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Northwestern Wildcats (Football)

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    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

    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

    November 18, 2013

    College Football Recap: The Reverse Jinx And The Return Of Coach O

    The dirty little secret about college football in 2013 is that it hasn't been all that great a season. Yeah, it's college football, and even ho hum college football is still better than 80 percent of what sports has to offer. And yeah, we have the usual tasty controversy brewing with four undefeat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    College Football Recap: Miami Exposed, Much To Degenerate Gambler Brent Musberger's Chagrin

    Sports fans like to say that "sports" is the best reality television. Perhaps I'm nitpicking at semantics, but when it's at its heart-pounding best, sports are more like a fantastic suspense drama, with storylines and characters in whom we emotionally invest. For me, it's that way, at least. In ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    College Football: Bear Bryant Award Finalists Revealed (Aggies Will Be Happy)

    If you're a prominent, successful college football player or coach, it is usually necessary to block out the second week of December. This is when most of the college football awards are handed out, the week after the regular season ends. For many, it's an exhausting, circuitous journey across the n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    20 Fun Facts About College Football's Final Regular Season Coach's Poll

    College football's methodology for selecting its championship game participants (and its marquee four bowls outside of the title game, for that matter), the BCS, is cloaked in numerous flaws that when all is said and done, more often than not give us a title game shrouded in controversy over who act ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    College Football Week 1: 4 Winners, 4 Losers Among Coaches, Heisman Candidates, QBs

    Thursday night college football is fun. The Friday night ESPN game, at least under the magical watch of Joe Tessitore, has become somewhat sneaky over the years. But the college football season truly begins on that first Saturday. So when I fired up the television Saturday morning, then and only th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Longhorn Panic: Sealy WR Ricky Seals-Jones Decommits

    It wouldn't be June if we didn't have some sort of off the field drama to worry about with our college football. And since the realignment talk this summer is at a dull roar at best, and since the resolution of a college football playoff is still several weeks away, how about a little recruiting ang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2012

    Aggies Defeat Northwestern and Reliant Stadium for a Bowl Game Win

    You've seen those commercials during late night or during the middle of the day. Those commercials with some "attorney" droning on about your rights and asking if you've been exposed to asbestos or some other dangerous substance. Commercials giving you a 1-800 number and urging you to become part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Cougars and Lions and Cats and Aggies: Oh My, It's Time for a Little Bowl Action

    There's probably nobody happier to see this college football season come to an end than the players for the Penn State Nittany Lions (9-3), unless, of course, it's the players for the Texas A&M Aggies (6-6). Then again, with the way their hopes and dreams came crashing down to the ground at the sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, College Bowl Special: UH, UCLA & An Aggies Loss

    Hopefully will not include "NAPA Know-How" ads.​In the second part of my ongoing series "Sean phones it in on the Hair Balls blog during his vacation week," here are six picks I really like for the upcoming week of huge (and not so huge) bowl games. Have I mentioned that I'm 56-38-1 this year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Coogs Versus Southern Miss for All the Marbles

    One more win and the Coogs are BCS-bound.​The distractions are there for the 12-0 Houston Cougars, the number six team in the BCS standings. Distractions like which BCS bowl game they're playing. Distractions like which team they're playing in that BCS bowl -- current projections being Michi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Coogs Should Beat SMU; Rice Should Top Tulane

    Hey kids, College GameDay is coming to town​The season has come to this. Two weeks for the Houston Cougars to continue with perfection and reach a goal set this summer. Two weeks for the Rice Owls to gain some redemption for a season gone very wrong. The Cougars acknowledged their possible ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Owls Defeat The Miners While The Cougars Remain Perfect

    ​If the Rice Owls only played football in November at home and against non-BCS conference schools, they'd be an unstoppable force. Like on Saturday when they played their most complete of the season in defeating UTEP 41-37. Unfortunately for the Owls (3-6, 2-4 in conference), they also have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Blue Hair and Mohawks: Notes From the Rice Owls Media Day

    Pity the fool who mocks the Mohawk.​The Rice Owls' media day on Saturday was a bit looser than the media day held by the Houston Cougars on Friday afternoon. There were more players available. There was more laughter. The coaches mingled with the press. Spirits were high. It's not that th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Ticket City, New Era Pinstripe? What Happened To The Real Bowl Games?

    What kind of name is New Era Pinstripe Bowl?​It's possible that I'm getting old and becoming one of those grumpy old dudes who think that everything was better during his day. That caveat out of the way, I've got to ask: am I the only one around here who remembers when the New Year's Day bow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    NFL & College Football -- Weekend's Best Bets

    Does not look like fun​Before I get into the Best Bets for this weekend, a public service announcement for those of you traveling to Singapore any time soon. They still cane people there. Just ask former Florida State tight end Kamari Charlton. He is over in Singapore as you read this helping ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Rice Finds Out What Big 10 Football Is Like

    He does look mean​The Rice Owls came into Saturday's game against the Northwestern Wildcats on a high.Though they had played a sloppy game against North Texas the week before, the Owls had come away with the win. The offense had moved the football. The defense had made stops when it needed to. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Game Time: Longhorns & Notre Dame -- The Last Two Independents

    Irish & Longhorns, together again​"in·de·pen·dent (nd-pndnt) - adj. Free from the influence, guidance, or control of another or others; self-reliant"For 123 years, the adjective "independent" has been as intertwined with Notre Dame football as the word "Catholic" has been to describe the u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Game Time: Realignment's "Seven Year Itch" Sending Longhorns Up North?

    ​Well, it's about to happen again. Collegiate athletics are getting that "seven year itch," more specifically college football, which let's face it, is the petroleum that makes the whole athletics engine go. For it was in 2003 that the last real salvo of college football realignment was fired when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2010

    Your New Year's Weekend Sports-Viewing Guide

    ​So you stayed up a bit late last night doing the whole celebrating the New Year thing. Now your head's aching, the room's spinning, and you just want to flop on the couch and watch some sports. But you don't want to have to think about what sports to watch. That's where I come in. Here's a little ... More >>

  • News

    February 28, 2008

    Barack Obama and Me

    It was the year 2000 and I was a young hungry reporter in Chicago covering a young hungry state legislator

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