Interim Arizona coach Tim Kish gets his first win
Arizona interim coach Tim Kish got the win last night against UCLA, as the Wildcats raced out to a 42-7 lead at the half. Offensive coordinator Seth Littrell led the offense to scores on their first six possessions. The Wildcats piled on 573 yards of total offense, and their first punt didn't come until their first possession of the second half.
Kish's practices this week involved alot of game like situations and sudden change simulations. Last night the Wildcats converted both of UCLA's 2nd quarter turnovers to touchdowns.
The Wildcats were impressive defensively as well, holding UCLA's running game to 37 yards, way down from their season average of 194.5 yards per game. The success can be attributed to Kish consulting with special teams coordinator Jeff Hammerschmidt and installing a few aspects of the Desert Storm defense of the 90's. Hammerschmidt served as a defensive assistant on that staff.
All week we have noticed Kish carries himself with class, and demands the same from those around him. That class was evident during Kish's post game press conference as well, as he wasted little time in giving credit to Mike Stoops for laying the foundation for the Wildcat program.
Two Big East games on tonight.
All times are eastern,
West Virginia at Syracuse - 8 - ESPN
Rutgers at Louisville - 8 - ESPN2
Bradley Central (TN) at Cleveland (TN) - 8p - ESPNU
Bill Snyder's 16 building blocks for a program
ESPN recently wrote an article about Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder and his building blocks for a program. Snyder currently has the Wildcats ranked #11, and will take on Kansas this weekend.
Snyder's 16 building blocks include: commitment, unselfishness unity, improve, be tough, self-discipline, great effort, enthusiasm. eliminate mistakes, never give up, expect to win, no self-limitations, don’t accept losing, consistency, leadership, and responsibility.
The belief in these building blocks are one of the reasons that the Wildcats have been able to overcome being out gained the last 4 games, and yet still find a way to win.
"I’m not so sure that statistics win ballgames for you. I don’t think many coaches really believe in that. I think we've had good fortune. I think our youngsters have played hard" Snyder said about the past few wins.
Snyder will lead the Wildcats in their rivalry game with Kansas this weekend, before preparing for a big showdown with Oklahoma on the 29th.
The nations top offense meets a top defense
One of the biggest games in the nation this weekend is the matchup between Wisconsin and Michigan State.
Wisconsin has been able to rattle off 9 straight conference wins after losing to Michigan State last year. The Badgers offense, led by offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, are outscoring teams by an average of almost 30 points per game during that stretch. Chryst has the offense ranked in the top ten in scoring (1), total offense (8) and rushing offense (7).
The Badgers are 37-2 under Bret Bielema when holding opponents to less than 20 points and are 50-5 when scoring more than 20 points.
Michigan State and defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, enter the game with the one of country's top defenses. The Spartans defense sits near the top the charts in total defense (2nd), scoring (4th), pass efficiency (1st), rushing (4th).
The kickoff will take place Saturday night at 8 Eastern on ESPN with College Gameday on site.
Tressel's debut for the Colts
Jim Tressel will make his return this weekend as he steps into the booth for the Indianapolis Colts.
Tressel will serve as a game day consultant up in in the booth to help the team determine when the Colts should challenge on the field rulings.
Head Coach Jim Caldwell wants to have Tressel around practice a little this week to get a better feel for how the Colts operate, but most of Tressel's time will be spent in the booth come weekends.
All of Tressel's game day responsibilities are still being ironed out, but we do know that there will be plenty of people glued to the TV this weekend to catch both the game, and Tressel's wardrobe choice.
Updated Thursday TV
A few games on tonight.
All times are eastern.
UCLA at Arizona - 8 - ESPN
Bethune-Cookman at Norfolk State - 7:30 - ESPN
Ashland at Saginaw Valley State - 8 - CBSSN
Louisville High School (MS) at Noxubee High School (MS) - 7pm Central - Fox Sports South
Gundy practices a total of 4 1/2 hours a week
Yes, you read that right, 4 1/2 hours (way under the NCAA rule of 20 hours per week)
Gundy says that their practice schedule consists of a 1 hour 45 minute practice on Tuesday, a 1 hour 35 minute practice on Wednesday, and an hour long practice on Thursday. The Cowboys have been been able to make the most of their time by having focused and fast paced practices.
Gundy's offensive goal going into each game is to run 95 plays, so they now tailor their practices to allow them to build endurance, while saving energy for Saturdays. The changes have forced Ted Monken to only carry 45 base plays and to simplify his plan each week so that they can be as producitve as possible.
"We do the best we can to make sure our players are having fun, so their mental approach is that they look forward to coming over and being in the offices with us, they look forward to being in meetings, they look forward to being in practice because they know they're going to have fun".
It looks like Gundy has effictively found a balance between working hard and working smart.
Kiffin and Kelly meet under the lights Saturday
Lane Kiffin and Brian Kelly are scheduled to meet Saturday for the second time since each of them took their respective jobs. Kelly currently has the 1-0 edge after winning last seasons matchup 20-16.
Kelly has got the Irish back on track, winning 8 of their last 10 games stretching back to last season. Their only two losses during that stretch were to USF and Michigan to open this season, by a total of 7 points.
Prior to last seasons loss, the Trojans were riding an 8 game winning streak against the Irish. The Trojans are 13-6 under Kiffin (5-1 currently) and hope to get the rivalry back in their favor as they take on the Irish under the lights for the first time ever in South Bend.
Each coach has a top 30 pass offense, and if last seasons match up was any indication of what to expect when these two coaches meet, expect a great one.