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Coach V’s Grades – Oklahoma

Most teams like to make a statement with their first offensive play. We threw a five yard backward pass to a WR in motion where he had to fight to limit the loss due to the ineffective cupcake blocks provided by his fellow wideouts. We kept in script for the remainder of the first half by stumbling, bumbling, and basically hoping to prevent injury. I was reminded of the famous DKR talk when he told his squad there was one helluva fight going on in the Cotton Bowl---too bad we hadn't gotten in on it. Here are the grades:
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Coach V’s Grades – LSU

We didn't execute the assignments we were assigned---across the board. Football players are supposed to make plays regardless of degree of difficulty. Since we gave up 45 points and over 500 yards it's obvious our troopers didn't produce many positive results in that game plan. We scored 38 with 500 yards---you should (must) win these games. We weren't out talented. We were outcoached plain and simple.
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Coach V’s Grades: Big 12 Championship

The chips were on the line in Arlington this time. We had some rise to the occasion. We had some that allowed the magnitude of the game affect their performance. We still scored 27 points but fell far short of the time of possession domination we needed to influence the game as a positive in our direction. We shot ourselves with penalties to kill drives. We trick played our way into other drive killers. It wasn't our finest performance---players and play-callers alike.
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Coach V’s Grades – Kansas

We played very hard this week. We were a couple of "big" plays and too many missed tackles away from a very good game. Guys were flying around with kinetic energy abound. I liked the approach we took this week. We did basic seek and destroy tactics while keeping it simple. Since we had a mash unit with everyone finding a way to contribute it turned out our "busy" made up for mistakes in angles, MT's, and dag-nabbits.
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Coach V’s Grades – ISU

Right up front I just want to acknowledge that these guys have some kind of blurs aligning as edge foundations. I wouldn't be surprised if they anchored the sprint relay back in their high school days. That was the bad news although that alley runner (12) was as good as advertised. The good news is we handled their action with our secret weapon (for the most part)---a real offensive line playing to gut the opponent.