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Reminder: Using chewing tobacco on the sidelines is illegal

The NCAA bans the use of tobacco products for coaches, officials and student athletes during all sports practices and competition. Student athletes can be disqualified for the remainder of the game if caught using a tobacco product.

A USA Today article caught our attention this weekend after they noticed Illinois head coach Tim Beckman using chewing tobacco during their game Saturday. 

Illinois has announced it will report a secondary violation to the NCAA for this. 

Asked about the incident after their 31-14 loss to Wisconsin, Beckman told reporters it's a bad habit of his.

"That's a bad habit of mine. I apologize for that. I guess it's the stress, but there's no excuse for that and that'll be stopped. It shouldn't have been done.'' he explained.

Just a reminder guys...

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Top FBS plays of the weekend

Saturday was full of big plays in some big time games.

Here's a quick look at the top plays from around the country during Saturday's action, courtesy of ESPN.




These teams are winning despite a tough schedule

Only two teams ranked in the top 10 in strength of schedule have winning records.

1. Washington (3-2, 1-1)
2. California (2-4, 1-2)
3. Vanderbilt (2-3, 1-2)
4. Auburn (1-4, 0-3)
5. Kentucky (1-5, 0-3)
6. Utah (2-3, 0-2)
7. Arkansas (2-4, 1-2)
8. Missouri (3-3, 0-3)
9. Arizona (3-3, 0-3) 
10. Michigan (3-2, 1-0)

After opening up with a loss to Alabama, and then losing to a tough Notre Dame squad a few weeks later, Brady Hoke and Michigan are sitting at 3-2 with the nation's 10th toughest schedule. Only one team on their remaining schedule, Illinois (who they'll face this weekend), has a losing record. The combined record of the opponents remaining on their schedule is 26-12.

Steve Sarkisian's Huskies have played and lost at LSU and at Oregon and recorded a huge home win against Stanford at the end of last month. The Huskies are sitting at 3-2 with the toughest schedule in the country, and their next three games are against USC, Arizona and Oregon State who are a combined 11-4 (with three of those losses belonging to Arizona). 

Just outside of the top ten in strength of schedule are Will Muschamp and the Gators (11th), who are sitting at 5-0 after road wins at Texas A&M and Tennessee, and their most recent win against LSU in The Swamp. They'll travel to Nashville to face Vanderbilt on Saturday and then have back to back games against South Carolina (home) and Georgia (neutral site).

Oregon State (4-0) and Notre Dame (5-0) are the only other undefeated teams with a top 25 strength of schedule. The Beavers are ranked 15th and the Irish are ranked 21st.




The 49ers offensive staff made NFL history last night

Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman helped put together an impressive offensive outing yesterday against the Buffalo Bills.

For the first time in NFL history a team went over the 300 mark in both passing and rushing. The Niners rushed for 311 yards and threw for 310 yards.

Now that's what you call balanced.

The 621 yards was a franchise record and included a 300 yard passer, a 100 yard rusher and two 100 yard receivers for the first time since 1961. The star studded teams of the 80's and 90's never put together a game quite like the Niners did last night.

Former Heisman winner finalist Alex Smith, who was part of some big offensive games during his college days at Utah, called the 45-3 rout "The best offensive performance that I've ever been a part of."

Next week the 49ers take on the Giants, the team that dashed their Super Bowl aspirations last season. But if Greg Roman and Jim Harbaugh keep putting together offensive game plans and getting their guys to execute like they did last night, they're going to be tough to beat.

Over the past two weeks, the Niners have outscored their opponents 79-3.

 

 

 

 




Here's the video Houston watched before taking the field Saturday

Houston (2-3, 1-0) got their second straight win Saturday with a 44-21 victory over North Texas.

Here's the video that the staff showed the team to get everyone amped up before kickoff.

The rest of the Houston's schedule features only two teams with records currently above .500 (East Carolina who is 3-3 and Tulsa who is 5-1).




Video: Muschamp crowd surfing in the locker room

Following the Gators 14-6 win over LSU on Saturday, Will Muschamp soaked up the huge victory on the field before heading into the locker room to address the team.

As Muschamp stands up on an elevated surface to address the team, he instead decides to take a leap of faith into the players to do some crowd surfing.

Luckily the team catches him, and sets him down safely. Muschamp goes on to touch on their great "team win", and reminds them to stick together and take care of each other. This weekend the Gators travel to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt.

 

 




Bob Davie has already matched New Mexico's win total from past 3 years

Six games into his tenure as the New Mexico head coach, Bob Davie has already matched their win total from the past 3 seasons.

In the three years under former head coach Mike Locksley, stretching from 2009-2011, the Lobo's won 3 games.

Davie has already collected three wins in six games. The Lobos wins have come against Southern University (FCS), Texas State, and in state rival New Mexico State, a team that the Lobos hadn't beat since 2008. The Lobo's also had a chance to win it against Boise State last week before eventually falling 32-29.

