Better be able to run it in the red zone
We took a look at some red zone offense numbers. Here's some of the interesting stats that we found:
4 teams are scoring touchdowns less than 40% of the time in the red zone: Boston College, Rutgers, San Jose State, and Colorado State.
7 teams are scoring touchdowns over 75% of the time in the red zone: East Carolina, Oregon State, TCU, Ohio, Kansas State, Michigan, and Wisconsin
Wisconsin leads the nation by scoring touchdowns 81% of the time in the red zone.
You better be able to run it. 12 teams have over 20 rushing touchdowns inside the red zone: Auburn (21), Boise State, Stanford, Navy, Air Force, Michigan, Oregon, Army, UCF, Wisconsin, Nevada, TCU (31).
25 teams have fewer than 5 passing touchdowns in the red zone: FAU has just 1 passing touchdown in the red zone. LSU has only 2.
Texas Tech and East Carolina lead the nation with 19 passing touchdowns in the red zone.
USC has 16 passing touchdowns in the red zone. Stanford has 15.
13 teams score (TD or FG) less than 75% of the time in red zone: Wazzu, Buffalo, Wyoming, UAB, Clemson, Arizona State, ULM, Western Michigan, Florida, LA Tech, Tennessee, Eastern Michigan.
11 teams score (TD or FG) over 90% of the time in the red zone: Wisconsin, Arkansas, Cal, Washington, Stanford, Oklahoma State, East Carolina, Utah State, Illinois, Duke, Memphis
Memphis (1-8) is the only team to score (TD or FG) every time in the red zone. The Tigers are 13 of 13, but only 8 touchdowns.
Whittingham says Utes out to prove something at Notre Dame
Utah will actually play in front of a national audience this week at Notre Dame (NBC) instead of a regional audience as it did against TCU.
The Utes are out to redeem themselves. Head coach Kyle Whittingham says, “Our defense is good. We will come out and show everybody how we really play."
"We’re still leading the conference in sacks and our pass efficiency is still good. We can always do better, but for the most part, with the exception of a few big plays, we are doing well.”
Defensive coordinator Kalani Sitaki took the blame for last week’s poor defensive performance.
Sitake said, “We are fine, we just had a bad game, and that is my fault. I have to get the guys ready to play every week and make sure we don’t pat ourselves on our back for wins or dwell on the losses. We have to keep moving forward and there is more urgency to do a better job this week and show what kind of team we can be.”
Kick-off is set for 2:40 EST from South Bend.
Here's what Turner Gill preached to his team before and during Colorado game
Last week, Turner Gill started the week by telling his team, “The word of the week is ‘relentless.’ That’s what we gotta have. This is the mentality we have to have. Relentless…all the time.”
Gill and the Jayhawks found themselves down 35-10 at halftime to Colorado.
Let’s give Gill credit. As you can watch in the video, Gill didn’t panic at halftime. He continued to echo his “be relentless” theme in the locker room. Gill then told his team, “Let’s make this the greatest comeback, ever.”
After trailing 45-17 at the end of the third quarter, Kansas continue to be relentless and rallied to win 52-45.
The post-game locker room started…”WHOSE HOUSE? OUR HOUSE. WHOSE HOUSE. OUR HOUSE.”
Gill then addressed his team and kept it short…”I’m proud of you being relentless.”
Here’s the behind-the-scenes. It’s pretty good stuff.
Dos Equis to sign Les Miles to lucrative deal?
Les Miles had a funny and great conversion with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt this afternoon on the SVP Show.
Van Pelt wondered if Miles or the man in the Dos Equis commercials is really “the most interesting man in the world.”
Asked about eating grass, as Les did during the Alabama game, Les said, “I’ve been doing that for as long as I can remember. It’s the strangest thing people would make in national news.”
Miles added, “Do you think I ingested it? I tasted the grass. This was not lunch. When you have a little dry mouth, you like to cut that with a taste.”
So what about that unique clap and smile after big plays, in which Miles' hands pound together.
Miles said, “It’s one of those things that I don’t necessarily find it very entertaining. I like to feel my hands when they pound. It’s just something that comes from me.”
Asked who is more interesting, he or the Dos Equis’ guy, Les said, “I have no idea. It seems to me the view what’s on the perimeter, kinda rises with the stock market. It’s more entertaining when you win. I’ve been the same guy. I’m the same coach.”
Miles concluded, “These things that I do are not for everybody and I don’t recommend you try it.”
