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**THE FR COLLEGE FOOTBALL LIVE THREAD Week 13: Rivalry Week**

Posted on 11/25/2009 9:32:16 AM PST by GOP_Raider

Hopefully you'll forgive me for being candid, but this week may not be my most well written thread of the season. Family is coming into town, I actually have to work on Thanksgiving, and I actually have an excuse to watch one of the Thanksgiving NFL games. But aside from that, it's that week of the season that encapsulates the spirit and tradition of college football. Of course, that means one thing here on the FR College Football Ping List: it's rivalry week!

Often our rivals perform the menial tasks associated with life: cleaning toilets, digging ditches, waiting our table at Chili's, and so on. Most rivalries were born out of various political, cultural, and socioeconomic fits of rage, but just as well, they carry the banner for your school, city, county, and even sometimes an entire state as we'll witness in this week's matchups. Let's get to them. (Note: the FReeper who comes up with the best taunt of their collegiate mortal enemy this week will win an autographed picture of yours truly, GOP_Raider. Or I'll just have to buy a beer for the winner, whichever would be worth more).

Texas vs Texas A&M (Thanksgiving, 8:00 pm) After much of the Lone Star State gets to watch their Cowboys probably beat my Oakland Raiders, there's this evening showdown of Texas football supremacy. Well, it probably is if you really do think that the Aggies are better than, say, TCU but that's a topic for another date and time. Now, unless you happen to be this guy, I can't imagine a lot of the 12th Man would think they would have a chance against a team that might win the national championship. But in the interest of fairness, I have noticed a few things about arguably the two most prominent schools in the state. Not the least of which is the fact the both schools mention the other in their fight songs. While not entirely unusual for a college fight song, the Aggie War Hymn does develop a wild hair and takes an entire verse to mock the institution called "t.u." in College Station.

Illinois vs. Cincinnati (Friday, High Noon) Who in their right minds would have thought that this game would be a warm up for the Bearcats instead of an important non-conference game this late into the season? I sure didn't. I also had no idea that Cincinnati would indeed have two very good QBs in Zach Collaros and Tony Pike. Perhaps no team since the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the mid 90s had such an embarrassment of riches at that position (although I think that those Husker teams had embarrassment of riches at every position). Seeing as how I have told this joke at least twice throughout the season, it may be time for you Illini out there to seriously consider snatching up the open domain name of www.fireronzook.com. There's also www.tellronzooktohisfacehesfired.com and www.hopeyoudidntsupporthepublicoption.com still available, so pick which one would be right for you.

Wyoming vs. Colorado State (Friday, 2:00 pm) Here we have the most contested rivalry west of the Mississippi in this the Battle for the Bronze Boot. During the Vietnam War, a CSU Army ROTC instructor named Cpt. Jeff Romero, Sr. wore the boot that you now see bronzed and contested today. Today, the ROTC of both schools are responsible for the Boot, and the reigning winner of the Boot will have their ROTC guard the Boot during the game. The veterans of Vietnam are honored, and each school's ROTC are prominently involved, which should offend hippies and liberal Democrats for at least a 700 mile radius. On the line for the Pokes is a shot at 6 wins and also to tie the Bronze Boot series that Wyoming had a stranglehold on until last season, when the Rams took the Bronze Boot series lead by a single game.

Alabama vs. Auburn (Friday, 2:00 pm) The Iron Bowl. An entire state where two schools have been disagreeing and fighting with each other since the Harrison Administration. For much of the first half of the 20th Century, the Tide and the Tigers refused to play each other. It quite literally took an act of Congress (albeit the Alabama House of Representatives) for the two to stop bickering about, among other things, 50 cents worth of expenses and play some football. Tiger head coach Gene Chizik may not have endeared himself to the diversitymongers who keep hoping and praying for some silly little quota they imposed for "African-American" coaches, a win by Auburn which could derail the hated Tide's national title hopes would probably make the hire and in turn this season much more palatable. Naturally, it's easy to surmise that Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide probably won't be looking ahead to the SEC Title Game. So if you live in the great State of Alabama, it would probably be a good idea not to schedule anything more important than an oil change on Friday, and if you can, put it off until at least Monday.

