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Manny Diaz has got to like this

Total defense really isn't a stat that we put much stock in.

With that said, we're sure that Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz doesn't mind seeing his squad rise from #30 in that category all the way up to #13 after their performance yesterday against Kansas.

Diaz's guys limited Kansas' offense to 46 total yards (in the game). 46. In the game.

We have no further comment. 

2-6 record; but #8 in the nation in Turnover Margin?

We'll try to dive deeper into this later in the week; but we just noticed an unusual one...

Maryland is having a tough first season under Randy Edsall. Most of us saw that first win against Miami (the debut of the new Unis).

But, since that win, the only other W that Maryland has been able to put on the board was over Towson. The Terps are now 2-6 overall.

They are 85th in scoring offense, 87th in scoring defense. Those might jive with a 2-6 team; but they are #8 in the nation in turnover margin. That's a head scratcher. Every other team in the top 10 in that stat is over .500. Their defense has recovered 11 fumbles and their offense has only lost 1...but their still 2-6.

Tough to figure that one. 

Sunday TV

Some solid pro action tonight.

All times are eastern.

NFL:

Arizona at Baltimore - 1 - FOX

Minnesota at Carolina - 1 - FOX

Jacksonville at Houston - 1 - CBS

Miami at NY Giants- 1 - CBS

New Orleans at St. Louis - 1 - FOX

Indianapolis at Tennessee - 1 - CBS

Detroit at Denver - 4:05 - FOX

Washington at Buffalo - 4:05 - FOX

Cincinnati at Seattle - 4:15 - CBS

Cleveland at San Francisco - 4:15 - CBS

New England at Pittsburgh - 4:15 - CBS

Dallas at Philadelphia - 8:20 - NBC

College:

No games

High School:

No games

Saturday TV

That's right it's Saturday, and that means college football.

All times are eastern.

NFL:

No games

College:

Michigan State at Nebraska - 12 - ESPN

Purdue at Michigan - 12 - ESPN2

Missouri at Texas A&M - 12 - FX

NC State at Florida State - 12 - ESPNU

Washington State at Oregon - 3 - FSN

Boston College at Maryland - 3 - FSN

Florida at Georgia - 3:30 - CBS

Baylor at Oklahoma State - 3:30 - ABC / ESPN2

Illinois at Penn State - 3:30 - ABC / ESPN2

Fordham at Army - 3:30 - CBSSN

Missouri at Texas A&M - 3:30 - FX

Wake Forest at North Carolina - 3:30 - ESPNU

SMU at Tulsa - 3:30 - FSN

West Virginia at Rutgers - 3:30 - ABC

Ole Miss at Auburn - 7 - ESPNU

Iowa State at Texas Tech - 7 - FSN

South Carolina at Tennessee - 7:15 - ESPN2

Stanford at USC - 8 - ABC

Wisconsin at Ohio State - 8 - ESPN

Clemson at Georgia Tech - 8 - ABC

Southern Miss at UTEP - 8 - CBSSN

Arizona at Washington - 10:30 - FSN

High School:

No games

West beats North (a Tressel spotting?)

West Alabama beat North Alabama last night 31-26, in a huge Gulf South game.

West Alabama entered the game ranked #23 and North Alabama was ranked #5, after previously being ranked #1 before losing to another Gulf South foe Delta State (the current #1 team in D-II). 

The win earns West Alabama head coach Will Hall the opportunity to play for their first conference title since 1971 as they travel to take on Gulf South leader Delta State next weekend. Hall, who won the Harlan Hill trophy as a quarterback at North Alabama, is doing this with a freshman at quarterback. Impressive.

For North Alabama, the loss drops them to 0-2 in conference play after opening the season as one of the top teams in the country.    

Taking on two top 5 teams in the country, in conference play, sounds like Hall was onto something by claiming the Gulf South as the SEC West of D-II.  

Jump forward in the video below to the 2:15 mark and watch Jim Tressel head coach Will Hall talk about what this win means for his program. 

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