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Sunday TV - Full slate of NFL games

Prime time game tonight features New England and Baltimore, and tomorrow night for MNF we'll see Green Bay travel to Seattle.

Eastern time listed.

NFL:

St. Louis at Chicago - 1 - FOX

Buffalo at Cleveland - 1 - CBS

Tampa Bay at Dallas - 1 - FOX

NY Jets at Miami - 1 - CBS

San Francisco at Minnesota - 1 - FOX

Kansas City at New Orleans - 1 - CBS

Cincinnati at Washington - 1 - CBS

Detroit at Tennessee - 1 - FOX

Jacksonville at Indianapolis - 1 - CBS

Philadelphia at Arizona - 4:05 - FOX

Atlanta at San Diego - 4:05 - FOX

Houston at Denver - 4:25 - CBS

Pittsburgh at Oakland - 4:25 - CBS

New England at Baltimore - 8:20 - NBC

College:

No games

High School:

No games





Video: The Duck truck

Yesterday, we noticed a picture making its way around Twitter showing Oregon's new equipment truck, that they have appropriately named the "Duck Truck".

Early this morning we noticed this clip that provides a closer look at all the bells and whistles on the new ride as well as a little bit of the history behind it.

Gotta love the "No Rest Stops" on the back. Clever touch.




Saturday TV - Good games on every network

A lot of good games on today (covering basically every major network) with many teams starting their conference schedule.

Eastern time listed.

NFL: 

No games

College:

Maryland at West Virginia - 12 - FX

Kentucky at Florida - 12 - SEC Network

UAB at Ohio State - 12 - Big Ten Network

Virginia at TCU - 12 - ESPN

Massachusetts at Miami (OH) - 12 - ESPN3

Bowling Green at Virginia Tech - 12 - ESPNU

UTEP at Wisconsin - 12 - ESPN2

Central Michigan at Iowa - 12 - Big Ten Network

Army at Wake Forest - 12:30 - ESPN3

Norfolk State at Ohio - 2 - ESPN3

Connecticut at Western Michigan - 2 - ESPN3

Miami (FL) at Georgia Tech - 3 - ESPN3

Missouri at South Carolina - 3:30 - CBS

Oregon State at UCLA - 3:30 - ABC

Eastern Michigan at Michigan State - 3:30 - Big Ten Network

Idaho State at Nebraska - 3:30 - Big Ten Network

East Carolina at North Carolina - 3:30 - ESPNU

Temple at Penn State - 3:30 - ABC

Gardner-Webb at Pittsburgh - 3:30 - ESPN3

VMI at Navy - 3:30 - CBS Sports Network

Kansas at Northern Illinois - 3:30 - ESPN3

Colorado at Washington State - 4 - FX

South Florida at Ball State - 4:30 - ESPN3

Florida Atlantic at Alabama - 5 - ESPN3

Wyoming at Idaho - 5 - ESPN3

Cal at USC - 6 - Pac-12 Network

Memphis at Duke - 6 - ESPN3

Citadel at North Carolina State - 6 - ESPN3

LSU at Auburn - 7 - ESPN

Louisville at Florida International - 7 - ESPN3

South Alabama at Mississippi State - 7 - ESPN3

Rutgers at Arkansas - 7 - ESPNU

Southern Miss at Western Kentucky - 7 - ESPN3

South Carolina State at Texas A&M - 7 - ESPN3

Troy at North Texas - 7 - ESPN3

Alcorn State at Arkansas State - 7 - ESPN3

Coastal Carolina at Toledo - 7 - ESPN3

Michigan at Notre Dame - 7:30 - NBC

Akron at Tennessee - 7:30 - ESPN3

Vanderbilt at Georgia - 7:45 - ESPN2

Kansas State at Oklahoma - 7:50 - FOX

Clemson at Florida State - 8 - ABC

Syracuse at Minnesota - 8 - Big Ten Network

New Mexico at New Mexico State - 8 - ESPN3

Fresno State at Tulsa - 8 - CBS Sports Network

Louisiana Tech at Illinois - 8 - Big Ten Network

Utah at Arizona State - 10 - Pac-12 Network

Arizona at Oregon - 10:30 - ESPN

Nevada at Hawaii - 10:30 - NBC Sports Network

High School:

No games

 

 

 

 

 




Maryland unveils another new uniform

Not sure anything about these makes me think "Maryland"; but these are a pretty good new look for Maryland.

