College Football Open Thread

Sorry for getting this up so late.

86 replies
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    Damien says:

    That’s what he said.

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    Raven says:

    Pretty much a stinky day but UCLA is taking to that scumbag Kiffin so that’s good. The SEC is in a lousy “prep for the rivalry game” except for LSU-Ole Miss and the Rebel Bears are ahead. Go Dawgs!

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    Mudge says:

    Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten?

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Who’s the new blogger?

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    jharp says:

    A very cool story of senior night at Ball State this week. Very cool.

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    Svensker says:

    And I just spent the better part of an hour watching the kitten cam. Totally cute. Now, all I need to do is to get someone to pay me to do this…

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    dr. bloor says:

    @Mudge: talk about killing your brand…

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    Off-topic I know, but speaking of new bloggers (Comrade Mary @ #4), has Freddie posted anything of late or is (s)he still in a snit over being taken to the woodshed a week or so ago about his other blog gig?

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    Yutsano says:

    @Mudge: Go Terps?

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    Mudge says:

    @dr. bloor: Maryland = DC/Baltimore TV market. Rutgers = NY market. Not sure about the brand, but the pocket book shouldn’t suffer.

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    MikeJ says:


    Rutgers = NY market.

    Back in the days of bang paths and limited connectivity, I had a friend who was convinced Rutgers was in Israel because the network route with the fewest hops from Mizzou went through Israel.

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    JPL says:

    Except for a few games, this season’s games have sucked. To many teams have scheduled weaker opponents under the premise that they are helping the opponents by sharing the wealth. Now that college football is dependent on TV revenue, it’s to hell with the fans who pay for a good game. Just my opinion.

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    Yutsano says:


    Late-night dial-up UUCP links would cause week-long transmission times

    Quelle horreur!

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    Boomer Sooner!

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    Is it possible to calculate how much money Barkley is losing by returning to play one more season at USC?

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    Raven says:

    @JPL: I was listening to an interview with Huston Nutt last week and he is of the mind that, with the 12 game schedule, a team can only play so many “big games”. With the meatgrinder that is the SEC playing highly ranked out of conference teams makes no sense. I think the UGA-Oklahoma State and Boise State games bear that out. The UGA schedule this year totally sucked. Buffalo, FAU, Georgia Southern and a weak conference slate. I stayed home for three of those dogs, today included”. I’m not crazy about it but I understand it.

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    MikeJ says:

    @Yutsano: By my time most unis had at least a few dedicated lines to a couple of different places, so there was always a link up if you had access to university computers. Although to be fair I don’t remember too much about it ’cause I wasn’t a computer person.

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    dr. bloor says:

    @Mudge: Oh, I know why they’re doing it. It’s just that when I think big-time college foo’ball, Rutgers seldom comes to mind.

    I don’t think I actually knew anyone who paid any mind to Rutgers when I lived in NYC.

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    Raven says:

    @James E. Powell: Fuck him and, more importantly, fuck Kiffin. The only good thing about Lane is that he let Jarvis Jones go and WE have him! Woof!

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    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    Not gonna watch any sports. I’ve got a new Chopin record so I’m all refined-like this evening. Brushed my hair and everything.

    I’ve been out of the loop all day. Does John McCain still have a reputation or is that all over now?

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    Morbo says:

    Denard who?

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    JCT says:

    Go Bruins! Can’t believe I am saying this as a Cal grad, but hey, given my tuition bills to UCLA I might as well root for them!

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    Maude says:

    @RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist:
    Safe to say his rep is in tatters.

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    huckster says:

    @Raven: well, there’s Clemp-son sitting there 1st on the schedule next year, and LSU is back in the rotation so that’s something anyway, but the SEC east pretty much blows beyond Carolina, the Dawgs and Florida.

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    Maude says:

    @Comrade Mary:
    He’s a new kid in town.
    Yesterday I saw an out of state pick up truck from an electric utility. That means that not all the electrical work is done from Sandy.

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    huckster says:

    @Raven: Well… Fuck Jim Mora too as far as that goes

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    Raven says:

    @huckster: Yea, this yea was especially bad. We get Auburn on the road two years in a row as well.

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    Raven says:

    @huckster: You seem to be a dawg, you new or a new name?

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    Raven says:

    The Bruins with the dagger!

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    huckster says:

    @Raven: Been lurking around here for a couple of years or so, rarely comment, big Dawgs fan

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    Sterling says:

    @dr. bloor: I had the same thought. Rutgers is a jersey school. No fan interest east of the Hudson River.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Raven: Just for the record: Ole Miss is on top of LSU right now. Still a quarter left though.

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    huckster says:

    Come. On. Duke.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    Lane Kiffin has to be a Republican. That’s the only explanation for his repeated failing up.

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    Don says:

    @Yutsano: I LOVED me some UUCP. Setting up a UUCP connection was an exercise in frustration akin to starting a file from scratch. Ah, the good old days!

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    Yutsano says:

    @Don: It really is amazing how modern software takes what were time-consuming and quite technically difficult tasks and breaks them down into simple clicks and keystrokes. Some computer guys think that democratisation makes it a bit less special.