Nebraska vs. Colorado (Friday, 3:30 pm) Such as the refrain was during the early 70s, it's getting more and more likely that we won't have Dan Hawkins to kick around anymore in Boulder--certainly no reminders during press conferences that this is indeed Big XII football. There was a time though that CU victories against the Huskers were pretty rare. So rare in fact, that disco came and went and the Buffs didn't get so much as a single win against Nebraska. Nowadays, it's a little more competitive, even though both schools aren't quite what they once were. However, the Huskers already have their ticket punched to the Big XII Championship game and even a CU win here might not be enough to keep Hawkins around past the final gun. Perhaps the most vocal commentary came from a lot of people in my neck of the woods after last week's defeat to Oklahoma State where the consensus seemed to be "hate to say we told you so, Buffaloes".

Pitt vs. West Virginia (Friday, 7:00 pm) No other rivalry features the heated battle of city folk versus country folk quite like the Backyard Brawl. Strange as it may seem however, this isn't even the biggest game of the season for the Panthers (that would be next week's unofficial Big East Championship Game against Cincinnati). I suppose one could say here that if you can't find a way to beat the Mountaineers, you probably won't have a shot against the Bearcats. But, I think Pitt has a very solid team that's not getting a ton of attention right now. As for the Mountaineers, they are coming off of a bye just like the Panthers. But WVU was able to give the reigning Big East Champion Bearcats a scare two weeks ago, and with as good as Panther QB Bill Stull has been this year, Mountaineer QB Jarrett Brown can more than hold his own.

Nevada vs. Boise State (Friday, 10:00 pm) You may not know this, but the Broncos and the Wolf Pack have been doing battle for decades dating back to both schools days in the I-AA Big Sky Conference. In fact, one of the best games in the entire history of I-AA featured Nevada and BSu in the 1990 I-AA Semifinals. Two years ago, Wolf Pack QB Colin Kaepernick ran wild on the Bronco defense and nearly pulled off the upset win, but lost in the 4th overtime. This year, the Wolf Pack feature a very potent running game, not just from Kaepernick, but from RBs Luke Lippincott and Vai Taua. Not only would this be to keep the undefeated season alive for Boise State, but this features the top two teams in the WAC and the winner would be able to claim the title all to themselves.

(for Palmetto) Clemson vs. South Carolina (High Noon) In the original Confederate State of America, hostilities between the Tigers and the Gamecocks run deeper than my great uncle's irritation at CBS for cancelling "Gunsmoke". Political and social differences between the two to the point that former South Carolina House Speaker Solomon Blatt, Sr. said that USC should "build as many two year colleges over the state as rapidly as possible to prevent the expansion of Clemson schools for the Clemson people". Okay, then. The "Clemson people" have had a rather remarkable turnaround this season, especially when things looked to be falling apart after the Maryland loss. Carolina has had almost the opposite thing happen to them as the season has gone along, having lost three in a row and staring 6-6 right in the face.

(for Man50D and Biggirl) Syracuse at UConn (High Noon) Was last week's win against Notre Dame the biggest win in UConn football history? It would certainly be hard to argue to the contrary throughout the Nutmeg State. The run game for the Huskies was nothing short of remarkable against the Irish, as RB's Jordan Todman and Andre Dixon ran for a combined 244 yards and a couple of TDs. So now the Huskies are sitting at 5-5 and with one more win against a struggling Syracuse squad or a win against South Florida next week and UConn will be bowl eligible. After the death of Jasper Howard, after losing 3 games in a row by a grand total of 10 points, this would be one of the better stories of the entire season in college football.

Mississippi vs. Mississippi State (12:21 pm) In Starkville this week is the Egg Bowl, the contest signifying world domination in the State of Mississippi. As seems to be the case with a lot of schools throughout the Fruited Plain, Mississippi State started out as a quaint agricultural school known as Mississippi A&M. Not too impressed with the hotty toddy kind up in Oxford, the Bulldogs endure the taunts of being a backwater town with no indoor plumbing and lots of rednecks, although they may prefer the term "sophistication challenged". After being the recipient of a Robert Gibbs style mental lapse last week against LSU, the Rebels go into the Egg Bowl with some sense of confidence, after what Jevan Snead and Dexter McCluster were able to do. Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs could use some more cowbell, but I used that joke already this season, so you'll simply have to be content watching a struggling MSU defense try and stop the Wild Rebel.

Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma (12:30 pm) What hasn't gone wrong for both of these teams this season? OU loses Sam Bradford in Week 1 and then loses him again, this time for good, against Texas. They would also wind up losing at Miami, Nebraska, and Texas Tech and now need this game to even become bowl eligible. Meanwhile, the Cowboys were looking to this as their breakout season after beating Georgia in the opener, and would then follow that up by losing at home to Houston. Dez Bryant ends up being ruled ineligible, they get destroyed at home to Texas, and what should be a pretty good season by anyone's standards might now be looked at by the Cowpoke faithful as a case of what might have been. And should Texas not screw things up somehow, there's still a pretty good chance that the Cowboys could still make it into a BCS game if they win Bedlam this year.

