Three-Point Stance: Weekend's best and worst, job rankings
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Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell’s Three-Point Stance is here with Saturday Shine and Saturday Shame from the weekend as well as ranking the coaching jobs that have opened (so far) in 2017.
1. SATURDAY SHINE
Here are the college football teams, players and coaches that impressed me over the weekend.
Auburn – What a performance, beating yet another No. 1 team in dominating fashion. This is the most dangerous team in college football.
Jarrett Stidham, Auburn – His first Iron Bowl and the biggest game of his career was no big deal as he looked the part and is living up to the hype I didn’t think he could live up to.
Kerryon Johnson, Auburn – This is one tough kid. Every defender knows he is getting the ball and they still can’t stop him. Johnson needs to be healthy for Auburn to continue its run.
Clemson's defense – The Tigers' defense continues to dominate and is the reason Clemson will win the national title again this year.
Wisconsin's defense – The most underrated defense in college football? It could be. They play great fundamental football, bring pressure from all over and have a vastly underrated defensive line. Once again the Badgers dominated on both sides of the ball, but the defense needs some kudos.
Oklahoma's offense – I’ll keep putting the Sooners' offense on here as long as they continue to be the best in the country, and they are. West Virginia had no chance. Heck, the Sooners would have scored 50-plus with Kyler Murray in there.
Ole Miss – It's been a rough few years, but the Rebels logged a great win in the Egg Bowl and have perhaps the best 1-2 punch for pure talent at wide receiver in the country in A.J. Brown and DK Metcalf.
Scott Frost, Central Florida – He’s a heckuva coach and has been able to keep his team focused through all the distractions. It was a great win over USF in a game they could have easily lost.
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State – You can’t argue with the numbers even though I’m not as high on him as I was starting the season. Every touchdown pass he throws seems to be from 40-yards out at least.
Skylar Thompson, Kansas State – This kid is exciting to watch and should be the future at Kansas State. He shows zero anxiety in big situations, something you can’t teach and his touchdown pass to win the game at the buzzer was impressive.
2. SATURDAY SHAME
Here are the college football teams, players and coaches that disappointed me over the weekend:
Nick Saban, Alabama – How many times is Saban on this list? How about never until now. His team looked unprepared and he was outcoached at Auburn.
Miami's offense – The loss to Pitt was one of the biggest choke jobs you can imagine and the offense just looked simply awful.
Mississippi State – A bad loss to finish the season. The Bulldogs looked great in some games and simply lost in others.
Notre Dame – If the Irish can’t run it seems they don’t have an answer. Teams began to figure them out down the stretch of the season, which is not a good sign for next year.
Washington State – The Cougars just need to beat their rival to get into the Pac-12 title game. That’s all they had to do and they got blown out.
Rutgers – Sure, 4-8 is better than last year, but the last couple of games have reminded me of last season, just ugly.
UConn – It’s fitting to finish a 3-9 season on a missed extra point, isn’t it?
Kansas – How many road losses is that in a row? 42? That’s amazing.
Florida – An embarrassing offense, an embarrassing season and just overall an amazingly bad year for a program that should never have one like it.
Florida State – A Gatorade bath for Jimbo Fisher for a win over Florida to move to 5-6? Really?
Kentucky – Things got ugly down the stretch, unlike last season. This 7-5 season feels a lot worse than last year’s.
Nebraska – How many negative records can one team set in one season? My goodness this team went from bad to horrible very quickly.
Tennessee – See Nebraska. A winless SEC season in Knoxville? That’s crazy.
3. RANKING THE JOBS THAT HAVE OPENED IN 2017
Here's how I would rank the head coaching jobs that have opened (so far) in 2017.
1. Florida – This is the best job that has opened when it comes to recent winning tradition and recruiting geography. Dan Mullen will have everything he needs to be successful as this is a top 10 job.
2. Texas A&M – I give the Aggies the nod over the Vols because they can recruit Texas and Louisiana. I’d put this job in the 11-15 range overall. Texas A&M could be a sleeping giant with the right coach.
3. Tennessee – The state of Tennessee is improving for talent and it borders Georgia which is improving even more. This is also in that 11-15 range for national jobs.
4. UCLA – The recruiting base is awesome, but this is a basketball school in a conference that is very competitive, so it’s outside the top 15 as a national job.
5. Nebraska – The fan base is unmatched and the game day atmosphere is insane, but this is a land-locked state for recruiting talent so to speak. It’s a tough job in an easy division.
6. Arkansas – How do you win at Arkansas in the SEC West? Gus Malzahn would be a dream hire but I doubt he’s going anywhere. Part of the problem is the Hawgs have a tough recruiting territory.
7. Arizona State – I put the Sun Devils behind Arkansas because the Hawgs have the SEC lure, but Arizona State isn’t a bad job.
8. Mississippi State — Normally this would be right behind Ole Miss as far as jobs go, but Mullen has made Starkville an attractive location for a new coach, the commitment to football is clear there and they aren’t in NCAA hot water.
9. Ole Miss – It's tough to win in the SEC West, but this is not an attractive job with the NCAA hammer yet to drop. Matt Luke is a solid choice if not the splash some were hoping for.
10. Oregon State – This could be the toughest place to win in the Power Five.