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    CoastalMike says:

    Much as I hate the obnoxious Kiffin, I do hope the Condoms can defeat the uber arrogant Papists next week.

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    Yutsano says:

    @CoastalMike: Well Wake Forest ain’t getting the job done…

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    Raven says:

    @huckster: Cool, good to meet ya!

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    Hill Dweller says:

    Any thoughts on the new HTC Droid DNA?

    The lack of a SD card slot, especially with just 16GB, and the non-removable battery are real drawbacks. However, everything else looks pretty good.

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    Ed in NJ says:

    @dr. bloor:

    Thankfully, no one cares what you think.

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    Keith G says:



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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Way to go Buckeye D, but for the record I hate the prevent defense with the heat of 10 million suns!! Monte Ball you have to protect the football.

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    Ed in NJ says:


    Rutgers games hold the highest all time ratings in NYC on all three ESPN networks: ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, and that’s playing in the Big East.

    To say there is no interest in Rutgers football in the NYC area would be the epitome of ignorance.

    It’s always entertaining when those who know absolutely nothing about Rutgers football act as if they are not talking out of their asses.

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    Dee Loralei says:

    Boomer Sooner!

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    Barentw says:

    Shabazz Muhammed released from purgatory and an SC-beat down- all-in-all a pretty good 24-hour stretch for ucla.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    OT cooking question:

    Can I use masa harina instead of corn meal in a corn bread recipe? Or will the coarse texture not work.

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    huckster says:

    @Raven: hey hey you too man!

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    Raven says:

    @huckster: Pretty day here in the classic city!

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    Yutsano says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: It should be okay. The texture will be a bit off but flavour-wise it shouldn’t be any different.

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    huckster says:

    @Raven: I bet. Nice here in Douglasville as well, ‘cept for all the oak leaves I had to rake up. Missed the whole first half.. guess they saved the best for me.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @Yutsano: May be I can grind the masa harina in the food processor before I make the corn bread

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    JPL says:

    @Raven: Thanks for mentioning the 12 game schedule. It’s all about the money.

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    Raven says:

    @JPL: Same as it ever was. What did you think it was for, honor?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    From things I was reading when I ran out of powdered sugar and thought I was going to have to make some, blenders work better for that kind of grinding down than food processors. (Apparently you can take granulated sugar and a little cornstarch, throw them in the blender, and make your very own powdered sugar.) So the blender may be better for making your masa harina into cornmeal.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    It’s good for UCLA to beat USC.

    Motivates USC to kick the crap out of that school from South bend.

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    Gwangung says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    It’s good for UCLA to beat USC.
    Motivates USC to kick the crap out of that school from South bend.

    From your lips to FSM’s appendages…and ditto the sensibilities.

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    Unsympathetic says:

    @Keith G:


    OSU’s OT possession was the easiest drive of the day. It’s Michigan week!

    *2005 MSIE graduate

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    huckster says:

    I’m happy for the Bruins even if their coach is a total douche, and though I hate the sick orange Tennessee Vols, even they deserved better treatment than they got from Lame Kiffin.

    well.. maybe they did deserve it after all because as it is universally known, Orange teams are wrong.

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    Raven says:

    @huckster: Stand by, I’ve been in dawgland for 28 years but I’m still and Illini, as bad a s we are!

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    Xecky Gilchrist says:

    University of Utah is playing against somebody about a block from my house. I’m not sure who.

    I’m afraid I’m not the fan I could be.

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    huckster says:

    @Raven: Perhaps I should limit that to ACC-SEC and Texas, of course.

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    Raven says:

    @huckster: Whew! That UT burnt orange don’t count anyway. “What time is it in Dallas”.

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    Raven says:

    @efgoldman: You know how much I love the SEC? No you don’t.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    I hope Oregon and K-State wins so they can set up the National Championship for the BCS, but knowing the big money from the networks, Notre Dame will get some BCS bump from the BCS title. Perhaps Mitt Romney’s ORCA will be used to help the Fighting Irish. Thank FSM there will be a playoff next year and ultimately an 8 or a 16 team playoff.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Unsympathetic: Ohio State wins the Leaders division though they cannot go to the Big ten championship. Beat Michigan and all is well.

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    huckster says:

    I think an 8 team playoff would be awesome, so would peace in the middle east, but since the military industrial complex, and the fucking Rose Bowl couldn’t accept either of those outcomes, we may indeed wind up with a BCS championship game without an SEC team this year, and we will all smile and pretend that it is legitimate.

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    M. Bouffant says:

    If the University of Spoiled Children indeed defeats the Papists next wk. because they’re mad about sucking this wk. it will make the loss tolerable.

    Fingers crossed!

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    Evolving Deep Southerner says:

    SOD benches Bray at Tennessee! Tennessee may beat this crowd, but it’s not saving Dooley’s ass. Talk about a dead man walking. In penitentiary-orange pants, no less.

