NWN 25 Key Findings: Mullen Comes Under Scrutiny; No. 2 Iowa Upset

AP 25 Key Findings: Mullen Comes Under Scrutiny;  No. 2 Iowa Upset

At the Southeast Conference, the hot seat coach can change from week to week.

Welcome Dan Mullen.

The Florida man had a lot to explain on Saturday after the 20th-place Gators lost to LSU. and big coach Ed Orgeron last week.

The Florida-LSU rivalry often boils down to quirks. In fact, it was last season’s game that was decided by an abandoned boot that seemed to kick off a sharp drop in the Gators fan’s confidence towards their fourth-year coach.

After a two-game losing streak, LSU (4-3) hit the ground for the Gators. The Tigers have run nearly as many yards (321, including 287 by Tyrion Davis-Price) as they had in the previous three games combined (327).

Florida fans were annoyed by defense coordinator Todd Grantham for a while, but Mullen supported one of the highest paid assistant coaches in the country ($ 1.8 million a year).

“I don’t like to jump to conclusions,” Mullen told reporters when asked about the possibility of making changes in the season. “I like to know the facts.”

As bad as the Gators’ defense played on Saturday, there has been a lot of talk about which side of the ball Mullen specializes in.

Why did it take Mullen so long to shift the crime onto Anthony Richardson? The freshman rallied the Alligators in the second half, but the damage done by the defense was too great to be overcome. Richardson made three assists and scored, but made two interceptions.

Richardson looked like the Gators’ most talented quarterback since the start of the season, but a hamstring injury prevented Alabama from losing last month. He was healthy enough to play the defeat to Kentucky, but threw only one pass and ran five times as the Gators scored 13 points in favor of Emory Jones.

“I love it when everyone puts labels on people. He’s a young quarterback who is learning and developing, ”Mullen said of Richardson. “It’s a good label for him.”

Since losing last season to a similarly damaged LSU team, Florida has lost 2-6 to the Power Five. Victories are won against Vanderbilt and Tennessee, but it has two competitive games against Alabama, one in the SEC Championship.

Georgia’s ascent to Juggernaut doesn’t make Mullen’s life easier.

However, he is 33-13 years old in Florida and has made three appearances in the New Year’s Six Bowls. Chances are high that even if the Alligators (4-3) hit something like 7-5, Mullen will be safe.

The situation is much more confusing for the other two coaches in the national championship pedigree program.

When it looked like Scott Frost was heading Nebraska in the right direction, the Kornhuskers (3-5) lost in Minnesota. in another game that was there for the capture.

Frost is 5-17 in games decided by one possession in four seasons at his alma mater. To get into the cup for the first time under Frost, Nebraska needs to play 3-1 against Purdue, Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Nebraska has tortured its fans with excruciating losses, but it may not be any worse than what Miami has done lately.

Hurricanes (2-4) allowed another incredible escape into North Carolina.leaving Manny Diaz (16-14) for two and a half seasons to lead The U.

“This dressing room has a really good team,” Diaz told reporters. “We just don’t have a good reputation. We are the ones that are mentioned in our track record. But there is a good team there. If we stick to the course, it will be visible. “

As for Mullen, all he had to do was look at the pitch on Saturday to see how quickly things were changing at the SEC.

The Florida beating gave Orggeron at least a temporary respite. Just two years before the national championship, Orgeron will need a few more appearances from his team, as he did in the match against Florida, in order not to get fired.

REALITY BITS JOB

Only Iowa’s biggest fans believed that Hawkeye’s 6-0 start was built on solid foundations.

That doesn’t mean Iowa didn’t deserve its moment as the No. 2 team in the country, but it was clear that at some point the Turnover Fairy wouldn’t show up and the team was ranked 121st nationwide in yards per game (4.65 ) it was necessary to find a way to score without much help.

Purdue has traveled to Iowa City with just 13 points in each of his last three games, but the Boilermakers have added to their points. Rich History as Giant Killer giving Hawkeye their first loss

Purdue’s David Bell was unstoppable, scoring 240 yards, and the Boilermakers beat a top two team for the 13th time in high school history. Nine of them came into the game unrated, the last before Saturday was at home against Ohio State in 2018.

Hawkeye is still well positioned to win the West’s Big Ten, but unless they can recover some of the magic that made them an unlikely top-five team, Iowa as a contender for Cinderella doesn’t need much attention.

Georgia continued to establish itself as the clear No. 1 in the country against No. 11 in Kentucky.and who is number 2?

No. 3 Cincinnati would be a safe choice. Number 4 Oklahoma had to take care of Saturday night against TCU.

Stay tuned for updates on Sunday.

COUNTRY # 12 Oklahoma’s protection is legal. The Cowboys held Texas 14 yards in their last six runs to erase the 24-13 deficit. and stay undefeated. … One discouraging home loss against Western Michigan prevented Pitt from gaining much attention, but after the Virginia Tech debacle The Panthers are the clear favorites in the ACC Coastal. How about some Heisman hype for Kenny Pickett’s QB? … The versatile player of the day is Baylor midfielder Dillon Doyle. The part-time blocker and the team’s top tackler ran a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and bagged in a win over No. 19 BYU.… … A week after UMass ended a 16-game losing streak against UConn, the Huskies recorded their 11-game losing streak against Yale.… … Arizona’s losing streak was 18 games against Colorado… The Wildcats have played half of the season under new coach Jedd Fish and are still under 20 points per game. … Armani Rogers from Ohio has set the record that is impossible to break, break 99 yards against buffalolongest in NCAA history for a quarterback.

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