Three and out - The internet is untrustworthy, why I won't be watching CFB, and you think she got a refund?

Doug: I'm a big fan of Oakley sunglasses. In the summer, and coaching throughout the fall I wear my sunglass tan lines like a badge of honor. Since I know I'm not the only who enjoys these things, I felt like this experience was worth sharing.

Needless to say, I'm not a fan of the ugly safety googgle / rifle shooting lense that Oakley calls Yellow H.I. Iridium (and I can't believe that anyone else is either). Lesson learned: Regardless of what you've heard, don't believe everything you see on the internet.

Zach: The college football schedule for Friday, Nov. 7 says that Memphis will visit Temple and Wyoming will host Utah State. Well, apologies to the Tigers, Owls, Aggies and Cowboys, but I've got plans that night.

Zach: She went home without imbibing on her $6 beer, her clothes were soaked, but this poor woman can take solace knowing this Vine will live forever online.

Texas A&M's renovated facility puts it among the best in CFB

When you talk about some of the best football facilities and locker rooms in the country, Oregon may be the first program that comes to mind, but Texas A&M's new and improved locker room is doing its part to make sure that the Aggies are among the programs in the conversation.

And if I'm were the definitive judge on the subject, I'd say there isn't much separating the two facilities...and you could make a solid argument for each one as the top dog. On second thought, I'd give the crown to A&M for finding a way top one-up Oregon. Both Zach and I are both at a loss with how to improve on this particular design.

According to 12thman.com;

"The facility has undergone more than 36,000 square feet of renovations to modernize the entire complex and create the most forward-thinking, technologically-advanced football training facility in collegiate athletics. The renovations include a new entry atrium and an updated, fully renovated locker room, players’ lounge, training rooms, meeting rooms and coaches’ offices.

A $20.8 million project, the renovations have included the $4 million Lohman Center and a whopping $16.8 million for the team areas, including locker room, hallways, meeting rooms, sports medicine facility, hydrotherapy pool and much more."

To really get a look at the full scope of the changes, head over to 12thman.com for all the pics.

Graphics, lighting, modern finishes, barbershop, hot tubs, flat screens everywhere, HD nameplates and pictures on the lockers...this place has it all. It's sick from top to bottom with the "Wow" factor fit for a king (or five star prospect).

See more pics, and players react to the updates below. 

New team meeting room

This is what players see before entering the locker room.

Two frameless LED screens are placed on each locker and can display everything from player info, to motivational content, and the string of screens can also serve as a ribbon board to convey custom messages to the team

Players Twitter handles are included in their locker room bio info (upper right corner)

The private, custom barbershop in the facility

Meeting room

The coaches locker room

Hydrotherapy pools (both hot and cold) with eight HD TV's mounted inside the walls and a floor to ceiling water wall

The NFL is outfitting its players with technology that could revolutionize the way we watch football

The NFL will outfit every player with two sensors inside their shoulder pads that will track where players travel, how fast they travel and the force they arrive with, beginning this season. 

USA Today reported that the NFL has partnered with Zebra Technologies to connect 17 stadiums that will provide a near real-time mapping of players' movements. As you'll see below, within one second we'll be able to know a wide receiver running 20.07 miles per hour blew past a cornerback puttering around at 18.78 miles per hour, or that a linebacker ran 15.6 yards to sack a quarterback.

"What you're going to see is touchpoints that happen throughout the league," NFL vice president of domestic media and business development Vishal Shah told USA Today. "Certainly, the most comprehensive and impactful might be to the fans themselves. But it's going to touch areas of our league and give us a deeper understanding of our game."

While the roll out for the 2014 season will be restricted, the possibilities here really are endless. Eventually, the data could be uploaded almost immediately and integrated into game broadcasts, shown inside the stadium, dropped onto apps on phones and tablets, and shared with teams as it happens. While teams won't be given access to this data for the 2014 season due to competitive concerns, Shah says that could change in the future.

"But as you imagine, longer-term, that is the vision," Shah said. "Ultimately, we're going to have a whole bunch of location-based data that's coming out of live-game environment, and we want teams to be able to marry that up to what they're doing in practice facilities themselves."

As for this season, look for a heaping helping of data integration with the NFL's Thursday Night Schedule. USA Today reports that all 15 stadiums slated to host Thursday night games are being equipped with sensors that can manage the technology, along with Detroit's Ford Field and New Orleans' Superdome. 

"That'll be cool to know how fast people accelerate, how far they've gone on each route," Arizona Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd said. "We don't really think about it, but to get everyone's thoughts on it, everyone outside of football, it's pretty interesting."

The future is here, folks. We're living in it.

Read the full story here.







Video: The Ball State staff steps on the scale for a chance at "the belt"

Like most staffs around the country, Ball State's staff is getting ready to get camp started, which means hunkering down in the cafeteria for a few weeks and ordering late night takeout / delivery during late night film sessions. Except things are probably going to go down a little differently this year in Muncie, IN.

Cardinal's strength coach David Feeley and the rest of the football staff decided to have an "anti-weight gain" competition to see who could be the most disciplined during the grind of preseason camp. The initial weigh in took place today, and an official weigh out will take place at the conclusion of camp on the 17th of August. The winner gets bragging rights and the right to wear the illustrious WWE (lookalike) belt.

Offensive line coach John Strollo stole the show by stripping all the way down to his birthday suit for the weigh in (thank goodness for that "Cops" inspired blur spot and crafty editing). Strollo is taking no prisoners.

Just for fun, if I had to put my money on one guy, it would be the coach with coaching roots at my alma mater (Defiance College); tight ends coach Pat Dougherty. Don't let me down Pat!

