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NCAA Football Update, Week 3 (click for audio):

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NCAA Football Update:

  • Wisconsin weathers a bit of a storm in Iowa City, and carries off The Heartland Trophy. Looking at the rest of the Big Ten West, to say they don’t have much to worry about is the understatement of the year … and they themselves really aren’t that good. #Badgers #Hawkeyes
  • Army’s tough ground game very nearly sunk the Sooners, who had to scramble behind the heroics of Kyler Murray for a narrow victory at home over the Knights. #Knights #Sooners
  • Wildcats scamper for cover in the face of Grier the Mountaineer. #Wildcats #Mountaineers
  • Urban renews his coaching vows by patrolling the sidelines in a total flattening of the Green Wave. #GreenWave #Buckeyes
  • Freshman Lawrence gives Clemson a fresh start at QB; Tigers romp. #Tigers #YellowJackets
  • Wimbush and the Fighting Irish put the Demon Deacons through many trials and tributions at Winston Salem. #FightingIrish #DeamonDeacons
  • Another no-show, shoddy effort from Nebraska, allowing a Wolverine kick returner to take one back to the house in the Big House, and generally get pushed around something awful. Oh how the once mighty have fallen. #Cornhuskers #Wolverines
  • TD passes from Fromm buoy the Bulldogs in Columbia, MO. #Bulldogs #Tigers
  • Illini lie down at home for the Lions. #NittanyLions #Illini
  • So much for the new and improved BC Eagles, who fall flat at West Lafayette. #Eagles #Boilermakers
  • A no doubt thrilling West Coast encounter that few people will notice (nothing worse than college football on a Friday night) … yes, USC, you are not 1-3, but you are terribly mediocre in the underwhelming Lack-16. #Trojans #Cougars

NCAA Football Update Week 2 (click for audio):

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NCAA Football Update (click for audio):

  • There’s no rescuing Rutgers and their beleaguered QB Rescigno, as a parade of turnovers, including pick sixes from Torneden and Lee, lead the Jayhawks … yes the Jayhawks … to their second straight win; as for the KU offense, they have the New Jersey nebbishes spooked all day trying to reign in a running back named Pooka. #Rutgers #Kansas
  • Opening drive triggers tons of Tide pride, and turns Oxford into Rebel hell for Ole Miss. #CrimsonTide #Rebels
  • Sputtering Notre Dame avoids a major fender bender in South Bend when Vandy loses their handy on the ball at the last minute. #FightingIrish #Commodores
  • Aggies hit a major snag and their offense drags at Stanford. #Aggies #Cardinal
  • September is apparently not Cyclone season in Ames, as Kyler Murray hit just about everything he aimed at. #Sooners #Cyclones
  • If only Flo would move as fast as the Miami variety of Hurricanes. #Hurricanes #Rockets
  • Kent got bent out of shape, and then smashed to smithereens in by a big time blowout at Penn St. #GoldenFlashes #NittanyLions
  • MTSU gets caught between a rock and a hard place when it travels to Athens, but a big paycheck will at least soften the blow. #BlueRaiders #Bulldogs
  • OSU finally works up the nerve to flog the Frogs

NCAA Football Update, Week 2 (click for audio):

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NCAA Football Update:

  • A bit of a sloppy game by Clemson, but it ultimately doesn’t bite the Tigers where it hurts too much as the reigning ACC Champs manufacture a big road win at College Station
  • Trojans never get going against scheming Stanford. #Trojans #Cardinal
  • They made some decent money, but the Red Wolves also got tagged with a serious beating by Tagovailoa and his Crimson Tide. #RedWolves #CrimsonTide
  • Another swift kick in the gut for Rutgers…#ScarletKnights #Buckeyes
  • Ducks have their true cupcake moment against Portland State. How delicious. #Vikings #Ducks
  • Nary a chance for William & Mary, who seemed (and were) completely out of their league against Va Tech. #Hokies #Tribe
  • Okla chokes the life outta UCLA, with very little resistance. Yes, the Bruin football program is in near ruins. #Bruins #Sooners
  • Big bad Badgers push around Lobos with their lethal, Taylor-made attack … through the air and, of course, on the ground. #Lobos #Badgers
  • Wolverines do their best to pull the wool over their eyes and forget about last week’s disappointment by trampling Western Michigan. #Broncos #Wolverines
  • Penn St. sets rival Pitt straight #NIttanyLions #Panthers

NCAA Football Update (click for audio):

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NCAA Football Update:

