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    December 10, 2013

    2013 Heisman Finalists Named, How Did The Preseason Oddsmakers Do?

    Despite the arctic (for Houston) temperatures outside, September feels like it just got here yesterday, because in the blink of an eye, the 2013 college football season is now over. With all but one (salute Army, salute Navy) of the regular season games now behind us, the next item on the agenda is ... More >>

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    December 9, 2013

    2013 BCS Shakeup: Who Would Be The Four Teams In A College Football Playoff?

    The BCS Title Game matchup is set and while it wasn't the matchup that was the most highly expected going into Saturday afternoon, it's a matchup between what most college football fans and experts see as the two most deserving teams in the country. As expected, Florida State played a game of "name ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: Tim Tebow's TV Career Odds

    Unlike virtually any other vocation, professional sports has a very finite, and for most players a very short shelf life. This makes post career planning (and saving money) a crucially important life skill. What will I do for work? How will I pay the bills? For numerous athletes, this transition ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    Kevin Sumlin and the Texans: Buyer Beware

    Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin may one day be a great NFL coach. He's a strong leader with an innovative offense, glowing personality and enormous local buzz -- all at only 49 years old. It's easy to see where the hype comes from. There's also the concern, however, that Sumlin isn't even among the curre ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    October 28, 2013

    BCS Roundup: Missouri Learns The "Kicker Lesson" The Hard Way

    How fragile is a college football season? Well, let's ask the University of Missouri. Heading into Saturday night's home game against the 21st ranked South Carolina Gamecocks, the fifth-ranked Tigers were one of three teams that theoretically controlled their own destiny in getting to the BCS Nat ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    College Football Christmas Morning Is Here! My Best Season Win Total Bets

    Anytime some marquee date on the sports calendar arrives, we always seem to want to make a "Christmas morning" analogy (admittedly ignoring that it's probably slightly offensive to some of the folks out there who value religion). Revealing the brackets for March Madness, the day before any trip to ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    Houston Cougars' New Uniforms Go For The Blah Look

    The Houston Cougars unveiled their new uniforms on Tuesday. The result wasn't as disastrous as had been expected. And based on the leaked prototypes from February, that the uniforms aren't a disaster is a rather minor miracle. The predominant colors are red and white. There's some silver piping. An ... More >>

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    May 14, 2013

    Former Lions WR Titus Young Arrested 3 Times in One Week

    A couple years ago during the NFL lockout, much was made of the arrest list compiled by NFL people during the league's self-imposed downtime. (I use the word "people" because it wasn't just players. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a coach and a front office person make the list.) When the season was s ... More >>

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    March 5, 2013

    The Incredible, Hilarious Memo On How To Make Texas Tech & Its Coach "Cool": A Quiz

    The guys at Deadspin have gotten their hands on a piece of comedy gold -- a memo on how the school can make itself and its football coach, former Red Raider QB Kliff Kingsbury, into ultra-hip, highly cool icons that the kidz of today will flock to just so they can be hip and cool too. A tall order ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    Johnny Football! 2013 Heisman Odds Are Out; Why I Won't Bet On Johnny

    2012 was good to Johnny Manziel, and 2013 is off to a phenomenal start. Of course, there was the 41-13 trouncing of Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl on January 4, where Manziel piled up roughly a billion total yards. But there's been so much more. Lucrative casino trips, lovely ladies, and Mardi Gras! ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    College Football: National Signing Day 2013, A Decade Of Cautionary Tales

    Beginning bright and early Wednesday morning, 18-year-old football players far and wide will finalize in writing their plans on where they will ply their trade for the next three to five years, causing high blood pressure in adults three times their age coast to coast and dragging the fax machine in ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    Chip Kelly Heading To The NFL: 4 Winners, 4 Losers (w/ PDF Link To Will Lyles' Hilarious Recruiting Reports)

    "It's a special place with special people. They accepted me six years ago when I was at New Hampshire. Not many people knew about me. Gave me an opportunity to come here. It really means a lot." -- Former Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly about three weeks ago A lot, but apparently not everythi ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    December 3, 2012

    5 Things We Learned From SI.com's Fascinating 2012 Mock College Football Playoff Selection

    Since the largely money driven epiphany of the college presidents and power brokers of the Bowl Championship Series finally gave us the promise of a four team playoff beginning with the 2014 season, one of my many questions has been "Why do we have to wait until 2014?" I think I know the answer -- ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets -- "College Football Playoff, Get Here Soon" Edition

    It's the first weekend of December, and you know what that means -- a slew of college football conference championship games that, to the average college football fan, mean virtually nothing. Sure, will some teams win their way into automatic bids to BCS bowls? Yes. In the spirit of...well, spirit, ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    Johnny "Football" Manziel: How Badly Did Vegas Miss On The 2012 Heisman?

