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ESPN censored like there was no tmrw. They didn't allow simple signs like "OCCUPY THE BCS" to be held in view of the camera. Some of the best signs that didn't pass the ESPN Game Day censors in my mi

My early 2013 prediction: Coogs will be Big 12 Champs!

Hrm... college football is quite overrated. Im unsure what is the big deal.

So.. i hear there's a big game in SEC country tomorrow.

Laughing even harder at the Aggies. Really? Another collapse? Is there a team out there that does less with more than ATM?

No. I prefer crying, but laughter would be an appropriate response.

Last time I was in Norman, we kicked OU's ass... course that was pre-Stoops. Here's hoping for ball protection, no stupid offensive play calling by Sherman in key possessions, and a reasonably competent secondary.... here's hoping for a miracle.

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I don't even know what to do with myself until tomorrow at 7. All I know is, the refs will either make or not make a horrible call or 5 in favor of bama, and my friends and I will want to start stabbing things. Happens every time we play there. 2 years ago it was the interception they called an INT on the field, and then overturned after review. Is he in bounds? F YES!!

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I just dont get SEC football. I guess its old school, tradition, the way football was 100 years ago, etc. but a 9-6 fieldgoal fiasco is just BORING to me. i watched the game and was entertained but I have rather watched a back and forth TD game like the Michigan vs ND earlier this year or Oregon vs someone with a combined score closer to 100 than only 10 points....

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Cant believe that my post from last Wed didn't make it on here...anyway, after watching the BAMA-TENN game I was not impressed with Bama at all hence the confidence vote to LSU of 1 point. Hopefully Stanford can go undefeated and LSU will make it past ARK..LSU vs. Stanford anyone?

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I just dont get SEC football. I guess its old school, tradition, the way football was 100 years ago, etc. but a 9-6 fieldgoal fiasco is just BORING to me. i watched the game and was entertained but I have rather watched a back and forth TD game like the Michigan vs ND earlier this year or Oregon vs someone with a combined score closer to 100 than only 10 points....

I agree the game was kind of boring (as the night wore on I found myself sticking with the OSU game more often) but I don't only attribute the boring to being SEC football. After all, there have been plenty of offensive showcase this yr involving those two teams and other SEC teams. I think it was in part that when you have 2 evenly matched teams, on both sides of the ball, a low scoring slug fest is a possibility. Go check out the other SEC scores from the week, this game was an aberration.

I don't know where to pull up the full data.. but I'd be curious if other #1vs #2 matchups also put up their share of slugfests. This doesn't cover all the matchups, but if you wiki "game of the Century", it posts the results for a handful of #1vs#2 matchups and it's split 50-50 between slugfests and shootouts.

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I'm conflicted. I had Nebraska previously.. but I'm debating changing my pick.. who knows how the added emotion is gonna change the game.

Also.. I don't have anything against the PSU team and their student body ( depsite 95% of them having blinders on).... and I really hate the Pelinis. I'll probably leave it Nebraska but move it from 9 pnts to 1.

Between PSU and Perry's epic debate Fail yesterday... I'm guessing John Stewart is going to have plenty of material for tonight's show...

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I'm conflicted. I had Nebraska previously.. but I'm debating changing my pick.. who knows how the added emotion is gonna change the game.

Also.. I don't have anything against the PSU team and their student body ( depsite 95% of them having blinders on).... and I really hate the Pelinis. I'll probably leave it Nebraska but move it from 9 pnts to 1.

Between PSU and Perry's epic debate Fail yesterday... I'm guessing John Stewart is going to have plenty of material for tonight's show...

Ask and ye shall receive...

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-november-10-2011/indecision-2012---mercy-rule-edition?xrs=share_copy

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-november-10-2011/penn-state-riots?xrs=share_copy

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Ask and ye shall receive...

Yeah.. saw last night. Good stuff. Perry deserved every bit of it... I hate that a Texan and Aggie and Rep could make such a damn fool of himself, but that's tempered by the fact that he wasn't going to get my vote regardless.

I don't think Perry is going to survive this. I'm now pulling for Gingrich to come alive in the polls to make it somewhat interesting.

And Adam Sandler sucked last night.. least funny interview I've seen on DS or CR in awhile.

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Since this is the only open sports anything related thread going....

Anyone looking forward to the Carrier Classic tonight ?

Should be a fun game to watch.