  • Bulldogs squash The Peay… Austin Peay, are you kidding me? #Bulldogs #Governors
  • USC makes it plain that they should be dubbed best in the West. #Rebels #Trojans
  • Mountaineer fans are paying homage to to Sills, McCoy, and oh boy, the excellent start for Grier … could it be his Heisman year? #Mountaineers #Volunteers
  • Auburn’s Smoke Monday chose to win Saturday with a game winning blitz of Browning. #Huskies #Tigers
  • Rebel receivers make quite a wreck of Texas Tech; why wasn’t this game being played in Lubbock. #Rebels #RedRaiders
  • No. 10 Penn St. survives when App St. didn’t quite have the aptitude to pull off the upset. #Moutaineers #NittanyLions
  • Terps do fallen comrade McNair proud, by forcing key turnovers and making some big plays through the air in taking down the favored Longhorns. #Longhorns #Terrapins
  • Frogs jump all over Jaguars, who looked stuck in the garage at Ft. Worth. #HornedFrogs #Jaguars
  • Haskins was up to the task, as Buckeyes glide by not-so-eager Beavers. #Beavers #Buckeyes
  • Wisconsin tramples the Hilltoppers in a typical week 1 mismatch. #Hilltoppers #Badgers
  • Stanford sticks it to San Diego State in the 2nd half … surprise/surprise … without making Love the offensive centerpiece. #Cardinal #Aztecs
  • Clemson plays the role of Furmanator perfectly, obliterating the Paladins on both sides of the ball. #Tigers #Paladins

Blood types — Going through the coaching carousel

Coaching Blood Types:

Type P1 (purveyors of passion) — Cowher, Tomlin, Parcells, Shula, Calipari, Jimmy Johnson, Earl Weaver, John McGraw, Lasorda

Type P2 (planners) —  Noll, Belichick, Landry, Wooden, Saban, Red Auerbach, Allston

Type P1/P2 (hybrids) — Lombardi (the dark side), Stengel (mirth)

Type 0 (as in without either P1 or P2) — McAdoo, Hue, Caldwell, Yost (just kidding)

Type Ragu — Ralph Friedgen, Andy Reid, Mark Mangino, Mike Scioscia

 

 

NCAAF Recap and Perspectives: Monday, 1-1 (click post for audio)

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Bowl Update (it was a very bad day for Tigers):

  • When push came to shove in the Rose Bowl, it was just better to have GA’s powerful running game than Mayfield on the playing field. #Bulldogs #Sooners
  • Tigers are toast against Milton and the Knights in the Peach Bowl. Let’s give some very major credit to Scott Frost and the amazing coaching job he has done with this team. #Knights #Tigers
  • Another chink in the armor of the SEC as LSU runs outta juice in the Citrus Bowl. #FightingIrish #Tigers
  • Gamecocks lock up a rare bowl beating of the Big 10 in the Outback, as offensive execution remains a major honey-do item on the Mich grocery list. #Wolverine #Gamecocks
  • Nowhere for Dabo’s dudes to go in the Sugar Bowl, as Bama’s defense (and offense) is a real Payne. #CrimsonTide #Tigers

 

NCAAF Recap and Perspectives: Saturday, 12-30 (click post for audio)

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Bowl Update:

  • Miami exposed — gets badly burned at home by the Badgers, when it forgets both the sun block and that noxious turnover chain.  Poor babies. #Cardinals #Badgers
  • This was not the way Lamar wanted to go out, as he was clearly a player playing 2nd fiddle to QB Thompson in the Taxslayer. #Cardinals #Bulldogs
  • Iowa St. comes up all smiley, holding on for dear life in the Liberty Bowl, when Ferguson overthrew Mayhew. #Cyclones #Tigers
  • PSU’s two big guns erupt with a dog whistle that’s just enough to disrupt the Huskies. Another big win for the no respect Big 10. #Huskies #NittanyLions

NCAAF Recap and Perspectives: Friday, 12-29 (click post for audio)

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Bowl Update:

  • Barrett helps OSU bear down the Bucks remind the world why they deserved to be in the BCS in the first place, scooting past SC with very little drama. #Buckeyes #Trojans
  • Aggie jubilation in New Mexico vs. Aggie aggravation in Utah after Arizona Bowl ends in OT. #Aggies #Aggies
  • It may not be a surprise to everyone, but this score will sure make people wake up and take notice of Wake’s football prowess; great win for the ACC in the Belk Bowl. #DemonDeacons #Aggies
  • Wolfpack get up on their Hines quarters a scare the piss outta the wimpy Sun Devils; more than a nice game by Nyheim. #Wolfpack #SunDevils
  • Music City miracle No. 2, as NW boasts a 10-win season…. #Wildcats #Wildcats