    Any way you slice it, the "Johnny Manziel for Heisman" story (covered ad nauseum in this space over the last few days) is one of the most unlikely sports stories certainly of this calendar year and perhaps in the history of college football. Lightly recruited, undersized redshirt freshman quarterba ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012

    5 College Football Players Who Would Have Chosen Colorado With New Weed Laws

    Tuesday night was a groundbreaking night in the history of this country. No, I'm not referring to the election of an African-American president (technically, a re-election), we had already crossed that off the social bucket list four years ago. Breaking down racial barriers is so 2008. No, I'm talk ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    College Football BCS Race: And Then There Were Six

    As a Notre Dame alum and reinvigorated Notre Dame football fan, this November feels awfully strange. For the first time since I got into radio in 2007, the Irish matter in November. For the first time since 1993, the Irish are 9-0. It's been a long, slow trip back to late season relevance, to be sur ... More >>

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    October 1, 2012

    Boom. Roasted. -- Arkansas Sucks, OSU Cheats(?) : The Monday Morning College Football Roast

    As I type this, I'm sitting in the Reliant Stadium press box after the Texans' 38-14 win over the Titans on Sunday afternoon, and admittedly it's incredibly difficult to focus on writing about college football -- partially because of the four television screens showing the late games and partially b ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    RIP, Larry Joe Miggins

    Houston's fabled Irishman dies.

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    September 27, 2012

    HISD Staff Goes Gangnam Style: This Is Not a Joke

    Rocks Off saw something so disturbing today on the morning news, but it was early we were sure it couldn't possibly be real. It is. The Houston Independent School District has produced a video to promote early voting featuring teachers, faculty and other district staff -- including what must be th ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Boom. Roasted. -- The Monday Morning College Football Roast, Drunk Betty White Edition

    Saturday night, given the choice between staying at home with me to watch the annual Denard Robinson Tear-Notre-Dame's-Heart-Out-And-Show-It-To-Them-Apalooza (and experiencing the corresponding remote control throwing that goes with it) and going out to dinner with her girlfriends to a nice restaura ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    November 23, 2011

    Football! A&M-UT, LSU: This Weekend's Best Bets

    So yeah, about that "Bully Theory" from last week. Um, well, um....sorry? In case you missed it, I shared a theory of mine last week, and without rehashing the details it all led up to me telling all of you to take Wisconsin, Oregon, Oklahoma State, and Stanford laying the points. The theory had a ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    A Very Special BCS Edition of 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    For the first time in the history of my Texans fandom, their bye week left me with a palpable void. Sure, I love having NFL football in this city, even bad football is better than no football, so the bye week always feels a little weird. However, this season's team is a little different. If the Te ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets: Take the Bullies

    Not when it comes to betting.​Nobody likes a bully. That is, nobody likes a bully unless that bully can win you piles of loot by doing their bully things. And that's exactly what the gambling gods have continued to bless us with this season. As I outlined last week, if you just rode the four ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets: Stanford, Wisconsin & Other Bullies

    Not seen at Camp Randall.​Nobody likes a bully. Unless, of course, that bully can win you some money! Through the first ten weeks of the college football season, in my mind, four BCS conference college football teams have set themselves apart as "bullies" of the college football world, meanin ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    Top 10 Vintage Things We Miss About Football

    ​Tear-away jerseys, the XFL and concussion-causing headhunters aren't things we miss about football. We pine for these ten items. 10. Uniforms That Don't Suck This mostly applies to college football, where repeat offenders Oregon were joined by Georgia, Ohio State, Maryland and Syracuse (pi ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets

    The Flacco Factor: Always keep it in mind​It's the first weekend of football in November. In college football, this means we get into nut-cutting time, weekends that completely weed out the real championship contenders. This weekend includes a quasi-final four in the SEC with the huge LSU- Ala ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    TCU to the Big 12: What's Changed Since the Southwest Conference Went Kaput

    ​Earlier this week, Texas Christian University officially accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 Conference, which sort of models the old Southwest Conference, a division that the Horned Frogs competed in from 1923 to 1996. We gotta tell you, horny toads, compared to '96, the league is goi ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Best/Worst College Football QB Transfers: A List Inspired by Former Texas Main Man Garrett Gilbert

    Obviously, Garrett Gilbert is no Colt McCoy. Or Case McCoy. Or David Ash. Earlier today, the Texas Longhorns announced that Gilbert -- who filled in admirably for the injured Colt McCoy during the Longhorns' loss in the 2010 BCS Championship game...and that's about it -- is leaving the program. G ... More >>

