Dooley believes Bama may have best defense in modern era
Our staff just had the opportunity to take a look at Derek Dooley's press conference, and he's trying his best to seem upbeat going into this weeks game with Alabama and their top ranked defense. Tennessee is coming off a 38-7 loss to top ranked LSU and will face their second straight top 5 defense this weekend.
Dooley gave Alabama's defense a huge compliment, fast forward to the 3:35 mark to hear him talk about Saban and this years defense.
"Probably as physically dominant of a defense as I've seen in the modern era of football"
This year the defense is allowing 7 points per game, and have been dominant against both the run (1st nationally allowing 38 yards per game) as well as against the pass (5th nationally allowing 146 yards per game). The Tide's defense is allowing only 184 total yards of offense per game total. Dominant seems to be a logical statement.
What makes the those numbers even more impressive is that they have been on the field for 66 more snaps than Michigan State, who is the second ranked defense in the country.
Stanford's impressive offensive numbers
It's no secret that Andrew Luck is leading one of the top offenses in the country, #16 in total offense to be exact.
Luck has had plenty of time to distribute the ball from the pocket, as Stanford's offensive line has only allowed 1 sack so far this season. In comparison, Pittsburgh has allowed the most sacks in the country, allowing 34.
However, after taking a look at the numbers through Stanford's first six games, the role of the tight ends is the most impressive stat. The Cardinal tight ends have hauled in an impressive 59 catches for 980 yards and 15 touchdowns.
First year head coach David Shaw and Luck will need to continue the offensive production as they take on Washington Saturday (ESPN - 8p - EST).
Utah State has yet to throw an INT this season
As our staff poured through some statistics through Week 7, we found one in particular very impressive. Utah State is the only team in the FBS yet to throw an interception.
True freshman Chuckie Keaton has thrown 137 passes without an interception. Keaton is completing 61% of his passes, and has thrown for over a thousand yards in his first 6 college starts
Working to Keatons advantage has been the Aggie run game which ranks 6th nationally, and first in the WAC at 298.8 yards per game.
After almost knocking off Auburn in a Week 1 thriller, Utah State is sitting at 2-4 going into this weeks game against Louisiana Tech (3p - Eastern). Watchful eyes will be on Chuckie Keaton to keep his impressive streak alive. Aggies quarterback coach Matt Wells is doing a great job out there with his alma mater.
Texas high school offense rewrites the record books
This past Friday night, Fort Worth Southwest and Forth Worth Arlington Heights met to battle for the top spot in their Texas 4A District. What fans witnessed was an impressive offensive showing by Southwest that rewrote the record books.
Southwest receiver Robbie Rhodes had a night he will never forget, catching an impressive 8 touchdown passes, each of those coming from at least 20 yards out. Rhodes pulled in a total of 10 receptions for 394 yards, which stands as a Texas single game record, and ranks 11th nationally. The 8 touchdowns tie a national record set in 1998.
Distributing the ball to Rhodes was quarterback, Wesley Harris, who finished 20-30 for 564 yards and threw one more incompletion (10), than total touchdowns (9). Harris now holds the Texas high school single game touchdown record, and was one touchdown shy of joining five others who hold the national record with 10 in a single game.
Fort Worth Southwest went on to win the game 66-21 and secured a top spot in District 6-4A. Great job by the staff putting on an offensive show that kept the fans on the edge of their seat the entire game.
Les at it again
Earlier today the first BCS polls came out listing LSU as #1. The Tigers edged out Alabama for the top spot.
When Les was asked what he thought about the news he responded
Well said Les.
California HS game goes 8 OTs
California high schools, Desert Hot Springs and Big Bear, completed an 8 overtime game Friday night that officially went down as the longest high school football game played in the state. The game was tied at 22 after regulation and lasted 4 hours and 19 minutes, with the final touchdown run coming at 11:27pm PST.
What makes this game even more impressive is that during the third overtime Big Bear faced a 3rd and 36. Big Bear ended up completing a 35 yard pass, and then scored on a 4th and 1 pass. After each team scored touchdowns in the first three overtimes, there wasn't a single point scored in the next three.
Unlike NCAA rules, CIF southern section California overtime regulations do not require teams to attempt a two point conversion after the third overtime.
Big Bear defeated Hot Springs 56-50, and captured a CIF championship. However, there was still plenty of work to be done for the coaches as they got busy working on the film. Our staff thinks its a safe bet that the film work kept the coaches busy into the early morning hours of Saturday.
Sarkisian off to a great start
Steve Sarkisian really had the Washington offense clicking in their 52-24 victory over Colorado Saturday.
In the first half alone, Washington scored on their first 6 possessions, 5 of them being touchdowns, as they built a 38-10 lead at the break. By the end of the game, 7 different Huskies had found the end zone.
First year starter Keith Price has gotten of to a fast start, throwing for 21 touchdowns on the season, which ranks just behind the national leader Robert Griffith III who has 22.
When Sarkisian was asked about the variety of the effectiveness of the play calling he responded,
"I'm not calling plays for a specific guy. We're calling the best plays for the moment and not concerned about who might be the guy and 'Can he make that play?' We have such belief in the guys on our football team right now."
That confidence will need to carry over as the 5-1 Huskies take on Stanford on Saturday.
Here's a look at the schedule for Monday.
All times are Eastern.
Miami Dolphins at New York Jets - 8:30 - ESPN