Prepare yourself for a week full of ESPN references to Muschamp vs. Saban; but first we've got MNF tonight.
All times Eastern.
Redskins at the Cowboys - 8:30 - ESPN
Update on New Mexico's opening
Yesterday Mike Locksley was relieved of his duties as head coach at New Mexico and associate head coach / defensive coordinator George Barlow will serve as interim head coach for the rest of this season.
There will be typical speculation, including some very prominent names, over the next few weeks. We'll speak with the guys involved and keep you posted.
In the meantime, we took a look at the historical records of previous New Mexico coaches...
The last head coach to have a .500 overall coaching record was Joe Morrison who coached the Lobos from '80-'82 (yep, that's 30 years ago). Prior to him, a young man named Marv Levy last did it in '58-'59 when he won 14 of 20 games as head coach.
In more recent memory, Rocky Long was just under .500 in 11 seasons ('98-'08) and Dennis Franchione was also just under .500 in his 6 seasons ('92-'97).
Great punt return design
Anyone else catch this from yesterday's Bears / Packers game?
Bears are down 10 late in the 4th quarter. Packers are punting from mid-field.
Bears line up with two men on each gunner. From here, we'll let you watch it on the video; but keep your eyes on the far outside defender lined up against the left gunner on the Packers.
Credit Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub for this one.
Big East officials cost Toledo a win
3PM Update > Toledo just held a press conference to announce that they have petitioned to have the results of the game vacated. Tim Beckman called the error by the officials an "injustice" and said he's, "here today to fight for our Rocket football team!"
Syracuse hosted Toledo yesterday in what was a very entertaining game.
With 2 minutes to play, Syracuse scored a touchdown to give them a 29-27 lead pending the extra point. On TV, the extra point appeared to be wide left; however the Big East crew called it good on the field.
The replay official took a look but upheld the call. Again, every other person who looked at it deemed it clear visual evidence that the kick sailed wide left before it got to the uprights.
The score then stood Syracuse 30 Toledo 27. Toledo came down and got a field goal to send it to OT; but eventually lost in overtime 33-30.
Hours after the game, the Big East Conference released a statement that essentially said, the replay official was clearly wrong, the extra point should not have counted; but the Big East team still wins and the MAC team still loses.
Video of the missed extra point is below and the full statement from the Big East is beneath that.
“After studying the videos of the Syracuse extra point attempt at 2:07 of the fourth quarter, we have concluded that the ruling on the field that the kick passed between the uprights was incorrect, and that the replay official made an error in failing to reverse that ruling,” a statement from the conference read. “In reviewing the video, we have determined that the angle from behind the kicking team shows conclusively that the ball passes outside the right upright.
“Our review of the process determined that the replay official mistakenly focused his attention on the sideline angle, which proved to be distorted. We are confident that our officiating staff will learn from this situation in order to prevent a reoccurrence.”
Possibly the quote of the year
Boston College coach Frank Spaziani has had a rough season. The Eagles got their first win yesterday, 45-17 over UMass.
Spaziani offered what has to be one of the best quotes of the year after the game when asked how beneficial this win was...
"How beneficial is your next breath of air?"
Yep, he wins. Well said coach.
Tip of the cap to Mark Blaudshcun of the Boston Globe for catching the quote.
Best quarterbacks coach in the country
Well, if you go by the stats, the answer is Dana Holgorsen.
The three leading quarterbacks in terms of passing yards are Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, Houston's Case Keenum and West Virginia's Geno Smith...all of whom have been coached by Holgorsen.
Smith threw for 463 last night against LSU's defense...that's more than the combined totals of LSU's three prior opponents (Oregon, Northwestern State and Mississippi State).
Yeah, Holgo's pretty good.
This morning, we take a look at which FBS teams and coaches remain undefeated through 4 weeks.
There are currently 20 undefeated teams, 14 teams 4-0 and 8 teams 3-0.
In the ACC, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech are 4-0.
In the Big 12, only Oklahoma State is 4-0; but a bunch of teams are 3-0 (Oklahoma, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Texas and Texas Tech).
In the Big East, South Florida is 4-0.
In the Big Ten, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois and Wisconsin are all 4-0.
In Conference USA, Houston is 4-0.
In the SEC, Alabama, LSU, Florida and South Carolina are all 4-0.
In the Mountain West Boise is 3-0 and in the Pac-12 Stanford is 3-0.
In week 5, ten of these teams play each other. Clemson plays at Virginia Tech, Nebraska travels to Wisconsin, Baylor goes to Kansas State, Alabama travels to Florida, and Iowa State hosts Texas.
We saw a note this morning that this is Ron Zook's first time starting 4-0 in his 10 years as a head coach.
Robert Griffin III is off to a decent start.
He has led Baylor to a 3-0 start and has thrown for 13 touchdowns in those games. 13 TDs and yet only 12 incompletions.
Only 12 incompletions. That's crazy.
Yep, through 3 games, RG3 is 70 of 82 (85%) for 962 yards (11.7 yards / attempt). The 11.7 yards per attempt in 2nd in the nation as well....and yet only 12 incompletions.
Give co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks and running backs coach Philip Montgomery a lot of credit for teaching Griffin to work within their system and for tailoring the system to best utilize Griffin's strengths.
Baylor's offense is currently 3rd in the nation in scoring offense, 2nd in passing efficiency, 7th in pass offense and 15th in rushing offense.
The schedule doesn't get any easier for the Bears as they head into Big 12 play at Kansas State this weekend, then have Iowa State at home followed with trips to A&M and to Oklahoma State.