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More MAC action. Please, please let this be as good as last night's game!

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College:

Temple at Ohio - 8 - ESPN2

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NAIA / D-II opening in Oklahoma

Ken Barefield resigned as the Northwestern Oklahoma State head football coach Monday, just after posting his 100th career win as a head coach. In 5 seasons with the Rangers, Barefield compiled a record of 34-19 with 2 Central States Football league titles, and 3 NAIA playoff appearances.

Since the program's first national title in 1999, the Rangers have gone a combined 104-42, and have had only two losing seasons in that span.  Along with the national title in 1999, the Rangers made national title appearances in 2000 and 2003 as well (lost to Georgetown, KY in 2000 and to Carrol, MT in 2003).

We understand that the University plans to apply very soon for D-II status (and they have already been accepted into the Great American Conference).  The GAC currently includes Arkansas Tech, Arkansas Monticello, East Central, Harding, Henderson State, Ouachita Baptist, Southeastern Oklahoma, Southern Arkansas and Southwestern Oklahoma.

Sounds like a pretty good job if you want to live in Northwestern Oklahoma. 

Sonny Dykes has LA Tech headed in the right direction

Sonny Dykes and Louisiana Tech had a tough opening to this season with three of their first four games against Southern Miss, Houston and Mississippi State. They lost each of those three; but only by a combined 9 points (Southern Miss by 2 (17-19), Houston by 1 (34-35), and Mississippi State by 6 (20-26 in OT)). Oh, we should add in there, that Dykes was playing a true freshman at quarterback for those games. 

At that point they were 1-3. Can we get a show of hands for schools that hoped to schedule Fedora, Sumlin and Mullen's teams in the first four weeks? Anyone? 

The following week, Hawaii came to town and in the game that featured the bizarre 22 minute review, LA Tech fell to 1-4.

But since that game, Tech has reeled off three straight wins (at Idaho, at Utah State and vs. San Jose State). 

This week the Bulldogs travel to Fresno State (Bulldogs vs. Bulldogs). Then they travel to Ole Miss, and Nevada and will wrap the season up at home against New Mexico State.

Dykes has his program headed in the right direction. 

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.
 

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