Posted: Wednesday November 15, 2006 11:46AM; Updated: Wednesday November 15, 2006 12:37PM
Jeff Bowden (left) will resign as Florida State's offense coordinator. But who will his father get to replace him?
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Stewart, now that our prayers have been answered and Jeff Bowden has resigned (pretty much the only way I saw it ending), who do you like for the offensive coordinator position at Florida State? And how long do you think it will take for FSU to get back in the hunt for national championships? --Dave, Providence, R.I.
If I were Bobby Bowden, I would catch the first flight to Nashville, march into the Tennessee Titans' offices, hand Norm Chow a $1 million contract and a copy of the current playbook and say, "It's yours to do with whatever you'd like." Short of that, I don't have a list of offensive coordinator candidates to offer you; hopefully Bowden will fare better than Larry Coker did in his search.
As for national championships, don't make the mistake of thinking that Jeff Bowden was the sole factor keeping the 'Noles from returning to that level. There are a lot of other problems in that program that need to be fixed as well. But it's certainly a step in the right direction, albeit an obviously painful one for Bobby.
This next e-mail came in last Wednesday afternoon. I've already answered the question at the end, but I had to share this anyway.
Let's assume that Rutgers' second-ranked pass defense shuts down Louisville's highly-touted passing offense tomorrow evening, and that Louisville's much -- and deservedly -- maligned rushing defense gets burned by Ray Rice and Brian Leonard, and that, as a result, Rutgers emerges from its greatly-anticipated showdown against Louisville with a win. What's the justification for not matching Rutgers with the Ohio State-Michigan winner in the BCS Championship game? --Bob Schulman, Marina Del Ray, Calif.
Wow. I haven't seen anyone predict so precisely how a game would play out since ... well, since my Rose Bowl prediction last year. In fact, it's kind of eerie. Be honest, Bob. Did you receive a fax about the game from "future Dwight Schrute?"
Could you explain the Big East championship tiebreaker? In your bowl matchups you assume that West Virginia will beat Rutgers in Morgantown, which I agree with. Yet wouldn't that leave three one-loss teams in the Big East? Since West Virginia won the league and went to a BCS bowl game last year wouldn't they turn to the other two teams -- which Rutgers won head [to head]? The Pac-10 does something similar. --Brack, Portland, Ore.
Every league does it differently. The Big Ten and Pac-10 have a "who went least recently" tiebreaker like the one you're describing, but the Big East's is based on who has the highest BCS ranking at the end of the season. Seeing as West Virginia is already ahead of Louisville (which is another subject entirely), if it were to beat Rutgers, it would almost certainly be the highest ranked.
That said, my guess is at least one of the three loses another game somewhere along the way. Rutgers visits Cincinnati this weekend, and both West Virginia and Louisville play USF and visit Pittsburgh. There's an upset in there somewhere.