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"How about this, we'll spot you 7 points and skip the 3rd qtr."

Ole Miss is having a rough season. They are 2-6 overall, 0-5 in the SEC.

Houston Nutt's guys are ranked #103 in scoring offense and #86 in scoring defense. 

The most puzzling thing we've noticed, and Nutt has as well, is that the Rebels are just getting blanked in the 3rd quarter this season.

In their game vs. Georgia neither team scored in the 3rd. However, in their 4 other SEC games, the Rebels have been outscored 70-0 in the 3rd quarter (yes, that 17.5 points per game). 

Ole Miss travels to Kentucky this weekend. 




Manny Diaz has got to like this

Total defense really isn't a stat that we put much stock in.

With that said, we're sure that Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz doesn't mind seeing his squad rise from #30 in that category all the way up to #13 after their performance yesterday against Kansas.

Diaz's guys limited Kansas' offense to 46 total yards (in the game). 46. In the game.

We have no further comment. 




2-6 record; but #8 in the nation in Turnover Margin?

We'll try to dive deeper into this later in the week; but we just noticed an unusual one...

Maryland is having a tough first season under Randy Edsall. Most of us saw that first win against Miami (the debut of the new Unis).

But, since that win, the only other W that Maryland has been able to put on the board was over Towson. The Terps are now 2-6 overall.

They are 85th in scoring offense, 87th in scoring defense. Those might jive with a 2-6 team; but they are #8 in the nation in turnover margin. That's a head scratcher. Every other team in the top 10 in that stat is over .500. Their defense has recovered 11 fumbles and their offense has only lost 1...but their still 2-6.

Tough to figure that one. 




Sunday TV

Some solid pro action tonight.

All times are eastern.

NFL:

Arizona at Baltimore - 1 - FOX

Minnesota at Carolina - 1 - FOX

Jacksonville at Houston - 1 - CBS

Miami at NY Giants- 1 - CBS

New Orleans at St. Louis - 1 - FOX

Indianapolis at Tennessee - 1 - CBS

Detroit at Denver - 4:05 - FOX

Washington at Buffalo - 4:05 - FOX

Cincinnati at Seattle - 4:15 - CBS

Cleveland at San Francisco - 4:15 - CBS

New England at Pittsburgh - 4:15 - CBS

Dallas at Philadelphia - 8:20 - NBC

College:

No games

High School:

No games




Saturday TV

That's right it's Saturday, and that means college football.

All times are eastern.

NFL:

No games

College:

Michigan State at Nebraska - 12 - ESPN

Purdue at Michigan - 12 - ESPN2

Missouri at Texas A&M - 12 - FX

NC State at Florida State - 12 - ESPNU

Washington State at Oregon - 3 - FSN

Boston College at Maryland - 3 - FSN

Florida at Georgia - 3:30 - CBS

Baylor at Oklahoma State - 3:30 - ABC / ESPN2

Illinois at Penn State - 3:30 - ABC / ESPN2

Fordham at Army - 3:30 - CBSSN

Missouri at Texas A&M - 3:30 - FX

Wake Forest at North Carolina - 3:30 - ESPNU

SMU at Tulsa - 3:30 - FSN

West Virginia at Rutgers - 3:30 - ABC

Ole Miss at Auburn - 7 - ESPNU

Iowa State at Texas Tech - 7 - FSN

South Carolina at Tennessee - 7:15 - ESPN2

Stanford at USC - 8 - ABC

Wisconsin at Ohio State - 8 - ESPN

Clemson at Georgia Tech - 8 - ABC

Southern Miss at UTEP - 8 - CBSSN

Arizona at Washington - 10:30 - FSN

High School:

No games




West beats North (a Tressel spotting?)

West Alabama beat North Alabama last night 31-26, in a huge Gulf South game.

West Alabama entered the game ranked #23 and North Alabama was ranked #5, after previously being ranked #1 before losing to another Gulf South foe Delta State (the current #1 team in D-II). 

The win earns West Alabama head coach Will Hall the opportunity to play for their first conference title since 1971 as they travel to take on Gulf South leader Delta State next weekend. Hall, who won the Harlan Hill trophy as a quarterback at North Alabama, is doing this with a freshman at quarterback. Impressive.

For North Alabama, the loss drops them to 0-2 in conference play after opening the season as one of the top teams in the country.    

Taking on two top 5 teams in the country, in conference play, sounds like Hall was onto something by claiming the Gulf South as the SEC West of D-II.  

Jump forward in the video below to the 2:15 mark and watch Jim Tressel head coach Will Hall talk about what this win means for his program. 




7 bowls in your first 7 seasons

Two of the more successful private college football programs meet tonight at Cowboy stadium, as BYU (6-2) and TCU (5-2) kickoff at 8 eastern on ESPN.

A win tonight would make the Cougars bowl eligible, and would also set Bronco Mendenhall up to be the first one of the only active [see note below] FBS coach to lead his team to a bowl in each of his first 7 seasons as a head coach.  For TCU, a win would mark their 45th win in their last 50 games.

The past three meetings between the two schools haven't been close, with TCU outscoring BYU 101-17 (an average of 5.6 points per meeting for the Cougars).  

Even if they don't get a win tonight, the remaining schedule looks favorable for Mendenhall to reach his 7th straight bowl with games against Idaho, New Mexico State, and Hawaii.  We expect Boise State's Chris Petersen, in his sixth season as a head coach, to keep the pressure on Mendenhall for this record. He's 5 for 5 and is showing no signs of slowing. 

Note from FootballScoop Staff> No more relying on BYU's media relations guys...As one astute viewer noted below, Tom Osborne most definitely went to 25 bowls in 25 seasons and a guy in Norman (Bob Stoops) is currently 12 for 12 and on a roll.  We also have come up with Mark Richt who's 10 for 10 thus far. In BYU's backyard, Kyle Whittingham coached Utah in a bowl following the 2004 season after Urban took the Florida job and has coached them back to bowl games every year since (thus has coached in 7 bowl games in 6 full seasons). Jim Tressel had 10 straight bowl appearances at Ohio State and won the 1-AA National Championship 4 times at Youngstown State, however he had losing seasons in 2 of his first 3 seasons at Youngstown. Barry Switzer had a pretty good start at OU as well going 32-1-1 in his first 3 seasons (including winning two national championships); but they did not play in bowl games after his first two seasons.  




Any challengers to LSU's sports marketing? Anyone?

Sure it helps to have Les and an undefeated team; but really, does anyone even come close to what LSU sports marketing does?

Comments welcomed below. Enlighten us.