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Posted on: October 8, 2008 10:39 am
Edited on: October 8, 2008 11:11 pm

One day closer to the ultimate comeback by Mitch Mustain.

If you've forgotten him, get in line. Mustain was the uber-recruit from Springdale, Ark. who signed with the 
hometown Hogs, went 8-0 as a freshman starter then transferred to USC amid the Houston Nutt shenanigans. The 
transfer to USC looked curious from the start. Mark Sanchez was there. So was highly regarded Aaron Corp.

At one point this season, Mustain dropped to fourth on the depth chart. Now with Sanchez nursing an injured knee 
Mustain might get his first start with the Trojans. I have no idea the amount of rust on Mustain but it says 
something that he rose up the depth chart to be in position to take over when Sanchez got hurt against Oregon.

The latest from Tuesday's practice: Sanchez threw lightly but did not practice. With three days to go before the 
Arizona State game, that's a positive sign for Mustain.

 It looks like Joe Paterno is going to be around for a while.

This is news because 1) the Penn State coach broke his leg two years at Wisconsin, the same place Penn State will 
play on Saturday 2) the reports coming out of State College lately have painted a bleak picture of his current 
health. Paterno was noticeably limping Saturday at Purdue and had to coach again from the press box. The 81-year-old 
has been seen at practices getting around in a golf cart.

The story, often repeated, is that Paterno injured his knee attempting an onside kick during a drill. However, after 
the Purdue game he was seen wearing two different shoes and was steadying himself at the podium while speaking to 
reporters. JoePa has taken to doing his weekly coach's show from his home.

"We're a little worried," quarterback Daryll Clark said after the 20-6 victory. "His leg's been bothering him for a 
little while now. But he's still there at practices doing what he can."

Joe being Joe, he shot down speculation that he is anywhere near the end of his career.

"I can't walk like I used to walk all the time," he said. "I used to love to get up and walk five, six miles. But I 
can't do that and still go out and go to practice for a couple hours. It just wears down on me. But what I have can 
be fixed, so we'll work on it.

"I'm going to have to live with it for a couple of weeks, maybe more. But hey, that's why I get the big money."

There is an increasing vibe that when Penn State eventually makes a change that the new coach might now come from 
the current staff. Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley and defensive line coach Larry Johnson are the most likely 

Just to be clear, I'm not saying Joe is going anywhere. A Big Ten title or national championship run will give him 
more reason to stick around.

 Ole Miss continues its up and down season. A week after winning at The Swamp, the Rebels lost an emotional game to 
South Carolina, 31-24. That leaves them 1-2 in the SEC West with a bye week before going to Alabama on Oct. 18.

I spoke to Houston Nutt recently.

Was there any temptation to shove it in Arkansas' face after that Florida win?

Nutt: I really deep down inside haven't thought about that (like) 'Look at us now.' "

OK, so how sweet was it?

Nutt: It was very sweet. We played Florida in the championship game in Atlanta (while with Arkansas). I thought we 
had 'em there. You beat Texas, you beat Tennessee, you beat Alabama, but this one ranks so high. It was 629 days 
since this team had won an SEC game."

After beating Georgia, Nick Saban mentioned the day-by-day grind that it takes to win at this level. You have to 

Nutt: "The constant grind, that's why you need three weeks of the summer to get totally away from it"

How close are you guys to turning it around?

Nutt: "The disappointing thing is, we're still sitting at 73 scholarships. A lot of names you heard the last three 
years aren't here. You're good at defensive line, you're good at receiver. There are some holes. The biggest hole 
was the mindset."

 More on the greatest stat of the season so far ...

D&E told you earlier this week that No. 3 Missouri had not had a three-and-out this season with Chase Daniel at 
quarterback. In those 48 possessions, Mizzou has scored 33 times (28 touchdowns, five field goals). The 15 "misses" 
include five punts, four lost fumbles, three series turned over on downs, two missed field goals and one 

 Brouce Mompremier has been cleared to do conditioning a couple of weeks after he was one of three players involved 
in Black Saturday. The South Florida linebacker was among the three who each suffered serious spinal or back 

 As mentioned in today's main story, Ball State's Dante Love will never play football again after being injured against 
Indiana. He is rehabbing and is expected to make a full recovery. Washington State quarterback suffered a 
non-surgical spine fracture.

Mompremier's got back on the practice field on a limited basis on Tuesday. His injury has been defined as 
nueroproxia, which is temporary failure of nerve conduction in the absence of structural changes, due to blunt 
injury or compression.

 Cincinnati (vs. Rutgers) and New Mexico State (at Nevada) will be the last two teams to open conference play this 

 Georgia Tech freshman Jaybo Shaw completed nine of 13 passes in his first career start against Duke, all to  
Demaryius Thomas for 230 yards. That's the second-highest receiving total in school history.

 Big week for punt blocks involving guys named Carter: North Carolina's Bruce Carter blocked three punts against 
Connecticut. Navy blocked two punts resulting in touchdowns against Air Force. Navy's Blake Carter blocked a punt in 
the first half that was returned for a touchdown. In the second half, he picked up a punt blocked by teammate Bobby 
Doyle. Navy had not blocked a punt in nine years.