Trooper explains the current state of the team at Auburn
Auburn wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor says the Tigers are a family, which has helped eliminate any distractions.
Taylor said, “This team has really done a good job of staying focused. I’m going to be real honest, I can’t tell a difference. If it is (a distraction), it hasn’t shown up out there. I don’t want act like we’re living under a rock, but I haven’t seen a distraction as far as the way the guys have worked.”
“People throw that word 'chemistry' out there. It’s different for us. It’s like family. These guys are up here all the time. Even on off days, you come through there at any time and there are 6 or 7 guys in there watching tape or hanging in your office.”
“For us, there is not a time when practice is over and now we can be friends. It’s family only time, even when we’re at practice.”
"If my sisters need something right now, I promise you they're calling me. They're not calling a cousin or a stranger. They're calling their family. You don't love family in slices. You take family just like they are -- good, bad and ugly. That's what family is about. We also know you don't have to have the same last name, be the same color, be from the same town to be family. What we all go through together makes us family. That's pretty special."
Trooper Taylor on Auburn sticking together
Bronco admits even he may have become a bit complacent
BYU has started to play much better football as of late under head coach Bronco Mendenhall.
The Cougars are 4-5, but have won three of their last four games including a 55-7 win over UNLV last Saturday.
On Wednesday, Mendenhall admitted perhaps even he may have become a little complacent.
Mendenhall said, “Each year...as you lose players and you gain players, sometimes critical stories are lost along the way, and if those stories aren't maintained, then you lose your culture."
"I could have done a much better job of making sure that the younger players had a better idea of what these stories were."
"I didn't prepare them well enough, or they didn't understand well enough what I was asking them to do, what that was going to entail. We're getting closer."
BYU travels to Colorado State this weekend.
Ruffin McNeill explains importance of staff chemistry
With an offense going one way and a defense going another way, East Carolina head coach Ruffin McNeill says staff chemistry is absolutely critical.
After a 76-35 loss to Navy, the ECU defense now ranks 117th in scoring defense (41.3 ppg) and 115th in total defense (456 ypg).
On the offensive side, the Pirates are 14th nationally in scoring offense (36.4 ppg) and 21st nationally in total offense (436 ypg). East Carolina is 7th nationally in passing offense.
McNeill says, “The one thing in building the staff was that it was constructed on chemistry. Anybody can handle the good times, but when tough times happen, that’s when the integrity of the staff and team is tested. I have been a part of staffs that when things got tough, it divided. Instead of saying ‘us’ and ‘we,’ it became ‘them,’ ‘they,’ ‘you’ and ‘I.’
“When Coach Holland and the board named me, it was important for me, knowing there would be tough times and good times, to get that staff chemistry. There will be a lot of cheering times here, but there will be tough times. During those hard times are when the staff chemistry is very important.
“You’ll see Lincoln and Brian talking all the time. Lincoln apologized to Brian for the four fumbles. Brian wasn’t worried about that, he knows things happen. Brian was as disappointed as anybody in the defense because he works so hard.
“I have veteran guys on my staff who have been in it a long time. The key is that great chemistry. Times are a little tough right now, just like after the Virginia Tech and North Carolina games. We held tough and tight during that time and we will do the same thing now. Those guys are working hard and pulling for one another on all three sides of the ball.”
At 5-4 in his first season as head coach, Ruffin McNeill’s team will finish at UAB, at Rice, before hosting SMU in the season finale.
$100,000 on the line in The Swamp
A trip to Atlanta for the SEC Championship is on the line on Saturday night when Florida hosts South Carolina.
Urban Meyer wants it “out of control” in The Swamp.
Meyer said, “I’d like to make this one go down in the books. “Obviously, the football team’s gotta do their part, which is the most important one, but I’d like to see this stadium absolutely out of control. The best home field advantage in America, let’s use it to the maximum. Unless people got something else to do, I’d love to see a couple hundred thousand people here, packed house.”
A win for the Gamecocks would clinch the SEC East for South Carolina, in which Spurrier would receive a $100,000 bonus.
Upon hearing that his quarterback Stephen Garcia called the game “the biggest in school history,” Spurrier said, "No, that's not true. Please don’t listen to Stephen when he talks."
South Carolina is third in the nation is sacks with 3.56 per game and eleventh nationally in rushing defense. Urban said last week, “We’re just not very good on defense. We’re just not.” The Gators, do however, rank 7th nationally in total defense and 25th in scoring defense.
Too bad for the Gamecocks this one isn’t in Columbia. Sandstorm would be ridiculous.