(for sean327) New Mexico vs. TCU (1:00 pm) Let's all give a big round of applause to the New Mexico Lobos for notching their first victory of the season last week against Colorado State! *applause* Now, the fortunate thing for UNM was that this, their final contest of the season more than likely wouldn't have produced that much needed first victory of the Mike Locksley era. Unless you're a history nerd like I am, this is far and away the best season in Horned Frog football history. So let me ask you this: who do you think this 12-0 TCU team should play in their bowl game, doesn't matter who it is? Would you want to see the Frogs take on the loser of the SEC title game in the Sugar Bowl or how about a possible matchup of the dominant TCU defense up against the option attack of Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl? Or better still if Clemson wins the ACC, how about a TCU/Clemson rematch? It probably shouldn't happen, but I've seen stranger things than that in the great game of college football.

(for Bat_Chemist) Florida State vs. Florida (3:30 pm) You Seminoles out there are going to hate me for doing this, but I had to find out for myself if FSU really was at one point a women's college. When I think of women's colleges I think of places like Wellesley where the women don't wear bras or shave their legs. Curiousity got the best of me as it always does. So it turns out that the State of Florida created three colleges, and one of them happened to be the Florida State College for Women. We aren't entirely sure how many students at the Florida State College for Women "wore sensible shoes", but apparently there was more truth to that little bit of rivalry banter than I first thought. Getting back to football, has the talent gap between the Noles and the Gators really grown that far apart that quickly? It seems so hard to believe after the national title implications this game had over the past 15 years or so. But if this is really to be Bobby Bowden's swan song, do we remember him for his dominance of the ACC, or do we remember him for his most recent seasons? You Gators are more than welcome to choose the latter, but I for one will miss Coach Bowden and that from my casual observation, he always seemed to enjoy what he did for a living.

Arizona vs. Arizona State (3:30 pm) There might not be a more long suffering football fan base than that of the University of Arizona. Last week it was all right there for the Wildcats taking: a win against a high powered Oregon team and all of the sudden you'd have two games standing in your way to your first Rose Bowl appearance. And then...it wasn't meant to be, as Jeremiah Masoli and the Ducks simply took over on the final drive in regulation to send it into overtime and win it in double overtime. So while the run for the Roses may have all but ended, there's this little matter up in Tempe. Few things may say "gee, Dennis Erickson is way past his prime" quite like the Sun Devils currently sparkling 4-7 mark. I will take opposing arguments on that, especially if you are out there and think that ASU didn't have the talent, but certainly we should have expected better than 4 wins from this team, am I right?

(for our FR TTU Contingent and TXBlair, too) Texas Tech vs. Baylor (6:00 pm) This week, the Bears and Red Raiders travel to the cathedral of all modern football facilities, the new Cowboys Stadium. Many of you in the Metroplex and beyond are perhaps annoyed with the fact that Jerry Jones decided to build this newfangled thing out in Arlington, but I can't say I blame him for doing it. (I say this having never set foot inside the old Texas Stadium). If I were in his position, I'd probably build some 300,000 seat monster stadium that would have all of the Cowboy cheerleaders on the roof and could be seen from space. As usual, I digress. Given what the Red Raiders had to replace coming into this season, one can be pleased with going for win #8 this week. But who knows what could have been with a healthy Steven Sheffield or even a more effective Taylor Potts?

Washington State vs. Washington (6:30 pm) So guess how many wins the Cougars and the Huskies have combined this season? 4. Guess how many wins Boise State has all by it's lonesome thus far? 10. The two questions I have for each of the contestants in this year's Apple Cup go something like this. How many of you out there look at a guy like Jake Locker and say something like "you know, he's kind of like the Dale Murphy of college football. He's been a great player on a bunch of bad teams." In keeping with that simile, Locker could still play in the Angels organization, which drafted him in the most recent first year player draft. And then there's Wazzu. I posted this question during last week's thread and I suppose now is as good of a time as any to ask it here: what happened to WSU? Was it really that long ago that the Cougs were playing in the Rose Bowl and opponents didn't want none of Pullman? Maybe it's just me getting old, I don't know.

