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Game 24: Minnesota Golden Gophers @ Michigan Wolverines

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2nd November

The game did not start out that bad for the Wolverines and the 1Q ended scoreless. The alumni were even standing on 3rd down, which is not something to be taken for granted.



The Week that Was – Recap of Week 6 2014

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7th October

Posted: October 7, 2014

A look back at Week 6 of the college football season.

Well, Week 6 certainly was a crazy one with a bunch of upsets, great games, awful calls, etc. The powers that be need to find a way to spread these games out so we do not have a bunch of dud weeks followed by this, but it certainly was a great day to be plopped onto the couch for 14 hours.

1. The weekend got off to a fast start Thursday night with the Arizona Wildcats moving to 5-0 with an upset of the Oregon Ducks. I had a feeling the Ducks may be in trouble due to their defensive lapses and vegas setting an over under of 77, so I said…. Oregon’s defense has been vulnerable and Arizona is scoring points averaging 42 a game. … Read More »


The Week that Was – Recap of Week 5 2014

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30th September

Posted: September 30, 2014

A look back at Week 5 of the college football season.

1. I was high on UCLA entering the season, picking them to go to the playoff. I seriously reconsidered after seeing their first two games of the year. But Thursday night was a statement win. Perhaps I was too early to write them off. The next two weeks will tell with Utah and Oregon ahead. Mr. Hundley is going to need to play like he did Thursday for the Bruins. He is capable of it, so the Rose Bowl should be excited if it is unbeaten Oregon versus unbeaten UCLA.

2. Florida State struggled against NC State and giving up 41 to the Wolfpack does not seem like a good thing, but I am not off the Seminoles making the playoff. … Read More »


The Week that Was – Recap of Week 4 2014

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23rd September

Posted: September 23, 2014

A look back at Week 4 of the college football season.

I will admit that I did not see very much college football this weekend. My job took me to Denmark over the weekend and while you can generally find NFL football in Copenhagen, college football is impossible. I did manage to watch the Gators not be able to play offense or defense but that is about it.

1. The dedication award goes to me. I did the impossible and was able to watch the Gators. This was an epic quest that had me sitting behind the reception desk at my hotel, using an impossibly slow WiFi connection, slingbox, VPN, and iPad to watch the Gators ineptitude. That game should have been 72-0. Alabama alone kept Florida in this game. If Florida … Read More »


The Week that Was – Recap of Week 2 2014

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9th September

Posted: September 9, 2014

1. I thought I was off to a good week, with the UTSA Roadrunners taking the Arizona Wildcats to the wire as I expected. Arizona was fortunate to get the win in this game. I still am waiting to understand how UTSA got this game at home.

2. The Pitt Panthers can run the ball…very well. They will be a force in the ACC Coastal, especially since North Carolina is not as good as I thought, at least at this point in the season. The Coastal is clearly the step sister to the Atlantic, but Pitt will make noise if they continue to run the ball this well.

3. The Cornhuskers got very lucky to beat McNeese State. If only the Cowboys could tackle with their arms instead of shoulders, that game was in … Read More »


2014 College Football Predictions – follow up #1

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8th September

Bold Predictions For 2014 – 1st Follow-Up    9/8/2014

Here’s my first follow-up to my predictions:

Charlie Weis has won a game. Hooray!!!  Now clearly it wasn’t against a mighty powerhouse like Kansas State (he he ha ha), but he did manage a “W”, which was important being he has impossible games the rest of the way (can’t believe Duke is an impossible game). Sure the game this past weekend against Orville Reddinbochers School of Growing Better Popcorn, but they did win, and the game was over at halftime in convincing fashion. The problem was they let them climb back in, all the way to an onside kick with under 2 minutes left. Too close, no finish, poor coaching. Still on target for September 29th where he will have a tee time on the Blue Course at Doral. I just can’t see … Read More »


Week 2 2014 Preview – Pondering the Future

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4th September

Posted: September 4, 2014

Random thoughts on the upcoming weekend of college football.

1. The week gets off to a Thursday start with Arizona at UTSA. First, is there a better nickname in college sports than the Roadrunners, maybe only Coastal Carolina (google it). Second, this game is being played at UTSA. How did they manage to get Arizona to come to them? Third, Larry Coker (UTSA HC) has more seniors and returning starters than any other school. The Wildcats will probably be tested tonight. I would keep this game on rotation with the Green Bay vs. Seattle game.

2. On Friday we will see if the Pittsburgh Panthers rushing attack will be as impressive against an FBS school. It looked mighty impressive against Delaware, but BC is in a different league, literally. If … Read More »


Top 25 Rankings – 9/3/2014

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3rd September

Posted: September 3, 2014

I now present the definitive Top 25 poll. Each week I will poll myself, tabulate the results, and then present them.

The number in () is last week’s ranking.

