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No. 12 Texas 41, Oklahoma State 36: Longhorns offer surprising answer to important question

"Is Texas back?” The Longhorns provided some unexpected answers to one of the biggest questions in the Big 12 heading into this season in Saturday night’s 41-36 win over Oklahoma State in Stillwater. While OSU lambasted UT’s heralded defense, the ‘Horns responded to every challenge thrown their way offensively. UT offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin poked...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Introduction to Big 12 football is an exhausting experience

Following another West Virginia touchdown, a fan at Saturday’s game stood up and uttered the most prophetic words of the day. “For everyone talking (crap) about our defense, it could be worse. We could have Baylor’s defense,” said the unknown fan just one row in front of me. He was right, but not by much. WVU scored 10 touchdowns, including eight via Geno...
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September 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Georgia 51, Tennessee 44: There's a lot to take away for both teams in a wild one between the hedges

A wild 51-44 game between Georgia and Tennessee didn’t have the look, feel or final score of your typical SEC showdown. But while there was plenty to take away from one of the wackiest games we’ve seen this season, there were two things more important than the rest: For Georgia, this victory was about surviving, advancing and getting one win closer to their second straight...
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September 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Ohio State 17, Michigan State 13: Meyer takes Meyer Bowl I

Your standard 2012 Big Ten football took place between Ohio State and Michigan State before a football game broke out. The teams traded blows early on before the Buckeyes landed an initial hard smack to the jaw of Sparty in the form of a one-yard Jordan Hall touchdown putting OSU up 7-0. The second quarter featured silent moments as MSU defensive end William Gholston...
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September 29, 2012  |  Discuss

No. 9 West Virginia 70, No. 25 Baylor 63: A scorekeeper's and statistician's worst nightmare

There is no way to possibly begin to breakdown West Virginia’s 70-63 victory over Baylor (West Virginia just scored again). Seriously, what do you even say about this game that included Pro Bowl style defense (Baylor just scored again). So rather than break this one down and take a closer look at any questions you could take from this game (West Virginia scored), let’s take...
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September 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Northwestern 44, Indiana 29: Records Fall as Colter Torches Hoosiers

Why the heck are we covering Northwestern versus Indiana, right? Well, it's simple. By losing 44-29 to Northwestern Indiana just set the record for most losses ever by a FBS team, losing their 633rd game all time. They did it in record setting fashion as well, and by record setting I mean record setting for the Wildcats. Northwestern set the all-time school record for...
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September 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Dirty Dozen: Crystal Ball Run Week 5 Staff Picks

Here are the Crystal Ball Run Week 5 staff picks! No. 25 Baylor at No. 9 West Virginia, Saturday, 12:00 p.m. FX Tom Perry’s Take: Baylor quarterback Nick Florence presents a huge challenge for a WVU defense that has made big plays, but has also had trouble getting off the field on third down. While everyone is talking about this game being a battle of the...
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September 28, 2012  |  Discuss

For Entertainment Purposes Only: Week 5

Usually, I have a lot of fun writing this column, despite all the grousing about how I badly I sucked at it. (The "it" being both writing and picking games against the spread.) Not this week, though, as my research just reinforced what an awful slate of games we'll be trying to stomach on Saturday. What better way to liven up a dreadful Saturday than having...
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September 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Washington 17, Stanford 13: Huskies stun the No. 8 team in the country

It’s the gift and the curse of college football in September: You can’t trust anyone. A team which looks like world-beaters one week will be terrible the next. A school will pull an upset you never saw coming on a certain Saturday then get upset themselves seven days later. A club will start the season in the Top 10, and play their way out of the Top 25 within weeks...
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September 28, 2012  |  Discuss
SOFA KING DUMB

WVU student gov't couch-burning PSA

Over the years, West Virginia’s football fans have garnered a bit of a reputation for being some of the craziest in college football. It’s a reputation that dates back many decades and was only heightened with the decision to sell alcohol inside Milan-Puskar Stadium for the first time last season. However above all, there is one thing that rabid West Virginia fans have...
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September 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Early Analysis: Wisconsin vs. Nebraska

No. 23 Wisconsin vs. No. 20 Nebraska Saturday, 8:00 PM ABC Line: Nebraska -11.5 Prepare to see the unthinkable in Lincoln as not only will the Badgers be wearing alternative uniforms, but the Huskers will take to the field in black helmets and scarlet from neck to foot. There’s also a football game taking place, allegedly. Last year, Wisconsin welcomed Nebraska...
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September 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Early analysis: Ohio State vs. Michigan State

No. 14 Ohio State at No. 20 Michigan State 3:30 p.m., ABC Line: Michigan State -2.5 The Ohio State Buckeyes will take to the road for the first time this season after establishing a 4-0 record while playing at home so far through September. Their first road test is a big one, with Michigan State bringing a very solid defense to the table while searching for some offensive...
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September 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Morning Playbook - Happy retirement Tom Osborne

