Fan Fighting League: Syracuse Squares Off With Notre Dame!

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I attended the University of Notre Dame from the football seasons of 1987 through 1990. During that time, I saw a Heisman Trophy winner, a national championship, and a lot of really good football.

In my student lifetime there, I attended every home game and sat in the student section, and since graduating, I've attended at least a few dozen more home games and sat in the regular civilian areas. So I can say, with a massive amount of experiential equity, that Notre Dame is largely (compared to other major college football crowds) a wine and cheese kind of crowd.

Yes, the House That Rock Built can get loud, even disruptive under the proper circumstances, but it's never somewhere that you're fearful of engaging in any hand to hand combat.

Put it this way -- in what's easily been between 50 and 60 games in the stadium, I've never seen an actual fistfight, which is an astonishing streak for that much major college football, until you realize that people at Notre Dame games who get drunk are generally more the jovial or frustrated kind of drunks, not the belligerent kind.

So that's my preface for the next chapter in the 2014 Fan Fighting League -- a short donnybrook at the Notre Dame-Syracuse football game last Saturday night.

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Zapruder Analysis of the "Wives of the SEC" Feature on GameDay

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ESPN's College GameDay is the gold standard for preview/studio shows. While I state this as opinion, by almost any statistical measurement, it is practically fact.

The show attracts a couple million viewers every Saturday morning, draws another several thousand to whatever venue the traveling roadshow brings the circus to each week, and generally calibrates the topical college football discussion for every Saturday in the fall. It is essentially a living, breathing organism.

It's become so successful through the years that it's evolved into a three-hour show, so there is a ton of content, most of it really, really good.

Saturday's show was done live from Columbia, South Carolina, in advance of the Missouri-South Carolina game, and the most discussed feature, without a doubt, was this six-minute video about the life of a coach's wife in the SEC:



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College Football, Week 5: The Weekend in Tweets, Vines and YouTube

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September is almost over, and this week the calendar will flip to October, which is the de facto beginning of fall, and in college football, the de facto beginning of the real regular season.

Yes, we've seen a rise in the number of power conference teams willing to take on other prominent power conference teams outside of the conference, and will continue to see that trend grow in years to come. But there's nothing quite like conference play kicking in full bore.

Starting next week, we should be seeing at least two or three games every weekend that are College Football Playoff shaping types of match ups, virtual elimination games that will be legacy shaping for many of the coaches and certainly some of the players involved.

Like this coming weekend, for example, is a practical playoff weekend in the SEC West, with six teams ranked in the top 15 facing off. The match ups are as follows:

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NFL: This Weekend's Best Bets

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Parker Anderson
Last weekend was an amazing bounce back weekend for me.

After back to back 2-4 stinkers, the doubters began creeping out of the woodwork again. Actually, to say they crept out of the woodwork would imply they were hiding and then being somewhat subtle about their lack of faith in my prognosticating skills.

It was actually the opposite of that.

They've been pretty much taunting me all season long, reminding me that I barely cracked the 40 percent mark last season, and telling me about the wings they added to their respective homes by going against me from October on last year. There was even a hashtag of #FadeSean making the rounds on Twitter.

So how did I respond? Like a goddamn CHAMP, that's how! 5-1, bitches! FIVE AND ONE. And there's a whole lot more where that came from. I could go on and on about how proud I am, but I'm going to let high school football star and future inspirational speaker Apollos Hester speak for me...

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College Football, Week 4: The Weekend in Tweets, Vines and YouTube

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Debbie R
We rate teams according to the super-scientific "Iron Sheik" scale.
We're still waiting, college football.

Still waiting on that "Holy shit!" weekend of games where some foundational pieces of the Top 25 get shaken up and we see the earth shift a little bit in this brave new world of college football where all roads lead to a post season playoff, albeit a miniature four-teamer.

(This is where I gaze longingly at a cartoon "thought bubble" over my head with a bracket for a 16 team playoff, and a tear slides down my face like the Native American in the old commercial where he sees some regular American folks tossing trash on the ground in our great nation.)

This weekend was flush with opportunity -- spunky, revived West Virginia hosting Oklahoma, Mike Leach hosting a somewhat overrated Oregon, Auburn traveling to take on Bill Snyder at night, and of course, Clemson taking on the Jameis-less Seminoles.

In the end, we got a little bit of entertaining football, numerous opportunities to make fun of Jameis Winston, another Dabo meltdown, and the rankings all pretty much look status quo, save Dan Mullen and Mississippi State finally beating LSU (in Baton Rouge at night, no less!).

Thankfully, even ho-hum college football is still college football, and we were given a few nuggets that will make you chuckle from the weekend.

Like these....

