Ohio State honors its players of this week with a sweet graphic
Ohio State honored Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Carlos Hyde with the sweet graphic embedded below. After rushing 24 times for 246 yards and four touchdowns and also catching two passes for 26 yards and another score in the Buckeyes' 60-35 win over Illinois, Hyde deserved something special.
We're not sure every program could pull something like this off, but they should all try. Of course, it helps that Ohio State has its own in-house graphic designer.
Photo: Toledo will showcase the 'Power in Pink' on Wednesday
Breast Cancer Awareness month is officially behind us, but that hasn't stopped Toledo from trading its traditional gold for pink. The Rockets will hold a "Power in Pink" game Wednesday night against Northern Illinois complete with a pink helmet decal, pink accented jerseys, pink gloves and a pink facemask.
Seriously, I've never seen a face mask like this before.
Catch these uniforms - along with a 7-3 Rockets squad fighting for a first-place tie in the MAC West - at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 Wednesday night.
Video: College football is weird, man
Stanford and Cal meet on Saturday in the 116th edition of the Big Game. Stanford has won the past three after dropping seven of the previous eight.
This video, a ritual Bearial, is a rite of passage that Stanford partakes in every year. Allegedly. If you happened to be leading a group of foreign exchange students around the Stanford campus and stumbled across this scene, here's guessing you'd have a hard time explaining how this relates to college football.
Oh, and then there's the story of the time Stanford students stole the Stanford Axe from Cal. It's worth your time, and just another reminder of the glorious hoopla that makes college football great.
Bret Bielema encourages his staff to use his 'suggestion box'
When Bret Bielema took the reigns of the Wisconsin program after Barry Alvarez decided to step down from the head coaching post and transition into the AD role, he had a great support system in place to bounce ideas off of throughout his tenure in Madison.
That support system changed drastically when he took the job at Arkansas back in early December of last year. Now, when Bielema needs advice he turns to his staff, and a little suggestion box that he's implemented.
"You can ask my staff this, but I'm not, or at least I don't think I am, I'm not a dictator. Definitely not a one man show." he explained.
"When I ask questions in staff meetings, I truly mean that I want input and advice. In fact, one of the things that I always tell my coaches is, 'Hey, throw a note in my box', and I get all kinds of information that way."
"Just as men, it's human nature that when someone throws an idea at you, maybe you aren't hearing it the right way, or you're defensive right away but I love when coaches put a note in my box about things to think about, or ideas."
"That's just an example of trying to use your assistant coaches to the fullest."
Now, Bielema may not actually have an artfully crafted "suggestion box" hanging outside of his office, and he could just be referring to his university mailbox, but regardless of the logistics, his idea has some serious merit to it and sounds like a great way to get the creative juices flowing from your assistants who may not be as vocal as others.
Want to make an easy $10 million? Ed Orgeron: The Movie
Admit it, you want to know what's going on in Ed Orgeron's head right now. In the seven weeks since he took over as caretaker of the program, the jolly, ferocious Cajun has coached his way into a beautiful predicament.
The Trojans are 5-1 since his promotion to interim head coach and undefeated in Pac-12 play. If USC beats Colorado and UCLA in the next two weeks and things break the right way elsewhere, the Trojans could be headed to Eugene with the Rose Bowl on the line. It's hard to say Orgeron has coached his way into winning the full-time job, but at the very least athletics director Pat Haden will have to answer questions internally and externally about why Coach O was not the choice. And then there's the increasingly likely possibility that he'll have the choice of staying on with USC's new staff or taking over as a head coach at a new program. Fascinating, all of it.
So here's our harebrained idea: film it. Every second of it.
What if, for the next 90 days, a film crew chronicled the life of Ed Orgeron and then sold the movie rights? Who wouldn't want to see that? And how could this film do anything but make money? Offer half a million dollars to Orgeron for his time, and another million to USC for the rights. Spend half a million on your film crew, another two million promoting it and that still leaves you seven figures short of $5 million.
Once the project is in the can, you can sell the rights to HBO or put it on the open market. The hordes of college football fans in Los Angeles, Baton Rouge, Oxford and Tuscaloosa alone flocking to see this film is enough to turn a profit.
Look at the story you're telling: a coach takes over a drastically underachieving program and wins - immediately - at a rate no one could see coming. Now climb inside his head as he fights to win his way into his dream job, and then weighs the possibility of not getting it. Watch as he mulls whether to stay on as an assistant or prove himself again as a head coach at a new destination. What's Coach O really like on the recruiting trail? How does he handle the upcoming month-long dead period? Does he go insane? Does he spend the entire month in meditation? Does he launch a coup d'etat to take control of the governorship of Louisiana? It's a fascinating human interest story, and it's all told through the perspective of a character that I can best describe as Yogi Bear dipped in gumbo.
