While I am looking forward to the Florida-Florida State game on Saturday in Gainesville, I cannot help but wonder what will happen when Michigan and Ohio State lock horns. Can this rivalry, with two coaches who are as enigmatic as they all, take fans back to a time when Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler were walking the side lines? Probably not, but they will create their own brand of rivalry and chaos.
The start of the Meyer-Harbaugh era is polished and established and national and stilted, while the start of the Hayes-Schembechler era was gruff and grassroots and parochial and personal,” explained Doug Lesmerises of cleveland.com. There likely will never be a “war” between two coaches in college football ever again like there was with Woody and Bo.l
Not even one like Steve Spurrier and Bobby Bowden. Those vendetta-like rivalries and chess matches are long gone in an era that will also never be repeated.
Having played in the series before, when he was the starting quarterback at Michigan, Harbaugh comes home to challenge the man who has owned the Wolverines of late and has dreamed all his life of coaching where Hayes set the standard in Columbus.
After losing last week to Michigan State, and Meyer’s star running back, Ezekiel Elliott called out the coaching staff for not having the team prepared in a 17-14 loss, the worst thing that could happen to the Buckeyes would be two losses in the row. Harbaugh would love nothing more than to beat Ohio State in his first game as a head coach for his alma mater.
DALVIN COOK CAN HELP HIS HEISMAN CHANCES
The University of Florida might look a lot different had Dalvin Cook picked the Gators over Florida State. Instead of playing for Florida, Cook looks to run over the team’s defense this Saturday in Gainesville.
Florida State is playing a role it is not used to, having already suffered two losses this season – spoiler.
Florida, at 10-1, is looking to finish the season strong against their in-state rivals before playing what likes like a matchup with Alabama in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta.
An 11-1 Florida team would still have an outside chance to play in the CFP with a win in their final two games of the season.
Cook and his teammates would love nothing more than to spoil those chances. And in the process, he would like to sway some Heisman Trophy voters.
David M. Hale of ESPN.com said Cook wants to have a chance at the Heisman, but will not politic for himself to win the award.
Cook won’t take the bait, won’t make his own case for being the nation’s best running back. He loves watching Leonard Fournette and Derrick Henry pound through defenders, and he’s impressed by Ezekiel Elliott’s fluid runs, and while he’s eager to be lumped into the same category with those backs, he’s not out to sell himself as the best.
A huge game by the sophomore runner might help his cause, although he might be third or fourth on the list of potential running backs who could take home the hardware.
JUMPING THROUGH HOOPS
The one team who has to be smiling this week after the CFP rankings were announced was Oklahoma, who finds itself in the top four, jumping over Notre Dame in the process.
The game this week at Oklahoma State could mean the difference in playing in the playoffs or receiving a bid to another bowl and causing more confusion to the selection process altogether.
Iowa, by virtue of Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State, also moved into the elite four slots. The Hawkeyes are one of two teams still undefeated in the regular season with Clemson.
Notre Dame did win last week, but only by three points to Boston College. ESPN.com explains that the Cowboys tumbled five spots after losing to Big 12 rival Baylor for their first loss of the season. The victory pushed the Bears up from No. 10 to No. 7 in this week’s poll. Although Oklahoma State fell out of the top 10 this week, a win over the archrival Sooners could serve as a shot in the arm while dashing any hopes Oklahoma has of vying for the national title.