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Herm Edwards' experiment at Arizona State University had a fitting ending

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With so many games on a college football weekend, it’s easy to miss some games, while others require further investigation the next day. Before moving on to Week 4, let’s take a closer look at some of the most interesting results from Week 3.

Arizona State’s Harm Edwards’ experiment came to a disrespectful end on Sunday when the school fired him after an embarrassing 30-21 home loss to Eastern Michigan on Saturday.

It was a loss that epitomized what the Sun Devils have become under manager Edwards. ASU was pushed away by his EMU, who rushed for his 305 yards, giving MAC its first victory over his Pac-12 opponent.

ASU athletic director Ray Anderson, who happened to be Edwards’ agent during his NFL coaching days, called Sunday’s decision a “mutual agreement” between the college and Edwards. It was an acknowledgment of the failure of a vision that seemed incredible from the start.

When Anderson hired Edwards in December 2017, he hadn’t coached in nearly a decade. He spent eight his seasons as the NFL’s head coach, and then as his NFL analyst for ESPN he worked for nine years. Although he hasn’t coached at the college level since his late 1980s, Anderson is part of a “new leadership model” that should be “similar to his NFL approach using a general manager structure.” As a result, he brought Edwards to Tempe.

During the first half of the NCAA college football game in Tempe, Arizona, on Saturday, September 17, 2022, Arizona State University head coach Herm Edwards watches the team play against Eastern Michigan.  (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards sees his team fall to Eastern Michigan on Saturday as the near-3 TD favorite. (AP Photo/Daryl Webb)

That so-called “model” was presented publicly as some kind of bold and innovative plan. Less than five years later, it culminated in a home loss to a mid-sized MAC program playing backup quarterback. The loss left the 68-year-old Edwards to his 26-20 record as head of the ASU as his coach, which really reflects the tumultuous reality of a utterly mediocre tenure. not.

Through his first three seasons, Edwards produced the same mediocre results that ASU had under former head coach Todd Graham. The Sun Devils went 7-6 in 2018, 8-5 in 2019, and 2-2 in the abbreviated 2020 pandemic season. Along the way, Edwards and his staff had amassed a decent collection of talent — until news of the NCAA investigation surfaced.

In the summer of 2021, multiple outlets, including Yahoo Sports, reported that the ASU program was being investigated to host recruits during the NCAA-mandated no-contact period at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The investigation led to the dismissal of most of Edwards’ staff and cast a dark cloud over his 2021 season for the Sun Devils. ASU were considered potential Pac-12 title contenders, but again he went 8-5, making him one of the most penalized teams in the country.

Amid a protracted NCAA investigation, ASU’s recruiting efforts failed, resulting in a massive exodus of the team’s top players after the season. Despite this, Anderson brought his sidekick Harm back for another season.

It took just three games of the 2022 season for Anderson and the rest of ASU’s leadership to realize they were wrong.

“At the heart of this is the best for our current team, staff and university,” Anderson said in a statement Sunday. It has to start with today’s decision.”

Where does ASU go from here? NCAA penalties are looming, but the job has a lot of appeal. Especially its location and proximity to talented people. Names such as Bill O’Brien, Tom Herman, Kalani Shitake, Deion Sanders, and Todd Monken have already been speculated for the work.

But the bigger question for the college is whether Anderson should have a say in the coaching search after Edwards’ hiring went awry.

This needs to be answered before ASU can begin its task of attempting to rebuild its football program.

Kansas QB Jaron Daniels is one of the most exciting players in college football.

Jr. threw for 158 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 123 yards and two TDs in the Jayhawks’ big win against the Cougars on Saturday. See what Daniels did to Houston’s defense. Unless you graduated from the University of Houston, you can’t help but have fun.

By now, you know Kansas is one of college football’s best stories going 3-0, already surpassing BetMGM’s 2.5 wins total. And Daniels has been a big part of this Kansas football comeback, as he has some of the best stats in college football throughout his first three weeks of the season.

Daniels threw 7 TDs for 1 interception on 47 of 70 passes for 566 yards. He also rushed 27 times for 337 yards and 3 touchdowns. Nor did Kansas hit the cupcake schedule. Kansas opened with his FCS opponents in Week 1 before taking on Big 12 foe West Virginia in Week 2, where he won by 13 margins in overtime.

