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September 5, 2012
The setup: With a few exceptions, college football's marquee programs are busy beating high school teams. OK, so it's not THAT bad, but most scores are pretty lopsided. Our latest showdown tackles this unwritten "tradition. " This round: Should teams from major conferences play "cupcake" games?   NO You'd be outraged if you saw a 300-pound giant picking a fight with a much smaller opponent in a bar. The early part of the college football season, when alleged national championship contenders take on inferior competition, is the rough equivalent to this.
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December 5, 2013 | By Jay St. Pierre, @jaystpierre
All right, Northern Illinois fans, it's time to stop drinking the Jordan Lynch Kool-Aid. Yes, the kid is having an amazing season. Yes, he is the best quarterback (if not player) to put on a Huskies uniform. Yes, he should be in the conversation as a Heisman finalist. But unfortunately, he will not, and should not, win the award. I've loved watching Lynch play this season. He's doing things I've never seen a quarterback do in college. But it's not always about records and stats, especially when your university has the 33 r d -easiest schedule among FBS schools.
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September 5, 2013 | By Rob Cressy and For RedEye
College football is back and it feels as good as one of those massage chairs from Brookstone no one ever buys. Let's start with a big "shame on you" to the eight teams that lost to FCS schools in Week 1. Oregon State, South Florida, Iowa State, San Diego State, Kansas State, UConn and South Alabama, please turn in your man card. This is unacceptable. Shoutout to Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston for setting the world on fire, like I alerted everyone to last week. The youngin' balled so hard to the tune of 356 yards passing and five total TDs. It's hard to imagine he'll repeat...
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November 7, 2013 | By Rob Cressy and For RedEye
Whoa, Nellie! This weekend of college football, which started Thursday, is big-boy football. Three teams ranked in the top six play top-15 teams and by the time you read this, two of them will have been decided ( Oregon-Stanford and Oklahoma-Baylor ). The most anticipated matchup of the weekend is LSU vs. Alabama . The Tigers had a major letdown against Ole Miss two weeks ago and pretty much blew their shot at a national title. They still are good enough to win this game, but it's a lot to ask on the road.
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September 8, 2013 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
Do you ever have great contradictions between your head and your heart? Like you can deeply admire President Obama but be extremely troubled by certain policies from his administration, or think John Mayer is an abject tool but now you've listened to his new album around 700 times? Sometimes it feels like everything in life is that lying, cheating lover who's too sexy, too fun, too panty-melting to give up. But there's no greater contradiction than football. Football, college and pro, is irredeemably corrupt, staked through with ugly values and exploitative of America's lower classes in a way no...
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December 5, 2013 | By Jay St. Pierre, @jaystpierre
All right, Northern Illinois fans, it's time to stop drinking the Jordan Lynch Kool-Aid. Yes, the kid is having an amazing season. Yes, he is the best quarterback (if not player) to put on a Huskies uniform. Yes, he should be in the conversation as a Heisman finalist. But unfortunately, he will not, and should not, win the award. I've loved watching Lynch play this season. He's doing things I've never seen a quarterback do in college. But it's not always about records and stats, especially when your university has the 33 r ...
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August 30, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko and RedEye
The turn of the calendar to September marks an awakening for college football fans. Hats and hoodies emblazoned with alma maters are dusted off, game-day party plans are organized and preseason rankings are scrutinized. The same rituals hold true for about 4,800 Chicago-area Penn State graduates, with one notable difference: The conviction of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on child sexual abuse charges has brought severe sanctions upon the Big Ten team and has shaken the community as a whole.
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September 26, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Move over, Bears. There's an undefeated football team in the Chicago area that's beating expectations - and it doesn't play at Soldier Field. The Northwestern Wildcats are 4-0 heading into this week's game in Evanston against Indiana in the opening weekend of Big Ten play. The Wildcats aren't just seeing success on the field, either. Since branding itself as "Chicago's Big Ten Team" two years ago with billboards around town, Northwestern has seen its season-ticket base for football jump 80 percent, senior associate athletic director Mike Polisky...
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September 10, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
What makes a fan a real fan? Is it buying tickets or T-shirts? What about tattoos? When it comes to college football, I think you can factor in dating habits into how obsessed a fan is about his or her team. I know people who won't even consider dating someone who went to a different school. You may say it's crazy, I say there's something to it. Dating is a contact sport. A spirited debate rose up in the RedEye newsroom this week about how to date when you're a die-hard supporter of your university.
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