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Cougars Whip the Rebels, While Rice Embarrassed by Old Dominion

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Are you ready for some football? Well, the Cougars weren't ready to kick things off Saturday
Morning football, evening football, there was plenty of college football for Houston-area fans on Saturday as Rice hosted Old Dominion in the morning and UH hosted UNLV that night. There were also plenty of seats available so that fans could come to the stadiums and watch the games, but those seats mostly remained empty for the games.

The surprise result of the day was undoubtedly Rice (0-3) falling 45-42 to Old Dominion (3-1) on Saturday. The Owls offense played an outstanding game, rolling off multiple clock-crunching drives behind the power running of Jowan Davis (150 yards on 24 rushes) and Darik Dillard (70 yards and three touchdowns on 14 rushes) as the Owls racked up the points. Unfortunately, the Rice defense mostly took the day off, letting ODU do about whatever it wanted to do, whenever it wanted, including driving the length of the field with 1:05 left in the game so as to kick the game-winning field goal. Things were a bit different at TDECU Stadium as the Cougars (2-2) struggled for the first half before quickly hitting overdrive in the second half to destroy UNLV (1-3) 47-14.

COUGARS HAVE TO FIX THE SLOW STARTS

Once again the Cougars were hit with a slow start. UNLV started the game with a nine play, 70-yard drive doing whatever it wanted to the vaunted UH defense. The Cougars responded in a way that has become all too familiar to UH fans that involved QB John O'Korn throwing an interception. After a missed UNLV field goal, the Cougar defense proceeded to shut UNLV down while the offense struggled to find any kind of rhythm, and limped to the half with a 13-7 lead.

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NFL: This Weekend's Best Bets

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Coming into the season, we all knew the Texans' schedule was relatively light. Granted, every team on the Texans' schedule was looking at the Texans as one of their opponents to justify thinking the same thing.

But here we are, two weeks in, and with the Texans at 2-0, the Colts at 0-2, and the NFC East being even worse than we'd thought, suddenly this is getting really interesting.

Check out the latest Super Bowl odds, courtesy of Bovada, with the Texans 2014 opponents in bold:

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Fan Fighting League! LSU Bro Fight Video Is Delightfully Absurd (VIDEO)

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Now THIS is how you film a fight. Bravo.
This past weekend, I traveled to Norman, OK to watch the Sooners take on the Tennessee Volunteers with some friends.

Among them was my radio partner Ted Johnson, a three time Super Bowl champion and 10 year NFL player from 1995-2004. Ted and I started doing our show together, along with Rich Lord, back in March, and we were talking about what's been good and bad the first several months of our show.

The first thing Ted brought up was this: "Dude, I just can't believe how serious and 'non-sports' the subject matter is that we've had to discuss. I feel beaten down some days, like everything we talk about is more life-related or crime-related than sports-related."

You know what? Ted's absolutely right.

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Aggies (And Kyle Field) Take Out Owls

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John Royal
One of the many divots in the Kyle Field turf on Saturday night
The story should be the Texas Aggies (3-0) defeating the Rice Owls (0-2) by a 38-10 score. It should be about the thrilling play of A&M quarterback Kenny Hill. The story could have been about the Owls trying for their first win against Texas A&M since 1980, or the first time ever that the Owls opened the season with two consecutive road games against ranked teams. Instead the focus is three things: field conditions so bad that the NRG Stadium field looks good in comparison, a bizarre series of plays at the end of the first half that cost Rice a field goal and A&M a touchdown, and the same old thing of Rice beating Rice.

DIVOT AFTER DIVOT AFTER DIVOT

The grass field at Kyle Field is brand new. Brand new as in planted this summer. Brand new as in it had more divots than a golf course being pounded by a bunch of first time amateurs trying to figure out how to drive off of the tee. Members of the grounds crew constantly trotted out on the field between plays attempting to fill in divots and replace dirt, and conditions were so bad that Rice head coach David Bailiff had to receive assurances at the half from the A&M athletic director that steps would be taken to insure the safety of the players in the second half.

"They told us what they were going to do, and I was comfortable with that," Bailiff said of the A&M assurances.

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Where to Watch Out-of-State College Football

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Maple Leaf owner Olivia Blair, who just wanted somewhere to watch hockey 9 years ago, and Ray the bartender, Buffalo fan.

College football fans just can't hold a candle to their NFL counterparts. It's hardly anyone's fault but the alumni associations that charge bars an arm and a leg to host their watch parties, but with Houston's transplant culture the way it is, it's probably harder to get five Northwestern fans in a bar on a Saturday afternoon than it is to find a good tailgate during hockey season. The odds aren't that much better at the actual games, but just short of heaping on the blame on the team itself (just start winning), here are some places that die-hard (read: recently graduated) fans can go to catch that game they suspect no one else cares to watch.


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