A few months ago we visited Oregon during our Pac-12 tour and were very impressed by their existing facilities...and we noticed that they had broken ground on an entirely new football facility. Trust us on this one, this new facility will be top 3 in the country (and maybe the best).
This morning we saw a note that former Oregon running back, and Carolina Panther, Jonathan Stewart has donated $250,000 to go towards the facility.
In three of their six games this season, Northern Illinois (5-1, 2-0) has had to come from behind and put together a strong fourth quarter to come out with a win.
Three of their last four games have come down to a strong performance in the final quarter. Against Army it was an 8 yard touchdown pass to win the game. At home against Kansas it took 17 fourth quarter points win 30-23, and this past weekend the Huskies scored within the last five minutes to cap off a 14 point fourth quarter for the 35-23 win over Ball State.
Following their one point loss to Iowa in week one, Northern Illinois has put together five straight wins. That game against the Hawkeyes was the only game this season that the Huskies scored no points in the fourth quarter.
Head coach Dave Doeren credits much of their success to the confidence that his players and coaching staff have when the game is on the line.
All of those are needed to for a team to rally for a win late in games, perhaps none more important than confidence from both the coaches and players. This weekend they'll take on Buffalo at home. Their remaining MAC schedule features only one team with a winning record (Toledo at 5-1).
In his first season, Doeren led the team to an 11-3 record, including a 38-20 win over Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com bowl. With the 5-1 record this season, Doeren has improved to 16-4 in his second season as a head coach. Good things are happening in DeKalb.
LSU is 8-0 under John Chavis when scoring a defensive touchdown
If history is any indicator, as long as LSU scores a defensive touchdown on Saturday against South Carolina they'll end the game as winners. We know...easier said than done.
Last week we noted that 100 yards rushing was the magic number under Les Miles, where the Tigers are 47-0 when rushing for over 100 yards and holding opponents to under 100 yards on the ground. In their loss to Florida last weekend, they ran for just 42 yards, and allowed 176 yards rushing. So while that streak may still be alive, it's not exactly the way that they'd want to keep it intact.
This morning we noticed that LSU is 8-0 under defensive coordinator John Chavis when scoring a defensive touchdown. The Tigers are 12-1 under Les Miles in that same category dating back to 2005. Add to that the fact that LSU has won 23 straight games when winning the turnover battle (a streak that dates back to 2008) and you've got to feel pretty confident when the Tigers score or win the turnover battle.
So far this season, South Carolina has lost 8 fumbles and thrown 2 interceptions.
In the overall series, LSU holds an impressive 16-2-1 edge over South Carolina (with the Gamecocks last win back in 1994, an 18-17 win) , but Steve Spurrier is 11-3 (and 5-2 in Baton Rouge) all time against the Tigers. His offenses have averaged 32 points per contest, while his defenses have given up just over 14 points per game against the Tigers.
The Gamecocks are riding a 10 game winning streak coming into Saturday's game, dating back to last season. That streak is the longest in the nation, with Alabama, Oregon and West Virginia just behind them with 9 consectutive wins.
With kickoff scheduled for 8pm ET, the Gamecocks win streak is on line. Les Miles is 57-5 in night games, including an impressive 35-2 mark in Tiger Stadium.
Wednesday TV - No games tonight but three FBS games tomorrow
We're pretty sure typical "doctor's orders" don't include flying three days after hip surgery or subjecting yourself to the stress of coaching four days after this surgery. Strong move by Dooley. Now, if they are down ten heading into the 4th quarter and Dooley limps onto the field Willis Reed style and the Vols pull one out...