Arkansas vs. LSU (7:00 pm) Here is the battle for the Golden Boot, which really isn't a boot so much as it is a scale representation of the states of Arkansas and Louisiana. Well, that and it looks like somebody's clubbed foot, but anyway, I've taken to reading the many message boards of the SEC over the past year. (Being single will do that to you). The best word I can use to describe this sort of rivalry would be "contrived". Recent games between the two have been competitive, yes, but there's not quite that seething hatred of each other that exists in other rivalries. Yet. The Hogs have made some tremendous strides as the season has gone along, and particularly with QB Ryan Mallett. Some of you out on the Bayou are wondering if and when Coach Les Miles will make similar strides with things like clock management, getting the field goal team out onto the field, and making sure that you don't give Verne Lundquist a stroke while he's doing play by play.

Georgia vs. Georgia Tech (8:00 pm) Dawg fans may choose to argue with me about this, but when was the last time we could go into the annual renewal of "Clean Old-Fashioned Hate" and say that the Yellow Jackets have the better team? We remember last year's game in Athens where in a game that featured everything except Noah rounding up Uga, the Ramblin' Wreck and their run game made the Dawgs look very silly defensively. A win here by Tech and my undying love for the option offense of head coach Paul Johnson will certainly continue unabated. However, if you Jacket and Dawg fans are going to fight with each other this week, try to avoid things like "nerd, geek, and D&D enthusiasts". That's still kind of a lingering memory for me from high school, so stay away from that or I'll write something to mock you using my old Texas Instruments TI-82 graphing calculator!

Notre Dame vs. Stanford (8:00 pm) We are to assume here for the sake of argument that Charlie Weis is on his way to the unemployment line. Let's also go with the premise that this is Notre Dame after all and that they have a huge vault of money somewhere near South Bend they can go swimming in like Scrooge McDuck. Unless America has some kind of Zimbabwe style runaway inflation in the near future, who do you look at if you're the Irish? Brian Kelly from Cincinnati? Maybe you want to surprise everyone and pick up current Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh on your way out of the Bay Area. Or there's that ever lingering scenario where Notre Dame makes the excursion to Gainesville, Florida and says to somebody like Urban Meyer, "if you take this job and you can get the Irish a national championship, we'll let you roll around in a pile full of $20 and $50 dollar bills." See, this is what happens, when you attempt to pull an all-nighter to write this thread. I told you this wouldn't be my best effort.

UCLA vs. USC (10:00 pm) You know you've been posting here for a long enough amount of time when you see a video like this and you ask yourself "self, I wonder how many of them aren't here legally?" Yeah, so well done, FReepers, it only took 7 years, but I'm officially one of you! So do any of you remember when Rick Neuheisel made his maiden voyage in Westwood/Pasadena and he declared that "The Football Monopoly in LA is Officially Over"? Well, maybe it isn't over so much as it's taking an intermission? The Men of Troy are set up well for the next few seasons, but what about this the annual battle for the Victory Bell? Do the Bruins have the capability to expose the Trojans weaknesses on defense? Who among us will get mad at me for posting pics of the USC Song Girls and the UCLA cheerleading squad?

We don't really have a Game of the Week this week per se, so I'll feature this game last.

UTAH vs. byU (5:00 pm) Many components go toward making a good rivalry, and chief among them is the fact that your sworn enemy is comprised of people like this. Yes, they really make it that easy for us. There's also this righteous indignation among the Coug congregation that those of us dressed in red are going to throw beer on you or perform something lewd in front of them. Okay, first of all, if I'm going to throw an alcoholic beverage at you, it's going to be something that might resemble tap water...Bud Light for example. I could go through the pretty extensive catalogue of Cougs Say The Darndest Things (and it is extensive), but here is how I break this game down.

This game might come down to how well the two quarterbacks, Jordan Wynn and Max Hall, do for their respective squads. Hall, the Coug signal caller, has put up very nice numbers as byU QBs often do. True freshman Jordan Wynn took QB duties for the Utes after Terrance Cain was pulled during halftime of the Wyoming game. (there might have been more to Cain's bad ankles than we may realize). The Utes will have to force turnovers as they did against byU last season, where Hall threw 5 INTs and coughed up the ball on the last play of the 3rd quarter. If the Ute offense can get a few sustained drives and get a few mistakes from Max Hall, this could be another feather in the Utes cap to finish the regular year at 10-2. But as is the case with recent games against the Cougars, just about anything can happen.

Enjoy your games and time with family this weekend.


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1 posted on 11/25/2009 9:32:17 AM PST by GOP_Raider
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To: GOP_Raider
but I had to find out for myself if FSU really was at one point a women's college

"FSU....FSU....where the girls are girls...and the guys are too."

