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November 20, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
1. Texas visits Texas A&M on Thanksgiving in what could be the last meeting in a bitter series that dates to 1894. Texas A&M is leaving the Big 12 after this season for the Southeastern Conference. Texas said its schedule is booked at least through 2018. 2. Houston (11-0) isn't home yet. The eighth-ranked Cougars face a critical game at Tulsa (8-3, 7-0) on Friday to determine Conference USA's West Division champion. Houston needs two more wins to finish unbeaten and secure an at-large BCS bowl bid. 3. Arkansas vs. Louisiana State has always been a wild turkey after-Thanksgiving affair and this Friday the stakes are higher than ever as a possible national title game berth awaits the winner.
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September 11, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Texas A&M is the first team in Rankman history to jump from No. 21 to No. 8 after wins over Rice and Sam Houston State. Ohio State slips two spots for insisting it must be referred to as "The" Ohio State. Miami used a win over Florida to jump 10 spots to No. 14 as it tries to stay one step ahead of the grim NCAA reaper. Texas just had to go after allowing 259 rushing yards to a Brigham Young quarterback coming off surgery whose nickname is "Limpy. " Oklahoma State remains in the poll despite reports it passed around a money hat bigger than its mascot's hat. Welcome in and congratulate Baylor at No. 24. The Bears had 15 more points last week than USC had passing yards.
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September 18, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
PLAY IT FORWARD Five things to watch this week in college football. 1. Pittsburgh and Syracuse were accepted Sunday as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. That sets the stage for further conference expansion. Regents from Texas and Oklahoma meet separately Monday to discuss possible moves to the Pacific 12 Conference. Stay tuned. 2. Big 12/Pac-12/Southeastern Conference game of the week? Oklahoma State plays at Texas A&M in a Big 12 game that actually might involve three conferences.
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November 10, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
Games to watch this week in college football: Georgia (5-5) at No. 2 Auburn (10-0) Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Channel 2 Auburn tries to preserve its perfect season and national title hopes against the backdrop of pay-for-play allegations regarding star quarterback Cam Newton. Georgia has won four of its last five since a 1-4 start that included a ghastly loss at Colorado. The pick: Auburn. San Diego State (7-2) at No. 3 Texas Christian (10-0) Saturday, 1 p.m., Versus Is it possible TCU will be flat after last week's emphatic win at Utah?
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August 30, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
College football is upon us. Think of it as four months of tailgate parties and ESPN making bank deposits. It will end in January at the Rose Bowl with Alabama playing somebody for the national title. Pat Haden sits at his temporary desk in his temporary office in a shopping mall near the USC campus and declares, rather bravely, "I'm not the football director, I'm the athletic director. " A few minutes later, he shrugs and comes to his senses. "I get it," he says. "I know.
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April 26, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
I already miss the Bowl Championship Series like an old pair of shoes that might have stepped in something. Is it really going away in two years? What will be left to lampoon? College football's smart people, however, insist it's time to move forward to some sort of post-2014, post-modern, postseason involving four teams. Although ordinary folks would call this a playoff, conference commissioners as late as Wednesday preferred the euphemism "four-team event. " After two days of meetings in South Florida, commissioners on Thursday only officially announced there would not be an eight or 16-team playoff.
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August 2, 2010 | Chris Dufresne
This is the second in a series of five story lines advancing the 2010 college football season. Five games that could determine this year's national championship: —Sept. 6: Boise State vs. Virginia Tech in Landover, Md. The plot line is pretty simple: Boise State's dream of knocking through the glass ceiling and becoming the first team from a BCS "mid-major" conference to win the national title begins or ends Labor Day night. Both schools will enter the game in the preseason top 10, but Boise State, because it plays in the lowly regarded Western Athletic Conference, is the team that can least afford to lose and be able to recover to make the Bowl Championship Series championship game in January.
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August 4, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Ten quick-hit observations as coaches, coast to coast, continue to scour for players off Penn State's roster: 1. While it announced plans this week to broaden its powers to crack down on rules violators, the NCAA may have inadvertently helped major rules violator USC win this year's national title. Is there a law of unintended consequences on the NCAA books? President Mark Emmert's unilateral ruling on the Penn State scandal included immediately releasing all Nittany Lions players from their scholarships.
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