Jeff Monken. The first-year Georgia Southern coach has the Eagles back in the playoffs after a thrilling finish to the regular season, including an overtime win against Appalachian State and then a comeback victory over rival Furman last week. Georgia Southern plays host to South Carolina State on Saturday with the winner advancing to play second-seeded William & Mary in the second round.
Bo Pelini. The Nebraska head man is 42. He's a man. Yeah, we get it. But that's no reason for him to go bananas on the sideline. Pelini apologized for letting his anger get the best of him in a 9-6 loss to Texas A&M in which he yelled at referees and his starting quarterback. Pelini's likely one tirade away from getting fired.
MAKING SENSE OF IT ALL
Auburn has three wins over teams currently ranked 12th or better but is ranked No. 2 in the AP poll. Top-ranked Oregon has just two victories over ranked teams -- No. 9 Stanford and No. 24 Southern California.
DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME
The top three teams in the AP poll -- Oregon, Auburn and Boise State, respectively -- all play ranked foes this week. Fourth-ranked Texas Christian has what should be an easy win, playing a terrible New Mexico team.
RANKING THE BIG FOUR
1. South Carolina (8-3, 5-3 SEC): With three wins, Gamecocks can notch the first 11-win season in school history; two victories will give the team just its second 10-win campaign.
2. Clemson (6-5, 4-4, Atlantic Coast Conference): Quarterback Kyle Parker's best game of the season came at the right time for the now bowl-eligible Tigers.
3. Georgia (5-6, 3-5 SEC): Running backs Washaun Ealey and Caleb King have combined for 1,021 rushing yards this season.
4. Georgia Tech (6-5, 4-4 ACC): Anthony Allen is the second-leading rusher in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 1,059 yards.
- South Carolina State at Georgia Southern, 2 p.m. (No TV)
- South Carolina at Clemson, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
- Georgia Tech at Georgia, 7:45 p.m. (ESPN)
THIS WEEK'S STORY LINES
Clemson: Tigers will have to slow down a Gamecock offense that's scored 20 or more points in all but one game this season.
Georgia: Last time the Bulldogs had to defeat the Yellow Jackets to become bowl eligible was in 1995 -- Ray Goff's final season.
Georgia Tech: Yellow Jackets' best bet will be to try to win a shootout -- like in 1999 or 2008.
South Carolina: Gamecocks seeking consecutive wins over the Tigers for the first time in four decades.