Top 25: Week 9 thoughts

Here are our thoughts on the Top 25 best teams in college football. In advance, we'd like to apologise to any Texas Longhorns fans for not mentioning your team. That's because they are horrible (we'll get to the Mack Brown question later this week).Oregon - Came from behind and thumped USC to end the Gameday curse.  Auburn - Jogged in Mississippi, and reinforced why Cam Newton's the best player

This Weekend.....I Have One Thing To Say...

I. Was. Wrong.I thought Penn State wouldn't show up against Michigan. I doubted 110,000 people who hate Michigan. I doubted a loud and proud student section, who showed up reliably late after their 12-hour drinkathon. I doubted Matt McGloin. I doubted the offensive line. I doubted the running backs. I doubted the receivers. I doubted the defense. I doubted the coaching staff. I doubted us so much

What Next For Manchester United?

With the 'Rooneygate' saga now behind us, it seems the burning question is where do Manchester United go from here? With the future of Rooney secure (for now at least) United have the chance to silence the doubters who claim that there is no money to spend at Old Trafford. With the £80 million the club received from Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo still (apparently) lying unspent surely United

Some Tops 5s: College Football Eight Weeks In

It's been a crazy, crazy few weeks of college football. While we enjoy the bloodbath of seeing top-ranking team after top-ranking team fall away (and slowly come back), we stop for a moment and remember horrific injuries  - particularly one Eric LeGrand, a defensive tackle for Rutgers who will be lucky is he walks again. Eric, from the bottom of our hearts, we believe in you.Now, here are our top

Oregon Ducks Meet Donald Duck: Week 9 preview

It's the start of 'Hate Month', where we start letting petty differences get in the way of actual football games. And there's a lot of hate to be had this weekend, kids - you just have to look. Louisiana Tech vs Boise StateIf I'm Boise State, I'd be angry. They've been leapfrogged all season long, and there's nothing they can do but pray that Oregon State and Virginia Tech keep on winning games.

Hello and Welcome

Hello and Welcome to the exiting new All Sports Blog! As i am sure you can guess from the title this blog will be covering the burning issues in a variety of sports, specifically concentrating on football, cricket and rugby union from a British and European perspective, although no sport is out of bounds! The blog will also aim to explore the role sport plays in todays society around the world

Ducks quack to top of BCS: Week 8 Thoughts

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Cam Newton: God? Afternoon Feelings on Week 8 of the season

Well, the 12pm and 3.30pm afternoon meetings of some of college football superpowers are over, and while it brings a tear to my eye that we are a few games closer to seeing our beautiful 2010 college football end, it's been quite the day.The Big HeadlinesCam Newton: God?OK, so Cam Newton's a minister and everyone believes in the powers of forgiveness for laptop-throwing ex-quarterbacks, and Cam

Old Man Says: Lose facemasks

Joe Paterno never lacks a word to say, and so when asked for his thoughts about the reason why so many helmet-to-helmet tackles - and dangerous tackling - is going on, he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:"I have been saying (it) for 15 years," Paterno said. "Then, you would get back to shoulder blocking and shoulder tackling and you wouldn't have all those heroes out there. Guys (would) have

'Big Saturday': Week 8 of the College Football season

We'd love to give our thoughts on the BCS, but unfortunately, they are what they are.Oklahoma (people must have thought the win against Air Force, Cincinnati, Utah State and a Texas team that had just been trounced at home to UCLA) must have been pretty amazing to make the No.1. Oregon (who beat Stanford) is 2. Right now, all we can do is concentrate on college football and take things day-by-day

Who's Left After Upset Saturday? Top 25 Poll After Week 7

College Football is like this beautiful quilt. For the first few weeks, we stitch the fabric together and swear it's all going to stay like this forever more. Then the upsets happen. A No.1 goes. Suddenly the patchwork quilt changes colors, allegiances, and conference colours. We throw in a bit of maths, too much controversy, and no-one quite knows what the hell's going on.After an exhausting

Unbelievable Upset Saturday: Week 7 Quick Round-Up

We were proved wrong on many occasions this weekend (pre Oregon State at Washington). Here's just a few:1)  We thought Ohio State would beat Wisconsin. WRONG! Wisconsin gets a kick-off return lead, plays one half of brilliant football, and puts down No.1 31-18 in a frenetic atmosphere at Camp Randall. Kirk Herbstreit did well not to sound disappointed. Yours truly did well not to laugh (much).2)

And Here's To The Duck.....

It's not every day you have a "Behind The Scenes" chat with you. My favourite bit? The views of Oregon cheerleader Courtney Eckhart, Autzen Stadium, and the Oregon Duck beating the crap out of the Houston Cougar.

