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Chizik officially out at Auburn

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik has been fired after a disappointing 3-9 season in which the Tigers went winless in the SEC.

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November 25, 2012  |  2 Comments

BCS Bowl Projections: Championship Week Edition

  A thrilling last two weeks of the regular season leaves us with dramatically different BCS bowl projections than we had 14 days ago. One half of the National Championship Game has been set in stone with Notre Dame’s win over USC, but which SEC team will join them in the clash for college football’s ultimate prize?   Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Nebraska – UCLA...
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November 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Big East race is well ... confusing

The race for the Big East championship is about as confusing as the future of the beleaguered BCS conference. With just a week remaining in the season — and maybe not much more for a conference that is being poached again — the Big East is on the verge of a four-way tie. In a watered down league, no team wanted to step up and take control. Not Charlie Strong’s Louisville...
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November 25, 2012  |  Discuss

South Carolina 27, Clemson 17: Another disappointing day for the Tigers and the ACC as a whole

Of every team which lost on rivalry weekend, it’s quite possible that no one lost more- literally and figuratively- than the Clemson Tigers. For Clemson they not only lost a game to in-state rival South Carolina 27-17, but also a potential shot at a BCS bowl berth, as well as credibility for their entire conference as well. For the Tigers, things started off so quickly and...
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November 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Texas A&M 59, Missouri 29: Manziel makes his Heisman case

On Sunday morning, the newspaper headlines in College Station will likely read “Texas A&M 59, Missouri 29,” but if anything, the story behind the headlines is this: In his last chance to impress Heisman Trophy voters, Johnny Manziel left them with quite a bit to think about. After another strong performance Saturday night, Manziel firmly planted himself in the discussion...
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November 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Notre Dame seals the deal in 22-13 victory over rivals USC

Nevermind what haters say, ignore them ’til they fade away. - T.I. Yep, let the haters hate as Notre Dame is headed to the National Championship game for the first time since their last undefeated and national championship season in 1988 following a 22-13 win over bitter rivals USC. Unlike that 1988 team this one will get to the title game on the backs of their defense, a...
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November 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Taylor, Cardinal Run To Pac-12 Title Game, Defeat Bruins 35-17

  Stanford needed this afternoon’s game in the Rose Bowl to fully punch their ticket to the Pac-12 Championship Game once Oregon came out victorious in the Civil War. UCLA had already advanced to the game, but still could’ve decided who their opponent would have been. Stanford took the choice away from the Bruins, as the Cardinal claimed the Pac-12 North title with a...
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November 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Florida 37, Florida State 26: Gators get the win, now they need help from USC

On Saturday night, college football fans in every corner of the country other than the South will have no choice but to become Notre Dame fans. That’s because to avoid another national nightmare- i.e., an all-SEC National Championship Game- the Irish need to hold on and win at USC. We’re just kidding of course, but that’s the reality college football fans are facing, courtesy...
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November 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State 24, Wisconsin 21: The season that would not end, ends with overtime win

  It was a season that did not want to end for Penn State, the Nittany Lions needed overtime to edge Wisconsin in the final game of the 2012 season. On a day full of emotion and reasons to be proud, Penn State battled back after it seemed the momentum was lost when Wisconsin’s overtime field goal attempt sailed wide left for a 24-21. Matt McGloin passed for 200 yards and...
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November 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Ohio State 26, Michigan 21: Undefeated and unrewarded

The Ohio State Buckeyes are undefeated, yet will go un rewarded this season. No shot at a BCS national championship and no opportunity to play in the Big Ten championship game. But for one afternoon in November none of that mattered. A win in The Game againt the rival from the north is the only thing that mattered to the Buckeyes on Saturday. With the ______SCORE_____ victory...
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November 24, 2012  |  Discuss

WVU 31, Iowa State 24: Mountaineers' misery gets a bit of relief

It has been awhile since we’ve seen Geno Smith smile — probably since Oct. 6 when he was enjoying a West Virginia win in Austin against Texas. After the Mountaineers ended a five-game losing skid and finally became bowl eligible by holding off Iowa State in Ames 31-24 on Friday, Smith was able to crack a smile as he was shaking hands with the Cyclones. It’s a far cry...
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November 23, 2012  |  Discuss
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Jarvis Landry makes acrobatic TD grab

The LSU Tigers are taking on the Arkansas Razorbacks for the Battle of The Boot in Fayetteville, Ark., this afternoon. LSU had a 3-0 lead until Zach Mettenberger threw a bullet of a pass to to receiver Jarvis Landry, who made an amazing one-handed grab in the back of the endzone. The play was reviewed and upheld, extending LSU's lead to 10 points. The Hogs are trying rally...
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November 23, 2012  |  Discuss

For Entertainment Purposes Only: Week 13

This season has been a disaster for me. Fade these immediately. Oklahoma State (+8.5) at Oklahoma Once upon a time, the Sooners would have wiped the floor with their Bedlam rivals. Bob Stoops' teams used to salivate, Pavlovian-styles, at the thought of taking revenge on a squad that embarrassed them the year before. But that was then. OU got a nice comeback win...
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November 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Early Analysis: Auburn at Alabama