The Terps will trot these out for the first time at West Virginia on Saturday. Rhetorical question: If your team get's beat by 50 the first time you wear a uniform do you ever wear it again?

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If you're showing your guys highlight films a day before the game, you're doing it wrong

One thing is certain in Columbus; you won't catch the Buckeyes watching a highlight film on Friday night before a game.

However, you will see the team engaging in some interesting team building activities, which is one big change from their long Friday night meetings under Jim Tressel.

Before the steak or chicken dinners on Friday night (one tradition that has been carried over), the team will get together for an occasional home run derby in their indoor facility or to do their best "trick shot quarterback" impression throwing balls the length of the court into basketball hoops.

Another one of the changes in the routine this year is the availability of snacks at the team hotel for players, something that was not available under the previous staffs, and it's a wrinkle that players have really enjoyed.

The relaxed atmosphere the day before actual game day is something that Urban Meyer says that he picked up during his time at Colorado State under Sonny Lubick, and it forces the players to shift their mindset from relaxed and fun to focused a few times throughout the day.

"His whole theme was they have to get their rest on a Friday night. You can't be showing highlight tapes to them Friday night, get them all razzled up. You're dealing with 17, 18, 19 year-old kids." 

Instead of a highlight film on Friday night, players wake up at about 7 am on game day and grab breakfast, have a few meetings and do a walk through, then they are shown the highlight tape. One player described the highlight film on game day as a way to "lock in."

Meyer says that he likes the way that the guys build camaraderie during those pregame activities and get to wind down with a good meal before ultimately refocusing on the game before they head to bed.

Just to make sure they're all focused before lights out, Urban does the nightly bed checks himself.

"I check in each guy. I go around to each room and have a little conversation with each guy before they go to bed." he noted.




The best staff at developing talent?

I was asked recently which coaching staff does the best job of developing talent / having "the next guy up" ready to go. Without hesitation, I believe that LSU's staff does the best job in the country of roster development. 

Every roster in the country has some strong points and some weaker points and logically LSU's has some of the same; but their depth throughout the roster is really something to behold. Let's take a quick look...

At quarterback they have their starter Zach Mettenberger who has been in this system for a year and who has another year in front of him. They have a Penn State transfer with another year of eligibility to add some seasoned depth. Behind these guys the Tigers have 4 other quarterbacks who each have 3 or 4 years of eligibility to go.

At running back they list 25 9 tailbacks and 6 fullbacks on the roster, including starting fullback J.C. Copeland a converted defensive lineman. When you run the style of offense that offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa likes to run in the SEC, you need a bevy of running backs; because they are going to touch the ball 30+ times per game. LSU routinely rotates in a fresh backs and each of them seems to take pride in both being able to outrun their opponents and being able to "truck" would be tacklers. It seems like every game it's a different guy making the big run for the Tigers. How many other teams would like to have Alfred Blue, Spencer Ware, Kenny Hilliard and Michael Ford all as available options?

On the offensive line, it seems as is every year the Tigers lose a couple of guys to the draft and one or two to injury (or something); but the next guy in just trots out there and opens another huge hole for the running game. It's really remarkable. 

LSU is notorious for using multiple tight ends throughout the game. They might not have a pure All-American this year; but they've got a stable of guys who they have confidence in.

So that's a quick look at the offense which by itself is impressive...now take a look at the defense and just be blown away.

The defensive line has been the strength of LSU's team for a number of years now and they just seem to reload every year. Seems like year in, year out two guys get drafted and there is pre-season hype for two more guys...Those two guys live up to it; but there are three other guys that opposing coaches fear just as much. LSU is one of those programs that can bring four fresh defensive linemen in and still beat nearly anyone's offensive line regularly. Heck, there was so much depth at this position they moved Copeland to fullback. Really impressive.

