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Bring on THE Ohio State University!

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I like it! Hopefully it sticks. I hope this isn't old news, but I love the idea of playing tOSU.

Bobo was sporting a goatee, which he was awaiting word on whether he’d be able to keep for the...

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Bobo was sporting a goatee, which he was awaiting word on whether he’d be able to keep for the game. "It was something we were doing before we left. We’ve gotta decide if we’ve gotta shave before the game. Coach Richt hasn’t given us the verdict yet," Bobo said. "The only time I had any growth this year was South Carolina. We lost, so out of superstition I’ll probably shave."

Evil Bobo is in the house! (Maybe it was Memphis. . . .) Go 'Dawgs!

LIVE FROM HAWAII!!! Sindney versus Bailey for the BDBA (Bizarro Dawg Boxing Association)...

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LIVE FROM HAWAII!!! Sindney versus Bailey for the BDBA (Bizarro Dawg Boxing Association) Heavyweight Title

My Son Has Submitted a Movie Idea to Lunchables.com

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Thomas, my seven-year-old, came up with the idea of a movie about the Georgia football team fighting and winning World War II. When he made that suggestion, I told him there actually was some truth to it, since every player on the Bulldogs' 1942 national championship team was wearing a military uniform in 1943. (If it weren't for the fact that the Worldwide Leader's excellent "30 for 30" series was confined to the era in which ESPN has been on the air, the impact of World War II upon college football would make an excellent documentary subject.) In any case, I helped my son input his movie idea at the above website. My contribution to the project was to come up with the title: "The Dawgs of War." Go 'Dawgs!

Note that the sextet will not miss the Sugar Bowl, because "the student-athletes did not receive...

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Note that the sextet will not miss the Sugar Bowl, because "the student-athletes did not receive adequate rules education during the time period the violations occurred" – even though the NCAA decided to dock a fifth game on top of the standard four-game suspension because the players "did not immediately disclose the violations when presented with the appropriate rules education."

Whatever shred of credibility the NCAA had left after the Cam Newton saga is gone now, in the wake of the suspension of several key Ohio State players for games occurring after the Sugar Bowl. The alleged lack of "adequate rules education" (about which more anon) is an aggravating factor, not a mitigating one; if they didn't know, they should have known. Isn't that the precedent the NCAA set with A.J. Green and the other athletes who were sidelined earlier this season? Regarding the absence of "adequate rules education," I'm sorry, but I call BS on that. In this environment, a student-athlete who says he didn't know not to sell his stuff is like a suspect in police custody who says he wasn't told his Miranda rights. Dude, do you own a television? Every American who's watched a cop show in the last 30 years can recite the Miranda warnings by heart, and every NCAA football player who's watched ESPN in the last six months knows you're not allowed to do this sort of thing. This isn't baseball, where postseason games are treated as entirely different entities. Bowl games no longer are treated as exhibitions; bowl numbers count toward season statistics and bowl outcomes affect rankings and determine national championships. If I were an Ohio State fan preparing to watch the Buckeyes take on an SEC team in a bowl game, I might like to believe that bowl games aren't "real" games, but they are. Athletes were declared ineligible and were given suspensions. Those suspensions ought to run from the point at which ineligibility was determined; if you're not eligible, and you must serve a suspension before becoming eligible again, you can't play a game prior to serving the suspension. The NCAA's excuse is totally bogus; ignorance of the law is no excuse, and, if it is, then why are they being suspended at all? The NCAA's cockamamie explanation reads like something out of Kafka or Lewis Carroll; all that is required to refute the Association's position is to state it aloud and stand back to watch it collapse under the weight of its own implausibility. This is complete crap, and, if Ohio State wins the Sugar Bowl, there needs to be a great big asterisk next to the Buckeyes' glittering 1-9 record against the SEC in bowl games. Go 'Dawgs! . . . and go Hogs!

Legendary Georgia Bulldog and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker (1-0) returns to MMA action...

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Legendary Georgia Bulldog and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker (1-0) returns to MMA action when he faces veteran Scott Carson (4-1) at Strikeforce: Diaz vs Cyborg, live from the HP Pavilion in San Jose and airing on Showtime. The Goal Line Stalker was originally scheduled to face Carson earlier this month in St. Louis, but was forced off the card after suffering a deep facial laceration in training with 2008 US Olympic wrestling captain Daniel Cormier. Walker won his professional debut last January. Headlining the event are a pair of championship bouts, setting this up as one of the biggest MMA cards for the first half of 2011. Main Card Welterweight Championship bout: Nick Diaz vs. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos Middleweight Championship bout: Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza vs. Robbie Lawler Heavyweight bout: Herschel Walker vs. Scott Carson Light Heavyweight bout: Roger Gracie vs. Trevor Prangley

It knocked off the eventual ACC champ in what amounted a road game on opening night, and reeled off...

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It knocked off the eventual ACC champ in what amounted a road game on opening night, and reeled off nine straight as a double-digit favorite without encountering anything that even resembled a challenge. All things considered, it was probably a better team than the '09 edition over the course of the entire season – except for the season-killing collapse in Reno, which slammed the window shut, possibly forever. This time, ten starters will be moving on in 2011, including Brotzman, prolific receivers Titus Young and Austin Pettis and All-WAC defenders Ryan Winterswyk, Winston Venable, Brandyn Thompson and Jeron Johnson. The lineup they leave behind faces the first of a couple crucial rebuilding seasons to sustain the consistency that put the 2010 edition on the cusp of a once-a-generation breakthrough. Odds are, though, that tonight was Boise's final hurrah as a serious national player for the foreseeable future.

Dr. Saturday offers his thoughts on Boise State. I'm not sure whether they make me feel better or worse about next autumn's season opener in the Dome. Go 'Dawgs!

I am in suck a great mood today.

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I am in suck a great mood today.

I certainly hope this was a typo! Go 'Dawgs!

Joe Paterno turns 84 today.

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To put Coach Paterno's age into perspective, he is almost 3 years older than Sanford Stadium, and is older than Michigan Stadium, Notre Dame Stadium, and Bryant-Denny Stadium, just to name a few. Happy birthday, JoePa!