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VIDEO: Vanderbilt Football - Six Seconds at a Time

Vanderbilt embedded a video crew inside the locker room for the Commodores' season-ending game with Wake Forest. The video begins with defensive line coach Sean Spencer giving an impassioned pre-game message, imploring his players to give it their all, six seconds at a time. 

Head coach James Franklin then jumps in and reminds his team to finish, the game and the season, strong. "Go out there as brothers, come back in here as brothers," said Franklin. "Let's go get this thing."

Finish they did. Vanderbilt 55, Wake Forest 21. After the game, Franklin runs through the litany of things Vanderbilt accomplished this season. The first eight-win season. The first six-game winning streak to close a season since 1948. The first season with five games scoring 40 or more points since 1915. And the list goes on. And on. 

In the end, Franklin goes Paul Rhoads-lite with his players. "I'm so proud of you. I am so proud of every single person in this room."

The Scoop on Stats - Week 15

With 99% of the FBS regular season games in the books, and the FCS, D-II and D-III playoffs getting down to crunch time, we took a look back at some interesting stats from the year that have caught our attention.

Let us know what you're seeing as well.

- In Mark Stoops' last game as the defensive coordinator at Florida State before moving on to become the head coach at Kentucky, his unit was able to hold Georgia Tech to nearly 150 yards below their rushing average for the season.

- Wisconsin ended the Big Ten title game with three running backs eclipsing the 100 yard mark. It was the first time in school history that the Badgers had accomlished that.

- With the win over UCLA this past weekend, Stanford swept the state of California for the third straight year. The three year accomplishment is a first in school history.

- Kent State improved their rushing offense by over 90 spots in the national rankings, and had two 1,000 yard rushers on the year.

- Baylor finished the season with the nations biggest gap between their total offensive and defensive rankings. Offensively, the Bears ranked #1 in total offense, while they ranked 123rd in total defense (a difference of 122 spots).

 - The service academies rank #1 (Army), #2 (Navy), and #5 (Air Force) in penalties on the season. Their discipline definitely carries over to the field. Add up their total penalty yardage per game (84 yards) and it's still less than UCLA, who was the most penalized team in the nation (93 yards per game)

- Only four teams (Kansas, New Mexico State, Eastern Michigan, Boston College) ended 2012 averaging less than a sack per game.

- Wake Forest was the only team in the country to not allow a passing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

-  The 2012 Texas defense allowed more yards per game than any team in program history. The Longhorns still finished middle of the pack (5th) in the Big 12 in total defense. 

- Eastern Michigan, North Carolina and Marshall were the only teams in the country to allow more than 2 touchdowns on kick returns this year. Each have allowed 3.

- Oregon is 4-1 against ranked teams with an average margin of victory of nearly 29 points in those wins.

- Michigan State's scoring defense ranks 10th in the country, while their scoring offense ranks 109th. That's quite the disparity.

- Oregon, who ranks second nationally in scoring (51 ppg), converted on just 5 field goal attempts this season (5 for 12).

- North Texas gave up just 5 sacks through 12 games (375 attempts).

- Over the past five seasons, just three teams have scored 90 or more touchdowns in a season (2011 Houston - 93 TD's, 2008 Oklahoma - 99 TD's, 2008 Tulsa - 90 TD's). With a strong bowl game, Oregon will be able to join that group (85 touchdowns on the year). Louisiana Tech also would have been in reach with 84 touchdowns on the year.

 

Which players will be getting the bowl gifts?

The Sports Business Journal came out with an interesting look at what players will be receiving as bowl gifts this season.

Some of the gifts include Oakley sunglasses, winter coats and gloves (yes...really), $420 Best Buy gift cards, and iPad mini's. 

For a full list of what each bowl is giving out, follow this link.

Some of these gifts are perfect for college aged kids, while others can only be described as head scratchers. My top gifts (in no particular order) are:

- Oakley Dispatch II sunglasses - Beef O'Brady Bowl
- $420 gift certificate to Best Buy - Russel Athletic Sports Bowl
- 32 inch flat screen (that should be fun to pack on the way home) - Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl
- Fossil watch - Numerous bowl games
- Access to gift suites at the hotel - Numerous bowl games
- iPad mini - Valero Alamo Bowl and Military Bowl
- Nike FuelBand - Kraft Bowl
-Jawbone Jambox - Beef O'Brady's Bowl
-Beats by Dre headphones - R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

 

VIDEO: Take a look at BYU's football offices

A few weeks ago we showed you the work Advent had done with USC's McKay Center. Their latest project is with the football offices at BYU. Once again, Advent has hit it out of the park.

Personally, I love the way they used the the negative space in the Wall of Letterman to create the BYU logo. Bronco Mendenhall wanted to show recruits, donors and any other visitors the story of BYU football, and I'd say the lobby does that and then some. 

What do you think?

 

A look at offensive coordinator contracts in the SEC

With Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost resigning yesterday, Dave Matter of the Columbia Daily Tribune, took a look at the salaries of offensive coordinators from around the SEC to see where Yost ranked among current play callers, and what kind of contract Mizzou may have to pony up to get a the right guy on board.

Yost's salary ranked eighth out of 13 SEC offensive coordinators last season, making $354,750.

Here's how the rest of the league's coordinators and co-coordinators stack up in terms of contracts and salaries, according to USAToday.com's salary database.

Doug Nussmeier, Alabama: $590,000  three years
Jim Chaney, Tennessee: $550,000 three years 
Greg Studrawa, LSU: $500,000 three years
Scot Loeffler, Auburn: $500,000 two years 
Brent Pease, Florida: $490,000 three years
Paul Petrino, Arkansas: $475,000 one year
Kliff Kingsbury, Texas A&M: $400,000 three years
Randy Sanders, Kentucky: $338,000 two years  
Mike Bobo, Georgia: $335,00 one year 
Matt Luke, Ole Miss (co-coordinator): $285,000 three years
Les Koenning, Mississippi State: $275,000 two years
Dan Werner, Ole Miss (co-coordinator): $231,667 two years

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