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Weekend notes

I’ve seen most SEC schools at different bowl games, and been able to spend time with many SEC fans.  But for as big of a fan of college football that I am, I’ve never been to a game at an SEC home stadium.  That will change tomorrow, and in a big way.  I’m in Fayetteville, Arkansas for the game between the 7th ranked Arkansas [ . . read more . . ]

One reason Iowa City is better than heaven

by Kathleen Arens Iowa City has a big bar scene, so it’s no surprise that people are drawn to it on weekends to show support for the Hawkeye football team.  The Iowa City bar scene also draws musicians who are willing to work for beer. A private group, known locally as the “beer band,” goes around the Iowa City pedestrian-mall [ . . read more . . ]

In the Big Ten, the road to Indianapolis remains congested

We are slightly more than halfway through the Big Ten season, and the Rose Bowl picture seems less clear than it did a few weeks ago. We’ve seen heartbreaking losses by Iowa and Wisconsin, and seen some high-powered offenses fail to put up many points. The teams that are currently leading their divisions, Nebraska and Penn State, are [ . . read more . . ]

Hokies engineer a safer football player

By Christopher Lusk If you live on the East Coast, you may know the reputation of the engineering program at Virginia Tech.  What you may not know is that because of the engineering program, Hokie football players are now safer. This spring, the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech evaluated the level of protection against [ . . read more . . ]

Updated bowl projections — October 31, 2011

Every week we compile bowl projections from several sources and provide a summary for you. Typically, as the season goes on, the bowl picture becomes more clear.  This week, the picture become more cloudy.  There isn’t a single BCS bowl game that the experts fully agree on, and there are only a few games and a few teams that are [ . . read more . . ]

This Saturday counts.

Every Saturday counts. You’ve heard the phrase, but I don’t know if there has been a day that has demonstrated it as much as last Saturday. Last Saturday, Oklahoma lost at home for the first time in 40 games.  Along with that went the Sooners number one ranking, and a clear shot to play for the BCS National Championship.  The [ . . read more . . ]

The World’s Largest Cocktail Party – A right of passage

By Whitney Rivers Vaught At the University of Georgia, Georgia/Florida weekend is an event that the students, players, and even faculty look forward to all season long.  During this weekend, cost, mileage, and obligations go out the window.  I have two tests next week, and I might be a little short on money from my adventure to New [ . . read more . . ]

McNutt becomes the all-time leader at Iowa

By John J. Thompson It was early in the Saturday’s game against the Indiana Hoosiers when Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg dropped back to pass from the Iowa 20 yard-line and found a wide open Marvin McNutt for an 80-yard touchdown strike.  What made this touchdown special for McNutt was that it was his 22nd career touchdown [ . . read more . . ]

Hail Sparty! I was there.

By Robert T. Burns Last Saturday, Lee Corso and the rest of the College GameDay crew traveled to East Lansing as the 16th ranked Michigan State Spartans hosted the 6th ranked Wisconsin Badgers for the second consecutive year.  Seeing ESPN’s College GameDay is a once in a lifetime event, so I couldn’t miss the opportunity to [ . . read more . . ]

Flying down the field and below the radar

By Christopher Lusk The leading rusher in the nation isn’t even in the Heisman Trophy discussion. The only running back in that conversation is Alabama’s Trent Richardson.  Within the ACC, the running back getting the most hype is Miami’s Lamar Miller. On the other hand, Virginia Tech Running Back David Wilson has been quietly [ . . read more . . ]