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I'll be watching. Though I hate the tarholes (NC State fan), and I find the constant Michigan State 'clever game venues' to be annoying and overly self-promoting, I cannot help but want to watch a game played aboard an aircraft carrier. My brother was a Navy swabbie, and several times bunked in a carrier in that very harbor, so it will be kinda cool to watch.

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I guess I had my foot in my mouth with the whole "Boise" run...gross! Even the ref's tried to extend the game by throwing that ridiculous pass interf. penalty against TCU on 4 & 10...Oh well, Coogs can you make a Run???

In other news I thought that Rice was gonna make a run on the BIG Ten by beating Northwestern as that would've been an interesting conversation. Looks like we will know Standfords fate in less than 3 hours...........

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Does anyone remember last time LSU was all up in the #1 spot? Yeah, insanity, and we played for the title with 2 losses. That might be happening. Not us necessarily, but all the unbeaten unbeatables getting beaten. Kinda fun I think. If anything it encourages doing some playoff good times.

Side comment, can you imagine the bracket insanity if football did a 16 team? Yeah way more people would have perfect brackets, but an upset in that sucker would be so much bigger than any 15 seed over a 2 seed. Basketball is a bipolar streaky sport, but you forget that crap the next week. Football upsets are legendary. Personally I think it should be an 8 team playoff, 16 is too many to be deserving of a title.

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UH up to #10. College Game Day coming to campus this week.

Awesome for UH... Hope Fowler, Corso, and Herbie bring extra bodyguards.

Anyone wanna place money on whether the Gameday Bus gets tagged or jacked?

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LOL at the 5-5 Aggies.

FEAR THE GHETTO, cracker.

a ) Calling out the Aggies' ineptness really has nothing to do with this conversation

b ) I'm a Cougar as well.. so I have every right to make fun of my school.

c ) It is indeed a ghetto ugly campus right next to one of the more ghetto parts of houston.. USING ALL CAPS won't hide that fact.

d ) Can't wait to see what scenic part of campus they settle for.

e ) Cracker ? I didn't realize racially motivated personal attacks were now allowed on HAIF.

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Third Ward > College Station

Frenchy's Chicken > Dixie Chicken

Cougars > Aggies

Posting about need for "extra bodyguards" and bus gets "tagged or jacked" and then crying about a reply post being racist is about as weak as the Aggies in any given second half.

By the way, you may have gone to UH, but you are clearly not a Cougar.

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a ) Calling out the Aggies' ineptness really has nothing to do with this conversation

b ) I'm a Cougar as well.. so I have every right to make fun of my school.

c ) It is indeed a ghetto ugly campus right next to one of the more ghetto parts of houston.. USING ALL CAPS won't hide that fact.

d ) Can't wait to see what scenic part of campus they settle for.

e ) Cracker ? I didn't realize racially motivated personal attacks were now allowed on HAIF.

a. It's still funny that A&M isn't even bowl eligible yet, regardless of relevance.

b. You have the right, but really ought to have more pride in your school.

c. The ghetto next to campus is ugly. The campus itself is really nice.

d. Cullen Circle, right in front of the E. Cullen Building.

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Come on, Cowboys! Now all we have to look forward to is rematch BS talk, both bama and Oregon. I think LSU loses one too, either UGA or Arkansas. So I have a feeling it will be all about campaigning to poll voters to decide who plays for it. Dumb.

EDIT: Poor turnout for UH fans at game day. The shots from above show a sparse, tame crowd. As expected, I guess.

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EDIT: Poor turnout for UH fans at game day. The shots from above show a sparse, tame crowd. As expected, I guess.

The crowd may not have been large by ESPN standards, but it was the largest attendance in the history of the present capacity. I suspect - although this is purely conjecture - that the stadium would've been full even if it had had twice its current capacity.

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ESPN censored like there was no tmrw. They didn't allow simple signs like "OCCUPY THE BCS" to be held in view of the camera.

Some of the best signs that didn't pass the ESPN Game Day censors in my mind were;

What Do Liberace

Andy Warhol and

SMU Have in Common?

They all died in 1987

Rick Perry's Top 3 Reasons Coogs Win

1) Offense

2) Defense

3) Uhhhh, the EPA?

Hey Craig James

Let Your Son Out of the Closet

As soon as I realized the fun was going to be severly limited, I left and went back to the tailgate village, which was packed out.

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Looks like Houston is heading for a BCS bowl game...

I'm not big into football, but it's good to see one of the home teams making their way up this year.

