VIDEO: 'Seasons' by Colorado is an absolute work of art
I'm not a video guy, so I can't tell you how long it takes to produce an 11 and a half minute video on average. But I can tell you this, it's not 10 months.
That's how long the Colorado video staff put into "Seasons", and every second of that investment was worth it.
Narrated by Colorado alum Chris Fowler, "Seasons" follows the life of a Colorado Buffalo from toddler to adult. "You don't just become a Buffalo by getting here," Fowler says, "you're not suddenly changed by putting on a jersey. You begin transforming yourself from day one, building up yet another newer, better person to become."
More than 300 man hours, 14 Terabytes of raw footage and 10,000 photos went in to making what I can say is the best football video of 2013. Every shot is a masterpiece.
2013 Running Backs Coach of the Year - Finalists
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The 2013 FootballScoop Coaches of the Year will be recognized and will receive their awards at an event held in their honor at the American Football Coaches Association's annual convention in January.
Previous winners of the Running Backs Coach of the Year award are Burton Burns (Alabama, 2008), Willie Taggart (Stanford, 2009), Jim Mastro (Nevada, 2010), Frank Wilson (LSU, 2011) and Calvin Magee (Arizona, 2012).
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East Mississippi Community College wins the NJCAA national championship
East Mississippi Community College took home the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national title Sunday night with a 52-32 win over Georgia Military College. The win completes a 12-0 season for the Lions and gives EMCC two national titles in three seasons. EMCC also posted a 12-0 national championship season in 2011.
"So many of our guys had big games or made big plays that all contributed to the win in the end," EMCC head coach Buddy Stephens said. "I honestly could not be prouder of the way our young men played and I'm so happy for all they've accomplished.
"Our guys were looking forward to this from the very first day of summer. They were focused and they showed tremendous leadership. I love these kids, love our fans, love East Mississippi Community College."
EMCC trailed 16-14 after one quarter, but outscored Georgia Military 30-13 over the second and third quarters to take a commanding 44-32 lead heading into the final frame. The Lions accounted for 585 yards of total offense on 76 plays (7.7 per play), rushing 40 times for 260 yards and completing 16-of-36 passes for 325 yards.
It was a fitting end for the top offense in NJCAA history and one of the highest-producing offenses in college football. EMCC finished the season averaging 62.2 points per game and 608.9 yards per game. The Lions threw for 355.4 yards per game on 9.4 yards per completion, and rushed 253.5 yards per game on 6.5 yards per rush.
"To get that second national championship," Stephens added, "to go out and beat a team like (NJCAA Football Coaches Hall of Famer) Bert Williams' No. 1 ranked team and put yourself on a national stage, I really think our program made a statement.
"I've said it before and I'll say it again: Our administration had a vision to make our athletics successful and let the school build off that success and they've given us everything we needed to be successful.
"I love being at EMCC and the school has paid us back ten-fold. It truly is a great time to be at East Mississippi Community College."
Congratulations to Coach Stephens and his staff.
Dantonio pre-recorded a message for the Spartans from the Rose Bowl back in May
Back in May, Mark Dantonio was out in Pasadena for an alumni function and decided to take a little detour to the Rose Bowl to check out the environment that every Big Ten team has their sights set on at the beginning of the season.
Dantonio was able to get a few minutes on the field, and he took advantage of that time by recording a message for his team that he was finally able to share on Friday night before the Big Ten title game against Ohio State.
"Hey guys, welcome to the Rose Bowl," he opens up the video saying. "I had an opportunity to come out here in late May and walk around a bit. This is where we make it happen, so January first of this next year, of 2014 as we get in to it...it will be our time. It will be our time."
"As I said at the banquet. You will be the ones."
The entire video is really good and includes Rose Bowl references in meetings throughout the year, but Dantonio's message steals the spotlight at the end of the clip.
Michigan State will take on Stanford out in Pasadena come January first. If you love "grown men football" (and who doesn't), that will be a can't miss game.
From interim head coach to conference title in one season
Last season, after a loss to Mississippi Valley State, the administration at Southern University decided to make a change in the leadership of the football program and reassigned head coach Stump Mitchell within the athletic department.
Defensive coordinator Dawson Odums was promoted to serve as the interim head coach went on to lead the Jags to wins over Grambling State, Jackson State and Florida A&M, becoming one of only two coaches in school history to do that in their inaugural season. This season, Odums led the team to wins in seven of their last nine games. His only two losses during that span were by a combined ten points, with one of them coming in overtime.
This year the Jaguars had a knack for winning the close games, going an impressive 5-2 in games decided by 10 points or less, and with a 34-27 double overtime win on Saturday over Jackson State (a team that they lost to 19-14 earlier in the season) Odums helped Southern completely turn things around by winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference title.
