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Top 10 SEC Games Of 2012

Talk about SEC speed. We haven't even finished the 2011 season, but the college football's baddest conference has already put out its 2012 conference schedule. After a thorough analysis, CBR has already come up with next season's 10 best SEC games. 10. (tie) Florida at Texas A&M; Georgia at Missouri – Sept. 8 The Aggies and Tigers get their SEC baptisms in the second...
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December 28, 2011  |  Discuss

Belk Bowl: NC State Out Lasts Scrappy Louisville Team

Entering this game folks were split almost right down the middle as to who would take home the newly named Belk Bowl in Charlotte. There was a fast, exciting, resurgent but young Louisville team who grabbed a share of the Big East Championship. On the other side there was an NC State Wolfpack that was schizophrenic in every facet of the game. Two quarterbacks in their first year...
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December 28, 2011  |  Discuss

Little Caesars Bowl: Purdue fends off pesky Western Michigan

Western Michigan came oh so close to making a statement for the Mid-American Conference. A victory over a Big Ten team—even a 6-6 Purdue team—would have been a huge win for the program. But the Boilermakers held on after causing a fumble on the final drive, which was one of six Western Michigan turnovers, for a 37-32 win in the Little Caesars Bowl. While the game was sloppy...
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December 27, 2011  |  Discuss

Top Quarterback Recruit Gunner Kiel Is Headed To LSU

Of all the incredible things about LSU’s 13-0 run to the BCS title game this fall, quite possibly none was more impressive than this: The Tigers ran the table against college football’s toughest schedule with hardly a whiff of elite quarterback play. Jarrett Lee was good but not great through the Tigers first eight games, and when he gave way to Jordan Jefferson from there on...
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December 27, 2011  |  Discuss

AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl: Missouri Pounds North Carolina

In a bowl game between 7-5 teams going down in Shreveport, La., on the day after Christmas, the outcome usually hinges on who cares. In Monday night's Independence Bowl match-up, the North Carolina Tar Heels played like they had spent the weeks leading up to the game perfecting their Arkham City skills. The Missouri Tigers played like they had been sleeping with their playbooks...
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December 27, 2011  |  Discuss

CBR Goes Bowling: Champs Sports Bowl

Florida State Seminoles vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Dec. 29, 5:30 pm ET Florida Citrus Bowl (Orlando, Fla.) Website: http://fcsports.com/ChampsSportsBowl.aspx TV: ESPN Line: Florida State -2.5 Florida State and Notre Dame have faced off before in some pretty important contests, but I'm not sure this one will qualify. FSU's defensive line is one of the best, and...
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December 27, 2011  |  Discuss

Oregon Reveals The Latest (But Probably Not Greatest) Uniforms They'll Wear In The Rose Bowl

In all of college football, and all of sports really, there might not be a single event with the history and pageantry of the Rose Bowl. It’s about the Rose Bowl Parade, and being the self-titled "Granddaddy Of Them All." It's about the champions of the Big Ten and Pac-12 playing for pride in the foothills of Pasadena. In a lot of ways, it’s about everything but...
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December 27, 2011  |  Discuss

CBR Goes Bowling: Belk Bowl

Belk Bowl Louisville vs North Carolina State Dec. 27, 8:00 pm ET Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC) Website: http://belkbowl.com/ TV: ESPN Line: NC State -1 Making This All Possible Belk is a mall staple in the Southeast and with over 300 department stores most folks in Charlotte are no stranger to them.  Personally I grew up on Belk and the “everything we do at Belk...
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December 27, 2011  |  Discuss

Clemson An Orange Bowl Loser Before It Even Hits The Field

It’s bowl season, and that means along with the trick plays, loud bands and Brent Musberger handing out “all the Tostitos,” another sad reality is headed our way: Talk of schools losing lots and lots of money on bowl games. It’s become a holiday tradition, and sadly, a lot like that ugly sweater your grandma continues to re-gift you, there is no avoiding it. The latest...
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December 26, 2011  |  Discuss

CBR Goes Bowling: Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl Cal Golden Bears vs. No. 24 Texas Longhorns   December 28, 8:00 p.m. EST Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA) Website: http://www.holidaybowl.com/ TV: ESPN Line: Texas -3 Hey Texas fans, guess what? After being forced to spend the holidays with your family last year, your Longhorns are actually bowling in 2011, with a trip to San Diego to...
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December 26, 2011  |  Discuss
GRIDIRON GOLD

Top 10 things about college football in 2011

The end of the year brings lots of reasons to celebrate, including what used to be the best holiday of the year, New Year's Eve, until that crappy movie came out and ruined it for everyone. With that magical stroke of midnight now tainted forever, it means top 10 lists are the best thing we have to look forward to. From movies to music to models, seemingly everyone with a computer...
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December 26, 2011  |  Discuss

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl: Larry Fedora Leaves Southern Miss On A High Note

Every year, coaches and coordinators play musical chairs in the nether-period between the end of college football's regular season and the bowl games. The shakeout normally leaves teams in the awkward position of playing for an interim placeholder – usually a coordinator who's also looking for work – in place of the departed coach. Occasionally, coaches stick around...
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December 25, 2011  |  Discuss

