Sunday TV - Chargers and Saints in the prime time slot
The Chargers and Saints square off in the prime time slot tonight.
Eastern time listed.
Miami at Cincinnati - 1 - CBS
Green Bay at Indianapolis - 1 - FOX
Baltimore at Kansas City - 1 - CBS
Atlanta at Washington - 1 - FOX
Cleveland at NY Giants - 1 - CBS
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh - 1 - FOX
Seattle at Carolina - 4:05 - FOX
Chicago at Jacksonville - 4:05 - FOX
Tennessee at Minnesota - 4:25 - CBS
Denver at New England - 4:25 - CBS
Buffalo at San Francisco - 4:25 - CBS
San Diego at New Orleans - 8:20 - NBC
Video: Sumlin takes the locker room celebration to the next level
Following the Aggies 30-27 win over Ole Miss in Oxford, Texas A&M players were enjoying the close win amongst themselves in the locker room.
...and then Coach Sumlin walks in and takes the celebration up a notch. You can tell some of the players were taken surprise at first, but soon after they're all matching Sumlin's enthusiasm.
Saturday TV - Lots of conference action
A lot of conference match ups today including LSU and Florida and Washington and Oregon.
All times are Eastern and during the afternoon (pm) unless otherwise noted.
Navy at Air Force - 11:30am - CBS
Kansas at Kansas State - 12 - FX
Connecticut at Rutgers - 12 - ESPNU
Northwestern at Penn State - 12 - ESPN
Arkansas at Auburn - 12 - ESPN2
Michigan State at Indiana - 12 - Big Ten Network
Buffalo at Ohio - 12 - ESPN3
South Florida at Temple - 12 - Big East Network
Boston College at Army - 12 - CBS Sports Network
Mississippi State at Kentucky - 12:21 - SEC Network
Virginia Tech at North Carolina - 12:30 - ESPN3
Arizona at Stanford - 3 - FOX
Virginia at Duke - 3 - ESPN3
Northern Illinois at Ball State - 3 - ESPN3
Central Michigan at Toledo - 2 - ESPN3
LSU at Florida - 3:30 - CBS
Georgia Tech at Clemson - 3:30 - ESPN
Oklahoma at Texas Tech - 3:30 - ESPN2
Wake Forest at Maryland - 3:30 - ESPNU
Illinois at Wisconsin - 3:30 - ESPN2
Tulsa at Marshall - 3:30 - CBS Sports Network
Louisiana Monroe at Middle Tennessee - 3:30 - ESPN3
Michigan at Purdue - 4 - BTN
New Mexico State at Idaho - 5 - ESPN3
Tulane at Louisiana Lafayette - 5 - ESPN3
Washington State at Oregon State - 6 - Pac 12 Network
Georgia at South Carolina - 7 - ESPN
West Virginia at Texas - 7 - FOX
Vanderbilt at Missouri - 7 - ESPN3
Texas A&M at Ole Miss - 7 - ESPNU
Miami (OH) at Cincinnati - 7 - ESPN3
UNLV at Louisiana Tech - 7 - ESPN3
Miami (FL) at Notre Dame - 7:30 - NBC
Florida State at North Carolina State - 8 - ESPN2
Nebraska at Ohio State - 8 - ABC
Hawaii at San Diego State - 8 - CBS Sports Network
UCLA at California - 10 - Pac 12 Network
Washington at Oregon - 10:30 - ESPN
Feel good story of the week - Rhode Island coach helps save a life
A few months back we told you about Salve Regina head coach Bob Chesney and how he has followed the lead of Villanova head coach Andy Talley in taking part of the Be The Match bone marrow registry.
Chesney, Talley and a handful of other coaches around the country, including Rhode Island head coach Joe Trainer, have gotten their teams together to help out this great cause by hitting campus and the surrounding communities to collect names to add to the registry.
Well down at Rhode Island defensive backs coach Ryan Mattison decided to go a little further than just collecting names. After registering himself during the drive, he was found to be a perfect match for someone needing a bone marrow donation and decided to go under the needle earlier this week.
Doctors performed a bone marrow extraction on Mattison, who happened to be the third person found to be a perfect match from the football team's annual bone marrow registration drive. A senior football player and women's rowing captain were the other two donors.
Mattison noted that he was hesitant to donate when he first got the call, saying that he didn't want to miss any practice during the week, and was quick to credit Coach Trainer who made the opportunity possible.
