Real Reason that College Football Bowl Games were Created

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Have you ever wondered how we got to the point- where there is at least one college football game on television every single day for two and a half weeks from mid December to early January? Why and how are we living in times when college football bowl games are so abundant that now even multiple cities (New Orleans, Miami, Phoenix, San Diego) have both a real bowl game after Christmas, and also a junior varsity bowl game before Christmas?

Well, if you know where you’re coming from with bowl games, it’s very easy to understand how we got here and where we’re going in the future.

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Marcus Freeman the Next Notre Dame Head Football Coach

It was actually pre-ordained that Marcus Freeman would become the next head coach at Notre Dame; Brian Kelly said so himself many months ago.

Now according to multiple reports, it is actually happening, with official word to come soon from the university itself. Freeman, 35, excelled in his short time as defensive coordinator, and was the leading candidate all along.

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Six Leading Candidates to be the Next Notre Dame Head Coach

Brian Kelly has bolted Notre Dame for LSU, and now we have to wonder what’s next. Kelly at Louisiana State is an odd hire, a strange fit to be sure, but why not embrace the strangeness of the silliest silly season ever.

Not even to conference championship Saturday yet and we’re already talking about a new hire at USC as well as openings at Notre Dame and Oklahoma. The domino theory is already starting to take shape. With that in mind, let’s look at who could be headed to South Bend.

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Brian Kelly Leaves Notre Dame: Biggest Wins and Losses Part 3

(repost from late 2020)

Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly is just now three wins behind Knute Rockne for the most all time by a Fighting Irish mentor. So an ACC title game win tomorrow (game preview at this link), plus two College Football Playoff victories and he would end the 2020 season knotted up with the patriarch of ND Football.

In a case of very strange coincidence, or perhaps just the circle of life, Rockne’s first season in charge was 1918.

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Brian Kelly Leaves Notre Dame: Biggest Wins and Losses Part 2

(repost from late 2020)

For #2 Notre Dame the ACC Title Game, against #4 Clemson kicks off Saturday night in Charlotte. The 10-0 (9-0 in ACC play) Fighting Irish handed the Tigers (9-1, 8-1) their only loss of the season back on Nov. 7. Yet the Irish are underdogs here again, almost as substantially an underdog as they were last month when the two teams clashed in South Bend.

The Irish were 8 point dogs heading into the big upset of the then #1 Tigers. For this game, the moneyline prices them at +260.

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Brian Kelly Leaves Notre Dame: Biggest Wins and Losses Part 1

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(Repost from late 2020)

Yesterday, in a blowout of Syracuse on Senior Day, Ian Book become the all-time winningest quarterback in Notre Dame history. He led the Fighting Irish to victory number 30, by the score of 45-21 over the Orange, and now the ACC Title Game against Clemson awaits a week from Saturday.

As one ND victory record falls, another one approaches. Head Coach Brian Kelly is just now three behind Knute Rockne for the most wins all time by a Fighting Irish Head Coach.

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Brian Kelly Leaving Notre Dame for LSU: Rapid Reaction

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(Update: Six leading coaching candidates for Notre Dame)

On this Monday night, football is on the minds of the Notre Dame faithful, and not the somewhat relevant game their basketball team is about to commence. Brian Kelly, the winningest coach in the entire storied history of the biggest brand name college football program of all, is leaving for LSU.

Kelly, who passed up Knute Rockne for most all-time wins at ND just two months ago, will replace Ed Orgeron, and seek his first ever national title in Baton Rouge. Multiple outlets have reported this development, with an official outlet expected to come, potentially, as early as tomorrow.

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Illini Football Game Preview: LOLHAT Contest vs Northwestern

Happy rivalry week college football fans! All Thanksgiving week and weekend we’ll see local rivalries renewed and in state battles waged across this great country of ours. It all culminates on Saturday, Nov. 27, with a loaded week 13 slate which includes the Northwestern Wildcats at the Illinois Fighting Illini.

Let’s preview the Land of Lincoln Hat Trophy (or LOLHAT) game, starting with the basic FYIs.

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The most-watched sports in the world right now 

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As an all-around entertainment package, watching sport is one of the biggest and best options for the world’s population. Fans regularly tune in to watch Champions League matches and attend live match-ups in the UFC, with sport arguably more accessible than ever before. In fact, people are able to follow the events as they unfold using more devices than previously, with some turning to sophisticated smart televisions to keep tabs on the rugby scores, while others use the powerful miniature mobile phones we all own to stream live basketball games. 

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Wrigley Field Has Been Unkind to Northwestern Thus Far

It was 11 years, to the exact day actually that Northwestern lost 48-27 to Illinois in Wrigley Field. A decade has passed and the stadium has been renovated and improved upon, but it was a very bad result, once again, for the home team as Northwestern fell 32-14 to Purdue. The Boilermakers covered, and if you’re into Betting sites, then you know the visitors were favored by 11 points, with even more bullish sentiment on the money lines.

While the sample size is indeed small, just two games, NU has now been outscored, on aggregate by 39 points in the two Wrigley affairs. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald rotated his quarterbacks, but it didn’t help to jumpstart the offense at all.

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Why Wrigley Has Added Meaning for Northwestern OL Coach Kurt Anderson

For Northwestern Offensive Line Coach Kurt Anderson, tomorrow’s Wildcats Classic is extra special on a couple different levels. Obviously, it’s a Big Ten West division game, being staged in the very novel and picturesque backdrop that is Wrigley Field, and that’s huge in and of itself.

However, Anderson has connections to the facility through both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears, and he discussed both today during a media opportunity to preview the field layout.

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Wrigley Field Final Touches Applied for Northwestern-Purdue (Photos)

The Wildcats Classic (game preview and prediction here) is now hours, not days, away and Friday brought a chance for the media to come out on see the finishing touches on the Friendly Confines layout and playing surface.

Overall, it looks absolutely beautiful, just transcendent! However, as we covered during our preview podcast, you still have come cramped corners of the end zones, as space remains tight. No, it’s not as bad as the 2010 loss to Illinois, where both teams had to drive towards the same end zone, but it still doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room.

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