Take a look at Baylor's throwbacks for Saturday
Saturday afternoon's game with Texas will be the final football game held at Floyd Casey Stadium, Baylor's home since 1950. While Art Briles' program moves into the future, with its offensive style, uniform choice and brand-new Baylor Stadium opening in 2014, the Bears will take one final day to reflect on the past.
Baylor will don throwbacks imitating what the team wore in its first seasons at Floyd Casey Stadium. You can see these uniforms in action on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX. No word yet on if Art Briles will be required to trade his trademark Nike hat and Baylor windbreaker for a tie and a fedora.
O'Brien's deep ball strategy: 3 or 4 out of 10 is good
In Penn State's win over Wisconsin on Saturday, Penn State was able to connect on a number of deep throws to keep drives alive which was an integral part of their 31-24 win.
After the game, O'Brien explained his deep ball strategy by drawing a comparison to baseball.
"My theory always is that if you throw ten deep balls down the field, and I'm not sure if we threw ten, but we threw quite a few, and if you can hit three or four of those, that's good."
"That's like a guy batting .400 in baseball, that's the equivalent in football because the deeper the throw, the less percent you're going to hit and so I think we did a good job of that."
With a young quarterback - receiver combo like Christian Hackenberg and Allen Robinson, expect for that percentage (and their deep ball shots) to go up over the next few seasons and chances are really good that they're going to work themselves into one of the more exciting offenses to watch in all of college football.
Kelly: 'We're here to win, so that's not good enough'
Coaches and players alike understand that as a part of the Notre Dame program, expectations are higher than most places and a premium is placed on winning and doing things the right way.
After losing a close one to Stanford on Saturday night, after not being able to convert on big plays when it counted, Brian Kelly had an important message for his guys, and it's one that they'll remember for years to come.
"We go on the road with the expectation in this program to beat that team. We needed to beat that team, and we didn't...and you know why? Because we didn't make the play that we needed to make." he said, pretty fired up.
"We said, 'Let's make it to the fourth quarter' and then what did I say to you at mental edge? 'Someone has to make a play,' right? Someone has to make a play, and that's what it came down to."
Then his tone changed a bit.
"I am proud of everyone in this room. I love everybody's effort, but lets understand. We came to Notre Dame to play for championships, and 8-4 is not what we signed up for. We've got work to do. We have to get better and we all know that. Coaches have to get better, we've all got to get better."
"So I want everyone to understand this message so there is no misunderstanding. Nobody is disappointed in you. Nobody is disappointed in your effort, or your commitment, or that you didn't battle today, all we're saying is...we're here to win and because we didn't win, that's not good enough."
Video: Three monster hits during D-III punt return
Linfield (D-III - OR) is nationally known for flat out getting after it on defense and special teams, and in their second round playoff game this weekend they had a punt return for the ages.
Unlike a popular field goal return from the weekend though, the part that's going to make you rewind this one over is and over is the players without the ball. Special teams guys, this is why you hammer home the importance of keeping your head on a swivel to your punt unit.
Against Hampden-Sydney on Saturday, Linfield recovered from a 21-3 deficit to come back and win 31-21. The victory sets up a quarterfinal showdown against UW-Whitewater this weekend..
Monken's first win as HC: 'No drug or alcohol can duplicate this feeling'
Turning around a program that went 0-12 just a season after winning 12 straight is no easy task, and Todd Monken knew that winning was going to be an uphill battle in his first season at Southern Miss.
After throttling UAB Saturday 62-7, and earning his first win as a head coach, Monken was understandably emotional.
"It's funny, we talk all the time about why we do this, and you just felt it. That's what you do it for, to sing the fight song in the locker room with each other. It is the toughest thing in life, this game because it takes so many of us to make it work, that's what hard, feeling like 'I did my part, but we still didn't win'. That's why we count on each other, and bring people with you, so that you can taste this."
"There is nothing like it. There is no drug, there is no alcohol that makes you feel like this...it just doesn't. This is special."
Athletic director Bill McGillis then presented Monken with the game ball and shared some encouraging words about the direction of the program.
Monday TV - Saints at Seahawks
The league's third best offense faces the second best defense, so something has to give tonight. This should be an exciting one.
Eastern time listed.
New Orleans at Seattle - 8:40 - ESPN
No games until Thursday
Dave Christensen out at Wyoming
Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen plans to resign, sources told us Sunday afternoon. He was 27-35 in five seasons in Laramie.
Arriving after the 2008 season, the former Missouri offensive coordinator immediately helped Wyoming jump from a 4-8 finish in 2008 to a 7-6 record and win over Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl. The Cowboys fell to 3-9 in his second season, then bounced back to an 8-5 mark and another New Mexico Bowl appearance, a season that proved to be Christensen's high-water mark with the Cowboys.
Wyoming went just 9-15 over the final two seasons, and closed this season by losing five of its final six games. The Cowboys' only win after October 12 came in a 59-56 overtime triumph over 1-11 Hawaii on November 23. The Cowboys' five wins this fall came against teams with a combined 8-52 record on the year.
Wyoming becomes the sixth FBS school to replace its head coach this season.
As always, we will update with more details as they become available.
Update >> Wyoming has released a statement confirming what we told you earlier today. Here what athletic director Tom Burman had to say about the move:
"We have come to a point where our football program has not achieved at the level of success that we expect, and we know from past experience that we can be successful. It is with that in mind that we move forward in our search for a new leader for Cowboy Football."
"We want to thank Coach Christensen and his family for their five years of service to the University of Wyoming."
With the game on the line, Hoke asked the seniors, 'Go for 1 or 2?'
As a head coach coaching in one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports, the decision to go for the win or tie is never taken lightly.
With the game on the line yesterday against Ohio State, Brady Hoke had to make the decision to kick the extra point and go into overtime, or go for two to all but seal the win with just 30 seconds left in the game.
Knowing it was all on his shoulders as the man in charge, Hoke decided to ask the men who have left it all on the field in The Big House the last four (or five) years of their life by asking the seniors how they wanted to go out.
Taylor Lewan, on the 2-point attempt, "Coach Hoke asked us seniors, do you want to go for it, we all said yes."— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) November 30, 2013
Classy move to give the group of guys that have laid it on the line for the program (through the good and bad) some ownership in the outcome in the biggest game of their careers. Hoke could have easily pulled the trigger on his own and gladly dealt with the fame or consequences by himself, but he recognized the importance of including the seniors in the decision.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who tips my hat to coach Hoke for that simple, and powerful gesture.