Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin spent Saturday night in our favorite city, Las Vegas, site of the Fremont Cannon battle between Nevada and host Nevada Las Vegas. It was the last game for Rebels coach Bobby Hauck. His team faded late and lost, 49-27.
Nevada Las Vegas now begins its search for Hauck's replacement, with reports indicating that Bishop Gorman High's Tony Sanchez being at the top of the list. Sanchez's candidacy is said to be backed by Lorenzo Fertitta, CEO of Ultimate Fighting Championship and vice chairman of Station Casinos. Fertitta reportedly would commit as much as $30 million to the program if Sanchez is hired.
Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin started his weekend in Tucson, where Arizona was playing host to Arizona State in the Territorial Cup game. The Wildcats' 42-35 victory proved to be huge. Combined with Stanford's defeat of UCLA, the outcomes gave Arizona the Pacific 12 South title. The Wildcats will play North Division champion Oregon in Friday's Pac-12 title game at Santa Clara.
Howie Kussoy, New York Post: The greed of conference realignment killed many great rivalries — Oklahoma-Nebraska, Kansas-Missouri, Pittsburgh-West Virginia, Texas-Texas A&M and others. But there is plenty of fun to go around, beginning with the Egg Bowl between Mississippi and Mississippi State. Take the Rebels and the points.
Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel, Fox Sports: All Missouri needs to punch its ticket to the Southeastern Conference title game is to beat Arkansas at home. But the Razorbacks have mauled their last two opponents and will make it three in a row at Columbia.
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: It's Farmageddon when Nebraska and Iowa square off in Iowa City. Hlastradamus is zeroed in on this game. The Hawkeyes are 6-2 against the number in their last eight games. The Cornhuskers have failed to cover in their last four. The trend will continue. Take Iowa and give the number.
Double D, Boston Herald: Maryland and Rutgers tussle for the first time as members of the Big Ten. The Terrapins, who are favored by eight points, have a chance to post a winning record in the league play. Fear the turtle and give the points.
Reno Journal-Gazette: The handicappers' holiday gifts to bettors: Kentucky, UCLA and Florida.
Jon Wilner, College Hotline: California needs a victory against Brigham Young to become eligible for a bowl game in Sonny Dykes' second season. The Golden Bears won't disappoint.
Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports: The Confidence Pool. The locks of the week are Mississippi State, Arizona State and South Carolina.
It's going to be Oregon vs. Alabama for the championship, according to odds posted by Bovada. The Ducks are listed at 9/2 to win the championship, topped only by Alabama's 2/1.
Defending champion Florida State, which has won 27 in a row, is listed at 6/1. Ohio State is fourth at 7/1. Mississippi State, which is ranked fourth by the selection committee at the time of this post, is tied with Baylor at 8/1.
The Heisman race is down to Marcus Mariota of Oregon and Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin. Mariota is listed at 1/3 and Gordon 2/1.