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Random Thoughts From Around the Country: KARMA Catches Up With Urbz

Two-thirds of the way through the regular season.

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Another one bites the dust.
Another one bites the dust.
And another one gone, and another one gone.
Another one bites the dust.
Hey, I’m gonna get you, too.
Another one bites the dust.

Another big dog has bitten the dust. Last week it was Georgia. This week it was Ohio State. Every team has been having letdowns. Whether it is a shocking upset or a sluggish slim-margin win over a far inferior opponent, most every team has had a bump in the road in the first eight weeks. Everyone except one team who has cruised to 8-0...


ALABAMA 58 Tennessee 21

Tua Tagovailoa’s knee looked just fine as the Tide quarterback led the offense to score on the first possession for the eighth straight game. Alabama has six games in which they have scored 50 or more points and they are averaging a victory margin of +38.25 points (next closest is App State at +29.1). The closest single game margin for the Tide has been a tick over four touchdowns which came against Mizzou in a 39-10 win that could have been much more if Saban had not called off the dogs.

In the 101st Third Saturday In October, Alabama came out the victor for the twelfth straight time. Oddly enough, Fat F*** Phil Fulmer was nowhere to be seen like he was last week after the game at Auburn.

Alabama has recorded six non-offensive touchdowns and two safeties on the season:

  • vs. Louisville Josh Jacobs 77 yard kickoff return.
  • vs. Louisville Shyheim Carter 45 yard interception return.
  • vs. Arkansas State Saivion Smith 38 yard interception return.
  • vs. Ole Miss Xavier McKinney 30 yard interception return.
  • vs. ULL Jaylen Waddle 63 yard punt return
  • vs. Arkansas Shyheim Carter 44 yard interception return.
  • vs. Mizzou Drew Lock sacked by Quinnen Williams in the end zone for a safety.
  • vs. Tennessee Keller Chryst downed in the end zone for a safety.

Meanwhile, the nation’s #2 team is looking like... well, like number two right about now.

Purdue 49 Ohio State 20 - You may beat the system. You may skirt a scandal. But you can’t escape Karma. Urban Meyer and thatOSU finally got their comeuppance against a fiery Purdue team that came into this game with three losses (including one to Eastern Michigan) followed by three straight wins. If you have not caught on to the ball of electricity that is Rondale Moore, jump on this bandwagon. This barely 5’9” freshman (who was heavily recruited by Alabama) had 12 receptions for 170 yards and two TDs and two rushes for 24 yards.

The Buckeyes had 76 total rushing yards on 25 carries for a microscopic 3.0 yards per carry. Despite the big numbers by Dwayne-The-Tub-I’m-Dwowning Haskins (see Heisman Hype below), the passing game was mostly fruitless.

Right about now, Nurse Meyer is pouring through medical journals looking for a disease for her husband to come up with so he can parachute out of this burning plane. Let’s go ahead and prepare some headlines for 2019:

  • “Meyer Cites Health, Urge to Spend Time With Family As Reasons For Retirement”
  • “Meyer Hired as New Bengals Head Coach”
  • “Despite Not Reporting Domestic Abuse, Nurse Meyer Keeps Job at Ohio State and Gets A Raise”
  • “Despite Allowing Tressel and Meyer To Do Whatever They Want and an Ugly Abuse Scandal on the Wrestling Team, AD Gene Smith Keeps Job at Ohio State and Gets A Raise”


LSU 19 Mississippi State 3 - The inexperience of MSU coach Joe Moorhead could not be more glaring than it was in this game as he insisted on continually ramming ineffective QB Nick Fitzgerald into the LSU line. ESPN play-by-play man Greg McElroy, trying to be as diplomatic as he could, was practically begging for the Bullies to put in back-up Keytaon Thompson. Fitzgerald was 8 of 24 passing for 59 yards and 4 interceptions. He ran 23 times for 131 empty yards. MSU was 2 for 14 on third down conversions and 0 for 1 on fourth down.

The Tigers offense was not much better with media darling Joe Burrow passing 16/28 for 129 yards, no scores and an INT. Their running game added a mere 110 yards.

