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October 8, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Five things to watch this week in college football. 1. Rise and shine. It's always better when Texas playing Oklahoma in the annual Texas State Fair game at the Cotton Bowl is a top-five matchup with national-title implications. We'll have to settle this year for two one-loss ranked teams trying to keep faint hopes alive. 2. Only a few hours ago West Virginia at Texas Tech would have been the nation's No.1 offense going against the top-ranked defense. But Texas Tech messed up everything by falling to No. 2 after allowing 41 points in its loss to Oklahoma.
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September 19, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
1: Why is it Oregon is the only major college state brave (or dumb) enough to take on games at Boise State? A year after Eugene's Ducks risked their reputations on the blue turf, the Beavers of Corvallis take their Rodgers' brothers act into Saturday night prime time against the nation's No. 3 team. 2: Last year, Mississippi had a top quarterback, Jevan Snead, and Alabama on the home schedule but couldn't overcome the Crimson Tide. This week, Arkansas and Ryan Mallett welcome Alabama to Fayetteville in a key SEC West matchup with national title implications.
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October 13, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games: MORNING No. 11 Michigan (6-0) at No. 23 Michigan State (4-1) 9 a.m., ESPN Maybe Brady Hoke should run for president, because this guy can turn anything around. Hoke made Ball State better, San Diego State better and has made instant winners at Michigan out of Rich Rodriguez's leftovers.
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August 14, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Oklahoma State will contend again for the national title, just not in 2012. The Cowboys missed the last national title game by 86 thousandths of a point in the final Bowl Championship Series standings. That's right, Oklahoma State was 86'd. We're not here to regurgitate the debate of whether Oklahoma State deserved to play Louisiana State instead of Alabama. Let Bayou-gones be Bayou-gones. Why take this any farther down the field than LSU did in the title game against Alabama?
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