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Early Anlysis: Toledo vs. Northern Illinois

Toledo at Northern Illinois Wednesday, 9:00 p.m., ESPN 2 Line: Northern Illinois -10.5 Get ready for some meaningful MACtion tonight, with the MAC West Division lead on the line. Northern Illinois looks to remain undefeated in MAC play and clinch a spot in the MAC Championship Game in Detroit. If they can hold off division rival Toledo they will make a third straight trip...
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November 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Texas A&M: The triumph of the spread?

Texas A&M has become the hot story in college football since upsetting heretofore indestructible Alabama on Saturday. Yes, that would be the same A&M featuring coach Kevin Sumlin and offensive coordinator Klif Kingsbury's gimmicky Air Raid offense that was supposedly going to get trucked by the SEC's big boys. A&M's spread attack rang up more than 400...
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November 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Big East Announces Divisional Play

With realignment kicking in to high gear next season for the ACC and the Big East and thus some of the smaller conferences around the country some were asking what the new look Big East with six new teams would look like. On Tuesday afternoon we got our answer and the Big East is adopting divisional play for the first time in it's football playing history.  One would assume...
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November 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Early Analysis: USC vs. UCLA

No. 18 USC vs. No. 17 UCLA Saturday, 3:00 p.m. Fox Line: USC -4 A year ago, USC put a 50-0 beat down on rival UCLA, marking the largest margin of victory for either team in this hotly-contested, Southern California rivalry. For both programs it truly was a changing of the guard… just not in the way anyone expected. For USC it was supposed to be a springboard into...
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November 13, 2012  |  Discuss

No Syracuse? No Pitt? WVU's initiation into Big 12 rougher than expected

Back in the summer I told a few friends that I’d be pleased if West Virginia went 8-4 in its first season in the Big 12. They scoffed and told me how anything less than 10-2 would be a huge disappointment. It appears we were both wrong (and they are clearly bumming big time). At 5-4, WVU still has a chance to get to 8-4, but it’s not likely considering the Mountaineers...
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November 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Notre Dame's lone #1 vote in the coaches poll came from Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly

Earlier this season, USC head coach Lane Kiffin fell into a bit of controversy (hard to believe, I know) when he proudly proclaimed to the world that he would not vote USC #1 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.  Kiffin then looked like an knucklehead (hard to believe, I know) when it was revelaed he did indeed vote USC #1 in the coaches poll.   Now, with those votes actually meaning...
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November 13, 2012  |  Discuss

BCS Bowl Projections: Oregon and Kansas State, Welcome to the Big Show

As we crawl out of our bomb shelters following the toppling of Alabama, the BCS bowl projections have taken on a totally new look. This one should entice those who love college football history, the opportunity for embarrassment and a team winning their first national title ever. Rose Bowl: Nebraska vs. Notre Dame – For college football traditionalists, this is a match made...
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November 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Georgia 38, Auburn 0: Chizik and the Tigers go out with a bang

Well, let’s give Gene Chizik credit for this: If Saturday’s 38-0 loss to Georgia proved anything, it’s that if the Auburn coach was going down, he was going down in style. Like they have most of the year, the Tigers were overwhelmed from start to finish, as the Tigers got beat down in most unceremonious way possible. For Georgia, the victory was just about as easy as they...
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November 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Ducks Start Slow, Finish Fast in Defeating California Golden Bears

  Heading into Saturday night’s game at Memorial Stadium, the California Golden Bears made it their mission to try and shut down the vaunted Oregon Ducks running game. Sometimes, you have to be careful of what you wish for. Johnny “Football” Manziel from Texas A&M is not the only stud freshman quarterback this year, as Marcus Mariota of Oregon played a key...
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November 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Georgia's Tavarres King makes a nifty touchdown grab

The Georgia Bulldogs are in the process of putting a ferocious beatdown on the Auburn Tigers. It's not a unique occurrence on the Plains this season. Wide receiver Tavarres King's balletic grab in the end zone off a 17-yard bullet by Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray in the second quarter helped the 'Dawgs pop the top off that can of whoop-ass. On a day filled with incredible...
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November 10, 2012  |  Discuss
LEACHING THERAPY

Leach accused of abuse again

Nearly three years after leaving Texas Tech under similar circumstances, Mike Leach has once again been accused of abuse from a player on his team.

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November 10, 2012  |  1 Comment
JOHNNY FOOTBALL DELIVERS

#1 Bama upset by Texas A&M

Johnny Manziel comes through for Texas A&M on the biggest stage and shakes up the BCS standings by knocking off undefeated Alabama.

