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  • 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”

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    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

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    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.)

    View the full schedule here.