It is GAME WEEK, y’all. Make your travel and tailgating plans, then check out these six college football stories from around the country.
Coaches gave the Arkansas running back his first full contact since last August when an ankle injury on an inside run ended his season.
Boise State coach Chris Petersen named junior Joe Southwick his starting quarterback Sunday, giving tabbing the veteran backup as next in line behind record-setting Kellen Moore.
Notre Dame suspended starting tailback Cierre Wood two games for violating team rules, leaving the Fighting Irish without their 1,000-yard rusher against Navy and Purdue.
Trustees conclude two-day meeting talking about ways to use the home football opener against Ohio as a public-relations moment.
Heading into his second season, Kevin Wilson still is working on building depth for the Hoosiers. Even where there is depth, Wilson still doesn't feel completely comfortable,
"I've always been for a balanced offense, but one that could run the ball. Gene Stallings, Pat Dye and I, we all came up in that mode," Slocum said. "I have to say that my thoughts are changing. I watched this past year Bill Belichick at New England, who I have great respect for, first play of the game -- and this is a playoff game -- he's got five receivers deployed -- nobody in the backfield except the quarterback. So I'm sitting there thinking: Here's a guy who's a defensive-minded guy who's won a lot of football games and he starts this ball game by spreading people out.
"My son's a coach at Green Bay (Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum) and I follow the pro game quite a bit because of that, but if you look at how big and physical those defensive people are, it's really, really hard to line up and make a living just pounding the ball at them. I would make that same analogy in the Southeastern Conference. Big, physical active defenses. It's just, I would think, very hard to make a living trying to line up and bash them all downfield. So at some point, mixing in some explosive plays and tempo, spreading people out to maybe create some cracks ... I think there's some sense in that."
Slocum added that the evolution of 7-on-7 tournaments have also favored passing offenses. "The kids, they spend all summer throwing and catching, and they just get better at it," he said. "I went through a long period of time where the state of Texas produced almost no NFL quarterbacks. Now, we've got guys all over the country.
[ed note: I am on the road today and dealing with a tropical cyclone. Blog posts might be sparse.]