This is the week where idioms and cliches convene for the annual lazy-language convention. Where push comes to shove, rubber meets the road, wheat gets separated from chaff, only the strong survive, jigs are up, the going gets tough, men are separated from boys, the fat lady sings, you can’t keep a good man down, feet are put to the fire and don’t it make your brown eyes blue? Six schools in Rankman’s top 10 face each other in match-ups where no one gets out alive, lines get drawn in the sand and teams have to dig deep. Or, as a player who once melded two cliches into one, said, “Our backs are against the driver’s seat.” Anyway, it should be fun, a kick, a hoot, donnybrook and a blast. Louisville v. Clemson; Wisconsin v. Michigan and Stanford v. Washington. Go ahead, fellas, and make your cases. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.
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Dufresne, spent 35 years at the Los Angeles Times covering numerous sports. Over the last two decades he emerged as their national college football and basketball columnist. He and his alter-ego Rankman have been putting college teams in their place ever since.
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