With 12 teams unbeaten....Who's going to go next?

12 teams are unbeaten, and suddenly we're trying to get excited.Since there's no little-conference play-off to see who's going to be in the big-time bowls, we're pretty much guaranteed a non-BCS (or should we say "lower") school gracing big-time BCS Bowls (unlike Penn State, who'll be lucky to grace any bowl apart from a cereal one).One of LSU and Auburn is guaranteed to lose their unbeaten

10 Questions for this week's college football match-ups?

After last week, this week's going to be running to stand still if it's going to be any better. There are some intriguing match-ups. Here are some questions...1) Will Alabama be able to get back on the horse against Ole MissYes, yes they will. This game should be done by half-time - because Ole Miss is a horrible football team. We look forward to Ingram and Richardson both putting up 100 each.2)

Boise At The Top of The BCS?? Really?

Just seen ESPN's prediction that Boise State are going to be topping the BCS -and actually, it makes a little bit of sense.Firstly, Boise State played two BCS schools (Oregon State and Virginia Tech) in its major non-conference games. Oregon State just beat No.9 Arizona in one of the country's top conferences - and played TCU close, and despite some awfulness from Tech (like losing to James

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Week 6 thoughts

As we may have mentioned, it was an emotionally exhausting night last night - so much so that Sunday's NFL games were relatively meaningless for us in a world where one loss effectively can end a season.Anyway, here are our (quick) thumbs up, thumbs down for Week 6 of the college football seasonThumbs UpSouth Carolina Monster weekend for the Gamecocks, who thumped Alabama - mostly due to the

Boise? Oregon? Or Tressel? Top 25 After Week 6

Absolute insanity reigned on Saturday.If Alabama's loss wasn't enough (and believe me, it was), then Les Miles and LSU's breathtaking victory at Florida had us grabbing for the paper bag. And if that wasn't enough, Andrew Luck drove Stanford the length of the field to give them an extra point victory over USC in the nightcaps. Oregon also looked as though they were in a game at Washington State,

Rammer Jammer, Yellow Hammer, You Got 'Cocked, Alabama: Week 6 Thoughts

After curling up into an enraged ball after Penn State's catastrophic loss to Illinois (and some injuries which means that we at the VFA are thinking of volunteering to play for Tom Bradley's defense because it's so beaten up at the moment), we'd lost faith in college football.A few hours later, it was apparent that Armageddon - once again - had happened in college football. Especially at

Illinois Insanity: Penn State slumps at home

After watching Penn State's feeble 33-13 loss to Illinois, I had one thought: "At least I wasn't there". I'd booked a flight to Beaver Stadium in March. I was excited about coming to Happy Valley.A good friend of mine warned me: "Don't buy a ticket before the game. If we lose to Alabama and Iowa, tickets to the stadium are going to be really cheap."He's right. And after the Nittany Lions'

Bama Bangin': Top 25 Thoughts

1. Alabama  The Florida game was over by half-time. That's how far ahead of the SEC this team is.2. Ohio State  Awful at Illinois, but a win's a win, and they are still the team to beat in the Big 10.3. Oregon  Superb comeback at Autzen against No.9 Stanford must make them want to play every game at home.4. Boise State  Another day, another 50-point victory.5. TCU  Beat Colorado State comfortably

Bama Bangin': Top 25 Thoughts

1. Alabama  The Florida game was over by half-time. That's how far ahead of the SEC this team is.2. Ohio State  Awful at Illinois, but a win's a win, and they are still the team to beat in the Big 10.3. Oregon  Superb comeback at Autzen against No.9 Stanford must make them want to play every game at home.4. Boise State  Another day, another 50-point victory.5. TCU  Beat Colorado State comfortably

Les Miles Madness: Week 5 Thoughts

A few points from what has been an intriguing start to Week 5 of 2010 season (before I watch Georgia Tech vs Wake Forest while waiting for Florida/Alabama and Penn State/Iowa or Oregon/Stanford (depending on how the game's going):1. Les Luck: Can't believe how stunningly laughable the ending was in Baton Rouge. Stewart Mandel of Sport Illustrated fame summed it up on Twitter perfectly: "3rd and

Are the Gators Bama Bait? Week 5 Predictions

Bearing in mind this column's being written quite quickly for numerous reasons (including getting to work on time), we're just throwing some predictions out there.1. Alabama will be Florida. By 14. Mark Ingram will be too much for Florida's 'D' to handle.2. Iowa will handle Penn State (sadly) - although it'll be closer than many of you think. Especially with two defensive-minded coaches.3.
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