Monday TV - MNF doubleheader
A doubleheader of NFL Monday Night Football tonight.
Eastern time listed.
Cincinnati at Baltimore - 7 - ESPN
San Diego at Oakland - 10:15 - ESPN
Mullen: The monkey on my back got bigger, but I want to feel a gorilla by November
After entering halftime up 7-3 and giving Auburn a touchdown on the opening kick return of the second half, Mississippi State put together 21 second half points to go on to win 28-10.
A couple of interesting statistical story lines in this one. Entering the half, Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier had completed 1 of 7 passes for -2 yards with two interceptions. Also, the two teams really struggled on third down, combining to go 3 for 22, and Auburn gave the ball up five times (2 lost fumbles and 3 interceptions).
After struggling (a combined 0-12) against Alabama, LSU, Arkansas and Auburn, Dan Mullen and the staff put together a game plan that the guys went out and executed pretty well. The run game was effective, with two guys averaging over 5 yards per carry, and the passing game accounted for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns and no interceptions, with a completion rate of nearly 70%.
As the only team with a conference win, the Bulldogs are sitting atop the SEC West at 1-0 in conference play (2-0 overall), and Mullen noted that he believes that in order to compete for the conference title you have to be able to win your home games, and win your opener. Both of which were accomplished today.
But Mullen doesn't feel the monkey off of his back just yet, and explained why he's hoping to feel a gorilla on his back come November.
"It feels great! You guys probably think that the monkey is now off my back. I view it as a bigger one just jumped on and I hope in November we're talking about an 800 pound gorilla jumping on my back. That's what I want for our program."
NFL Sunday TV
Some really great college games yesterday. How about Todd Berry and Louisiana-Monroe taking down Arkansas on a call to go for it on fourth and one in overtime, instead of kicking a field goal to tie it and send it to a second OT! Herm Edwards put it best, "You play to win the game!"
First Sunday of NFL regular season games today.
Eastern time listed.
Indianapolis at Chicago - 1 - CBS
Philadelphia at Cleveland - 1 - FOX
New England at Tennessee - 1 - CBS
Atlanta at Kansas City - 1 - FOX
Jacksonville at Minnesota - 1 - CBS
Washington at New Orleans - 1 - FOX
Buffalo at NY Jets - 1 - CBS
St. Louis at Detroit - 1 - FOX
Miami at Houston - 1 - CBS
San Francisco at Green Bay - 4:25 - FOX
Seattle at Arizona - 4:25 - FOX
Carolina at Tampa Bay - 4:25 - FOX
Pittsburgh at Denver - 8:20 - NBC
USC's Friday night video
Solid Friday night video here focusing on the big plays from week 1's victory over Hawaii and looking forward to SC's game in New York versus Syracuse.
Marqise Lee, yeah he's pretty good.
40,000 show up for the Midnight Yell Practice at A&M
Their fans are ready for the SEC.
40k at midnight before the game, yeah, they're ready.
Well done hype video from Marist College
Just a few hours before kickoff, the staff at Marist College (FCS) sat the team down to take a look at the motivational video above.
The staff tells us that the guys were all pretty jacked when it wrapped up. They went on to beat Bryant (FCS) 35-10.
Saturday TV - Some good games scheduled
How about the end to the Utah at Utah State game last night...Utah had a chance to win with a FG at the end of regulation; but missed. Utah State scores then holds and they win it in OT. That's why we play the games!
Plenty of quality action on today including some more in state rivalries.
Eastern time listed.
Penn State at Virginia - 12 - ABC
Miami (FL) at Kansas State - 12 - FX
Auburn at Mississippi State - 12 - ESPN
UCF at Ohio State - 12 - ESPN2
North Carolina State at Connecticut - 12 - Big East Network
New Hampshire at Minnesota - 12 - BTN
Tulane at Tulsa - 12 - Fox Sports Net
Maryland at Temple - 12 - ESPNU
Southern California vs Syracuse -3:30 - ABC / ESPN2
Air Force at Michigan - 12 - ABC / ESPN2
Florida at Texas A&M - 3:30 - ESPN
Rice at Kansas - 3:30 - Fox Sports Net
Purdue at Notre Dame - 3:30 - NBC
Michigan State at Central Michigan - 3:30 - ESPNU
Delaware State at Delaware - 3:30 - NBCSN
Wisconsin at Oregon State - 4 - FX
Washington at LSU - 7 ESPNU
Louisiana-Monroe vs Arkansas - 7 - ESPNU
Nebraska at UCLA - 7:30 - FOX
Army at San Diego State - NBCSN - 7:30
Georgia at Missouri - 7:45 - ESPN2
Illinois at Arizona State - 10:30 - ESPN
Tennessee staff talks about switching to the no huddle
This past offseason, players were told to keep a wrinkle in the Vols offense on the down low until its debut it during week one.
As reporters asked quarterback Tyler Bray if the offense was the same over the summer, he would answer by saying "Yes", knowing in the back of his mind that he was telling the truth, it's just that they're doing things a little faster now. Now, going into their match up on Saturday with Georgia State, the fact that they're no huddle is no longer a big secret.
The added wrinkle allowed them to get in 79 plays (2.51 per minute), which is the first time they had run over 70 plays in a single game since 2007. The top 25 from 2011 consisted of only three teams (Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, and Southern California) who didn't average 70 plays per game.
In it's debut for the Vols, offensive coordinator Jim Chaney enjoyed the advantages it provided.
"The argument is that you can simplify the defense's calls. You can't do a multiplicity of calls. I would counter that if I'm on their side I can't do a bunch of shifting and motioning."
"The game of football still gets down to when it says, 'Set, hut!' can we block them, can they tackle us, can we throw and can we catch? What happens when you're going fast-paced is it distorts some of those values of the game a little bit. You see that once in a while: They get a little fatigued, and they miss a tackle where they routinely might make that play."
For his quarterback, Chaney noted that the no huddle allowed him to just focus on playing ball and playing pitch and catch with the open guy.
"He don't have to get in a huddle and verbalize a lot, which he'd rather not do. I think sometimes he just has to look for a signal and throw it to the open guy. Simplifies the game for 11 people.
"What's in vogue in college football now is staying in it throughout the game, and what's becoming a little more in vogue is moving personnel groupings while you're doing it. We've had it that way. It's been going on for a long time. We think it helps us, so we're going to continue to try do it better."
Derek Dooley noted that while they may hit some growing pains with it throughout the season, it is something that they have committed to as an entire coaching staff.
"We're all together on it as coaches, and there's going to be times probably where it's not helping the defense. But we think over time the points you can generate is what matters." Dooley explained.