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Thursday TV - Two collegiate and one NFL game

The Giants take on the Panthers tonight, followed shortly thereafter by BYU and Boise State.

Eastern time listed.

NFL: 

New York Giants at Carolina - 8 - NFL Network

College:

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Alabama State - 8 - ESPNU

BYU at Boise State - 9 - ESPN

High School:

No games




Utah unveils new black lids, going all black vs. Cal

Very cool look. 

"Blackout" at home vs. Cal October 27th. 




Video: Vandy coaches address team pre-game and during halftime

Some good locker room footage here of the Vandy coaching staff addressing the team before kickoff, and later making some adjustments at the half.

Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop gets on the defense at the half for not communicating and not being on the same page on a play that resulted in a 100+ yard interception return. As Shoop points out, there's always areas that they can improve in, even during a 58-0 win.




"Those" high school uniforms

Last week we shared a picture with you of an interesting high school uniform combo out of Atlantic HS (Delray Beach, FL).

Here's a video of the team in action in those glorious (???) uniforms during Atlantic's 39-0 win over Pahokee.




LA Tech O-Line "Sexy and I know it"

Kids will be kids.

Can you even imagine the look on Sonny Dykes' face when he saw this? 

Our thinking is this is just a mind game...imagine a critical 4th and 2 late in the game. The big guys walk up to the line, begin to get in their stance...and then break out some of these moves. Illinois' d-line will crack up...LA Tech gets set, quick count...easy first down. Brilliant move, Sonny, brilliant move. 

Louisiana Tech (2-0) plays at Illinois (2-1) Saturday night at 8pm ET. 

In an unrelated note, did you see North Texas' linemen do "Call Me Maybe"? 




Intro video at Auburn

Here's the intro video that Auburn shows as the team takes the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Overall, it's a well done, high energy clip.

This week, Auburn takes on LSU at home. The game can be seen on ESPN at 7pm ET.




Herman: "I'm seeing defenses I've never dreamt of"

Through their first three games against Miami (OH), Central Florida and California, Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman says that he saw defensive coverages and alignments that he'd never seen before.

I’ve seen defenses in the last three weeks that I never dreamt of in my mind to try and stop the QB from trying to run the football.”

“It’s an interesting quandary to be in when you have such a dynamic runner back there, that defensive coverages tend to be completely skewed opposed to what you grew up knowing.”

Urban Meyer noted that the defenses that they study on film all week are completely different come Saturday afternoon, but he doesn't expect that trend to carry over once they start Big Ten play next weekend.

“All three defenses we’ve faced have been (unique). We didn’t practice what they played because we didn’t know. So that tells you what they’ve been doing all offseason working on this one game.”

“It’s harder as the season progresses for a team to do that, because they can’t just say, ‘We’re working on Ohio State,’ because they have some previous games. So after this game, we’ll see usually what we see, and that is what teams play, because you can’t change defenses in the middle of the year normally.” Meyer explained. 

Plenty of quality content here from Tom Herman in the clip, including his thoughts (at the beginning of the clip) on the different defenses they've encountered and adjustments that the offensive staff has had to make during game day.




Penn State added some hardware in the meeting room to focus on turnovers

Picture this. Walking into the defensive meeting room at Penn State you'll now notice a football sticking out of the wall on a stand, which is connected to a spring

Defensive coordinator Ted Roof added the contraption to the meeting room as a way to subconsciously work on turnovers while in the meeting room.

"All the players and all the coaches hit at it so it’s just kind of subconscious just that it’s in your mind anytime you see a ball that you should be ripping at it." Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti explained, noting that it's just one of the many things that they do to emphasize turnovers.

That's an interesting concept, and it's seen results early on.

In the past two games (against Virginia and Navy), the Nittany Lion defense has forced an impressive 8 turnovers, and Bill O'Brien is pleased with how their drill work has shown up on the game field.

"We work on tip drills, interception drills, strip drills, strip sack drills. We’ve been really fortunate that our players have done a great job of going out on the field and actually taking the drill work to the game field which is fun to see."

"It’s really a matter of effort and these guys are giving fantastic effort and that’s really what has stuck with me over the last three games.” O'Brien noted.