1. When Tom Herman leaves Dallas on Tuesday morning and drives to Houston, the Ohio State offensive coordinator will be the full-time head coach of the Cougars. Herman's legacy isn't merely the three proven commodities that he developed at quarterback. It's the recruiting pipeline that Herman built from Texas to Columbus. He had to convince a skeptical Urban Meyer that Ohio State could be effective in the Lone Star State. When quarterback J.T. Barrett and tailback Dontre Wilson, Texans both, not only signed but thrived, Meyer got the message. Herman's replacement, former Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck, is a former Texas high school coach.
2. Among the many changes the College Football Playoff introduced this year is a dual news conference of the head coaches. Traditionally, each coach has answered 30 questions by himself on the morning before the game. Meyer and Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich lathered the compliments on one another. But they also cracked jokes. When Meyer was asked how the Buckeyes had practiced to account for the Ducks fast tempo, Helfrich interrupted to say, "Be specific, please." Not to be outcracked, Meyer responded, "Without getting into too much detail -- next question." Some coaching pairings would be icy; Helfrich and Meyer made it work.
3. Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood, in his 28th season in Eugene, laid blame for the Ducks' early-season blocking woes squarely on his shoulders. "I think I strayed from fundamentals and was worried too much about scheme in our practice and individual [work] time," Greatwood said. "Got away from it figuring I had a fairly veteran group ... . It's a mindset you have with your players. We can draw up all the X's and O's in the world. Until you can step the proper way, get your hat to the proper place and get your hands where they need to be, it doesn't matter what you draw up."