Illini football vs Texas St: Necessary Roughness Preview


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As we learned on Saturday:

1.) Illini football is still a dumpster fire on defense and the program itself is worthy of Premier League style relegation down the MAC

2.) the interest in the local teams is at its nadir. NIU fans did this; calling out Northwestern and Illinois in a manner that reeks of mid-major amateurism and irrelevance, and no one batted an eye. (Seriously, a story like this should have caused somewhat of a stir. Instead it was met with apathy)

3.) The Big Ten is even worse than you think it is. The Big Ten West Division is a complete abomination. Therefore, as much of a bad joke as Illini football is right now, they still have extremely decent bowl chances.

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PHOTOS: Maryland Terps reveal Star-Spangled Banner uniforms


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The Maryland Terrapins will wear football uniforms inspired by the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of  The Star-Spangled Banner when it hosts West Virginia at Byrd Stadium on Saturday at noon. The Terps will wear uniforms with the cursive script of Francis Scott Key’s poem “Defence of Fort McHenry,” which later became the national anthem, emblazoned on its helmets and jersey sleeves.

The school even did a product rollout photo shoot at nearby Ft. McHenry, and you can see some of the photos from that below. Note the helmet logo, which is the shape of the Fort, and also resembles a turtle at the same time.

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UW Huskies vs Illini football: brutally honest game preview


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(Update: here’s my segment from this morning discussing Illini football on 1620 The Zone KOZN)

Cubism is an early-20th-century avant-garde art movement pioneered by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. Cubitism (trademark The Sports Bank.net) is what Illini offensive coordinator Bill Cubit does with quarterbacks. He took a very mediocre signal caller in Nathan Scheelhaase and shaped him into a Picasso style masterpiece. Now Cubit has a really talented QB in Wes Lunt and through two games he’s put up ridiculous numbers.

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Drew Hare: NIU finds Jordan Lynch successor vs Northwestern


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(Update: here’s my segment from this morning discussing Northwestern on 1620 The Zone KOZN)

There’s nothing quite like the Northwestern secondary to cure what ails ya. In Drew Hare, NIU’s third quarterback to play in Evanston that day, the Huskies have found the guy to replace Jordan Lynch. Hare fired two touchdown tosses to Da’Ron Brown, the second of which was by far the most aesthetically pleasing play of the entire game.

Although that’s not saying much when you consider neither team even scored until midway through the third quarter. Drew Hare led Brown perfectly on a 59-yard scoring, splitting the mediocre at best Northwestern secondary.

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NFL and College Football makes this weekend a beer drinking holiday


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Forget Labor Day, this is a true holiday weekend. It’s the first NFL weekend, and it’s the first truly appealing weekend of college football. How big is it? Take it away Bob Costas:

“It’s not just a sports juggernaut, it’s a cultural juggernaut, and at a time when our tastes are all kind of in niches,” Costas said of NFL football.

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Oregon Ducks vs Michigan St: Brutally honest preview


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Like Kermit the Frog told us, “it’s not easy being green.” It’s the primary color of both teams playing the primary college football game of the preconference. Well, sort of. The Oregon Ducks now have about 1,345 different team colors; because Oregon rolls out a new uniform for just about every drive of every game of every season.

The University of Nike Product Development and Marketing Focus Groups has a foil in Stanford. If the Cardinal wore green instead, you’d have the Michigan State Spartans. The college football pundits at FOX Sports agree with me.

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California Golden Bears QB Jared Goff: a budding star


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The Cal offense goes by many names: “The System,” “Air Raid,” “Bear Raid.”

“The System” sounds like something UC-Berkley students would protest against. Hey man, meet me by Sather Gate at 4:20 pm dude, we’re gonna demonstrate against THE SYSTEM broham. There’s going to be a massive demonstration on Telegraph Hill.

Califiornia Golden Bears Coach Sonny Dykes has his finger on the button of the system, and he’s handed controls over to sophomore quarterback Jared Goff. He has a budding star developing at the position.

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Kent State vs. Ohio U. was a classic MAC battle


The Kent State Golden Flashes and the Ohio University Bobcats opened their respective Mid-American Conference (MAC) seasons at Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio in front of a crowd of 22,754.  Kent State is coming off of a disappointing 4-8 record during the 2013 season while the Bobcats are coming off of a 7-6 mark and a 5th consecutive bowl game appearance.

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2 Legit 2 Quit Cal Golden Bears drop Hammer on Northwestern


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Here comes the Hammer down on Northwestern Wildcats football, courtesy of the Cal Golden Bears. The boys from Berkley looked 2 Legit 2 Quit as they hit NU with a dose of Oaktown power “and charge you by the hour” as they were “shakin like a quake,” right from kickoff.

“California, California..knows how to pass. Knows how to pass,” as QB Jared Goff was 12-18 for 186 yards and 3 TDs in the first half. 

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Fearless 2014 MAC Football Preview – East Division


So, here are our picks for the MAC – East Division for the 2014 football season (in order of projected finish):

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VIDEO: USC suspends lying CB Josh Shaw indefinitely


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USC cornerback Josh Shaw came clean about fabricating a story that he rescued his nephew from drowning and how he leapt from a second floor balcony to save him. Shaw lied about how he suffered ankle injuries, the school announced Wednesday.

Josh Shaw, who has become a trending national story, was suspended from the team indefinitely.

“We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” USC Coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement. “He let us all down. As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story.”

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West Virginia QB says he kissed Kristen Saban, Nick’s daughter


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Both Kristen Saban, daughter of Alabama Coach Nick Saban, and West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett are no strangers to controversy. Trickett is known for shooting his mouth off with socially regressive, sexist drivel on Twitter. Take a look, he hit all the gender-bashing cliches in under 140 characters; so he’s efficient in his misogyny.

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