When in Death Valley, do as Les does
Willie Taggart got caught taking a page out of Les Miles' book this past weekend during their game against LSU.
A camera caught Taggart grabbing a free taste test from the Tiger Stadium. Judging from the smile on his face afterwards, it wasnt too bad.
Western Kentucky (5-5, 5-1) looks to finish their season strong with games at North Texas, and at home against Troy.
Weekday MAC action tonight...that usually means plenty of points to be scored.
All times are eastern.
Ball State at Northern Illinois - 8 - ESPNU
Great video with Todd Monken
Todd Monken spends 8 minutes talking about his relationship with Mike Gundy and how special this team and season are.
Great content in here. Talks about how hard it is to move on; but how important friendships are. Shares his thoughts on Gundy's growth as a head coach and how Monken has helped in that growth.
Worth watching all 8 minutes.
Video: D-III program earns first ever playoff berth
Sunday, DIII Illinois College, led by head coach Garett Campbell, learned of the first ever playoff berth in the history of the football program.
The Blueboys finished the season 9-1, with their only loss coming against Midwest conference champion Monmouth. The one loss record was good enough to impress the playoff committee and reserved them an at large bid for the NCAA playoffs.
Illinois College and has put up an impressive 499 yards per game under Campbell, and have been led by a freshman quarterback in Michael Bates. The Blueboys offense rank in the top 15 offensively in scoring (15th), passing (15th) and total offense (5th).
Defensively the Blueboys rank 3rd in DIII in interceptions with an impressive 20 picks on the season (with 2 defensive backs combining for 11 interceptions), and also rank in the top 10 in turnover margin at +1.40. Impressive job by defensive coordinator Ray DeFrisco.
Illinois College will take the field against Wabash Saturday. Take a look at the video below showing their reaction once they found out they had made the playoff field.
After Georgia's opening the season with losses to Boise State and South Carolina, there was a lot of chatter out there calling for a change at Georgia. Now, after rattling off 8 straight wins the talk has now swung to a contract extension.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs beat defending National Champion Auburn 45-7. They converted on 12 of 15 third down attempts and out-gained the Tigers 528 - 195.
Richt still has two years left on his current contract that currently goes through December of 2013. Georgia AD Greg McGarity that any update to Richt's job status would take place at the end of the season.
The Bulldogs will look to lock up the SEC East title Saturday against Kentucky and then close out the regular season with Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
Jacksonville State making it rain...glass?
Jacksonville State offensive coordinator Ronnie Letson might think twice before he touches glass next time.
In the Gamecock's 22-21 win over Southeast Missouri State, Letson patted the glass in the press box, forcing it to shatter onto the fans below. No one was hurt, but we have a feeling that Letson will think twice before touching any glass moving forward. The Jacksonville State AD said that they would foot the bill to replace the glass (maybe they'll consider Plexiglas this time?).
The win gives Jacksonville State a share of the lead in the Ohio Valley conference with Tennessee Tech and Eastern Kentucky. The Gamecocks will finish the season this weekend against Tennessee State.
Some surprising statistics
For good reason, we have spent a considerable amount of time talking about turnover margin the past few weeks.
Oklahoma State and LSU are two of the top three teams in the country when it comes to turnover margin (no surprise there), but taking a closer look we discovered a few more things worth noting. For one, Wyoming (6-3, 3-1) is now the #2 team in turnover margin sitting at +1.56.
Southern Miss is the only ranked team with a negative turnover margin at - .1. Southern Methodist is 6-4, yet somehow ranks 115th in the country with a -11 margin in the turnover battle.
SMU will have a huge test this weekend as they head to undefeated Houston before ending the season with Rice. Southern Miss will wrap up the season at UAB and home against Memphis.
Sumlin's guys are 10-0
Houston is 10-0 and ranked #11 in the current BCS standings.
We hear that the College Gameday crew will be in town this weekend as the Cougars host SMU which should be an entertaining game (this is the first time in school history that Gameday is coming to UH). Kevin Sumlin and his staff have put together quite a season and if they can beat SMU and win at Tulsa, they will be 12-0 and would host the Conference USA championship game...and then hopefully play in a BCS bowl.
The challenge they are going to have on that front is with their schedule. Of the 10 teams they have beaten this season, only Louisiana Tech at 6-4 has a winning record. 1 out of 10 opponents with a winning record. How is that even possible? Thankfully, SMU and Tulsa will add to the "strength of schedule" component.
So, how good is this team? Statistically speaking, they're pretty darn good. #1 in scoring offense, #1 in total offense, #1 in passing offense...#41 in scoring defense, #3 in tackles for loss, #25 in sacks...#13 in turnover margin, #5 in net punting, #8 in punt returns....and on and on.
As we all know, it's incredibly difficult to go undefeated through an entire season. Sumlin has his guys playing at a very high level. It will be interesting to see if they can win them all.