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Saturday, 01/26/08

The Good and The Bad

MOBILE, Ala. - When it comes to the Senior Bowl, the practices are always more important than the game. But considering the game is the last chance for the nation's best seniors to leave a lasting impression on NFL scouts, some players distinguished themselves more than others Saturday night.

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Friday, 01/25/08

Senior Bowl Stock Market

MOBILE, Ala. - For the most part, the minds of scouts and coaches have already been made up when it comes to the 100-plus participants at the Senior Bowl. And after a week of practice, some players have distinguished themselves over others during their time working out at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, raising or lowering their draft stock.

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Thursday, 01/24/08

Bad Conditions Good For Coaches

MOBILE, Ala. - On the final day of practice, it was rainy, it was dreary and it was downright cold with the wind whipping around Ladd-Peebles Stadium Thursday and that was a good thing for North coach Lane Kiffin.

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Wednesday, 01/23/08

The Place To Be Seen

MOBILE, Ala. - Baseball has its Hot Stove and Winter Meetings where deals get done and being seen on the scene is half the fun for many. Football, on the other hand, is starting to rival American's Pastime with the Senior Bowl as the week long postseason event is quickly becoming one of the premier venues for both college football and the NFL.

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Thursday, 01/17/08

Arkansas Should Be Hog Wild

The speculation came to end Thursday when word arrived that Ryan Mallett had found his way to Arkansas from Michigan after one season in Ann Arbor. And with the good news, Razorback fans can dream about what will be when Mallett's eligible to play in 2009. And those should be some sweet dreams considering who Mallett will learn under.

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Wednesday, 01/16/08

Think Twice

The deadline has come and gone for college players to declare themselves eligible for April's NFL Draft and while the decisions by many to leave school early was a no-brainer (Darren McFadden), there were just as many head scratchers (two from Florida State) to balance things out.

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Friday, 01/11/08

Yeah, They're Pretty Good

Everyone knows the SEC is the best conference in football. And in the middle of its 75th anniversary, the league celebrated another BCS Championship with LSU's victory Monday, putting the finishing touches on what could go down as the SEC's most successful year ever - just look at the stats the conference rolled out at the end of the week.

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Wednesday, 01/09/08

Richt Just Fine With Playoff

Georgia president Michael Adams, and chairman of the NCAA executive committee, has been outspoken this week about the need for a playoff in college football. In Adams' eyes, the NCAA should create an eight team playoff, seed the teams into four bowl games and eventually crown its first football champion in the organization's history. And as he goes about trumping for big change, he's picked up one prominent supporter in Athens.

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Tuesday, 01/08/08

Hello, Terrelle?

Rich Rodriguez went on the record Tuesday saying he doesn't expect Mario Mannigham and Adrian Arrington to return to campus. But the bigger news from Ann Arbor, and Rodriguez's mouth, was the other name the new Michigan coach does not expect to stick around campus.

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Tuesday, 01/08/08

Time For A Change

The 2007 season is over, Ohio State yet again was pounded in the BCS Championship Game and an SEC emerged as the dominant national champ. Nothing seems to change. But if there's something that needs to be altered in college football for next season - and we know there's a laundry list of things - we should start by moving the championship game to a different day.

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Sunday, 01/06/08

All Comes Down To This

Few, if any, would have picked Ohio State to be playing for the BCS Championship after losing so much talent from last year's national runner-up squad. But lo and behold the Buckeyes, thanks to some good fortune, find themselves playing in their third BCS Championship Game in six years. And with the memory of their drubbing at the hands of Florida still fresh on so many minds, Ohio State faces an SEC team with speed, power and strength - just like the Gators. So with that in mind how does Ohio State matchup with LSU and will the Buckeyes prove their many doubters wrong this time out?

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Saturday, 01/05/08

Saturday - Future in Good Hands

SAN ANTONIO - The East topped the West, 33-23, in a hard-hitting, air-it-out affair that saw college football's next freshman class decide who rules each others positions as they closed out their high school careers.

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Saturday, 01/05/08

Friday - Best Of Both Worlds

SAN ANTONIO - College football's next two waves of top talent will have been on display in a 48-hour period by the end of Saturday's All-American game.

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Friday, 01/04/08

It's Atlanta For Alabama, Clemson

As officials joked Friday, the Chick-fil-A Bowl missed Clemson so badly four days after their bowl game that they invited the Tigers back to Atlanta.

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Thursday, 01/03/08

Thursday - Recruits Feel Spirit of the Alamo

The battle rush of San Antonio's historical landmark infiltrated the West practice with some unexpected hard-hitting between All-American teammates...

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Thursday, 01/03/08

Orange Chips

Orange Bowl partcipant, winners of 11 games and once the No. 2 team in the nation. With a resume like that you'd think a team wouldn't have a chip on its shoulder heading into its biggest game of the year, but this is Kansas we're talking about.

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Wednesday, 01/02/08

Wednesday - No. 1 Pryor Talks Commitment Differences

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. - Verbal commitments in football never seem secure, whereas in basketball the part of the recruiting process is more or less a definitive pledge to the college selected. No. 1 ranked senior QB Terrelle Pryor hasn't made a choice on a school yet, and part of the reason is because he still wants to play both football and basketball.

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Wednesday, 01/02/08

In Their Head

It's getting to be old hat to find the Sooners in a BCS games considering this will mark the sixth time Oklahoma finds itself in one of the season's premier bowl games over the past eight years. But it's safe to say Bob Stoops and his players haven't faced a team quite like West Virginia yet.

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Tuesday, 01/01/08

Juice, Illini Have Seen This Before

Illinois has been in this situation before. Big underdog, in an environment that's going to be anything but friendly, against one the best defenses in the nation. And the last time Illinois found itself in a game like Tuesday's Rose Bowl they did the unthinkable.

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