Mullen and Nutt preparing for renewed rivalry, Harbaugh not impressed with...
Dan Mullen says rivalry with “The School Up North” hinders his relationship with Houston Nutt: “You look at his record and the career that he’s had and the amount of games he’s won in the Southeastern Conference — both at The School Up North and at Arkansas. I have a lot of respect for him and I think he’s an excellent football coach. I just think the nature of the schools that we’re at maybe hinders our personal relationship a little bit.”
“For us to continue to build, for our young players to develop, it’s not that they have to make 25 plays in a game, they have to make the one big play at the key moment in the game. That, for us, is what we need to take that next step to be right at the top in the SEC instead of the middle.”
Houston Nutt understands importance of Egg Bowl: "I have always had an awesome respect for playing Mississippi State, even when I was at Arkansas. I know how tough a game that is, even though we always had a really good record against them. The first year we were at Ole Miss, we played them here and did well.”
"The second year, we were going to a good bowl and were playing them in Starkville. That's when I got a real understanding of the rivalry - I know I did. That was my first time in Starkville with an Ole Miss shirt on and it opened my eyes."
"It's huge. It's the biggest game of the year. Robert Khayat tried to explain it to me when I first got here. After beating them the first year pretty easily, I really didn't understand it because that was the way we had won when I was at Arkansas.”
"Now, after last year, when Mississippi State had nowhere to go at the end of the year, but they came out against us and played as hard as anyone we played all year, it really woke me up. It's a huge game and I have a real appreciation for that now. Arkansas really didn't have an in-state rivalry game so MSU is my first taste of that. Believe me, I understand it now."
Jim Harbaugh not impressed with Cal’s trash talking: "The Cal guys did a lot of trash-talking before the game. Our guys really kept their cool, and I think that was a big difference today. I don't like that kind of football where you talk and intimidate. It's not real. ... Shut up and play football."
Pat Fitzgerald disappointed with Northwestern’s tackling in loss to Illinois: "I thought we tackled very poorly. That epidemic popped up a couple of weeks ago (at Penn State) and for some reason, and it did again today. We tried to put more guys than they had at the point of attack and obviously we did a terrible job collectively as a coaching staff."
Quoting Memphis head coach Larry Porter following 31-15 loss at UAB: ''Obviously I'm disappointed with the results. It's also obvious that we were our own worst enemy. I thought throughout the course of this game, if we could play a clean brand of football, eventually we could put ourselves in position to get a victory.''
Les praises Gary Crowton, Lane can't figure it out, Pelini blows up
Les Miles praises offensive coordinator Gary Crowton following 43-36 win over Ole Miss: “I have to give a lot of credit to Gary Crowton. I think he’s taken a bunch of criticism this year, and he called a magnificent game. He did exactly what he needed to do and he operated the offense extremely well.”
(compliments Nutt and Masoli) “That quarterback [Jeremiah Masoli] was hot as a firecracker. Also, give credit to Houston Nutt and Ole Miss. They came in ready to play. Masoli was hot and did some very good things.”
Lane Kiffin says he and Pete Carroll can’t figure out how to win in Corvallis: "Somehow, someway we end up the way we always do up here. Down 20 points in the first half. I have no idea (why). Coach (Pete Carroll) didn't figure it out and I didn't figure it out. The story of the day was the offense and how poorly it played. We probably broke a national record for three-and-outs."
"The problem is that play happens and everyone has a feeling of here we go again. It's what we tried to guard against."
Bo Pelini wouldn’t address Nebraska’s 16 penalties to Texas A&M’s 2: “I’m not talking about penalties. You all watched the game. You make your own deductions.”
“No comment. Next question. I’m not talking about penalties. You all watched the game.”
Pelini wouldn’t talk about his sideline meltdown on quarterback Taylor Martinez: “I can’t talk about that. It had nothing to do with his injury.”
Pat Hill makes strong statement about Boise State
After taking a 51-0 thrashing at Boise State, Fresno State head coach Pat Hill made a few strong statements about the Broncos.
Hill said, "They got all the pieces, I mean they really do. I think the truth of the matter is people are scared to play them. They don't want to play them. It's like last year when they put Boise against TCU. They don't want to play against those types of teams. I'll say it. I have no problem saying it. I'll take Boise State against anybody in the country."
"This Boise State team is the real deal. I hope they can make it to the big dance because they deserve it in my mind. I feel I can say that. We've played against some pretty darn good football teams in my time. Never have we been manhandled like that."
Boise State limited Fresno State to 125 total yards, 9 first downs, and 1 of 12 third-down conversions. Boise State recorded 3 takeaways and added 4 sacks. Fresno State completed just 6 of 23 passes.
Northwestern's playing Illinois tomorrow at Wrigley. We've all seen the pictures. The brick wall about one yard behind the back of the endzone.
Well, this morning someone woke up and decided that wasn't the safest idea.
Hold on to your hats. This morning, the Big Ten announced that during the game, each offensive possession will go in the direction of the "one safe endzone". What?
Can't wait to see this one play out. Can't see how this won't impact the flow of the game.
Some of the best tweets on the subject thus far:
IU vs. Northwestern will also use "3 Mississippi" rules when rushing the quarterback.
Instead of official replay, either coach can simply call a "do-over"
The Center becomes an eligible receiver after 10 seconds
Either team can choose to play with a Nerf ball if they want
QB can only run if he is rushed
"2 hand touch and I'm permanent QB"
"The ruling on the field stands, the runner was only touched with one hand..."
Only 1 blitz every 4 downs
"What's the play? Just get open!"
Tubs, huh? Saban on Cam, Dennis Erickson to return in 2011
Is Tuberville serious? It's got to hurt him to say this, don't you think? : “What separates the Big 12 from the SEC are the big receivers and the fast receivers (in the Big 12). And you have to counter that with corners that can handle the pressure.''
