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Now that it’s September, fall colors are burgeoning around here. I don’t entirely approve. More

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Aaron Schmidt grew up a military brat and met his wife, Kara Dawn, freshman year of high school when they were assigned to be lab partners. He talks wanting to be a college football coach but being the student manager of the UVA football team cured him of that desire, being raised Catholic, becoming a […]

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The 2018 college football regular season is now complete, the conference champions have been crowned, and today the college football bowl season is upon us. Here is a comprehensive list of all of this year’s bowl games:   More

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The end of the regular season is upon us with a slate of conference championship games to be played this Friday and Saturday. Here is a comprehensive list: Friday, Nov. 30 More

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As the 2018 college football season nears completion, with only conference championships and bowl games remaining, the head coaching carousel is in full swing with a couple of big moves having already been made. The Kansas Jayhawks have hired Les Miles and the North Carolina Tar Heels have hired Mack Brown, both of whom won […]

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This week’s college football post comes a day early as there are thrilling matchups to be seen on Friday and Saturday. In the ACC we have No. 11 Florida Gators at the Florida State Seminoles, the N.C. State Wolfpack at the North Carolina Tarheels, and the South Carolina Gamecocks at the No. 2 Clemson Tigers. […]

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With Thanksgiving looming, the chill of an early winter has spread across the land. But the college gridiron remains red-hot. The ACC gives us a potentially thrilling matchup between the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the No. 12 Syracuse Orange. In addition, the N.C. State Wolfpack will try to pick up their seventh […]

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Election Day has come and gone, but college football rolls on! Out east in the ACC, the No. 2 Clemson Tigers are headed for a Beantown showdown with the No. 17 Boston College Eagles. Also, the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish are hosting the Florida State Seminoles. The Big Ten features the No. 18 […]

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November is here with gridiron glory galore. In the ACC, the No. 21 N.C. State Wolfpack will be defending their home field against the visiting Florida State Seminoles. The Big Ten’s premiere game will feature the No. 5 Michigan Wolverines hosting the No. 14 Penn State Nittany Lions. The SEC features a clash of the […]

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With Halloween just days away, this weekend offers a monster mash-up of games for college football fans. In the ACC, the No. 22 N.C. State Wolfpack head deep into the heart of Yankeeland to play the Syracuse Orange while the Florida State Seminoles will hope for an upset against the visiting No. 2 Clemson Tigers. […]

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The hunt for mid-October supremacy is on with many great games to watch this weekend. The best one may be in the ACC, where the No. 16 North Carolina State Wolfpack are on the road for a showdown with the No. 3 Clemson Tigers. Both teams are undefeated heading into the game. The Big Ten […]

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This has been a very eventful week to say the very least, with drama galore. The college football world promises much the same on Saturday with some potentially thrilling matchups, the greatest of which could well be the Red River Shootout in the Big 12 between the No. 19 Texas Longhorns and the No. 7 […]

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On this last weekend of September, a number of interesting games are on tap that will determine how the rest of the season unfolds. In the Atlantic Coast Conference, there will be a clash of the undefeateds as the No. 3 Clemson Tigers host the visiting Syracuse Orange. The Big Ten gives us what could […]

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The date was October 26, 1985 and the place was the great West Texas city of El Paso. I was ten years old and in the fifth grade, and like most El Pasoans was looking forward to the upcoming college basketball season. The UTEP (University of Texas at El Paso) Miners basketball team, coached by the legendary Don Haskins, was the pride and joy of the Sun City. They regularly ranked in the AP Top Twenty (as the rankings were then called) and were expected to not only compete for a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) championship every year, but to also go deep into the NCAA Tournament.

Expectations for UTEP Miners football, by contrast, were lower. Much lower. Gridiron-wise, UTEP was college football Siberia: a place where coaching careers went to die. Such was the fate that loomed over head coach Bill Yung during the fall of 1985. The Miners were 0-6 and the team they were slated to play on that last weekend of October was none other than the #7-ranked Cougars of Brigham Young University (BYU), the defending national champions. Everyone, and I mean everyone, was expecting a blowout. Coach Yung likely felt the same way, but not his young offensive coordinator, a native of San Antonio named Hal Mumme (pronounced “mummy”). For some time, Mumme had been studying BYU’s passing plays, in particular a play called the Y-cross, which the Cougars never expected to see used against them. But Mumme did, and that plus an inspired Miners defense resulted in a shocking upset over BYU, 23-16.

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The autumn equinox is now upon us, but while some parts of the country may be experiencing the chill of an early fall, the action on the college football gridiron is heating up! In the east, the doughty Demon Deacons of Wake Forest will have a homestand against the visiting No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting […]

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At the midpoint of September, with summer fading and fall looming, some intriguing games are on schedule this Saturday. Among them will be a Big 12 vs. Pac-12 matchup as the Texas Longhorns host the No. 22 USC Trojans – a game that could be either a barnburner or a blowout, depending on which version […]

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It’s been a rainy September here in the Texas Hill Country, but this weekend’s college football matchups should bring clear and sunny skies! There is a Big 12 vs. Big Ten game on tap as the Iowa State Cyclones travel to Iowa City to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes. Also, the Big 12 clashes with […]

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College Football Is Back, Baby!

 

At long last, after nearly nine interminable months, my favorite time of year is at hand: college football season. Unlike the increasingly politically correct NFL, the American flag will be properly honored and politics will be sidelined for love of the game. And beautiful young women on the sidelines will vigorously cheer their schools on to victory. Truly, there’s no place I’d rather be this fall than at Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas, rooting for my Texas Tech Red Raiders as they take the field. Alas, I’ll have to make do with television.

So, what will transpire during the 2018 campaign? Will the Alabama Crimson Tide repeat as national champions, or will they be upended by such SEC rivals as the Georgia Bulldogs or the Auburn Tigers? Could the Clemson Tigers continue to dominate the Atlantic Coast Conference? Might the Oklahoma Sooners win a fourth consecutive Big 12 title, or will a dark horse like the TCU Horned Frogs knock them off? Could the Oregon Ducks (hey @thegreatadventure!) return to Pac-12 glory? And in light of Urban Meyer’s suspension, will the Ohio State Buckeyes continue their mastery of the Big Ten?

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The pizza is ordered, the StadCave TV in the basement is fired up, the beer cooler is stocked, headin’ downstairs to watch Hawaii @ Colorado State University. One of my friends at work played middle linebacker at CSU, so guess what team I’m rooting for? Woohoo, college football is back! More

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College football is almost here. Y’all can have the NFL, the Canadian Football league, World Cup soccer, and rugby. College football the other hand, is something special. When the SEC Network started, there was some questions as to whether DirectTV would carry it. I emailed early and often, lobbying them to do so. I received […]

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