1. Florida State 1-0 (1)
2. Alabama 1-0 (2)
3. Oregon 1-0 (4)
4. Georgia 1-0 (7)
5. Baylor 1-0 (5)
6. Oklahoma 1-0 (6)
7. Auburn 1-0 (8)
8. Michigan State 1-0 (9)
9. UCLA 1-0 (3)
10. Stanford 1-0 (12)
11. Ohio State 1-0 (10)
12. LSU 1-0 (13)
13. Notre Dame 1-0 (16)
14. Southern California 1-0 (20)
15. Wisconsin 0-1 (14)
16. Texas A&M 1-0 (NR)
17. Clemson 0-1 (15)
18. North Carolina 1-0 (18)
19. Iowa 1-0 (17)
20. Michigan 1-0 (24)
21. Texas 1-0 (22)
22. BYU 1-0 (21)
23. Florida 0-0 (23)
24. … Read More »


Al’s 2014 College Football Predictions

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27th August

August 27, 2014

Everyone has their predictions, so why not me as well? I’m going to take a different spin on things, adding a little CollegeFootballQuest flavoring to my mix on some of them, and of course, not pick this years champion:

Charlie Weis has to go. I am not sure how you win no games and keep your job. I feel like he hasn’t won a game since 2010 (I could be exaggerating). There just seems like there is no plan there, similar to when Don Maloney took over the Islanders. You have three must win games out of the gate that he will lose 2 of, and then host Texas. September 29th he will have a tee time on the Blue Course at Doral. I just can’t see this going any other way. Yes, and I compared him to Maloney.
Al … Read More »


My Preseason Top 25 Poll – 2014

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25th August

Posted: August 25, 2014

I now present the definitive Top 25 preseason poll. I polled all one of me, tabulated the results, and now present my top 25 poll.

This poll is based on who I think are the better teams. In my opinion, a higher ranked team would beat a lower ranked team on a neutral field. It is not based on how they will finish the year. For example, if I think the Rajin’ Cajuns will go undefeated and therefore the media will vote them high because only record matters, I may have them ranked significantly lower, because I do not believe they would beat the teams higher than them on a neutral field.

Simply put, my rankings are who I think are the best teams, irrespective of record. Not to say wins and … Read More »


2014 Season Preview

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18th August

Date: August 18, 2014 | This year they visit two of the largest, well publicized stadiums in college football; “The Big House” or Michigan Stadium, home of the Michigan Wolverines, and “Death Valley” or Tiger Stadium, home of the LSU Tigers, along with Rice University, and University of Houston as a doubleheader weekend!


Participate in The Quest!!

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30th July

 

Posted July 20, 2014

Want To Be Part Of and Help Us With “The Quest”????

I have to admit, we have a great time on The Quest!! What’s not to like about college football games, big time football fans, tailgating, cheerleaders, new locations, rivalries, touring campuses and facilities, food challenges, LaGuardia Airport…ok well maybe not LaGuardia Airport, but the list is endless for an  opportunity to experience all that is good about college football!!

We get asked while on every trip “how can we be part of your Quest”? Of course by then it is almost too late. So here’s how. If we are coming to your school, we’d love to talk to you and learn anything and everything there is to know about your school and program! You’ll probably even get quote and a picture on our Trip Report page, if that … Read More »


Week 10 Recap

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6th November

Posted: November 6, 2013

USC at Oregon State – The Trojans continue to impress since the firing of Lane Kiffin winning three of four games. USC is playing like I expected them to when I predicted an 8-1 conference record and winning the Pac12 South. I guess I did not factor enough of the Lane Kiffin influence. This loss for the Beavers hurt, as any remote chance of winning the North evaporated.

Georgia vs Florida – My Gators could not shake a dismal start and fall 23-20 to the rival Bulldogs. I am not really sure that either team walks away from this game feeling good, but a W is a W. Amid a very chippy game featuring many personal fouls of the offsetting variety, Todd Gurley was the difference. Georgia ran out the clock with … Read More »


Week 10 Preview

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31st October

Posted: October 31, 2013

USC at Oregon State – A rare Friday night match up of not horrible teams. This game should be entertaining and fun to watch. There is nothing of immediate importance in this game but neither team is out of the race in their respective division, so this game is important to both sides. USC is playing a lot better since the firing of Lane Kiffin.

Georgia vs Florida – The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Soda Party kicks off at 3:30. Both teams are reeling and injured. The Bulldogs and Gators both enter 3-2 in the SEC with slim hopes of winning the SEC East. Loser is clearly out. Winner needs help.

Michigan at Michigan State – These two teams are atop one of the Big10 divisions and the winner of this game has … Read More »


Top 25 Rankings – 10/28/2013

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28th October

Posted: October 28, 2013

I now present the definitive Top 25 poll. Each week I will poll myself, tabulate the results, and then present them.

The number in () is last week’s ranking.

