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  • Ten thoughts from Friday’s action

    Wilbur Wildcat

    1. Arkansas runs out of gas…. again. In its six losses this season, Arkansas scored a grand total of 40 points after halftime. Twenty-six of those points came against Georgia, and the Hogs were down 38-6 at the break. In losses to Auburn, Alabama, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Friday versus Missouri, Arkansas either watched leads turn into deficits or close leads turn into blowouts. I’m not sure if it’s play-calling, execution, halftime adjustments, depth or team conditioning, but it’s something Bret Bielema will have to fix next season if the Razorbacks are to be in contention for a title more meaningful than The Nation’s Best 6-6 Team.

    On Friday, Arkansas watched a 14-3 lead turn into a 21-14 loss with 30 passes and 30 rushes. The Razorbacks threw a combined 44 passes against 88 rushes in wins over LSU and Ole Miss.

    Here’s the drive chart from Arkansas’ final possession Friday. Note how much time was left when the Razorbacks took over.

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    VIDEO: Here’s the two-point conversion of the season

    2. But enough about Arkansas, Mizzou won the SEC East again! Who says this team can’t compete against Alabama? The Tigers run the ball when it matters – seriously, they ran it 11 times for 85 yards on the game winning touchdown drive – and harass opposing passers like they owe them money. Hasn’t Gary Pinkel’s team taught us something about writing them off already?

    3. Nebraska punted the ball directly into the rear end of one of its own players for an Iowa touchdown, dropping its deficit to 24-7, and still won. Tommy Armstrong threw two interceptions and completed less than 50 percent of his passes, but played the hero by throwing three second-half touchdown passes. Take it away, Faux Pelini:

    4.The best part of Western Kentucky 67, Marshall 66 wasn’t that Brandon Doughty and Rakeem Cato combined to complete 63-of-96 passes for 908 yards and an NCAA-record 15 touchdowns with six interceptions, it’s that WKU’s Leon Allen rushed 33 times for 237 yards and a touchdown, while Marshall’s Steward Butler answered with 24 rushes for 233 yards and two scores.

    5. The best turnaround you haven’t witnessed this season has been Troy Calhoun at Air Force. Calhoun went 34-18 from 2007-10, slipped to 13-13 in 2011-12, and then bottomed out to 2-10 last season. But he’s rebounded in a big way in 2014, knocking off 10-1 Colorado State 24-22 to polish off a 9-3 regular season, a seven-win bump from last season’s disappointment.

    6. What’s the best part of Arizona’s Pac-12 South championship? Is it that they did it with a redshirt freshman at quarterback (208 yards, two touchdowns), a freshman at running back (178 yards, three touchdowns), and an All-American sophomore linebacker? Or that they did it at the expense of Arizona State?

    The answer, of course, is yes.

    VIDEO: Rich Rod and the Wildcats celebrate in the locker room

    7. The gap between “bad” and “good” isn’t nearly as far as the gap between “good” and “great.” UCLA has proven to be the perfect example of this under Jim Mora. The Bruins went 17-21 in the three seasons prior to Mora’s hiring, and are 28-11 in now three complete regular seasons since – 0-6 against Oregon and Stanford, and 28-5 against everyone else. Worse yet, those losses have come by 18, three, 14, 28, 12 and now 21 points.

    8. No one runs its block quite like Northern Illinois runs the MAC West. In a de facto MAC semifinal game, Northern Illinois scored on its first play from scrimmage at Western Michigan, and then watch the Broncos rip off 21 unanswered in the next 26 minutes. Rod Carey’s team showed the championship resolve that has been bred into its DNA, scoring the game’s final 24 points to win 31-21 and claim its fifth straight division championship. No other program in college football has as many division titles in the last eight seasons.

    9. Good luck to UNLV’s next head coach. Athletics director Tina Kunzer-Murphy gave an interview to the Las Vegas Sun after accepting head coach Bobby Hauck’s resignation in which she said, “It’s not the coach. It’s us. We have to change the culture… We can’t just keep putting people in that chair without fixing the culture of UNLV football.”

    10. Three things Frank Beamer teams always do: block punts, beat Virginia, and go to bowl games. Virginia Tech used a blocked punt for a touchdown to key a 24-20 win over Virginia, its 11th straight win over UVa and 15th in 16 tries, to clinch its 22nd consecutive bowl game.

  • Rich Rod in the locker room, “The Cup is ours!”

    Rich Rod is always so happy and genuine in the locker room.

    “We’ve got a couple more games to play. Maybe three more games to play!”

    Bear down!

  • Video: Here’s the two-point conversion of the season

    Trailing Arkansas 14-12 in a de facto SEC semifinal game, Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Henson called the two-point play that’s assuredly been burning a hole in his pocket all season… if not his entire life.

  • Mark Snyder will not return as Texas A&M’s defensive coordinator

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    247 Sports

    Update> Sources FootballScoop has spoken with confirm that A&M is looking to hire who Kevin Sumlin believes is the best defensive coordinator in the country. We understand that list is very, very short and begins with Pat Narduzzi and Will Muschamp.


     

    Original post> Mark Snyder will not return as Texas A&M’s defensive coordinator,  the school announced on Friday afternoon.

    The Aggies, who finished 7-5 this season after a 5-0 start, ranked 11th or lower in the 14-team SEC in every major defensive category except yards per attempt allowed, where they finished tied for ninth.

    The final straw came Thursday night, as LSU ran for 384 yards on 6.7 per carry in a 23-17 Tigers victory. The Aggies also allowed Missouri to rush for 335 yards the game prior in a 34-27 defeat.

    Snyder will receive a $700,000 buyout to be paid through March 2016. Linebackers coach Mark Hagen will be the interim defensive coordinator for the Aggies’ to-be-determined bowl game.

    As always, stay tuned to @FootballScoop and The Scoop for the latest.

  • Photos: Missouri breaking out new black-on-black helmets for Arkansas

    Missouri is battling for its second straight SEC East championship on Friday afternoon, and doing so in some new black-on-black helmets.

    From far away they look straight black, but I like the look from up close.

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    #Mizzou Tiger Jacks!! #allblackeverything! #MizzouMade kick off in 30min on CBS!

    A video posted by Mizzou Football (@mizzoufootball) on

    What do you think?