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  • 12 things I didn’t expect to see this weekend

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    It seems like this weekend’s college and NFL action was full of nuggets that I (and many others) never expected to see. Here’s a recap of all of them in one place, purely for your enjoyment.

    1) The “-kowski’s” dominated the Pats – Raiders match-up.

    2) Notre Dame and Texas A&M are the two remaining teams yet to rush for a touchdown this season. In four games Washington State has the least number of rushing attempts (74 attempts) and has recorded one TD.

    3) At one point during Sunday’s action Cincinnati Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu had just as many passing touchdowns as a few well known NFL quarterbacks.

    4) I didn’t think Arizona would; A) need, or B) would be capable of scoring 36 points in the fourth quarter.

    5) Uh, what’s that guy’s title with the headset on?

    6) I know Lane Kiffin is a bright offensive mind…but I don’t know if anyone saw this one coming.

    7) Mike Leach did what?

    8) I’ve seen Michigan struggle firsthand, but this is nuts.

     

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    9) Indiana lost to Bowling Green in a shootout last weekend, then they go into their match up with Mizzou and dominate (ON DEFENSE!) from the start.

    10) How is this even possible?

    11) Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly – Dual Threat?

    12) A match-up made in heaven? Sorry, couldn’t resist. I’ll show myself out now.

    Unrelated Bonus: How did I not notice this before?

  • Thirteen thoughts from the college football weekend

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    I thought this tweet summarized Saturday’s action perfectly.

    The 2014 season has been going for nearly a month now, but this was the first Saturday college football truly felt back.

    Here are 13 thoughts summarizing a wild weekend.

    1. As a voting member of the FWAA, I nominated Mississippi State as my National Team of the Week, and they very much deserve it. I can’t tell you the last time a team walked into Death Valley at night and grabbed a 34-10 lead, but I can tell you it’s been a while. I’ve been critical of Dan Mullen’s ability to build a real SEC West contender, and, with one SEC game down, it appears he’s on his way. Now the Bulldogs have to do it again, and again. After a bye week, Mississippi State’s next two games: vs. No. 6 Texas A&M, vs. No. 5 Auburn.

    2. As exciting as Arizona’s Hail Mary win over Cal was for Rich Rod and the Wildcats, you have to feel for Sonny Dykes and the Cal staff. Seeking their first Pac-12 win since mid-October of 2012, the Golden Bears led 31-13 entering the fourth quarter, and still lost. How often do you see a team take an 18-point lead to the fourth quarter, score two touchdowns in that final quarter, and still lose? The good news is Dykes should only have to wait an extra seven days for his first conference win. Colorado comes to Berkeley on Saturday.

    3. I hope John Swofford has organized some sort of emergency support group for his coaches this week. How did Virginia Tech lose to Georgia Tech? How did Pittsburgh lose to Iowa? How did Clemson blow that game to Florida State? How?

    4. The most frustrating thing for Michigan in its two losses is that the Wolverines actually outgained Notre Dame and Utah in its two losses. Granted, the margins were 289-280 against Notre Dame and 308-286 versus Utah, but those numbers don’t indicate Michigan would be on the wrong end of a 57-10 cumulative score with zero offensive touchdowns. That’s what a minus-7 turnover differential will do for you.

    5. Yardage totals can be deceiving, but this one says a whole heck of a lot: Alabama 645, Florida 200.

    6. Mississippi State’s win over LSU means that if Arkansas beats Texas A&M on Saturday at AT&T Stadium, all seven SEC West teams will be ranked a week from now. This feels like the right time to mention that the Hogs are averaging 7.13 yards per carry with 17 touchdowns in on 45.5 carries per game. The Aggies’ front had better put some bricks in their britches on Saturday.

    7. I’m only mentioning this because the selection committee will notice it: Oklahoma beat West Virginia on the road more convincingly than Alabama did in a quasi-home game.

