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Kentucky could be onto something. Check out the goods — two double-sided posters (that's four posters total for the mathematically challenged). There was much joy when these beauts popped into the inbox. They are almost cartoonish, but that's a good... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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There would be no winners without losers and Massachusetts is one of the losers. A big loser. Since joining Division I-A in 2012, the Minutemen are 2-22. Charley Molnar was fired after two years and Mark Whipple, who was head... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Buffalo's hopes of advancing to the postseason for the second year in a row start up front. The Bulls return all five starters on the offensive line, and that's comforting news to quarterback Joe Licata. Buffalo has seven home games,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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When we last saw Utah State, it was beating up on Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl. This was a Northern Illinois team that came within an eyelash of playing in a Bowl Championship Series game for the second year... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
Frank Kush is a legend in the Valley of the Sun, but consider this: Todd Graham has won 18 games in his first two seasons at Arizona State. That's one more than Kush did in his first two seasons. But... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Kevin Wilson won only one game in 2011, his first season as Indiana coach, but the attitude has changed in Bloomington and the Hoosiers are thinking bowl game entering play this fall. Indiana was a whisker from postseason play last... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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It's a year of transition for Georgia Southern, which is making its move from Division I-AA to I-A. The Eagles are now members of the Sun Belt Conference but won't be eligible for a bowl until 2015. The team also... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
If you haven't heard the story, there's a reason North Texas coach Dan McCarney wears sunglasses. McCarney, who turns 61 today, is blind in his right eye. He has had four surgeries in an attempt to restore vision to the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Has it been six years already? It doesn't seem like it, but yes, it was Jan. 8, 2008 when June Jones bolted Hawaii and arrived at Southern Methodist. Jones, 61, might ride it out at SMU. He has a contract... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
Randy Edsall was a controversial hire by Maryland in 2011. He left his job at Connecticut after the Huskies' 48-20 loss to Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, never saying goodbye to his players. His first Terrapin team lost its last... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Louisiana Tech produced three posters, which is one less than the number of Bulldog victories in 2013. The transition from Sonny Dykes' spread offense to Skip Holtz's run-first mentality was anything but smooth. The season scoring total went from 618... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
How patient will Illinois be with Tim Beckman? This could be a make-or-break season for the 49-year-old coach, who is 6-18 in two seasons. But here's the bad part: the Fighting Illini's record in Big Ten play under Beckman is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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It's year three of the Mike Leach experiment at Washington State. Leach doubled the victory total from year one to year two and got the Cougars into the New Mexico Bowl, where they somehow lost a 22-point lead and the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
Tough times at Purdue, which has lost 10 consecutive games. There's not a lot of enthusiasm in West Lafayette and coach Darrell Hazell is likely on the hot seat entering his second season as coach. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Syracuse coach Scott Shafer caught our attention in 2007 when he was the defensive coordinator at Stanford. It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as coach and Shafer's defense contributed mightily in the Cardinal's 24-23 upset of No. 2 USC, ending... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Interesting tidbit about Georgia Tech dug up by Paul Myerberg of USA Today. The Yellow Jackets are 4-9 under Paul Johnson in games played on days other than Saturday. By comparison, Georgia Tech is 44-22 on Saturdays in the Johnson... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Minnesota continues its marked improvement under Jerry Kill. The Golden Gophers, cleaning up the mess left by Tim Brewster, won only three games in 2011, which was Kill's first season as coach. But it went 6-7 in 2012 and 8-5... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
Check this snazzy schedule poster from West Virginia, which has quickly become one of our favorites. The athletic department produced a video on the making of the poster. View it by clicking here. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Rutgers poster proclaims, "Here We Come" in reference to the team's move to the Big Ten. It's a terrific upgrade for the athletic program, but are the Scarlet Knights ready? The team has been on a slide since Greg Schiano... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
Wake Forest celebrates the hiring of Dave Clawson, formerly of Bowling Green, as its new coach. I really like this poster because of its uniqueness. In the nine years of doing this feature, I haven't see a poster quite like... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
Big news on Iowa State's campus. It involves the return of The Man — The Mangino to be exact. Mark Mangino, who took basketball-crazy Kansas to heights unthought of in football, was named the Cyclones' offensive coordinator in the offseason.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Thanks to our man Phil Burnett for sending the Division I-AA Morehead State poster. Burnett is the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Eagles. You can follow him on Twitter at @Coach_Burnett. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Big Sky Conference member Northern Colorado opens its season Sept. 6 at Nevada Las Vegas. The Division I-AA school, located in Greeley, is coached by Earnest Collins, who is 6-28 in his three seasons. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Division II Minnesota Duluth produced two posters. The Bulldogs, winners of national titles in 2010 and 2008, were eliminated in the second round of the 2013 playoffs by eventual champion Northwest Missouri State, 45-21. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Texas State hits the highwater mark for posters for 2014 with — count them! — six. The Bobcats of the Sun Belt Conference are coached by Wiz reader Dennis Franchione and the team finished 6-6 in 2013 — its first... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Wiz of Odds