These two teams combined for 499 yards, which is 46 less than Alabama had themselves against Tennessee. This game had one touchdown that came after LSU intercepted MSU on the game’s opening drive and needed three plays to score from the three yard line. Ugly game.

Auburn 31 Ole Miss 16 - The roller coaster continues... JaTarvious “Boobie” Whitlow rushed for 170 yards on 19 carries but fumbled at the goal line and had no scores. Auburn scored on three consecutive touchdown drives to open the third quarter to put this one away. Jarrett Stidham wasn’t awful. Aubie kicker Anders Carlson missed two field goals of 47 and 45 yards.

Kentucky 14 Vanderbilt 7 - I know UK is new to this winning football thing but they celebrated a seven-point home win over Vandy a little too much. The passing game was nonexistent (3-9, 18 yds with all 3 receptions going to one player). The ‘Cats put all their problems on the shoulders of RB Benny Snell (32 carries, 169 yds, TD) and rode his back to the win. One freak injury and they are screwed.

The ‘Dores were in the fight for much of the game but this is who they are: a good team but never enough depth. They are a lot like that scrappy boxer who will go toe-to-toe with the champ but by the tenth round, they are out of gas.

Arkansas 23 Tulsa 0 - The Hawgs’ defense held Tulsa to 12 yards in the third quarter and 260 for the game. Arky QB Connor Noland was tolerable. Cole Kelley needs to move to tight end. He is an awful quarterback.

Missouri 65 Memphis 33 - Mizzou dominated the team that lost to UCF by one.

Next Alabama student who complains about how hot the football games are, gets shipped to Wisconsin for a semester.


Michigan 21 Michigan State 7 - This was pure Big Ten football: B-O-R-I-N-G. The Wolverines defense dominated Sparty allowing a mere 94 yards, shutting MSU out on third down (0-11), and forcing 11 punts. UM had 395 total yards but had 9 punts of their own, a missed field goal and two lost fumbles.

This outcome should not have been a surprise as the entire Spartans team came out before the game locked arm-in-arm on the field in some weird show of unity but ended up backfiring as it looked like some form of attempted intimidation. Did they not learn anything from Michigan driving a stake in the ground in 2014???

Washington State 34 Oregon 20 - Pullman had a GameDay weekend that won’t be forgotten any time soon. It was pandemonium in the eastern Washington hamlet and the vibe carried over to the game. Wazzu controlled the first half jumping out to a 27-0 lead but did not realize they are not good enough to cruise through the next two quarters. The Ducks grabbed the momentum back and scored 20 unanswered to make it a one score game. The outcome could have easily have gone the other way with the Cougars doing nothing in the second half until a late touchdown sealed the game for WSU.

Clemson 41 NC State 7 - The Tigers smoked the overrated Wolfpack with a smothering defense that had 10 tackles for a loss.

Oklahoma 52 TCU 27 - Okie had their way with a crumbling Frogs team (See Sick Report/Drama below). Kyler Murray passed for four touchdowns.


Nebraska 53 Minnesota 28 - Scotty Frost finally gets his first win at the ol’ alma mater and will win his second on Saturday against the titan that is Bethune-Cookman! National championships must be right around the corner (says all the delusional Nebraska fans)!!

In all seriousness, it is not so unusual for a coach to have struggles in his first year at a former powerhouse-gone-bad that is sorely in need of a culture change. If Frosty can get it going in Lincoln, he could prove to be a thorn in the side of Wisconsin who has dominated the B1G West for years and more importantly, PSU, Michy, and thatOSU. And that is a good thing.

Florida State 38 Wake Forest 17 - FSU (4-3) might finally be getting their act together but their next three are vs Clemson, @NC State, @Notre Dame.


Ohio State’s loss opens the door for Michigan to win the B1G East.

  • DESI - Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, West Virginia, Washington. Mich over WVU; Bama over UW; Mich over Bama.
  • CORSO - Georgia, Clemson, Wisconsin, Texas, Washington. Clemson over UW; Wisky over UGA; Wisky over Clemson.
  • HERBIE - Alabama, Clemson, Penn State, Oklahoma, Washington. Bama over UW; Clemson over PSU; Bama over Clemson.


  • Alabama, Clemson, Penn State, Oklahoma, Washington. Bama over Okie; Clemson over PSU; Bama over Clemson.