2 posted on 11/25/2009 9:34:33 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: GOP_Raider

Great thread! I would’nt bet against the CU Buffs, they always play Nebraska tough. Go Huskers!


3 posted on 11/25/2009 9:36:15 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: GOP_Raider

Janzen Jackson cleared of all charges, rejoins UT Vols football team for UT v UK Saturday!

Go Vols! National Champs soon!


4 posted on 11/25/2009 9:37:48 AM PST by camp_steveo
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To: GOP_Raider

Good job.

Go dawgs.


5 posted on 11/25/2009 9:37:55 AM PST by Vigilantcitizen
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To: GOP_Raider

Shouldn’t they call it, the “Rotten Apple Cup”?


6 posted on 11/25/2009 9:39:31 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore); aft_lizard; Archie Bunker on steroids; Auntbee; Bad~Rodeo; Bat_Chemist; ...
The FR College Football Ping List
FReepmail GOP_Raider to be on or off this list

7 posted on 11/25/2009 9:41:10 AM PST by GOP_Raider (You can now check out GOP_Raider on Twitter at twitter.com/RaiderUte)
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College FB—this weekend in particular—is one of the great pleasures of life. Predictably at my college (and to add some Freeper content to the thread) one of the books under consideration that all Freshman (”First Years” as we are supposed to say) will be required to read next year purports to show why major college sports programs should be eliminated. All I can say is, I hope that Kentucky will beat Tennessee for the first time nearly in living memory ‘cause they may not get too many chances if the lunatics stay in power much longer!


8 posted on 11/25/2009 9:41:28 AM PST by RepublicanMeansAmerican
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To: GOP_Raider

Oh, and I feel sorry for any team that has to play TCU in a BCS bowl.


9 posted on 11/25/2009 9:44:06 AM PST by Vigilantcitizen
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To: GOP_Raider

Gig ‘Em Aggies!!!!!!!!!!


10 posted on 11/25/2009 9:52:19 AM PST by luckystarmom
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To: GOP_Raider
Thanks for the write-ups. I always enjoy them and appreciate the effort.

GO GATORS!!!

11 posted on 11/25/2009 9:53:10 AM PST by johncatl (...governs least, governs best.)
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To: GOP_Raider
You left out the only game that matters - Missouri vs. kansass

2:30pm Saturday on ABC

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12 posted on 11/25/2009 9:54:42 AM PST by Augie
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To: GOP_Raider
When the Gamecocks lose to Clemson this week they and coach Spurrier will be Dabo and 2. Gamecocks lost to Clemson last year.
13 posted on 11/25/2009 10:00:32 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: GOP_Raider

Great job with those rivaly synopses !!!

What a shame my Penn State Nittany Lions don’t play Pitt anymore ..


14 posted on 11/25/2009 10:05:00 AM PST by Kid Shelleen (Keep your socialized health care off my body !!)
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To: GOP_Raider
The suspense in the FWIW top 25 is intensifying. Ohio State is #1 once again but their regular season is complete. TCU and Texas each have one game remaining and could take the lead. Either Florida or Alabama could do the same with two games remaining. Their last game each is against each other. So many possibilities. So little time. In the meantime kick back and enjoy the turkey.

1. Ohio State
2. TCU
3.Texas
4. Florida
5. Oregon
6. Iowa
7. Alabama
8. Georgia Tech
9. Penn State
10. Nebraska
11. Boise State
12. Cincinnati
13. Pittsburgh
14. Oklahoma State
15. North Carolina
16. Arkansas
17. Northwestern
18. Nevada
19. Virginia Tech
20. Stanford
21. California
22.Clemson
23. Houston
24. Temple
25. BYU
15 posted on 11/25/2009 10:08:31 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Considering what they had available to work with when they took the job at SC I think Holtz did a a much better job than Spurrier.


16 posted on 11/25/2009 10:13:22 AM PST by Radl
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To: GOP_Raider

Thank you,in advance for a great thread :) Big weekend, indeed, coming up for all college football loving FReepers! Our GaTech alumni came in for the Turkey Day festivities, Yay! And as always -

GO GATORS!
Tatt


17 posted on 11/25/2009 10:14:42 AM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: GOP_Raider

As a Syracuse fan, the rivalry with UCONN in BASKETBALL is one of our fiercest.

However for football, I miss playing BC and Penn state.


18 posted on 11/25/2009 10:19:59 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Radl
Gamecock fans will argue against that but I agree. Gamecocks players showed their true colors by starting a fight during Coach Holtz’s last game. Real class acts.
19 posted on 11/25/2009 10:28:09 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: GOP_Raider

Go noles!


