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Tonight marks the last Monday Night Football game of the season. Bowl games resume Thursday, and starting next week there will be a bowl game everyday except Tuesday.

Eastern time listed.

NFL:

NY Jets at Tennessee - 8:30 - ESPN

College:

No games

High School:

No games

VIDEO: Skip Holtz's first day at Louisiana Tech

Skip Holtz was introduced as the newest Louisiana Tech head coach on Friday evening, and the Bulldogs' athletic department provided a behind-the-scenes look at how Holtz's first day on the job in Ruston took place.

First, Holtz spoke to his new team, setting goals for what he wants to accomplish at Louisiana Tech and saying he he wants to coach in Ruston. He closed his first team meeting by shaking the hand of every Bulldog in the room.

Next, it was down the hall to meet the fans and media in his introductory press conference. "This is the place I want to be. I think there can be great things here," said Holtz. 

Finally, it was time for a photo session on the field and a stop in his new office before wrapping up Day One as the head man at Louisiana Tech. Now in his fourth turn as a head coach, Holtz clearly knows how to make the first day on the job a successful one. And with an 88-71 record in 13 seasons, he knows how to make game day a success, too. 

 

VIDEO: Barry Alvarez talks head coach search, staff movement

Wisconsin athletic director/interim head coach Barry Alvarez discussed the progress of his coaching search and  staff movement after the Badgers' bowl practice today. As you are surely well are, Alvarez fill in as head coach for Wisconsin's Rose Bowl date with Stanford after Bret Bielema's stunning departure to Arkansas.

Here are Alvarez's thoughts relevant to the search and the subsequent loss of assistant coaches. 

On the status of the search... We're moving along. We're progressing. Everyone gets anxious but I've said all along we were going to take our time. It's only been 10 days. I couldn't hire someone even if I wanted to until the latter part of this week. I feel good about the due diligence of the people that I've talked to. I have one more to visit with and then we'll sit down and decide on the best person. I feel good about the candidates we've interviewed.

On if there's a sense of urgency to hire a coach before the Rose Bowl... There isn't. This is a dead period now, you can't reruit anyhow. We've done a pretty good job of staying in contact with our recruits in the first week after Bret's resignation. I've felt pretty solid about all of them. We had a good group of commitments in. Our guys have done a good job of staying in contact with them. Hopefully when we get a new coach in place we'll get some momentum and really get everything going down. 

On losing assistant coaches... They couldn't delay their decision because other coaches were putting pressure on them and giving them 24 hours to make a decision. I'd like for them to stay but they had to protect their families. A coach says, 'You've got 24 hours to make a decision or your job isn't there.' I couldn't promise them the next coach would retain them. I was so emotionally zapped the other day, I was thinking about doing it myself just so we could keep them. If I do it for another year, we'd be in the same situation next year. It was unfortunate. I couldn't have sped the process up. I have to get to the people that I want to talk to. You have to do it right. I feel bad for losing them because they're very good coaches, very professional throughout this. Their main concern was the kids and getting them ready. They've given us everything as far as preparation, game planning and practice. 

On if his short list has changed... My short list changed immediately because many of the guys were hired prior to our opening. Some of the guys were loyal to their chancellor and to their program, that type of thing. 

On the perception of the Wisconsin job changing after so much recent turnover... That's an unfair question because it's not accurate. The guys that left last year, one guy got a head job and they all got promotions. We had one head guy that jumped and (the current assistants) have to make a decision. We're spoiled here because we were one of the most stable programs in the country with me being here 16 years and elevating an assistant (to head coach) for seven years. This happens around the country. I'll hire a good coach and this program will continue being very good. For those that are panicking, don't panic. We'll take care of business and this program will be in excellent hands. 

The Scoop on Stats: Best of the Best (Offense)

College football pundits also refer to a team's running game, pass rush, etc., as the best in college football, but how often is that true? In Part 1 of our three-part series, we decided to compare stats across all divisions of the NCAA and see who stands the tallest. 

Here's a look at the statistical champions across key offensive statistics (through Saturday). Tomorrow we'll examine defensive statistics, and Tuesday we'll take a look at special teams and penalties. 

Rushing Offense - Georgia Southern (FCS): 399.36 yards per game. In 14 games, the Eagles ran the ball a mind-numbing 850 times for 5,591 yards (6.58 ypc) and 55 touchdowns.

Passing Offense - Harding Simmons (D-III - TX): 432.3 yards per game. Anyone who follows college football won't be surprised to see the NCAA's most prolific passing offense come from the state of Texas. Hardin-Simmons' Lone Star State brethren also occupied two of the top three spots in FBS and the runner-up position in FCS. The Cowboys were the only NCAA team to top 400 yards per game.

Passing Efficiency - Mount Union (D-III - OH): 188.34. This statistic was dominated by teams with strong running games and Mount Union was no different. The Purple Raiders completed nearly 72% of their passes for 10.33 yards per attempt with 43 TDs and 8 INTs. 

Total Offense - Sul Ross State (D-III - TX): 581.9 yards per game. Sul Ross State narrowly edged out another Texas team, Baylor. In 10 games, the Lobos throws 3,330 yards and rushed for another 2,489 yards.

Scoring Offense - Mount Union: 52.8 points per game. The Purple Raiders totaled 792 points and 109 touchdowns in their  15-0 march to the national championship.

Other offensive statistics...
Turnovers Lost - Wagner (FCS): 8
Tackles For Loss Allowed - Bloomsburg (D-II - PA): 2.5 per game
Sacks Allowed - The Citadel (FCS): 2
First Downs Offense - Louisiana Tech (FBS): 31.5 per game
Third Down Conversion Percentage - Cal Poly (FCS): 55.78% (111-for-199)
Fourth Down Conversion Percentage - Clemson (FBS): 86.67% (13-for-15)
Red Zone Offense (minimum 25 attempts) - Louisville (FBS): 96%. (34 TDs, 14 FGs in 50 attempts)
Time of Possession - Randolph-Macon (D-III - VA): 35:53

The Scoop on Matt Rhule to Temple

We have learned that Temple has tabbed Matt Rhule as its next head coach. Rhule replaces Steve Adazzio who left for a similar position at Boston College.

Rhule returns to Temple after spending one season as the New York Giants' assistant offensive line coach. He spent the previous six years as an Owls assistant, occupying various spots on the staff - defensive line (2006), quarterbacks (2007-10), tight ends (2011). Rhule was elevated to Temple's offensive coordinator in 2008. 

It is believed Rhule will split time between Temple and his duties with the Giants through the end of the team's season. Given that we are entering a recruiting dead period, seems like the right thing to do.

Rhule played linebacker at Penn State from 1994-97 and, apart from this year with the Giants, has spent his entire coaching career in the college ranks. He started his career as the linebackers coach at Albright (Pa.) before working as a graduate assistant at Buffalo and UCLA. Rhule then spent four years on the staff at Western Carolina, coaching special teams, linebackers and the offensive line. 

Though the Owls went just 4-7 in 2012, Rhule returns to a program on the upswing after spending decades in the doldrums of college football. In 2009, he aided the Owls to a 9-4 record, a MAC East title and the program's first bowl game since 1979. Temple then posted an 8-4 mark in 2010 and a 9-4 record in 2011, capped by the second bowl victory in program history.

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