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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:19 pm 
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Hell of an opener tonight. Florida vs Miami in Orlando. I will be watching at my BIL’s with a bunch of diehard Gator fans.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f8huFIZ1wLQ


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What a comeback. Go Buffs!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:18 am 
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That was a fun game. Best matchup of the season so far on now.

https://www.vipbox.live/6-lsu-vs-10-texas-1-live


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Joey Bayou and da Tigahs win :thumbup:


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Great win LSU ...

Big Blue lucky vs army

Tangavailoa looked good for Bama


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I enjoy watching College Football, but not NFL :? :? :?

Think the atmosphere seems better, also the games are more exciting.

Thought Clemson looked amazing against Texas A & M.

Saw some of the LSU Texas game. Both teams looked good.

In the UK we tend to get the SEC teams on more than anyone else. I guess that is due to the TV zones.


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mdaclarke wrote:
I enjoy watching College Football, but not NFL :? :? :?

Think the atmosphere seems better, also the games are more exciting.


Large parts of the US would agree with you on that, or at least have a strong preference for college over NFL. If you go out on a Saturday in most of the south you will see shirts from a bunch of different schools. Maybe 1/5 the number of NFL shirts on Sunday and a lot of them are transplants from areas where it is more popular. I was just doing errands and saw one guy in a Packers shirt. Yesterday it was Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Clemson everywhere.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:39 pm 
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Btw Tennessee 0-2. Greg Schiano is somewhere laughing his ass off.


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I work at the University of Texas - Austin...will be some glum faces at work tomorrow.


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I work at the University of Texas - Austin...will be some glum faces at work tomorrow.
I work in Austin and am an LSU fan, so stop by if you want to see someone looking a bit less glum ;)


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Just watched the replay of that. Matthew McConaghey looked a bit unimpressed!


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Just watched the replay of that. Matthew McConaghey looked a bit unimpressed!


Was that really him?


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Also how big are the stadiums! The Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium has a capacity of 100,119, yet is effectively a 3 sided stadium with one of the behind goal areas alot smaller than the other sides (like Aviva stadium) if it had all 4 sides it would probably be the biggest in the world.


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My beloved Terps are giving us hope again with Mike Locksley at the helm.
Could this be real ?


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:58 pm 
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So what's the strongest conference this year?

SEC
ACC
BIG 10
BIG 12
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mdaclarke wrote:
Also how big are the stadiums! The Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium has a capacity of 100,119, yet is effectively a 3 sided stadium with one of the behind goal areas alot smaller than the other sides (like Aviva stadium) if it had all 4 sides it would probably be the biggest in the world.


I drive past it like 3 times a day, actually doesn't look that big from the road. They're expanding it also there is construction going on.


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iarmhiman wrote:
So what's the strongest conference this year?

SEC
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BIG 10
BIG 12
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As usual in recent years, SEC especially the West division.


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Bowens wrote:
mdaclarke wrote:
I enjoy watching College Football, but not NFL :? :? :?

Think the atmosphere seems better, also the games are more exciting.


Large parts of the US would agree with you on that, or at least have a strong preference for college over NFL. If you go out on a Saturday in most of the south you will see shirts from a bunch of different schools. Maybe 1/5 the number of NFL shirts on Sunday and a lot of them are transplants from areas where it is more popular. I was just doing errands and saw one guy in a Packers shirt. Yesterday it was Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Clemson everywhere.


I was going to ask about this actually. Have most of the fans gone to the college they support or is it just a geographical thing? Is it just more accessible, cheaper, better atmosphere than NFL? Are there amateur leagues in the US, I always assumed because of all the kit etc there wouldn't be that many teams and the colleges fill this gap. Sorry for all the questions, I've just been facinated by it all, I can't think of it happening in other parts of the world.

I suppose I'd much rather go to my local rugby club and watch a game that a pro team, but it isn't on a scale.


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slick wrote:
Bowens wrote:
mdaclarke wrote:
I enjoy watching College Football, but not NFL :? :? :?

Think the atmosphere seems better, also the games are more exciting.