  Rutgers has dropped to 1-4 leading coach Greg Schiano to say he might have overestimated his talent. Maybe his 
schedule has been overrated. The Scarlet Knights have beaten two ranked opponents since Schiano took over in 2000. 
That's as many ranked teams as Vanderbilt has beaten this season.

  Texas' Mack Brown on the Big (Scoring) 12: "Every time we look up, the most phenomenal thing is to see 50 points 
in this league. Nobody is surprised. At one time, you said, 'God they scored 58.' Now people are pulling them out  
to keep it to 58.' "

  Seeing the scoring explosion a different way: The nation's top scoring team is Tulsa. Factor in time of possession and  
the Golden Hurricane are averaging a point every 28.7 seconds. No. 2 Missouri is averaging one every 28 seconds.

 How important is Oklahoma-Texas this week? Eight times in the previous 12 games during the existence of the Big 12 
the winner has gone on to win the South Division. Two other times, the loser has played for the conference title. 
The other two South Division titles have been won by Texas A&M.

 Oklahoma is the only team in the country not to lose a fumble this season.

  Washington is 0-5 for the first time in 39 years and one of only two winless teams in I-A. North Texas is the other.

  Name the 12 teams averaging both 200 yards passing and rushing and you win a sucker. Answer below.

  More about Ball State:

 It is located in Muncie, Ind. where basketball is king. The 1990 Ball State team went to the Sweet 16 before losing 
to UNLV. Muncie Central High School has won eight state championships.

When radio voice Morry Mannies went to school there in the 1950s tuition was $150 and enrollment was 4,000. Today 
there are 18,000 students

The last MAC team to be ranked was Bowling Green in November 2004.

The school was shut down three times before 1917. At that point it was bought out of foreclosure by the Ball family. 
It was originally known as Eastern Indiana Normal School. 

The famous "Boom, goes the dynamite" guy, Brian Collins, is from Ball State.

 The 12 incredibly balanced teams referred to above: Oklahoma State, Nevada, Oregon, Penn State, Tulsa, Arkansas 
State, Louisville, Illinois, Indiana, Fresno State, LSU and Southern Miss.



Since: May 19, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2008 12:03 am

Oklahoma D-I schools

What an odd occurrence...all three Oklahoma D-1 schools ranked so high in offensive categories.  For those who haven't seen Tulsa's offense, download the Todd Graham Show podcasts and skip past Coach Graham's speeches: 

What will the media poratray if all of the current undefeated non-BCS schools end up being undefeated at the end of the season, while a 2-loss BCS school gets a chance to enter a BCS bowl?

And why is BYU ranked #8 when their non-conference schedule had a combined losing record?  Nothern Iowa is the only one with a winning record at the time at 3-2 (woo hoo).  They have no quality wins yet everyone ranks them so high!  They beat winless Washington by ONE POINT!

Go Tulsa!


Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2008 6:02 pm

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Sutton I'm not a Dodd fan but he got it right. All passes to Thomas for 230 yards.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: October 9, 2008 4:21 pm

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Wow, I was reading that Chase Daniels stat for Mizzou. 48 possessions and not one 3 and out! Mizzou continues to impress me. I'm a big Razorback fan and needless to say we were so over matched at that Bowl game last year. I don't believe I have ever seen a record on that stat for most consecutive possessions where one team does not go 3 and out. I wonder if it a record that is kept by the N.C.A.A. or the N.F.L. I think I might have under rated the Big 12 this year. TexAss, Mizzou, and Oklahoma are as good as any other 3 teams in the S.E.C. Ball State, I wonder if Letterman has taken note of his Alma Mater on the Late show

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2008 3:15 pm

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His math is still wrong, unless the numbers from the NCAA are wrong.  I used the NCAA stats for Scoring Offense and Time of Possession.  As I said in my post, I have no idea where Dodd pulled his numbers or math from.  I pulled mine from the official stat-keepers.  Tulsa has scored the highest total points per game, and is the most prolific offense in terms of time of possession.  Missouri is #2.  If anyone doesn't believe me, go the the NCAA website, and do the math yourself.  That's what I did.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2008 1:15 pm

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Being from Oklahoma, you gotta love that 3 of the 12 "Balanced" teams and I think its something like 3 of the top 5 Offenses in the country are all from Oklahoma, OU, OSU and Tulsa.

Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2008 12:38 pm

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He's talking about per time of possession. Tulsa might score more total points, but they keep the ball longer doing it. Mizzou scores more in regards to how long they have the ball...

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2008 11:21 am

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This threw me off at first as well, but he changed the way the calculation was done.  Tulsa is tops in scoring per game, but Missouri is tops if you only count time of possession (translation is that missouri's offense is more efficient in scoring when they have the chance).

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: October 9, 2008 11:14 am

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I'm not going to waste time looking up the stats, but if you are going to measure offensive efficiency via total-points/time-of-poss. then you need to subtract from total points all points scored by the defense. Points scored by the defense will skew any measurement of offensive efficiency determined using total points scored.

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: October 9, 2008 10:40 am
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Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2008 10:12 am

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Taking into account "time of possession,"  I guess Missou hasn't held the ball as much as Tulsa.

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