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How about the end to the Utah at Utah State game last night...Utah had a chance to win with a FG at the end of regulation; but missed. Utah State scores then holds and they win it in OT. That's why we play the games!

Plenty of quality action on today including some more in state rivalries.

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Penn State at Virginia  - 12 - ABC

Miami (FL) at Kansas State - 12 - FX

Auburn at Mississippi State - 12 - ESPN

UCF at Ohio State - 12 - ESPN2

North Carolina State at Connecticut - 12 - Big East Network

New Hampshire at Minnesota - 12 - BTN

Tulane at Tulsa - 12 - Fox Sports Net

Maryland at Temple - 12 - ESPNU

Southern California vs Syracuse -3:30 - ABC / ESPN2

Air Force at Michigan - 12 - ABC / ESPN2

Florida at Texas A&M - 3:30 - ESPN

Rice at Kansas - 3:30 - Fox Sports Net

Purdue at Notre Dame - 3:30 - NBC

Michigan State at Central Michigan - 3:30 - ESPNU

Delaware State at Delaware - 3:30 - NBCSN 

Wisconsin at Oregon State - 4 - FX

Washington at LSU - 7 ESPNU

Louisiana-Monroe vs Arkansas - 7 - ESPNU

Nebraska at UCLA - 7:30 - FOX

Army at San Diego State - NBCSN - 7:30

Georgia at Missouri - 7:45 - ESPN2

Illinois at Arizona State - 10:30 - ESPN

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Tennessee staff talks about switching to the no huddle

This past offseason, players were told to keep a wrinkle in the Vols offense on the down low until its debut it during week one. 

As reporters asked quarterback Tyler Bray if the offense was the same over the summer, he would answer by saying "Yes", knowing in the back of his mind that he was telling the truth, it's just that they're doing things a little faster now. Now, going into their match up on Saturday with Georgia State, the fact that they're no huddle is no longer a big secret.

The added wrinkle allowed them to get in 79 plays (2.51 per minute), which is the first time they had run over 70 plays in a single game since 2007. The top 25 from 2011 consisted of only three teams (Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, and Southern California) who didn't average 70 plays per game.

In it's debut for the Vols, offensive coordinator Jim Chaney enjoyed the advantages it provided.

"The argument is that you can simplify the defense's calls. You can't do a multiplicity of calls. I would counter that if I'm on their side I can't do a bunch of shifting and motioning."

"The game of football still gets down to when it says, 'Set, hut!' can we block them, can they tackle us, can we throw and can we catch? What happens when you're going fast-paced is it distorts some of those values of the game a little bit. You see that once in a while: They get a little fatigued, and they miss a tackle where they routinely might make that play."

For his quarterback, Chaney noted that the no huddle allowed him to just focus on playing ball and playing pitch and catch with the open guy.

"He don't have to get in a huddle and verbalize a lot, which he'd rather not do. I think sometimes he just has to look for a signal and throw it to the open guy. Simplifies the game for 11 people.

"What's in vogue in college football now is staying in it throughout the game, and what's becoming a little more in vogue is moving personnel groupings while you're doing it. We've had it that way. It's been going on for a long time. We think it helps us, so we're going to continue to try do it better."

Derek Dooley noted that while they may hit some growing pains with it throughout the season, it is something that they have committed to as an entire coaching staff.

"We're all together on it as coaches, and there's going to be times probably where it's not helping the defense. But we think over time the points you can generate is what matters." Dooley explained.





Iowa State's intro is good

Iowa State put together an impressive video intro for last week's game.

Nice touch at the end there.

Big 12 reaches TV deal

The Big 12's Board of Directors has approved a 13 year deal with ABC / ESPN and Fox, worth an estimated $2.6 billion. The agreement stretches through 2025.

The conference and TV networks agreed in principle back in May, but all the finer details have now been ironed out.

Under the deal, the conference is expected to pocket about $200 million annually, with each school getting a share of about $20 million per year.

ESPN and Fox will have rights to air the games and ESPN will air more than 20 games per year, with at least 25 games being aired on national broadcasts and cable channels.

One interesting note in the deal is a "grant of right" clause that provides security for the ten members of the Big 12.

The clause states that if a Big 12 school leaves the league during the term of the contract, that school's media rights and revenue would remain with the Big 12 and not the new conference of the departed school.

Commissioner Bob Bowlsby described the clause as "a very public & business-oriented substantiation of the commitment that the ten institutions have privately" in the press conference announcing the deal.

Venables contrasts Ball State offense with Mike Leach's

Clemson takes on Ball State this weekend, and Brent Venables is impressed with the Cardinals offense after week 1.

Ball State is coming off a (37-26) win over MAC foe Eastern Michigan.

After breaking down film, Venables came away impressed with them schematically.

"They’re not just running plays and hoping they work. Mike Leach will run his seven routes, and that’s it. He’s going to run them over and over and make you be very precise in defending them. He doesn’t really care what you’re in and watches zero tape."

Venables noted that Cardinals offensive coordinator Rick Skrosky and the offensive staff are going to attack the defense with routes and schemes that are based on the coverage.

Against Eastern Michigan, Ball State recorded 36 first downs and racked up almost 600 yards of total offense, averaging around 6 yards per play both on the ground and in the in the air.

"Ball State cares what you’re in. This is a quarter-beater, this is a two-beater, this is a man-beater, and when you show pressure, we’re going to do this. You show two, we’re going to do that. And then they do it with high tempo. So it really forces you to be even more precise, and it forces them to have to execute, too.”

The Cardinals travel to Clemson and can be seen on ESPN3 or the ACC network at 12:30 on Saturday.


Arizona State intro video: Stomp the Bus

Pretty creative video there by Arizona State. 

Imagine watching that one on the big screen just before the team comes running onto the field. Yeah, we think the place would be loud too. 

How Paul Rhoads is preparing for the close confines of Kinnick Stadium

Paul Rhoads and Iowa State travel to Iowa on Saturday to take on their in state rival Hawkeyes. Rhoads spent the week brainstorming ways to simulate the close confines of Kinnick Stadium.

The close proximity to screaming Iowa fans while trying to make in game adjustments on the bench is pretty challenging for any staff, not to mention an in state rival.

Rhoads joked that he was pretty creative in order to simulate the environment during the week.

We bring strangers in off the street and let them stand there along sideline because that’s about what it’s like when you’re down there trying to make adjustments and changes.” 

Iowa and Iowa State will face off on the Big Ten Network tomorrow at 3:30. Both teams are coming in at 1-0.

Jim Schwartz: "We don't aspire to be balanced"

Ask coaches around the country, and there are a few different ways to be "balanced" on offense. Many coaches would describe it as being 50% run and 50% pass, while those from the Mike Leach school of thought would say that balance is spreading it around to all of the skill players on the field.

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz told WXYT in Detroit that he doesn't aim for balance at all. Putting points on the board is most important to him offensively.

"We certainly don’t aspire to be balanced. We aspire to put the ball in the end zone."

"However that happens, you don’t get any more points for rushing it over than you do for passing it over. We try to judge ourselves on wins and losses and, on offense, on points that we’re putting on the board."

 "That being said, we have a lot of different parts on offense. I think it’s important that if an opponent tries to take away one part of our skill set on offense, that we have the ability to make them pay in another place, and run game is one of those areas.”