Large parts of the US would agree with you on that, or at least have a strong preference for college over NFL. If you go out on a Saturday in most of the south you will see shirts from a bunch of different schools. Maybe 1/5 the number of NFL shirts on Sunday and a lot of them are transplants from areas where it is more popular. I was just doing errands and saw one guy in a Packers shirt. Yesterday it was Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Clemson everywhere.


I was going to ask about this actually. Have most of the fans gone to the college they support or is it just a geographical thing? Is it just more accessible, cheaper, better atmosphere than NFL? Are there amateur leagues in the US, I always assumed because of all the kit etc there wouldn't be that many teams and the colleges fill this gap. Sorry for all the questions, I've just been facinated by it all, I can't think of it happening in other parts of the world.

I suppose I'd much rather go to my local rugby club and watch a game that a pro team, but it isn't on a scale.


Depends on the school and the region. In places where college football is bigger, the more it's a regional thing than an alumni thing but of course students and alumni form a substantial core of the fan base at any school. The average college football ticket is probably cheaper than an NFL ticket, but for big games the tickets can get very expensive. The interest mostly comes down to history and tradition. College football has been going on a lot longer than the NFL, with many major rivalries dating back to the 1800s. Cal-Stanford, also known as Big Game, was even played as a rugby match at one point.


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As a Ducks supporter first, and a Longhorn supporter second, it was not my finest weekend. :evil:


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goeagles wrote:
slick wrote:
Bowens wrote:
mdaclarke wrote:
I enjoy watching College Football, but not NFL :? :? :?

Think the atmosphere seems better, also the games are more exciting.


Large parts of the US would agree with you on that, or at least have a strong preference for college over NFL. If you go out on a Saturday in most of the south you will see shirts from a bunch of different schools. Maybe 1/5 the number of NFL shirts on Sunday and a lot of them are transplants from areas where it is more popular. I was just doing errands and saw one guy in a Packers shirt. Yesterday it was Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Clemson everywhere.


I was going to ask about this actually. Have most of the fans gone to the college they support or is it just a geographical thing? Is it just more accessible, cheaper, better atmosphere than NFL? Are there amateur leagues in the US, I always assumed because of all the kit etc there wouldn't be that many teams and the colleges fill this gap. Sorry for all the questions, I've just been facinated by it all, I can't think of it happening in other parts of the world.

I suppose I'd much rather go to my local rugby club and watch a game that a pro team, but it isn't on a scale.


Depends on the school and the region. In places where college football is bigger, the more it's a regional thing than an alumni thing but of course students and alumni form a substantial core of the fan base at any school. The average college football ticket is probably cheaper than an NFL ticket, but for big games the tickets can get very expensive. The interest mostly comes down to history and tradition. College football has been going on a lot longer than the NFL, with many major rivalries dating back to the 1800s. Cal-Stanford, also known as Big Game, was even played as a rugby match at one point.


Thanks, hadn't thought about the historical angle which makes a lot of sense.


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HOLY. SHIT.

Glad I flicked over to the Tulane game after the WNBA had finished...

I know a number of degens that took Tulane -4. :lol:

That was awesome.

EDIT: If you missed it: https://twitter.com/HeavensFX/status/1174889856188801024

They were down 28-7 as well.


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slick wrote:
goeagles wrote:
slick wrote:
Bowens wrote:
mdaclarke wrote:
I enjoy watching College Football, but not NFL :? :? :?

Think the atmosphere seems better, also the games are more exciting.


Large parts of the US would agree with you on that, or at least have a strong preference for college over NFL. If you go out on a Saturday in most of the south you will see shirts from a bunch of different schools. Maybe 1/5 the number of NFL shirts on Sunday and a lot of them are transplants from areas where it is more popular. I was just doing errands and saw one guy in a Packers shirt. Yesterday it was Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Clemson everywhere.


I was going to ask about this actually. Have most of the fans gone to the college they support or is it just a geographical thing? Is it just more accessible, cheaper, better atmosphere than NFL? Are there amateur leagues in the US, I always assumed because of all the kit etc there wouldn't be that many teams and the colleges fill this gap. Sorry for all the questions, I've just been facinated by it all, I can't think of it happening in other parts of the world.

I suppose I'd much rather go to my local rugby club and watch a game that a pro team, but it isn't on a scale.


