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  1. The early spread is Notre Dame -4.5. Buying or selling? I think it's going to be a close game. Up here in Indiana, every Irish fan talks a lot about last year's 38-3 nightmare. In fact, it's all they'll talk about. I don't know if they're just not paying attention to the current rosters, trending topics coming out of each camp, or what, but they don't see to care about anything other than last year's result, ignoring the ESPN FPI almost putting this game at a 50/50 toss up. Add that to the fact Notre Dame lost huge playmakers from last season on both sides of the ball while Texas has had an entire off-season to develop and improve its young talent. I know the Irish has two proven quarterbacks, but I don't look at their roster the same way I did last year. Anyway, what say you? I think the early spread is fair, and I bet it will stay put before dropping to Notre Dame -3 by game day.
  2. #13 Ole Miss falls to UR Memphis one week after shocking 'bama, 37-24 #2 Baylor has no trouble with UR WVU, 62-38 #17 Iowa puts it on #20 Northwestern, 40-10 #11 FSU hammers UR Louisville, 41-21 TT beats KU in unimpressive fashion, 30-20 Games going on now: ou up on KSU 7-0 1Q aggy just threw a pick-six, and 'bama is up 7-0 1Q #7 Michigan St vs #12 Michigan is scoreless late 1Q
  3. Who gets married in the fall anyways? http://thebiglead.com/2014/08/04/college-football-2014-the-5-worst-fall-wedding-weekends/ Fall Weddings are popular. They conflict with college football. Generally, we’d suggest not to let watching sports with your Internet friends disrupt touching moments with your real life ones. But, getting knocked out for the bulk of a football weekend is still annoying. Here are the five worst times to be absent. Week 14 [Nov. 27-29]Forcing your loved ones into formal wear after Thanksgiving is sadistic, un-American and downright vegan. However, a preliminary google search suggests Thanksgiving weddings may be a thing people are doing. Ohio State vs. Michigan and Alabama vs. Auburn are that Saturday. If you, somehow, need more after last season, this weekend has Florida State vs. Florida, Clemson vs. South Carolina and USC vs. Notre Dame. Not to mention the Civil War and the Apple Cup. Stanford vs. UCLA and Arizona vs. Arizona State on Friday? Texas and Texas A&M showing off their rebound rivals on Thanksgiving night? This is, indisputably, the worst weekend for a wedding. Week 11 [Nov. 6-8]This early November Weekend features LSU hosting Alabama, Oklahoma hosting Baylor and Michigan State hosting Ohio State. That is three potential conference-deciding games. There are a couple good ones out West as well, with Notre Dame traveling to Arizona State and UCLA visiting Washington. Week 6 [Oct. 2-4]While there are no great paper games this weekend, it has ample depth. Oregon vs. Arizona is the night cap on Thursday. PACtion? Saturday offers Texas vs. Baylor, USC vs. Arizona State, Auburn vs. LSU, Ole Miss vs. Alabama, Tennessee vs. Florida, Notre Dame vs. Stanford and Michigan State vs. Nebraska. At least one of those games will end on the final play, and you won’t be able to tweet about it in real time. Share this image: Week 7 [Oct. 9-11]Texas vs. Oklahoma is this weekend, if you are into that sort of thing. There’s a potential Pac 12 title game preview and a definite quarterback duel with Oregon heading down to UCLA. A couple solid SEC matchups with Florida vs. LSU and Missouri vs. Georgia. USC heads to Arizona. Also Petrino vs. Dabo with Louisville heading to Death Valley. Week 8 [Oct. 16-18]Florida State hosts Notre Dame, which should be interesting in theory. Baylor travels to West Virginia in what should be another epic Briles vs. Holgorsen shootout. Florida hosts Missouri. The Pac 12 offers Washington at Oregon and Stanford at Arizona State. [Getty, USA Today Sports] RELATED: College Football Playoff: Will Strength of Schedule Matter? RELATED: 14 College Football Trap Games For 2014 SEC, College Football 16 SHARE ON FACEBOOK 246 SHARE ON TWITTER
  4. Here's this week's edition of Taking Sides. This week Sean and I weigh in on the BCS vs a playoff to determine college football's champion....