1. Oregon 8-0 (1)
2. Alabama 8-0 (2)
3. Florida State 7-0 (3)
4. Stanford 7-1 (4)
5. Baylor 7-0 (5)
6. Ohio State 8-0 (8)
7. Clemson 7-1 (9)
8. LSU 7-2 (10)
9. Texas A&M 6-2 (11)
10. Oklahoma 7-1 (16)
11. Missouri 7-1 (7)
12. Miami 7-0 (12)
13. Auburn 7-1 (13)
14. Wisconsin 5-2 (15)
15. Texas Tech 7-1 (14)
16. Oklahoma State 6-1 (18)
17. UCLA 5-2 (8)
18. South Carolina 6-2 (19)
19. Central Florida 6-1 (20)
20. Louisville 7-1 (22)
21. Northern Illinois 8-0 … Read More »


Top 25 Rankings – 10/21/2013

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21st October

Posted: October 21, 2013

I now present the definitive Top 25 poll. Each week I will poll myself, tabulate the results, and then present them.

The number in () is last week’s ranking.

1. Oregon 7-0 (1)
2. Alabama 7-0 (2)
3. Florida State 6-0 (3)
4. Stanford 6-1 (7)
5. Baylor 6-0 (10)
6. Ohio State 7-0 (8)
7. Missouri 7-0 (20)
8. UCLA 5-1 (9)
9. Clemson 6-1 (5)
10. LSU 6-2 (4)
11. Texas A&M 5-2 (6)
12. Miami 6-0 (11)
13. Auburn 6-1 (25)
14. Texas Tech 7-0 (13)
15. Wisconsin 5-2 (15)
16. Oklahoma 6-1 (18)
17. Nebraska 5-1 (19)
18. Oklahoma State 5-1 (21)
19. South Carolina 5-2 (13)
20. Central Florida 5-1 (NR)
21. Virginia Tech … Read More »


Week 7 Recap

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16th October

Posted: October 16, 2013

Oregon at Washington – As expected, the Huskies did not get blown out, but the Ducks win comfortably. Washington is a program headed in the right direction, but they just cannot compete with the elite of the Pac12….yet. Oregon just needs to avoid a massive mistake versus Washington State before they head into back to back games against UCLA and Stanford.

Boston College at Clemson – BC was leading this game going into the 4Q. Clemson now has a big showdown with the Seminoles. That will be must see TV.

Stanford at Utah – The Utes get their biggest home win beating a Top 5 team at home for the first time with a big goal line stand at the end of the game. The Utes played a great game and were rewarded … Read More »


Top 25 Rankings – 10/7/2013

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7th October

Posted: October 7, 2013

I now present the definitive Top 25 poll. Each week I will poll myself, tabulate the results, and then present them.

The number in () is last week’s ranking.

1. Oregon 5-0 (1)
2. Alabama 5-0 (2)
3. Stanford 5-0 (3)
4. Florida State 5-0 (4)
5. LSU 5-1 (6)
6. Georgia 4-1 (7)
7. Clemson 5-0 (8)
8. Ohio State 6-0 (5)
9. Texas A&M 4-1 (9)
10. Oklahoma 5-0 (10)
11. UCLA 4-0 (11)
12. Washington 4-1 (13)
13. Miami 5-0 (12)
14. Baylor 4-0 (14)
15. Louisville 5-0 (16)
16. Northwestern 4-1 (17)
17. Michigan 5-0 (18)
18. South Carolina 4-1 (15)
19. Oklahoma State 4-1 (19)
20. Wisconsin 3-2 (21)
21. Florida 4-1 (23)
22. Texas Tech 5-0 (24)
23. Nebraska 4-1 (25)
24. Virginia Tech … Read More »


Top 25 Rankings – 9/30/2013

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30th September

Posted: September 30, 2013

I now present the definitive Top 25 poll. Each week I will poll myself, tabulate the results, and then present them.

The number in () is last week’s ranking.

1. Oregon 4-0 (1)
2. Alabama 4-0 (3)
3. Stanford 4-0 (4)
4. Florida State 4-0 (3)
5. Ohio State 5-0 (5)
6. LSU 4-1 (6)
7. Georgia 3-1 (8)
8. Clemson 4-0 (7)
9. Texas A&M 4-1 (9)
10. Oklahoma 4-0 (17)
11. UCLA 3-0 (12)
12. Miami 4-0 (13)
13. Washington 4-0 (14)
14. Baylor 3-0 (15)
15. South Carolina 3-1 (11)
16. Louisville 4-0 (16)
17. Northwestern 4-0 (20)
18. Michigan 4-0 (21)
19. Oklahoma State 3-1 (10)
20. Arizona State 3-1 (23)
21. Wisconsin 3-2 (19)
22. Mississippi 3-1 (18)
23. Florida 3-1 (24)
24. Texas Tech 4-0 (25)
25. … Read More »


Week 4 Recap

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24th September

. Posted: September 24, 2013

Colorado State at Alabama – The Tide wins this one and the score is impressive at 31-6. But in watching the game, the Rams were able to do some things offensively and I did not come away too impressed with the Tide in this one. So, I have done something I have been debating for a week or so. I have moved Oregon ahead of ‘Bama in my rankings. I am not as convinced as I once was that the ‘Bama defense can stop the Ducks attack.

Arizona State at Stanford – The score would leave you to believe this was a close game. It wasn’t. I leave much more impressed with Stanford than I have been previously. They make the big move up to #4 in my rankings.

North Texas at … Read More »



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