Now that the first month of the college football campaign, and the first casualty has just taken place (adios, Charlie Weis) it’s a good time to take a look at coaches on the hot seat. I’ve always felt it’s worth keeping an eye on those that fit this category. While not by any means being cut and dried, it’s not at all unusual to see some towel tossing being done by these teams. One more variable to factor into the weekly mix. I’ll probably do a more extended rundown sometime soon, but here’s my current top five.
1. Brady Hoke, Michigan: This is getting pretty ugly. I’m not sure what happened here. I thought Hoke was dynamite at Ball State, and likewise at San Diego State. But it’s sure not working at Ann Arbor, and Hoke is looking like a lame duck right now. The Shane Morris concussion incident might accelerate the process.
2. Will Muschamp, Florida: The Gators are 2-1, and the only loss was at Alabama, so there’s still time for Muschamp to possibly get off the griddle. I’d say it’s fair to classify this Saturday’s game at Tennessee as a must win, or the wheels could absolutely fall off in Gainesville.
3. Norm Chow, Hawaii: Problems galore with this program that go way beyond the head coach. But Chow is 68, and the team is pretty bad. So are the crowds. How poor is the attendance? You can actually hear individual fans yelling out what they think will be the play call prior to the snaps. That’s not good. I would put the chances of Chow being back for 2015 at close to 0%.
4. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia: The Mountaineers are better than they were last season, but 7-6 followed by 4-8 for a program used to winning much more than that sure isn’t good. In spite of what would be an enormous buyout with three years still to go on the contract beyond the current campaign, I don’t see Holgorsen lasting much longer if there aren’t more W’s.
5. Kevin Wilson, Indiana: Great win by the Hoosiers against Missouri a couple weeks back, but that’s more than offset with the bad loss to Bowling Green and last week’s thumping at the hands of Big 10 newcomer Maryland. It’s pretty much bowl or bust for Wilson and bust is the clear favorite right now.
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No plays on Monday, though the lean on the Chiefs sure wasn’t wrong. But I definitely didn’t see that blowout coming, which is why it was just an opinion and not on the personal card. Nevertheless, another very good football week and a fourth straight positive month is in the books.
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It’s MLB playoff time, so here’s a look at the play-in game between the Athletics and Royals.
09/30 5:05 PM MLB OAKLAND ATHLETICS at KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Take: UNDER 6.5 -115
This should be fun. The A’s are still playing in spite of a colossal September collapse. The Royals are still playing beyond game #162 for the first time in a generation.
The home field advantage here is definitely in play. This crowd is going to be insane. Kansas City baseball fans have been longing for a winner for what seems like an eternity and they’re going to be completely jacked up for this event. I would say the home field edge here is perhaps a dime more than it would normally be as far as the betting line is concerned.
The A’s are in on a free roll of sorts. They’ve basically been dismissed as legit World Series contenders by the talking heads who get the most attention. That could actually be a remedy for their recent ailments, as they’re sort of back to being that little engine that could once again, and that’s the role that seems to serve them best.
I’m think the Under is worth a look here. The A’s aren’t hitting anybody right now, and James Shields has plenty of playoff experience. It has to be noted that his post-season ledger isn’t exactly a thing of beauty, but there’s still enough there to at least assume he won’t succumb to big stage nerves.
Jon Lester was nothing short of spectacular last October for the Red Sox, and figures to be strong here. The Royals are not explosive, and need to make consistent contact to thrive as they lack power. Lester profiles as the type most likely to give them trouble, as he’s a power lefty.
I’m going to be really interested to see who Oakland starts behind the plate. It needs to be Geovany Soto, who isn’t as dangerous with the stick as Derek Norris, but is much better at limiting steals. That’s a big key in terms of containing an important aspect of the Kansas City offense.
The Oakland bullpen has not been good of late, but I really expect Lester to go deep here. The Royals really only need Shields to let it all hang out for six frames, as there’s no better late inning trifecta in the game than Herrera, Davis and Holland.
The A’s are not a small ball entry, but they need to try and manufacture runs here. The Royals play that way anyway, and the likelihood of a big inning against Lester is pretty low. I think we’re looking at a pitching duel and a close, low scoring game. I’ll make the Tuesday free play Under 6.5 between the A’s and Royals.