Al Borges: We're still learning the offense
Michigan is 5-0. In those five wins, Michigan has scored, 34, 35, 31, 28 and 58.
The 58 they put up against Minnesota on Saturday was historic...ly bad for Minnesota. Minnesota has had 35 seasons in which they have not allowed 58 points; and Borges' guys did that in one game.
Here's the best part about Borges' offense...he says they are still learning it!
Jump forward to about the 1:20 mark and prepare yourselves...Borges says as they get deeper into Big Ten play they will certainly "empty the drawer more".
There is absolutely no truth to this one
Later today TCU will be accepting membership into the Big 12. Well, actually that part is true.
Sources close to the situation tell us that there is no truth whatsoever to the chatter out there that Gary Patterson made Chuck Neinas pinky swear that the Big 12 would not also invite SMU into the league.
Did not happen. Nothing to see here. Move along folks.
The weekend officially begins at 7:30 tonight. God Bless America!
All times Eastern.
Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee - 7:30 - ESPNU
Colorado School of Mines at Colorado State Pueble - 8PM - CBSSN
Cal at Oregon - 9PM - ESPN
Allen (TX) at Plano East (TX) - 8PM - ESPN2
Oaks Christian (CA) at Westlake Village (CA) - 10:30PM - FSN
Year of the QB...a quality tease
The worldwide leader has some smart people up in Bristol. We like the decision to mic up Todd Monken for this teaser of the Year of the Quarterback.
This short video is fun to watch; but we're pretty sure that if you close your eyes and just listen, you'll be positive that's one of your old coaches talking about you.
Have to admit, the whiny, "The sun's in my eyes" is pretty good.
Gary Patterson and June Jones no longer buds
This one is gonna leave a mark. Yesterday, on his weekly news conference, Patterson had some rather choice words for Jones and SMU (more on this below). Today on the C-USA call, Jones had his opportunity to respond; and he wasn't particularly nice either.
So here's what we have. On Saturday SMU beat TCU 40-33 in overtime. From the accounts that we've seen and the people that we have spoken with who were at the game, the C-USA refs were less than stellar (we hear that the commissioner of the C-USA called TCU's AD to apologize over the refs performance). Patterson was not pleased with the refs and let that be known during and after the game; but then he turned his attention (and displeasure) towards Jones and SMU in general.
The readers digest version of Patterson's quotes...Jones is now 1-8 against TCU...the SMU staff loves to come to TCU to ask for help learning how to win...door is no longer open to them...we won't support them in expansion any more...yes I remember Phil Bennett saying "TC-who" after SMU's win in 2005...I know SMU is watching, they know I'm right.
Literally too many quotes for us to put here; but if you want to read a bunch of them, follow this link.
Jones, who earlier in the week had said that TCU hadn't changed much in years...which helps in game prep (yes, that seemed to upset Patterson), had an opportunity to tone down the issue just a few minutes ago on the C-USA call. Did he take the high road? What do you think? No, no he didn't.
Jones, in reference to Patterson saying that he's wasn't going to help SMU anymore, "He said he wasn't going to help us anymore; but he already has...we're guaranteed a sellout next year."
Asked if we would call Patterson to set the record straight, "I think I will...after he settles down."
Jones added, "Seems like every team we play, [their coaches] lose their mind."
Here's a tip for local high end dining establishments in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex, don't book Jones and Patterson on the same night.
No TV Wednesday
Nothing. Nada. Zilch.
Come back tomorrow for live football including Cal at Oregon.
A 22 minute replay in D-1 football, are you kidding me?
We didn't think it was possible for a replay official to hold a football game up 22 minutes while he tries to sort out his own error; but yes, that can happen if you play in the WAC.
The unfortunate guys who had to witness this debacle were the players, coaches and fans of Louisiana Tech and Hawaii this past Saturday.
The quick run down is this...Hawaii coach Greg McMackin called a timeout before the snap on a 3rd down play. On the field, the refs granted the timeout but the players played the play. Thus, on the field, after the timeout, the refs properly had everything lined up for 3rd down. Incomplete pass...and thus now it's 4th down. Punt and now it's LA Tech's ball. All correct.
Now here's the problem. The brilliant guy up in the box thought the original 3rd down play counted. Then he thought the timeout occurred after that play (wrong). He then saw the incomplete pass which he though occurred on 4th down. He then saw the punt which he thought was on a 5th down (wrong again). He buzzed the crew and said he needed to review the sequence because he thought Hawaii had just had 5 downs.
We're not making this part up. This guy, the replay official, then held the game up 22 minutes while trying to sort this out.
McMackin said he spoke with the refs on the field and they all were on the same page and knew there was no issue; but the guy upstairs was confused...for 22 minutes.
The score was 13-6 Hawaii at the time. After the delay, Hawaii went on a 28-7 run and wound up winning 44-26.
Not that it helps anything; but yesterday (on Tuesday...yes they waited until Tuesday) WAC commissioned Karl Benson apologized for what he called an "excessive" delay. Really. On Tuesday. We're fairly sure Sonny Dykes said, "Thanks Karl. That really means a lot."
Below you will find video of Sonny Dykes at halftime speaking to ESPN's crew about the call. We are going to keep the video of Dykes' reaction to Benson's statement on Tuesday in the FootballScoop vault.
1 guy, 3 picks in 6 plays
All we can say is "wow". Oklahoma defensive back Tony Jefferson had a record setting day on Saturday against Ball State.
Jefferson intercepted Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning (who had 176 straight attempts without throwing an interception) three times on consecutive series...the first time that has been done in OU history.
As crazy as that is, he actually had a shot at 4 for 4...the next time Ball State got the ball, Jefferson had one glance off his hands. Regarding that fourth opportunity, Jefferson said he dropped it because he was already thinking about making a spin move and taking it to the house.
Watch this clip...between the 0:47 mark and the 1:47 mark you can see all three picks and what should have been the 4th.