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November 27, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Five things to watch this week in college football: 1: The Pac-12 Conference's nightmare scenario comes true as 6-6 UCLA, coming off a 50-0 loss to USC, plays Oregon on Friday in the league's inaugural championship game. The only good news: Oregon is hosting, which assures a packed house at Autzen Stadium. 2: The Big 12 has scrapped its divisional, title-game format but gets essentially the same thing Saturday when Oklahoma visits Oklahoma State with the conference title at stake.
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August 8, 2010 | Chris Dufresne
The Times' Chris Dufresne unveils his preseason college football top 25, one day (and team) at a time. No. 25 Washington To think something from Washington could hold down a top-25 ranking in anything other than Cabernet is the reason we continue to believe in sports as the last unscripted drama. Two years ago Washington's football program was 0-12 and only happy because it wasn't Washington State, which was probably a worse team overall except it actually defeated Washington, 16-13, in triple overtime, to record its only victory over a school that wasn't named Portland State.
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October 23, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Bear Bryant's sport took on Yogi Berra's sport and knocked one out of the national park. It was about time. Commissioner Bud Selig bloviated a few weeks back that only baseball could produce the kind of drama displayed on one wild night in the wild-card race. It was an absurd statement given that college football did this sort of stuff all the time. Remember the Friday after last Thanksgiving, when Auburn rallied from 24-0 down to beat Alabama on the same day/night Boise State lost a shocker at Nevada?
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August 17, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Several notable plot twists have involved motorcycles:"Easy Rider,""The Great Escape," "On Any Sunday" and "Every Which Way But Loose. " The last was a 1978 comedy starring Clint Eastwood and "Clyde," his orangutan sidekick. It spawned the sequel "Any Which Way You Can. " None of those yarns, as far as we know, affected the race for the national title in college football. An off-season excursion by a "hog" riding a hog, however, may have literally tipped the balance in this year's chase.
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October 30, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
College football has always been equal parts passion, roller-coaster emotions, high stakes, split decisions and handing your teenager the keys to the car. This weekend was only the latest rambling wreck. How could Georgia Tech look so bad in losses to Virginia and Miami and then dismantle the No. 5 team in the BCS standings? "They are 18- to 21-year-olds," Georgia Tech Coach Paul Johnson explained after Saturday's upset win over Clemson. "I keep telling people that, but they don't want to listen.
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November 17, 2010 | Chris Dufresne
Let's be honest: This weekend is just killing time until next weekend, when a season's field could get flipped at Tuscaloosa's Iron Bowl and Reno's "Biggest Little Football Game in the World," Boise State at Nevada. Now is time to muse, reflect, relax, and take in a ballgame at Wrigley Field. As Ernie Banks said about ballparks hosting college football games ? "Let's play two. " America's pass time Illinois and Northwestern are exchanging lineup cards Saturday at Wrigley Field.
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January 9, 2011 | Bill Plaschke
Three words you thought you'd never hear will be shouted across the nation Monday night, wrinkling noses, raising eyebrows, rising from the depths of two college football teams that are in exactly the right place at precisely the right time. The BCS works. That's right. You heard me. You will hear them. You will be hearing them all night long. The BCS works. The maligned college football championship system that has spawned hatred from beer-stained parking lots to the White House has never worked better.
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November 24, 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 the weekend's menu of games: Friday EARLY No. 8 Houston (11-0) at Tulsa (8-3) 9 a.m., FS West Brilliant scheduling, as thousands waking from a post-turkey, tryptophan coma should get an adrenaline jolt from this Conference USA matchup of scoring machines. Houston leads the nation in total offense and scoring, and the teams combined are averaging 1,083 yards and 88 points per game.
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December 2, 2011 | By 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 the weekend's menu of games: FRIDAY UCLA (6-6) at No. 8 Oregon (10-2) 5 p.m., Channel 11 UCLA players carried Rick Neuheisel off the field Wednesday evening … four years and four days too late. The Pac-12 Conference catches a break only because Oregon is hosting the first championship game, which at least won't add empty seats to the backdrop of this nightmarish inaugural.
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