Florida State tops preseason Coaches' Poll

In the least surprising news of the day, reigning national champion Florida State topped the 2014 preseason Coaches' Poll, which was released on Thursday. 

Florida State is just the second non-SEC team to earn the coaches' top spot since 2008, joining Oklahoma in 2011. Unfortunately for the 'Noles, the coaches' recent history of prognostication proves the No. 1 spot is something to be feared, not cherished.

Here is a listing of the last 10 preseason No. 1's in the Coaches' Poll (bold denotes a defending national champion).

Year   Team   Finish
2013 Alabama   11-2 (8th) 
2012 LSU  10-3 (12th) 
2011 Oklahoma  10-3 (15th)
2010 Alabama 10-3 (11th)
2009 Florida

13-1 (3rd)

2008 Georgia

10-3 (10th)

2007 USC

11-2 (2nd)

2006 Ohio State

12-1 (2nd)

2005 USC

12-1 (2nd)

2004 USC

13-0 (1st)

Note that only once has a team gone wire-to-wire at No. 1, and that was 10 years ago. (That title, of course, was later taken away.) The last four preseason No. 1's have all finished eighth, 12th, 15th, and 11th, and all have suffered multiple losses. 

The full Top 25:

1. Florida State - 1,543 points (56 first-place votes)
2. Alabama - 1,455
3. Oklahoma - 1,382 (3)
4. Oregon - 1,314 (1)
5. Auburn - 1,271
6. Ohio State - 1,267 (1)
7. UCLA - 1,085
8. Michigan State - 1,050
9. South Carolina - 1,009 (1)
10. Baylor - 965
11. Stanford - 955
12. Georgia - 905
13. LSU - 833
14. Wisconsin - 654
15. USC - 627
16. Clemson - 535
17. Notre Dame - 509
18. Arizona State - 358
19. Ole Miss - 346
20. Texas A&M - 266
21. Kansas State - 257
22. Nebraska - 228 
23. North Carolina - 175
24. Texas - 143
25. Washington - 142 

Others receiving votes: Missouri (126), Florida (122), Central Florida (102), Mississippi State (74), Oklahoma State (56), TCU (54), Michigan (53), Miami (45), Duke (41), Louisville (32), Marshall (27), BYU (18), Boise State (13), Louisiana-Lafayette (12), Virginia Tech (12), Texas Tech (8), Cincinnati (6), Minnesota (6), Northwestern (5), Fresno State (4), Oregon State (4), Georgia Tech (2), Houston (2), Arizona (1), Arkansas (1), Northern Illinois (1).

A few takeaways:

- The SEC leads the way with seven teams, followed by the Pac-12 (six), Big Ten and Big 12 (four each), the ACC (three), and then independent Notre Dame.

- The team with the biggest gripe? How about Gary Pinkel's bunch.

- Not a single non-power team in this year's Top 25. The highest are Central Florida at 28th (this after the Knights finished 12th last season) and Marshall at No. 37. Predictably, UCF isn't happy about it.

- How about Arkansas! The Hogs received one 25th-place vote coming off a 3-9 season and facing one of the most difficult schedules in the country.

- Alabama's preseason Coaches' Poll rankings since 2010: first, second, second, first, second. It's been half a decade since the Tide wasn't penciled into the national title game in August (or very late July, in this case), and that was in 2009 when Alabama started all the way back in fifth.

- For that matter, here is where Oregon started its last four seasons: third, fifth, third, third.

- Baylor checks in at No. 10, its first preseason ranking since 1991.

- I think the top 10 played out just about as everyone expected. To me, the biggest surprise is USC at No. 15. 

- The most refreshing thing about the poll? None of this stuff matters, especially this year. Coaches no longer have a say in voting their own national champion, so unfair and misguided preseason expectations (thankfully) will not carry over into the season.

- If you'd like to know where to send your complaints, here are this year's voters: The Amway Board of Coaches is made up of 62 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association. The board for the 2014 season: Blake Anderson, Arkansas State; Dino Babers, Bowling Green; David Bailiff, Rice; Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech; Todd Berry, Louisiana-Monroe; Bret Bielema, Arkansas; Larry Blakeney, Troy; Bill Blankenship, Tulsa; Craig Bohl, Wyoming; Terry Bowden, Akron; Art Briles, Baylor; Troy Calhoun, Air Force; Matt Campbell, Toledo; Rod Carey, Northern Illinois; Norm Chow, Hawaii; Larry Coker, Texas-San Antonio; David Cutcliffe, Duke; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State; Bob Diaco, Connecticut; Larry Fedora, North Carolina; Jimbo Fisher, Florida State; Dennis Franchione, Texas State; Justin Fuente, Memphis; Al Golden, Miami (Fla.); Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State; Bobby Hauck, UNLV; Brady Hoke, Michigan; Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech; Brian Kelly, Notre Dame; Jerry Kill, Minnesota; Mike Leach, Washington State; Rocky Long, San Diego State; Mike MacIntyre, Colorado; Dan McCarney, North Texas; Bronco Mendenhall, Brigham Young; Urban Meyer, Ohio State; Les Miles, LSU; Todd Monken, Southern Mississippi; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; George O'Leary, Central Florida; Gary Patterson, TCU; Bo Pelini, Nebraska; Chris Petersen, Washington; Gary Pinkel, Missouri; Jeff Quinn, Buffalo; Matt Rhule, Temple; Mark Richt, Georgia; Mike Riley, Oregon State; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona; Nick Saban, Alabama; Steve Sarkisian, USC; Frank Solich, Ohio; Steve Spurrier, South Carolina; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Bob Stoops, Oklahoma; Charlie Strong, Texas; Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati; Ron Turner, Florida International; Kevin Wilson, Indiana. AFCA policy bars schools under major NCAA or conference sanctions from receiving votes.

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