NCAA Week 12 Early Lookahead: Last Home Game for Bill Snyder?

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, November 8, 2018 8:24 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 8:24 PM UTC

Here’s a quick look at some interesting Week 12 college football matchups, all of which SBR will have covered in one way or another.

Indiana at No. 4 MichiganNo. 10 Ohio State at Maryland

5Dimes summer lines: NA

Should either of these games be close? In theory, no, but the reason we are listing them together is that they could be trap games for the Wolverines and Buckeyes because then they meet on Nov. 24 in Columbus for surely the Big Ten East title. Either UM or OSU would then be heavily favored over the West champion. Presuming a win there, that team should land in the College Football Playoff.

Michigan is 57-9 all-time vs. the Hoosiers and hasn’t lost in the series since 1987. It was just 27-20 last year, though, in Bloomington. Ohio State is 4-0 vs. the Terps, winning 62-14 last year. All four wins have been by at least 21 points.

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Look for a statement soon on the impending retirement of Bill Snyder. According to sources, he will not return in 2019 at #KansasState.

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Texas Tech at Kansas State

5Dimes summer line: NA

Could this be the last home game for Bill Snyder at a stadium that bears his name (Bill Snyder Family Stadium)? Snyder, already in the College Football Hall of Fame, is going to be 80 next season. The oldest coach in the FBS already retired once, from 2006-08.

There’s talk he might finally hang it up after this year – disregard the five-year extension he got in August -- as long as he’s allowed to name his son Sean, the Wildcats’ special teams coordinator and associated head coach, as his successor. However, some school officials don’t want that so there’s a bit of a power struggle going on. Plus, it might be time to break it off as the Wildcats are probably finishing with a losing record for the first time under Snyder since 2005. That’s when he initially decided to retire.

K-State and Texas Tech have split 18 all-time meetings. The Wildcats have won the past two, last year’s going to overtime.

No. 17 Boston College at Florida State

5Dimes summer line: NA

Could FSU’s NCAA-record streak of 36 straight seasons with a bowl appearance come to an end? Starting to look that way. That streak should have an asterisk, though, as last year, the Seminoles scheduled and beat Louisiana-Monroe on Dec. 2 to make up for a September game cancelled by Hurricane Irma to move to 6-6 and get bowl-eligible. Jimbo Fisher already had left for Texas A&M by then.

Two very different offensive attacks here as the Noles are near the bottom nationally in rushing, while the Eagles are among the better running teams behind All-American tailback AJ Dillon.

FSU had a seven-game winning streak in the series snapped last year, getting clobbered 35-3 in Chestnut Hill. Dillon rushed for 149 yards and a score. BC totaled 241 yards on the ground and just 88 through the air. The Seminoles were held to 213 yards.

USC at UCLA

5Dimes summer line: Trojans -7

This is essentially UCLA’s bowl game as the Bruins will not be playing in one as they are struggling mightily in Chip Kelly’s first season as head coach. The Bruins have been hit hard by injuries, but I’m not sure anyone saw this terrible year coming.

Southern Cal, meanwhile, is fighting for the Pac-12 South title. It wins a head-to-head tiebreaker over Arizona but loses ones to Utah and Arizona State. This is the Trojans’ conference finale, although they do play again on Nov. 24 against a little school called Notre Dame.

USC is 49-31-7 all-time vs. UCLA. The Trojans won their third straight in the series last year, 28-23. Sam Darnold (264 yards, pick) didn’t have a great game but Ronald Jones did (28 carries, 122 yards two scores). Josh Rosen threw for 421 yards and three TDs in a losing effort. Jordan Lasley caught 10 for 204 and all three scores.

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