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SCS.comPULSE OF THE TOWN - CINCINNATI, OHIO
October 31, 2008
By David, SCS.com Staff Writer
Settling in for a game at Nippert stadium, located right in the heart of Cincinnati, Ohio, you realize this is where real college football is played. The Bearcats definitely play third fiddle to the well-known professional sports teams in this city, but yet the UC campus pulls off a sense of community in the middle of that hustle and bustle. This may be BCS football, but it is far from the corporate glitzy giants in nearby....[MORE]

SCS.comBATTLE OF TEXAS IN BIG XII SPOTLIGHT
October 30, 2008
By Gregg, SCS.com Staff Writer
The ranks of the unbeaten were trimmed by one this past weekend as Oklahoma State fell by a 28-24 score to top-ranked Texas in a great game. Otherwise, the top of the rankings remained unchanged with Texas, Alabama, and Penn State leading the way, while Texas Tech made their case for a higher ranking with a rout of Kansas. Texas Tech can further strengthen their case this weekend when the top-ranked....[MORE]

SCS.comBACK ON TRACK: TIGERS WIN BIG
October 29, 2008
By Michael, SCS.com Staff Writer
It was a beautiful fall day in Columbia as I arrived at the stadium. Making my way through the parking lots of tailgaters and rabid fans who arrived over five hours before kickoff, there was a feeling in the air that today would be the day the Tigers to get back on track. Sure enough, the mood was dead on. As I arrived at the stadium I walked up the to 6th floor press box and checked out things from the upper deck. I then walked....[MORE]

SCS.comTRICK OR TREAT: CONTENDERS WANT TO KNOW
October 28, 2008
By David, SCS.com Staff Writer
Ghosts and Ghouls unite! There's free candy at every door this week, but BCS contenders cannot spend time thinking about sweet times. There's still a little over a month of work to do before the BCS lineup is set, and there will certainly be pitfalls and traps along the way. This week we begin the BCS projections, sure-fire to go wrong until December! Plus, this week we take an in-depth look at the Big East championship chase as I will....[MORE]

SCS.comQUICK HITS: TEXAS GREAT, WASHINGTON IRATE
October 27, 2008
By Matt, SCS.com Staff Writer
Next week, two top five and unbeaten teams, Texas and Texas Tech, will battle it out for Big 12 South supremacy. Texas is three-fourths of the way through the toughest part of their schedule. They convincingly beat Oklahoma, dominated Missouri, and snuck by Oklahoma State. Next, they travel to Lubbock, Texas to take on the high-powered Red Radiers of Texas Tech. Tech, who has struggled at times this year, rolled Kansas....[MORE]

SCS.comCOLLEGE HOOPS PREVIEW: MID-MAJORS, PART I
October 25, 2008
By Daniel, SCS.com Staff Writer
The term "mid-major" is almost a curse word to some programs. Xavier chastised ESPN for labeling it a mid-major last year, and calling Memphis a mid-major is almost laughable. Still, as I mentioned in last week’s Low-Major Preview, our preview series is based on conference. That’s simply the most efficient way to analyze all of the Division I teams for the 2008-2009 season. With that said, here’s Part I of your....[MORE]

SCS.comBIG TEN LEADERS COLLIDE IN WEEK NINE
October 23, 2008
By Gregg, SCS.com Staff Writer
This past weekend of collegiate action did not have much of an impact atop the national polls, with the lone exception being the end of the unbeaten run by Brigham Young as the Cougars were demolished by a surging TCU team. The team at the top of the polls continued to flex their muscles as Texas ran roughshod over a good Missouri team and now have firmly established themselves as the favorite in the national....[MORE]

SCS.comTHE LONGEST FOURTEEN HOURS
October 22, 2008
By Michael, SCS.com Staff Writer
The nice thing about being in the Big 12 Conference is that it is one of the premier conferences in the league. The bad news is, the league takes up a good majority of the country, which means one thing: long road trips. After spending 14 hours in a charter bus my body hurt in places I did not even know I had. The fun started on Thursday night after practice when we packed the truck. After making sure everything was loaded....[MORE]

SCS.comCONTENDERS CULLED BY FIRST BCS STANDINGS
October 21, 2008
By David, SCS.com Staff Writer
As a nice chill sweeps the nation and the leaves start covering yards, a similar chill has come over 90% of the Division I-A universe, at least as far as the national championship goes. It has been fairly impossible to jump into the BCS Championship from outside the top 10-12 of the initial BCS Standings. By this point in the season, contenders have been separated from pretenders to a large degree, and computer rankings....[MORE]

SCS.comMONDAY QUICK HITS: DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS
October 20, 2008
By Matt, SCS.com Staff Writer
Many people said Mack Brown could not win without Vince Young. Many people said Texas would get crushed by a superior Oklahoma team in the Red River Rivalry. May people said that Texas would get beaten by Missouri because they were still riding high of last week’s win. Those people, myself included, need to give Mack Brown and Texas some much needed respect. No defense in college football has the ability to....[MORE]

