Four is the magic number for CFB

A favorite before Big Ten noon games, the Badger Stack is a not-so-healthy snack of a Johnsonville brat served with an egg patty and slice of American cheese on a fresh bun.


1. Helmet cams

Schutt Vision helmets are equipped with a 720 p HD video camera that allows coaches to watch action from a player's birds-eye view. Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Oregon, Texas and a handful of other teams are using the helmets in preseason camp. NCAA rules prevent the schools from using the helmet cams in games, though.

2. GPS

FSU will continue to use a GPS system to monitor players' acceleration rates, heart rates and speed. Chris Jacobs, an actual rocket scientist, monitors the Seminoles' movements during practices and workouts.

3. Field Turf

OK, so it's not an entirely new innovation, but Notre Dame has finally installed Field Turf at Notre Dame Stadium after having (really, really tall) natural grass for 84 years. Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly hopes the new surface will help his team run faster.

4. Scratch-and-sniff tickets

Oregon, thanks to Nike founder Phil Knight's fat checkbook, has been a leader in innovation. The Ducks are introducing scratch-and-sniff tickets to fans this coming season -- that will smell like Carl's Jr.'s fresh-baked buns. When Oregon revealed the aromatic tickets, Stanford officials immediately Tweeted that their tickets will smell like roses. Ouch.

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