SAN MARCOS, TX – Texas State Coach Jake Spavital was fired Sunday after four seasons in which the Lynx won just 13 games.
Texas State ended its second straight season 4-8 on Saturday, losing 41-13 at home to Louisiana-Lafayette.
The Sun Belt program has only had one winning season since moving to FBS in 2012.
“I strongly believe that Texas State Football can consistently win at a high level,” said athletic director Don Coryell. “We have some of the most passionate and generous fans and supporters of college football; we have huge opportunities; we are in the hotbed of football communities and recruits; we are united in our shared vision of Texas football; and we are working to provide the necessary resources so that our student athletes and coaches can succeed.”
Spavital, 37, was one of the youngest head coaches in major college football when he was hired after the 2018 season.
He was an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for West Virginia, California, and Texas A&M before taking his first head coaching position.
Spavital and the state of Texas made headlines when they signed a recruiting course that initially had nothing but transfers and no high school recruits in 2021.
Sweeney said Sunday that Wiagaleley was not the reason for the 10th-seeded Tigers’ 31-30 loss to South Carolina on Saturday.
Wiagaleley completed just 8 of 29 passes for 99 yards in the loss. He set up an interception in the second half as the Tigers tried to rally to score the go-ahead.
Sweeney said the Wiagalels’ receivers had a few drops and the defensemen were deeply battered by the South Carolina quarterback. Spencer Rattler at decisive moments.
“He’s still a starter,” Sweeney said. “He doesn’t play safe and doesn’t catch the ball. He has his share of things he can do better. But he will definitely start the game.”
Wiagaleley looked like he found his form thanks to a 7-0 start from Clemson with 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions. But he’s thrown at least one pick in the Tigers’ last five games and has been on the bench against Syracuse and Notre Dame as a rookie. Cade Strawberry.
The Tigers (10-2) are looking for their seventh Atlantic Coast Conference crown in eight seasons when they face the Tar Heels (9-3) on Saturday.
Michigan climbed to 2nd in the Associated Press College Football Poll Sunday, with TCU coming in 3rd and Southern California in 4th behind the leading Georgia after four top 10 teams lost in the last regular season game day. .
The Bulldogs (12-0) are number one for the eighth consecutive week and the 11th time this season in Regions Bank’s AP Top 25. Georgia received 58 first-place votes, while Michigan received the other five.
The Wolverines (12-0) reached a season-high 2nd after defeating Ohio State, dropping the Buckeyes three spots to 5th.
TCU (12-0) has the highest ranking since finishing 2nd in the 2015 season and USC has the best end-of-season ranking since finishing the 2016 season in 3rd place.
The other teams that dropped out of the top 10 were LSU, Clemson and Oregon. LSU’s loss to Texas A&M dropped these Tigers five places to 11th. Clemson’s loss to South Carolina saw him fall three places to No. 10. The Ducks’ fourth-quarter crash against Oregon State cost Oregon a spot in the Pac-12 title game. and five places in the poll where he dropped to 15th.
Alabama was No. 6 ahead of Tennessee, who beat the Crimson Tide with a last-second home field goal earlier this season.
8th in Pennsylvania and 9th in Washington have the best rankings of the season. The Huskies have not been in the top 10 since the 2018 season when they reached No. 6.
It was the eighth week of the regular season since 2017 that four top 10 teams lost, including the second this season. Three of those weeks were in 2017.
The last time five or more top 10 teams lost in the same week of the regular season was in 2016.
– UTSA’s No. 23 (10-2) debuted this season on the AP Top 25. Last year, the Roadrunners reached the top for the first time in the program’s short history.
Texas-San Antonio became an FBS school in 2012. The defending Conference USA champions finished 15th last season and will go to their second straight C-USA title game.
– No. 20 South Carolina (8-4) returned to the rankings after a second loss in a row to a top 10 team. The Gamecocks beat Clemson on Saturday after beating Tennessee last week. South Carolina was in the rankings for one week in October, but then immediately fell behind Missouri.
– No. 25 Mississippi (8-4) returned to the rankings for the second time this season.
– Mississippi (8-4) dropped out of the rankings for the first time this season. The Rebels reached seventh after a 7–0 start, but ended the season losing four out of five.
– Cincinnati (9-3) eliminated again. The Bearcats were in and out for most of the season. Losing to Tulane on Friday put them out again.
– Coastal Carolina was out of the game after being defeated James Madison but he still has a place in the Sunbelt Championship next week.
Pak-12 – 6 (No. 4, 9, 12, 15, 16, 17).
SPK – 6 (No. 1, 6, 7, 11, 20, 25).
AKK – 3 (No. 10, 14, 24).
Big Ten – 3 (No. 2, 5, 8).
Large 12 – 3 (No. 3, 13, 21).
American – 2 (No. 18, 22).
US Conference – 1 (No. 23).
Independent – 1 (No. 19).
RANKED vs. RANKED
Championship week includes matches of ranked teams in five conferences:
– No. 11 LSU vs. No. 1 Georgia, Southeastern Conference Championship.
– No. 3 TCU vs. No. 13 Kansas State Big 12 Championship.
– No. 4 USC vs. No. 12 Utah, Pac-12 Championship.
– No. 10 Clemson vs. No. 24 North Carolina, Atlantic Coast Conference Championship.
– Tulane No. 18 vs. No. 22 UCF, American Athletic Conference Championship.