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Here's the intro video LSU debuted on Saturday night

LSU opened its home schedule Saturday night with a 56-0 mauling of Sam Houston State. As is custom, the Bayou Bengals unveiled their intro video for the new season and, as you'd expect, it's pretty good.

Five things Week 3 will teach us about this college football season

 1. How good is the Big 12 really? The Big 12 plays seven games against Power Five opponents on Saturday, a conference record according to David Ubben of Fox Sports Southwest, and the number stretches to eight by next Saturday as Kansas State hosts Auburn next Thursday. A ninth school, Oklahoma State, does not count toward that number but still challenges itself with a UTSA team that proved to be a pit of rattlesnakes against Houston and Arizona. Only Baylor has taken what amounts to a working bye this week with a road trip to Buffalo on Friday night, a game that counts as its toughest non-conference game of the season. The Big 12 is a heavy favorite in one of those games, Tennessee at Oklahoma, a heavy underdog in two others, Kansas at Duke and Iowa State at Iowa, and the others are all toss up of varying degrees. The Big Ten has afforded the Big 12 an opportunity. Now what can it do with it?

2. Can Kyle Flood change the narrative? Flood won nine of his first 10 games as Rutgers' head coach. He then lost 10 of his next 16. Not coincidentally, the schedule has gotten much more difficult since then. Heading into this season, Flood was 13-1 against non-bowl opponents, and 2-10 against bowl-bound opponents. His two wins this season - over Washington State and Howard - appear to belong to the first bucket. A new conference, a three-win drop from Year 1 to Year 2, and a gloomy prediction for Year 3, well, you do the math. But a win over Penn State, at home, in prime time, against a regional rival, in the first Big Ten game in school history, can turn that narrative around in a hurry.

3. Is Georgia our first bona-fide Playoff front-runner? This tweet pretty much says it all:

Williams Brice Stadium has been a house of horrors for Georgia recently, especially on offense. But South Carolina's pass defense has been, as the Head Ball Coach would call it, embarrassing. The Gamecocks rank 126th out of 127 nationally in pass defense with 832 yards allowed, and 100th in yards per attempt allowed. Hutson Mason won't light up the South Carolina back seven like human Roman candles like Kenny Hill and Shane Carden did, but he doesn't need to. Just give Todd Gurley enough room to rumble and watch the carnage. The schedule opens up here for the Bulldogs, as much as any SEC schedule can, with only one ranked opponent between Sunday and No. 5 Auburn's visit to Athens on Nov. 15.

4. Can Mike London keep his strong start going? It's not a secret Mike London is probably coaching for his job after last season's 2-10 campaign. To his credit, London coached that way against UCLA, limiting the Bruins' esteemed offense to one touchdown and only three yards per carry. The Cavaliers took care of business against Richmond last week, but it'll take another UCLA-like effort at home versus Louisville on Saturday. This week will teach us a lot about whether the Cavs-pushing-around-the-Bruins surprise spoke more about Virginia's resurgence or UCLA's regression.

5. Can Wake Forest fire whoever is in charge of its football scheduling? What are you doing? Going to Louisiana-Monroe AND Utah State in the same month? You're in the ACC! They come to you! After this highly risky and unnecessary road trip, Wake Forest hosts Army, and then travels to Louisville and Florida State in back to back weeks. Yeesh.

 

Ohio State coaches talk about recruiting after a loss: "Sell the whole program, not just one game"

It had been 25 regular season games since Ohio State had last lost. Then the faced Virginia Tech on Saturday and that win streak came to an end. Today, the Buckeye assistants met with the media, and Stan Drayton fielded a few questions about if recruiting is different after such a prolonged winning streak.

"You have to recruit while exposing what the big picture of this program is all about." Drayton said with an unamused face.

"We live in the now, but we have to have some foresight to where this program is going. This program is going to be very dynamic, very soon. Players that have the maturity to see that...one loss doesn't change our opportunities to get great recruits."

Co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash echoed that same sentiment by stating, "recruiting is more about the program and the body of work, than it is a one night game."

Drayton also noted that appealing to the sometimes selfish nature of a recruit's psyche also helps.

"One thing about recruits is that they, selfishly want to hear how they are going to have an impact on the football program...so we tell them how they are going to impact this program. That doesn't necessarily involve the win or loss column."

Hear more from coach Drayton, Ash and Urban Meyer in the clip from the Columbus Dispatch below. It's good recruiting advice from some guys that kill it on the recruiting trail.

West Virginia is adding 50 yards of turf field...but it's not for their football program

Earlier this morning, I noticed this tweet from the West Virginia men's basketball account touting their newest training addition...a 50-yard slab of turf.

Now, as a fan of college athletics (football and basketball in particular), there's plenty of cross-over between the two sports. Perhaps most notably is Tom Izzo's affinity for putting helmets and shoulder pads on his basketball players for rebounding drills...but 50 yards of turf for a basketball team to train on makes no sense to me.

What on earth could Bob Huggins and the WVU men's basketball team want with 50 yards of turf for training? Someone enlighten me please.

Go inside Baylor's defensive film room to break down an interception

Baylor is starting a new film series this season where cameras go into the film room with a coach to break down a play from the previous week's game film.

This week, corners coach Carlton Buckels breaks down a 3rd and 4 play against Northwestern State where Xavien Howard comes away with a pick.

Coach Buckels breaks down the technique their looking for, the defensive call that came in, and what Howard did well (and not so well) on the play.

I know I speak for everyone when I say that I'm looking forward to the Art Briles and Philip Montgomery sessions of this series.

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