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September 4, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Five things to watch this week in college football: 1: Labor Day weekend used to end with a captivating Monday night conclusion. Florida State and Miami once occupied this spot and, last year, Boise State defeated Virginia Tech in a thriller. This year we get Miami at Maryland lacking eight suspended Hurricane players? 2: California at Colorado features two schools from the Pacific 12 Conference but is technically a non-conference game because it was scheduled before expansion.
November 7, 1993
After gangsta rapper Eazy-E's album premiered on The Times' Southern California pop album chart at No. 4, many predicted it would sink like a lead balloon. But it's still flying high--floating up a notch to No. 3, and at the top of the rap chart. Could it be that those who dismissed him as a has-been buried him prematurely? The latest artist to capitalize on the unplugged format is 10,000 Maniacs, whose "MTV Unplugged" debuted at No. 7.
February 20, 2012 | By Matea Gold and Melanie Mason
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and a "super PAC" working on his behalf churned through more than twice as much money than the two campaigns raised in January, underscoring the financial challenge the former Massachusetts governor faces as he tries to fend off rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. In a month in which Romney lost two out of the four GOP primary contests, his campaign raced through $18.7 million while raising just $6.5 million, according to campaign finance records filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission.
September 7, 2011 | By Chris Dufresne
Louisiana State, docked five preseason ranking spots after a bar fight, decked Oregon and moved up eight. Don't freak out Oklahoma Sooners; you're still the highest-ranked Pac-16 team and the two of the teams in front of you play each other later this season. Boise State's win over Georgia moves it ahead of Oklahoma and Florida State, which play in Tallahassee on Sept. 17. See how it works, Boise? With the real pollsters, you're a rope that has to thread a needle. That win over Georgia was only marginally better than a loss because now people say, "You couldn't win in the SEC every week," as if you've been asked to join.
August 17, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Texas A&M might have won five national titles by now if it worried half as much about itself as it does about Texas. Texas is the spoiled-brat brother who gets everything — and it's just not fair. The latest outrage: ESPN gave Texas its own Network!? For years, Texas couldn't go anywhere, including the Pacific 10 Conference, without Texas A&M and the Baylor barnacle. They were a political package. The Pac-10 wanted to add Colorado and Texas two decades ago but couldn't in part because of Texas A (appendage)
July 30, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
A college football fan recently rescued after two years on a deserted island — please play along here — was asked to make this year's conference picks. He liked Nebraska in the Big 12, Boise State to win the Western Athletic and Brigham Young and Utah to battle it out in the Mountain West. Told those schools were no longer in those leagues, he quipped, "Whoa, next you'll tell me Texas joined the Pac-10. " No, but almost. College football avoided (for now) the "Big Bang" cosmic conference shift, yet the Big Ten alone underwent so much realignment it could have split into the "Sciatica" and "Lower Lumbar" divisions.
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