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Meeting of the Minds: Who is the Pac-12's more impressive team? Arizona or UCLA?

In the preseason, the Pac-12 looked more like USC, Oregon and 10 squads competing to be the tallest midget. In the first two weeks of the season, though, the conference has acquitted itself quite nicely. Most would agree that the Ducks and Trojans still constitute the class of the conference. But based on what you've seen these last two weeks, if there's one...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss
BIG TEN BOUND?

Notre Dame to ACC, except for football

It has been announced that Notre Dame will join the ACC for all sports except football, for which they will remain independent.

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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Morning Playbook - Jilted coach spills beans on Mississippi State booster

Mississippi State just picked up their first win against an SEC West opponent not named Ole Miss with Dan Mullen as head coach last weekend, so you would think things are all smiles this week for the Bulldogs. The news that a booster gave freshman Will Redmond $200 may take away from that sort of buzz, though. The report comes from a claim from a 7-on-7 football coach...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Podcast: Florida, Tennessee reignite rivalry

It has been years since the annual Tennessee-Florida rivalry game has had as much juice as Saturday's coming contest. Ryan Wooden of Tennessee site Checkerboard Chatter, a part of the Bloguin network, joins CBR managing editor Allen Kenney for a podcast to preview the game. Ryan and Allen touch on: *The heat on Derek Dooley's seat. *The mood in Knoxville heading...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Morning Playbook - Quarterbacks wanted in state of Indiana

The state of Indiana is under a state of quarterback emergency. The school's three BCS AQ schools all face uncertainty at the quarterback position this week following interesting in-game developments and injuries at Notre Dame, Purdue and Indiana. Does Notre Dame have a quarterback controversy or not? Head coach Brian Kelly may have created one Saturday by inserting...
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September 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Injuries Force Utes QB Jordan Wynn to Retire

Friday night was a painful loss for Utah in more ways than one apparently, as starting QB Jordan Wynn announced his retirement from football today. This comes on the heels of the 27-20 OT loss to rival Utah State and yet another injury to one of his shoulders. Wynn, a junior, who was named the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl MVP could never stay healthy following that freshman campaign...
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September 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Arkansas fan sings love ballad after upset loss

The Arkansas Razorbacks' loss to Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday had a cataclysmic effect on the program. The Hogs fell from eighth in the AP poll to the dreaded "others receiving votes" category. Quarterback Tyler Wilson didn't play in the second half. Cornerback Tevin Mitchel was knocked out on the field, left the game, and is doubtful for this week's game...
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September 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Inside the Numbers: Savannah State earned $6,000 for every FBS point scored against them

One of the quirkier subplots to the opening of the college football season has been the odyseey of FCS school Savannah State.  The Tigers, who are one of the worst teams in FCS, accepted trips to two Top 25 FBS powers in the first two weeks of the season - Oklahoma State and Florida State.  Those two games produced the two largest point spreads in the history of college...
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September 10, 2012  |  Discuss

The Monday Morning Look Ahead: College Football Relevance Returns to Rocky Top

For college football fans, this truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Now two weeks into the season, we are long past the conjecture and prognostication of the summer, and now have two games of tangible evidence to tell us everything we need to know about teams, players and coaches that’ll make up the 2012 season. Simply put, college football’s cream is starting...
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September 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Weekend Wrap: Hail to Northwestern

The Super Six* After two weeks, no team in the country can lay claim to having beaten two ranked opponents. In fact, no team in the AP Top 25 has even beaten two teams who play in AQ conferences (although Northwestern, which is unranked, has). 1. Alabama (2-0): The Tide have held eight of their past 13 opponents to single-digit point totals, four of which were shutouts...
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September 09, 2012  |  Discuss

UCLA 36, Nebraska 30: Bruins Earn Victory the Hard Way

Nebraska coaches and players said it all week, they knew this trip wasn't going to be easy. Not because of the time difference or the venue of the game, but because they were facing a very good Bruins squad under first year head coach Jim Mora. They found out just how good as UCLA (2-0) knocked off the 16th ranked Cornhuskers (1-1), 36-30, in front of a nearly sold out...
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September 09, 2012  |  Discuss

USC 42, Syracuse 29: Orange no match for ordinary Trojans

The USC Trojans made a rare trip to the east coast for their week two match-up played on a neutral field against Syracuse, looking to sway some of the east coast media to maybe regain some first place votes in the polls. Not even Mother Nature would hold back the Trojans in this one, as USC overcame a second half push by the upset minded Orange and a weather delayed halftime...
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September 09, 2012  |  Discuss