If there has been one position group in recent history that hasn't overly wow'd everyone it would be linebacker (perhaps by design, or maybe they are simply overshadowed by the All-Americans in front of (DL) and behind them (DBs). I ran this point by a coach who played the Tigers earlier this season and he joking said, "There's nothing wrong with LSU's linebackers; but imagine if they played 5 guys with their hand in the ground and six of those nasty DBs all at once. It would be fun to watch and miserable to coach against." That is a scary thought; but really there's nothing wrong with the group of linebackers and they have loaded up on young talent. The Tigers have 20 linebackers on the roster and 10 of them are freshmen. Give Tommy Moffitt a year with these guys and we're all going to be looking at a bunch of grown ass men real soon cleaning up for the Tigers.

Now a quick look at the defensive backs. They call the place "DBU". There's really no need to elaborate. Seemingly every year one or two top guys go to the league and three or four new guys begin to make plays. The amazing part about these guys is that they play so early in their careers. All those names you know, they are freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Honestly, I don't even think they have a senior DB on the roster.

Oh, and their kicking game is just as deep and as good.  

So, how does this all happen? It's a complete dedication to recruiting and player development. Les Miles and the coaching staff, particularly Frank Wilson (associate head coach / running backs / recruiting coordinator), get the public credit; but there are two other guys within that program that deserve a tremendous amount of credit for developing the roster and the players at LSU - director of player personnel Sherman Morris and director of strength and conditioning Tommy Moffitt. 

Morris is charged with ensuring that there will never be talent gaps / holes on LSU's roster. He's the first guy in the office and he's always focused on how to bring the best, and the right, players to LSU. He's the first guy to take a look at needs of the recruiting classes "X" years out by position. He ensures that the coaches get the right information & video for the right kinds of players for LSU's system (no small task). Oh, and you know all of those great videos and websites that LSU football puts out...those things all come out of Morris' office. Working with Les, Morris dictates the message flowing out to future Tigers. Recruiting isn't something you do after the season or in the Spring...Morris is the guy who thinks about his team's recruiting needs 365 days a year. 

Once Morris and the coaches get the players onto campus, it's Moffitt's job to help each player realize his potential. Want to know how good Moffitt is, take a look at these before & after photos of former defensive lineman Michael Brockers. Enough said.

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There are plenty of other key pieces to the puzzle over at LSU; but Morris and Moffitt are huge assets to the coaching staff. If this isn't the best staff in the country at developing talent I'd like to see who is.

Scott F. Roussel - President - FootballScoop.com 

 




Over 1,300 yards passing in Texas HS game last night

Last night Todd Dodge's Marble Falls (TX) team beat Boerne-Champion HS (TX) in a 62-55 shootout that featured two air attacks that combined for 1,300 yards. Both teams eclipsed any scoring that took place during the Texas summer 7 on 7 passing tournament (Bowie HS was the highest scoring team in the tournament with 50 points).

Marble Falls quarterback Mike Richardson went off for a state record 715 yards (which ranks second nationally), less than fifty yards shy of the national record of 764 yards. Richardson broke the state record of 683 yards that was set last season.

What makes the accomplishment even more impressive is that in the previous three games combined, Richardson had thrown for 760 yards total.

Prior to this game, only two quarterbacks had ever thrown for over 600 in a single game. Unofficially after last night, many publications had Boerne-Champion quarterback Kyle Poeske finishing with 610 yards passing. However, the official numbers just came in and show that Kyle Poenske actually came up 5 yards short of that 600 yard milestone. Still an impressive outing regardless.

Great jobs by both offensive staffs.




Jimbo: Against the no huddle, clock control is second to scoring points

Clemson and Florida State face off tomorrow night in one of the premier games of the weekend at 8pm ET.

Yesterday, Jimbo Fisher was asked about the importance of running the ball and controlling the clock this week to keep the Clemson offense off of the field (which ranks in the top 29 in scoring offense, and rushing and passing offense).

Fisher noted that the days of trying to eat up the clock by running the ball against no huddle teams are pretty much gone, you have to flat out score points to have a shot.

"Better score points. See, all those days, because of the no huddle things, I think those days are gone."

"I think it's harder in college to control the ball much more than it is in pro ball because the clock doesn't run, and in college ball the clock stops for so many different things."

Florida State brings the nations second ranked scoring offense into the game, averaging 59 points per game, scoring at least 52 points in each of their three games so far this season. Their defense also boasts an impressive resume, ranking #1 nationally in rushing defense, pass defense, pass efficiency defense, total defense, and scoring defense.