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    grandpa john says:

    Well if it’s excitement you want just watch my alma mater Clemson as they constantly turn blowouts into almost nail biters due to our exciting defense.
    Todays game Clemson 62 NC State 48, with combined total yardage of over 1300 yds. Taj had 8 touchdowns ,5 passing, 3 running. Did i mention that both teams defense was something less that stellar. Needless to say with that much offense both teams are suffering from exhaustion.

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    Evolving Deep Southerner says:

    @grandpa john: Grandpa John, I came to N.C. State from Clemson this time last year. I had just gotten definitive word that I had this job the week of that game, and as I watched the Wolfpack embarrass the Tigers in an upset, I took it as a personal omen that I’d made the right decision. This year? I’m just trying to adjust to working for a basketball school. I’m surprised the Pack kept it as close as they did. And the first half was a pretty exciting roller coaster of a game, no?

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    Evolving Deep Southerner says:

    @grandpa john: And Wofford, for the record, always plays the big in-state schools close, doesn’t it? I’d imagine the Ol’ Ball Coach (b.k.a. the Ol’ Ball Sack) is fit to be tied after that ugliness in Columbia today.

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    Kathy says:

    Yes Tennessee did deserve better than what that douche Kifflin did, this Vandy girl is loving this game. We haven’t beat UT since my freshman year, 1982.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    K-State got it’s ass whupped, and Oregon has screwed the pooch so the Official Big Media’s version of America’s team Notre Dame is number one

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    huckster says:

    @huckster: Or maybe not!

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    Notre Dame No. 1? Heads are exploding.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Fuck the Turtle. The Big 10 can have them with our compliments. How does a school that’s been eliminating sports for budgetary reasons come up with $50 million to pay the ACC exit fee? (Answer: Under Armour).

    And as for the Scarlet Whozis, I grew up in Jersey and I don’t care even a little bit about the Scarlet Whozis. Rutgers is where you go if you don’t have the grades, or don’t get enough financial aid, to go to college.

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    Oregon guy says:

    Well, furk.

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    cminus says:

    @burnspbesq: Your impression of Rutgers is even lower than those of my Jersey friends, who have suggested the school’s motto ought to be “Rutgers: eh, good enough.”

    (As apparently the only Notre Dame fan about, I’ll keep my head down on that, except to note that Notre Dame is the team of choice for natives of that densely-populated slice of northwestern Indiana that is culturally akin to Chicago and usually looks to Democrats for leadership. Big victories in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, and St. Joseph counties were what propelled Obama to a win in Indiana in 2008. All went for him in 2012 as well, though only in Lake did he get the kind of margin required to offset the votes of those stupid southern Hoosiers whose lack of taste gave us Papa John’s.)

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    CoastalMike says:

    I give Chip Kelly some credit for his post game remarks after Stanford stopped Oregon. Lane Kiffin, not so much.

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    Ed in NJ says:


    You’re a fucking moron. Talking out of your ass.
    I wouldn’t waste my time convincing you, but why don’t you do a little research before just making shit up. You sound like a Republican.

    Btw, none other than Nate Silver is largely responsible for proving Rutgers’ value to the Big Ten.


    Unbeknownst to most, Rutgers has also been approached by other conferences, but we chose to wait out the Big 10. We were set to join two years ago until Nebraska ditched the Big 12. We fit their profile perfectly. A large, land grant research university, AAU member. We recently reacquired UMDNJ medical school in anticipation of joining the Big 10. Our academics are immediately in the top half of the league, and in football, which drives the bus, we have a better program than Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, Minnesota and Purdue (not to mention Maryland and soon to be Penn State) right out of the gate. Only Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio State are on a different level competitively, but as a Big 10 member, Rutgers will further lock up NJ talent and continue to bring in top talent from Florida and the Northeast. We will compete for the Big 10 title sooner rather than later.

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    John Mc. says:

    Thanks Stanford and Baylor, now the Tide is right back in it.

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    Kilkee says:

    @cminus: You’re not alone, but it feels like it. ND Law ’78, and the loathing of the “Papists” on this blog is remarkable. You would think that a school that threatens to be the first to win the NCAA title while being #1 in athletic graduation rate at 97% would get some love around here, but not to be. Curious. Lots of talk of Papist “arrogance,” but I see utterly no indication of any factual basis for that. All I see is some pretty humble comments by players and coaches about how they need to focus on beating USC, etc. Go figure.

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    Kilkee says:

    ND, Rutgers, Stanford, then everyone else.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Kilkee: My hate is not with this team itself, they are a very good team.(and I don’t mind if Manti Te’o, wins the Heisman) My hate is with the media that shoves them down the throats of every football fan in the country. Sorry I don’t drink the House of Rockne Kool Aid, and all that America’s College Team BS, that is sold by the likes of ESPN and NBC. (Speaking of America’s Team, I am hoping the Browns beat the Cowboys!!!)

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    Kilkee says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: Agreed. I always hated the “America’s Team” crap about the Cowboys. I understand that NBC has a product they’ve paid for and want to sell; maybe I don’t appreciate how it looks to others.

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