One of the true icons of the sport of college football is heading to retirement. Nebraska's Tom Osborne announced yesterday he will retire as athletics director, leaving behind a storied legacy on and off the field. Most will recognize Osborne's football legacy, keeping Nebraska as a national power throughout most of his tenure on the sideline, and winning three...
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September 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Early Analysis: Texas vs. Oklahoma State

No. 12 Texas at Oklahoma State Saturday, 7:50pm Eastern, Fox Line: Texas -3 Alright folks, time to lace 'em up real tight, it's conference football season. Texas seems to be back, ranked 12th and whipping up opponents on the way to a 3-0 start to their season. Oklahoma State is putting up ridiculous offensive numbers but couldn't pass their one test...
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September 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Early 2013 BCS Bowl predictions

Ask any coach what the preseason goal is and he will almost always say to win a conference championship. If you ever do that then there’s a good chance you’ll be playing in a BCS Bowl. Well, if you are in a BCS conference … or you are Boise State. Four weeks into the season we have already seen a number of teams — Arkansas and Auburn — with promise fall off the BCS Bowl...
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September 26, 2012  |  Discuss
INSTITUTION AT INSTITUTION

Nebraska's Tom Osborne to retire

Tom Osborne, involved in Nebraska athletics in some capacity since 1962, announced his retirement as the school's athletic director, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

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September 26, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Bloguin Heisman Poll Week Four

Week four of the college football season is in our rearview mirror. Believe it or not, that means we are one-third of the way through the regular season. Last year, Robert Griffin III staked claim to the Heisman Trophy on Nov. 19 when he hit a home run strike to Terrance Williams to lead his team to an upset win over the Oklahoma Sooners. Whose name will rise to the top this...
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September 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Podcast: Urban renewal at Ohio State

Urban Meyer's return to coaching at Ohio State takes center stage this week as his Buckeyes travel to Michigan State in the best match-up of a somewhat unappealing slate of games. Ramzy Nasrallah of Ohio State site Eleven Warriors check in with Crystal Ball Run's Allen Kenney for a podcast on Meyer's transition back into coaching and what to make of OSU's game...
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September 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Morning Playbook - Notre Dame gave Michigan a breaking-up note before kickoff

Chalk up another one for realignment. Notre Dame pulled the trigger on pulling out of their extended series with Michigan yesterday, which should come as little surprise with future scheduling agreements with the ACC and a desire to retain rivalries with Navy, USC and Stanford. It was merely a matter of time before this decision was made as Notre Dame looks to find ways to...
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September 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Early Analysis: Tennessee vs. Georgia

Tennessee at No. 5 Georgia Saturday, 3:30 p.m., CBS Line: Georgia -13 Well, Derek Dooley, now is the time. It’s been nearly two-and-a-half years since you’ve arrived on Rocky Top, and while your program has improved exponentially since Day 1, it still isn’t entirely showing up in the win column. At some point you’ve got start winning games, and Saturday at...
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September 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Taking a tour of Temple's renovated football building

Before Temple made the decision to accept an invitation back to the Big East the plans to expand and renovate their outdated football building, Edberg-Olson Hall, was already in the works. It was part of a renewed committment to football that started with the hiring of Al Golden because the program was in danger of being left behind the times while a member of the MAC, let alone...
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September 25, 2012  |  Discuss
END OF AN ERA

Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry to end

Beginning in 2015, the college football rivalry between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be no more.

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September 25, 2012  |  Discuss
THEY KEEP ON COMING

Another Batman spoof: 'The Dark Meyer Rises'

As you may remember, last week we tipped you off to a video called “The Dark Chiz Rises," a goofy Batman spoof, which “starred” Gene Chizik as Bruce Wayne, trying to save a crumbling Gotham City… or in this case, a crumbling college football program down on the Plains. It’s safe to say that the video not only made our week, but quite possibly our entire 2012 as...
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September 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Early Analysis: Stanford vs. Washington

No. 8 Stanford at Washington Thursday, 9:00 p.m. EST, ESPN Line: Stanford -7 So Stanford fans, we hope you had fun. Because just two weeks after pulling off the biggest upset of the season (not to mention biggest win of David Shaw’s short tenure at your school) and getting a week off to celebrate, it’s back to work. This weekend, the toughest challenge of your...
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September 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Morning Playbook - John L Smith losing it, Arkansas bowl hopes fading

Is Arkansas head coach John L Smith just completely off his rocker? Is the pressure of real world issues catching up to the interim Arkansas head coach? Or after a disappointing 1-3 start has Smith just checked out on this season knowing he likely was not coming back to coach the Razorbacks in 2013 and beyond anyway? Yesterday John L Smith forgot what state he was in...
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September 24, 2012  |  Discuss
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