The toughest three game stretch in the country?
ESPN rolls into Seattle Thursday night for what may be the beginning of the toughest three game stretch for any team in the nation this season. Washington, who went down to LSU just over 2 weeks ago and took it on the chin, plays host to #9 Stanford, a week and a half after their upset of then #2 USC. Sarkisian and the Huskies will look for revenge as Pac-12 conference play begins for them against a Cardinal team that blew them out 65-21 last season in Palo Alto. Unfortunately the road doesn't get any easier for UW over the next few weeks.
Next Saturday night the Huskies will travel Eugene to face #2 Oregon then they come back home to host #13 USC. Three straight weeks against three of the top 13 teams in the country.
To get set for such a difficult stretch, Sark and his staff used the off-week to focus on his team, not Stanford. “I think at the end of the day we want to be 1-0 in Pac-12 play, that's been the goal now for two weeks, a week-and-a-half, and that's the goal Thursday is whatever it is going to take to get to 1-0”. Sarkisian said. “Obviously we have to beat Stanford to make that happen, and so it's not that we have neglected Stanford from a scheme standpoint, but emotionally, mentally, our focus and our attention to detail, to beat Stanford we have to execute and we have to play a brand of football…”
Stanford has had UW’s number since Sarkisian took over as coach in 2009, winning all three matchups while outscoring the Huskies 140-35. Overall against the top three teams in Pac-12 Washington has to deal with the next three weeks, Sarkisian’s Huskies are just 2-7 overall, with both wins coming against USC. Washington will look to Thursday’s primetime affair to right the ship against the Pac-12’s elite as they embark on what may be the most difficult journey of any team this season.
A quality All Access look inside Vanderbilt
Really good All Access look here that ESPN did while Vandy was preparing during the preseason.
The clip is packed with good looks at everything from the Coach Franklin interacting with players in the cafeteria, to each individual position meetings and some quality instruction on the field as well.
Coach Franklin also talks about why it is important to him to make the Vanderbilt program highly visible and accessible, whether that's through YouTube videos inside of their meetings, or opening their doors to ESPN.
You'll want to watch every bit of this one, as the end of the clip includes coaches getting in on a punt catching competition.
Here's the video West Virginia shows recruits
Here is the video that was shown to recruits at West Virginia during this past off season.
Imagine being a recruit sitting down and soaking this one up, picturing yourself in a Mountaineer uniform making these plays.
This one is very well done all around.
Diaz: Missed tackles separate dominant defenses from average ones
Following Texas' 66-31 win over Ole Miss one area that really needed to be addressed, according to defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, was their missed tackles.
Diaz and the staff counted up 11 missed tackles against the Rebels. Two of those missed tackles provided enough extra yardage to account for a quarter of Ole Miss' total offensive yardage.
“When you tell players two missed tackles gave them a quarter of their offense, it gets their attention."
To address the issue, Diaz had a cut up put together of all of their missed tackles through their first three games and staged a showing for the defense.
Each missed tackle provided a unique learning experience aimed at illustrating the fine line between a dominant defensive performance and an average defensive performance. The difference comes down to missed tackles.
"But if you start freaking them out, then they start believing something that’s not real. What’s real? What’s real is my angle. What’s real is leverage. I put my faith back in leverage and in tackling as a team.”
"There's a lot of really really good stuff on our tape right now and if we can just do a couple things to fix the things that we don’t really like than we can really put together the type of game that we think we are capable of. And it’s not very far away from us so I think the guys are excited about the corrections they made." Diaz noted.
New uniforms for Mississippi State
Mississippi State added two new alternate uniforms to the collection today.
The one with the white helmet will be worn for the Texas A&M game on November 3rd, and the one with the matte maroon helmet will be worn for the Egg Bowl against Ole Miss in the season finale (November 24).
Here's a quick look at the additions, courtesy of Mississippi State beat writer Brandon Marcello.
$16 will keep Mike Bobo off the road for one month
We saw a note a little while ago stating that Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo will be banned from off campus recruiting for a month due to a secondary NCAA violation.
The violation occurred while Bobo was escorting a recruit and his mother around campus. The three went to the NCAA Tennis Championships that were being held on the Georgia campus and did not pay the $8 admission fee. A member of the ticket office later reported the incident to the compliance office.
Under NCAA rules, recruits are normally allowed to receive complimentary admission to one regular season home event during an unofficial visit. With the event in question being the National Championship, that did not apply to Bobo's situation.
Pretty ridiculous to get banned from off campus recruiting for an entire month for a $16 admissions fee...but it should serve as a reminder to all of us to know, and understand, the NCAA rules and guidelines.
Quick FootballScoop insert on this one...and admittedly we don't know the rules here; but hey Mr. Ticket Office guy, how about next time you stop the coach and tell him the rule and ask for the $16...or maybe you call him after the fact, explain and then go collect the $16 rather than "reporting the incident to compliance". Just our opinion...
"We will do everything to defend this soil. It's that simple"
Early on in the season, it seems that Notre Dame (4-0) has started to turn a corner, and has the makings of a bigger, faster, and stronger team.
Credit director of strength and conditioning Paul Longo with those strides. Take a look at the video above to see what the Irish are doing during the summer with the strength staff down in South Bend.
As Longo stresses in the beginning of the video during a summer workout session, they're focused on defending their turf. "Everything that we do has got to show on this soil, on Saturday's, at home...You've got to rise to another level."
The Irish are off this weekend, and will take on Miami (FL) next Saturday. The rest of Notre Dame's schedule includes Stanford, BYU, Oklahoma, Pitt, Boston College, Wake Forest and Southern California.
Playboy has their list...FootballScoop has ours
Yesterday, Playboy magazine released their "Top 10 Party Schools" list. Here's what they came up with:
One could spend hours debating the accuracy of such a list; but at FootballScoop we've got other things on our mind (ok yes, we did spend a few minutes remembering some good nights in our past...).
The FootballScoop Staff spent countless hours researching our own Top 10 list (i.e. we made a few phone calls)...and came up with, the "Football Coaches Top 10 Party Staffs" list.
Now, we're not talking night clubs, frat parties, body shots....no we're talking places you want to go to talk ball, watch some tape, grill some steaks and maybe enjoy a few of your favorite adult beverages. Without further adieu, we present the list:
- West Virginia - You'll never forget your first time hearing Holgorsen explain his offense
- South Carolina - Spurrier and his staff can tell some stories and are very hospitable
- Michigan - Hoke, Borges and Mattison - that's going to be a fun trip
- Washington State - Leach alone is worth the trip; but he's got some good ball coaches on his staff
- Northwestern - A lot of coaches believe Fitz will go down as one of the best ever
- Missouri - Great group of guys who can tell some stories...and teach you some things about coaching
- North Carolina - Fun, smart group of coaches at UNC
- Oklahoma State - Get Monken and Gundy going, kick your feet up, sit back, relax and enjoy the show
- Ohio State - So much to learn from these guys technically. Find a seat between Vrabel & Fickell, trust us
- Vanderbilt - A young, high energy staff who enjoys talkin football. Let Herb Hand handle dinner plans.
We really wanted to include Stanford on this list because David Shaw has a great group of coaches on his staff and they are a whole lot of fun to hang out with...but putting Stanford on a "Top 10 Party" list just inherently seemed so wrong.
With that said, there truly are a lot of other staffs that just as easily could have made this list. Don't throw garbage next time we see you. Feel free to leave a comment below about those that we missed, or hit us up on Twitter @FootballScoop.