Three and Out: Giant Spurrier, an interesting study, and Herbie's travel theories

Scott and Doug are out this afternoon, which means we have our very first All-Zach edition of Three and Out.

I: All HAIL BASED SPURRIER. Upon seeing an 85-foot version of the Head Ball Coach, I immediately wanted to do my own version of this.


(via the Charlotte Observer)

II: I really enjoyed this from the Austin American-Statesman - a map of where Texas' season-ticket holders come from. Travis County (Austin) leads the way, followed by Harris County (Houston) and Williamson County (north of Austin). The biggest surprise to me was that the Houston area has more Longhorns season ticket holders than the four counties comprising the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex... combined. Makes you wonder why DeLoss Dodds agreed to play the upcoming Texas-UCLA game at Arlington's AT&T Stadium instead of Houston's NRG Stadium, especially considering the 'Horns already play in Dallas annually and now in Fort Worth biannually. 

In today's @statesman, a fascinating look at where #Texas season ticket holders actually live. http://t.co/LGGFJZTSPf pic.twitter.com/7TcLGCgMzQ

— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) August 24, 2014

III: I really enjoyed this Kirk Herbstreit travel tips interview by SB Nation's Spencer Hall.

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Read more here.

Seventy-three FBS programs have altered their uniforms for this season

One-hundred twenty-eight Football Bowl Subdivision programs will take the field in the coming days to kick off their 2014 seasons. Seventy-three of them will do so wearing different uniforms than the ones they trotted off the field in for the final time in the 2013 season. That equates to more than 57 percent.

And thanks to ESPN's UniWatch, uniform lovers can see every change, massive or microscopic, all in one place.

Many changes are small. Some are barely visible. Others are darn near invisible to the naked eyeinvisible to the naked eye. Other changes, though, are massive.



Some new programs are leaping into the future with their uniforms, while others dip back into the past.

Most new changes are permanent - though some are just undoing previous changes - though not all, thankfully.


Conference USA is the most active conference, with 10 of its 13 schools making some sort of change. The only conference with less than a 50 percent turnover rate? The so-called Fun Belt.

Check the full list out here.


Auburn's 2014 hype video focuses on being 13 seconds better

Last year Auburn was literally 13 seconds away from being crowned national champions. All off season everyone that touches the program has focused on being 13 seconds better in everything they do.

That has carried over to their 2014 hype video. Kickoff week is here!

(H/T Bleacher Report)

Our take on the best games of the weekend

At FootballScoop we're as excited as everyone else that football season is here. Have a listen below as Zach and I discuss every game involving a team in the Top 25, plus a few more games that command attention. 

Our conversation begins with Wednesday night's game (Abilene Christian at Georgia State) and works our way through Monday night's Miami at Louisville. 

How to get two days' worth of reps in 10 minutes

The future of quarterback coaching does not involve footballs, pads, lifting weights, or even stepping on the field. 

As Paul Myerberg of USA Today details, Arizona-based Axon Sports may have developed the next must-have tool in coaching. Observed at this summer's Elite 11 camp in Oregon, campers encountered Axon technology that overlays an existing playbook against different combinations of alignments and coverages. The program asks quarterbacks to make a decision and, like a video game, gets more difficult as you progress through the system. 

It's rapid-fire decision making, an entire meal blended down into one bite. Former Ohio State quarterback and Axon director of system operations says players can get 100 reps in seven to eight minutes. 

And, like a video game, Elite 11 quarterbacks began using their iPads to battle for dinnertime Axon duels to see who could achieve the highest score.

The technology originated in Australia for Axon's initial purpose of becoming a concussion-management company, but pivoted over the past three years to its Axon's Cognitive Skill Training Systems. The system was beta tested by the likes of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, and first adopted by - who else? - Chip Kelly at Oregon. Kelly has since taken Axon with him to Philadelphia, but Mark Helfrich has expanded its use in Eugene. Oregon utilizes the technology for its entire team, with frequency and emphasis varying from position to position, and the Ducks say it has helped quarterback Marcus Mariota tremendously.

"It's a great tool for college athletes," Mariota said. "It provides an opportunity to kind of get live reps without going through practice. It's all visual stuff, and the game's like 80% mental anyway. So if you can get more mental reps, it will help prepare you for the season."

"I think that's a great tool for us," echoed offensive coordinator Scott Frost. "You know, our offense requires a tremendous amount not just to know but to know it quickly. Putting that kind of pressure on guys off the field as well as on the field really helps us."

Read more here.

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