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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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November 26, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
From Tempe, Ariz. And so the opportunity has been lost, now and forever, disappearing in a chilly, shadowy desert that provided the metaphor for a failed autumn. A UCLA football team hoping to fill a sullen Los Angeles college football landscape with heat and light will stagger away huddled and dark. USC was benched, but UCLA couldn't step up. USC was in jail, but it was UCLA that spent three months in the hole. USC crashed, but it is UCLA that is twisted and smoldering, its season officially a wreck Friday after a 55-34 loss to struggling Arizona State.
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October 20, 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. 6 Oklahoma State (6-0) at Missouri (3-3) 9 a.m., FX Excitement meets disappointment on the prairie in a game that will be in the peripheral vision of St. Louis Cardinals fans absorbed in the World Series. Oklahoma State is in the thick of title contention, opening at No. 4 in the first Bowl Championship Series standings, and Missouri is trying to pick up the pieces after a 2-3 start.
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September 18, 2010 | Chris Dufresne
It was not a day to play nice. With two precious national title game spots up for bid, and so many voters to impress, the schools taking this season seriously got serious Saturday. Top-ranked Alabama said "put up your dukes," but Duke couldn't. The Crimson Tide rolled into Durham and recorded a basketball score in the den of the defending NCAA hoops champions. The 62 points Alabama scored against Duke, which contributed 13, were the most the team has scored in 19 years.
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August 22, 2010 | Chris Dufresne
The Times' Chris Dufresne unveils his preseason college football top 25, one day (and team) at a time. No. 11 Miami Randy Shannon inherited a program allegedly going South Beach and has quickly retooled the 'Canes back into an almost-national title contender. "We've won five games, seven and nine, we keep improving every year," Shannon, entering his fourth season, said at the recent Atlantic Coast Conference media days. Is it all about the "U" again? No, but Miami is working its way through the alphabet, and this year it's going to be all about the "D. " Is it flashback time to the 1980s and '90s and the turn of the century, when Miami claimed its fifth national title with a win over Nebraska in the Rose Bowl and its sixth national title a year later with a victory over Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl?
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