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College Football

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    November 21, 2014

    It's Perfect Football Weather This Weekend

    The weather's supposed to be wet and stormy this weekend. Just the perfect November weather for college football teams to slip and slide in the mud while dodging puddles on the field and scrambling to retain traction. Just the right conditions for the fans to travel to Rice Stadium and TDECU Stadium ... More >>

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    November 21, 2014

    College and Pro Football: This Weekend's Best Bets

    Normally, this is the portion of the Best Bets post where I complain (or, even on a rare occasion, brag) about how I did the week before. But this week, no complaining and no bragging, and that's for two reasons. First, I went 3-3 for a second week in a row, so I'm settling into that meaty part o ... More >>

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    November 19, 2014

    College Football Playoff Rankings v 4.0: Welcome To The Party, Bama

    And then, there were seven. Ok, maybe eight. Nine? All right, I'll draw the line at ten. Ten teams that still have mathematical hope at getting into the four team playoff. Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Mississippi State, TCU, Ohio State, Baylor, Ole Miss, UCLA, and Georgia. Ten teams, which is w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    College Football Playoff Rankings v 3.0: Judgment Day Shakeout

    We are three weeks into the brave, new world of not only having a road to a College Football Playoff, but having some degree of transparency on that road, and let me say that I've generally enjoyed the weekly release of rankings for the playoffs so far. It's given our radio show some decent Wednesd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2014

    College Football Week 11 Recap: We Were So Close To Utter Chaos!

    Before we get to a recap of the weekend that was in college football, a brief PSA on whose opinion to listen to and whose to ignore when it comes to the expansion of the College Football Playoff from four teams to eight teams. (SIDE BAR: It's hilarious that we haven't even been through the process ... More >>

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    November 7, 2014

    College and Pro Football: This Weekend's Best Bets

    The Texans are on a bye this weekend, so in addition to taking a little vacation time in Chicago to see my kids, normally I might take a day off (and weekend off) from dropping my "recreational purposes" football knowledge on all of you (knowledge which would have emptied your pockets with an 0-6 sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    Defense Is Leading UH and Rice To Win After Win

    The Houston Cougars throttled USF 27-3 on Saturday. The Rice Owls demolished FIU, getting the 31-17 win. Both teams move to 5-3 on the season and both are 3-1 in their respective conferences. It was the third straight win for UH, the fifth straight for Rice. And both teams return home for key confer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    Eagles 31, Texans 21: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    With 4:07 to go in the game, the ball sat on the four yard line. 4th down, 1 yard to go, the Eagles leading the Texans 24-21 and driving for a "nail in the coffin" score. If they get this first down, it's first and goal at the three, and then it's just a matter of picking which Eagle scores the touc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2014

    The Rice Owls Are The Best Football Team In Houston

    The most entertaining football team in Houston is not the Houston Cougars. The most professional football team in Houston is not the Texans. The best prepared, and easily the most motivated, football team in Houston is the one that plays in Rice Stadium, the Rice Owls. Most of Houston ignores the O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2014

    College and Pro Football: This Weekend's Best Bets

    Before we get to the Best Bets for the week, I'll use this space (and perhaps a lengthier column in the future) to salute the recently laid off employees at the soon-to-be-sold-and-renamed-and-lobotomized Comcast Sports Net Houston. As you all are probably aware, painfully so if you're a non-Comca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Steelers 30, Texans 23: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Ask any NFL player what they enjoy about playing primetime, nationally televised football games, and one of the first things they'll all inevitably bring up is the fact that they know all of their peers are watching. There's added motivation in showing off your wares to the other 30 idle teams arou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    College Football, Week 8: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    A few weeks ago, we had maybe the most thrilling college football weekend of the last ten years (possibly since the 2005 weekend that included, among other fantastic finishes, the "Bush Push" game between USC and Notre Dame). It was twelve hours of dramatic endings and pinball scoring stats, everyth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    Cougars Defeat Temple, But Does It Count If No One's There To See It?

    The Houston Cougars (4-3) defeated the Temple Owls (4-2) 31-10 on Friday night. The game wasn't as close as the final score indicates, as the Cougar defense kept Temple bottled up for most of the night. The game was a bit of a yawner as the Cougars no longer offer up the high-flying Air Raid offense ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    College and Pro Football: This Weekend's Best Bets

    If you followed my picks last season (and God forbid, used them as your own picks), then you know exactly how painful the hit was by the end of the year. In fact, you're probably cursing me and contemplating exactly how you can dismember me without getting arrested while you stand in the welfare lin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2014

    If You Want More Teams In The College Football Playoff, Here's What To Root For

    Some old habits are hard to break, and as flawed as the old Bowl Championship Series (affectionately referred to and twisted into juvenile alternate acronyms as the "BCS") was, it still began to consume me right about this time every college football season. The BCS got a lot of stuff wrong, but on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2014

    Cougars Declaw The Tigers, Get A Much-Needed Win

    The Houston Cougars have seemingly operated without a plan when on offense this season. There's been the running play. There's been a passing play and/or the QB running for his life depending on whether if the offensive line was able to make any blocks. Then there's generally been the punt on fourth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    College and Pro Football: This Weekend's Best Bets (Including Colts-Texans!)