A friend of mine today - after the Tulsa game - pointed out that, while people are critical of Houston's schedule (and, perhaps, rightfully so), this team beat Tulsa by 32 points. That's more than the amounts by which Oklahoma St (26 points) and Boise St (20 points) beat them - and only one point behind the excess poured on by then-#1 Oklahoma at the beginning of the season.

What do you all think? Is that a valid measurement of the strength of this Houston team?

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Looks like Houston is heading for a BCS bowl game...

I'm not big into football, but it's good to see one of the home teams making their way up this year.

A friend of mine today - after the Tulsa game - pointed out that, while people are critical of Houston's schedule (and, perhaps, rightfully so), this team beat Tulsa by 32 points. That's more than the amounts by which Oklahoma St (26 points) and Boise St (20 points) beat them - and only one point behind the excess poured on by then-#1 Oklahoma at the beginning of the season.

What do you all think? Is that a valid measurement of the strength of this Houston team?

It's not invalid, but just looking at one game will hardly ever get you anywhere. You could probably find counter arguments just as easily when you start getting into opponents and scores. UH really didn't play anyone. It sucks. I wish they could be in the national championship, I don't think it's right for bama to get there.

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It's not invalid, but just looking at one game will hardly ever get you anywhere. You could probably find counter arguments just as easily when you start getting into opponents and scores. UH really didn't play anyone. It sucks. I wish they could be in the national championship, I don't think it's right for bama to get there.

I guess you take the good with the bad with this crap BCS system. I'm just having a hard time understanding THE BCS can justify sending a 1-loss Bama to the NTL.Championship w/o winning or participating in a conference championship. From the looks of it, if VTech/Ok St./Stanford wins out they are just as deserving for a chance to play in the game as BAMA...A loss is a loss

Poor Houston...BCS will get you everytime

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LSU vs. Alabama part two will be a yawner.

Here's the list of teams that Bama beat that finished above .500 overall; Penn State, Arkansas, and Auburn.

Here's the list of teams with 2 or fewer losses that have equal to or more wins than that against winning teams;

Wisconsin, Michigan State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Virginia Tech, Oregon, Stanford, USC, Boise State, TCU, Houston, and Southern Miss.

Yes, the SEC West is stacked at the top. However, the rest of the SEC was down this year. Heck, the champ from the EAST (Georgia) got donkey stomped by Boise State in Atlanta while all of Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Miss State, and Florida failed to win 6 games against FBS teams.

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LSU vs. Alabama part two will be a yawner.

Here's the list of teams that Bama beat that finished above .500 overall; Penn State, Arkansas, and Auburn.

Here's the list of teams with 2 or fewer losses that have equal to or more wins than that against winning teams;

Wisconsin, Michigan State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Virginia Tech, Oregon, Stanford, USC, Boise State, TCU, Houston, and Southern Miss.

Yes, the SEC West is stacked at the top. However, the rest of the SEC was down this year. Heck, the champ from the EAST (Georgia) got donkey stomped by Boise State in Atlanta while all of Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Miss State, and Florida failed to win 6 games against FBS teams.

That's interesting....But, some part of me believes that "IF" Va Tech wins out and fails to advance to #2, there will be a national out cry b/c Bama failed to beat LSU at HOME in OT in Alabama. So why should they get a second shot to play them when they already had their chance to over take LSU. A rematch is definitely not fair for LSU, but Life isn't fair.

I'm hoping that 20th's Team (LSU, who else?) can pull it off and go undefeated!!!!

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Undefeated would be nice. It's time for a playoff though. And also the end to automatic qualifying bids. Who cares if you won your conference? The conference championships and the national championship don't always sync up. A wild card can win the super bowl. I am totally against bama going to the NC, but not because they didn't win the conference. Conferences only exist to pool money and get tv contracts anyway.

More SEC east bashing: the SEC west went 12-3 against the east this year, not counting the worst team ever, Ole Miss. LSU, bama, and Arkansas went 9-0.

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Playoff system definitely needed and I agree with the wildcard statement, but after reading Kinkaid's post about Bama it seems outrageous to give Bama another shot esp if LSU makes it...That Just Ain't Right.

There's nothing good about playing a team twice esp when the 2nd meeting is for everything. Anyway, let's see if Beamer and Va Tech plays the "Opportunity" card if they win out this weekend......There's too much money on the table for them not to do so.

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Forget Va Tech. Ok State needs to make a statement this weekend. I'm drinking this Kool-Aid right now (pasted from somewhere else):

If Oklahoma State wins on Saturday:

• Wins over current BCS Top 25 teams: Oklahoma State: 5, Alabama: 2.

