Four Downs: Week Four is in the Books...So is Les Miles LSU Career

The college football season is 1/4 over and big things happened around the country yesterday, here are a few of the big stories...

It was Black Sunday for a few coaches around the country. Les Miles tenure is over at LSU. Ron Turner's time is up at Florida International and Brian Vangorder is out as DC at Notre Dame. Most of you didn't know that Ron Turner was the head coach at FIU. Now you'll never have to know. Vangorder is serving as Brian Kelly's scapegoat for a 1-3 start. Miles is the interesting firing here. He barely survived 2015 and his team was a top 5 squad coming into 2016 but losses to Wisconsin and Auburn as well as a general feeling that the Tigers were an offensive mess proved to be his ouster. A Roundup favorite, Ed Orgeron is back in the interim role, a position he held at USC after Lane Kiffin's departure. 

Speaking of firings at the SEC, Ole Miss dismantled Georgia yesterday in the Grove. It was the first victory for Ole Miss over the Dawgs since the Clinton Administration. Georgia apparently grew tired of winning 9-10 games a year under Mark Richt, so they made a change and brought in a coordinator who'd never been a head coach in Kirby Smart. The results have been a near loss to Nichols State, a bad Missouri team and a blowout loss to Ole Miss. The Bulldogs may have made themselves the new Tennessee who got tired of winning games under Phil Fulmer so they canned him and have been searching in the wilderness ever since. 

Remember when Michigan State was a playoff contender and a favorite in the Big 10 East along with Ohio State and Michigan? It was way back last week. Now their signature win over Notre Dame looks less impressive and Wisconsin just came into East Lancing and blew out old Sparty. Perhaps Wisconsin is the upstart Big 10 contender after wins over LSU and Michigan State. Or perhaps preseason rankings are terrible and we're just now finding out who's good and who's LSU.

 

Lastly, give it up for the Colorado Buffaloes. The Buffs are 3-1 with a loss to only Michigan and win yesterday in Eugene. No one saw the Buffs coming this soon but they look to be at the very least a PAC 12 divisional competitor. They won yesterday with a redshirt freshman backup quarterback making his first start and doing it on the road, El Paso native Steven Montez. Mike MacIntyre is putting together a pretty good season after several years of rebuilding in Boulder. 

Posted on September 25, 2016 and filed under Southwest Round-Up.