Kansas hasn’t gained quarterback capability since 2007, when Todd Riesing led the Jayhawks to the Orange Bowl. You can play even at an average level. Daniels is far above average and is a big reason Kansas is in the middle of bowl qualification for the first time since berth in that Orange Bowl. is not likely, but not impossible, to go 6-0 ahead of the Oct. 15 trip to Oklahoma.

LSU held Mississippi QB Will Rogers to his worst passing performance since 2020, giving Brian Kelly a big win in his start for the Tigers.

Rodgers had 24 of 42 passes for 214 yards on a TD and an interception on Saturday night. It was the fewest yards he threw in one game as an MSU starting QB since his Forces Bowl armed in 2020, and his 57.1% completion percentage is the highest in the Bulldogs. His 3 were the worst in his season and his 25 games.

The Tigers scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to turn a 16-10 deficit into a 15-point win. This is thanks to an error on Mississippi State’s punt on his return and a great performance by LSU’s defense.

LSU led 17–16 after Austin Williams fumbled a punt inside his own 10 at the start of the fourth quarter. LSU pushed Mississippi State to a three-and-out on their next drive, gaining 14 plays and 85 yards. eight point lead.

The 14 plays LSU had on that TD drive is one less than the Mississippi State offense has had since kicking a field goal for a 6-point lead in the third quarter. Thanks to that botched punt and LSU’s extraordinary effort, MSU executed just 15 offensive plays in his final 21 minutes of the game.

The Bulldogs’ longest drive in that span was a desperate five-play effort late in the fourth quarter that ended when Jayward intercepted Rodgers.

If LSU plays in the top half of the SEC West, they’ll need more performances like that from their defense. The Tigers pass offense is still very uneven despite having Malik Neighbors and Kaisyon Butte outside. Perhaps that’s because Jaden Daniels is still adapting to aggressive schemes in his first season at Baton Rouge. But for the entire season, he can’t function as his LSU’s primary raid threat.

LSU head coach Brian Kelly is seen after the NCAA college football game against Southern on Saturday, September 10, 2022 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

LSU is now 2-1 under head coach Brian Kelly after their victory over Mississippi State on Saturday night. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

extra points

  • Tulane 17, Kansas 10: Kansas State is a trendy offseason pick for a Big 12 title, and the Wildcats’ 40-12 victory over Missouri in Week 2 could make Kansas State a ruckus in the conference race. It didn’t silence those who were thinking. But K-State’s complete lack of pass offense flew under the radar. Adrian Martinez, who moved to his quarterback on the team from Nebraska, had just 154 yards in his first two games for K State, and he went 20/35 combined. As such, Martinez and the rest of the attack were unable to pick up the slack when Tulane blocked a ground attack by Deuce Vaughn and the Wildcats. The end result was two TD underdog Green, who was a big upset for Wave.

  • Texas 41, UTSA 20: This seemed like the perfect place for a disappointment from Texas, right after a valiant effort trailed Alabama by one point. But Bijan Robinson would not allow it. Even after the Roadrunners took a 17-7 lead from him, Robinson and the Longhorns fought back to win by 21 margins. In this win, Robinson rushed for his 183 yards and his three touchdowns. Texas is forever ahead.

  • Iowa 27, Nevada 0: The Hawkeyes offense scored more TDs against the Wolfpack than the first two games of the season. Iowa’s offense was delayed hours by lightning and entered his zone in the end three times in a match that ended at midnight with most people sleeping. Nevada is in a serious rebuilding phase and has lost a lot of talent starting in 2021, so Iowa’s offense can’t be said to be fixed. Spencer Petras averaged just 6.7 yards in attempts, and Hawkeye carried less than 5 yards. But after two weeks of his worst, at least it’s a step forward for Iowa.

  • Rice 33, Louisiana 21: It flew under the radar, but the nation’s longest winning streak came to an end Saturday when Louisiana lost to Rice. This is the longest winning streak record at the FBS level. UL enters its first season under Michael Desormeaux after Billy Napier departs for Florida. The Ragin ‘Cajuns started his year with two wins at home, but struggled in his first game on the road. UL was only able to muster 175 yards of offense in losses.

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