Video: Oklahoma State’s new indoor is impressive
That Oklahoma State has a new state-of-the-art football facility should not be surprising to you. That Oklahoma State has a new state-of-the-art football facility donated by someone other than T. Boone Pickens, however, should surprise you.
The Cowboys’ Sherman E. Smith Training Center is everything any football team would ever need in an indoor. With the new building, Oklahoma State has two grass and two artificial fields to take care of all their training needs.
Derek Mason’s pre game speech from Saturday will have you ready to suit up
Derek Mason’s pre game talk with his team before taking on UMass is something you’re going to want to watch more than once.
After an 0-2 start, you can tell he wanted this one bad.
“That ‘SEC’ and that star ‘V’ on your head represents everything that you need to know about who we are. So when you step to the field, you release the dogs on ‘em…you let it loose…you give it to ‘em…YOU MAKE THEM FEAR THE SEC.”
“It’s Vanderbilt or die. Somebody give it to ‘em…LET’S RIDE.” Mason passionately told his team, with that look in his eyes that only former defensive coordinators who wish they could still suit up get.
Jimbo Fisher: “Nickel can’t be your base defense”
Yesterday after practice, Jimbo Fisher noted that he expects somewhere between 60% and 70% of the snaps that the Seminole defense will see this year will be against three or four receiver sets. Because of that, 71% of their defensive snaps in 2014 have been with their their Nickel package on the field so far.
“It’s funny, when you look at cut-ups now, almost everyone is in three or four wides for 60%-70% of the time. Football is changing.”
A reporter then followed up by asking “at what point do you say that the Nickel is your base package then?”
“There’s no such thing as ‘base’. You say ‘base’ but you’ve got to start from the other (4-3 or 4-2-5 packages). Then you can build things in. That’s the only way that you can transition and teach conceptually.”
“When you start there (Nickel) you miss a lot of base things for lineman and things that go into other packages. You have to start there (4-3 / 3-4 etc.) and then expand out.”
Don’t expect to see any defensive coordinator worth his salt to start saying their base is the “Nickel” anytime soon. With that said, the experience that Fisher’s extra defensive backs have seen this season in the Nickel should certainly help on Saturday against Chad Morris’ spread attack at Clemson.
Video of the Day – Texas A&M punter Drew Kaser for Heisman
Pac-12 releases 2015 schedule
When is the perfect time to release a football schedule?
If you answered 10 p.m. ET on a random Tuesday in September, you may have a job at the Pac-12 Conference waiting for you.
The league released its 2015 slate on Tuesday and, though it may seem weird to release a schedule in the midst of the 2014 season, it’s not too far ahead. I believe you can find a Big Ten conference schedule for 2037 floating around on the Internet somewhere.
The Pac-12 boasts that nearly a third of its non-conference games are against Power Five opponents, including against the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Texas and Texas A&M (and Rutgers!). Although the league’s end-of-season alliance has created a wonky end to the 2015 slate: since Stanford hosts Notre Dame on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in odd numbered years, California closes the regular season at home against Arizona State, which in turn means Arizona has to end its regular season on Nov. 21. Awkward.
Anyway, here are some dates to remember for the 2015 Pac-12 season:
Sept. 3 – Michigan at Utah
Sept. 5 – Arizona State vs. Texas A&M (at NRG Stadium, Houston)
Virginia at UCLA
Washington at Boise State – AKA the game Chris Petersen desperately wants to cancel
Stanford at Northwestern
Sept. 12 – Oregon at Michigan State
Oregon State at Michigan
Washington State at Rutgers
Central Florida at Stanford
Sept. 19 – Stanford at USC
BYU at UCLA
California at Texas
Oct. 8 – Washington at USC – Sark’s first game against Washington
Oct. 15 – UCLA at Stanford
Oct. 17 – USC at Notre Dame
Nov. 14 – Oregon at Stanford
Nov. 21 – USC at Oregon
Arizona at Arizona State
California at Stanford
Nov. 27 – Oregon State at Oregon
Washington State at Washington
Nov. 28 – UCLA at USC
Notre Dame at Stanford
Dec. 4 – Pac-12 Championship (at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.)