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October 2013

Hildenpants (10/30)

Ty and Dan walk through a handful of rivalries, from Miami-Florida State to Florida-Georgia, and make their locks for college football's Week 10.  Plus, a quick debate about Missouri's bounceback abilities, a handful of reasons to buy Michigan State, and a special (pants-themed) fundraiser for Operation Warm.

Doink (10/27)

Ty and Dan break down Missouri's heartbreaking loss, Miami's near-miss, Texas's under-the-radar victory, Ohio State's onside kick, and a slew of blowouts around college football.  Plus, your Week 9 Reverbs.

Maryland, Clemson and the Struggle for National Relevancy

During football season in College Park, MD, it always rains. A lot. It’s an autumnal rite of passage for Terps fans and a dreary reminder of Maryland’s pecking order in the college football world. If you can’t handle the rain, then you certainly won’t be able to stomach the game. In the fall of 2009, [...]

Easy Call: Week 9

On this week's Easy Call, Dan Rubenstein breaks down the week's biggest games -- UCLA/Oregon, Texas Tech/Oklahoma, South Carolina/Missouri, Stanford/Oregon State, and Penn State/Ohio State all at Bark in Brooklyn, showing off some beautiful hot dogs and burgers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v03sbijZtJo

As its name implies, The College Football Data Warehouse, maintained by David DeLassus, keeps a myriad of information about college football.  Some years back, I found that among “national championships”, the list of “selectors” included my own Fleming System.  I certainly don’t offer a trophy to the team that ends up on top of my [...]

Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock (10/23)

Ty and Dan debate the merits of the Missouri Tigers, discuss the possibilities of a Saturday Clemsoning, and dissect UCLA's chances against Oregon while making their picks for college football's ninth week.  Plus, a Patriot League Lightning Round, an official nickname for Texas Tech's Davis Webb, and how college football kickoffs relate to R. Kelly's [...]

Week 8 Reverbs

During the craziness of college football's eighth week, Verballers left more messages than ever before.  Since we ran out of time and couldn't work these into our Sunday show, we threw together an extended dose of Reverbs as a separate download:

SEC Shake-up (10/20)

Ty and Dan walk back through a wild weekend of SEC upsets, Missouri's sudden dominance, Florida State's epic beatdown of Clemson, the pain of watching Andrew Hendrix, and the energy void that was Oklahoma-Kansas.  Plus, a game of greater-than-less-than with Tennessee, and a brief discussion about the accounting firm of Davis Webb.

Tire Fire Alert: Week Eight

Whilst doing my research for the Week Nine installment of the Tire Fires blog, my eyes could not be averted from the potential defensive wreckage in the SEC this weekend. Last week, I pointed to the Missouri-Georgia game with both teams prone to scoring and surrendering big numbers. We’ll continue that trend, but in particular, [...]

Fancred Friday

The fine folks over at Fancred have helped us expand the reach of The Solid Verbal by giving us a slick profile page and a direct portal into the passionate minds of college football fans around the world.  So, to express our gratitude, we solicited questions from its growing network of fans for a special [...]

The Reverb Index: Week Seven

As the Reverb Line (408-VERBAL1) continues to ring off the hook, I must make an admission:  I was wrong.  Really wrong, actually.  I thought the uptick in positivity we saw in your calls was a mere blip on the radar. I thought, well... I thought you all were a bunch of cynics.  As the chart [...]

The Fleming System: The Human Element of Computer Polls

The Game Outcome Measure (GOM) is the central metric used by my rating program to determine how much better the winning team is than the losing team in a specific game played.  The GOM can be designed to reward offensively-oriented teams (by relying heavily on how many points the winning team scores); another GOM definition might [...]

Shootout Central (10/16)

Ty and Dan make their picks for a week that seems destined to be shootout-y, discuss how Jameis Winston will respond in a hostile setting, and examine Auburn's potential against Texas A&M.  Plus, a Patriot League Lightning Round, a Tommy Rees vs. Cody Kessler conversation and some off-track betting on Ty's weekend 5k race.

Upset City (10/14)

Ty and Dan run through a wild week of upsets, discuss the merits of Wisconsin and Virginia Tech, deliberate over Ed Orgeron's future at USC, and have a listen to your Week Seven Reverbs.

Tire Fire Alert: Week Seven

Welcome to your Week Seven Tire Fire Alert. We do this as a public service, you know.  This week, we’re featuring two God awful teams, a defense that’s about to get trampled underfoot and two more defenses set to feel the wrath of the SEC’s newfound fire power. As always, keep your distance, bring a [...]

The Reverb Index: Your Calls From Week Six

Last week’s slate of games produced some rather interesting calls to the Reverb line (408-VERBAL1).  Surprisingly, callers reversed a season long trend and expressed more positivity.  As you can see from the chart below, last week’s 55-45 good mood / bad mood split was the largest since Week Three.  It will be interesting to see [...]

Road Warriors (10/9)

Ty and Dan discuss Oregon’s road test, Northwestern’s let-down spot, Tyler Murphy in Baton Rouge, Texas Comedy Day and make picks for all of the relevant Week Seven action. Plus, darkhorse selection committee candidates, 90s TV families, rival Clemsonings, and inconvenient baby showers.

Introducing The Fleming System

Since its inception in 1998, the best argument for the BCS has been that college football fans love debates.  You know it's true.  Everyone loves a good fight.  SEC people fighting with Big 12 people fighting with Pac-12 people fighting with computers fighting with humans fighting with Condoleeza Rice and Mark May.  Nobody can agree on [...]

Late Night (10/6)

Ty and Dan reflect on Stanford's big win over Washington, Georgia's scare at Tennessee, Florida State's beat down of Maryland, and Ohio State's miracle front door cover.  Plus, a full recap of all the other relevant action in Week Six and your spirited Reverbs.

Tire Fire Alert: Week Six

Over the past few seasons, The Solid Verbal has spoken, retroactively, about the most egregious weekly performances in the world of college football.  These lowlights, referenced lovingly as “tire fires”, have become a regular part of the podcast, as well as the sport’s lexicon.  In late 2011, EA Sports felt compelled to add a “Tire [...]