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The Horned Frogs of Texas Christian opened their season in style on Saturday with a paycheck game against something called Samford and as expected, TCU cruised to a 48-14 victory. Greg Laughlin was among the announced 40,094 at Amon Carter... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Wiz of Odds
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ESPN's "College GameDay" kicked off its season Saturday with a stop in Dallas. The event brought out the usual zaniness and Greg Laughlin was there to chronicle it all. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Wiz of Odds
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Houston played its first game in the 40,000-seat TDECU Stadium on Friday night, but the Cougars turned the ball over six times and lost to Texas San Antonio, 27-7. Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin was in attendance and sent along several... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Wiz of Odds
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Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Hlastradamus has returned to save the world. It starts with Ohio State playing Navy in Baltimore, the heart of Big Ten Country. No Braxton Miller, no problem for the Buckeyes. Howie Kussay, New York Post:... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Greg Laughlin started his 2014 tour in Tulsa, where the Golden Hurricane were playing host to the Green Wave of Tulane. He picked a good opener because the game went into double overtime with Tulsa prevailing, 38-31, before 19,032 fans.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Mark your calendars for Thursday, Sept. 18. That's the evening Kansas State plays host to Auburn. Bill Snyder and the Wildcats will be waiting for the Tigers. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Missouri's schedule poster cames with an extra. The defending Southeastern Conference East Division champions included a behind-the-scenes video of the poster's photo shoot. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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What does the schedule poster of a defending national champion look like? Here is what Florida State, the current holders of the title belt, produced. The Seminoles are atop nearly every preseason poll and why not, with Heisman Trophy quarterback... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
Nearly every team will have played two games by the time Cincinnati takes on Toledo in its opener. The The Bearcats play host to the Rockets on Sept. 12, a Friday night. Cincinnati plays only three games in September, including... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
Colorado, a once-proud program that reached new lows in recent seasons, appears to have made the right hire in Mike MacIntyre, who guided the team to four victories in 2013. OK, that's not a big number, but given how low... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
That's right, Alabama has lost two games in a row, and the Crimson Tide failed to reach last season's BCS title game, but there's no other way to put it: Alabama is the gold standard of the college game. The... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Any talk of national title contenders has to include Oregon, which returns 12 starters, including quarterback Marcus Mariota. The Ducks are coming off an 11-2 season, but lost two or their last four regular-season games after Mariota was hobbled because... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Stanford was supposed to slide back to being, well, Stanford after Jim Harbaugh left. It didn't happen. David Shaw kept the momentum rolling and the Cardinal is regularly mentioned among elite teams. Beating Oregon twice in a row certainly helps... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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The Pacific 12 has not been kind to Utah, and if the recent trend of losing continues, the Utes could have a coaching vacancy at season's end. Kyle Whittingham is 76-39 since taking over late in 2004, but only 18-19... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Michigan State was arguably the nation's best team at the end of last season, but when it came time to select participants in the BCS title game, there wasn't a word mentioned about the Spartans. Yes, politics and reputation play... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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A former coach who shall go unnamed once said, "Show me a coach who plays golf and I'll show you a loser." Steve Spurrier, of course, loves golf, and the first five years of his South Carolina tenure resulted in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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The man in the middle of Ohio State's schedule poster is quarterback Braxton Miller, but as you probably know, Miller won't be playing this season after tearing the labrum in his right shoulder. Buckeye officials decided to go forward with... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
UCLA could be the best young team in college football. The Bruins return 16 starters, but only five are seniors. However, the reality is that UCLA's hopes center around one player. Quarterback Brett Hundley, featured in the poster, is being... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Few teams can match Louisiana State's consistency this century. The Tigers have cranked out nine 10-win seasons since 2000 and have won 10 or more games the past four seasons. Expect nothing less in 2014. The team returns 12 starters... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
What USC accomplished in 2013 was remarkable. The Trojans, playing with a roster thinned because of NCAA sanctions, had to battle through a stacked Pacific 12. Then there was the coaching situation. The team had four head coaches in a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Life has never been better for fans of the Baylor Bears, the defending Big 12 champion. The Bears likely would have played in the BCS title game last season had they not been upset by Oklahoma State. Then there's McLane... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
Is Northwestern poised to be the surprise team of 2014? The Wildcats staggered to a 5-7 record in 2013, a gigantic disappointment given the team's 4-0 start. But a loss at home to Ohio State started a string of seven... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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Georgia is one of the teams that has always been problematic when the time arrives to round up schedule posters. This year was no different. However, the good folks at Saturday Down South sent us a copy. Remember Georgia, it's... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
Larry Fedora is 15-10 after two seasons at North Carolina. One gets the feeling that 2014 is going to be critical for Fedora. Can his Tar Heels break through, score a big upset or two and prove they can play... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Wiz of Odds
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The ups and downs of college football. Auburn has experienced it all the last four years. In 2010, Gene Chizik guided the Tigers to a 14-0 season and BCS championship. Two years later, he was fired after the Tigers went... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Wiz of Odds