SCS.comCOLLEGE HOOPS PREVIEW: LOW-MAJORS
October 18, 2008
By Daniel, SCS.com Staff Writer
Basketball is back. College football is in full swing, but hoops season is quickly approaching. In fact, we’re less than a month from the start of the 2008-2009 campaign. It’s time to get started on SCS.com's NCAA Basketball preview, and we’ll kick off the year by previewing the "low-major" conferences. Just to caution you, these previews are separated by conference, meaning any team in a low-major....[MORE]

SCS.comTEXAS AND MISSOURI IN WEEK'S SPOTLIGHT
October 16, 2008
By Gregg, SCS.com Staff Writer
In yet another week of turmoil atop the national polls, this past Saturday provided a major shake-up with Oklahoma, Missouri, and LSU all falling. The team which ended Oklahoma’s run at the top of the national polls is back again in this weeks highlight game as Texas returns home to face a Missouri team focused on getting their season back on track. The Big XII has proven to be a major power conference this season....[MORE]

SCS.comA RAINY DAY IN COLUMBIA
October 15, 2008
By Michael, SCS.com Staff Writer
It was by far Mizzou’s biggest game of the season. Oklahoma State was arguably the best team to visit Columbia since Oklahoma came to 'The Zou' in 2006. It was the second most talked about game of the weekend behind the Oklahoma-Texas Red River Rivalry which had been played earlier in the day. With Oklahoma losing Mizzou was staring at a chance reclaim the number one spot in the polls for the first time since....[MORE]

SCS.comHALFWAY HOME, AND BCS CHAOS IS LOOMING
October 14, 2008
By David, SCS.com Staff Writer
Another mind-boggling week of college football has passed us by, and the reshuffling of the national rankings has almost become a regular occurrence in 2008. Three of the top four teams in the nation went down in flames as the Big XII finally learned what the SEC has known for two weeks, cannibalism. While the academics of last week fell by the wayside, the traditional powers have taken over the consensus top three....[MORE]

SCS.comPRESS BOX BLOG: PURDUE AT OHIO STATE
October 13, 2008
By Matt, SCS.com Staff Writer
What a beautiful sunny day in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State is hosting Purdue in an important Big 10 match up. If Purdue could get the win, it would resurrect their season. Ohio State is trying to gel and click offensively and defensively. 3:02 PM - After finding my seat, grabbing a plate of food, and connecting to the internet, I can finally sit down and relax. The box is buzzing with news of Michigan, Ohio State's....[MORE]

SCS.comRED RIVER RIVALRY TAKES CENTER STAGE
October 9, 2008
By Gregg, SCS.com Staff Writer
The last weekend of action had minimal impact at the top of the national polls, but that is surely to change after this weekend with numerous key contests highlighting the schedule. The top game on the upcoming schedule is the annual battle in Dallas as two of the nation’s top five teams go head-to-head in Oklahoma and Texas with both teams currently standing at 5-0. The winner of this game takes a huge step forward....[MORE]

SCS.comTHIRTY YEARS IN THE MAKING
October 8, 2008
By Michael, SCS.com Staff Writer
Oh, the joy of the long road trip! For most of the season we had been spoiled, playing 3 of our first 4 games at the friendly confines of Faurot Field. Our one road trip was a simple 90-minute jaunt to St. Louis; however, last weekend the staff experienced their first big road trip of the year. As we boarded the charter bus outside the athletic facility with heavy eyes, it was just after 6 AM Friday. For most of us, we had been....[MORE]

SCS.comELECTING A BETTER BCS CHAMPION IN 2008
October 7, 2008
By David, SCS.com Staff Writer
If you live in a battleground election state, every commercial break during a football Saturday is filled with Obama this, McCain that. These advertisements do nothing but make us long for November and the end of the ads, which coincidentally brings crunch time for college football as well. In the middle of October, however, there are a lot of teams in the college football universe succeeding for the first time in a long time....[MORE]

SCS.comQUICK HITS: 'THE GEEK SQUAD' ATOP SEC EAST
October 6, 2008
By Matt, SCS.com Staff Writer
Pocket protector wearing college students rejoice! Vanderbilt, one of the best academic universities not in the Ivy League, is 3-0 in the SEC and will likely find themselves inside the top 15. The Commodores are the definition of scrappiness. Vandy has trailed at halftime against every SEC opponent they have played. They thrive in the 3rd and 4th quarter. Their defense have kept South Carolina, Mississippi, and Auburn....[MORE]

SCS.comBIG TEN HEAVYWEIGHTS HIGHLIGHT WEEK SIX
October 2, 2008
By Gregg, SCS.com Staff Writer
After yet another topsy-turvy week in college football that saw numerous nationally ranked teams trimmed from the ranks of the unbeaten, the focus shifts to conference races as the season heads into the first week of October action. The week’s top game is a classic Big Ten battle as Ohio State travels to Madison to take on the Badgers of Wisconsin. Both teams have suffered a loss on the season, with Wisconsin losing their....[MORE]

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