Penn State's defense is why they are 8-1
Despite having an offense ranked 101st in scoring, the Nittany Lions are 8-1 as they head into their bye week, and have played in more than their fair share of close games.
Six of their eight wins have come by a combined 38 points. Each of their games against Temple (14-10), Indiana (16-10), Iowa (13-3), Purdue (23-18), Northwestern (34-24) and Illinois (10-7) have been decided by less than 10 points.
Defensive coordinator Ron Vanderlinden Tom Bradley and the rest of the defensive staff composed of linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden, safeties coach Kermit Buggs, and defensive line coach Larry Johnson have once again helped put together the type of defense to keep them in those close games. Defensively the Nittany Lions rank in the top 10 in the country in pass efficiency (4), total defense (10), scoring defense (4), and pass defense (8).
Joe Pa will be looking for win 410 when they take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers November 12th, in Happy Valley.
Iowa State unleashes on Texas Tech
Iowa State's four game losing streak came to an end Saturday in Lubbock as they took on the Red Raiders and got the 41-7 win.
The 41 points was the most scored in the regular season for the Cyclones this year (they put up 44 in triple overtime against Iowa).
Iowa State has found success against Texas Tech the past two seasons, including last years 52-38 win (also the most points they scored last season). Saturday the Cyclones rushed for 368 yards on their way to 512 yards of total offense, and dominated the time of possesssion 40:09 to Tech's 19:51.
Saban gets mad, then gets even
If your team beats Nick Saban's team it upsets him. Last season, LSU beat Alabama 24-21.
In the last 10 seasons, every time that Saban has faced a team that beat him the prior season, Saban's team has come out on top the next year.
Jon Solomon, with AL.com, did some research showing that 12 times since 2001, Saban's teams have lost one year, only to turn around and whip their opponent the next. In the 12 losses, Saban's teams have lost by an average of just under two touchdowns...then the next year, Saban's teams have won by an average of two touchdowns. The man gets even.
Saban has two remaining games against teams that beat the Tide last season as they face LSU this weekend and Auburn at the end of the month.
It's going to be a fun week, culminating with the LSU vs. Alabama game Saturday night on CBS.
Quick note> Today, Halloween, is Coach Saban's birthday. Yes, yes it is.
Irish getting it done on the ground
Notre Dame capped off their 56-14 win against Navy Saturday with an impressive 7 rushing touchdowns.
The 7 rushing touchdowns mark the most rushing touchdowns for the Irish since 1992.
Brian Kelly talked a lot about finding consistency in the offense this week. The Irish quarterbacks were 19 of 25 for 260 yards (1TD / 1Int). On the ground, the Irish rushed 35 times for 182 (5.2 avg.) and 7TDs. The Irish will take on Wake Forest Saturday.
For Navy, it extended their losing streak to 6 games. Since 2003, Navy has won at least 8 games each season. This year they are 2-6. Navy takes on Troy this Saturday as they try to right the ship [yes, that is a poor pun].
Below is video of Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo speaking after the loss to Notre Dame.
Monday Night Football tonight.
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Video: Lane Kiffin post-game
For those of you that didn't get to watch, last night's Stanford vs. USC game was a great one.
You've probably already seen the highlights; but if not, we've posted a video box at the very bottom of this article. Note that we find it extremely odd that ESPN doesn't offer a single highlight video showing the final play of regulation (the one for which Kiffin expresses his "disappointment" with the refs for the way they handled the call).
Anyway, truly a great game. USC should have had a chance to win it at the end (the receiver should have gone down and called the timeout rather than trying to make it to the sideline...but that's easy for us to say after the fact). It was tied at the end of regulation. 3 good OT periods; until USC's freshman running back fumbled near the goal line in the 3rd OT and Stanford got the win to remain unbeaten.
Quick note: Stanford still has 4 games (at Oregon State, then 3 home games...Oregon, Cal and Notre Dame).
First video below is Lane Kiffin post game. Jump to the 1:50 mark to hear Kiffin express his frustration with the how the refs handled the end of regulation.
Then some ESPN highlights from the game.
1st 4 game winning streak...ever
It's hard not to continue to be happy for Willie Taggart's guys at Western Kentucky.
Yesterday, it took overtime; but WKU got it's 4th straight win (31-28 over Louisiana Monroe) for the first time since the school began playing announced it's intention to play in the FBS. Yes, that's only been since the 2007 season; but still, 4 straight wins for this program is huge.
This is a program that went 4-32 over the last 3 seasons. They are now 4-4 this season, 4-1 in the Sun Belt.
"How about this, we'll spot you 7 points and skip the 3rd qtr."
Ole Miss is having a rough season. They are 2-6 overall, 0-5 in the SEC.
Houston Nutt's guys are ranked #103 in scoring offense and #86 in scoring defense.
The most puzzling thing we've noticed, and Nutt has as well, is that the Rebels are just getting blanked in the 3rd quarter this season.
In their game vs. Georgia neither team scored in the 3rd. However, in their 4 other SEC games, the Rebels have been outscored 70-0 in the 3rd quarter (yes, that 17.5 points per game).
Ole Miss travels to Kentucky this weekend.