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Diehard CFB New Blog Coming

March 9th 2013 19:34
We've been away for a while, but we're working on setting up a new blog and new location for it. We will still be posting here on college football, but our primary location will be elsewhere.

Sit tight and check back, because soon we'll be going over the 2012 college football season, as well as previewing 2013. We'll take a look at conference title favorites and give our preseason top 25.



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Well, that certainly was...bad. Really bad. I probably can't sum up bowl season any better than that, but I'll try to do so below.

Best Bowl Games
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CFB Final Top 25 For the 2012 Season

January 9th 2013 00:53
The final AP and coaches' polls are out and can be seen here. I actually started putting together my final top 25 before that ridiculous thing called the BCS National Championship game came to an end, and when I checked the AP and coaches' polls today I noticed some differences between mine and theirs. I will give my top 25 and explain some of the big differences.

Ren's Final Top 25
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As expected, it was a pretty bad week for the Big Ten. But it wasn’t all glitter and gold for the SEC, either, which has stirred up a lot of debate about whether or not the SEC was overrated during the regular season. Was it? We’ll get to that.

Game of the Week
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This past week of bowl games...well...sucked. But there were finally enough bowl games to realistically pick a “Game of the Week” and a “Shock of the Week.” So here we go:

Game of the Week

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The bowl games we’ve been waiting for are almost here. But in the meantime, let’s review the appetizers:

1) Now, I had defended these bowl matchups a couple of weeks ago when they first were announced. But games like the Poinsettia Bowl and the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl are partially why people say there are too many bowl games and why some people don’t get excited about most matchups. I’m willing to give just about any bowl game a chance, but in the end these two games proved a lot of people’s point about bowl season


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Well, bowl season has officially gotten under way, and it couldn’t have kicked off any better than it did, thanks to Arizona and Nevada. Here’s your wrap-up:

1) It’s hard not to point this out--in Rich Rodriguez’s first season at Arizona, he has won more games than he ever did at Michigan, thanks to the incredible comeback bowl victory over Nevada. I’d say he had a successful first season at Arizona, and that program and the Pac-12 seem to be a much better fit for him than Michigan and the Big Ten were. In the New Mexico Bowl, you could see a lot of the same issues on defense that plagued Michigan while he was the head coach of the Wolverines. But this was Nevada--a team that also is not big on defense--not an SEC team. That makes all the difference in the world if you’re trying to win a bowl game


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If you’ve ever played bowl mania or otherwise make college football picks during the bowl season, you probably understand that upsets happen. When they do, they tend to mess up your picks. That’s why I no longer play bowl mania or do anything like that. Still, if you’re looking for some upset picks, I’ve identified six key games for you to consider picking the underdog to win.

BCS Championship Game: Notre Dame-Alabama. It’s understandable to want to pick Alabama here. The Crimson Tide are the defending national champions, and they play in the SEC. Until someone beats an SEC team in a national title game, why would you pick against the SEC? You pick against the SEC if you want to be right vs being safe. For goodness sake, Pittsburgh missed a game-winning field goal in overtime against the Irish! Notre Dame has just had one of those charmed seasons where everything goes its way. Betcha AJ McCarron, Barrett Jones or some other crucial Alabama player gets injured...or something. Whatever it takes for ND to stun the college football nation


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There was only one game this week, but that doesn’t mean nothing went down among the college football nation. The coaching carousel spun out of control with surprising hirings and contract extensions, and a rivalry came down to the last minutes of the game. Let’s recap some of the biggest happenings this past week.

1) Army lost to Navy...again. It was a close low-scoring game, and there were a few times when it looked as if Army would finally break the losing streak. Army has had an abysmal season, but beating Navy surely would have corrected that in most ways. But Army turned the ball over one too many times, and QB Trent Steelman was completely distraught while the other Army players just looked shellshocked. It was painful to watch Steelman’s reaction as Navy let the clock run out and after the game. The CBS guys calling the game--Gary Danielson and Verne Lundquist--basically admitted they were rooting for Army. I can’t say that I blame them or that I wasn’t rooting for Army, too. It was kind of hard not to root for Army, especially having lost the game 10 years in a row, now 11 years


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A lot has happened this week in terms of college football hires and rumors. But the biggest news, as well as the biggest surprise, is Bret Bielema leaving Wisconsin to head to Arkansas as the new Razorbacks head coach. It’s a big punch in the gut for the Big Ten, but not necessarily for the reason experts and sports writers think. After all, the Big Ten got Urban Meyer. So this doesn’t mean that the SEC is more desirable to head coaches or that Big Ten jobs are stepping stone jobs for the SEC.

But let’s examine some of the issues on the table here with Bielema’s decision


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