  • Louisville - The Cardinals (2-5) mercifully had a bye week. They next host Wake Forest.
  • Arkansas State (4-3) - The Red Wolves dominated Georgia State jumping out to a 34-7 halftime lead and wrapping the night with a 51-35 win when the Panthers scored a pair of inconsequential touchdowns at the end. ASU could win out: @ULL, S. Ala, @ Coastal Carolina, UL Monroe, @Texas St.
  • La-Laf - The Ragin’ Cajuns (3-4) hung with a pretty good Appalachian State team in their stadium but eventually lost 27-17. It’s the closest win the Mountaineers have had all season. ULL now hosts Arky State.
  • Citadel (Nov 17) - The Fightin’ Cupcakes (2-4) defeated winless VMI by 2 points.


  • FAU! (3-4) - The Owls got stomped by Marshall 31-7. FAU had 5 turnovers. I don’t think this is how Lane Kiffin pictured this season going.
  • Hawaii (6-3) - What is going on with the Rainbow Warriors??? Nevada hands Hawaii their second straight loss - this one at home. Up next is a sure loss at Fresno (6-1).


  • Troy (5-2) - Troy and USA both had byes and faceoff tonight Tuesday Oct. 23, 7pm/8pm ESPN2.
  • South Alabama (2-5) ^^^


UAB (6-1) - The Blazers surprise North Texas 29-21 and take the lead in C-USA West. It is the best start in program history for the bowl-eligible Birmingham school. Winless UTEP should be victim #7.



  • Army (5-2) - The Black Knights held off Miami-Ohio 31-30 in double overtime when a two-point conversion by the RedHawks failed. Next for Army is a trip to Eastern Michigan (4-4).
  • Navy (2-5) The Midshipmen gave Houston a good game but came up short 49-36. They host Notre Dame (sad face emoticon) in San Diego, CA.
  • Air Force (3-4) - The Falcons snuck by UNLV... with passing??!?!? Isaiah Sanders completed 9-11 for 217 yds, 1 TD and had 21 carries for 173 yds and 3 TD in a 41-35 road win. Air Force has Boise, @Army, New Mex, @Wyo, ColoState remaining to get three wins but it won’t be easy.


(Only three Power 5 teams remain unbeaten: Bama, Clemson, Notre Dame. Only one of those three has the advantage of sitting at 8-0. Can you guess who? Twelve P5 teams have one loss.)

Kentucky - Some of you are not going to like this but a seven point win at home to Vandy is not going to win any fans on the CFP Committee, especially with a previous loss to go with it. If the ‘Cats win out and win the SECCG I will apologize profusely. Their next two games are @Mizz and hosting UGA. Play like you did Saturday night and you’ll lose both of those games, UK.
NC State - We all knew this was a mirage. The Wolfpack had beaten no team of distinction. Despite being 5-0, only one win was more than 17 points and only one was on the road: JMU 11 point margin, Ga State 34, @Marshall 17, UVa 14, BC 5.
Oregon - Second loss in a mediocre conference.

All non-Power 5 teams.
Ole Miss
Mississippi State
South Carolina
Texas A&M
Arizona State
Boston College
Georgia Tech
Iowa State
Kansas State
Michigan State
Mississippi State
North Carolina
Oklahoma State
Oregon State
Penn State
Southern Cal
Texas Tech
Wake Forest
Virginia Tech
West Virginia


The following are still in the running but have a slim margin for error.

OHIO STATE - NEW! While not completely eliminated, it was a comparable 31-point loss to Iowa that sunk the Buckeyes last year. In addition, every team that OSU has played to this point, except Penn State who defeated another team that OSU defeated in Indiana, lost this weekend. If not for PSU and Indy playing each other, it would have been two straight weeks of all opponents losing.
Washington State


A way WAY WAY too early look at the College Football Playoff (CFP) picture:

The first of five weekly CFP rankings will be released Tuesday, Oct. 30th. I can guess who will be on top. As for the rest... who knows?