NCAAF Recap and Perspectives: Thursday, 12-28 (click post for audio)

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Bowl Update:

  • In the Military Bowl, Navy sticks to the ground and tells UVA to “SHIP OUT”!
  • Hokies choke away a few golden scoring opportunities, and that was all it took for OK St. to overpower them. In the process, Mason Rudolph ends his career as the most decorated QB to test the waters at Stillwater, and with the Camping World crown in hand, he stands to go rather high in the upcoming NFL draft. #Hokies #Cowboys
  • TCU makes Texans proud by leapfrogging over the Cardinal to victory in the Alamo Bowl. #HornedFrogs #Cardinal

NCAAF Recap and Perspectives: Wednesday, 12-27 (click post for audio)

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Bowl Update:

  • FSU couldn’t help itself and doesn’t miss an opportunity grab a wee bit of glory by walking off with the title of Independence Bowl champion. #GoldenEagles #Seminoles
  • Usually restrained and reserved Iowa surprises BC with an inspired 2nd half comeback in the Pinstripe Bowl, after BC’s kicker let’s loose with a real wounded duck miss before halftime and thanks to some excellent waddling by Wadley. #Hawkeyes #Eagles
  • Big 10 doormat Purdue hopes this incomprehensible victory in the Foster Farms Bowl can somehow foster some much needed national respect for its long suffering football program.  Don’t count on it, but congratulations. #Boilermakers #Wildcats

Oh to be young again, …

… and to have a short, compact menu of bowl games to choose from, which, collectively, were a relative pleasure to digest over the holidays compared to the current group of ugly, corporate-owned ducklings. Bring me back to 1976:
Bowl Game Results —
Date Bowl Winner Pts Loser Pts Notes
1977-01-02 Sun Bowl Texas A&M 37 Florida 14 El Paso, TX
1977-01-01 Cotton Bowl Houston 30 Maryland 21 Dallas, TX
1977-01-01 Orange Bowl Ohio State 27 Colorado 10 Miami, FL
1977-01-01 Rose Bowl Southern California 14 Michigan 6 Pasadena, CA
1977-01-01 Sugar Bowl Pittsburgh 27 Georgia 3 New Orleans, LA
1976-12-31 Bluebonnet Bowl Nebraska 27 Texas Tech 24 Houston, TX
1976-12-31 Peach Bowl Kentucky 21 North Carolina 0 Atlanta, GA
1976-12-27 Gator Bowl Notre Dame 20 Penn State 9 Jacksonville, FL
1976-12-25 Fiesta Bowl Oklahoma 41 Wyoming 7 Tempe, AZ
1976-12-20 Liberty Bowl Alabama 36 UCLA 6 Memphis, TN
1976-12-18 Tangerine Bowl Oklahoma State 49 Brigham Young 21 Orlando, FL
1976-12-13 Independence Bowl McNeese State 20 Tulsa 16 Shreveport, LA

NCAAF Top 25 Update, Recap and Perspectives: Saturday, 12-2 (click post for audio)

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NCAAF Top 25 Update, Recap and Perspectives:

  • After a rousing start, Auburn’s Tigers looked tranquilized, if not lifeless, while the Bulldogs prove once again that it pays to retaliate in the BCS ranking game. Looks like somebody in orange and blue had the Tiger poop beaten out of them tonight.  What do you think, Paul Finebaum?  #Tigers #Bulldogs
  • Another near miss for the Wis, which was predictably empty in terms of razzle dazzle, not to mention productivity on the ground.  And a big thumbs up to JT, who didn’t have to risk further damage to his surgically repaired knee, but played because he has a lot of heart … and cares.  This attitude is a precious commodity in today’s college football, and more generally, in life.  #Badgers #Buckeyes
  • Knights finally say goodnight to the Tigers in a wild AAC title game, and quite possibly says hello to a New Years Day bowl game. #Tigers #Knights
  • Clemson proves what most of us really knew all along … arguing that Miami was worthy of a BCS berth was nothing more than a South Beach reach. #Tigers #Hurricanes
  • Sooners are jumping for joy after flogging the Frogs. Mayfield continues to make his detractors pay with 4 more additions to his TD hoard. #HornedFrogs #Sooners

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