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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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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.
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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.
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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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