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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.

Vanderbilt put a lot of thought and creative design into their new facility upgrades

While deciding on graphics and other upgrades around the facility, Derek Mason, the Vanderbilt staff, and DFO Jason Grooms decided on a few central themes that they wanted portrayed throughout the facility.

"The creative design and art work around our facility centers around two things," head coach Derek Mason explains. "The first of which is the steel metal riveting, and the steel sheets that you'll see, is to give you the blue collar feel of who we are."

"The second of which is the deep water feel. You'll see water throughout our facility, a nautical theme with ships on water. We want to make sure we take out opponents out to deep water. Deep water is a scary feeling when you're out there by yourself, for anyone that has ever been out to sea."

Grooms went on to explain that another aim of the graphics they ultimately decided on was to make the guys on their roster feel small, in a sense.

"You know, you're dealing with college football players so you've got guys that don't usually walk into a room and feel small. What we wanted to do was create graphics that were large enough, and stood out enough so that are guys, somewhat feel small when they walk into a room, and it kind of overwhelms them a bit with what they're seeing."

Overall, these are some pretty impressive changes, and a lot of thought went into each upgrade. Vanderbilt used 49degrees as their design consultant for the project. 

Penn's reaction to their gun metal gray unis is absolutely epic

Penn's new uniform combinations, the gun metal gray ones in particular, sent the team meeting room into an absolute frenzy when they were recently revealed to the team.

Running backs coach Steven Downs notes that the new game day uniform selection put them among pretty elite company in his eyes.

"Now, having those four different jersey options with the different pants, we're now like the Oregon of the Ivy League in a sense where we can mix and match and do whatever we want with it."

See the team's reaction, and a closer look at the uniforms, below.

This new NFL on FOX commercial is nuts

Fox has long been the wacky cousin of the four major broadcast networks, an image it plays up in its promotional vehicles. Sometimes it works, sometimes it blows up in their face

This time around, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman promote their network's NFL slate by spoofing a Spanish-language telenovela. It.... works?

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