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Beer sales update (the LSU factor)

You might recall that we found the initial reports about the beer consumption at West Virginia's opener well below our expectations. We also sent the Moutaineers some friendly advice ("ice down a whole lot more when LSU comes to town").

Well, those of you familiar with Baton Rouge on a Saturday night might not find this to surprising; but West Virginia released their "Beer Sales" figures today from the LSU game and......consumption at that one game basically equaled the combined sales at their first two games.  

That's the LSU factor.

Quick summary of sales that night:

36,000 beers sold

8,500 bottles of water sold

7,000 sodas sold

2,500 frozen lemonades sold

Thus far, through 3 home games, West Virginia says they have earned a net profit of $250,000 on beer sales and they are now projecting to earn nearly $600,000 this season. 

Who wins? Top scoring offense vs. top scoring defense

Well, come Saturday afternoon (3:30 kickoff on ABC / ESPN / ESPN2), we'll have one more data point in this age old argument when Baylor and Kansas State face off in Manhattan. 

Baylor comes in ranked 3rd in scoring offense and has put up 50 or more against both of their FBS opponents (TCU and Rice) thus far. 

Kansas State is ranked 7th in scoring defense allowing an average of just 10 points per game thus far. 

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III has put up very, very impressive stats thus far in leading his team to 3 wins.  For the season, RG3 is 70 of 82 (85%) for 962 yards, 13 TDs, 0 Ints.  He's also averaging 7 yards per carry and nearly 56 yards per game on the ground.  He caught one pass (remember when he flung it out to the receiver and then streaked right down the middle of the defense for a huge catch in traffic against TCU) for 15 yards and he has punted once for 39 yards.  

Kansas State's defense is among the leaders nationally in pass efficiency defense and pass defense. 

Something has to give. Should be a good one to watch. 

Quick video of some of RG3's highlights thus far on the season.

 

Diaco and Kelly in the locker room

Notre Dame rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Pitt 15-12 on Saturday.  The win evened Notre Dame's record up at 2-2.

After the game, the coaches (and players) were clearly excited about the win and their defensive effort (the Irish held Pitt to just 2.7 yards per carry and only allowed 165 yards passing).

Below, we have locker room video...and thankfully at the 0:30 mark Brian Kelly does not try to "Mike Gundy" with the guys.

 

 

No TV Wednesday

Question: With UMass joining the MAC next year, will we get Tuesday night games earlier in the season?

No live games tonight; although tomorrow we've got two undefeated teams on the road as Houston plays at UTEP and South Florida plays at Pitt.  

NFL:

None

College:

None

High School:

None

Hope the bye week helped, schedule's about to get rough

Oh boy, the next few weeks don't look like much fun in Lawrence, Kansas.  

This week Kansas has Texas Tech coming to town, then they travel to Stillwater to play Oklahoma State, then they return home to face Oklahoma and then Kansas State...and then have to go to Austin.

And here's the bad news...Kansas' defense is currently 120th in the nation in total defense allowing an average of 8.5 yards per play (10.3 against the two FBS opponents they have played Northern Illinois and Georgia Tech).  

For comparison sake, last season East Carolina finished 120th in total defense and they allowed an average of 6.5 yards per play.  

Although this seems so counter-intuitive given the offenses they are going to be facing, one has to think that the 10.3 yards per play they are allowing has to come down over the next few weeks.  It just has to.

The Jayhawks are currently 2-1 and had this past weekend off.  They will need that defense to tighten up if they want to be at or above .500 come the end of that 5 game streak.  

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