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Cincinnati DT Terrill Byrd has his sights set on Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford on Saturday.
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Southern Miss running back Damion Fletcher hopes to find the end zone against Auburn.
Coach's Corner: Week 1 vs. Week 2Former defensive coordinator and head coach Bob Davie will share his thoughts on various topics throughout this season. This week, Coach Davie talks about the adjustments between Week 1 and Week 2.
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C.J. Spiller and Clemson are expected to play with a sense of urgency this weekend.
Bob Davie: The biggest single thing is that you get a chance to see players on tape perform in situations where it's not scripted. In practice, everything is scripted. A coaching staff sees players perform in that first game and might be surprised with how they reacted. From a personnel standpoint, you put players in a position to be successful based on how they played in that first game. You ask them to do only what they're capable of doing. In practice guys are capable of doing things, but when you see them in games you see what they're really capable of doing. Hopefully, you're just tweaking things with your team after Week 1, because if you have a major overhaul, you have some issues and you're going in the wrong direction. As a head coach, you're going to find out how your coaching staff reacted to unscripted situations. How did they make adjustments in the game? How did they support the players? As much as you practice, there's no way to rehearse what's going to happen in a game. At some point the players play, and the coaches coach and the great ones improvise a little bit. 2. For two teams that lost in Week 1 -- Clemson and Virginia Tech -- what will their approach be and how do you see them responding?
Davie: Obviously, Virginia Tech looked at the personnel and the game tape, and the Hokies felt they needed to play Tyrod Taylor. Sean Glennon was the quarterback for Virginia Tech against East Carolina. They were going to redshirt Taylor, but after seeing Glennon in the loss to East Carolina, they decided to go back to the two-quarterback system and Taylor. I think you're going to see a real physical approach and a real sense of urgency from Clemson. They physically got beat up by Alabama. It wasn't one player or personnel like it was with Virginia Tech; they were dominated as a team. 3. Do teams improve the most between Week 1 and Week 2?
Davie: That's a little bit of a misnomer. It totally depends on what happens in Week 1. You hope you don't have to make too much improvement. If teams played that poorly, they have more room to improve in Week 2. A team like Texas is a great example of that. I'll be at their game on Saturday versus UTEP. They did a lot of things right in Week 1, and there's not a whole lot of improvement for them to make. Alabama isn't going to improve as much as Clemson will this week. 4. Is this the week when the biggest changes in game planning, teaching and personnel changes take place?
Davie: Not really. As you move forward, usually the game planning is dictated by injury or if you lose key players. I think early in the season you probably change personnel a little bit versus changing your game plan. One week is too early to abandon what your plan is. If there's a lack of execution, you try to improve execution. You don't change the plan much now. That would be later in the season where you see a consistent pattern develop. That would send out a very poor message if in fact the whole spring, all summer and all fall camp, you sold your players on a well-thought-out plan and you change it after one week.
Viewer's Guide(All times ET) Saturday:
10 a.m.: College GameDay from Gainesville, Fla. (ESPN)
Noon: Ohio at Ohio State (ESPN)
Miami (Ohio) at Michigan (ESPN2)
Connecticut at Temple (ESPNU)
1 p.m.: New Hampshire at Army (ESPN Classic)
3:30 p.m. Cincinnati at Oklahoma (ABC)
Oregon State at Penn State (ABC)
Mississippi at Wake Forest (ABC)
3:45 p.m.: Richmond at Virginia (ESPNU)
4:30 p.m.: West Virginia at East Carolina (ESPN)
7 p.m.: South Florida at UCF (ESPN2)
7:30 p.m.: Minnesota at Bowling Green (ESPNU)
8 p.m.: Miami at Florida (ESPN)
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