia two weeks ago. L
The Big 12 also issued a public reprimand for Kansas players Joe Dineen, Dorance Armstrong Jr., Jeremiah Booker, and Daniel Wise for refusing to shake hands with Mayfield. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, in a statement: “The refusal of these student-athletes to shake an opponent’s hand during the pre-game ceremony is contrary to tradition and inconsistent with common courtesy. The pre-game handshake among team captains is symbolic of good sportsmanship. This breach of protocol is not in keeping with the standards of the Big 12 Conference. I am grateful for the work of the Kansas administration and coaches to resolve this matter.”
The Big 12 has issued a public reprimand of Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, in a statement: “Mr. Mayfield’s actions are unacceptable and should not be tolerated. I am grateful for the efficient management of this matter by the coaches and administration of the University of Oklahoma. Baker Mayfield is a truly outstanding competitor and I generally appreciate his style of play and the manner in which he competes. However, the behavior he exhibited on the sideline during the Oklahoma-Kansas game was inappropriate and contrary to our sportsmanship policies.”
Kansas State QB Jesse Ertz will officially miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Coach Bill Snyder said Ertz would have surgery. Ertz was the starter in K-State’s first five games, but has not played since Oct. 7.
Over the phone, Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen called the ploy to not shake hands with OU QB Baker Mayfield before their game “a dumb impulse decision.” Said Dineen: “That’s not how this game should be played. It won’t happen from me or from this program again.” Beaty announced Tuesday that Dineen, defensive tackle Daniel Wise and defensive end Dorance Armstrong would not serve as captains Saturday against Oklahoma State.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn won't get into whether Alabama is a make-or-break game in terms of defining a successful season. "I'm not going there," he said. "Right now, we're playing for the SEC West. I'm not going hypothetical. This is as big of a game as we've had around here since 2013."
Gus Malzahn: "Calvin Ridley, I'm very impressed with. He's one of the best receivers in all of football." Alabama's junior WR is coming off back-to-back 100-yard receiving games.
A couple of times now Gus Malzahn has said that this looks more like Jeremy Pruitt's defense at Alabama compared to last year. "He's a lot more aggressive this year, they blitz more," Malzahn said.
Gus Malzahn has a lot of respect for Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick. "I think he's one of the best, or most talented players in all of football," Malzahn said. "He's got an ability to do about everything you'd want." Fitzpatrick is a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award for defensive player of the year.
As expected, Auburn RB Kamryn Pettway will not be available to play against Alabama, Gus Malzahn says. The veteran fractured his shoulder blade last month.
Gus Malzahn said it feels as if Auburn has been in a playoff ever since the LSU loss a month ago. "With that comes a lot of pressure," he said. "But it's healthy pressure. ... After that LSU game we stood in this room and said we had to win five in a row."
Gus Malzahn said that 4-5 weeks ago "no one thought we'd be in this position." On Saturday, Auburn will play Alabama for a spot in the SEC Championship Game.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin asked if he anticipates being the coach at A&M next year. "Yes. Why wouldn't I?" Informed that reporters have heard otherwise, Sumlin said "Well, I haven't heard that."
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, when asked if he feels like he has been treated fairly in his time at the school, said "I came here to Texas A&M to win football games. What we do and how we've done it has been the right way. It will continue to be the right way. I'm in the process right now of working on winning this week....That's where my focus is right now." Sumlin's job status has been source of much speculation.
David Cutcliffe on the struggles of QB Daniel Jones this season: "He's had some spots where it's been tough. Some of that he'd accept, but as his coach, it's a combination of things going on around him -- and it's not been any one thing. Sometimes it's protection, route running, dropped balls, inconsistency of the run game. I sat down with him Sunday about this: His growth is far beyond the numbers."
Dave Doeren says NC State's trainers say Nyheim Hines should be good to play vs. UNC. "We'll cross our fingers and hope it stays that way."