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November 2013

Thanksgiving Eve (11/27)

Ty and Dan to make their picks for a long list of rivalry games in Week 14, including the Iron Bowl, the Egg Bowl, the Civil War, and Ohio State-Michigan, before devolving into an in-depth conversation about Thanksgiving side dishes.

Opposite Day (11/24)

Ty and Dan review road losses by Baylor and Oregon, Will Muschamp’s terrible loss to FCS Georgia Southern, the leading contenders for the Heisman Trophy, and a weekend filled with body bag games.  Plus, a Patriot League rundown and R. Kelly.

Tire Fire Alert: Week 13

The finish line is in sight, folks. Each week the stakes get higher as the BCS picture and conference races come into clear view. Fortunately, for our purposes, that also means lots of low/no-stakes matches on the other end of the spectrum. This week, we have a positively putrid match at the bottom of the [...]

The Fleming System: Undefeated Teams and Week 13 Rankings

As we wind down toward December, the top of the rankings are really taking shape.  But unlike previous years, there is a mathematical (and very real) possibility of ending the regular season with as many as six undefeated teams.  Of course, nothing is a given. Let’s take a look at who the undefeated teams have [...]

Lucky 13 (11/20)

Ty and Dan debate the merits of AJ McCarron, the strength of the Oklahoma State defense, and the outcome of the historic Lehigh-Lafayette rivalry.  Plus, a detailed rundown of the most relevant action in Week 13 and Johnny Manziel’s chances of winning another Heisman Trophy.

The Big Picture (11/17)

Ty and Dan examine how college football’s Week 12 impacts the BCS Title picture and discuss the effect of Duke’s win over Miami, USC’s upset of Stanford, and Baylor’s triumph over first quarter adversity.  Plus, a wild win for Auburn, a song for Seven Win Steve Sarkisian, Aaron Murray in a losing effort, and a [...]

Tire Fire Alert: Week 12

We’re back, boys and girls, for another installment of Tire Fires. This week, we have some really dismal units just waiting to get tossed into a trash heap and burned at 1,000 degrees. As the year begins to wind down, we’ve got three teams that have gone from bad to burning-Kuwaiti-tire awful. One thing fans [...]

Quadruple Barrel (11/13)

Ty and Dan delve into a sneaky good slate of Week 12 games as well as the the e-mail inbox while making their multiple barreled locks of the week.  Also, proposed teambuilding activities at the first Playoff Committee meeting and a special visit from Mama Hildenbrandt, who picks some winners and rants on Urban Meyer [...]

Misery Loves Company (11/10)

Ty and Dan discuss Oregon’s perceived “Stanford Problem”, Baylor’s defensive performance against Oklahoma, Alabama’s continued dominance, and Florida State’s strength of schedule.  Plus, a spirited batch of Reverbs and sitcoms as a metaphor for college football programs.

Bear Traps (11/6)

Ty and Dan discuss their Baylor skepticism and Oregon optimism while reiterating Alabama’s dominance and making their locks for Week 11.  Plus, another Patriot League Lightning Round and a random power ranking of bear mascots in college football.

Oklahoma-Baylor: It’s About To Get Weird

The Baylor Bears have left a trail of scorched earth in their wake through the first seven games of the 2013 season. They’re outgaining opponents by a staggering 400 yards of total offense per game, translating into an average margin of victory of 48 points. They’ve done that while sitting stars such as quarterback Bryce [...]

No Bones About It (11/3)

Ty and Dan recap Florida State’s awesome showing against Miami, Michigan State’s dominant performance against Michigan, and Ohio State’s style points against Purdue.  Plus, a legendary second half for gamblers at the Cocktail Party, Notre Dame’s trouble with Navy, Mauktoberfest in November and a realistic question of whether anyone watches “Bones”.

Tire Fire Alert: Week 10

We’re back for another installment of  Tire Fires: showcasing the awful, the hot and the sticky of college football. It’s slim pickins’ this week, both in good games and obvious beat downs. Luckily I’ve been at this for a few weeks, so I know where to to find fire. Let’s begin. Kansas, it’s your time [...]

One of the strengths of a computer rating system is the uniform application of criteria in the ranking of teams.  However, that can also be one of the weaknesses.  One potentially deceptive aspect of computer rankings manifests itself in the calculation of the strength of schedule.  What exactly does “strength of schedule” mean? In the [...]