This past weekend against Texas State, the The Lobos (3-3, 1-1) carried the ball 59 times for 361 yards (200 in the first half), and only aired it out three times (1 for 3 for 9 yards) in their 35-14 win. Texas State beat Houston 30-13 to open up the season.

Coach Davie and his staff are doing a great job over in Albuquerque. Take a look at their highlights from the Texas State game below.




Deserving Credit - Week 6

A couple of coaching staffs truly got the most out of their players this weekend. 

Here, we recognize those staffs that truly deserve credit...

Head Coach of the Week: Bill O’Brien, Penn State
Four weeks ago Penn State was 0-2 and left for dead by many across the country. Today they sit at 4-2 and tied for first place in the Leaders Division. In the face of undoubtedly the roughest regime change in college football history, O’Brien’s team has gotten better as the season progresses. Under O’Brien’s direction, Penn State’s scoring average has jumped by two touchdowns per game during their current four-game winning streak when compared with last season. Quarterback Matt McGloin has looked like a completely different player thus far under O’Brien. After throwing for just 131 yards per game with an 8-to-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2011, McGloin currently leads the Big Ten with 1,499 passing yards with 12 touchdowns against just two picks. Saturday’s win was Penn State’s most impressive to date as the Nittany Lions outscored previously-unbeaten Northwestern 22-0 in the fourth quarter for a 39-28 win.

Offensive Staff of the Week: Lane Kiffin, Kennedy Polamalu, Clay Helton, James Cregg, Tee Martin and Justin Mesa - USC
USC’s game at Utah could not have started worse on Thursday night. Center Khaled Holmes returned from injury only to see wayward snaps turn into turnovers twice within the game’s first 76 seconds. After finding itself in an early 14-0 hole, USC’s offensive unit kept it's season on track by turning to the players that made USC a preseason national championship favorite in the first place. Matt Barkley completed 23-of-30 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns, and wide receivers Marqise Lee and Robert Woods the majority of that total. The duo accounted for 18 grabs, 261 yards and two touchdowns. The most significant drive of the game for the USC offense came early, as the Trojans immediately posted an eight-play, 75-yard drive after falling behind by two scores. Then USC wrested back control of the game in the second quarter by marching a total of 130 yards in 15 plays, only being stopped when the clock hit all zeros, in taking a 24-21 lead to the locker room. The "Knockout Shot" late in the game to Marqise Lee was vintage Kiffin.

Hear Kiffin describe that playcall  

Defensive Staff of the Week: Bob Diaco, Kerry Cooks, Bob Elliott and Mike Elston - Notre Dame
We all knew it would be Brian Kelly’s defense that turned into a dominant unit in Year 3, right? Diaco’s crew befuddled an explosive Miami offense to the tune of a 41-3 whitewashing in Chicago. The Hurricanes arrived at Soldier Field averaging north of 41 points per game in their four wins, and left as Notre Dame’s third consecutive opponent to not reach the end zone. In fact, going back to the end of the Purdue game (when Notre Dame sealed a 20-17 win with an interception on the final play of the game), Diaco and co. are working on a streak of 190 consecutive snaps without allowing a touchdown. During that streak the Fighting Irish have forced eight turnovers and surrendered only 12 points. Notre Dame ranks second nationally in scoring defense (7.8), and has allowed two fewer touchdowns than anyone else in college football.

Special Teams Coordinator of the Week: Jerry Petercuskie, N.C. State
N.C. State was able to stun No. 3 Florida State in large part to flawless play from its special teams unit. Punter Wil Baumann’s seven kicks totaled 301 yards, with a long of 50 yards and one touchback, and most importantly held the Seminoles to a sum of 10 yards on two returns. Kicker Nicklas Sade pinned Florida State deep with three touchbacks on four kickoffs, connected on his lone field goal attempt and, in a year of shaky kicking across the country, nailed the game-winning extra point with 16 seconds to play.

Call of the Week: Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia
This honor isn’t given for any one decision Holgorsen made Saturday night, but for five of his decisions. Despite arriving in Austin 0-of-4 on fourth down this season, the Mountaineers went a perfect 5-of-5 on fourth down and needed every one of them in a 48-45 win over Texas. West Virginia’s excellence on fourth down allowed them to overcome going just 3-of-12 third down, which permitted Holgorsen and co. to run 77 plays to Texas’ 68 and wage a tie in time of possession. West Virginia’s second touchdown came on a drive in which it converted two fourth downs (including a 40-yard touchdown pass from Geno Smith to Tavon Austin on fourth-and-4). They also moved the chains on fourth-and-9 on their third touchdown drive. In the fourth quarter, Smith again found Austin on fourth-and-6 and gained eight yards on a fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak to extend a drive that ultimately put Holgorsen’s team up for good at 41-38.