• Wins over current BCS Top 50 teams: Oklahoma State: 7, Alabama: 5.

• Wins over FBS teams with winning records: Oklahoma State: 6, Alabama: 3.

• Overtime losses: Oklahoma State 1, Alabama 1.

• Conference titles: Oklahoma State: 1, Alabama: 0.

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I agree, Highway.

LSU deserves the berth for sure. Scheduling Oregon AND West Virginia is huge. Scheduling both outside of Baton Rouge is almost unheard of.

I simply don't get the love for Bama. Their non conference consisted of Penn State, Kent State, North Texas, and Georgia Southern. The Penn State win is the only one that makes any sort of statement, and quite frankly, everyone knows the Big Ten usually sucks.

Bama also got to HOST both Arkansas and LSU. They didn't play a single team from the SEC East that finished above .500 (namely, Georgia or South Carolina). Their road games in conference play were against Ole Miss (a team that lost at home to Louisiana Tech 27-7), Mississippi State (a .500 team solely due to playing 4 scrubs in out of conference play), Florida (Gators just got SHUTOUT at home by a mediocre Florida State team that finished behind Wake Forest in the ACC), and Auburn (a team with absolutely no defense).

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I agree, Highway.

LSU deserves the berth for sure. Scheduling Oregon AND West Virginia is huge. Scheduling both outside of Baton Rouge is almost unheard of.

I simply don't get the love for Bama. Their non conference consisted of Penn State, Kent State, North Texas, and Georgia Southern. The Penn State win is the only one that makes any sort of statement, and quite frankly, everyone knows the Big Ten usually sucks.

Bama also got to HOST both Arkansas and LSU. They didn't play a single team from the SEC East that finished above .500 (namely, Georgia or South Carolina). Their road games in conference play were against Ole Miss (a team that lost at home to Louisiana Tech 27-7), Mississippi State (a .500 team solely due to playing 4 scrubs in out of conference play), Florida (Gators just got SHUTOUT at home by a mediocre Florida State team that finished behind Wake Forest in the ACC), and Auburn (a team with absolutely no defense).

Sounds like The SEC Sucks outside of LSU and maybe BAMA....Look at what Wisco did to Penn St. (45-7) vs. Bama's (27-11). Here we are with another year of meaningless bowl games(Sr.'s only care about not getting hurt, same for Jr's so they can take advantage of their remaining time off before class starts) outside of Title Game (5 week lay over...yeah that's great football)...can't wait for a playoff.

Maybe I will pull my own BCS this week and give a half effort in my participation this week in Pickem, since it appears that I have this "HAIF" thing wrapped up! :D

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Just curious which team everyone thinks deserves to play against LSU for the national title. I'm assuming everyone's choice would come from one of the top 10 BCS-ranked teams:

1 LSU 12-0 2 Alabama 11-1 3 Oklahoma State 10-1 4 Stanford 11-1 5 Virginia Tech 11-1 6 Houston 12-0 7 Boise State 10-1 8 Arkansas 10-2 9 Oregon 10-2 10 Oklahoma 9-2

I'm not huge into sports, but Houston's record's got me interested. (Yes, I admit I'm jumping head-first into the bandwagon.) I'd love to see UH go to the championship game, but that's only because it's my alma mater.

Not knowing much about this stuff, I've heard that Alabama may get the slot, but many people are arguing against that because they've already played this year - at Alabama - and Alabama lost (in overtime, 9-6).

I'm curious about others' thoughts.

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you know SHSU is undefeated too...

of the schools listed I would take them right in that order: OK St, Stanford, VT hopefully one of those 3 can manage to not lose remaining games/conference championship and play LSU. I would like to see UH play Boise ST. UH is beyond over-rated and their sudden bandwagon fans coming out of the woodwork is getting on my nerves! =) In my opinion any of the top ten teams should stomp UH, but that is why they play the games instead of just following what should be so on paper. it will be interesting

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Through 3 quarters, UH is looking like every other Houston sports team throughout history. They look like they thought Southern Miss shouldn't even be trying and are surprised they are. With so much on the line it's pretty pathetic. Don't expect UH to have another shot at a BCS bowl any time in the near future. Man up in the 4th!

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These night games are good entertainment. Ok state doing its part, and to help them out VT is losing big and UH lost. Please do not let bama into the national championship game.

SEC champs! It's nice to only need to play 1 half and still blow decent teams out.

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