Depends on the school and the region. In places where college football is bigger, the more it's a regional thing than an alumni thing but of course students and alumni form a substantial core of the fan base at any school. The average college football ticket is probably cheaper than an NFL ticket, but for big games the tickets can get very expensive. The interest mostly comes down to history and tradition. College football has been going on a lot longer than the NFL, with many major rivalries dating back to the 1800s. Cal-Stanford, also known as Big Game, was even played as a rugby match at one point.


Thanks, hadn't thought about the historical angle which makes a lot of sense.



You also have to look at it from the vantage point of the NFL was mostly a northeast/upper Midwest thing until the late '60s. The reason we have franchises moving or renegade leagues like the AFL, ABA, WHA is you had places that wanted pro sports but were not served because the country's money and population were all in the northeast and upper Midwest, and by mid-20th century, that was increasingly no longer becoming the case. The Washington Redskins forever were The Southern Team, because there was no other option in the region. The Falcons and Saints didn't come along until the NFL owners were threatened with competition. The closest analog to what the Redskins once were (Falcons and Panthers have pretty much killed that) are the Atlanta Braves in baseball, who own the whole South. But turning that to college football, that was the only football you had.

For modern fanbases, your private schools are more likely to have people that are fans that didn't go there. Duke for example no one from North Carolina actually goes there because they can't afford it, it's a school for people from New York and New Jersey. Miami has a very light alumni base, so they are very bandwagon-y of they only have fans if they're winning. Notre Dame is your default "I cheer for them because I'm Catholic" for a lot of people, although the Notre Dame alumni that exist are rich and powerful out in the real world. I don't know any BYU fans, but imagine they're the same "I cheer for them because I'm Mormon".


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You also have to look at it from the vantage point of the NFL was mostly a northeast/upper Midwest thing until the late '60s. The reason we have franchises moving or renegade leagues like the AFL, ABA, WHA is you had places that wanted pro sports but were not served because the country's money and population were all in the northeast and upper Midwest, and by mid-20th century, that was increasingly no longer becoming the case. The Washington Redskins forever were The Southern Team, because there was no other option in the region. The Falcons and Saints didn't come along until the NFL owners were threatened with competition. The closest analog to what the Redskins once were (Falcons and Panthers have pretty much killed that) are the Atlanta Braves in baseball, who own the whole South. But turning that to college football, that was the only football you had.

For modern fanbases, your private schools are more likely to have people that are fans that didn't go there. Duke for example no one from North Carolina actually goes there because they can't afford it, it's a school for people from New York and New Jersey. Miami has a very light alumni base, so they are very bandwagon-y of they only have fans if they're winning. Notre Dame is your default "I cheer for them because I'm Catholic" for a lot of people, although the Notre Dame alumni that exist are rich and powerful out in the real world. I don't know any BYU fans, but imagine they're the same "I cheer for them because I'm Mormon".


Most private schools, other than BYU and Notre Dame for the reasons you describe and also USC for various reasons, also struggle with attendance. Even at Miami's peak, they had a ton of empty seats and of course Stanford is the same way. Private schools do a lot better in college basketball, where the arenas are much smaller and a small but passionate fan base can make a program.

Also, percentage-wise you're probably right but people really get behind state schools in states with no NFL team. Most Nebraska fans didn't go to Nebraska, most Bama fans didn't go to Bama, etc.


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Also, percentage-wise you're probably right but people really get behind state schools in states with no NFL team. Most Nebraska fans didn't go to Nebraska, most Bama fans didn't go to Bama, etc.


Well look at the one region of the country where college football is really not a thing as far as interest - the Northeast. They don't have big state schools, and pro football was plentiful. For a long time the only Division I-A/FBS school in all of New England was Boston College (there's now UConn as well) - which BC alongside Rutgers are the definitions of schools that rode where they were located into a better deal instead of actually bringing anything to the table. I think most ACC fans would be happy if Boston College were kicked out of the conference, and Rutgers literally add nothing to the Big 10. The notion they even bring New York is highly debatable. Syracuse - another private school - were the only Division I-A/FBS school in all of New York State.