  • ACC - Unless Clemson does something stupid like lose at FSU this weekend, they will be a lock for the top 4 next Tuesday.
  • Big Ten - I have been ignoring Iowa (6-1) since their 11-point home loss to Wisky. They have road games at Penn State and Purdue in the next two weeks. That should rectify that situation. It likely all comes down to the Ohio State-Michigan game on Thanksgiving weekend.
  • Big 12 - Okie and Texas both have one loss. WVU will be hard-pressed to get over a 16 point loss to Iowa State.
  • PAC-12 - Oregon was probably the last hope for the PAC. Wazzu might not make it past this weekend at Stanford.
  • SEC - Alabama is the only remaining unbeaten team in the conference. UGA or Florida will be eliminated this weekend. LSU and Kentucky have a single loss each and uphill battles ahead of them.
  • Indies - Notre Dame remaining schedule: Navy, @NW, FSU, Syra, @SoCal.


Alabama now has all 61 first place votes in the AP poll. Some jerkwad had been voting Ohio State as No. 1 every week. The Tide has 60 votes in the less-accurate Coaches Poll with Clemson garnering the other two. The Southeastern Conference has 6 ranked teams:

#1 Ala
#4 LSU
#7 UGA
#9 Fla
#12 UK
#16 TAMU

(thatOSU dropped to No. 11; App State is No. 25.)

Here is my half-ass as-of-now ranking:

  1. Alabama
  2. nobody
  3. nobody
  4. nobody
  5. Clemson/LSU/Georgia/Notre Dame


27 teams are now bowl eligible. Seven teams have seven losses and will not go bowling this season: Rutgers (BIG TEN FOOTBALL, Y’ALL!), Rice, Kent State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, UTEP, San Jose Cuervo State. UTEP and SJSU are the only winless FBS teams. Arkansas (2-6) and Nebraska (1-6) stave off execution for one more week.


  • Army did not complete a pass in two attempts for four quarters and two overtimes. Their opponent Miami-Ohio attempted 53 passes, completing 30. Army won
  • Kentucky had 18 passing yards for the whole game and won. Missy State had 59 and lost.
  • Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy is tops in the nation in yards per reception at 25.06. He is second in receiving touchdows at 10.

Krazy Kristi’s “SHUT UP!” of the Week goes to Marcus Spears who ranked Ohio State ahead of Alabama on SEC Nation from Knoxville on Saturday morning. He also made the baffling statement that Dwayne Haskins and Tua Tagovailoa are basically the same player. To his credit, Tim Tebow was exasperated and looked like he was going to punch his co-host (not really, but he was befuddled by Spears’ picks and gave him s**t for it).


With the exception of TWO YEARS, the Heisman Trophy voting is basically a hype award. Often times voters fall in love with someone way too early. This year, that love may last.

Favorites (in no particular order)-

  • Tua Tagovailoa (QB Alabama Soph.) - Tua is a man among boys. He is truly on another level. The sophomore had a few overthrows but was still 19-29 for 306 yds, 4 TD and 0 turnovers.


  • Kyler Murray (QB Oklahoma Jr.) had a good game against an overrated TCU team (3-4). He was 19/24-213-4-0. He ran 9 times for 51 yards. However, the Sooners were 3 of 12 on third down conversions. Okie also had two running backs gain over 110 yards each against a wet paper towel defense.
  • Dwayne Haskins (QB thatOSU RS Soph.) - The Buckeyes were forced to pass due to ineptitude of the rushing game (25-76, 3.0 ypc). Haskins was 49-73, 470 yds, 2 TD and 1 INT. I must confess, I have not watched a big chunk of any of Haskins’ games this year until this past Saturday. The numbers for this game look pretty in a box score but the eye test proved that what he was doing was not all that impressive. The whole Purdue game was him throwing dinks and dunks of short yardage gainers and receivers picking up most of the yards after the catch. This is a simple case of Hypesman voters looking at the name of the school, team record, and two-minute long ESPN game highlights, and then adding one and one together to get three. He is not worthy.

No Way-

  • Will Grier (QB West Virginia Sr.) - DNP
  • Benny Snell (RB Kentucky Jr.) - 169 yards on a monstrous 32 carries. He had 1 TD, no receptions.
  • Jonathan Taylor (RB Wisconsin Soph.) - 159 yards rushing on 27 carries with no touchdowns for the second straight game. One catch for two measly yards. He is getting a ton of carries but his yardage does not reflect what he should be getting. He is 32nd in the nation in yards per carry.
  • Ed Oliver (DT Houston Jr.) got his third sack of the season on Navy. He had 4 solo tackles and 1 assist.

