Bob Stoops is dialed in
Bob Stoops knows how hard it is to even get to a national championship game. These days, you've pretty much got to win them all...or have a whole lot of luck (see LSU 2007 season)...and you need some big wins on national TV. He knows that a big win over Texas this weekend would go a long way towards helping that cause.
Accordingly, Stoops has made a few changes this week. Rather than practicing on their practice fields (which are fairly open), Stoops had his guys practice in the stadium. He also has closed practice this week to former players, parents and boosters. No leaks.
We like it.
A lot of people attend the AFCA convention
We love going to the AFCA. Great place to catch up with coaches, learn some things and share a few laughs.
They always have good instructional courses and very good speakers. We like all of that.
Depending on who's counting, somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 people attend the AFCA. If you market anything to coaches, you probably pay the freight and have a booth. Nothing wrong with that.
But, here's what we don't get. There are a number of magazines that get handed out at the AFCA. Some of them have good content. Some portion of the coaches there will open the magazines and some will flip through the articles. Last week, we were approached by a number of publications asking us to advertise in the magazines...at the small cost of a few thousand dollars. Wait, what?
Please step back from the ledge. No, we did not choose to purchase any advertising (never have in 13 years).
For what it's worth, during the Monday and Tuesday of last year's AFCA, total number of unique visitors to FootballScoop.com was 45,957. Those 45,000 people visited the site 129,000 times those two days and spent an average of 2:55 seconds with us each time they came.
If anyone out there wants to invest a few thousand advertising for 2 days, we'd be more than happy to accomodate your needs ([email protected]).
That is all.
Bielema: "We're sexy"
Honestly, it's hard to argue with him, the Badgers do look pretty good right now...
After their game Saturday night, a 48-17 win over Nebraska, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said, "We're sexy...I still believe that we're Wisconsin and what we are....we're just extremely good right now."
Hard to argue that the Badgers haven't looked very impressive in their five opening wins (51-17 over UNLV, 35-0 over Oregon State, 49-7 over Northern Illinois, 59-10 over South Dakota and 48-17 over Nebraska). Sure, they've all been at home; those numbers are pretty impressive.
Yes the schedule will get tougher in the second half of the season; but for now, we're rollin' with Bielema, the Badgers are "sexy".
Wisky is off this weekend; but then they play Indiana, travel to Michigan State, play at Ohio State, host Purdue, at Minnesota, at Illinois and then host Penn State.
Zook to Petrino: Don't be cautious
Illinois improved to 5-0 on Saturday with a hard fought, come from behind, victory over Northwestern.
Illinois scored 28 points in the second half (21 in the 4th quarter) to rally for a 38-35 win. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase opened some eyes going 21-32 for 391 and 3 TDs (1 Int). Scheelhasse also carried the ball 20 times, including the game winner with just 13 seconds to play.
After the game, Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald said, "Illinois did nothing that we didn't work on and nothing that we didn't prepare for, which is probably the most disappointing aspect of the whole day."
Going into the game, offensive coordinator felt that they had to throw the ball down the field against Northwestern's defense and he told coach Zook that. Shortly before the game, Zook walked up to Petrino and told him, "Don't be cautious today." Petrino said those words gave him a lot of confidence.
Around the 0:45 mark of this video, Petrino describes telling his thoughts on the game plan and then the impact it had on him when Zook gave him some encouragement.
Take note of what Clemson is doing
11AM Update> We just saw a quote from Frank Beamer to his team in the locker room after the game..."Keep working, and we'll get them in the ACC championship game. Write it down..."
"We had just enough offense and just a whole heck of a lot of defense." - Dabo Swinney Saturday after their win at Virginia Tech.
Swinney has his guys 5-0 with the last three wins over Auburn, Florida State and Virginia Tech.
The Tigers held Virginia Tech without an offensive touchdown for the first time in 16 years in Blacksburg. 16 years.
For most of this season, Clemson's offense has been carrying the load. Saturday, it was the defense.
The rest of the schedule, like everyone else's, won't be easy; but here's what Clemson has left...
at Georgia Tech
at N.C. State
at South Carolina
We'll keep an eye on Dabo and the Tigers and we suggest you do as well.
Here's coach after the game with some great comments about his team.
The Ravens' defense was downright nasty last night.
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Colts at Tampa Bay - 8:30 - ESPN
Cornell beat Wagner 31-7 Saturday.
The game saw one odd play. In short...Wagner's punter drops the snap, then tries to get the punt off; but it gets blocked. That's not the strange part.
The long-snapper winds up picking up the loose ball...but he then runs the wrong way...25 yards before being tackled just short of the goal line.
Teaching moment...we should all have a call that every player knows to yell when a teammate is headed the wrong direction.
Better motivator: Coach O or Lane?
USC beat Arizona 48-41 Saturday.
At the 0:50 mark of the video below you'll see how Coach O got the boys excited before the first half.
USC came out hot and quickly built a 17-0 lead and where leading 27-12 at halftime.
At halftime, Lane Kiffin followed up with his version of the same thing (2:00 mark). Perhaps not quite the same emotion that Coach O extracted from the guys.
Regardless, USC hung on for a big win.