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Staffs around the country all have different ideas on how to approach "the big game" on their schedule. Chip Kelly and his staff are known for their approach being the same, regardless of the opponent. Like Kelly, some coaches believe that's the best way to approach things to maintain a level of consistency week in and week out. Todd Monken is not one of those coaches.

Monken told reporters yesterday that some games are just more important than others. The Cowboy's rivalry game with Oklahoma for example, is one of those games that Monken believes players should be be aware of how important that game is to their season. Monken also explained that he see's the pitfalls in that approach as well.

"I don't ever want to be here, when our team doesn't understand how important that game is. But when you do that, you've put a lot on that game and it's harder to recover." Monken told reporters.

"If you just say that it's like every other game and that's just the way it is...and I don't believe in that. I believe that it's a big game. But with that, the next week is a lot harder to come back from."

"So, now we have to figure out some reason that we don't like Baylor. I don't know why, but we'll have to come up with some reason why. I guess I'll have to come up with something stupid to say to get our guys motivated, I guess."

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.