  5. CHALK TALK: A FEEL FOR THE GAME by Coleman Feeley When football players reach the highest levels of competition, it’s common for them to be referred to as a “natural”. Another thing commonly heard is, “he’s so good, it looks like he’s not even trying.” Rest assured, there is very little ‘natural’ movement in football – everything must be learned and perfected. Corners, safeties, and wide receivers impress fans with unbelievably athletic movements and remarkable 40 yard dash times, but, realistically, that’s only half of it. If a corner or safety runs 40 yards in a straight line during a football game, they’re generally chasing a wide receiver on his way to the end zone. Before a player makes any type of extraordinary or powerful move, the play must be correctly recognized and assessed. This is especially true on defense. Defensive players must run through a wide range of situations and possibilities in only fractions of a second. At the snap of the ball, defenders think: is it a pass? a run? a play action pass? What is the second wide receiver doing – blocking or running a route? Football has evolved into the most complicated form possible to get a leather, egg-shaped ball across a painted white line. The game has been played for well over 100 years and, as with anything that’s been around that long, it has changed drastically. From the beginnings of football, where ten men lined up, snapped the ball to the QB and he started to run, to the more modern five step drop, Power Play-Action, Z-post, Y-drag, X-go; the most common piece of coaching advice given to any player, in any position, is to “relax – you’ll get a feel for it.” But, what does that really mean? The Zone Read is the ideal illustration of all eleven players having “a feel for the game.” The play is also useful because everyone is familiar with it due to its popularity in college football. Whether you think the Zone Read is the breakthrough play of the Spread formation and was perfected by Vince Young, or that it is the natural evolution of the game returning to the basics (reading a defensive lineman, instead of a blocking him); either way, there’s no question that it has a significant impact on today’s game. The “read” aspect of the Zone Read is the product of being a man short on the offensive side of the ball (fig. 1). When there are five blockers versus six defenders in the box, the offense has a disadvantage. However, when the QB becomes a running threat, the offense essentially evens the playing field – five offensive linemen block three defensive lineman and two linebackers. This leaves the back side, or sixth, defender unblocked. The QB will ‘read’ that remaining, unblocked lineman and either hand the ball off to his running back or keep the ball and run (fig.2). If the unblocked DL chases the running back, then the QB keeps the ball; if the lineman chases the QB, then the ball goes to the running back – VOILA, the Zone Read. The read itself is a difficult skill to master. The fact that the QB must let the running back know whether or not he’s getting the ball (simply by the way he handles the exchange in the backfield), adds another layer of complexity. Finally, the running back must trust that the QB made the right read while still running the play the same way whether he gets the ball or not…and, this all happens simultaneously. Most coaches start teaching this complex exchange by telling QBs and running backs that they “really have to get a feel for it, and for each other.” Then coaches make sure they develop that “feel” by making them practice the exchange until they can run it without a hitch. While the complexities in the backfield dazzle and entertain fans, a great deal of the Zone Read’s success comes from offensive line play. The “zone” aspect of the Zone Read comes from the blocking scheme, also known as a “Zone Blocking Scheme” or “Zone Combo.” Blocking three defensive linemen during any given play will open up natural holes or “running lanes” in a defense. To make these running lanes wider and easier to run through, offensive lines use techniques which allow them to block one defender with two linemen and still account for a linebacker running free (zone combos). When a DT lines up on the backside shoulder of a guard (also known as a 3 technique), he becomes the offensive