20 posted on 11/25/2009 10:36:11 AM PST by goseminoles
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To: GOP_Raider

I believe OU is like 65-2 under Stoops at home. I’m hoping my Cowboys can get the win, but a loss wouldn’t be surprising.

Uncharacteristically OSU has played well on the road this year. The losses and the CU win were both at home.


21 posted on 11/25/2009 10:47:19 AM PST by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: GOP_Raider

My two favorite teams this week are Florida State and Auburn.

Hook ‘em Horns!!!!!!


22 posted on 11/25/2009 10:47:19 AM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: al_c

Oops ... I meant Florida State and LSU. Silly me.

Hook ‘em Horns!!!


23 posted on 11/25/2009 10:50:07 AM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: GOP_Raider

24 posted on 11/25/2009 10:53:01 AM PST by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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25 posted on 11/25/2009 10:55:36 AM PST by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: GOP_Raider

I’m speaking only for myself of course - but I miss the Ole Miss-Miss St game that was played on Thanksgiving Night.

It was always fun to watch even when the scores were lop-sided for one of the teams. The players always came ready to do battle and earn the bragging rights in Mississippi for one more year.

It was disappointing to see ESPN get rid of that tradition and instead put other games on Thanksgiving Night.


26 posted on 11/25/2009 12:07:34 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: Huskrrrr

Let’s hope the offense shows up for a win in Boulder. Then its off to get our a$$es kicked by Texas in the Cow(boy) Palace.

GO BIG RED! AND ANOTHER SEASON IN THE CRAPPER FOR CU AND THEIR FOLLOWERS. THE WORST FANS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL!

(my buddy had an interesting point yesterday. He said that every odd numbered year since 2001 there has been a coaching change for either NU or CU after this game. Solich ‘03, Barnett ‘05, and Billy C in ‘07. My guess is Hawk keeps the streak alive in ‘09..)


27 posted on 11/25/2009 12:26:27 PM PST by Big Red Clay (Greetings from the Big Red State)
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To: GOP_Raider

I’d like to see Alabama and Florida both lose and Texas and TCU win out.

How about an all Texas NCG?


28 posted on 11/25/2009 12:29:56 PM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: Augie

Yeah, I knew I was forgetting something, I just didn’t think it would have been Mizzou/KU. The whole thread this week is proof that I shouldn’t try to write this thing in one night.


29 posted on 11/25/2009 1:28:40 PM PST by GOP_Raider (You can now check out GOP_Raider on Twitter at twitter.com/RaiderUte)
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To: GOP_Raider
Oh yeah, Raider, your thread really stinks this week. *rolls eyes*
You nailed it, as always. Except for the Alabama/Arkansas graphic. You got me excited there for just a second! :)

Thanks for the mention in the Baylor/TTU blurb. That totally brought a smile to my face...albeit a slightly embarrassed one...Baylor makes it darn hard not to be just a fair weather fan sometimes!! Whatever.

As for the other Big 12 game that matters to me, I just have to say that A&M sucks and sucks big. The Aggies will always suck. They would suck no matter what sort of season they were having. They could beat Texas and they would still suck. For that matter, they could be the national champions and they would still suck. The whole Bryan/College Station area sucks. It just does. Come down here and you will see. Those fans are deranged. I went to Baylor, hands-down the worst team in the Big 12, perhaps the worst team on the entire planet, and even I can ridicule the sucky losers at A&M. Have you ever seen their "yell practice?" It is Gay of epic proportions. It is Gay on a scale like you have never seen. It blows the lid off of average Gay. It is beyond Gay...it is Gay Immeasureable. As FReeper Humblegunner would say, it is gay, gay, gay. Seems like I am missing something...oh yeah: A&M is gay.

Now that we've cleared that up, I will wish you a happy Thanksgiving. Sorry you have to work. (Your boss must be an Aggie.) I have chopped the celery and onions for the cornbread dressing, peeled and cut the potatoes for the mashed affair and am deliberating about where to watch football tomorrow. I would normally stay after lunch and watch at my mom's, but as bad luck would have it, her yard guy cut the line to her DISH yesterday, so there is no TV at all. Not good for Thanksgiving!!! I may have to bail on her as soon as the kitchen is cleaned up (as I'm sure the rest of my family will be doing) and head to my own house or to my brother's big-screened living room, where we will laugh mercilessly about A&M.

