Four coaches FSU fans should watch
Because Bob Stoops isn’t strolling the sidelines this weekend…
1. Mike Norvell, Memphis: The hottest up-and-comer already has more wins (34) than any coach in program history had through four seasons. His fun offense has a good shot at No. 35 at Houston.
2. Mark Stoops, Kentucky: Watch how the other Stoops deals with a banged-up quarterback position against Vanderbilt, a game the Wildcats probably need to win to qualify for a bowl.
3. Odell Haggins, Florida State: The two-time interim coach will likely improve to 4-Odell by blowing out Alabama State and has players’ support. Would an upset over the Gators on Nov. 30 be enough to put him on the short list?
4. Deion Sanders: Ha ha, just kidding.
Bulls’ big steps
One undeniable positive for USF: The Bulls’ third-down offense is improving. Over the past five games, the Bulls have converted on 35 of their 70 opportunities. That’s massive growth from their first four games (19-of-61). USF will need to take advantage of every chance it gets to upset No. 17 Cincinnati, one of the top contenders for a New Year’s Six bowl game.
Florida State safety Hamsah Nasirildeen’s 22-tackle game at Wake Forest was just his latest big game. Add in his 17-tackle game against Syracuse, and he’s the first Seminole since Marvin Jones (1990) to have multiple 17-tackle games in the same season. His 85 tackles this season are 32 more than any other FSU player.
Hit and Miss-ouri
The Tigers are a completely different team in Columbia than they are on the road, as the No. 11 Gators will learn today:
Missouri at home
Points per game: 40.4 (22nd nationally)
Points allowed per game: 11.6 (T-11th)
Yards per play: 6.22 (59th)
Yards per play allowed: 3.58 (fifth)
Missouri away from home
Points per game: 13.0 (121st nationally)
Points allowed per game: 28.5 (T-53rd)
Yards per play: 4.75 (100th)
Yards per play allowed: 5.80 (51st)
By the numbers: Week 12
2-6 Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s record against rivals Michigan State and Ohio State heading into Saturday’s game against the Spartans
43-10 Harbaugh’s record against everyone else
6 Teams yet to allow more than 24 points in a game: Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio State and San Diego State
3 USF transfers at Alabama State (defensive backs Naytron Culpepper and Donelle Thomas and Hillsborough High product Duran Bell)
182 Rushing yards needed by FSU’s Cam Akers to pass Larry Key (2,953) for fifth-most in program history
1978 The last time Navy won six consecutive games in the same season, which it can do by beating the Irish