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West Virginia 30, South Florida 27: Mountaineers alive for BCS bid

West Virginia clinched a share of the Big East championship for a second straight season Thursday night after Tyler Bitancurt's 28-yard field goal gave West Virginia a 30-27 victory at South Florida on the final play of the game. With a little bit of help on Saturday in Cincinnati, Dana Holgorsen could be taking West Virginia to a BCS bowl game for the first time since the...
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December 02, 2011  |  Discuss

Texas A&M Fires Mike Sherman. Program Enters Uncertain Future On And Off The Field

Simply put, there wasn’t a more infuriating, frustrating and overall disappointing team in all of college football this year than the Texas A&M Aggies. A club which started the year ranked by some in the Top 10 and as a dark horse to win the Big XII, finished just 6-6. Because of it, change had to be made, and the biggest one came down this evening. Head coach Mike Sherman...
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December 01, 2011  |  Discuss

The Crystal Ball Run Pac-12 Championship Preview: Where Our Staff Relentlessly Makes Fun Of Rick Neuheisel

With Championship Weekend starting early this year, we decided to give you a little “Dirty Dozen” preview on all the biggest games. First up, the first ever Pac-12 Championship Game, a game which will go down in the history books for a lot of things... unfortunately none of which are expected to involve compeitive collegiate football. Quite frankly, a better name for this...
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December 01, 2011  |  Discuss

Which Super-Power Needs To Be On Upset Alert In The DIII Playoffs?

You can think of the Division III playoffs right now the same way we think of the NCAA Tournament every March. We are going into the Elite Eight this weekend, and literally every team left could potentially pull the upset and win this year's Stagg Bowl. In fact I see one of those upsets happening this Saturday, and it'll be a ‘Down Goes Frazier’ type moment if I’m...
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December 01, 2011  |  Discuss

Will a New Coach Lead Texas A&M into SEC Country? It Appears so

Prior to the its game against the Longhorns on November 24th, Mike Sherman got the oft-dreaded vote of confidence from Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin. ”As far as I’m concerned, yes. We don’t want to make any hasty moves, and we look forward to [Sherman] being our football coach in the future” Following the Thanksgiving Day disaster that saw A&M, again, falter...
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December 01, 2011  |  Discuss

The Sword Swings Again: Washington State hires Mike Leach

It seems like just yesterday that we openly wondered just who might want to walk the Mike Leach plank during this year's edition of the coaching carousel. Now it appears that Leach could be ready to raise the flag, perhaps a Washington State flag (and it's not even on the set of ESPN College GameDay - oh the irony). According to a tweet by The Spokesman-Review Washington...
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November 30, 2011  |  Discuss

Division II Quarterfinal Preview

Welcome to the quarterfinals, as we are now only two steps away from the National Championship game in Florence, Alabama. Fans are excited, the coaches are prepped, and the players are jacked. So enough introduction, let’s talk football! New Haven v. Winston Salem State If I had come to you at the beginning of the football season and said that the Super Region 1 final would be...
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November 30, 2011  |  Discuss

Five Burning Questions: You Can't Get Enough Of Urban

As a resident of Ohio and not a Buckeye fan, it's easy to get overloaded on Buckeye news. On Monday when Urban Meyer replaced Jim Tressel (or Luke Fickell) as the OSU coach, the news was fed to us at a gluttonous pace. My partner at Eye and Eer, Phil Shie, is the Ohio State half of our blog, and he couldn't get enough Urban news (and he still can't). So it didn&...
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November 30, 2011  |  Discuss

Bloguin Heisman Poll Week Thirteen

The regular season is over for a lot of players who are up for the Heisman. The Heisman Trophy will be presented on December 10th so that makes this the next to last poll of the season for us. Andrew Luck has been the front-runner for much of the year as he has been #1 in 8 of 12 weeks. Robert Griffin III re-emerged last week at the top of the poll after seemingly having been banished...
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November 30, 2011  |  Discuss

Craig James 'Focused' On Job With ESPN Amid Rumor Of Political Run

Addressing a rumor that he is leaving ESPN to pursue political office, Craig James told Crystal Ball Run that he is focused on his job as a college football analyst. "There are a significant number of strong business leaders in Texas that want me to run for office," James said in an e-mail statement to Crystal Ball Run. "But I love my current job and am heavily involved...
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November 29, 2011  |  Discuss

Five Burning Questions: Urban Meyer Perspective From Gainesville

With the news yesterday that Urban Meyer officially agreed to become the new head coach at Ohio State, we decided to reach out to someone who is very familiar with Meyer from his time with the Gators. Brady Ackerman – a former Gators running back, the current President of ESPN radio Gainesville-Ocala and the sideline reporter for the Gator Football Network – was kind enough...
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November 29, 2011  |  Discuss

Mike Leach: Who Will Walk The Plank?

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein said it, Mike Leach honed it and many college football programs across the country abide by it. Insanity: Making the same hire over and over again while expecting different results. As the regular season ends – and even before then – the college football coaching vacancies...
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November 29, 2011  |  Discuss

The Small-School Playoffs Weekend Recap

Welcome back to Monday everybody! After the long weekend that was filled with too much food, plenty of friends and family, and just the right amount of football, I’m back and looking towards next weekend’s playoffs. Before I continue on I have to apologize though to two people, the first would be my readers. For those of you who read the Division II Round 2 preview piece you...
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November 28, 2011  |  Discuss

Meeting Of The Minds: What Is Urban's Upside?

