Conference championships are this weekend, which means several teams have just one more chance to make their case for the College Football Playoff. As the latest playoff rankings were announced, a long-speculated coaching rumor may finally be coming true, and USC is making some coaching changes. Here are the latest college football news and notes.
Georgia moves to No. 4
Thanks to Michigan losing, Georgia is the new No. 4 team in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. It had previously been the same four schools for the last three weeks, with the Wolverines occupying the final spot.
Georgia now joins No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, and No. 3 Notre Dame in the top four. Oklahoma is the first team out of the playoff at No. 5, moving up one spot following their shootout win over West Virginia. Ohio State’s big win over Michigan catapulted them from No. 10 to No. 6, one spot ahead of No. 7 Michigan.
As for the rest of the top ten, undefeated UCF was able to move up one spot to No. 8, still ranked behind two-loss Michigan. Florida broke into the top ten at No. 9 following a win against Florida State, and LSU fell three spots to No. 10 after a 7-OT loss to Texas A&M.
Brohm meets with Louisville
Ever since Bobby Petrino was fired by Louisville on November 11th, the one name everyone has linked to the Cardinals is Purdue coach Jeff Brohm. On Tuesday, the rumors were confirmed, as Brohm met with Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra to discuss the team’s coaching vacancy.
Brohm was a quarterback at Louisville from 1989 to 1993. He grew up in the city, and even attended the same high school as Tyra. As if that wasn’t enough of a connection, Brohm’s brother and father also played quarterback at Louisville.
Brohm is 13-12 in two seasons at Purdue. Earlier this year, he received a two-year contract extension through 2024. Should he leave for another job before December 5th, he would owe Purdue $4.4 million.
A source familiar with the process says that Brohm is expected to give Louisville a decision on Wednesday. If he decides to stay at Purdue, Louisville is expected to turn their attention to Troy coach Neal Brown, Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield, Utah State coach Matt Wells, and Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell.
USC shakes up staff
Following USC’s loss to Notre Dame, athletic director Lynn Swann put out a statement saying head coach Clay Helton would return next season. However, Helton’s staff will look quite different.
On Tuesday, USC fired offensive coordinator Tee Martin. Martin has been with USC since 2012, serving as the primary play-caller this season until Helton took over those duties in late October.
Defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze also announced he would not be returning to the university. Additionally, quarterbacks coach Bryan Ellis and defensive backs coach Ronnie Bradford will not be back with the Trojans.
USC limped to a 5-7 record this season. The team was at one point 4-2, fresh off of a win against No. 19 Colorado. Since then, they lost five of their final six games, including losses to rivals UCLA and No. 3 Notre Dame.
Conference championships are taking place this weekend. The Pac-12 Championship between No. 17 Utah and No. 11 Washington gets it started on Friday. Then there’s Saturday, highlighted by three massive conference championships with huge playoff implications.
First, No. 5 Oklahoma needs a win to keep their playoff dreams alive when they take on No. 14 Texas in the Big 12 Championship in Dallas. Later in the afternoon, two playoff teams go head to head in the SEC Championship in Atlanta, as No. 1 Alabama duels with No. 4 Georgia. And No. 6 Ohio State needs a bit of help to make it in the playoff, but first needs a win against No. 21 Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis.