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Mathieu, ex-LSU Tigers busted for pot

It just has not been the Honey Badger's year, as he and three other former LSU Tigers, including Jordan Jefferson, have been arrested on marijuana related charges. 

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October 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Early Analysis: Mississippi State vs Alabama

No. 11 Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama (BCS rankings) Saturday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN Line: Alabama -24 Mississippi State has jumped out to a nice little 7-0 start this season, but could be in for a rude awakening this weekend in Tuscaloosa. After all, Alabama is on a mission this season and is Nick Saban going to let Mississippi State, a 24-point underdog, come in to his house...
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October 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Podcast: Felder fielding questions

Blogger about town Michael Felder – college football columnist for Bleacher Report, head honcho of In The Bleachers and writer for CBR – joins CBR's Allen Kenney for a podcast to cover all of the upcoming week's biggest game. Michael and Allen break down: *Oklahoma-Notre Dame *The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, Georgia-Florida *Kansas State...
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October 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Meeting of the Minds: Is the Longhorn Network a blessing or a curse?

This week Texas coach Mack Brown gave the strongest voice yet to his concerns about the Longhorn Network interfering with his team. Brown contends that the LHN gives away state secrets to the opposition and takes up too much of his time with filming three different coaches show. Skeptics might dismiss Brown's complaints as an embattled coach trying to save his own skin, but...
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October 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Early Analysis: Ohio State vs. Penn State

No. 9 Ohio State at Penn State Saturday, 5:30 p.m. ESPN Line: PK While it’s easy to crack (bad) jokes and call Saturday’s showdown between Ohio State and Penn State the “The Ineligi-Bowl” the truth is that while this game might not have postseason implications, it is still a matchup between the two best teams in the Big Ten right now. By far. It is also a matchup...
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October 24, 2012  |  Discuss
NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT

Temple scheduling last-minute game?

Because a switch from the MAC for the Big East left the Temple Owls with only 11 games this season, the team reportedly is trying to schedule a December game against Hawaii. 

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October 24, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Bloguin Heisman Poll Week Eight

Week eight of the college football season saw a battle between the top two Heisman candidates. Collin Klein and his Kansas State Wildcats traveled to Morgantown to face Geno Smith and his West Virginia Mountaineers. When the dust settled, it was Klein and his guys that stood tall winning in a 55-14 rout. How far would Smith fall and how high would Klein rise based on this head to...
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October 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Early Analysis: Florida vs. Georgia

No. 2 Florida vs. No. 10 Georgia (in Jacksonville, Fla.) Saturday, 3:30 PM, CBS Line: Florida -6.5 Both Florida and Georgia enter the game formerly known as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” ranked in the top 10. The stakes seem to be high almost every year, but the winner of this game would clearly put themselves in the driver’s seat for the SEC East division...
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October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Early Analysis: Cincinnati vs. Louisville

Cincinnati at No. 16 Louisville Friday, 8:00 p.m. ESPN Line: Louisville -3.5 Had things turned out a bit differently, Friday night’s matchup been Cincinnati and Louisville could’ve been for all the Tostitos. Or oranges. Or whatever the hell the Big East champion is playing for these days. Either way, Cincinnati-Louisville had potential to be a big one. You know, until...
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October 23, 2012  |  Discuss
MUST SEE TV

Longhorn Network bad for Texas?

The Longhorn Network was looked at as an unbelievable advantage to Texas athletics when it started last year. However, it seems to football coach Mack Brown that it is turning into the opposite for his squad.

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October 22, 2012  |  Discuss

The Weekly Wrap: Week 8 Edition

Oregon, Florida and Kansas State bolstered their arguments, while Notre Dame (and among the ineligibles, Ohio State) survived. Alabama remains on another planet. Super Six 1. Alabama (7-0) The Tide rolled over the Vols, with Peyton Manning in attendance, in their annual TSIO skirmish. One small hope for opponents: Bama has allowed double-digit points in three consecutive...
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October 22, 2012  |  Discuss

The Monday Morning Look Ahead: Welcome to the SEC's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party

As crazy as it sounds, we are now heading into the last weekend of October, which also means we are now heading towards the college football home stretch as well. The preseason prognostications are a thing of the past, and in the present, we have eight weeks of real, tangible on the field production to help determine who our eventual National Champion will be. And the best part...
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October 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Kansas State 55, WVU 14: Purple Reign in Morgantown

Despite the obvious and glaring weakness on defense, I bought into West Virginia. The offense looked unstoppable and somehow it looked like the Mountaineers would just outscore everyone. Oh how we were all fooled. WVU fans are used to disappointment, but no one expected such a collapse just two weeks after beating Texas in Austin. But Kansas State rolled into town expecting...
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October 21, 2012  |  Discuss

BCS Bowl Projections: Week 9 Edition

Here’s what you need to know about how Saturday’s game impacted our BCS Bowl Projections: BCS Nos. 1 and 2 racked up 88 points, the Big 12 has its frontrunners and the Irish live to fight another day. Here’s how things stand going into Week 9: Rose Bowl: Michigan vs. Oregon State – This pairing stays, but only 16 points would’ve torpedoed it entirely. The Wolverines...
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October 21, 2012  |  Discuss

LSU 24, Texas A&M 19: Tigers school Aggies on dangers of turnovers

LSU taught Texas A&M a valuable lesson Saturday. It’s not just that famed speed that kills in the SEC. Turnovers can be deadly, too. The Aggies did more than enough against the Tigers to come up with what would have been the biggest win of their short time in the SEC, including gaining eight more first downs and roughly 100 more yards in total offense. They couldn...
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October 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Michigan 12, Michigan State 10: The Wolverines come out smelling like roses

Was it ugly? Gut-wrenching? Should those with weak constitutions have looked away at several points? Yes, but that’s Big Ten football. It’s beautiful in ways, yet powerfully disturbing in others. One of three prime examples of that today was this year’s bout for the Paul Bunyan Trophy. Former Michigan running back Mike Hart referred to Michigan State as “little brother”...
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October 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Florida 44, South Carolina 11: Gators make their statement in the National Title Chase

At 7-0 and with victories over Texas A&M, Tennessee and LSU, it’s safe to say that the Florida Gators didn’t need a signature win against South Carolina to impress anyone Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately for the Gamecocks, Florida got one anyway, in a dominating 44-11 victory in the Swamp. Simply put, Florida was the better team in every facet of the game, and took...
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October 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Notre Dame 17, BYU 14: Irish win ugly. But they win once again

In their 17-14 win over BYU, Notre Dame once again proved college football’s oldest adage: It doesn’t matter whether you win pretty or win ugly. Just as long as you win, baby. For the Irish, that is a credo they’ve been living by all year. And it’s one they put to the test against BYU on Saturday. Simply put, the Irish’s performance against BYU could hardly be...
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October 20, 2012  |  Discuss
'MR. HOWDY DOODY!'

Wyoming coach curses out Air Force coach

Normally the Cowboys of Wyoming aren't making headlines, but after their game against Air Force last Saturday it's safe to say Wyoming Head Coach Dave Christensen wasn't in the spirit of Military Appreciation Night. Following the Falcon's one point 28-27 victory at Wyoming things got a little more than heated and what your about to see is very unsafe for work to say...
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October 19, 2012  |  1 Comment

Dirty Dozen: The Crystal Ball Run staff makes their Week 8 picks

Here are your Crystal Ball Run, Week 8 staff picks! No. 6 LSU at No. 18 Texas A&M: Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ESPN Allen Kenney’s Take: So far this week, the talk about this game has centered more around when it's kicking off than the match-up on the field. Too bad, because this could turn out to be a hell of a game. Texas A&M and swashbuckling quarterback Johnny...
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October 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Crystal Ball Run Midseason Awards: First half belongs to Te'o, Irish

Okay, kids, it's time for the Crystal Ball Run Midseason College Football Awards. Let's work our way through this and then I'll take us all to In-n-Out Burger afterward... Game of the Year: The first thought that comes to mind is, "We're still waiting for it." We're going to give a narrow edge to Notre Dame 20, Stanford 13 because it had far more...
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October 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Midseason Report: 5 Must-See Games in Second Half of Season

With half of the college football season finished (I’ll try not to cry), it should only get better as we watch for who is going to finish second to Alabama. Naturally, there are some great SEC games on the horizon (not so much for the Big Ten). There are even a couple nice Big East games with Louisville, Rutgers and Cincinnati. But here are the five must-see games for...
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October 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Early Analysis: South Carolina vs. Florida

No. 9 South Carolina at No. 3 Florida Saturday, 3:30 p.m. CBS Line: Florida -3 They say “There’s never an off-week in the SEC” and if there was ever a living, breathing embodiment of that statement, it’d be the South Carolina Gamecocks’ October 2012 schedule. Two weeks ago Georgia came to town. Last Saturday, South Carolina visited LSU. And this week, are playing...
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October 19, 2012  |  Discuss

For Entertainment Purposes Only: Week 8

Stop me if you've heard this one before, but Texas A&M completely screwed me last week. We're through, Aggies. Kansas (+35) at Oklahoma The Sooners firmly established themselves last week as one of the best teams in the nation. Meanwhile, the Jayhawks aren't showing much progress under imposing head coach Chaz Weis. For OU, however, this game is sandwiched...
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October 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Oregon 43, Arizona State 14: The Ducks didn't need a signature win, but they got one anyway

For those who pay attention to the sort of thing, the point spread for Thursday night’s Oregon-Arizona State game presented an interesting conundrum to college football fans everywhere. The Ducks opened as a double-digit favorite, yet as the game got closer and closer, the spread only continued to get smaller and smaller. And frankly, no one could quite figure out why. Well...
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October 19, 2012  |  Discuss
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