tackle’s responsibility. When the ball is snapped and the block begins, the guard will throw his backside shoulder and arm into the DT while never taking his eyes off of the LB inside. The offensive tackle will then block the DT as if he had no help from the guard, while at the same time knowing and trusting that his teammate “feels” the block the same way. The guard must “feel” the block all the way up field, before he breaks off and engages the linebacker (fig.3). This is the most basic block of a zone scheme and is the key to the success of any zone play. On the defensive side of the ball, players are reading and reacting according to their responsibilities. When a zone block is initiated and the guard slams his backside shoulder into the D-lineman, that D-lineman must “feel” it and react. Essentially, the first rule on defense is to not get blocked…if you’re blocked, you can’t make a tackle. The D-lineman being blocked must get off this block (also known as “shedding”) before the offensive tackle can slide and take over the Zone Combo. When a D-tackle takes on a Zone Combo, his responsibility changes – he must now attempt to split the block and disrupt the guard’s path to the linebacker (fig.4). By disrupting the Zone Combo, he destroys the integrity of the running lanes, and tilts the advantage back to the defense. As the Zone Read has grown in popularity, defenses have been forced to change. Defensive linemen and linebackers had to alter the way they react to the game in a relatively simple solution called the “Chase and Pop.” As explained earlier, the success of the Zone Read stems from balancing the field and letting the QB react to the defense. However, there’s a way to mitigate the offense’s advantage by having the unblocked D-lineman assigned to pursue the running back – this guarantees the QB keeps the ball. The result is that the backside linebacker (the one that would normally be blocked in the Zone Combo) “pops” and secures the QB (fig.5). Again…football has evolved into the most complicated way to get a leather ball across a painted white line. All of these different reads and subtle nuances happen within every position group, on every play, at lightning speed. A “feel for the game” is not an intrinsic quality – it’s developed through repetition. As mentioned above, getting off of a block or zone combo is a difficult skill to learn and master. However, if a defensive lineman is experienced, he’ll be able to notice subtle differences like the spacing between offensive lineman, or the weight distribution in their stance. These small differences may go unnoticed to inexperienced players, but differences in spacing or stance are signals to a veteran player of what is going to happen before the play starts. Players who can integrate skills and technique into execution are the players that make football look “natural.” Only through hard work, years of experience, excellent coaching, and trust in your teammates, can a player truly have “a feel for the game.” In football, a feel for the game and trust in your teammates go hand-in-hand. Talent is be natural; “feeling”…that’s earned.
  6. HornSports.com's Big Mike was able to wrangle a few minutes with CBS Sports Senior College Football Analyst Bruce Feldman to talk about the Longhorn program, conference realignment and the college football playoff system. Feldman discusses his thoughts on the Patterson AD hire, coaches out there that should get a look if the head coaching job at UT becomes available, and a whole lot more. The interview is approximately 17 minutes long and was conducted on Thursday, November 7, 2013. Click the play button below to listen. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mobile listeners click the following link to listen - http://www.hornsports.com/audio/HornSports_Bruce_Feldman_Interview.mp3
