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October 11, 2012
  Join us today at 11:30 a.m. when Times UCLA writer Chris Foster, USC writer Gary Klein and national college football columnist Chris Dufresne give an update on the season in a live Google+ Hangout. Among the topics expected to be covered: UCLA got some bad news when it learned receiver Darius Bell is expected to out two to four weeks because of a broken rib he suffered during the Bruins' game against California. As Foster wrote Wednesday , UCLA has good depth at receiver, but Bell's loss does hurt the team's psyche.
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November 23, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
To formulate this week's standings, we put the teams in a blender and punched "puree. " Only Louisiana State, South Carolina, Wisconsin and Penn State retained their positions. The Southeastern Conference West jumped the retaining wall and is holding the Bowl Championship Series czar under house arrest. News that the Pac-12 Conference has three teams in this week's top 10 was greeted with yawns at Dreamland Bar-B-Que in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Don't bother memorizing rankings because they're probably going to get tossed like a holiday salad.
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September 26, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
Five things to watch this week: 1. Stanford at Oregon next Saturday night in Eugene is suddenly a mega-meeting of top-10 schools worthy of being moved off its 8:15 p.m. time start into 5 p.m. prime-time position on ABC. 2. UCLA, by popping Texas in Austin, took the pop out of next weekend's Texas- Oklahoma game at the Cotton Bowl. The game coincides with the State Fair of Texas, so at least the food will still be good. 3. Florida at Alabama in Tuscaloosa pairs the last two BCS national champions in what could be an early-season epic in the Southeastern Conference.
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September 20, 2012
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 Maryland (2-1) at No. 8 West Virginia (2-0) 9 a.m., FX Meet quarterback Geno Smith, the quarterback who replaces Matt Barkley this week as the nation's leading Heisman Trophy candidate. Smith has more touchdowns, 10, than incomplete passes. Hey, didn't Baylor's Robert Griffin III have a stat like that early last year?
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September 1, 2010
No. 24 Oregon State vs. No. 6 Texas Christian at Arlington, Texas Saturday, 4:45 p.m. PDT, ESPN This is the first of two key weekend games involving possible Bowl Championship Series gate crashers. Two days before Boise State takes on Virginia Tech in Maryland, the Texas Christian Horned Frogs get first shot to prove they belong in the national title conversation. Oregon State, led by tailback Jacquizz Rodgers, also plays at Boise State on Sept. 25. The pick: Texas Christian.
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