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Rocky Long: The top 8 FCS teams could beat 70% to 80% of FBS teams

Last week, San Diego State beat FCS North Dakota in a 49-41 shootout. During Rocky Long's weekly radio show, he noted how good North Dakota was, especially at the skill positions and up front on the offensive line, and that he believes the top 8 teams in the FCS can beat "70% to 80% of teams at the Division I level."

So far this season, the top eight FCS teams are 2-4 against FBS schools. #1 North Dakota State (Colorado State), and #4 Youngstown State (Pitt) have both collected wins.

That record could easily be flipped to 4-2. Northern Iowa (1-2) has played two of their three games against Big Ten teams (Wisconsin and Iowa), losing by a combined 15 points.

If you expand to the top ten FCS teams, Eastern Washington is a combined 1-1 against FBS opponents, beating Idaho 20-3 and losing a four point ball game to Washington State (20-24) making the top ten FCS teams 3-5 against FBS competition.

Hear Coach Long's thoughts below.

"We don't look back, we look forward"

Wyoming takes on Idaho tomorrow at 5pm ET in a battle of teams looking for their first win of the year. A year ago, Wyoming finished 8-5. 

Here's a pretty good motivational video focused on the Cowboy's getting back on track with some good quotes.

Friday TV - College and prep action

Baylor takes on Louisiana-Monroe along with a quality Midwest high school match up tonight.

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Georgetown at Princeton - 7 - ESPNU

Baylor at Louisiana-Monroe - 8 - ESPN

High School:

Trinity (KY) vs. Cathedral (IN) - 8:30 - ESPN2

Mic'd up at Tulane with Mike Neu

Tulane quarterbacks coach Mike Neu got mic'd up for this clip. Coach Neu talks about his background as a scout with the Saints (and his respect for Curtis Johnson) and as a head coach in the Arena league with the Voodoo for a few seasons.

In the clip Neu coaches up the three step drop during a fade in the red zone. getting depth on their roll outs, and the importance of snapping their head around on the play action, as well as a handful of other coaching points.

Kentucky offensive line coach Mike Summers explains slide side pass pro

Here's Kentucky offensive line coach Mike Summers coaching up the slide side of their pass protection via Fox Sports South.

Through three games, Kentucky is allowing just over a sack per game (1.33 average), and they're airing it out quite a but, ranking #5 nationally in pass attempts (151).

Texas Tech highlight video with Neal Brown sharing offensive philosophy

Well done video here from Texas Tech with quotes from offensive coordinator Neal Brown, and other assistants (and players), breaking down their offensive philosophy, complete with highlights.

Brown references the "do your job" mantra several times throughout the clip, and stresses that, in their offense, you have 11 one on one matchups across the board that the men on the field need to win in order to be successful.

Video: Jimbo Fisher addressing the team in locker room

Florida State brings one of the nation's top defenses into their 8pm ET match up on Saturday with Clemson. The Seminoles (who have played Murray State, Savannah State, and Wake Forest) have allowed just 3 points all year and are allowing less than 2 yards per play defensively.

The clip here is Jimbo Fisher addressing the team in the locker room. Pretty solid clip, especially when you see at the end that it's aimed at inspiring the boosters.

Jim Mora: "I don't consider quarterback runs real runs"

While giving up over 190 yards per game on the ground through three games this season (ranking 98th nationally), Jim Mora noted that their run defense is actually playing pretty well when you don't count quarterback runs.

In their first game against Rice, the Bruins gave up 95 yards on 22 carries by the quarterback, and the next week against Nebraska, quarterback Taylor Martinez went for 112 yards on 13 carries. Against Houston in week three, quarterback David Piland ran 4 times for 71 yards.

After practice yesterday, Mora noted that he doesn't consider quarterback runs "real runs", and is looking forward to seeing their run defense against a more traditional style run team in Oregon State, who they play Saturday.

"Our run 'D' has been outstanding actually, except for quarterbacks, which I don't consider real runs. These guys run real plays, and when teams have tried to run real runs against us we've been pretty good."

"They're not a spread team, they'll give you some spread formations, but they're not a spread team and they're going to give us some conventional runs."