Hello Columbus! After a week's worth of flirting, heavy petting and sneaking around behind their parents back, Urban Meyer and Ohio State are now, finally a couple. I'm pretty sure they made it Facebook official and everything just moments ago. But now with that, the fun part begins: How good will Urban Meyer be at Ohio State, and how long will it take to get them there...
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November 28, 2011  |  Discuss

Not Good, Not Bad, Just Ugly: Week 13 Edition

Nothing quite said "ugly" like the final regular season weekend of the 2011 season. Coaches were fired, teams blew big leads, and others continued their modus operandi of just being ugly. Enjoy, if you can stomach it. Arkansas Razorbacks: If you were pulling for Arkansas just to cause a ripple in the Bowl Championship Series, you are included in this. Arkansas was...
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November 28, 2011  |  Discuss

It's Official: Urban Meyer To Ohio State Press Conference Scheduled For 5:15

The worst kept secret in all of college football won’t be a secret very much longer. In a story that was first reported a few weeks ago and seemed like nothing short of a done deal days before the Thanksgiving holiday, Urban Meyer will be named the next football coach at Ohio State later this afternoon. According to the Columbus Dispatch’s Bill Rabinowitz, a 5:15 press conference...
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November 28, 2011  |  Discuss

Crystal Ball Run Podcast: Kevin and Michael Look Forward to Championship Week

After a big weekend of rivalry games and as we head in to championship week in college football, Crystal Ball Run staff writers Kevin McGuire and Michael Felder take a look at the themes from the extended holiday weekend and take a glance at the championship picture to come.         Some of the topics touched on in this week's edition of the podcast: ...
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November 28, 2011  |  Discuss

CBR's Official BCS Bowl Projections: The Picture Is Becoming Clearer

This weekend was not as crazy as the last and as a result, not too much has changed with the BCS picture.  However, things did become a little more clear.   We will once again go through the BCS bowl selection process, using the BCS Rankings as a guide.   Step 1: BCS Championship Game The first thing that happens is that Nos. 1 and 2 in the BCS rankings are selected...
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November 28, 2011  |  Discuss

Bloody Sunday: The Replacements

Bloody Sunday in the college football coaching ranks has come to a close. We know who's hitting the bricks, but who's going to be replacing them? Per usual, athletic directors will be making eyes at the Chris Petersens and Gary Pattersons of the coaching fraternity. You'll probably hear some wild rumors about egomaniacal boosters with more money than sense putting together...
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November 28, 2011  |  Discuss

Black Sunday Hits: Gill, Erickson And Zook Amongst The Coaches Fired

While most American consumers are familiar with Black Friday- the day following Thanksgiving, when overzealous housewives bull-rush Best Buy’s and Target’s nationwide like an Alabama defensive lineman chasing an SEC quarterback- it is actually “Black Sunday” which is most familiar to college football fans. It’s the day following the final full Saturday of regular season...
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November 27, 2011  |  Discuss

USC 50, UCLA 0: The Ballad Of Pistol Rick

Gather around, kids, and let me tell you a story about a college football coach you might now know as "Pistol Rick." He first hit the scene in 1995 as the youthful, hip alternative to your everyday meat-and-potatoes coach. While his predecessor at the University of Colorado, Bill McCartney, was off founding Promise Keepers, a fiercely conservative religious organization...
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November 27, 2011  |  Discuss

Wisconsin 45, Penn State 7: Dynamic Duo Leads Badgers to Big Ten Championship Game

When Wisconsin landed quarterback Russell Wilson via transfer over the summer the Badgers instantly certified themselves as the favorites in the Big Ten. The thing is, even without Wilson Wisconsin may have been a tough team to beat over the long haul in the Big Ten. With a shot at the Big Ten championship game determined by their result in the regular season finale against Penn...
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November 27, 2011  |  Discuss

South Carolina 34, Clemson 13: The Fall of the Tigers Continue

Think back for a moment. Not far back, just four weeks ago. The 8-0 Clemson team that was once sitting pretty, highly ranked and with national championship on the mind, turned out to be more Fox than Tiger. Four weeks ago, Clemson was just that; undefeated – and sitting in a perfect position at 8-0, ranked sixth nationally. A win is a win – it always will be – however, when...
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November 27, 2011  |  Discuss

Alabama 42, Auburn 14: The Crimson Tide And Richardson Put On A Show

For those of you hoping to avoid an All-SEC Everything BCS title game, I’ve got some bad news: It appears as though the inevitable has become a reality. After LSU basically punched their ticket with an emphatic beat down of Arkansas on Friday afternoon, Alabama made a statement of their own Saturday, with one of the most dominant wins anyone in college football has had all season...
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November 27, 2011  |  Discuss

DII Playoffs Second Round Preview

Well here we are in the second round, the turkey has been eaten, the family has been seen, and now it’s time to play some football. Plenty of teams face tough match-ups this weekend as Mount Union’s side of the bracket is loaded with big games. Expect powerhouses UW-Whitewater and Mount Union both to win and make it into the quarterfinals. But who awaits them there could lead...
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November 26, 2011  |  Discuss
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