Chavis: It's a football game...between the best 2 teams
If you watch SportsCenter this week, you're likely to be reminded that LSU is playing at Alabama this weekend.
Erin Andrews is spending the day with the LSU program today and the worldwide leader is showing live cut ins throughout the day on ESPN and the deuce. They also have announced that tomorrow ESPN will be doing the same within the Alabama program.
Minutes ago, Andrews sat down with the Chief in his office. EA opened up remarking how clean Chavis' office was. Chief gave the credit to his GAs.
Towards the end of the interview Chief got on a roll and really opened up. He's excited to be coaching in this game said he doesn't get caught up in the hype; but when Andrews asked him his reaction to this game being labled "Armageddon in Alabama" Chavis replied, "It's a football game...A game between the best two teams in the country." The smirk he gave said it all.
This is a huge game for both programs and they know it. Winner take all Saturday night.
A tip from Pete Carroll
In the Spring of 2010, Pete Carroll (already with the Seahawks) came to Oklahoma State to watch a future draftee.
During the visit, Mike Gundy asked Carroll, "What could I do here that you've done (at USC) that could help our football team"?
Carroll responded with a simple answer. Double the amount of time spent on forcing turnovers.
Taking a look at the numbers, it looks like Gundy took that advice. The Cowboys are the top team in the country in turnovers forced (29), interceptions (17), and are tied for most fumble recoveries (12).
On top of the 15 minutes each day focused on forcing turnovers, the Cowboys also emphasize turnovers during their team period by aiming for 5 takeaways in the session. If they fail to meet that goal, the defense does some extra running.
The Cowboys will take on Kansas State Saturday. The Wildcats are tied for fifth in the country with only 8 turnovers.
Mark Hudspeth took to the microphone yesterday to talk about the 7-2 start that the Ragin' Cajuns are on, and also took some time to talk about proving everyone wrong. As a reminder, this Hud's first year at UL, and the team went 3-9 last season.
Jump to the 3:45 mark to hear Hudspeth talk about the team playing with a chip on their shoulder, and how the team has used their doubters as motivation.
"Each week that has been our goal, to prove them as wrong as we can possibly prove them" Hudspeth said.
Hudspeth and the Ragin' Cajuns wrap up their schedule with games against Lousiana-Monroe, Arkansas State, and Arizona. The 7 wins already is monumental in Lafayette. The Ragin' Cajuns haven't won more than 6 games in their last 17 seasons.
Mid-American Conference action tonight; and it should be a good one (both teams are 5-3 on the season).
All times are eastern.
Northern Illinois at Toledo - 7 - ESPN2
Penn State's defense is why they are 8-1
Despite having an offense ranked 101st in scoring, the Nittany Lions are 8-1 as they head into their bye week, and have played in more than their fair share of close games.
Six of their eight wins have come by a combined 38 points. Each of their games against Temple (14-10), Indiana (16-10), Iowa (13-3), Purdue (23-18), Northwestern (34-24) and Illinois (10-7) have been decided by less than 10 points.
Defensive coordinator Ron Vanderlinden Tom Bradley and the rest of the defensive staff composed of linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden, safeties coach Kermit Buggs, and defensive line coach Larry Johnson have once again helped put together the type of defense to keep them in those close games. Defensively the Nittany Lions rank in the top 10 in the country in pass efficiency (4), total defense (10), scoring defense (4), and pass defense (8).
Joe Pa will be looking for win 410 when they take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers November 12th, in Happy Valley.
Iowa State unleashes on Texas Tech
Iowa State's four game losing streak came to an end Saturday in Lubbock as they took on the Red Raiders and got the 41-7 win.
The 41 points was the most scored in the regular season for the Cyclones this year (they put up 44 in triple overtime against Iowa).
Iowa State has found success against Texas Tech the past two seasons, including last years 52-38 win (also the most points they scored last season). Saturday the Cyclones rushed for 368 yards on their way to 512 yards of total offense, and dominated the time of possesssion 40:09 to Tech's 19:51.
Saban gets mad, then gets even
If your team beats Nick Saban's team it upsets him. Last season, LSU beat Alabama 24-21.
In the last 10 seasons, every time that Saban has faced a team that beat him the prior season, Saban's team has come out on top the next year.
Jon Solomon, with AL.com, did some research showing that 12 times since 2001, Saban's teams have lost one year, only to turn around and whip their opponent the next. In the 12 losses, Saban's teams have lost by an average of just under two touchdowns...then the next year, Saban's teams have won by an average of two touchdowns. The man gets even.
Saban has two remaining games against teams that beat the Tide last season as they face LSU this weekend and Auburn at the end of the month.
It's going to be a fun week, culminating with the LSU vs. Alabama game Saturday night on CBS.
Quick note> Today, Halloween, is Coach Saban's birthday. Yes, yes it is.
Irish getting it done on the ground
Notre Dame capped off their 56-14 win against Navy Saturday with an impressive 7 rushing touchdowns.
The 7 rushing touchdowns mark the most rushing touchdowns for the Irish since 1992.
Brian Kelly talked a lot about finding consistency in the offense this week. The Irish quarterbacks were 19 of 25 for 260 yards (1TD / 1Int). On the ground, the Irish rushed 35 times for 182 (5.2 avg.) and 7TDs. The Irish will take on Wake Forest Saturday.
For Navy, it extended their losing streak to 6 games. Since 2003, Navy has won at least 8 games each season. This year they are 2-6. Navy takes on Troy this Saturday as they try to right the ship [yes, that is a poor pun].
Below is video of Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo speaking after the loss to Notre Dame.