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  • Bill Snyder accuses Auburn of stealing signals. Does it matter?

    Following Auburn’s 20-14 win over Kansas State last night, Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder accused Auburn of stealing signals, causing K-State to switch things up at halftime. “They’re getting our signals,” he told ESPN sideline reporter Samantha Ponder during the game.

    Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn quickly and flatly denied the accusation after the game.

    To be fair, Kansas State is not the first team to accuse Auburn of stealing signals recently. Jimbo Fisher said the same thing following January’s BCS National Championship, and The Big Lead built a pretty convincing case that he was telling the truth.

    That’s two coaching staffs independent of each other, both from different conferences, neither with an extensive history of playing Auburn, making the same accusation. There’s a greater than zero chance it’s probably true.

    And if it is: so what?

    Ty Duffy of The Big Lead said it best today: “The point of signals is to mask what you are doing. Failure to do so is your own fault.”

    The Wildcats didn’t lose that game because Auburn hacked the mainframe. They lost because their kicker missed three field goals, their best player allowed a touchdown pass to bounce from his face mask into the opponent’s arms, and their quarterback fumbled deep inside his own territory. After all, Kansas State scored seven points in the first half, when Auburn was allegedly onto its signals, and seven points in the second half, after the Wildcats supposedly adjusted.

    Kansas State was the reason Kansas State lost that game.

    You know who agrees with that statement? The man who accused Auburn in the first place.

  • Here’s how Boston College will use its win over USC in recruiting

    NCAA Football: Southern California at Boston College

    Boston College battered USC on Saturday night, to the tune of a 37-31 final score and an unfathomable 452-20 route on the ground. That by itself will help recruiting tremendously.

    To make the absolute most out of that three-hour moment on Saturday night, B.C. has produced these videos highlighting the festivities on the game day atmosphere:

    and the bludgeoning the Eagles gave the Trojans in the ground game:

    What will help Boston College in recruiting more: those videos, these vines, or this video from the post-game locker room?

    The answer, of course, is all of them. Heck of a week for that program.

  • Why small college ball is better than major college football, and Hal Mumme as Davy Crockett

    Kevin Van Valkenburg  wrote a great profile of Hal Mumme for ESPN the Magazine this week, which you can read here. Van Valkenburg does a great job of chronicling Mumme’s zig-zag path through the coaching ranks and his influence on the game. When you read it (which I am ordering each of you to do) it almost becomes eerie how many wide-spread ideas started with him and how many successful coaches he influenced.

    Along the way, the profile gives us some great quotes about the way Mumme sees the world:

    “How many football coaches have you heard say, ‘This is war! This is hard work!’ Guess what. Football isn’t work. I’ve never worked a day in my life. This isn’t rocket science! This isn’t cancer! It’s fun! And when I die, I want that on my tombstone: ‘Hal Mumme: His players had fun.'”

    And also makes the argument for small college football over the major college counterpart:

    “The coaches who think Belhaven is beneath them? They’re idiots,” Mumme said. “I just feel sorry for them because this is like the best deal in the world. Small colleges are a lot better than big-time football. The kids are getting educated, which you can’t say at a lot of places, and they’re having fun. How do you beat that?”

    “There’s been a lot of innovation out of those levels because there is more freedom. Even now when I study schools, I probably study more small schools. I already know what big schools are doing. The higher you go, the more homogenized it gets. The lower you go, you’ll see some wild stuff,” added Mike Leach.

    Seriously, check it out.






  • What’s your best bet for Week 4? The FootballScoop staff weighs in


    Last week, Scott took a look at the lines and thought to himself “easy money”. That was not the case this week as we all had to dig deep to find a pick we felt even somewhat comfortable with. With that said, here are our “Best Bets” of the week. Take them or leave them.

    Zach: Texas A&M (-34.5) over SMU


    My strategy has been pretty simple so far, and it’s worked out like Sex Panther: Sixty-six percent of the time, it works every time. I fully expect SMU to come out with an effort far surpassing what they showed against Baylor and North Texas, but what does that really mean? I watched their entire 45-0 loss to Baylor and much of their 43-6 loss at North Texas and – shocking opinion warning – they just don’t have a lot of talent, no matter who’s coaching. Even if SMU hits its stride offensively and scores 17 points, I don’t see them holding the Aggies under 52.

    Pick I’ll wish I’d taken if this one goes wrong: Texas State and its ball-control offense (+13) at Illinois and its 90th-ranked rush defense.

    Scott: Bowling Green +27 at Wisconsin.


    I suspect the Badgers will win the game; but I can’t see them outpacing Bowling Green by 28 or more. Bowling Green’s offense was clicking against Indiana last week, reeling off 113 plays en route to 176 yards rushing and 395 yards passing…and 45 points. Wisconsin’s defense is better than Indiana’s but still, give me BGSU and the points.

    Doug: Eastern Michigan +45 at Michigan State



    I had a hard time with this one, because I don’t want to make it a habit to bet on struggling football teams. However, sitting at 1-2 against the spread on the year, I can recognize the need for a “win” when I see it.  Here’s where my logic lies; the last time that Mark Dantonio scored 50+ points in a game was his 2007 debut when he put up 55 on UAB, and 45 point wins aren’t something Dantonio hangs his hat on. He’s just not the type of coach that’s going to run up the score in favor of imaginary “style points”… even if given the opportunity to improve the Spartans’ playoff resume. Based on my quick research, he’s never won a game in East Lansing by 45 points or more, and I don’t see that trend changing on Saturday afternoon.

    This season: Scott (1-2), Doug (1-2), Zach (2-1)


  • Video: Mizzou’s new Nike uni “feels like it gives you superpowers”


    For their game on Saturday against Indiana, Missouri will be wearing a brand new Nike uniform combination.

    “It feels like it gives you superpowers” defensive lineman Lucas Vincent noted while modeling the unis in a quick 14 second spot.

    While that may be an exaggeration, if you believe in the “look good, play good” mantra, it should mean good results.

    More pictures will be added as they become available.