Oregon vs. Stanford: One streak must come to an end
Oregon travels to take on Stanford this weekend, as each put their win streak on the line.
Stanford holds the nations longest winning streak at 17 games, while Oregon is riding an 18 game conference winning streak. The Ducks last conference loss was in 2009 to Stanford.
Stanford brings the nation's third ranked run defense to try and stop the nation's leading rusher in LaMichael James. Offensively, the two teams are statistically very similar with less than 3 points separating their points per game (Stanford 48.2 and Oregon 46.0) and less than 6 yards separating them in total offense (Oregon 510.7 and Stanford 505.8). You start to see the difference philosophically between the two taking a look at the time of possession that Stanford dominates by almost 11 minutes (33:17 to 23:52).
Something has to give. The Ducks and Cardinal kick off Saturday at 8 eastern on ABC.
Not quite as good as Gundy; but entertaining
After Louisville's big 38-35 win over West Virginia Saturday, Charlie Strong celebrated with his guys in the locker room.
The Cardinals are winners of 3 straight since Strong signed his new 7 year contract and will try to continue the streak in their last three games of the season against Pittsburgh, Connecticut and South Florida.
As you'll see in the video below, Strong gets pretty excited and takes a leap of faith into the arms of the team and they hoist him in celebration. Good stuff.
Double barrel MAC action tonight.
All Times are eastern.
Northern Illinois at Bowling Green - 8 - ESPN2
Western Michigan at Toledo - 8 - ESPNU
NAIA schools holding their own against the FCS
We got a few notes this past weekend on some memorable performances from NAIA schools against FCS opponents, and after taking a look at a few, we found a couple that were worth mentioning.
Central Methodist University (MO) went toe to toe with FCS Southeast Missouri State University before falling 55-44. CMU outgained the Redhawks on the ground 356 - 301. Head coach Alan Dykens has led an impressive change in the running game improving from 81st in the country in 2010 to currently being ranked 7th in the country.
St. Francis (IL) scored an upset of FCS Georgia State 30-27 in OT on Saturday. St. Francis recovered an onside kick with 1:22 left and got out of bounds twice on the drive to set up a game tying 30 yard field goal to send the game into overtime. The Fighting Saints, led by head coach Mike Uremovich, outgained Georgia State by more than 120 yards and won the battle for time of possession by 6 minutes.
It's good to see a few NAIA schools competing with schools with a lot more resources. Impressive jobs by both staffs.
No joke, another new helmet for Notre Dame
Notre Dame just revealed their newest helmets (for those of you counting, this is their 4th helmet of this season). Notre Dame announced that they will wear the new lids along with their green jerseys Saturday against Maryland (at least doing this against Maryland makes sense). A few weeks ago they also revealed a newer version of the classic gold helmets, but this a far stretch from the "classic" look.
The new helmets are part of a new series labeled the "Shamrock Series" and are covered in 24 karat gold leaf with an oversized shamrock on each side and leprechaun on the back.
Without further comment (although we welcome yours below), below is a pic that the Notre Dame equipment staff just tweeted out.
"An intoxicated kicker is better than no kicker"
Tennessee was hosting Middle Tennessee Saturday night at 7.
On Thursday, the Vols starting kicker hurt himself in practice; but expected to be able to play. Pre-game he said he couldn't go. Then during warmups, his backup pulled a muscle.
So Derek Dooley did what any coach would do...at 6:10 (50 minutes before the game) he called the frat house to get a hold of a redshirt freshman (Derrick Brodus), and had a police escort pick him up to get him to the stadium.
Brodus said he was laying on the couch, watching football when he got the call. "I didn't know what was going on...thought it was a dream."
Dooley said that we he shared the idea of calling Brodus with the staff, some were worried that the young man might have been enjoying a few frosty beverages given that he wasn't planning to dress out.
When asked after the game about the decision Dooley said "'Hey, an intoxicated Brodus is better than nobody. Just get him here and we'll do a Breathalyzer. Fortunately, he didn't have anything bad."
Derrick Brodus showed up 10 minutes before kickoff, and ended up earning the game ball going 3 of 3 in PAT's as well as kicking a 21 yard field goal in the Vols 24-0 win over Middle Tennessee.
How does this stuff keep happening to Dooley? Glad this one had a happy ending.
Prepare yourself for some serious MAC football
A quick look ahead revealed that we're in for a treat this week.
Two MAC games tomorrow night (NIU at Bowling Green and Western Michigan at Toledo), one Wednesday night (Miami OH at Temple) and one Thursday night (Ohio at Central Michigan).
Ole Miss has announced a 2pm (central) press conference with the University Chancellor and the athletic director.
Houston Nutt is scheduled to speak at 3pm.
We'll see if we can capture a live feed and if so will place it on this page. Obviously, we'll recap the news here as well.
Reports out of Oxford are that Coach Nutt will finish out the season and then resign. Very important question is whether it will be announced today that athletic director Pete Boone is stepping down as well.
We'll keep you posted here throughout the day.
Noon (central) Update> We have been told that Pete Boone will remain AD for up to 12 months while the University attempts to find the right person to replace him; however the same sources tell us that Boone will have little to no say in the search for the next head coach. We are told the search committee will be chaired by Archie Manning and Fedex VP Mike Glenn.
2PM Update> 5 member search committee headed by Archie and Mike Glenn will make a recommendation to the Chancellor (Dan Jones) who will be charged with hiring the next head coach. Glenn leads Fedex's sports marketing worldwide. Boone says that last Summer he was asked (by the Chancellor) to come up with this plan (to use a search committee in lieu of him making the decision). Jones added that Archie and Mike Glenn will also lead the search for a new AD. Coach Nutt will be paid a buyout of $6 million over the course of five years.