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Oregon Football No Longer Strikes Fear

Almost as integral to Oregon football’s success of the last decade as its hyper-speed offense or multifaceted defense is fear. Specifically, few programs invoked fear in opponents quite as effectively before a game even kicked off, winning the mental battle before the physical contest on field. From 2009 through 2014, the bright yellow in Oregon’s […]

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Brandon Harris Dubs LSU “Best Team;” Pressure on Tigers?

Per Ross Dellenger of The Advocate, LSU quarterback Brandon Harris upped the ante on lofty preseason expectations awaiting the Tigers in 2016. Brandon Harris on doubters: "I feel like I have the best arm in college football, the best team in college football" pic.twitter.com/QzniCB2lZL — Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) June 24, 2016 Harris’ assertion that LSU […]

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Game Balls: An Ode to Preseason Magazines

‘Tis the season for preseason magazines. Digital dissemination of news has largely rendered print publications obsolete. I was somewhat late to make the switch, but in the last few years, ever new book I’ve purchased was through Kindle, and my subscriptions to both The New York Times and Los Angeles Times are digital. College football […]

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Talking About OJ Simpson and Football

The OJ Simpson murder trial gained renewed attention in 2016 with ESPN’s gripping documentary, OJ: Made in America, and the FX docudrama The People vs. OJ Simpson. The FX series embodied the absurdity of the media circus surrounding the case, in particular the trial itself, which functioned as a precursor to the reality TV craze […]

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The Supply and Demand of Today’s Sports Media

Evolution is inevitable in any business, and is often fueled by consumer demand. Sports media is no different. Those in the industry have different motivations behind their work. For some the medium is an art form or a trade they hold very dear to their hearts, which meets an unavoidable intersection with commerce. Lately, the […]

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Game Balls: Haters Will Say Minnesota Faked Kicks

Haters will say CFB Huddle’s Game Balls concept is a weak facsimile of other weekly rundown column elsewhere. Thanks to the Minnesota Golden Gophers, I’ve learned to brush it off. Enjoy the best of the week in college football. Haters Will Say These Kicks Are Faked Forget Dude Perfect: University of Minnesota specialists turned the […]

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An Unlikely National Championship Contender in 2016?

CampusInsider.com’s Pete Fiutak spotlighted an intriguing national championship contender Thursday. Wait until the conclusion of the video for a very quick but meaningful assessment. Just how bold an evaluation is Fiutak’s of Fordham as national championship material? Consider the conference in which the Rams play, the Patriot League, only began awarding scholarships in 2013 — […]

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Brad Kaaya, Baseball and The U Swagger

College World Series-bound Miami baseball renewed the exhausting debate on celebrations, prompting reactions from all corners of Sports Twitter — including from Hurricane quarterback Brad Kaaya. I don't get all this outrage with the bat flips…if you think it's disrespectful then don't let him hit it out of the park. — Brad Kaaya (@BradleyKaaya) June […]

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The Recruiting Game Part 1: Commitment

College football recruiting exists as a game-within-the-game, with a final score given out each February on national signing day. So much in the recruiting game occurs behind the scenes, most of which the majority of fans will never see. For better or for worse, coaches are commonly judged more for how their recruits perform as […]

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2016 Pac-12 Media Days Goes Light on Quarterbacks

The 2016 Pac-12 media days list of attendees* (*subject to change) features as many punters as quarterbacks. To add to that peculiarity, the only quarterback slated for attendance at the event next month in Hollywood — Colorado’s Sefo Liufau — has been rehabbing from a Lisfranc injury to his left foot that cast uncertainty on […]

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Harbaugh Hysteria: Paramus Catholic Big House Game

Paramus Catholic, a prep school in New Jersey, is the new epicenter for the latest Jim Harbaugh controversy. Paramus Catholic produced Michigan standout Jabrill Peppers and 2016 signee Rashan Gary; Harbaugh hosts one of his much-debated satellite camps there this month, much to the chagrin of Rutgers staff; and 2017 linebacker Drew Singleton is a […]

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Big 12 Network Must Eschew Conventional Thinking

Oklahoma president David Boren’s proclamation that “the boat had sailed” on a traditional Big 12 network at last week’s meetings in Texas shouldn’t contribute to the murkiness lingering over the conference. There are plenty of other reasons the Big 12’s future faces doubt. Spurning conventional means in launching a conference network, however, could realistically becoming […]

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Alternate and Throwback Helmets College Football Needs

Tulane unveiled sharp, new throwback helmets Tuesday, with make use of a classic Green Wave logo. Though it’s a look that’s been done before, the buzz generated around college football social media and websites demonstrates the love fans have for a good, old-school look. The following programs should follow Tulane’s lead with a regular throwback […]

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College Football Countdown: No. 81 Tim Brown

Tim Brown won the 1987 Heisman Trophy in a landslide, beating runner-up Don McPherson of Syracuse in every region but the Orange quarterback’s home Northeast, and claiming a 611-point overall lead in the ballots. Given how difficult it is for players at a position other than quarterback or running back to garner much Heisman support […]