Who Should Win -

  • Tua


  • Does it seem to you like Jim Harbaugh is pulling a Malzahn? The Michigan coach has had three good not great seasons (none of which placed the Wolverines higher than third in their division) but is primed for to win the Big Ten Conference and perhaps make the playoffs. UM will give him a big contract extension and then he will go back to third place.
  • Has anyone ever seen Luke Fickell and Mario Cristobal together in the same room at the same time?
  • Joseph Bulovas leads the nation in extra points (47) despite not attempting any in the first game.
NCAA Football: Alabama at Tennessee Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports


  • Nick Saban reported that Jalen Hurts sprained his ankle on his touchdown run against the Vols and that he had a “minor procedure” that would force Hurts to miss one week of practice. He should be ready for LSU Nov. 3. No word on WR DeVonta Smith as of yet.
  • With their season circling the drain, TCU QB Shawn Robinson will have season-ending shoulder surgery. Ohio State’s SoS takes another hit.
  • Arizona Wildcats quarterback Khalil Tate did not play this week at UCLA due to an ankle injury. Hilariously, sophomore Rhett Rodriguez, the son of former coach Rich Rodriguez, started in his place. The ‘Cats lost by one.
  • Southern Call is down to their third quarterback with J.T. Daniels in concussion protocol and backup Matt Fink with broken ribs. RS frosh Jack Sears has yet to record a stat in his two years on the South-Central L.A. campus.
  • Appalachian State just got themselves ranked and they up and lose star running back Jalin Moore for the season after he broke and dislocated his ankle.
  • Tennessee QB Jarrett Guarantano is upgraded to probable Saturday vs South Carolina.
  • Arky QB Ty Storey is upgraded to probable Saturday vs Vanderbilt after missing time in concussion protocol.


  • Wide receiver/kick returner KaVontae Turpin was arrested for alleged assault of family member. He has been suspended by TCU.
  • This is old news but worth discussing in this forum. Injured defensive lineman Nick Bosa withdrew from Ohio State “in order to devote more time to his rehabilitation and training efforts” for the 2019 NFL draft. It sounds like a controlling father made this decision for him (Colt McCoy in 2009 anyone?). Tim Tebow has some strong yet earnest opinions on the subject and I tend to agree. Why not stay in school, stay with the team and make the decision in December? What say you?
  • Despite not being charged with a crime and not being the subject of a police investigation, Indiana has dismissed running back Morgan Ellison from the football team and suspended him from the university for two and a half years after a panel concluded he engaged in nonconsensual sex with another student back in August. I don’t want to get political, but this sounds a little fishy. Ellison, who was the Hoosiers’ leading rusher last season and was already suspended before the season began, has appealed the decision.
  • Here we go again. College football officials are looking to make the game even more boring with more changes to kickoffs. Am I missing something here? Has there been a rash of injuries on kickoffs this seasons that I am not seeing? I saw Aaron Robinson got hurt earlier this year but that was a fluky injury that could’ve happened on any sort of football play.
  • Urban Meyer consoled himself by eating a live kitten on a pizza on a golf cart.
Black and White TV


Both ESPN’s College GameDay and SEC Nation will be in Jacksonville for the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.


(Below is an abbreviated list of games of interest. If you need to know about the UMass-UConn game, you can find the details here.)

Tuesday, Oct 23:

Troy at South Alabama 7pm/8pm ESPN2 - Battle for my love, little brothers!

Thursday, Oct 25:

Baylor at West Virginia 6pm/7pm FS1 - WVU clings to hopes of a playoff.
Ball State at Ohio 6pm/7pm CBSSN - No thank you.
Toledo at Western Michigan 6pm/7pm ESPN2 - What, no LeBron game to shove in our faces?
Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech 6:30/7:30 ESPN - This one doesn’t look as intriguing as it did a couple of months ago.
Appalachian State at Georgia Southern 6:30/7:30 ESPNU - App State is ranked. Georgia Southern is 6-1. This could be the best weekday game. Give it a looksie.

