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November 24, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
GAMES TO WATCH No. 2 Auburn (11-0) at No. 9 Alabama (9-2) Friday, 11:30 a.m. PST, Channel 2 Alabama can't win the national title this year but it can do the next best thing: knock Auburn out. The "Iron Bowl" is a rivalry that divides a state with no major "professional" teams unless pay-for-play allegations about Cam Newton prove to be true. The pick: Alabama. No. 20 Arizona (7-3) at No. 1 Oregon (10-0) Friday, 4 p.m., ESPN Oregon, with a win, clinches its second consecutive Pacific 10 Conference title and moves one week closer to playing for the national championship.
November 30, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Louisiana State beat Alabama, but LSU now has to play an extra game while Alabama has secured a free pass to the national championship game. LSU is practicing this week while Coach Nick Saban is out recruiting. Congratulations, LSU … we think. Don't count out No. 4 or No. 5 as this independent arbiter closely monitors closing statements from Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech. Stanford doesn't deserve consideration because it didn't even win its division in the Pac-12. Only Southeastern Conference schools that didn't win their division get to make that argument.
September 12, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Break out the chips and cold drinks but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Thursday, The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games: Morning No. 5 Stanford (1-0) at Army (1-1) 9 a.m., CBS Sports Network Army loves to run the ball and Stanford's defense lives to stop the run, so that probably means Army will be lucky to cross mid-field. Don't be fooled by a final score that might look close.
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.
November 9, 2010 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Alcohol policies surrounding football tailgating parties are common at many universities. Some schools ban alcohol at tailgating events entirely, others restrict alcohol to certain areas of the parking lots and others ban it during certain time periods, such as 30 minutes before kickoff. A new study shows that a majority of tailgaters were already well on their way to high blood-alcohol concentrations before the start of a college football game. Researchers from the University of Toledo studied tailgaters at a large Midwest college football game.
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