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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.

NFL:

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

College:

No games

High School:

No games




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.

NFL:

No games

College:

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

High School:

No games





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.

 

 

 

 




Iowa State's intro is good

Iowa State put together an impressive video intro for last week's game.

Nice touch at the end there.




Big 12 reaches TV deal

The Big 12's Board of Directors has approved a 13 year deal with ABC / ESPN and Fox, worth an estimated $2.6 billion. The agreement stretches through 2025.

The conference and TV networks agreed in principle back in May, but all the finer details have now been ironed out.

Under the deal, the conference is expected to pocket about $200 million annually, with each school getting a share of about $20 million per year.

ESPN and Fox will have rights to air the games and ESPN will air more than 20 games per year, with at least 25 games being aired on national broadcasts and cable channels.

One interesting note in the deal is a "grant of right" clause that provides security for the ten members of the Big 12.

The clause states that if a Big 12 school leaves the league during the term of the contract, that school's media rights and revenue would remain with the Big 12 and not the new conference of the departed school.

Commissioner Bob Bowlsby described the clause as "a very public & business-oriented substantiation of the commitment that the ten institutions have privately" in the press conference announcing the deal.