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How Paul Rhoads is preparing for the close confines of Kinnick Stadium

Paul Rhoads and Iowa State travel to Iowa on Saturday to take on their in state rival Hawkeyes. Rhoads spent the week brainstorming ways to simulate the close confines of Kinnick Stadium.

The close proximity to screaming Iowa fans while trying to make in game adjustments on the bench is pretty challenging for any staff, not to mention an in state rival.

Rhoads joked that he was pretty creative in order to simulate the environment during the week.

We bring strangers in off the street and let them stand there along sideline because that’s about what it’s like when you’re down there trying to make adjustments and changes.” 

Iowa and Iowa State will face off on the Big Ten Network tomorrow at 3:30. Both teams are coming in at 1-0.

Jim Schwartz: "We don't aspire to be balanced"

Ask coaches around the country, and there are a few different ways to be "balanced" on offense. Many coaches would describe it as being 50% run and 50% pass, while those from the Mike Leach school of thought would say that balance is spreading it around to all of the skill players on the field.

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz told WXYT in Detroit that he doesn't aim for balance at all. Putting points on the board is most important to him offensively.

"We certainly don’t aspire to be balanced. We aspire to put the ball in the end zone."

"However that happens, you don’t get any more points for rushing it over than you do for passing it over. We try to judge ourselves on wins and losses and, on offense, on points that we’re putting on the board."

 "That being said, we have a lot of different parts on offense. I think it’s important that if an opponent tries to take away one part of our skill set on offense, that we have the ability to make them pay in another place, and run game is one of those areas.”

 

 


Cincinnati's intro video

Here's the video that the Bearcats enter Nippert Stadium to.

If the video doesn't get everyone excited enough by itself, Butch Jones' pregame speech should.

Brian Kelly: I want our guys to be more comfortable playing at home

Over the past few seasons, Brian Kelly noted that he doesn't believe that his guys have been completely comfortable playing in front of their home crowd in South Bend.

"I felt at times we ran into the stadium like we were running into the Basilica...or we were running to the Grotto. We're running into the football stadium, and I want our guys feeling comfortable in there."

In order to make the team more familiar with the game day environment, the Irish have moved their Thursday pre game practices from the LaBar practice complex to the stadium and will practice that way for the rest of the season.

"I want our guys to feel comfortable in the stadium, in the locker room, in the tunnel, on the field, on the sideline. When we run out there, I want some energy." Kelly explained.

"It almost seems like there's too much of a reverence there. It's Notre Dame Stadium. It's a football game, and let's have some energy. We talked about that today and we'll continue to beat that drum."

Notre Dame has their home opener Saturday against Purdue at 3:30 and can be seen on NBC.

Chip Kelly: "It's not about winning the turnover battle"

Oregon has put up some impressive numbers offensively over the past few season, but as Chip Kelly told SiriusXM's College Football Playbook, after games he's reflecting on one thing in particular that doesn't show up on the stat sheet.

"I'm not a stat guy. I spend a lot of time looking at statistics, but the statistic that we talk about all the time that is not on the stat sheet is our response after a turnover."

"It's not about winning the turnover battle. It's about your response after the turnover because if you're defense can do an unbelievable job and put you at plus four, but every single time the offense goes three and out, you didn't do anything with what the defense created for you. By the same token, just 'cause you turn it over on the offensive side of the ball, if your defense can go out there and stop them, then that's what it's all about."

"So, for us, the only thing we talk about from a statistical standpoint is our response after a turnover. Are we capitalizing when our defense creates a turnover? And if we happen to turn it over, does our defense go on the field and stop the opponent from doing something with it? That's what we talk about and I think that's the one that has the biggest impact on games."

Kelly and the Ducks will look to force turnovers and make the most of their extra opportunities against Tim DeRuyter and Fresno State on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30.

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