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Coffee and Cigarettes: College football links for Saturday


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Watching some College Football today? Here is some reading for you to prep.

New Grantland: The Development of Geno Smith | Smart Football
Everyone points to the spectacular plays, but it’s making the system’s simple, routine plays that puts Smith in elite company. As Tom Brady is fond of saying, good quarterbacking is often as much about minimizing mistakes and making good plays as it is making great ones. "It really goes down to making routine plays," West Virginia offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said after the Mountaineers’ 800 yards of offense against Baylor. "You lose sight of that because everything in your mind goes to great plays." Dawson’s description may sound bizarre, but true excellence is typically banal. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning each mastered the simple things to the point that they could perform them repeatedly, whenever called upon, no matter the situation. Being a quarterback is maybe most of all about making the difficult look routine and, at the college level, Smith is doing just that.

2013 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings -
There is plenty of intrigue at the wide receiver position for the 2013 NFL Draft. This year, four wide receivers were taken in the NFL Draft. Depending on which juniors come out, next year should be no different.

2013 NFL Draft Cornerback Rankings -
One of the break out players in college football this season has been Alabama junior cornerback Dee Milliner. After starting only six games a year ago, Milliner has emerged as the best player in the Crimson Tide secondary. Through four games, Milline

Geno Smith vs. Matt Barkley: Two quarterbacks heading in opposite directions -
Geno Smith's eight-touchdown performance against the Baylor Bears was te culmination of his push towards the top of the 2013 quarterback class. But has he done enough to pass Matt Barkley and be the top quarterback off the board in the 2013 NFL Draft

West Virginia QB Geno Smith's confident Heisman Trophy run -
Following a game of 656 yards and eight touchdowns, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is deservedly feeling good about his play. But the senior is certainly not letting the hype and expectation get to him.

Washington State vs. Oregon State: Cougs look to bounce back against Beavers - SB Nation Seattle
The Cougars get no respite this week as they face off against a hot Oregon State team, currently ranked 14th in the country.

Washington vs. Oregon: Huskies' defense to get major test at Autzen - SB Nation Seattle
Justin Wilcox has the Washington Huskies playing great defense, but they face offensive powerhouse Oregon this Saturday and will get another tough test.

Washington vs. Oregon: Is the Huskies' Defense for real? - SB Nation Seattle
Justin Wilcox has the Washington Huskies playing great defense, but are they for real?

Embrace The Hate: The Washington-Oregon Rivalry - SB Nation Seattle
Despite Washington's lack of recent success against Oregon, the hate that fuels the bitter rivalry remains strong.

Fun with Numbers: Geno Smith's excellence goes beyond traditional stats - NCAA Football -
Geno Smith’s numbers are numbing. All week, his mushrooming statistics have blasted through the national college football landscape quicker than West Virginia’s no-huddle offense can snap the ball.

Offensive numbers are exploding, but some defensive coaches not ready to rest case - NCAA Football -
"Is this," Nick Saban asked this week, "what football wants to be?"

WSU Vs. OSU most important person: Defensive backs - CougCenter
If the Cougars have any hope of leaving Corvallis with a win, the defensive backs must step up.

Sunday Bests - Washington Huskies in the NFL - UW Dawg Pound
After a missing last weeks post for a varied array of reasons, I am back to give you your NFL Husky update. This week will feature two weeks of Dawg performances. Here are your Sunday Bests: