Best quarterbacks coach in the country
Well, if you go by the stats, the answer is Dana Holgorsen.
The three leading quarterbacks in terms of passing yards are Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, Houston's Case Keenum and West Virginia's Geno Smith...all of whom have been coached by Holgorsen.
Smith threw for 463 last night against LSU's defense...that's more than the combined totals of LSU's three prior opponents (Oregon, Northwestern State and Mississippi State).
Yeah, Holgo's pretty good.
This morning, we take a look at which FBS teams and coaches remain undefeated through 4 weeks.
There are currently 20 undefeated teams, 14 teams 4-0 and 8 teams 3-0.
In the ACC, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech are 4-0.
In the Big 12, only Oklahoma State is 4-0; but a bunch of teams are 3-0 (Oklahoma, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Texas and Texas Tech).
In the Big East, South Florida is 4-0.
In the Big Ten, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois and Wisconsin are all 4-0.
In Conference USA, Houston is 4-0.
In the SEC, Alabama, LSU, Florida and South Carolina are all 4-0.
In the Mountain West Boise is 3-0 and in the Pac-12 Stanford is 3-0.
In week 5, ten of these teams play each other. Clemson plays at Virginia Tech, Nebraska travels to Wisconsin, Baylor goes to Kansas State, Alabama travels to Florida, and Iowa State hosts Texas.
We saw a note this morning that this is Ron Zook's first time starting 4-0 in his 10 years as a head coach.
Robert Griffin III is off to a decent start.
He has led Baylor to a 3-0 start and has thrown for 13 touchdowns in those games. 13 TDs and yet only 12 incompletions.
Only 12 incompletions. That's crazy.
Yep, through 3 games, RG3 is 70 of 82 (85%) for 962 yards (11.7 yards / attempt). The 11.7 yards per attempt in 2nd in the nation as well....and yet only 12 incompletions.
Give co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks and running backs coach Philip Montgomery a lot of credit for teaching Griffin to work within their system and for tailoring the system to best utilize Griffin's strengths.
Baylor's offense is currently 3rd in the nation in scoring offense, 2nd in passing efficiency, 7th in pass offense and 15th in rushing offense.
The schedule doesn't get any easier for the Bears as they head into Big 12 play at Kansas State this weekend, then have Iowa State at home followed with trips to A&M and to Oklahoma State.
Hud get's a big win over FIU
Mark Hudspeth is in his first season as the head coach at Louisiana Lafayette. After losing the season opener 61-34 at Oklahoma State, Hud's guys have now run off 3 straight over Kent State, Nicholls State and now FIU.
While we've certainly seen Hud generate a huge amount of excitement in Lafayette about where the program is headed; we're not real sure that many cajuns were expecting a bowl eligible team this season. Looking over the rest of their schedule, it won't be easy; but the Ragin' Cajuns might just get there.
Watch and listen to Coach Hud on the video below and you'll see how excited he is to get back home for 3 games (FAU, Troy and North Texas) after their huge win over previously unbeaten FIU yesterday.
With a great Saturday in the books, it's time to adjust to the NFL.
All times Eastern.
Regional coverage for the 1PM and 4:15 games on CBS and Fox.
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis - 8:20PM - NBC
Full schedule for your viewing pleasure.
All times Eastern.
Notre Dame at Pitt - noon - ABC
North Carolina at Georgia Tech - noon - ESPN
Eastern Michigan at Penn State - noon - ESPN2
Central Michigan at Michigan State - noon - ESPNU
SMU at Memphis - noon - FSN
Cornell at Yale - noon - Versus
Colorado at Ohio State - 3:30 - ABC or ESPN2
Oklahoma State at Texas A&M - 3:30 - ABC or ESPN2
Florida State at Clemson - 3:30 - ESPN
Arkansas at Alabama - 3:30 - CBS
Kansas State at Miami - 3:30 - ESPNU
Florida A&M vs. Southern - 3:30 - Versus
Florida at Kentucky - 7PM - ESPN
Vanderbilt at South Carolina - 7PM - ESPN2
LA Tech at Mississippi State - 7PM - ESPNU
Nebraska at Wyoming - 7:30 - Versus
Missouri at Oklahoma - 8PM - FX
LSU at West Virginia - 8PM - ABC
USC at Arizona State - 10:15 - ESPN
Oregon at Arizona - 10:15 - ESPN2
Alabama sends out 15 guys on defense
Change of possession. Alabama's 11 from offense run off the field. 15 defensive players run on. 15?
Yep. That's how Saban rolls.
Actually, there's logic behind this. He sends 15 out until they can see what personnel the offense is going to come out in. Once they see the offense's 11, Kirby Smart makes the defensive personnel call and 4 run off.
This article by Don Kausler (The Birmingham News) takes a look at how Saban's teams have evolved into playing entirely "Situational Defense". Plenty of good stuff in there about why Saban believes you have to focus on situations.
One nugget we gleaned is that Saban doesn't think defenses should huddle anymore. Saban, "...I used to coach getting in the huddle and breaking the huddle...Now, even when we're not playing against a no-huddle team all of our guys stand out there like in no huddle. But really, it has to be that way, because if you make them get in a huddle all the time and you play against a no-huddle team, they want to all go stand in a huddle."
Da' Bears headed to the White House
Coach Ditka and da'Bears Superbowl winning team from the 1985 season are going to the White House in about 2 weeks.
Their planned trip in 1986 was cancelled when the space shuttle Challenger exploded just days after the Superbowl.
President Obama, a huge Bears fan, has invited the team to come enjoy a few hours with him at the White House.
We're just letting everyone know, if anyone from Louisiana is ever elected President, we believe that person would invite Drew Brees, Sean Payton and a cast of characters to spend at least a few weeks partying at the White House. Might even let Payton make some surprise decisions for the country.