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Tom Osborne has Pelini's back

In terms of things that an AD can say publicly in support of his football coach, Tom Osborne hit a grand slam in this brief radio interview. 

Literally, if Pelini had scripted it himself, we're not sure it would have come out any better.

Take a listen.


What do you say when you have to go play at Alabama

Vandy is going into T-Town this weekend to play Nick Saban's guys (7PM on ESPNU). Vandy had this past weekend off so there was plenty of time to watch the tape.  

So, how do you lead off your game week presser when you're a massive underdog heading into Nick's house?

Well, if you're James Franklin, you lead off talking about how you are leading the nation in interceptions, then go on to say that your guys are 4 slots ahead of Alabama in turnover margin in the SEC.  At this point, most of the reporters in the room are looking at you like you have just woken the dead.  

Franklin then came around to conventional logic and gushed about how good Saban's defense is, "Collectively this is the best unit I've seen since I've been coaching college football. They are as big as any defense as I've ever seen...."  Great offensive line, excellent running backs, very good special teams, etc...

Franklin eluded to possibly have some tricks up his sleeve planned for special teams against Bama as well.  

A reporter asked if Alabama has any weaknesses.  Franklin's response, "Every team has some weaknesses" but then couldn't name one. 


No Hank Williams Jr. on MNF tonight

Regardless of whether he's "ready for some football" or not, Hank Williams Jr. will not be shown on Monday Night Football tonight.

Hank went on TV this morning and somehow analogized Obama to Hitler in calling this summer's golf game involving Obama, Biden and Boehner as "one of the biggest political mistakes ever...It would be like Hitler playing golf with Benjamin Netanyahu." 

Ought to be fun to see what ESPN airs instead. 

For those that care, here's the interview in which Hank made the remarks.



Bob Stoops is dialed in

Bob Stoops knows how hard it is to even get to a national championship game.  These days, you've pretty much got to win them all...or have a whole lot of luck (see LSU 2007 season)...and you need some big wins on national TV.  He knows that a big win over Texas this weekend would go a long way towards helping that cause.

Accordingly, Stoops has made a few changes this week.  Rather than practicing on their practice fields (which are fairly open), Stoops had his guys practice in the stadium.  He also has closed practice this week to former players, parents and boosters.  No leaks.

We like it.   


A lot of people attend the AFCA convention

We love going to the AFCA.  Great place to catch up with coaches, learn some things and share a few laughs.

They always have good instructional courses and very good speakers.  We like all of that. 

Depending on who's counting, somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 people attend the AFCA.  If you market anything to coaches, you probably pay the freight and have a booth.  Nothing wrong with that.  

But, here's what we don't get. There are a number of magazines that get handed out at the AFCA. Some of them have good content. Some portion of the coaches there will open the magazines and some will flip through the articles.  Last week, we were approached by a number of publications asking us to advertise in the magazines...at the small cost of a few thousand dollars.  Wait, what?  

Please step back from the ledge.  No, we did not choose to purchase any advertising (never have in 13 years).  

For what it's worth, during the Monday and Tuesday of last year's AFCA, total number of unique visitors to FootballScoop.com was 45,957.  Those 45,000 people visited the site 129,000 times those two days and spent an average of 2:55 seconds with us each time they came.  

If anyone out there wants to invest a few thousand advertising for 2 days, we'd be more than happy to accomodate your needs ([email protected]).  

That is all. 

Bielema: "We're sexy"

Honestly, it's hard to argue with him, the Badgers do look pretty good right now...

After their game Saturday night, a 48-17 win over Nebraska, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said, "We're sexy...I still believe that we're Wisconsin and what we are....we're just extremely good right now."  

Hard to argue that the Badgers haven't looked very impressive in their five opening wins (51-17 over UNLV, 35-0 over Oregon State, 49-7 over Northern Illinois, 59-10 over South Dakota and 48-17 over Nebraska).  Sure, they've all been at home; those numbers are pretty impressive.

Yes the schedule will get tougher in the second half of the season; but for now, we're rollin' with Bielema, the Badgers are "sexy". 

Wisky is off this weekend; but then they play Indiana, travel to Michigan State, play at Ohio State, host Purdue, at Minnesota, at Illinois and then host Penn State. 

Zook to Petrino: Don't be cautious

Illinois improved to 5-0 on Saturday with a hard fought, come from behind, victory over Northwestern. 

Illinois scored 28 points in the second half (21 in the 4th quarter) to rally for a 38-35 win. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase opened some eyes going 21-32 for 391 and 3 TDs (1 Int). Scheelhasse also carried the ball 20 times, including the game winner with just 13 seconds to play. 

After the game, Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald said, "Illinois did nothing that we didn't work on and nothing that we didn't prepare for, which is probably the most disappointing aspect of the whole day."

Going into the game, offensive coordinator felt that they had to throw the ball down the field against Northwestern's defense and he told coach Zook that. Shortly before the game, Zook walked up to Petrino and told him, "Don't be cautious today." Petrino said those words gave him a lot of confidence.

Around the 0:45 mark of this video, Petrino describes telling his thoughts on the game plan and then the impact it had on him when Zook gave him some encouragement. 


Take note of what Clemson is doing

11AM Update> We just saw a quote from Frank Beamer to his team in the locker room after the game..."Keep working, and we'll get them in the ACC championship game.  Write it down..." 

Original story:

"We had just enough offense and just a whole heck of a lot of defense." - Dabo Swinney Saturday after their win at Virginia Tech.

Swinney has his guys 5-0 with the last three wins over Auburn, Florida State and Virginia Tech.

The Tigers held Virginia Tech without an offensive touchdown for the first time in 16 years in Blacksburg.  16 years.

For most of this season, Clemson's offense has been carrying the load.  Saturday, it was the defense. 

The rest of the schedule, like everyone else's, won't be easy; but here's what Clemson has left...

Boston College

at Maryland

North Carolina

at Georgia Tech

Wake Forest

at N.C. State

at South Carolina

We'll keep an eye on Dabo and the Tigers and we suggest you do as well.

Here's coach after the game with some great comments about his team.