The college football weekend begins tonight at 7:30.
All times Eastern.
Hampton at Bethune-Cookman - 7:30 - ESPNU
North Carolina State at Cincinnati - 8PM - ESPN
Missouri Western State at Washburn - 8PM - CBSSN
Colerain (OH) at Middletown (OH) - 7PM - FSN
Want to be a defensive coordinator? Read this
Want insight into a defensive coordinator's mind? You should read this article about how Kevin Steele (Clemson's defensive coordinator) prepares for each game by Travis Sawchik of the Post and Courier.
Excellent article initially focusing on opponents' trends and probabilities; but then dives much deeper into game day decisions and analysis of opposing play callers.
"Steele typically trusts the numbers...[but] I never battle a gut feeling."
Steele also gives good insight into why he chooses to be on the sideline during games.
Really a good read. Full article available at this link.
Yes, we're about to play our 3rd Top 10 opponent this season
Tulsa is playing at Boise State Saturday (8PM - CBS). This will be Tulsa's third game this season against a Top 10 opponent after opening at Oklahoma (a 14-47 loss) and hosting Oklahoma State this past weekend (a 33-59 loss).
Sandwiched between those two, the Golden Hurricane did go down to New Orleans and have some fun (and they also beat Tulane 31-3).
This week, they get the pleasure of playing in Bronco Stadium where Boise State is 69-2 since 2000 (#1 in the Nation during that span), including 32 straight.
Here's a note for you, Chris Petersen has won 61 games in his first five seasons as head coach (2006-2010). No other coach has won that many in over 100 years. In all honesty, we could fill the page with stats about Coach Pete's tenure at Boise; but we think it's pretty obvious. He has built a great program and he has a terrific quarterback for his system.
Back to Tulsa's schedule for a minute...again they are playing their 3rd Top 10 opponent this month. Contrast that with the fact that the entire Big Ten, the Big East and the Mountain West conferences only play one Top 10 opponent in their teams' first 4 games.
Let's rewind back to January 13th...Coach Blankenship is leaving athletic director Bubba Cunningham's office after just having been offered (and accepting) the head coaching position. We envision coach euphorically walking over to his office, closing his door, letting it sink in that he's going to be named head coach in the morning...After a minute, coach pulls out the schedule for the upcoming 2011 season......"In Norman...sheesh. Gundy's guys coming to town...ok, good for recruiting I guess; but geez. At Boise? Wait, what?"
Meanwhile, Todd Graham at Pitt has opened with Buffalo, Maine and Iowa.
Great call on the game winning TD
This past weekend, NAIA foes Lindsey Wilson College and Belhaven University played a good one.
Belhaven was up 28-27 but was forced to punt with under a minute to play. Lindsey Wilson got the ball at their own 30 with 28 seconds to play, no timeouts.
Freshman quarterback Branden Cresap opened the drive with a 40 yard completion, then spiked the ball to stop the clock. Next he found a receiver for a short gain who was able to get out of bounds. A quick hitting run went for 10 yards and had them at the 14 with the clock running. Again, Cresap spiked it...this time with just under 10 seconds to play.
Head Coach Chris Oliver had to decide whether to bring the field goal unit in now, or make one attempt into the end zone.
We'll let the video show you the rest. Enjoy the announcer from the 0:30 second mark through the 0:40 mark.
Oklahoma State at Texas A&M (notes)
Big game this weekend at Kyle Field as Oklahoma State (#7) comes to town to play A&M (#8) (3:30 on ABC / ESPN2).
A couple of notes caught our eye.
This is the first time two Top 10 ranked teams will play at Kyle Field in 36 years. Surprising.
Oklahoma State is attempting to do something they have never before done...win back to back games at Kyle Field. Never?
Through two games, A&M has not allowed a sack and is leading the nation averaging 5.5 sacks per game (11 total thus far). Last season, with Von Miller who personally recorded 10.5 sacks on the season, the Aggies didn't record their 11th sack until the 7th game of the year.
Mike Sherman said he didn't stay up to watch the Oklahoma State / Tulsa game that started after midnight and went on probably until right before he woke up; but he said he came to the office at 8AM, right after mass, and his staff already had the tape ready for him. Nice work guys. Dedication.
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is in his seventh season and last week's victory over Tulsa was his 50th. Prior to his arrival, Oklahoma State had never before been ranked in the Top 10...he's done it four straight seasons now.
Ought to be a good one.
Jerry Kill in his own words (and they are feisty)
Bobby Knight spent some time with Coach Kill earlier this week.
Sounds like some of The General rubbed off on Kill.
Spend two minutes with this video and you'll agree.
These stats are unreal
Georgia Tech has won it's first three games 63-21 over Western Carolina, 49-21 over Middle Tennessee and 66-24 over Kansas.
A couple of stats to consider...
Tech is currently leading the nation in rushing with 428 ypg and total offense with 675 ypg. Might as well throw in #1 in scoring offense as well with 59 points per game. #1 in passing efficiency as well. Yes, we're talking about Georgia Tech.
Now some of the more interesting ones...
Georgia Tech has 9 touchdowns of 50 or more yards this season. There are 38 FBS teams that haven't even scored 9 touchdowns.
They have scored at least 5 rushing touchdowns in every game.
They have scored on their first offensive play in each of it's 3 games.
Four different players have rushed for two touchdowns in a game this season.
They are currently averaging 7.9 yards per rush and 35.4 yards per completion.
They are 15 of 15 in red zone scoring (14 TDs and 1 FG).
They have six one play touchdown drives.
Georgia Tech has 4 pass plays this year that went for 70+ yards. That is more than any other conference has.
Combined with two running plays of 70+, Tech's 6 offensive plays of 70+ yards are more than every other conference except the SEC which has 7 conference wide.
Georgia Tech hosts undefeated North Carolina Saturday at noon. Should be a good one.
No TV Wednesday
Another long night at the office...no live games on tonight.
A few more weeks until the Sun Belt teams begin to play on Tuesday nights. Shortly thereafter we get some Big East on Wednesdays and then, come November, the MAC makes us all that much happier when they begin playing every Tuesday night.
Everyone loves the MAC.