The Florida State Seminoles are only six years removed from winning a National Championship in 2013. Yet it feels like an eternity ago since they were considered a top program in College Football.
Their fall from grace was so quick and steep, that the program really has not rebounded.
Jimbo Fisher left the program in 2017 to take over the program at Texas A&M, leaving the Seminoles in a clear state of rebuild.
FSU hired Willie Taggart as the head coach to bring in a new era of Seminole football, but that era was disappointing to say the least, culminating in his being fired on Sunday.
Taggart was not even two years into his tenure at FSU, but after leading them to just a 9-12 record, the school decided to go in another direction.
The final straw for Taggart was when the Seminoles got blown out by the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday, marking the third-straight loss by FSU in that rivalry.
Taggart, 43, is a native Floridian, who’s best years came as the head coach at the University of South Florida. In his last season at USF, Taggart led the Bulls to a 10-2 record.
He then took a job at Oregon, for which he spent one season, before being hired away to take over the job at FSU.
Cutting ties with Taggart will be an expensive endeavor for FSU, as his buyout will cost them nearly $17 million.
Longtime Seminoles coach Odell Haggins will take over as the interim head coach in Taggart’s place, as he tries to get FSU through the remainder of this season.
Haggins has been with the program for the last 26 years and will be a good leader in the interim as they try to find Taggart’s successor.
We will see who is hired to take over this illustrious program, as the Seminoles hope to get back to their winning ways of the past.
Oklahoma Completes Biggest Comeback in School’s History to Beat Baylor
The Baylor Bears came into this week as one of the most impressive teams in College Football this season.
They had an undefeated 9-0 record and were suddenly ranked as one of the top teams in the nation, receiving a No. 13 ranking in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.
Facing their biggest test of the season, the No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners, Baylor looked primed for a statement victory as they were up big in the first half.
Jalen Hurts had a rough first half for the Sooners, turning the ball over twice and failing to play to his usual high standards.
Hurts’ lowest point came when he threw a pick-six that gave Baylor a commanding 28-3 lead.
Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer really outplayed Hurts in the first half, leading the Bears to a 31-10 lead going into halftime.
Oklahoma scored first in the second half, scoring a touchdown on their first drive.
Unfortunately for Hurts, his turnover woes followed him into the third quarter, as he made a huge mistake fumbling in the end zone on what would have been a huge touchdown for the Sooners.
Despite making it hard on himself, Hurts never quit and found a way to lead his team back into the game late.
Oklahoma’s defense has not been great all year, but they found something in second half against Baylor and kept the Bears at bay.
The Sooners defense allowed Hurts to rebound from his past mistakes, scoring two-straight touchdowns to tie the game at 31 points apiece.
After the Sooners tied the game, all of the momentum was in their favor and it seemed inevitable that they would come out with the victory.
It ultimately came down to a game-winning field goal, which Oklahoma kicker Gabe Brkic drilled.
By coming back from down 21 points, Oklahoma completed the largest comeback in the school’s illustrious history.
When it was all said and done, Hurts’ numbers still looked really strong as he continued his Heisman case with another gaudy performance.
Oklahoma’s College Football Playoff hopes all but went out the window when they were upset by the unranked Kansas State program a few weeks back.
Still, they are in great position to win a Big 12 Championship, as thay are now just one win away from clinching a spot in the championship game.
The Sooners could very well be meeting the Bears again in that game, as Baylor is tied with Oklahoma for first place in the Big 12 standings.
Tua Tagovailoa Out for the Season with Dislocated Hip
It was just another game day for the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday, as they were drumming an inferior opponent to an early blowout.
Playing the 4-5 Mississippi State Bulldogs, Alabama jumped out to a huge 35-7 lead behind the play of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
While the game was already in hand, Tua remained on the field and then disaster struck as Alabama’s superstar quarterback sustained a devastating injury.
Tua had to be carted off the field with what would later be diagnosed as a dislocated hip. He was said to have left the field screaming in pain.
Nick Saban discussed the decision to keep him in the game at halftime, after potentially watching his quarterback play for the Crimson Tide for the last time.
After the game it was reported that Tua’s season is over because of the dislocated hip, which effectively ends his career at Alabama.
Tua’s last game at Alabama was a good one prior to the injury, as he completed 14 of his 18 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns.
This injury also ends his Heisman case, as Tua will no longer get to finish what was a great season up to this point.
Through nine games played, Tua had 2,840 passing yards and 33 touchdowns, with just three interceptions thrown.
Tua Tagovailoa’s career got off to the most incredible of starts, as he replaced Jalen Hurts in the second half 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship and led Alabama to a comeback victory.
Tua threw three touchdown passes and was named the game’s Offensive MVP. He took over as the face of the franchise for Alabama, but due to injuries he never realized his full potential.
Now Tua will turn his attention to the next level, as he is projected to be a top draft pick in the NFL. Hopefully he can prove to be more healthy in the NFL than he was able to be in college.
Georgia Beats Auburn to Clinch SEC East
For the third-straight season, the Georgia Bulldogs will be competing for an SEC Championship, as they have clinched their spot in the 2019 SEC Championship game.
Georgia was facing off against their SEC East division rival on Saturday, the Auburn Tigers. Auburn was 7-2 on the season and a win away from overtaking the then 8-1 Bulldogs in the standings.
Auburn rallied late to make it a game, but Georgia ultimately held on to win their ninth game of the season.
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm connected on a big play early in the game, throwing a 51-yard touchdown pass to Dominick Blaylock.
That one pass accounted for nearly half of Fromm’s passing yards for the game, as he struggled to get himself going.
Fromm completed just 13 of his 28 passes for only 110 yards. He did make the passes that counted though, throwing one touchdown pass in each of the game’s first three quarters.
Georgia took a 21-0 lead into the fourth quarter, but Auburn would not go down quietly.
Bo Nix completed five-straight passes to start of a scoring drive that took the Tigers 75 yards on 12 plays. Nix finally got his team on the board with a short three-yard completion to Eli Stove.
On the Tigers next drive, Nix ran in a touchdown to cut the Bulldogs lead to just one score.
With Georgia’s offense faltering, the Tigers really had their chance to complete the comeback and earn the upset victory.
Unfortunately for Auburn, Nix made a costly mistake, missing a wide-open receiver on a fourth down play that essentially ended the game.
While they did not do so in convincing fashion, Georgia did enough to beat a very good Auburn team.
In doing so, the Bulldogs not only advance to the SEC Championship, but also keep themselves in the mix for the College Football Playoff.
On the other hand, Auburn’s chances at the playoff are officially over, as they only have a bowl game to look forward to before next season.
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