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Posted November 20, 2013in Game Day

Either genius or insanity

FIRST DOWN Ah, yes. Twitter. Where characters are capped at 140, and I.Q. is capped at 104. The social media world was a funny place early Sunday evening, especially if you chase collegiate sports for fun, profit or some combination therein. Feeds became littered with airmails from two camps: Ohio

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Posted November 13, 2013in Game Day

Mac and the Mean Green are soaring

FIRST DOWN And goal to go … 1. Oh, sure, last week got more national love — Baylor-Oklahoma, Stanford-Oregon and LSU-Alabama all rocked the BCS standings in one way or another — but if you’re looking for a no-holds-barred, shakedown weekend in the Big 12 and Big Ten, Nov. 16

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Posted November 06, 2013in Game Day

Cue the chaos

FIRST DOWN Somebody up there likes Bo Pelini. Which is strange, considering how folks down at Memorial Stadium seem to be fairly torn — and that might be putting it kindly — about the football coach of their beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers.  With four seconds left in last Saturday’s Nebraska-Northwestern game

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Posted October 30, 2013in Game Day

Gophers taking off ‘like a house on fire’

FIRST DOWN The front-runner for Big Ten Coach of the Year? A guy from Clay Center, Kansas. A guy who coached under Glen Mason at the University of Kansas but never actually played for him. A guy who had to leave Lawrence and move back home because he couldn’t afford

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Posted October 23, 2013in Game Day

Midseason awards continue

FIRST DOWN The Tuesday Morning Quarterback Midseason Awards continue with a run through the B1G… Big Ten’s best team: Ohio State. Just because Urban Meyer provided the launching pad for the Tim Tebow circus and the Aaron Hernandez circus that tainted popular culture as we know it isn’t the reason

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Posted October 16, 2013in Game Day

Stoops takes physical, psychological beating

FIRST DOWN The Tuesday Morning Quarterback Midseason Awards are out. Big 12’s best team: Baylor. Wait. Baylor? Who else? Got a better suggestion? Just when you’re ready to jump on the Oklahoma-is-back bandwagon, the Sooners make their usual early season toe-stub. Texas Tech is a cool, feisty little story, but

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Posted October 09, 2013in Game Day

Somebody swallowed something

FIRST DOWN For his (deserved) fury, Paul Rhoads came away with a public slap on the shins from Bob Bowlsby. Which isn’t the same as a memo from the Big 12 offices in Dallas saying “Um, geez, ya got us, sorry about that.” But it’s close. The milk is spilled,

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Posted October 02, 2013in Game Day

Katie, bar the door

FIRST DOWN Of course. Of course Oklahoma State, the hands-down preseason Big 12 favorite, would be a double-digit favorite at West Virginia, a team that just been shut out by Maryland (Maryland?) and scored only seven points at Oklahoma. Of course Cowboys would then trip all over themselves and fall

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Posted September 25, 2013in Game Day

It’s a plot, we tell you!

FIRST DOWN… and goal to go: Baylor scores 70 points a week, produces Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks, and does everything that the Texas Longhorns are SUPPOSED to do. And yet the word on the street is that some of the high-rollers in Austin feel they’re above poaching the little brother

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Posted September 18, 2013in Game Day

When Tommie Frazier pickets

FIRST DOWN So they’re circling the wagons in Lincoln again. Circling, the Cornhuskers can do. It’s tackling that’s the problem. We kid, of course. Sort of. Nebraska football stories are starting to pull out the old “for the first time since 1961” line again, and which means two things: The

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