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Most surprising 1 loss teams

Most of the games are in the books and here's a quick look at some of the surprising 1 loss teams at this point. Thankfully for them, Clemson isn't in this group; because they fought all the way back and beat Maryland 56-45.

Rutgers and Louisiana Lafayette stand out to us as two of the most surprising 1 loss teams. Schiano's guys are nearly dead last in rushing offense; but yet have wins over North Carolina Central, Ohio, Syracuse, Pitt and Navy.  How have they done it?  Coming into today's game, they were #1 in turnover margin.  Hudspeth's guys at ULL are 6-1, 4-0 in conference. Their national rankings won't amaze you; but in conference they are 1st in scoring offense, 3rd in scoring defense and 1st in turnover margin. 

USC and Washington are both 5-1 out west; but both are about to face some stiff competition over the next few weeks.  

Some post game comments from Greg Schiano below.

 




Tweet of the night

Oklahoma State beat Texas today 38-26. This was the first time the Mack Brown has ever lost the week following their game vs. Oklahoma.

Mike Gundy certainly has his guys playing at a high level.

Tonight, we noticed a tweet from Brett McMurphy who covers college football for CBS. 

Mike Gundy got win No. 40 Saturday since his "I'm a Man, I'm 40" rant. Before rant: 13-15. After: 40-14




MTSU offensive coordinator resigns

“I have resigned my position as offensive coordinator and running backs coach effective immediately for personal reasons. I feel this is in the best interest for me and the athletic department at Middle Tennessee. I need to focus on my personal matters and allow (head coach Rick Stockstill) to begin the process of moving his team forward. I love those players and want to wish them well.” With those words, offensive coordinator Willie Simmons stepped away from Middle Tennesse. 

Stockstill, who recruited Simmons to play quarterback at Clemson, said, "He is like a son to me and I will continue to support him through this difficult time in his life."

Simmons was on Stockstill's staff for the past five seasons and was serving as the offensive coordinator for the first time this season. 

The Blue Raiders are currently ranked 20th in the nation in total offense. They are off this weekend and return to action against FAU next Saturday. 




Saturday TV

Plenty of good ones to choose from. 

All times are Eastern

NFL:

None

College:

Indiana at Wisconsin - 12pm - ESPN2

Michigan at Michigan State - 12pm - ESPN

LSU at Tennessee - 3:30pm - CBS

Oklahoma State at Texas - 3:30pm - ABC / ESPN

Ohio State at Illinois - 3:30pm -  ABC/ ESPN

Alabama at Ole Miss - 6pm - ESPN2

Florida at Auburn - 7pm - ESPN

Oklahoma at Kansas - 9:15pm - ESPN2

Arizona State at Oregon - 10:15pm - ESPN

High School:

None

 




Kentucky AD: Joker will absolutely be here next year

Call it the dreaded vote of confidence if you will; but today Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart said Joker Phillips will "absolutely" be the Wildcats' coach next season.

"He's my football coach and I intend to ride this thing for the long haul with him and make this thing work."

"I believe in what Joker's doing, how hard he's working at it and the people he's trying to bring into this program."

Phillips is only in his second season as head coach (8-11 overall); but the anemic offense (119th in the nation) is causing a lot of talk around the program. 

We're with Barnhart on this one. Joker deserves more time to get the program back on track. Tough league to be the "best basketball school" in. 

Credit Kyle Tucker with the Courier Journal for getting the quotes above




Win the turnover margin, win the game

9 out of the top 11 teams in turnover margin are either undefeated or have lost just one game.

Tomorrow night's game between Arizona State and Oregon (10:15pm on ESPN) is a match-up of the fast paced Ducks offense and opportunistic Sun Devil defense.  Arizona State's defense has forced an impressive 17 turnovers in their last 4 games.  Their 18 total turnovers are currently leading the Pac 12, and have already surpassed last season's total of 17. Nationally their +1.33 turnover margin ranks 11th.

The Sun Devils, currently 5-1, were 3-3 at this point last season. That's the power of winning the turnover battle. 

Oregon is currently slightly negative in turnover margin. 

It will be interesting to see who best protects the ball in this game...and if the team that wins the turnover battle also wins this game. 

 

 




2001: Mike Riley learned of his firing on the ESPN ticker

In 2001 Mike Riley was in his third season as head coach of the San Diego Chargers. Three long seasons in which he cumulative record wound up being 14-34.

The night before the final game of the season, Riley says, "I'm sitting in the hotel room...and on the ticker it says, 'Chargers to fire Mike Riley after the game.' Now that's a weird feeling." Awkward. 

Riley speaks about dealing with that challenge and a few worse situations (including hearing first hand that his father was about to be fired) in a well written article by Paul Buker of The Oregonian




Friday TV

Anybody been itching to see Hawaii play? Well, tonight's your night.

All times Eastern.

NFL:

None

College:

Hawaii at San Jose State - 9pm - ESPN

High School:

Hopewell (PA) at Central Valley (PA) - 6pm - ESPNU