Friday, Oct 26:

Louisiana Tech at FAU! 5:30/6:30 CBSSN - Why aren’t the Owls lighting up the scoreboard like we thought they would?
Miami at Boston College 6pm/7pm ESPN - I’m taking BC for the straight up win.
Indiana at Minnesota 7pm/8pm FS1 - See what third tier B1G teams look like!
Wyoming at Colorado State 9pm/10pm CBSSN - These two teams absolutely do not like each other... I assume.
Utah at UCLA 9:30/10:30 ESPN - Can the Bruins win their third straight? Probably not.

Saturday, Oct 27:


Alabama, LSU, Auburn, and Ole Miss all have the weekend off. Go get married.

Vanderbilt at Arkansas 11am/noon SECN - One more loss and Arky misses bowl season.
Florida at Georgia 2:30/3:30 CBS - ELIMINATION GAME! This one not only has SEC implications but it has National implications.
Kentucky at Missouri 3pm/4pm SECN - Will UK have a letdown. My gut says yes.
Texas A&M at Mississippi State 6pm/7pm ESPN - MSU is actually FAVORED in this game. Get you arses to a bookie asap!
Tennessee at South Carolina 6:30/7:30 SECN - Will the Vols rebound or fall apart like every other team that gets humiliated by the Tide?


Ohio State and Michigan are off.

Clemson at Florida State 11am/noon ABC – FSU gets a chance at redemption.
Purdue at Michigan State 11am/noon ESPN – Missed Purdue on Saturday? Here’s another chance.
Iowa at Penn State 2:30/3:30 ESPN – How far will PSU’s slide go?
Washington State at Stanford 6pm/7pm PAC-12 – Wazzu tries to prove it wasn’t a fluke.
Notre Dame at Navy 7pm/8pm CBS (San Diego, CA) – Navy has had a rough year. It’s about to get rougher.
Texas at Oklahoma State 7pm/8pm ABC – Don’t expect Okie Lite to put up too much of a fight.


Oregon at Arizona 9:30/10:30 ESPN - Third tier PAC teams.
Hawaii at Fresno 9:30/10:30 ESPN2 - Two six win teams.
San Diego State at Nevada 9:30/10:30 ESPNU - The Aztecs (6-1) are doing just fine with Rashaad Penny off in the NFL.



Freshman punter Skyler DeLong finally played in a fifth game against Mizzou, eliminating his opportunity for a redshirt. Against Tennessee, he was replaced by senior walk-on Mike Bernier who had two punts of 41 yards each, both resulting in fair catches.

Although the Tide started the game with a two tight end set, Jaylen Waddle technically got his first career start in place of injured DeVonta Smith at the WR-X. Patrick Surtain II again started at cornerback and it seemed like Vols receivers he covered did not get targeted too much. That tells me he was doing an excellent job.

LB Ale Kaho had another solo tackle on special teams. DB Josh Jobe , DE/OLB Eyabi Anoma, and LB Jaylen Moody participated but did not record a stat. Safety Eddie Smith played in his fourth game. Hopefully, he is held out of the rest of the season.


I’ve been telling you about the participation of senior walk-on DB D.J. Lewis the last couple of weeks. As it turns out, he was awarded a scholarship in August. I guess Saban just didn’t feel the need to film a surprise announcement and put it on Twitter. The Gardendale High School grad was struggling to pay tuition and almost transferred to Tennessee Tech this offseason, where he would’ve been on scholarship. However, things worked out for him and he is now a contributor at nickel back and special teams, recording an assist against the Vols. Keep an eye out for #35!

Nick Saban now has 231 FBS/I-A victories.
(For clarification, this list is FBS/I-A wins only. No wins while coaching at FCS/I-AA or lower level schools are included.)
With his win over UT and Jeremy Pruitt, Saban is now 15-0 against his former assistants.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

(Week 10, ALABAMA at LSU will be on CBS 7pm/8pm)



Who has the toughest impending three game stretch?

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    FSU: Clem, @NC St, @ND
    (309 votes)
  • 16%
    UGA: Fla, @UK, Aub
    (98 votes)
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    PSU: Iowa, @Mich, Wisc
    (100 votes)
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    Texas Tech: @ISU, Okl, Texas
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