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I can’t wait for Ryan Day and Lou Holtz to crush their beef until November 25th. Let’s do it today.
Here’s what’s happening in college football through Saturday…
Welcome to the BFC
Ryan Day vs. Lou Holtz
In CFB (College Football Beefs), we’ll break down the biggest feuds in sports. First in our court, Ryan Day versus Lou Holtz.
On Friday, former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz went on “The Pat McAfee Show” and questioned Ohio State’s toughness, saying, “You look at Coach Day…he lost twice to the ‘Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Michigan, and anyone who beats him does. so because they are more physical than Ohio State.
After Ohio State beat Notre Dame, Day replied.: “What he said about our team, I can’t believe it. It’s a tough team here.
Then on Tuesday, Holtz appeared on Dan Dakich’s “Don’t @ Me” podcast and said, “(Day) doesn’t want to talk about Michigan, 0-2. He doesn’t want to talk about the big game against Penn State and against Michigan again.
Until Saturday decides in favor of the Day. The OSU coach affirmed his comeback by inflicting a defeat on Notre Dame in the final seconds of the game in South Bend. Holtz’s comments have merit – as our Austin Meek writes, the toughness just wasn’t there in OSU’s last two games against Michigan – but Day refuted on the field in the best way possible. All he will have to do is return on November 25 against Michigan (against whom the match is 1-2).
Dickert defends the Cougs
Is Jake Dickert’s fire and charisma, coupled with Washington State’s success this year, enough for a power conference to take on the school even after initially ignoring it? — DJ, Grand Rapids, Mich.
I admire him for seizing the opportunity, but I also think it’s a shame that moments after winning a huge game, a football coach feels obligated to talk about TV ratings and athlete travel. Washington State beat two top-25 teams and could be on its way to a double-digit winning season, and yet the Cougars’ season is almost a side story to the program’s larger existential crisis. I hate everything about it.
Wins and losses have little to do with realignment decisions, so Wazzu having a strong 2023 season wouldn’t be a determining factor in the school receiving an invitation elsewhere. It would entirely come down to whether ESPN or Fox finds the Cougs valuable enough that companies can throw in a little more money, like Fox did for Oregon and Washington to get into the Big Ten.
But Dickert is right. While Wazzu and Oregon State have become synonymous with each other (as evidenced by their shared Zoom logo), Wazzu is arguably much more appealing. The program may not have a “rich” history, but it has five top-10 seasons since the late 1990s. Oregon State has one. As Dickert mentioned, Wazzu from 2015-21 had a higher average TV rating than any school in the 2024 Big 12 lineup, while Oregon State would have been next to last. The idea that Wazzu is a “small market” school is not accurate. His games at Wisconsin and Oregon State did big numbers in the Seattle market, with Saturday’s tie roughly the same rating as Washington’s game against Cal later the same night .
At one point, Oregon became Washington’s dance partner instead of Wazzu. But the positive side for Dickert: if Wazzu has a great season, he probably won’t be the one to bear the consequences. Michigan State or someone else of that caliber is going to come calling.
Read Stewart Mandel’s full letter here.
Oxen, cinematic edition
This season feels like a movie
The cameras (and microphones) are on this season in college football.
Oregon has published a “Cinematic recap» from its Week 4 victory against Colorado on Tuesday. The five-minute, 44-second video is equivalent to the length of a lengthy movie trailer, but feels like a fully-conceived documentary. It begins with the Ducks’ march to Autzen Stadium, then flashes back to their Friday meeting with coach Dan Lanning. The microphones capture Colorado players’ game day discussions and show Shilo Sanders saying, “I’m going to beat every single one of you and your coach.” » The cameras take us to the Oregon huddle during the game until the video ends with a look ahead. “Who are we playing next week?” » asks Lanning. The team responds: “ Oregon!
Unlimited video isn’t the only new prospect we’ve seen recently. Marshall published a drone video of his team’s pre-match presentation it made me feel like I was watching a video game (the Sun Belt publicly chastised the program).
The coaches also speak in scripts made for film this season. Just look at that Day-Holtz feud. It’s a level of honesty at the BFC that, as our David Ubben said this week, was a lost art. We should encourage more of it.
Thriving TV numbers
Buffs are a big draw…
Oregon’s blowout win over Colorado had a record 10.03 million viewers on ABC. Once again, Colorado dominated the ratings, drawing 9.3 million against Colorado State to record ESPN’s fifth-largest regular-season college football audience. To put this into perspective:
- Excluding Peacock streaming, the Oregon-Colorado number exceeds the 9.98 million who watched Notre Dame-Ohio State on NBC.
- CFB Week 4 was the most-watched regular season Saturday of all time (excluding rivalry week), according to ESPN’s Flora Kelly.
- Four of the seven most-watched games this season included Colorado. Reporter Richard Deitsch predicts the Buffs could remain atop the CFB’s most-watched teams.
On today’s episode of Power Auer, Nicole Auerbach and Chris Vannini ask why the traditional powers of the BFC seem to be having a difficult year.
Mike Aresco, AAC Commissioner would support a 12-team CFP model consisting of the five highest-ranked conference champions and the top seven overall teams. Vannini and Auerbach analyzed the potential change.
Max Olson spoke with more than a dozen presidents, ADs and industry experts to find out how Brett Yorkmark was successful in its year-long effort to get the Pac-12’s Four Corners schools to join the Big 12.
Truth or myth: Penn State’s defense can hang out with Michigan and Ohio State. Audrey Snyder has the answer.
Since revenue margin is the most decisive statistic, it’s an old assumption. Smart Kirby thinks the room for explosive play is greater.
Wisconsin star Hunter Wohler’s the impact was delayed by injury. Now he’s ready to make up for lost time.
Is the sky falling on our heads? Pete Sampson answers reader questions in his mailbag.
Heinrich Haarberg helped Nebraska even has its record. But where will he and the Huskers turn with Michigan on deck?
(Top photo by Ryan Day: Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)