There's an engrossing story to be told here. All it takes is somebody to tell it.
Check out Texas Tech's Lone Star uniforms for the Texas game
Here's a philosophical quandary for you: if you wear a different set of special uniforms every week, are they really all that special?
Two games after donning "Never Quit" uniforms against Kansas State, Texas Tech will wear all-white Lone Star themed uniforms for its game at Texas. This year's outfit is basically an exact reversal of last year's Lone Star kits that the Red Raiders wore for their home game against Texas.
This is how the Red Raiders will look in Austin on Nov. 28:
The Texas game represents the Red Raiders' regular season finale, which makes now a perfect time to review a full season of uniform choices under new head coach/uniform director Kliff Kingsbury.
All white: at SMU, at Kansas, at West Virginia, vs. Baylor
All black: vs. Stephen F. Austin, vs. Iowa State, vs. Oklahoma State
All gray: vs. TCU
Black-white-black: vs. Texas State
Gray-white-gray: at Oklahoma
Never Quit: vs. Kansas State
The Lone Star look makes seven different uniform combinations for Texas Tech in 12 games, and not a whole lot of red for the Red Raiders.
Which look is your favorite?
Marc Trestman has an important game management lesson for all of us
For those of you that missed the Ravens - Bears game on Sunday, with Chicago up 20-17 late in the game, Baltimore took over at their own 16 yard line needing to go 84 yards to punch it in the end zone for a win. The Ravens ended up driving the ball down to about the three yard line, and had multiple opportunities to score with about a minute to go, and instead of using one of his three timeouts, Bears head coach Marc Trestman decided to keep all of them in his pocket. That decision had a lot of fans, media members, and coaches scratching their heads after the game.
The Ravens ended up settling for a field goal as time expired, sending the game to overtime, where they eventually lost 23-20. After the game, everyone was wondering why Trestman decided to take the three timeouts home with him and what he told reporters, (which you can hear for yourself here at the 9:20 mark) is a lesson in game management for all coaches.
"When you call timeouts at the end of halfs, you want to do it in succession, otherwise there is no value in them." Trestman explained.
"So just a little bit of history, when you start a drive from the 16 yard line, you have a 13% chance, over the past five years, of scoring a touchdown. So you have to take that into consideration when you go into the game."
"The normal thinking is that you never want to leave the game with your three timeouts, but the fact of the matter is that there was really no time to use the timeouts, and when you're in a two minute situation and you use your timeouts and there is no way that you can call them in succession, you give them more time each and every play to get the people that they want out there to get that play done, so you have to consider that."
Trestman then explained that the only time he really seriously considered a timeout was after Ray Rice ripped off an 11 yard run to get the Ravens down to the 5 yard line with just over a minute remaining.
"When you put it all together, if you call all three timeouts right there in succession, you're still only getting the ball back with 18 seconds left, but if you let it run, they're in a two minute mode and now they have to call their two timeouts, so a couple things come into play. Number one, they didn't call a timeout after the first one, so that means that they had to call a play out of their two minute package instead of using their red zone package. They didn't call a timeout and get into a different personnel group. And then, by using their two timeouts, we knew what they had to do on third down, they had to throw it because there wasn't enough time left to do anything else."
"So we cut the percentages in half of run to pass, and then it was one big leap of faith. But if we go back and call three straight timeouts, we have 18 seconds left at max. So the percentage of them scoring...it's a leap of faith. 3 points to tie the game, yes, but seven points, we're talking that 13%."
For better or worse, Trestman is well known as being one of the more cerebral head coaches in football, and it's game management insight like he displayed Sunday that have many coaches adding a brainstorming session with him and Kevin Kelley to their holiday wish list.
Michigan State had a player / coach dance party after beating Nebraska
If you enjoyed "The Gundy", this is right up your alley.
After finally getting their first win against the Cornhuskers in nine tries, Michigan State improved to 9-1 and 6-0 in the Big Ten, and decided the occasion was as good as any to turn the locker room into a temporary dance club.
After coach Dantonio breaks things down and the team sings the fight song, defensive line coach Ron Burton and receivers coach Terrance Samuel show the young guys how to get down. You can see Dantonio singing along in the background, and offensive line coach Mark Staten getting in on the action as well.
The rest of the all access video is great as well, but we've cued it up to the real entertainment.