I hope you have a nice visit with your family. Happy Thanksgiving and good luck to your Utes and Raiders! I think the Raiders can pull it out again this week. You know I called it the other day without the influence of your PBR, Bud Light, or any other fun beverage. I'm not going out on a limb and predicting a score, but the numbers 7 and 3 do cross my mind. Make of that what you will! :)

30 posted on 11/25/2009 4:48:12 PM PST by TXBlair (Happy Thanksgiving to my FReeper FRiends! I thank God for you!)
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To: TXBlair

Oh, and Roll Tide!


31 posted on 11/25/2009 4:49:39 PM PST by TXBlair (Happy Thanksgiving to my FReeper FRiends! I thank God for you!)
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To: GOP_Raider; All
Am I the only one getting sick and tired of the annual speculation about coaches bailing on their contracts, and committments to recruits and players..to change jobs. Look, here's Cincy..having and incredible season..and they have to deal every day with the rumors that their coach is going to leave. It's time to end it. The coaches have stacked the game in their favor..They demand, and get long term contracts..they get big buy outs if they get canned early..yet they can up and quit and move on to what they view as a better, and better paying job..if they choose..yet anyone they recruited has to sit out a year if they change schools.

So how to stop it. Easy..All the NCAA presidents announce that they will NOT hire a coach who is under contract to another school. I'd allow two exceptions. A coach who is in the last year of his contract, and a coach from a non BCS conference would be fair game.

Comments?

32 posted on 11/25/2009 5:21:16 PM PST by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: GOP_Raider
****when was the last time we could go into the annual renewal of "Clean Old-Fashioned Hate" and say that the Yellow Jackets have the better team? ****

I would imagine it would be 1990 when GT won their national championship (or as the call it in Athens GA their co-national championship).

33 posted on 11/25/2009 7:40:01 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule (Where did Dagmar go?)
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To: GOP_Raider

Nice pick for the game of the week!!!

I’ll be joining ya tomorrow doing the work thing too, so we can laugh at the Lions for a while......Then always remember. There are a lot of bad quarterbacks in the NFL, and Bruce Gradkowski is definetly one of them!!

I just love turning on the ESPN and watching hoops from Maui....


34 posted on 11/25/2009 9:03:35 PM PST by cleveland gop (WE ARE SOOOOOOOOO SCREWED!!!)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule; dfwgator; TXBlair; GOP_Raider; ken5050; Man50D

I noticed the UTES were omitted from this week’s FWIW rankings.

Oversight perhaps???

Wanting to rile a few feathers possibly???

I got it. The Raiders are going to crack into the standings after winning in Dallas tomorrow....../sarc


35 posted on 11/25/2009 9:24:25 PM PST by cleveland gop (WE ARE SOOOOOOOOO SCREWED!!!)
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To: wolfcreek

As it’s probably pretty apparent by now that we’re going to see the Longhorns play the SEC Champion, that would be a national title game that would be talked about for decades, certainly inside the State of Texas.


36 posted on 11/26/2009 12:25:40 AM PST by GOP_Raider (You can now check out GOP_Raider on Twitter at twitter.com/RaiderUte)
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To: cleveland gop; TXBlair

Amazingly enough, Gradkowski ended up with a better passer rating last week than Jamarcus Russell has in any game all season. Sit back and ponder that for a second.

I may not be up in time to see much of the Detroit game, but I’ll be on my way into work for halftime of the Raider game, so I might have to do my complaining from there (via Twitter of course). Texas/Texas A&M should be pretty compelling as well, but if the Ags pull one out, I would hate to see what will be on the mind of TXBlair. ;)


37 posted on 11/26/2009 12:41:00 AM PST by GOP_Raider (You can now check out GOP_Raider on Twitter at twitter.com/RaiderUte)
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To: MplsSteve

See, my thinking sort of went along the lines of “ESPN probably thinks a game like Texas/Texas A&M would get better ratings, especially if its going up against a Thanksgiving night game on the NFL Network”.

But on the whole, I do have to agree that I kind of miss that game being on Thanksgiving night.


38 posted on 11/26/2009 12:45:08 AM PST by GOP_Raider (You can now check out GOP_Raider on Twitter at twitter.com/RaiderUte)
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To: TXBlair

While observing the teams that I have over the years, I have noticed that A&M has a tradition for just about everything. Trust me, I’ve seen what some of you have said about the Aggies, so I’m fully aware of how “gay, gay, gay” they are.