    In betting, there are weekends where you're looking to score big, where even finishing at or slightly above .500 feels like a slight disappointment, like a running back who left yards on the field. Then there are weekends like last weekend. Saturday was utter chaos, like the last 45 minutes of a T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    The Houston Texans "Behind The Chains": Lose Yards, Kill Drive

    If you read my entries in this blog, you know there are certain things that I find intriguing -- fan fights in stadium bathrooms, crime stories from the state of Florida, crime stories involving NFL players, the occasional recreational wager. These things all intrigue me. But if you examine closely ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Zapruder Analysis Of The Craziest College Football Saturday Ever

    ESPN's College GameDay, the gold standard for all sports studio shows and maybe all sports shows period, took its road show this week to Oxford, Mississippi for the most important game in the recent history of Ole Miss football. The Ole Miss Rebels, sitting on the curp of the top ten at number elev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    College and Pro Football: This Weekend's Best Bets

    A 5-1 week of prognosticating is like an elite quarterback in the NFL. It can cover up a lot of future mistakes. Two weeks ago, I put up a nice 5-1 week, and began feeling pretty good about myself, like maybe I was turning the corner and shaking a slump that had gone back to the end of the 2012 sea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Fan Fighting League: Syracuse Squares Off With Notre Dame!

    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 gra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    Zapruder Analysis Of The "Wives Of The SEC" Feature On GameDay

    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 road ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

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

    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 miniatur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    This Weekends Best Bets: "Cleveland Punter Gets Face Stomped" Edition

    Finally, a safe haven from TMZ videos of domestic violence incidents and replays of Roger Goodell's sweaty face, lying his ass off to America. Actual football! If you're someone who is more the traditionalist, you can say what you want about Thursday Night Football -- the short week dilutes the qu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Where To Watch Out-of-State College Football

    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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Penn State Students Celebrate Lifting Of Postseason Ban With A Paterno Love Fest

    I will admit, I was glad when the NCAA handed down their stiff punishment to Penn State a few years ago in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Sure, the massive scholarship reductions and multi-season bowl bans hurt a bunch of coaches and student-athletes that had literally nothing to do with J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    The Big Ten Is Terrible, So Maybe The Longhorns Would Fit Right In

    Back in 2010, when the wheels of realignment began to slowly grind college football's conference structure into the made-for-TV, geography-agnostic menu of fabricated rivalries, rumors abounded that the University of Texas would get the ball rolling by joining forces with the Big Ten. Largely a Mid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Houston Cougars Devour Grambling State Tigers

    Another week, another football game for the Houston Cougars. But instead of upstart UTSA, the Cougars faced downtrodden Grambling State, a former small college powerhouse struggling to stay afloat. The Cougars scored on the game's first offensive series and didn't look back. The Cougars were up 10-0 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Gambling! This Weekend's Best NFL and College Football Bets

    I love football, but I hate football. As you may have seen earlier this week, I gave out the Seahawks as one of my top season win total plays for 2014, taking the UNDER on 11 wins. I also, on my radio show, picked the Packers as the winners in the NFC North and an OVER for their win total. So natu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    College Football 2014: Jameis Winston's Heisman Highlight Reel Begins (VIDEO)

    College football is back, and for this we should all be grateful. It was quite the opening weekend over the holiday! The season kicked off with an unexpected Thursday night beatdown by the Texas A&M over the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia, launching the career of Kevin Sumlin's next Heisman T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2014

    Cougars Embarrass UH On Supposed Glorious Night For New Stadium

    Stop me if this sounds familiar. The heavily favored Houston Cougars open up the season at home against a team from Central Texas. But instead of winning the game by double digits, the Cougars are upset by double digits. Just replace Texas State with UTSA and make the final score 27-7. But there's o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    This Weekend's Best Bets: College Football Is Here

    207 days. That's how long I've been waiting. When the piece of cheese sitting at the end of the summer-long maze is redemption, the clock ticks slowly. The pages get ripped off the calendar at a glacial speed. August couldn't get here soon enough. Because here's the thing -- I sucked at giving you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Gambling! Five College Football Season Win Total Bets You Should Play

    Each week in this space, I plan to give you, the faithful HoustonPress.com news blog reader, six picks against the spread for the upcoming football weekend. I would encourage you to read them even if you don't plan to wager as they serve the dual purpose of conveying football predictions as well as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    2014 Heisman Odds: Three Sleepers Who Are Off The Board

    How do we know the college football season is almost here? Well, not all that long ago, it would have been because the best of the preview magazines were hitting the stands -- Athlon, Lindy's, Street & Smith's. When you saw the cover with the best player of whichever the hottest team in your region ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Even After Leaving, Manziel Still Dominates SEC Conversation

    HOOVER, Alabama - The question was irrelevant, but Johnny Manziel hardly was. After delivering his opening statement at Southeastern Conference Media Days, the first question Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin answered - or heard, rather - was about his Heisman Trophy-winning former quarterback, Manziel. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Post-Draft NFL Season Win Totals Are Out! The Texans' Number Is....

