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Well, this is one of the best days of the year. Hundreds of football games (at all levels) and everyone is undefeated as of this morning. Let the games; and the journey, begin...


Penn State began the morning with an important win for the program in James Franklin's first game as head coach. Penn State's defense thwarted UCF's offense in the first half; but UCF brought on freshman QB Justin Holman in the second half and he played a great game. He threw the ball well, ran it well and made heady decisions. Impressive start for this young man; but in the end, Penn State got the ball back with about 1:20 to play and down one. Hackenberg drove them to the 20 and Penn State made the field goal as time expired for the win. Fun second half to watch.

I loved this play.

Over on GameDay, clearly my favorite segment was "Coaches read mean tweets". Saban and Hoke were good; but I loved how Muschamp and Mullen responded to theirs.

This keen observation took place about a minute before halftime.

I flinched in my seat when I saw this live.

Big 4th down call for Jim Mora. What's he thinking? Well, have a listen.

So, how'd that work out?


Some observations from the early games:

  • Both Penn State and UCF will win a lot of games this year. UCF's QB Holman came out of nowhere and could be special.
  • Ohio State struggled to get their offense going and had a challenging time defending Navy's offense. I'm sure Urban is happy to put that game behind them.
  • UCLA looked out of sync the entire game. Nothing flowed. No rhythm. They got the W; but we saw more questions than answers. UVA's offense needs to get better fast.
  • Pitt just demolished Delaware (62-0).
  • North Dakota State hasn't lost anything.
  • Youngstown State was in their game against Illinois until they wore down a bit in the 4th.
  • UAB looked like a completely different team from last year. They waxed Troy 48-10.
  • Kentucky handled their scrimmage against UT-Martin with ease. 
  • NC State had to fight from behind to get the win over Georgia Southern.  

During West Virginia's hyper-efficient opening drive:

N.C. State 24, Georgia Southern 23.

So Auburn is off to a 21-7 lead over Arkansas behind the very strong play of their "backup" QB Jeremy Johnson...

Muschamp & Mullen own #MeanTweets - "Shitter's full"

Gameday rolled out a new Jimmy Kimmel inspired "Coaches read mean tweets" segment. Enjoy.

Saban and Hoke started it off (see ESPN video at bottom); but Muschamp and Mullen stole the show. 

Muschamp remains "in character" with the I will kill you eyes. 

Mullen embraces his inner Cousin Eddie. 

4th and Goal from the 1 in double OT. What's your call?

Tied at 20 in double overtime on Friday night, Syracuse head coach faced a fourth and goal from the Villanova one-yard line. The Orange had tried three straight runs up the middle to no avail, something that had become a theme all night. 

This is what Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer dialed up.

Villanova scored on the ensuing possession and then, as all road underdogs should do when given the chance, opted to go for two and the win. It never had a chance.

I don't want to point out that Syracuse needed a fake field goal and a stuffed two-point conversion to beat an FCS team at home in double overtime... but Syracuse needed a fake field goal and a stuffed two-point conversion to beat an FCS team at home in double overtime.

Hard-nosed, indeed. 

Kliff Kingsbury signs massive contract extension at Texas Tech

Texas Tech began this Football Eve Friday with the announcement of a major stadium and facility construction project, and closes it with a lengthy contract extension for head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Kingsbury has signed a seven-year contract extension, running through the 2020 season, the school has announced. The extension worth a minimum of $24.2 million and as much as $34.7 million, according to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.

Kingsbury is eligible for $1.5 million in bonuses per season, including $250,000 if he coaches a Heisman Trophy winner.

"This is where I want to be and I couldn't be happier," Kingsbury said. "I can't wait to take this thing to the next level."

Beginning this season, Kingsbury is set to average $3.5 million per season over the life of the deal. According to ESPN's Joe Schad, Kingsbury is set to earn $3.1 million in 2015 and $4.1 million by 2020. Seventeen coaches made at least $3.1 million in 2013 according to the USA Today Coaching Salary Database; Kingsbury ranked 53rd nationally at $1.855 million. 

Following the initial news break, the common reaction by many national media members was something akin to this:

A few points to consider:

- A compelling argument can be made that Kingsbury was underpaid before this contract, and perhaps vastly so. Kingsbury's initial contract called for him to be the second-lowest paid Big 12 head coach, ahead of only Iowa State's Paul Rhoads. On top of that, Kingsbury's second-year salary was below what Tommy Tuberville earned in his second year in Lubbock. Who proved more valuable to Texas Tech through year one, Kliff or Tubs?

- A $3.1 million salary puts Kingsbury in the top 20 nationally in 2015, and a $4.1 million salary keeps Kingsbury in the top 20 nationally by 2020. Assuming Kingsbury remains at Texas Tech through the end of the decade, his contract is getting ripped up once if not twice by then.

- Finally, re-read the first sentence of this article. Texas Tech clearly has the wherewithal to make a major commitment to football. That doesn't happen without Kingsbury, and Tech needs him to stay in Lubbock to sustain this newfound momentum.

Kingsbury is 8-5 heading into his second season as Texas Tech's head coach. The Red Raiders open the 2014 season Saturday versus Central Arkansas (7 p.m. ET, FSN). 

 

Frank Solich was once a legendary running back at Nebraska, and here's video proof that he's still got it

Most of you probably don't realize it, but back in the mid-60's Frank Solich was a standout fullback at Nebraska, where he eventually earned the nickname "Fearless Frankie". By his senior year he was an all conference selection and captain, and eventually was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

Long story short, the man could play.

At a recent practice, Solich's playing instincts kicked into full gear when an Ohio center rifled a snap over the quarterback's head. Solich plucked it out of the air and...well the rest (a juke, lowering the shoulder, and a celebratory spike) is proof that the 69 year old still has some gas left in the old tank.

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