LSU 41, Washington 3: Tigers prove they are championship caliber again

It wasn’t Alabama flicking away Michigan impressive, but what LSU did to Washington Saturday night was still a major statement. The Tigers (2-0) proved they are a championship caliber team, and that it’s downright impossible to beat these guys at night in Death Valley. Washington actually fought harder than Michigan did last week against the Tide, but LSU’s speedy a...
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September 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Louisiana-Monroe 34, Arkansas 31: When an upset sneaks up on you

Stunning upsets come in a variety of flavors, but Louisiana-Monroe’s 34-31 victory over Arkansas Saturday night was one of the more unique. Like me, chances are you were watching one of the evening’s higher-profile tilts. The game’s score popped up on the crawl at the bottom of your screen every once in a while, suggesting a comfortable – if not a bit lethargic...
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September 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Georgia 41, Missouri 20: "Old-Man" Football Wins the Day

It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t necessarily ugly. And it definitely wasn’t old-man football. But whatever it was, the Georgia Bulldogs made a statement Saturday night, going on the road and getting a 41-20 victory at Missouri, ruining the Tigers SEC welcome party in the process. Now for those of you who aren’t familiar, that “old-man football” comment wasn...
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September 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Beavers Dam Up Badgers in 10-7 Upset

It wasn't always pretty, but Oregon State found a way to win in their 2012 debut, defeating 13th ranked Wisconsin 10-7 at Reser Stadium. This was a game of opportunities, those missed and those taken advantage of, and the Beavers took advantage of their opportunity first and that was the difference in the victory. Wisconsin and Oregon State battled for field position in...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Florida Football: Credit Will Muschamp for the Gators signature win

If there’s a single word that needs to be given to the Florida Gators after their 20-17 win against Texas A&M Saturday, it’s “credit.” For a team that got little of it in the off-season, and even less after an ugly opening weekend win against Bowling Green, the Gators deserve a whole lot of it after going to College Station and getting a victory Saturday afternoon...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Notre Dame 20, Purdue 17: Irish prevail on last second field goal

Notre Dame outlasted a ten point Purdue comeback, beating the Boilermakers 20-17 on a 27-yard field goal by Kyle Brendza with seven seconds left. The final drive for the Fighting Irish wasn't led by starter Everett Golson, but instead by Tommy Rees, who came in for the final drive. Golson fumbled late in the fourth quarter to set up Purdue's game-tying TD pass from Caleb...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Mississippi State 28, Auburn 10: Frazier overwhelmed by Bulldogs D

The Mississippi State Bulldogs overwhelmed Kiehl Frazier and the Auburn Tigers, winning by a score of 28-10. The Auburn offense led by Frazier had just 216 yards in the game, and the sophomore quarterback had contributed -2 passing yards at the half while also turning the ball over five times. The score could have been a lot worse, as Bulldogs kicker Devon Bell missed a pair...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Time for Savannah State to change the game

Ten touchdowns. Savannah State is getting 10 touchdowns – plus an an extra half-point – for its game at Florida State tomorrow. In case you were wondering, Savannah Guthrie would only be a nine-touchdown underdog in Tallahassee. Ten touchdowns-plus, or 70.5 points. No school has ever been a greater underdog as far as the odds makers are concerned. We might call this...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Is a movie about Paterno in the works?

Over the last year, there were times where I thought that even if Hollywood wanted to make a movie about the downfall of the Penn State football program, there’s no way they could ever could. Following the story day-to-day, week-to-week and month-to-month, at times the truth seemed stranger than fiction, and it seemed impossible for any Hollywood movie crew to possibly...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Dirty Dozen: Week 2 Staff Picks

With the second weekend of college football set to kick off, here's our staff's Week 2 picks! North Carolina State at Connecticut, Saturday, Noon, ESPN3 Tom Perry’s Take: The Wolfpack are looking to rebound from a bad loss to Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game, and going on the road to Connecticut is not going to be a gimme. NC State is going...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Big 12 Inks $2.6 Billion Media Rights Deal

It was announced earlier today that the Big 12 has inked a 13 year deal for their media rights with ESPN/ABC and Fox networks. According to the report the deal is worth a whopping $2.6 billion deal, which comes out to about $20 million a year per team in the ten team conference. The deal has ESPN, ABC, and Fox all splitting the football side of things, while the basketball...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

New name suggestions for the Big East

As we mentioned in today's Morning Playbook, there was a report from Bloomberg Business Week suggesting that the Big East was considering a potential name change. The idea is obviously not a new one, as the Pac-10 has adopted the Pac-12 brand recently and with the Big East ready to start welcoming in new members to establish a western and southwestern presence starting in 2013...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Holding Court: Winners In Sheep's Clothing

We've all heard the expression "A wolf in sheep's clothing," right? Well, up on the docket today in the CBR Court are a few teams who've been accused of being "Winners in sheep's clothing" from week one. What does that accusation mean? Simply that they've been accused of winning but not really being that good and in the end they...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss
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