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See how the Auburn equipment staff prepare for a game

Interesting look here on everything that goes into preparing for game day as a member of the Auburn equipment staff.

After describing, in detail, everything that goes into packing up the trailer on game day, equipment manager Dana Marquez explains, "It sounds really easy, but you have a lot of different things that go along with, and a lot of different people that are involved."

Might be just us, but "easy" would not be a word that we'd pick to describe the process.

The Scoop on stats - Week 3

A couple of interesting statistical nuggets through three weeks of college football action.

Tomorrow night Kent State heads to Buffalo to get week 4 started.

- In August / September of 2011 only three teams were averaging over 50 points per game (Georgia Tech, Oregon and Baylor). Through three games this season seven teams are averaging over 50 points per game, including Oklahoma State who is averaging over 62 points per contest.

- Florida State (1 point per game average through 3 games) and TCU (3 points per game allowed through two games) are the only teams yet to allow a touchdown defensively.

- Oklahoma has allowed their opponents in the red zone only once, and they did not allow a point in that trip.

- Northwestern (8/8), Boston College (7/7), and Auburn (6/6) are the only teams with more than 5 field goal attempts that have converted on 100% of their attempts. Alabama, Louisville, Arkansas State, Army and Utah have all yet to allow a field goal against them.

- Alabama and Mississippi State are tied at the top in turnover margin with 3.67 per game (12 gained, 1 lost for a +11 margin). Utah is forcing fumbles at a clip of over 3 per game (10 through 3 games).

- New Mexico leads the country with 16 true freshman seeing playing time through 3 games. LSU and TCU have each played 15 true freshman so far. 

- Through 14 years and 172 college games, Junes Jones has been held without a touchdown just three times in his college coaching career. Texas A&M beat SMU 48-3 this past Saturday.

- Five teams, (Oklahoma State, Air Force, UTSA, Middle Tennessee, and Boise State) have yet to allow a sack.

- Florida State's defense is allowing less than 2 yards per play (1.91), and just over 100 yards total per game (103.3).

- The country's top two passing offenses are from the state of West Virginia (Marshall - 425 yards per game, West Virginia - 386 yards per game).

- TCU is completing an impressive 87.2% (41/47) of their passes. West Virginia is the only other team above 80% completions with 82.8% (72/87). Louisville has attempted the most passes (75) without an interception.

- Arizona (108), Texas Tech (107), and Oklahoma State (102) are the only teams to have more than 100 first downs through the first three games.

- Four programs (USC, Louisiana-Monroe, Vanderbilt, and Houston) have double digit 4th down attempts. Out of those four, Louisiana-Monroe is converting at the highest clip at nearly 82%.

 

 

 

 

 

Samantha Steele - Inspiration for wives & daughters

In a relatively short time, Samantha Steele has burst onto the national college football stage and now holds the prominent position of host of the first hour of College GameDay. This season, in addition to hosting the first hour of GameDay we routinely see her in other segments of GameDay, on the field reporting and throughout ESPN's coverage of games. 

It's hard to believe that Steele just graduated from college three years ago and two years ago she was only doing freelance work for FoxSports. 

With spare time on her hands and a passion for what she did...and a very cute niece...Steele would often film "Monday Morning QB" segments with her niece who she refers to as "Cheeks Magee". Last night Steele tweeted out a link to the video below, saying, "2 years ago...@Cheeksmagee may be making an appearance on the ESPN Cfball app soon. Stay tuned. Miss u Cheeks!

Amazing to think how much Steele's life has changed over the past two years (she was hired by ESPN in July 2011). We hope thousands of young ladies out there find inspiration in Steele's accomplishments. One last note, yes, Steele is the daughter of a coach!

Meyer on missed tackles: We've got to stop, or we'll lose a game

During their 35-28 win over Cal on Saturday, the Ohio State defense gave up a total of 512 yards. Cal gained over half of that yardage (260 yards) on six big plays.

The concern that Urban Meyer had after reviewing the game film stemmed from poor tackling, something that he said would get addressed this week.

"Instead of one day a week, we'll probably have to go two now." Urban said about their practice plan for the week.

"That's not acceptable. That is the most alarming thing. I can't remember an Ohio State defense, I've watched them for a long time, and I can't remember the defense I've been around that's given up this many. We've got to stop or we'll lose a game."

Meyer also noted that their emphasis on forcing turnovers may have also played a role.

"We make a huge emphasis on stripping the ball. If you watch one of those tackles, it looked like the guy was going after the ball instead of wrapping him up. So we've addressed that and we'll have more conversation about that."

Ohio State (3-0) welcomes UAB (0-2) to the Horseshoe on Saturday, marking the fourth straight home game for the Buckeyes. Next weekend they'll travel up to East Lansing to open Big Ten play against the Spartans.

Coughlin uses inspiring video to illustrate their 2011 motto - "Finish"

Really good video here from ESPN explaining the back story on how the New York Giants got their motto, "Finish", before last season.

Right after the lockout ended, Tom Coughlin showed this video to the team, which illustrated the motto he and the staff had chosen for 2011, and as the players explain, helped lay the foundation for their championship season.

Pretty inspiring story.

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