Looking ahead to next week might prove to be costly in Week 6
Situation Room: Focus group in session
Horns, Nittany Lions, Tigers need focus this weekBy Rece Davis, ESPN.com
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Mack Brown and the Horns look to avoid a letdown at Colorado.
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Joe Paterno's October schedule doesn't offer any gimmes.
Coach's Corner: Back To BasicsFormer defensive coordinator and head coach Bob Davie will share his thoughts on various topics throughout this season.
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Tim Tebow and Florida can't wait to get back on the field at Arkansas on Saturday.
1. A few teams suffered some big upsets last weekend. What did they do at practice this week to get back on track?Bob Davie: When you're used to winning like some of these teams -- USC, Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin -- you wish you could go play the very next day because losing leaves such a terrible taste in your mouth. When you get upset, it's such a big story on these campuses, in these classrooms. It affects those players socially because it's such a shock, and everyone is talking about it. The only way to get that out of your system is to go play and win again. I think a coach plays the role as a part-time psychologist. But even bigger than that responsibility, he has to find the tangible reason why his team lost that game. How do we correct it? What steps are we taking? You can talk about getting your confidence back, but it doesn't do any good to talk about it. The way you get the confidence back is to go out there and practice specifically on the things that you have to do better. And then the players have confidence because they worked hard during the week to correct the mistakes. What you'll find is that these teams that lost had the most spirited practices -- even more than they've had before -- during this week. 2. How much time does a coach spend looking back versus looking forward? Davie: I believe you give yourself 24 hours to get over a loss -- or a win for that matter. From a verbal standpoint, you're done talking about looking back -- after that 24-hour period -- after your players have watched film. You don't say anything to them, but the corrections you're making throughout the week are directly related to what happened in that last game. You go forward with the physical part of what you have to do to get better during the week. 3. Let's look at the flip side. What about handling a team that's coming off the big win/upset? How do you make sure it's not getting to their head? Davie: You sell those players on the fact that the victory feels so good. On their campuses, going to class is great and everyone is slapping you on the back for getting the big win. You talk about how great that feeling is and you want to continue those good vibes, but you have to be mature and come back to reality to do so. Bottom line, it comes down to how these kids practice. Those teams that pulled the upsets -- Oregon State, Ole Miss, etc. -- I would think that they practiced longer and harder, and it might be even more demanding than if they had lost, in some ways. As a coach, you come back and make it harder because you bring them back to reality by just grinding them in practice. The players will play off how you respond as a coach. If you say "Look, here are our deficiencies. Even though we got a big win, this is what we need to work on," the players will take the lead on that.
Viewer's Guide(All times ET) Saturday:
10 a.m.: College GameDay from Nashville, Tenn. (ESPN)
Noon: Penn State at Purdue (ESPN)
Duke at Georgia Tech (ESPNU)
Iowa at Michigan State (ESPN2)
3:30 p.m.: Texas Tech at Kansas State (ABC)
Arizona State at Cal (ABC)
Illinois at Michigan (ABC)
Florida State at Miami (ABC)
6 p.m.: Auburn at Vanderbilt (ESPN)
7 p.m.: UConn at North Carolina (ESPN2)
Maryland at Virginia (ESPNU)
8 p.m.: Oregon at USC (ABC)
Ohio State at Wisconsin (ABC)
9 p.m.: Missouri at Nebraska (ESPN)
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