FINAL FOUR (if Penn State is Big Ten champion)
- Penn State
- Ed Orgeron–Orgeron had everything work his way in a 48 hour period. First, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher told LSU officials that it would take a 10-year contract to get him to come to Baton Rouge. They chose not to make that investment. Then Texas lost to TCU, sealing the fate of Longhorn coach Charlie Strong, which then opened the door for Houston coach Tom Herman to come to Texas. That left the Tigers with an opening and no No. 1 candidate, other than Orgeron, who fits the role of the right coach at the right place and maybe at the right time.
- Bob Davie–The New Mexico football coach has had an interesting year. The Lobos tied for the Mountain West North Division title with a 56-35 win over Wyoming on Saturday night, which gave New Mexico 8 wins for the season. But two of the losses by New Mexico were against 2-9 New Mexico State and 2-10 Rutgers. Go figure.
- Penn State–The Nittany Lions had a good day, which began with Ohio State’s double overtime win over Michigan and was followed by the Nittany Lions 45-12 win over Michigan State. That gave Penn State the Big Ten East title and a spot in the Big Ten championship game next week against Wisconsin. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.