Auburn at No. 2 Alabama Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EST, CBS Line: Alabama -33.5 We are probably watching the final game for Gene Chizik at Auburn, which would have seemed pretty far-fetched just two seasons ago when the Tigers won the BCS Championship. The Iron Bowl has national title implications again, but only for Alabama … who just one week ago was on the outside looking in...
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November 23, 2012  |  Discuss

TCU 20, Texas 13: Two teams heading in surprisingly different directions

When Texas A&M packed up for the SEC last year, Texas decided it wanted to start a new Thanksgiving game tradition with new teams. Right now, the Longhorns may be wondering if some traditions are best left to run their course. Behind a bruising running game – TCU attempted just 9 passes on the night – the Horned Frogs hammered out a 20-13 win over the error-prone ‘Horns...
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November 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Early Analysis: TCU vs. Texas

TCU at No. 15 Texas Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EST ESPN Line: Texas -7 For the fifth straight year the Texas Longhorns will play on Thanksgiving night, but in 2012 there’s a bit of a twist: The opponent is no longer longtime rival Texas A&M but instead Big XII newbie TCU. While the opponent has changed, the stakes are still high. With two games left in the regular season,...
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November 21, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Bloguin Heisman Poll Week Twelve

Week twelve has thrown another wrench into the Heisman race. For the last four weeks, Kansas State's Collin Klein had been running away from the pack. Then came Baylor and the ghost of Robert Griffin III as the Bears took the boots to the Wildcats. The Oregon Ducks also fell from the ranks of the undefeated and the campaign of Kenjon Barner took a huge hit as well. Who would...
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November 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Happy Thanksgiving Auburn! NCAA is here to mash your potatoes

We were all getting ready to start off our Thanksgiving weekend when Pat Forde decided to drop a pretty juicy story on us all. According to Forde's report for Yahoo! Sports, the NCAA is investigating Auburn for potential recruiting violations. I know, you're shocked. Right? The repost says the NCAA is focusing their investigation on a pair of Auburn assistant coaches...
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November 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Early Analysis: Nebraska vs. Iowa

No. 14 Nebraska at Iowa Friday, 12:00 PM EST, ABC Line: Nebraska – 14.5 The Nebraska Cornhuskers travel to Iowa City to face the mighty Hawkeyes in the annual…*sigh* Heroes Game. Look, Nebraska’s going to play Iowa. Iowa’s theoretical home field advantage might actually mean something if Cornhusker fans…wait for it…weren’t scooping up tickets left and right...
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November 21, 2012  |  Discuss

ESPN's college football playoff agreement is all about the money

ESPN strikes again! The worldwide leader in sports entertainment took a firm grip on the future broadcast rights of the new college football playoff format by announcing a new 12-year agreement for the broadcast rights for the national championship, national semifinals and any other related bowl game for college football's new postseason set to start in the 2014 season. This...
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November 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Early Analysis: Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss

Mississippi State at Ole Miss Saturday, 7pm, ESPNU Line: Ole Miss -1 1/2 This is one of the south's oldest rivalries and Saturday the Bulldogs will meet the Rebels for the 109th time for the Golden Egg. Lately this game hasn't had a lot of external meaning, but not so this year as Ole Miss needs to win this game to become bowl eligible in Hugh Freeze's 1st season...
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November 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Early Analysis: Michigan vs Ohio State

No. 19 Michigan at Ohio State Saturday, 12:00 p.m., ABC Line: Ohio State -3.5 The Big Game may not be quite up to the magnitude of 2006's historic No. 1 vs. No. 2, but any time Michigan and Ohio State get together it is worth paying attention to. This year's edition of the storied Big Ten rivalry brings a unique twist to the series, with Ohio State looking to cap...
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November 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Early Analysis: Stanford vs. UCLA

  No. 8 Stanford at No. 17 UCLA Saturday, 6:30 PM, FOX Line: Stanford -2 UCLA, in the first season under Jim L. Mora, have defended their Pac-12 South title. Unlike last season's team that was coached by the now fired Rick Neuheisel, this team has earned their way into the game and have a chance to host the game this season. UCLA beat archrival USC last week to...
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November 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Jeff Tedford Fired by Cal

In a move that surprised next to no in college football, Cal announced on Tuesday morning that they’d fired head football coach Jeff Tedford. The news was first reported by CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman. Tedford leaves the school with a unique resume as both Cal’s all-time winningest coach with 82 wins, but also missed in his final few seasons. Cal finished the 2012 regular...
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November 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Early Analysis: Florida vs. Florida State

No. 4 Florida at No. 10 Florida State Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ABC Line: Florida State -7 For the first time in a long time, there will something more than pride on the line when Florida and Florida State get together on the field this Saturday. Both teams are ranked in the Top 10, and each has an opportunity to back-door their way into the National Championship Game with a victory...
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November 20, 2012  |  Discuss
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