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Oh, Pitt. The Panthers (6--5, 4--2) had a chance to coast to the Big East title (and a BCS bowl) before being clocked 35--10 by West Virginia in the Backyard Brawl. Now, coach Dave Wannstedt (41--31) looks to be in line to join the ranks of Miami's Randy Shannon and Indiana's Bill Lynch, who were fired last weekend.
Unbearable. Cal's seven-year postseason run is over after the Bears dropped four of their final five. Saturday's loss may have been the worst, as lowly Washington won 16--13 on the last play of the game. Said coach Jeff Tedford, "This is a new thing for us. ... It doesn't feel good."
Through Sunday only the Celtics (12--4, thanks to its Big Three) were above .500, as the rest of the Atlantic Division combined for a woeful 25--44 record. Boston—perhaps the best team in the East—is the only Atlantic squad with a positive point differential (+7.3).
Eagles coach Andy Reid (left) put a damper on DeSean Jackson's day early last Sunday, publicly berating his WR for a lax pregame demeanor before a tilt with the Bears. Perhaps that was a mistake. A glum-looking Jackson caught just two balls for 26 yards as his team lost 31--26.