Here at FootballScoop Headquarters, we're looking forward to another great weekend of college football. Our four suggestions:
Don’t miss Gary Danielson’s in-game analysis of Jim McElwain vs. Ellis Johnson
Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain and South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson are undoubtedly two of the most intelligent coordinators in the game. As well as any coaches in the country, both veteran coaches give their teams the best chance to win a championship by the way the build their units.
McElwain previously served on staffs at Fresno State, Oakland Raiders, Michigan State, Louisville, Montana State, and Eastern Washington.
Ellis Johnson previously served on staffs at Mississippi State, The Citadel (head coach), Alabama, Clemson, Southern Miss, Appalachian State, and Gardner-Webb (head coach).
Don’t miss watching the overall plan from Tennessee’s staff vs. Georgia’s staff.
Both coaching staffs have a number of coaches that have been a part of championship teams. Mark Richt turned up the intensity with some physical practices early in the week. Which team will make the fewest mistakes? Which team can most consistently execute their plan? How will Tennessee defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox try to limit AJ Green's effectiveness?
Don’t miss Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino’s plan to move the ball at Penn State.
First-year Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino has a tough task with a talented, but young quarterback (Nathan Scheelhaase) going up against Tom Bradley’s defense. Penn State, on the other side, starts a true freshman quarterback against Vic Koenning’s defense. It’s hard to win on the road, let alone with a first-year starting quarterback. Petrino is innovative. He'll probably have a few schemes the Nittany Lions haven't seen just yet, so we’re interested in seeing his plan to move the ball against Tom Bradley’s defense.
Don’t miss Lane Kiffin’s plan to make USC vs. Stanford a late fourth-quarter game.
Not a lot of people thought Kiffin would keep it close at Florida or at Alabama last year. At Florida, he run the heck out of the ball and kept the clock running. He’ll probably try to do some of the same to keep Andrew Luck off the field. Wonder if the Trojan’s will try a surprise onsides kick at some point? Tennessee used a surprise onsides last year against Memphis after a first quarter touchdown.