CBR Goes Bowling: AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl

Missouri Tigers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Dec. 26, 5:00 pm ET Independence Stadium (Shreveport, La.) Website: http://independencebowl.org/ TV: ESPN2 Line: Missouri -5 On the excitement meter, this match-up of 7-5 squads barely registers. Although there will be a decent number of talented players on the field, both teams underachieved this season. Bet that's a familiar...
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December 24, 2011  |  Discuss

Randy Edsall Gambles Future On Mike Locksley

Randy Edsall is either very secure in his standing at Maryland, or he believes the gamble on hiring the embattled Mike Locksley as the Terps new offensive coordinator is going to pay off. Locksley joined the Maryland staff on Thursday, approximately three months after he was fired at New Mexico. Locksley's firing was not a shock after 2 ½ miserable seasons, which resulted...
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December 24, 2011  |  Discuss

CBR Goes Bowling: Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Purdue Boilermakers vs Western Michigan Broncos Dec. 27, 4:30 pm Ford Field (Detroit, Michigan) Website: http://www.littlecaesarspizzabowl.com TV: ESPN Line: Purdue -2 1/2 The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl matches up the Purdue Boilermakers – from the Big Ten – opposite the Western Michigan Broncos – from the Mid-American Conference. Emanating live...
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December 23, 2011  |  Discuss

Maaco Las Vegas Bowl: Boise Wins, And Sad Good-Bye For Dennis Erickson

I first met Dennis Erickson 20 years ago this month. Erickson was in his third season at Miami and he was preparing the Hurricanes for Nebraska and the 1991 Orange Bowl. It was Christmas Day and I was asked to cover for the beat writer on the holiday. After writing my story, an editor had a question that I couldn't answer without speaking to Erickson again. So I called the...
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December 22, 2011  |  Discuss

There's A Bowden Back In FBS

Terry Bowden's slow, difficult climb back up the coaching ranks took on another twist Thursday. Bowden will take over at Akron after leading North Alabama to the playoffs in his three seasons at the NCA Division II program. He'll be officially introduced on Dec. 28. Bowden, the son of legendary coach Bobby Bowden, has not coached an FBS program since 1998. He had six tumultuous...
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December 22, 2011  |  Discuss

With Matt Barkley Back Are The Trojans The Favorites In 2012?

Matt Barkley, the junior quarterback for the Southern California Trojans, has decided to return to school for the 2012 season. That means he'll be slinging the ball to Robert Woods and fellow 1,000 yard receiver the rising sophomore Marqise Lee and on the defense standout TJ McDonald is ready to go as well. The Trojans have the pieces to be something special as they absorb just...
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December 22, 2011  |  Discuss

Dayne Crist Brings Relevance, Intrigue To Kansas

Since we started up Crystal Ball Run six or so months ago, I’m not quite sure we’ve cover a more divisive personality in college football than former Florida offensive coordinator and current Kansas head man Charlie Weis. To a man, you can’t find a single person who likes him; not in the media, not in coaching circles and definitely not amongst fans. He’s a TV villain come...
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December 22, 2011  |  Discuss

CBR Goes Bowling: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Nevada Wolfpack vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium (Honolulu, HI) Website: www.sheratonhawaiibowl.com TV: ESPN Line: Southern Miss -6 ½ Two teams and programs that are in a bit of a state of flux match up in this one. For Nevada, it was a somewhat disappointing 7-5 campaign, as the Wolfpack spent most of the early...
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December 22, 2011  |  Discuss

Poinsettia Bowl: TCU Avoids Louisiana Tech Upset, 31-24

Casey Pachall's 42-yard touchdown pass to Skye Dawson with 4:26 remaining gave TCU their second straight bowl victory on the west coast as the TCU Horned Frogs found a way to win against an upset-minded Louisiana Tech, 31-24. TCU started off slowly and Louisiana Tech took advantage. Louisiana Tech out-gained TCU in the first half, 266-144 but failed to take a lead in to the...
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December 22, 2011  |  Discuss
PARTY HEARTY

Study: Football success equals poorer grades

A study at the University of Oregon revealed that increased wins by the football team correlated with worse grades for male students.

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December 21, 2011  |  Discuss

2011, A Year of Bad: Louisiana Tech Provides Some Good

When we recall the 2011 college football season that was, unfortunately, it will be remembered for scandalous, monstrous acts that befell the sport - Penn State, Ohio State, Miami. For many fans, 2012 cannot get here soon enough. Tonight, when TCU and Louisiana Tech take the field in the Poinsettia Bowl, one will win, the other will lose and they both will go home. What will...
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December 21, 2011  |  Discuss

Meeting Of The Minds: Talking About The $2,000 NCAA Stipend

Yesterday the NCAA released information in regards to the expedited passing of the $2,000 student athlete stipend being voted down. Some 109 schools voted to table the motion for the time being, forcing the legislation to take the standard, lengthy process to come into fruition. The bulk of the schools against the motion were small schools, not on the FBS radar but there were several...
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December 21, 2011  |  Discuss

Beef O'Brady's Bowl: Rakeem Cato Channels His Inner-Tom Brady in Marshall's 20-10 Victory

You know Tom Brady. One of the top quarterbacks in NFL history, with a couple of Super Bowl rings, golden boy looks and charm and all around winner on and off the field. Honestly, who wouldn't want to be Tom Brady just for one day? On Tuesday, Marshall's freshman quarterback Rakeem Cato, a Miami native, claims to have had his Tom Brady mojo going as Marshall pulled away from...
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December 21, 2011  |  Discuss
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