PODCAST: Best coaching hires, kicking off bowl season in style

Austin Hill and Matt Scott connected for two fourth quarter touchdowns in Arizona's 49-48 New Mexico Bowl win. (US Presswire)

After a brief hiatus spent glued to the flight tracker, the Eye On College Football Podcast is back up and rolling with another Rewind episode with Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli). The season for coaching changes is finally winding down, so Tom and I are more than happy to slow down the coaching carousel while kicking off the beloved bowl season.

We begin with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, which exceeded most every expectation for a Dec. 15 bowl game as Arizona mounted an unbelievable comeback -- including two touchdowns in the final 46 seconds -- to defeat Nevada 49-48, giving Rich Rodriguez his first bowl win since the 2007 Gator Bowl. We also break down our favorite bowl sponsors, and the fun of getting to see these companies' advertisements more in one afternoon than we will see the rest of the year. Utah State's Chuckie Keeton and Kerwynn Williams get some praise for their impressive performances as well, as the Aggies wore down Toledo and pulled away late for a 41-15 victory.

Stick around as Tom names Kliff Kingsbury and Bobby Petrino as his favorite coaching hires of the silly season, and explains why he likes each of them for different reasons. We also spend some time looking at Wisconsin, arguably the best job still available, and try to look at the options for Barry Alvarez as the AD ponders the future of the program.

In a hurry? Check the contents below for specific topics

0:00 -- Debunking college football's so-called "dead period"
3:00 -- Reflecting on Arizona's incredible New Mexico Bowl win against Nevada. Covering the fights, big comebacks, and even the Gildan advertisements
7:00 -- Discussing Utah State's slow beatdown of an injury-depleted Toledo team in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
10:00 -- The Coaching Carousel is slowing down, so Tom and I discuss some of our favorite hires of the silly season
15:00 -- Where are we in the Wisconsin coaching search? Who is left on the wish list and where does that job rank in an evolving Big Ten?
19:50 -- With four games on the slate for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Tom and I select the games we are most looking forward to watching.

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Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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