    8. Speaking of the Big 12, Kansas State’s loss to Auburn was the conference’s final chance to snag a win over a national title contender outside the conference. West Virginia almost beat Alabama, but didn’t. Oklahoma State almost beat Florida State, but didn’t. Texas almost beat UCLA, but didn’t. And Kansas State should have beaten Auburn, but didn’t. Considering the cannibalisitc nature of the league’s round-robin schedule, where an undefeated national title contender has been cut down in a November road game every year since the Big 12 moved to a nine-game schedule, and it potentially leaves the conference in a precarious place come Selection Sunday.

    9. Kansas beat Central Michigan 24-10 on Saturday. The last time the Jayhawks beat an FBS opponent by two touchdowns? A 42-16 win over New Mexico State on Sept. 25, 2010. That was 43 games ago, back when Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri and Texas A&M were still in the Big 12.

    10. A statement that perhaps summarizes where both programs stand on the college football pecking order: Miami visited Nebraska on Saturday night, two historic programs that have squared off for multiple national championships, at one time the best inter-sectional pseudo-rivalry in college football, and the game was relegated to ESPN2, with nary a ripple on the overall national landscape.

    Although I have to say this is awesome.

    11. Congrats to Old Dominion. The Monarchs’ 45-42 win at Rice gave Old Dominion a win in their inaugural Conference USA game. This from a program that wasn’t playing football as recently as 2008. The competition hasn’t been great, but Bobby Wilder going 49-15 with a rebuilt football program is impressive.

    12. A number of games this week were not suitable for children. Wisconsin dropped 68 on Bowling Green, Michigan State hit Eastern Michigan for 73, East Carolina left a 70-point bomb on North Carolina, Georgia blanked Troy 66-0, Temple dusted Delaware State 59-0, and North Texas tied a Conference USA record by dropping 77 on poor Nicholls State.

    13. And finally, congrats to the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets for defending Reveille from SMU wide receiver Der’ikk Thompson on Saturday.

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    This now evens the scoreboard at Corps of Cadets 1, SMU 1.

  • Louisville has new gray unis and black camo helmets for their Florida State game

    Louisville will wear these gray uniforms, and sweet black camo helmets for their game against Florida State on October 30th.

    Might as well start hyping them early, right?

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  • Check out this Division III version of Hard Knocks

    There’s no players getting called into the head coach’s office to hand in their playbooks and receive news that they’ve been cut, and there’s no rookie hazing going on, but Denison University put together an excellent “Hard Knocks” type look at their fall camp leading up to their first scrimmage of the 2014 season.

    The angles and editing that they’ve done bear a really close resemblance to the real Hard Knocks. This is well done.

    Denison had an outstanding 7-3 season last year, including a three game win-streak to close out the year. The Big Red got off to a solid start this year, beating Earlham (D-III – IN) in the season opener, but they’ve dropped the last two in a row and will take on Ohio Wesleyan this weekend.

  • Dartmouth will have a robot on the sidelines for home games

    As part of a partnership between the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Center for Telehealth and the Dartmouth Department of Athletics, a robot will be roaming the sidelines for all five of Big Green’s football games this fall.

    The robot is part of a remote concussion assessment pilot program that began on Saturday that aims to provide “real time, emergency clinical support via virtual technologies to a variety of Dartmouth sports” according to the official release from the university.

    The robot, along with some tablet and smartphone integrations, will allow doctors and neurosurgeon’s not at the game to remotely provide their expert assessments of Dartmouth players with suspected concussions.

    “Our goal at Dartmouth is to give our student-athletes the best medical care possible,” noted Drew Galbraith, the senior associate AD for Peak Performance. “By partnering with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Center for Telehealth we can tap into the latest technology and provide additional medical coverage by having a neurosurgeon on call should a player suffer a significant head injury or need a concussion screening.”

    The sidelines will be just one of the launching points of the new technology, with the aim to bring it to other areas of need in the near future.

    “Telemedicine technology will help us have greater coverage for our teams. For example, when they’re training far from campus, such as Nordic skiing, or holding a practice out of season, especially sports where there’s a risk for head injuries. Having the ability to connect to a doctor immediately presents some real opportunities for us to provide better care for our athletes in the moment.”

    Read the full release here.