Summer is over and a cold chill just blew into the offices of Mark Helfrich (Eugene), Brian Kelly (South Bend), Charlie Strong (Austin) and the CEO of Samsung (Seoul), which is NOT going to make the four-team SPF (Smart Phone Playoff), but is still way better than the crazy leader of the North Division. Big games in the top 10-ish this week feature higher-seeds Ohio State and Alabama going on the road at Wisconsin and Tennessee in matchups that feature school colors in shades of crimson, gray, cardinal, white and “Trump” orange. Our big “riser” was Texas A&M, which jumps five spots for finally not losing its sixth game this season. A tip of the “Golden Hat” to Oklahoma, which toppled Texas in the annual Red River\Roof\Riding Hood\Grange\Fox\Barber\Murff\Klotz\Smith\Lobster\Skelton\ Sanders\Auerbach\October, Hunt for\Herring\Schoendienst\Adair\Buttons\Holtzman\Rooster Rivalry, which used to be known as “Shootout” before Texas got all sensitive about guns and stuff. Rankman never covered a Texas\Oklahoma game at the Cotton Bowl, on the grounds of the state fair, without first eating a funnel cake wrapped in a turkey leg, then soaked in fried butter, and washed down with six pack of Shiner Bock. Had to go light because the game starts at 11 a.m. local time. 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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