    Amidst the myriad of Johnny Manziel prop bets and NFL Draft forecast wagers, anyone who enjoys the occasional bet knows that there is a distinct beginning to NFL betting season, a harbinger of the gambling delights of the autumn. It's when the Las Vegas Hilton releases its first post-NFL Draft seas ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    NFL Draft 2014: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Check out our slideshow of the Texans welcoming Jadeveon Clowney. On Texans Radio on Saturday, covering Day 3 of the NFL Draft with my buddies John Harris (smartest football guy I know) and Ted Johnson (3-time Super Bowl winner, great on the radio himself, and all around good guy), I made the comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Jameis Winston's "Great Crab Leg Caper" Police Report Released

    As the 2014 NFL Draft rolls up on us this Thursday, one of the top prospects for next year's draft continues to chip away at his draft stock brick by brick, through sheer stupidity, if nothing else. Last week came news that 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, apparently famished, went to a P ... More >>

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    May 2, 2014

    Heisman Trophy Winner Winston Pinched For Stealing Crab Legs

    When Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy in 2012, he followed up his award winning season with an offseason that made it appear like he had purchased every cool auction item at a charity golf tournament. Courtside seats for the NBA playoffs? Check. Spring break trip to Cabo? Oh hell yeah. Care to ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014
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    March 26, 2014

    Texans Head Coach Bill O'Brien Speaks ... And Speaks, And Speaks Some More

    We all know Houston Texans' head coach Bill O'Brien is one of the many branches off of the Bill Belichick tree. To call him a Belichick disciple might be overstating things, as O'Brien likely seeks to carve out his own style. But no doubt, along the way, O'Brien has and will continue to take certai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Teddy Bridgewater Struggles at Pro Day, Looking Back at Other QB Pro Days

    With the NFL Scouting Combine a few weeks in the rear view mirror, now comes the fun part of the silly pre-draft season -- individual workouts and Pro Days. In plain English, this is the part of the Prospect Assessment Calendar where everyone will freak out (positively and negatively) over how well ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Will Houston Athletes Ever Get Paid to Play in College?

    TaShawn Thomas dreams of one day becoming a professional after college. He's a junior and a forward on the University of Houston's men's basketball team. Without his scholarship he wouldn't be in college, he says. With the money he receives his housing and food are paid for. Still, he thinks it wou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Former Fat Quarterback Jared Lorenzen Is Now Even Fatter (And Still Playing Quarterback!)

    I have great respect for people whose physical shape (shape meaning both "condition" as well as literally their shape -- oval, circle, pear, etc.) belies their athletic performance. For years, I've contended there should be a television show that takes all of the athletic or aesthetically active e ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    Gambling! 2014 Heisman Odds Are Out!

    With the off week between the AFC and NFC title games, the opportunities to wager are precious few, so sorry, there will be no "Best Bets" this week. I know that after my 0-2 performance this has to disappoint many of you who have been fading my picks all year and gaining financial independence. Se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Auburn's Gus Malzahn Wins Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award

    College football turnarounds are not easy, especially in the SEC West. At the beginning of the year, we pencil our teams in, expectations shaped by experts and the results of the season before and we jump headlong into college football. In 2013, the names were pretty familiar. Alabama, Oregon, Ohi ... More >>

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    January 9, 2014

    Winter of Johnny: Manziel Announces He's Going Pro

    Since about the time he led Texas A&M to an upset of then-number one Alabama in Tuscaloosa back in November of 2012, speculation on where Texas A&M quarterback and eventual 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel might get drafted has been varied and the debate has been furious. Well, now we will ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    ESPN's BCS Megacast Was Awesome: 5 Other "Casts" I Would Add

    If we ever sat back and thought about how much of our sports thinking is shaped by ESPN and its programming, it would be a little bit frightening. The facts are, by and large, when people need sports news, they go to SportsCenter. When they want to get ready for a Saturday of college football, they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Johnny Watch: Manziel Says "We'll See" On Going To The NFL

    Johnny Manziel's flair for the dramatic over the last two years is well documented. In 2012, road wins against Ole Miss and Alabama came down to plays made late in the game by the eventual Heisman winner. In 2013, Manziel had to figuratively carry A&M's defense on his back just to will his team to a ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    Winter of Johnny: Johnny Football Is Back and Partying In Hollywood!

    Johnny Football is back! No, not the Johnny Football that hops through defenses like a jackrabbit and throws downfield frozen ropes. Not that Johnny Football. I'm talking about the Johnny Football that flips over Twitter, that breaks the internet. I'm talking three in the morning Johnny Football. ... More >>

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