Kiffin and Sark having fun
Good friends Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian meet Saturday as USC takes on Washington at 3:30 Eastern on FX.
Over the past few days, both Kiffin and Sark have offered up some typical coach speak; but have also added in some friendly fodder.
Earlier this week, Sarkisian told reporters that USC was the most talented team in the country. Kiffin responded today, "Well they lost to Stanford by 50, so if we have more talent than them [Stanford], we should be in good shape, we don't even have to show up." (Washington actually lost to Stanford 65-21).
Sark also had said that if he were an NFL GM and had a choice between Matt Barkley and Andrew Luck, he would take Barkley. When Kiffin was asked about that he responded "...he's obviously already played Andrew Luck, otherwise he wouldn't have made the comment he made."
We don't expect the entertainment to slow down at all leading up to Saturday's game.
Houston Nutt talks Ole Miss
Houston Nutt went on Tim Brando's radio show this morning and spoke about his tenure at Ole Miss and who he thinks could wind up being his replacement (he mentions Mike Leach).
Audio is below. Jump forward to the 1:10 mark for the beginning of Nutt's comments.
At the 15 minute mark: Brando, "What kind of approach should Ole Miss take for it's future?" Nutt, "The biggest deal is a guy that can recruit extremely well...you're in the toughest division in football...and maybe bring a little something different...creative...I always think about what Mike Leach did at Texas Tech...he didn't have the same talent that OU did or Texas did...but maybe something along those lines."
An incredible first half
Southern Mississippi scored 4 non-offensive touchdowns Saturday in the first half of their 48-28 win over East Carolina.
In the first quarter alone, the Golden Eagles returned an interception 97 yards for a touchdown, had a punt return 60 yards for a touchdown and blocked a punt for another touchdown. The fourth offensive touchdown came in the second quarter on a 79 yard interception returned for a touchdown.
Larry Fedora has Southern Miss ranked #25 and 8-1 overall, 4-1 in C-USA play. Their remaining games are against UCF, at UAB, and then they host Memphis (combined record of those 3 is 7-20). Southern Miss's lone loss this season was back in week 2 when they lost at Marshall 26-20.
Despite being up 38-14 at halftime, take a listen to how fired up Fedora was speaking with his squad during the break.
The passion of an O-Line coach
Seriously, it just doesn't get any better than listening to Ark Kehoe.
Regarding this week's opponent, Florida State - "Put me in a cryovac and wake me [in the year] 3000 and we'll be scrapping like hell with these guys."
That nugget and so much more...
Oregon vs. Stanford: One streak must come to an end
Oregon travels to take on Stanford this weekend, as each put their win streak on the line.
Stanford holds the nations longest winning streak at 17 games, while Oregon is riding an 18 game conference winning streak. The Ducks last conference loss was in 2009 to Stanford.
Stanford brings the nation's third ranked run defense to try and stop the nation's leading rusher in LaMichael James. Offensively, the two teams are statistically very similar with less than 3 points separating their points per game (Stanford 48.2 and Oregon 46.0) and less than 6 yards separating them in total offense (Oregon 510.7 and Stanford 505.8). You start to see the difference philosophically between the two taking a look at the time of possession that Stanford dominates by almost 11 minutes (33:17 to 23:52).
Something has to give. The Ducks and Cardinal kick off Saturday at 8 eastern on ABC.
Not quite as good as Gundy; but entertaining
After Louisville's big 38-35 win over West Virginia Saturday, Charlie Strong celebrated with his guys in the locker room.
The Cardinals are winners of 3 straight since Strong signed his new 7 year contract and will try to continue the streak in their last three games of the season against Pittsburgh, Connecticut and South Florida.
As you'll see in the video below, Strong gets pretty excited and takes a leap of faith into the arms of the team and they hoist him in celebration. Good stuff.
Double barrel MAC action tonight.
All Times are eastern.
Northern Illinois at Bowling Green - 8 - ESPN2
Western Michigan at Toledo - 8 - ESPNU
NAIA schools holding their own against the FCS
We got a few notes this past weekend on some memorable performances from NAIA schools against FCS opponents, and after taking a look at a few, we found a couple that were worth mentioning.
Central Methodist University (MO) went toe to toe with FCS Southeast Missouri State University before falling 55-44. CMU outgained the Redhawks on the ground 356 - 301. Head coach Alan Dykens has led an impressive change in the running game improving from 81st in the country in 2010 to currently being ranked 7th in the country.
St. Francis (IL) scored an upset of FCS Georgia State 30-27 in OT on Saturday. St. Francis recovered an onside kick with 1:22 left and got out of bounds twice on the drive to set up a game tying 30 yard field goal to send the game into overtime. The Fighting Saints, led by head coach Mike Uremovich, outgained Georgia State by more than 120 yards and won the battle for time of possession by 6 minutes.
It's good to see a few NAIA schools competing with schools with a lot more resources. Impressive jobs by both staffs.