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November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Michigan sent the game into overtime with the craziest catch possible

The Michigan Wolverines took on the Northwestern Wildcats today and regulation ended in a very strange way. Michigan's new quarterback threw up a pass that was tipped by a Northwestern defensive back to Michigan wide receiver Roundtree. He made an amazing cause which allowed their field goal kicker, Gibbons to tie up the game. I bet Michigan is really missing Denard Robinson...
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November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Michigan 38, Northwestern 31 (OT): Devin Gardner shows he has some tricks up his sleeve

Devin Garner pulled out a coupe of tricks against Northwestern and not a second too late. Michigan remains in the hunt for an appearance in the Big Ten championship game appearance, thanks to a wild 38-31 overtime victory over Northwestern in Michigan Stadium this afternoon. Gardner's overtime run for a touchdown to the right side of the field gave the Wolverines a victory that...
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November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Texas A&M and the SEC "grind"

  As is the case in any divorce, Texas A&M's separation from the Big 12 left plenty of bitter feelings to go around. As a result, public sniping flying between Austin and College Station seemed to focus the narrative of the Aggies' departure through the lens of bickering with in-state rival Texas. Not surprisingly, A&M’s move was written off by many...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Q&A: Discussing College Football's Most Epic Road Trip with the Guys from "Way 2 ...

In case you haven’t been following, AT&T has been sponsoring one of the most epic college football road trips ever seen, titled “Way to Saturday.” On the trip, two comedians and college football die-hards named Will and Ravi have followed ESPN’s “College Gameday” to every stop they’ve made this year, and in the process, not only had a front row seat to the...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Week 11 Staff Picks: Johnny Football Takes on the Tide

We are coming down the homestretch of the season, and with it, here are your Crystal Ball Run Week 11 staff picks! As always, feel free to share your own picks in the comments section or with us on Twitter @CrystalBallRun. Arkansas at No. 8 South Carolina, 12 p.m. CBS Kevin McGuire’s Take: South Carolina's SEC schedule wraps up this weekend against the roller...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

For Entertainment Purposes Only: Week 11

I'm right at .500 on the year, which is a nice way of saying these weekly picks are losing money slowly. Baylor at Oklahoma (-20) This season hasn't exactly comported with history for the Oklahoma Sooners, who have lost twice as double-digit favorites in Norman. Even so, Bob Stoops' teams rarely fail to get revenge for a previous season's loss. OU got...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

That Lane Kiffin, he's got some (deflated) balls

Southern California: In the matter of the curiously, and criminally (in terms of NCAA rules) deflated footballs and coach with the over-inflated sense of self, the question is not whether we can believe Lane Kiffin – we already know that we cannot – but whether we should here. On Wednesday USC reported that it had fired a student manager who deflated footballs that the Trojans’...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss
GET WELL SOON

Houston CB injured seriously at practice

Cougars cornerback D.J. Hayden is in critical but stable condition after undergoing emergency surgery Tuesday evening after suffering a torn blood vessel during practice.

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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Florida State 28, Virginia Tech 22: Seminoles survive scare in Blacksburg

Rashad Greene “pulled a T.J. Yeldon” and Florida State’s slim BCS National Championship hopes are alive because of it, with the Seminoles holding on for a thrilling 28-22 victory Thursday night against Virginia Tech. The key play came late in the game with the Seminoles trailing 22-20. With under a minute to go and Florida State just looking to get into field goal range...
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November 09, 2012  |  Discuss
FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS

Auburn preparing to fire Gene Chizik?

Rumor has it that the beginning stages of Gene Chizik's ultimate dismissal as the head football coach at Auburn already have been set in motion.

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November 08, 2012  |  1 Comment

Q&A: The Clevelander in Miami braces for the 2013 BCS National Championship Game

With the regular season winding down, it isn’t just teams, programs and players getting ready for bowl season, but the cities which are hosting the big games which are prepping too. And as we enter the 2013 bowl cycle, there isn’t a single city with more going on than Miami. South Beach and the surrounding area will not only play host to the Orange Bowl this year, but also the...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Could Marquise Lee play defense for USC this weekend?

It’s no secret that USC has been one of the most disappointing teams in college football this season, and it’s also no secret that while the offense struggled early on, it’s been the defense of late which has been the problem. As things stand the Trojans rank 66th nationally and are allowing 406 yards per game, numbers that are actually a bit deceptive when you look at...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Meeting of the Minds: Alabama, up or down?

If Alabama wasn't firmly in the drivers seat for No. 1 and a spot in the national championship game, the Crimson Tide are definitely sitting there now after last weekend's 21-17 win over LSU in Baton Rouge. On the other hand, in getting the come from behind victory, 'Bama didn't exactly look like the big hairy winning machine that we had witnessed demolishing...
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November 08, 2012  |  Discuss
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