"They may have a good receiver. But in (the Big 12) everybody's got a wide receiver that's a playmaker. In some leagues you can get by with playing a guy at corner that might not have a lot of speed. But in the Big 12 they're going to isolate your cornerbacks, and everybody we played had an exceptional wide receiver.”
"I guarantee you, all the corners in this league always get a lot of sleep after their games on Saturday night.''
* (AJ, Julio, Alshon, Rueben Randall, Russell Shepard, Randall Cobb, Marquiz Maze, Greg Childs, Deonte Thompson, Jarius Wright, Chris Matthews, Justin Hunter)
Nick Saban says Iron Bowl without Cam “would be bad for college football” : "I've said it on numerous occasions. It would be bad for college football that such a great player, who has an opportunity to do some significant things individually and collectively for his team, you know, not to be able to play.
"At the same time, I don't know much about this situation and don't really spend much time on the situation, but I think we all have a responsibility and obligation to do things the right way, institutionally and individually.
Arizona State AD Lisa Loves says Dennis Erickson will be back in 2011: "I still support Dennis Erickson. You bet I do. You've got to allow someone to go through the entire process. I'm impressed, by the way, with the process, the recruiting roster, the level of talent and the stable of redshirts we now are able to have. As opposed to the last two years of playing true high school freshman. It's been rewarding to watch."
"I can tell you it's grueling to climb. It is grueling in a conference that is getting even more challenging to climb. I am absolutely confident, and Dennis Erickson has been since the day he walked in the door, that we will soon be ‘popping' relative to our competitiveness in ASU football. I have faith that we are going exactly in that direction and I have faith in Dennis to get us there."
Monte Kiffin compares Jacquizz Rogers to Barry Sanders: “He hasn’t played one down in the NFL but he moves just like Barry Sanders. This guy makes cuts. I told the defense, ‘If you miss him, get up because he comes back around again.’’
Leading the nation in personal fouls / unsportsmanlike conduct
CFBStats.com allows viewers to see stats such as personal fouls & unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
Here’s the list of teams that lead the nation in the combo of such fouls:
Southern Miss (27), Arizona State (26), Illinois (26), Wazzu (25), Maryland (24), Texas Tech (24), Baylor (23), ECU (22), UGA (22), Idaho (22), UNLV (22).
Here’s where the top 4 in the BCS stand: Oregon (21), Auburn (20), Boise State (16), TCU (10).
Least in the country: Duke (4), Penn State (4), Rutgers (4).
Butch Davis on Broyles Award: Give it to my guy or do away with the award
UNC head coach Butch Davis says defensive coordinator Everett Withers should win the Frank Broyles Award or they should do away with the honor, which recognizes the nation’s top assistant coach.
Davis says, “I don’t know how many people are aware of the fact that in college football they give out an award called the Frank Broyles award, and it is annually given to the assistant coach of the year. I love all of my assistant coaches and I think they do a phenomenal job of coaching and recruiting, but I can’t think of one single person in the country that has faced more adversity or challenges every single week to put a game plan together, to inspire kids and to teach them and to get the performances that we’ve gotten than what Everett Withers has done this year for North Carolina… If Everett doesn’t win it, they should never give out that award again.”
With a depleted roster, UNC is ranked 45th nationally in scoring defense and 46th nationally in total defense. The Tar Heels are 6-4 with games remaining against NC State and at Duke.
In 2009, Withers was honored by FootballScoop as the Defensive Backs Coach of the Year.
Army's Rich Ellerson talks about playing Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium
Four tickets behind home plate at Yankee Stadium will run you $236 on StubHub for the Notre Dame - Army game on Saturday night.
If you’re sitting behind home plate, you’re right behind the goal posts. Kick-off is set for 7 pm EST on NBC. Army enters the game with a 6-4 record opposed to Notre Dame’s 5-5 mark.
Army head coach Rich Ellerson believes just being mentioned alongside Notre Dame is good for his program. Ellerson says, “It would first and foremost be that goal to win the next game, but obviously we’re a program that’s trying to say we belong. If we can routinely say Army and Notre Dame in the same sentence and think we’re talking about something that resembles a fair fight that would have meant that we’ve joined the proper company. That would be huge for our self image. There is a generation or two here of football players from back in the day, and that’s what they’ve always expected. That’s the way it was, but it hasn’t been that way recently.”
Ellerson says Army beat out Notre Dame for a recruit this past year, then humorously pointed out the prospect didn’t get a walk-on invite to Notre Dame.
“We have a guy in this class, that’s a freshman right now, who we think is going to be a really good player, it was us and Notre Dame. The deal was, could he walk-on at Notre Dame? If he could walk-on at Notre Dame, he was going to Notre Dame, but they didn’t have a spot for him in the 105 and we got him, and we think he’s going to be wonderful. That’s still the pecking order in the recruiting world. I still think there are young men out there that will choose this path not because it’s Notre Dame or Army. West Point and Notre Dame are so unique. The West Point path – the Army is a destination, that young officer is a destination, is in stark contrast to what any civilian institution, much less Notre Dame, is offering. Over the years, there will be a handful of guys that this is what they want and they won’t be seduced by the bright lights and Hollywood factor.”
In Ellerson’s second year, the Black Knights are bowl bound already, but a win on Saturday night over the Irish would be huge.
“We’ve all heard so much about that, it would be a wonderful thing. We slow it down and look at the tape of ourselves and we say, ‘Whoa, we’ve got a ways to go, we’ve got to get a lot better,’ but the fact that we’re on that path and we have an opportunity to step into a venue like this with a good football team, one of the great football programs in America, and see if we can measure up, that’s great stuff.”