Sunday games were OK; but goodness Saturday was great. Tonight we get 2 for the price of 1.
All times Eastern.
New England at Miami - 7PM - ESPN
Oakland at Denver - 10:15 - ESPN
Brian Kelly: We have to win some football games
Yesterday, Brian Kelly sat down to review the Michigan tape and to do an interview.
At the end of the interview, he is asked, "What are you sensing from your team...in terms of what their focus will be like this week?"
They better get themselves ready to go on Tuesday. We have to win some football games. If they're going to feel sorry for themselves, if they're going to have self-pity, they are in the wrong sport They should go play bridge. We're playing football. I expect our guys back on Tuesday. Our coaches are committed to getting better and our players need to be committed to getting better everyday.
We have a chance to be a good football team and that chance is clearly the little things on Saturday...cause they are doing the right things leading up to it...now we just need to put it together on Saturdays.
LSU at Mississippi State Thursday night
Thursday night, 8PM on ESPN, the LSU fightin' tigers head into Starkvegas to take on the Mississippi State bulldogs.
The Tigers are currently ranked #3 in the AP poll while the Bulldogs are ranked #25.
This might seem hard to believe but we just learned (thanks to LSU SID Michael Bonnette) that this will be the first time in history that these two teams will play as ranked opponents.
The Bulldogs are planning a "Cowbell Yell" (see video below) for Wednesday night to get their fans excited. Sources in Baton Rouge tell us the Tigers are looking at ways to sneak the real Mike the Tiger into the Cowbell Yell to see how "excited" that gets the Mississippi State fans.
Should be a fun one to watch.
Muschamp: The two keys to winning...
"The two critical factors in winning and losing games are turnover ratio and big play ratio...you can't give up big plays and you've got to make big chunks on offense."
Those are Will Muschamp's words on how you win or lose a game.
Saturday, Florida (who is currently leading the nation in scoring defense) shutout UAB. On the sideline Muschamp said he told defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, "Enjoy it cause it's hard...in this day and age of college football it's very difficult to get a shutout."
Cal gets OT win at Colorado
Cal quarterback Zach Maynard threw a five yard touchdown pass to his half brother Keenan Allen to beat Colorado in overtime yesterday. The Bears defense had held the Buffs to a field goal on their possession.
In speaking about the play (ball on left hash, receiver to the field tight split...runs a speed out), Cal head coach Jeff Tedford said he knew it was going to be a touchdown as soon as he saw the corner's alignment, "I knew it was a touchdonw...once they lined up I knew...Keenan had a tight split and he jukes people...as long as it was a good throw I knew it was going to be a touchdown."
Tedford's post game comments
UVA and IU play a great one
Mike London took his squad up to Indiana to take on Kevin Wilson's guys in their home opener. UVA went out to a big lead, only to see Indiana put up 3 second half touchdowns to erase a 20 point deficit.
With UVA down 8 with about 6 minutes to play they drove the field, scored and got the two point conversion with 1:36 to play. Indiana got the ball back and on 3rd and 3 their quarterback dropped to throw...unfortunately no one decided to block Virginia's right defensive end who came untouched and sacked and literally just took the ball from the quarterback.
A few plays later, Virginia kicks a short field goal to win it 34-31.
Note to UVA and truly every program> If you make your videos embeddable, they can be shared and viewed more easily. More people see the video, more people enjoy the video, more exposure for your program, etc...
Vandy gets first winning streak since 2008
Vandy beat UConn last night in Nashville...meaning the Commodores are now 2-0 and have their first winning streak since 2008.
Casey Hayward intercepted a pass with about 6 minutes to play and returned it for touchdown to tie the game at 21. Hayward said, that Coach Franklin always tells them, "If you get a pick, try to go score." And that's what he did. The Commodores then got a hold and got the ball back and drove for the game winning field goal.
Great comment from Coach Franklin after the game about when they went down 7 late in the game, "We were going to win the game...that's what we do...I went down the sideline and reminded every player, 'This is the 2011 Vanderbilt!' over and over again...we weren't going to allow that to happen...we were going to find a way to persevere."
Highlights are below
James Franklin's comments post game
Iowa State gets huge win over Iowa
Paul Rhoads struggled to find words after the game. His guys had just battled through regulation and 3 overtime periods to beat Iowa, at home. Huge win.
Each of the past two years Rhoads guys have fought for a big win (at Texas and at Nebraska); but this one was at home. Rhoads and the staff celebrated on the field and then he came in for this presser. At the beginning he just can't find the words.
Proud of his team.
Highlights from the game
Paul Rhoads post game presser