Here is the video that the team watched before beating Jackson State in the rematch. While it is a bit long, it really captures the mindset and work ethic that Odums has been able to bring to the team and is that's a major reason behind why he's been able to get things turned around so quickly.
Video: Kansas State highlights their bowl tradition
Really good video here from Kansas State highlighting their tradition and expectations when it comes to bowl games.
"Every one of our fans plays a part, just like Bill Snyder's football team. We're successful because everyone does their part. When we full up the bowl venues, when our people are there and our people are wearing purple" athletic director John Currie explains in the clip.
Various other school administrators get on and talk about the loyalty of the fan base and how much it means to have one of the best traveling fan bases in college football decked out in purple for bowl games.
Two fan bases that travel very well will be put to the test on December 28 when the Wildcats take on Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
Monday TV - Bears at Cowboys
If you enjoyed yesterday's cold weather games, tonight's game in Chicago should be right up your alley.
Eastern time listed.
Dallas at Chicago - 8:40 - ESPN
No games until Saturday when Army vs. Navy and the FCS, D-II, and D-III playoffs take place on ESPN3
The Top Ten Most Intriguing Matchups of the Bowl Season
1. BCS National Championship: Florida State vs. Auburn (Jan. 6) - This one's obvious. The final BCS National Championship, played at the grand old house in Pasadena. The SEC looking for eight straight crystal balls at the expense of a team built like the very best SEC squads, coached by a guy who made his name in the SEC, who sits inside SEC country. It's Auburn's avalanche offense against a Florida State team that hasn't trailed since September.
2. Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Michigan State (Jan. 1) - This may be the most #GrownManFootball game of the entire season, college or pro. It's a Granddaddy of Them All that your granddaddy can appreciate - a meeting of Big Ten and Pac-12 champions, No. 4 vs. No. 5 and, most importantly, a meeting of the first and third-ranked rush defenses in college football. Every single yard gained in this game will have to be earned.
3. Orange Bowl: Ohio State vs. Clemson (Jan. 3) - Twenty-two combined wins for these teams, and exactly two of them came against a team that finished in the top 25. Each team was beaten soundly the last time we saw them, Ohio State in a 34-24 stunner to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game and Clemson in a 31-17 setback to South Carolina. This game is about validating the 2013 season for each of these teams.
4. Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Oklahoma (Jan. 2) - Truth be told, this could easily turn into a blowout. But it's a rare meeting of programs that claim a combined 21 national championships, 70 conference championships, 1,679 wins, 61 bowl wins and 172 weeks at No. 1 in the AP poll. When these two shades of crimson get on the same field, you need to watch.
5. Advocare V100 Bowl: Arizona vs. Boston College (Dec. 31) - The powers that be finagled the bowl system and give us a meeting of the two leading rushers in college football. BC's Andre Williams and Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey have combined to rush 651 times for 3,818 yards and 34 touchdowns this season.
6. Russell Athletic Bowl: Louisville vs. Miami (Dec. 28) - Real world consequences ride on this game. Louisville recruits the heck out of Florida - franchise quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is from Miami and validated Charlie Strong's program when he committed to the Cardinals over the hometown Hurricanes. This is also Louisville's unofficial first game as an ACC member, the conference they join next season. Miami should review tape of last year's Sugar Bowl to see the type of game Strong can produce against a Sunshine State power.
7. Las Vegas Bowl: Fresno State vs. USC (Dec. 21) - USC's long, strange saga of a season comes to a close on the opening day of bowl season. Fresno State blew its chance at the Fiesta Bowl, but a win over a cornerstone program in college football history and the alpha dog of California programs would be a neat consolation prize.
8. Cotton Bowl: Missouri vs. Oklahoma State (Jan. 3) - A funny thing happened when the Cotton Bowl got left out of the BCS - it became a BCS bowl anyway. A primetime, network television broadcast spot, sellout crowds and top 10 match-ups are more a regular occurrence these days in Dallas than Miami or New Orleans. This year is no different. Former Big 12 foes that can play with anyone in the country when they're firing on all cylinders.
9. Alamo Bowl: Oregon vs. Texas (Dec. 30) - This has all the makings of turning into another green and gold track meet, with the Ducks taking a month to heel and re-tool, playing indoors against a defense that hasn't exactly solved the spread option running game. And there's a greater than zero chance this is the last game Mack Brown will ever coach at Texas.
10. Fiesta Bowl: Baylor vs. Central Florida (Jan. 1) - The only game with a better combined record (22-2) is the national championship. Baylor's offense slowed down over the season's final month, but still finished the regular season with the national lead in scoring offense and total offense. UCF offers the stiffest test yet for Baylor and if it's close, watch out. UCF is 7-1 this season in games decided by a touchdown or less.