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Breaking down film with Matt Barkley

In this week's addition of the "Barkley Breakdown", Woods and Barkley break down their record setting plays (Barkley's 100th career touchdown pass and Woods' 217th catch) and what their reads and adjustments were on each play.

We have a feeling that these two have spent a few hours together in the film room before...

This series from the USC program has become a great tool to give casual fans, as well as coaches, an inside look at the playbook, and their playmakers. Good move.

Thursday TV - NFL and ACC games on tonight

NFL and ACC action on tonight. Tomorrow night we'll have Cinci and Louisville and Nevada and Air Force to enjoy.

All times are eastern. 

NFL:

Tampa Bay at Minnesota - 8:20 - NFL Network

College: 

Clemson at Wake Forest - 7:30 - ESPN

Delaware State at Morgan State - 7:30 - ESPNU

Valdosta State at Shorter - 7:30 - CSS

High School:

John Burroughs (CA) vs Maplewood - 3 - FCS

Pre-game locker-room talk at Vandy (with special guest)

That's just a great video there from Vanderbilt.  Think about how much recruits (and their families) enjoy watching that.

Stick around for the end as well. Good scene. 

The three keys to beating Alabama as Les Koenning sees it

Mississippi State offensive coordinator Les Koenning will take the Bulldog offense to Tuscaloosa Saturday night to square off against Alabama in a battle of the unbeatens. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30pm ET.

According to Koenning, in order to get out with a win, they'll have to win three key phases of the game.

"The No. 1 thing you have to be aware of when you're playing Alabama is the turnover ratio. They're an opportunistic offense, a lot like ourselves. With turnovers, it's a lot easier to get in the end zone." Koenning told AL.com

Alabama ranks third nationally in turnover margin, forcing an average of two turnovers per game (+14 on the season). In their first seven games, the Tide have taken the ball away 20 times, converting an impressive 15 of those into touchdowns.

"This will be one of those patented games that we have in the SEC. Field position will be a must. Third-down conversions will be a must and taking care of the ball will be a must." Koenning explained.

Third down conversions are another area that Alabama has excelled in this season, ranking second nationally. The Crimson Tide have allowed opponents to convert on just 24 of their 96 attempts (25%). Also pretty impressive.

Write that down. Turnover ratio, field position, and third down conversions will be three areas of emphasis for the Bulldogs on Saturday night. They'll have their work cut out for them on all three sides of the ball

You'll be able to catch the game on ESPN. Should be a good one.

 

Dave Christensen apologized to Troy Calhoun

Glad to see that Christensen called Troy Calhoun to apologize for his actions after their game. 

Christensen won't be on the sideline this weekend vs Boise State as he serves a one game suspension. 

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