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Rutgers played schools like Lafayette and Lehigh in football until the mid 1970s. So the tradition isn’t really there and among those who do follow college football in that area you have a lot of Penn State and Notre Dame fans. It’s a great area for football recruiting though. Probably the best northern state after Ohio and Pennsylvania. They should hire Schiano again, they had their only decent run under him.


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With 2019 being the 150th anniversary of the first U.S. college football game between Rutgers and Princeton, wouldn't it have been awesome for them to play a game?

(Harvard-McGill would also be kinda awesome. That's the game where McGill of Montreal introduced to Harvard a switch from soccer-style football to American-style football and the rest is history. I think that 150th anniversary is 2024.)


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Hell of a slate today

No. 11 Michigan vs. No. 13 Wisconsin
No. 8 Auburn vs. No. 17 Texas A&M
No. 7 Notre Dame vs. No. 3 Georgia


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Wisconsin wins 35-14. Was 35-0 :lol:


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Inject it into my fucking veins.

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Having lived in Chicago for a long time (not any more) I always support the Chicago teams in pro sports. But I have spent an inordinate amount of time in Detroit and so lean towards the Wolvernies for college football. A miserable run against their main rival. As you know, most of the Blue are kids from Ohio anyway.


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Flicking between the Minnesota and Auburn games on my PC whilst watching the Rugby Highlights on TV.

Strong contrast in conditions. Think I would on balance prefer to be playing in Alabama today


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Looking like it's going to be Clemson v Ohio State on the semi.

Can Ohio beat Clemson Bones?


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Looking like it's going to be Clemson v Ohio State on the semi.

Can Ohio beat Clemson Bones?


Don't think so. Ohio isn't going to lose their #1 spot, so they'll play #4 Georgia. No reason for the committee to swap those 2 teams.

And I think LSU are too good for Clemson and Ohio too good for Georgia.

The way Alabama is struggling to put away #15 Auburn, they're not going to put them in the playoffs (thank God). But entertaining watching this Iron Bowl.


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Auburn upsets Bama 48-45. Wild. Opens up the possibilities for the #4 spot.


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Auburn upsets Bama 48-45. Wild. Opens up the possibilities for the #4 spot.

Would they put Auburn ahead of Georgia even though Georgia beat Auburn a couple of weeks ago?


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Auburn can’t get in with 3 losses. If Georgia upsets LSU next week they’re in. If LSU wins as expected things will get interesting.


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Looking like it's going to be Clemson v Ohio State on the semi.

Can Ohio beat Clemson Bones?


Don't think so. Ohio isn't going to lose their #1 spot, so they'll play #4 Georgia. No reason for the committee to swap those 2 teams.

And I think LSU are too good for Clemson and Ohio too good for Georgia.

The way Alabama is struggling to put away #15 Auburn, they're not going to put them in the playoffs (thank God). But entertaining watching this Iron Bowl.


Georgia isn't staying at 4 without beating LSU next week. Likely Utah or Oklahoma if LSU wins that one.


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goeagles wrote:
Snooze wrote:
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Looking like it's going to be Clemson v Ohio State on the semi.

Can Ohio beat Clemson Bones?


Don't think so. Ohio isn't going to lose their #1 spot, so they'll play #4 Georgia. No reason for the committee to swap those 2 teams.

And I think LSU are too good for Clemson and Ohio too good for Georgia.

The way Alabama is struggling to put away #15 Auburn, they're not going to put them in the playoffs (thank God). But entertaining watching this Iron Bowl.


Georgia isn't staying at 4 without beating LSU next week. Likely Utah or Oklahoma if LSU wins that one.


Yeah. Watch them put a Oklahoma ahead of Utah this week to make sure it’s a ‘name’ Uni that gets the four spot. Beating a ranked OK state this week and Baylor next week will put them ahead of Utah.

OSU v Oklahoma
LSU v Clemson


Cracking set of games last night, the Iron Bowl was exceptional, Ohio State look fantastic, and I love a snow game - if you think that was bad weather you should have seen the Kentucky game.


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Coaching carousel is in full swing. Big shock so far is Petersen stepping down at Washington. Mizzou and Ole Miss fired their coaches. USC still contemplating it seems.


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