RENO, Nevada — Nevada coach Chris Ault is retiring after 28 seasons leading the Wolf Pack and changing the way teams play offense.
Ault is the winningest coach in school history with a record of 233-109-1. He raised the program from Division II to I-AA and eventually helped it become a winner I-A.
The 66-year-old Ault won 10 conference championships and took the Wolf Pack to postseason play 16 times, including 10 bowl games in 12 FBS seasons.
Maybe his most famous contribution came late in his career, when he invented the Pistol offense in 2005, a scheme now employed by hundreds of teams at every level of football.
SAN FRANCISCO — Arizona State contends with a variety of offenses in the Pac-12 conference.
From the Air Raid at Washington State to the power running game at Stanford to the pro styles at Southern California to the fast-paced option at Oregon.
None of that will prepare the Sun Devils (7-5) for what they will face on Saturday in the Fight Hunger Bowl when they take on Navy (8-4) and its vaunted triple-option running attack.
Oregon State generated the biggest one-year turnaround in school history and could secure its third 10-win season by beating Texas in the Alamo Bowl.
The Longhorns are trying to reverse a three-year slide from a time when 10 wins were just a footnote on the way to championship games and other BCS bowls.
Beating the 15th-ranked Beavers on Saturday night would be another baby step back to the elite for Mack Brown and company, with still a long way to go.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Troy Calhoun has exceeded some people's expectations as Air Force's coach.
After becoming the first academy graduate to become the Falcons head coach, the team was coming off three consecutive losing seasons. He was told by some it'd be an accomplishment to get to one bowl over the next five years.
Well, Air Force (6-6) will makes its school-record sixth consecutive bowl appearance on Saturday, against Rice (6-6) in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Like Rice, which had to win its last four games just to be bowl eligible, the Falcons want to finish with a winning record.
ATLANTA — Dabo Swinney again has Clemson on the verge of 11 wins, a milestone reached by only three teams in school history.
Reaching 11 wins might convince Swinney to call his No. 14 Tigers great. It's a title he's willing to place on No. 9 LSU, which will face Clemson in Monday night's Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Clemson (10-2) is coming off a 27-17 loss to in-state rival South Carolina. It finished the 2011 season at 10-4, when a lopsided 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl kept the Tigers from 11 wins.
Swinney says LSU (10-2) deserves to be called great because the Tigers won a recent national championship (2007) and played for the title last year.
Speaking of his team, Swinney says We're not great, not yet.
-- The Associated Press