It’s Gameday Eve again! Get your tailgating gear in order, but not before imbibing on these six college football stories from around the country.
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley may be the next to step in front of the firing line in the SEC unless he can force a stay of execution with an extended winning streak and bowl game to close out the season.
True freshmen have combined to start 11 games this season, and they have provided the Gators with critical depth on both lines of scrimmage, at linebacker, wide receiver and tight end.
E.J. Manuel and No. 8 Florida State had no reason to panic when they got the ball with 2:19 to go needing to score.
It's not just the game balls that are deflated at Southern California this fall. An unimpressive season reached a new, weird low late Wednesday night when No. 21 USC announced a student manager had been dismissed for underinflating several game balls before the Trojans' loss to No. 2 Oregon last weekend.
Notre Dame can run the ball, and Notre Dame can pass the ball at increasingly productive rates, and all this apparently makes opposing defensive coaches do things that indicate they are a bit imbalanced.
In a film session — where Saban has physical proof and the power to rewind — Millner lost his man playing zone coverage, and Saban said, “The chair there played better defense than what you’re doing.”
Sometimes, the defensive backs and linebackers are taught to line up in a way to bait the offense, showing openings that will close after the snap. Millner said they can pretend to blitz, fake man coverage, do just about anything, so long as they are positioned correctly at the snap.
“There’s a psychological disposition that you’re trying to create, especially in defensive backs, that ‘I can play the next play,’ ” Saban said. “Some of these guys, man, they get beat and they’re not any good for the next 10 plays. Well, what are we going to do? Take you out?”