  7. Today Ash was named to the Manning Award watch list, which I'm not sure how it's different from the Davey O'Brien Award.... 30 qb's were named to the list. Manziel won it last year. VY won it in 2006. The List: [TABLE] [TR=class: odd header] [TD]PLAYER[/TD] [TD]CLASS[/TD] [TD]SCHOOL[/TD] [TD]QBR[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: even] [TD]Johnny Manziel[/TD] [TD]So.[/TD] [TD]Texas A&M[/TD] [TD]90.5[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: odd] [TD]Marcus Mariota[/TD] [TD]So.[/TD] [TD]Oregon[/TD] [TD]87.3[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: even] [TD]Tajh Boyd[/TD] [TD]Sr.[/TD] [TD]Clemson[/TD] [TD]82.2[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: odd] [TD]AJ McCarron[/TD] [TD]Sr.[/TD] [TD]Alabama[/TD] [TD]81.1[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: even] [TD]David Fales[/TD] [TD]Sr.[/TD] [TD]San Jose State[/TD] [TD]78.4[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: odd] [TD]Aaron Murray[/TD] [TD]Sr.[/TD] [TD]Georgia[/TD] [TD]78.4[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: even] [TD]Teddy Bridgewater[/TD] [TD]Jr.[/TD] [TD]Louisville[/TD] [TD]78.1[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: odd] [TD]David Ash[/TD] [TD]Jr.[/TD] [TD]Texas[/TD] [TD]77.2[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: even] [TD]Terrance Broadway[/TD] [TD]Jr.[/TD] [TD]Louisiana-Lafayette[/TD] [TD]76.9[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: odd] [TD]Chuckie Keeton[/TD] [TD]Jr.[/TD] [TD]Utah State[/TD] [TD]76.4[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: even] [TD]Cody Fajardo[/TD] [TD]Jr.[/TD] [TD]Nevada[/TD] [TD]75.6[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: odd] [TD]Jordan Lynch[/TD] [TD]Sr.[/TD] [TD]Northern Illinois[/TD] [TD]74.7[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: even] [TD]Brett Smith[/TD] [TD]Jr.[/TD] [TD]Wyoming[/TD] [TD]74.6[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: odd] [TD]Blake Bortles[/TD] [TD]Jr.[/TD] [TD]Central Florida[/TD] [TD]72.9[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: even] [TD]Taylor Martinez[/TD] [TD]Sr.[/TD] [TD]Nebraska[/TD] [TD]70.4[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: odd] [TD]Joe Southwick[/TD] [TD]Sr.[/TD] [TD]Boise State[/TD] [TD]68.9[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: even] [TD]Rakeem Cato[/TD] [TD]Jr.[/TD] [TD]Marshall[/TD] [TD]68.8[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: odd] [TD]Brett Hundley[/TD] [TD]So.[/TD] [TD]UCLA[/TD] [TD]68.8[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: even] [TD]Kolton Browning[/TD] [TD]Sr.[/TD] [TD]Louisiana-Monroe[/TD] [TD]68.6[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: odd] [TD]Braxton Miller[/TD] [TD]Jr.[/TD] [TD]Ohio State[/TD] [TD]68.4[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: even] [TD]Taylor Kelly[/TD] [TD]Jr.[/TD] [TD]Arizona State[/TD] [TD]65.7[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: odd] [TD]Kain Colter[/TD] [TD]Sr.[/TD] [TD]Northwestern[/TD] [TD]65.3[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: even] [TD]Connor Shaw[/TD] [TD]Sr.[/TD] [TD]South Carolina[/TD] [TD]64.6[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: odd] [TD]Derek Carr[/TD] [TD]Sr.[/TD] [TD]Fresno State[/TD] [TD]64.1[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: even] [TD]Bryn Renner[/TD] [TD]Sr.[/TD] [TD]North Carolina[/TD] [TD]63.6[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: odd] [TD]Sean Mannion[/TD] [TD]Jr.[/TD] [TD]Oregon State[/TD] [TD]62.5[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: even] [TD]Eric Soza[/TD] [TD]Sr.[/TD] [TD]Texas-San Antonio[/TD] [TD]62.3[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: odd] [TD]Logan Kilgore[/TD] [TD]Sr.[/TD] [TD]Middle Tennessee State[/TD] [TD]60.3[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: even] [TD]Bo Wallace[/TD] [TD]Jr.[/TD] [TD]Ole Miss[/TD] [TD]60.0[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: odd] [TD]Stephen Morris[/TD] [TD]Sr.[/TD] [TD]Miami[/TD] [TD]59.6[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Ash has already been named to the Davey O'Brien watch list and the Maxwell Award watch list.
  8. Last weekend in Tempe before the Sun Devils/Utah game a photograph was taken of a toddler, being held by an adult, in a pose with a beer nozzle held against his mouth. It was obviously done for a photograph but it is still pretty damn sick in my opinion. Did they cross the line? I sure the hell think so.
  9. Oh Yeah. The world is back to normal now. A load of games on tv tonight, mostly on ESPN3.com - BUT my ass will be watching UNLV vs. Wisconsin on ESPN (hoping like hell Erin Andrews or Jen Brown is on the sideline). Get it on!

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