Rivalry Week Upsets – The FootballScoop staff weighs in
We nearly had our best week of the season in 2013, as Doug hit Arizona over Utah and Zach nailed Arkansas over Ole Miss, but Scott missed on Air Force over San Diego State.
Perfection awaits this week.
This season: Scott (4-9), Doug (6-7), Zach (5-8)
Ole Miss hasn’t played good football in a month, and Mississippi State essentially had two weeks to prepare for the Egg Bowl with Vanderbilt on the schedule last week. But, the Rebels are at home, and a proud bunch that doesn’t want to see a season that started so magically go out with a whimper.
I look for Dave Wommack’s defense to pick Dak Prescott a couple times, giving Bo Wallace enough short fields to muster a close win.
I’m going with this one in part because I think the “magic” (for lack of a better term) runs out for Florida State, and also in part because I’d like see Will Muschamp’s tenure at Florida end with a dramatic upset like this. Florida State’s loss will likely mean two Big 12 (TCU and Baylor), or one Big Ten team (Ohio State) makes the playoff pool, instead of two SEC programs.
Wouldn’t it be something if Brian Kelly brought his guys into the Coliseum on a three game losing streak and they went on to pull out a win in L.A.? Yes, yes it would. Notre Dame is a seven point dog. I don’t know how or why; but I’ve just got a feeling here. Don’t bet the house; but don’t be shocked if ND pours on some points at the end either. Kelly would love to win, and win big here.
Rivalry Week Best Bets – The FootballScoop staff weighs in
Last week, most of our staff looked pretty smart. Scott hit Minnesota covering 10.5 points at Nebraska (they won outright), and Doug nailed Indiana keeping it close against Ohio State. And then there was Zach to undo it all. Not only did he miss Baylor -21 vs. Oklahoma State, he practically taunted Vegas for making the line so low in the first place.
This season: Scott (6-6-1), Doug (5-8), Zach (7-5-1)
Let’s all just slow down. Two weeks ago Arkansas had the longest intra-conference losing streak in college football, and now they’re giving 2.5 points at Missouri? A Missouri team that – Indiana aside – is pretty darn good? The Tigers haven’t lost in a month and a half. Arkansas hasn’t beaten a ranked SEC team on the road in three years.
My reasoning behind this one is simple: North Carolina is coming off a dominant, and emotional win over Duke and they’re only a -7 favorite over their in state rival. I think the margin of victory is larger than that and UNC rolls into a bowl game with some momentum.
Jerry Kill’s team plays with a lot of pride. They simply aren’t going to lose by 15 or more at Wisconsin. I don’t have any science to support this statement; but I’m laying it on the line here. Gophers plus 14.5…let’em eat.
Blake Anderson’s two years out of college football helped shape his coaching philosophy
Back in 2005 Blake Anderson had to make a life altering decision, according a recent piece in The State; continue in the coaching profession and watch his marriage and family life crumble, or walk away from coaching and focus on his life off the field.
It’s a decision that hundreds of coaching face every year.
Anderson walked into the football offices at Middle Tennessee State the morning after being confronted with that decision and submitted his resignation, walking away from life as a college football coach.
“That moment in my life, at my worst, has really allowed me to grow and become better to the people around me. I care more about taking care of them than I do taking care of me. They don’t work for me; we work together.” the first year Arkansas State head coach explained.
After resigning at MTSU, Anderson spent the next two seasons away from coaching altogether, selling insurance for his father’s business in Texas and reconnecting with his wife, daughter, and two sons. It was those two years away from football that transformed his approach to coaching.
When the 2007 season rolled around, Anderson got back into coaching at Louisiana-Lafayette with the blessing of his family and the promise that he wouldn’t go back to his old coaching ways. This time around there would be a healthy balance of football, family and faith.
Back in December of 2013, Anderson was announced as the fifth head coach in five seasons at Arkansas State. it marked his first opportunity to run his own program, and his approach to running the entire program reflects the changes he vowed to make.
For example, The State points out that staff meetings don’t start until 8:15 so that his assistants can take their kids to school. Assistants get over 5 weeks of vacation during the summer, and are not allowed to work weekends during the spring. Also among the changes are two days a week (Wednesdays and Thursdays) when coaches leave the facility as soon as the final whistle blows at practice.
In Jonesboro, Anderson is doing things his way, but really had to face some harsh realities before being given the chance to run his own program, his way.
“If it means we don’t get it done, and they fire me, then you know what, then my way didn’t work this time.” he explained.
“It doesn’t mean it won’t work somewhere else. To me, it’s worth the risk.”
Mark Helfrich and Mike Riley teamed up for an “Emmy Award worthy” commercial?
Six months ago, over the summer, Mike Riley and Mark Helfrich got together to shoot a regional commercial with Smokey the Bear about “Teaming up to tackle wildfires.”
Right on cue, the two sneak in some clever football puns; Riley with a “kickoff your burn early in the day…” and Helfrich’s “don’t fumble while leaving the burning pile unattended…”
The result of the commercial, which has been airing out West since the beginning of football season, is something that Helfrich is quite proud of, even pointing out to the Oregonian that he is of the belief that his performance was “Emmy Award worthy.”
I’m no expert, but I’m not so sure of that one coach.
However, if they’re still searching for lead roles for the next season of True Detective, look no further than the state of Oregon’s two premier head coaches and their performance here. The on screen chemistry is hard to deny…?
The two coaches will face off in the Civil War rivalry at 8pm EST tomorrow night.