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    September 2, 2011

    Prediction Mania! -- Weekends Best Bets and 2 Bonus Season Bets

    Yes, big things are predicted (again) for ND​I've never been one to just dip my toe in the water on anything. If there is a job to do, a party to attend, or a giant calzone to eat, you can count on me to go "all in" on whatever the task may be. So when we have our first full weekend of colleg ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Rocks Off's Musical 2011 Texas Football Preview

    buckaroosfunnypictures.comHook 'em Horns...​You wouldn't know it from walking around outdoors, but fall is just around the corner, and in Texas that means two things: We no longer have to consume our body weight in water for shows at the Pavilion, and it's almost time for college football. An ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Six Questions I Would Ask Chip Kelly About Will Lyles

    Chip Kelley back when he was answering questions​In the weeks leading up to the BCS Championship Game between Auburn and Oregon back in January, a lot of the game-related chit-chat centered on the controversy swirling around Auburn and the "pay for play" scheme that Cecil Newton, the father of ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    The Jim Harbaugh Situation -- It's Over (3 Winners, 3 Losers)

    Jim Harbaugh: All that?​I'll go ahead and say it -- what's the big deal about Jim Harbaugh? Sure, I understand that he took Stanford to never before seen (by Stanford) heights of winning 12 games including a BCS bowl. I understand that he transformed the identity of the team in the process, t ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    NFL, College Football and Brett Favre's Wiener -- 5 Winners, 5 Losers

    Brett Favre can't get out of the headlines​I hope everybody had a lovely Texans bye weekend (insert lame joke about "Texans giving up fewer than 300 yards passing to BYE" here), and that you're refreshed, rejuvenated and ready for the back half of the football season. I'm on vacation this week vis ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Les Miles for President (Also, 5 Winners and 5 Losers From This Weekend)

    Everyone's talking about Les Miles, and not in a good way​"In the game of life nobody -- repeat, NOBODY -- is playing with more house money than Les Miles." -- Me on Twitter just after LSU's 16-14 win over Tennessee As Homer Simpson would say, it's funny because it's true. The truly funny th ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Houston Texans -- F the Cowboys (or #FDACOWBOYS on Twitter)

    cutline​Not long ago, I got into a brief discussion on Twitter with another radio personality whom I am forbidden to name whose name I don't exactly recall. I don't remember the crux of the tweet-versation (something having to do with blogs and the inherent evil that blogs possess to anyone over ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Game Time: Vince Young -- All He Does Is Win, Strip-Club Fistfight Edition

    VY in happier times​Okay, I give up. The topic of college football conference realignment has dominated the airwaves/Twitter/blog chatter the past two weeks, all the while the NBA Finals and now the 2010 World Cup whirring judiciously in the background.College football has taken a couple run ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    Game Time: New Pac-10 ALREADY Making Southwest Conference Look Like The Ivy League (...and revised PRS rankings!)

    Welcome to the Big Ten!​The winds of change yesterday went from cool breeze to Hurricane Tom (as in Osborne, as in "adios", as in "How's that taste, Kansas?"), with Nebraska apparently accepting an invitation from the Big Ten to become its twelfth member.It remains to be seen if Nebraska is ... More >>

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    January 27, 2010

    Game Time: We Interrupt This Tebow Documentary For Seven Other Reasons To Watch The Senior Bowl

    ​Every year around this time, NFL prospects gather in Mobile, Alabama for the beginning of what amounts to a three-month job interview, complete with numerous forty-yard dashes, questions about their upbringing, and requests to "cough while I stick my fingers right...HERE!" It's a fascinating tim ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    Game Time: 2009 Bear Bryant Award, Chalk One Up For The Good Guys

    ​I'm not sure if any of you have noticed, but the last few weeks have not been all that kind to the perception of the college football coaching profession. If it's not Jim Leavitt getting fired from South Florida for allegedly slapping around a special teams player at halftime of a game, then it's ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    Game Time: 2010 Fiesta Bowl....Thanks For Coming, TCU

    ​The winner and NEEEWWWW Intercontinental Champion...the Boise StateBRONCOS!!!-- me on Twitter last night after the Fiesta BowlFor those of you who don't get the analogy, I'll give you the back story. In professional wrestling, World Wrestling Entertainment (known better by the acronym WWE) has th ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Pop Rocks: Give Elizabeth Lambert A Break

    ​Arguably more obnoxious than the actual on-field behavior of New Mexico soccer player Elizabeth Lambert -- immortalized for her rampage in a match against BYU -- has been the reaction to it.I'm not talking about the infantile sexual commentary accompanying the various clips posted online. They're ... More >>

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    November 2, 2009

    Game Time: Weekend Review

    ​I hope everyone had a great weekend, and that you were all able to enjoy the nice weather by moving your television and recliner into your driveway to watch football on TV.  I'd like to start off by welcoming the Texans to this new thing for them called "November".  Boys, I know in ... More >>

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