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  • Photo: USC will wear “shiny” helmets on Saturday. Can you tell a difference?

    USC has been one of the few schools immune to the latest trends of the college football uniform world. You haven’t seen the Trojans in all black, in matte helmets, with alternate logos or any of the like. That puts them in a group with Alabama, Texas, Auburn and, uh, that’s about it.

    Even fellow blue-bloods Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska and Oklahoma have switched it up from time to time. Not the Trojans, though.

    That changes Saturday though, as USC hosts Arizona State with a shinier helmet than usual.

    Here’s a photo of what USC will wear this week:

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    And here’s what the Trojans wear usually:

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    Maybe we need to see them in natural light because, outside of the cardinal face mask, I’m not seeing much of a difference here.

    Am I alone here?

    (via @uniformswag)

  • Inside the film room: Break down Baylor’s three sacks from Saturday

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    Baylor recorded three sacks in their win over Iowa State this past Saturday, and as part of their new Film Room series, they take you inside the film room to break down each play with defensive line coach Chris Achuff.

    While I thoroughly enjoyed their offensive installment of the series last week where they broke down their passing game, this clip has some great coaching points on how the Bears coach up, and scheme advantages for their talented defensive line.

    The Bears front four has seen a lot of success pinning their ears back and getting after it their first four games, recording 18 sacks so far this season (ranking 5th nationally).

  • Video: Angle tackling with the Stanford defensive backs

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    Stanford’s latest episode of their #StanfordSkills series takes you inside the Cardinal defense’s approach to angle tackling.

    With four games in the books, Stanford leads the nation in scoring defense (6.5 ppg), passing defense (74 ypg), and total defense (198 ypg), so this is a great look at how one of the top defenses in the country approaches tackling.

  • Video of the Day – Auburn – Don’t Miss a Moment

    Wednesday October 1, 2014

    Video of the Day:

    Auburn – Don’t Miss a Moment.

  • The Michigan story has officially gone off the rails

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    Here’s a good rule of thumb for athletics departments and coaches. Heck, it’s a good rule for all of us. If Congress starts poking around in the way you do business, something has gone wrong.

    We’re now at that point in Ann Arbor.

    Following the Shane Morris incident during Michigan’s 30-14 loss to Minnesota Saturday and the Wolverines’ disastrous follow-up culminating in a 1 a.m. press release, New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr., has sent a letter to Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany urging him to change the league’s concussion protocol.

    I’ll spare you the 10 paragraphs of grandstanding and cut to the end (you can read the entire letter here, courtesy of MLive):

    I strongly urge you to investigate the circumstances surrounding Shane Morris’s injury and the decision to return him to play. Additionally, I ask that you reexamine the protocols in place and determine what changes can be made to improve them. I also urge you to establish penalties for violations of concussion protocols. Every concussion is brain damage and must be diagnosed and treated by appropriate medical personnel, who prioritize players’ health, safety, and well-being.

    Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter, and I look forward to your response.

    Sincerely,

    Bill Pascrell, Jr.
    Member of Congress

    Back in Ann Arbor, a petition is circulating for athletics director Dave Brandon’s ouster. It will have passed 8,000 signatures by the time you read this. (A competing petition to keep Brandon in his current post has three. It’s summary? And I quote: “I like Brandon. He’s a nice guy.”)

    It reads: Dave Brandon is the current Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Michigan. He has held the title since 2010. Upon being named the Athletic Director, Mr. Brandon stated “athletic programs play [a role] in helping to shape the culture and image of our university community.” Unfortunately, under Mr. Brandon’s tenure, the football program, one of the most prominent programs at the University of Michigan and in the nation, has become a black eye for the University of Michigan. Instead of adding to the image and prestige of the university, the state of the athletic department has hurt the connection shared between alumni, fans, and the university. Furthermore, policies and decisions of the athletic department have alienated the current student body. As a result, the university risks producing a generation of alumni that are disinterested and disengaged. Finally, President Mark Schlissel previously stated that one draw of the athletic program is to provide an avenue for “public attention on to the other wonderful things that are happening on campus…” When the athletic department produces overwhelmingly negative media attention, it distracts from the main mission of the university.”

    On top of that, commenters on the popular blog site MGoBlog.com have organized a “Fire Dave Brandon” rally at 6 p.m. on campus. Students were also heard chanting “Fire Brandon” during the loss to Minnesota.

    The ire of the Michigan fan base has fallen on Brandon rather than head coach Brady Hoke, although the tide has turned against both.

    None of this is good for Hoke, but it seems the swarm of hornets has bypassed him in favor of his boss. Letters to the Big Ten commissioner, petitions to fire the AD, on campus rallies, that’s ultimately out of his sphere of influence. What Hoke can control, though, and really topping off a long four days for Michigan: the 2-3 Wolverines are three-point underdogs at Rutgers on Saturday night.