Perhaps you noticed the link I posted in the Texas/Texas A&M game where some dude on YouTube predicted that A&M would go 14-0 and win the whole thing this year. At first I thought it was some very clever comedy, but then I found out it wasn’t and I felt kind of sorry, for everyone involved really.


39 posted on 11/26/2009 12:55:42 AM PST by GOP_Raider (You can now check out GOP_Raider on Twitter at twitter.com/RaiderUte)
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To: cleveland gop; dfwgator; TXBlair; GOP_Raider; ken5050
I noticed the UTES were omitted from this week’s FWIW rankings.

The UTES are close at #26. That could change with a win over #25 BYU Saturday. That will in turn drop BYU out of the FWIW top 25. Obviously this game has bigger implications than the teams realize with a FWIW top 25 ranking at stake!
40 posted on 11/26/2009 3:56:14 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: GOP_Raider

The worm has turned in the Ga Tech - UGa rivalry! After getting its first win of the century last year, following seven consecutive losses, it's time for Tech to do some serious *ss-kicking. I'm sorry Uga passed away this week, but maybe he was just too depressed thinking about Saturday's game!!!!

GO JACKETS!!!!!!!

BTW, the Ramblin' Wreck song makes specific mention of Georgia..... it's also the only college song I know which references a barrel of rum! The game starts at 2 AM sunday my time, but I'll be watching.

41 posted on 11/26/2009 6:59:54 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Radl

Spurrier only took the job because it came with a membership to Augusta National!


42 posted on 11/26/2009 7:02:20 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Hoodat

43 posted on 11/26/2009 7:13:50 AM PST by sweet_diane (Joe Wilson should not apologize TO the members of the House...he should apologize FOR them!)
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To: sweet_diane
Chizik: Mark Ingram deserves all recognition he's getting | Sports from the Press-Register - al.com

While I appreciate Coach Chizik saying this, and do give him props... I still want to Beat Auburn!!

Here's to a safe, fun and fairly called Iron Bowl! Roll TIDE ROLL! 36-0 BAM! (getting in some last minute 2008 Iron Bowl smack talk :)

44 posted on 11/26/2009 8:26:54 AM PST by sweet_diane (Joe Wilson should not apologize TO the members of the House...he should apologize FOR them!)
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore); aft_lizard; Archie Bunker on steroids; Auntbee; Bad~Rodeo; Bat_Chemist; ...

From all of us here at GOP_Raider, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, and as you eat your dinner today, keep in mind the epic fail of William Bradford’s attempt at having the Pilgrims attempt socialism. They starved. Also keep in mind that some President is dead set on repeating that same mistake.

Tonight, we have the Lone Star Showdown featuring Texas and Texas A&M. I’ll probably have a comment or two during the game via Twitter (since I’ll be at work tonight) if I’m not in too rotten of a mood after the Raider game.


45 posted on 11/26/2009 12:31:36 PM PST by GOP_Raider (You can now check out GOP_Raider on Twitter at twitter.com/RaiderUte)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

Oh I look for the first time to seeing a live UConn Huskies football game this coming Saturday, at the home stadium in my hometown. I got a ticket waiting for me from a friend. It should be a good game for UConn, just getting off of a win against ND.:)=^..^=

GO UCONN HUSKIES!:)=^..^=


46 posted on 11/26/2009 1:36:27 PM PST by Biggirl (Throw The Turkeys Out In 2010!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: GOP_Raider

Happy Thanksgiving Day weekend to you and please read my tagline for encouragement for next year. :)


47 posted on 11/26/2009 1:39:38 PM PST by Biggirl (Throw The Turkeys Out In 2010!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: Rummyfan
Had to be. Hootie Johnson was a football player, now alumni and big time booster of the the University of South Carolina. Jonhson was Chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club but left in 2006 and is now the current “Chairman Emeritus”. Don't know if they still will be able to offer another membership to a big name coach in the future.

Spurrier’s winning percentage from Florida and Duke had him near the top of coaches with winning percentages, about 6th place. After his move to the University of South Carolina, he has slid on the list to somewhere in the high 20s.

48 posted on 11/26/2009 1:52:06 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: GOP_Raider

Raiders 0 Cowboys 17 at halftime!


49 posted on 11/26/2009 2:56:55 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult; Rummyfan; GOP_Raider
Spurrier’s winning percentage from Florida and Duke had him near the top of coaches with winning percentages, about 6th place. After his move to the University of South Carolina, he has slid on the list to somewhere in the high 20s.

He's lucky that his record from the Redskins isn't counted.

50 posted on 11/26/2009 2:58:57 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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