"Coach Trainer eliminated that reservation right away. When I told Coach Trainer about the situation, he was on board. That put me at ease. I am committed to this football program and this team, but you are talking about saving a life here."
"I am a faithful person, and I believe things happen for a reason. If I don't get hired to coach here, this doesn't happen." Mattison added.l
With a game against Brown tomorrow night Mattison made it back to practice later in the week and although he's a bit uncomfortable, he says that he doesn't regret the decision to donate. Brown and head coach Phil Estes are another program that participates in the Be a Match program, having a player donate over the summer.
"The discomfort is certainly not enough to dissuade me from the decision. Knowing that there is a family out there dealing with the type of stress they have in their lives, it puts a lot of things into perspective. For me to have the opportunity to help somebody in this way, why wouldn't I do it?"
Classy move by both coach Trainer and coach Mattison. Well done.
David Shaw: "We're not surprised by any defense"
Being one of the only schools in the conference to use multiple tight end sets and offensive line packages on Saturday afternoons make it nearly impossible know how teams are going to try to defend you.
David Shaw noted that the offensive staff is never surprised by anything they see on game day.
"We're not surprised by anything because we're so different than everybody else in our conference. We're so different with our extra offensive line packages, all the things we do with our tight ends, etc. We're not surprised when people change things. It's hard to watch Oregon's offense against Arizona's defense and know how they're going to play us."
"So we know every single week there is going to be something different." Shaw said.
Not surprisingly, in their game against Washington last Thursday the offense saw a front they hadn't seen the Huskies play in their previous three games. Stanford finished with 68 yards rushing, their lowest rushing total since 2007.
"They lined up in a different front than they played all year. They showed us a front that we hadn't seen. Out on the sidelines we saw it, we diagrammed it and we should have been more efficient against it." Shaw said. "It wasn't something we shouldn't have been able to overcome."
Tomorrow, Stanford welcomes Rich Rod and Arizona to The Farm, and while Stanford needs to improve offensively from their previous outing, it was Arizona's offensive success that has surprised David Shaw so far this season. Shaw explained that he has both both surprised and disappointed in the Wildcats early success.
"It's one thing all of us coaches said when he was hired. We had hoped that it would take at least a year before that offense started showing signs, but it really hasn't."
Arizona's offense is ranked in the top ten nationally in passing offense (#9 - 344 ypg) and total offense (#10 - 538 yards per game). The Wildcats are coming off back to back losses to Oregon and Oregon State.
Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 3:00pm ET and can be seen on FOX.
Video: Sark gives stadium workers "half time" speech
As workers hit the half way mark of the $250 million Husky Stadium renovation project, Coach Sark addressed the workers with a "half time" speech of sorts.
Pretty cool analogy.
Brian Kelly explains their bye week "secrets"
Coming off of a bye week, Brian Kelly is an impressive 12-2 as a head coach .
Having an extra week to prepare for their game against Miami this weekend, Kelly was asked what their secret is to preparing during a bye week.
"There's magic dust that we have that we're not giving up to anybody." Kelly said with a laugh.
Kelly went on to explain that he always tries to balance rest and recooperation with additional preparation.
"I've always tried to balance rest with additional preparation, and getting a schedule that the kids really feel like they got some time off without getting too far away from what your doing."
"I would say most of it has been in that Monday when we come back, we probably have our most physical and longest practice to get them back and re-center them." Kelly added.
Three NCAA defenses (at any level) have yet to allow a passing TD
Only three NCAA teams in the entire country (FBS, FCS, D-II, and D-III) have not allowed a passing touchdown this season.
In D-III, Trinity (CT) has not allowed a passing touchdown through their first two games, ranking #4 in the country in pass defense. Teams have attempted 46 passes against Trinity, completing just 21 of those (46%).
Amongst D-II teams, only Harding (who is through 4-0 through their first part of the season) has not allowed a passing touchdown. They the lead all of Division II in pass efficiency defense (69.53), total defense (172 ypg), and pass defense (77 ypg), while also ranking in the top 14 in sacks (3.5 per game). Teams have tried to throw against Harding 89 times, and completed just 42 of those passes (47%).
FCS Princeton ranks 64th in the country in pass defense, allowing 213 yards per game, and they also have not allowed a touchdown through the air this season. We saw a note this morning that their opponent, Lafayette, has a quarterback who has thrown for 5 touchdowns in a single game on three occasions this season.
Amongst FBS teams, Oklahoma and Boise State are two of the best at keeping teams out of the end zone when passing, allowing just a single touchdown each.