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4-Down Territory: Playoff and New Year's Six Game Notes To Remember

1st Down: The Cotton Bowl: #10 Penn State vs #17 Memphis: For Penn State the key is to avoid the Big Letdown. PSU fans upset with a perceived Rose Bowl snub should be ready for a Memphis team that can score points behind a balanced offense. The Tigers boast a 3,500+ yard passer, a RB with 1,486 yards rushing and 532 receiving yards and a WR with 1144 yards. They use RBs as WRs and WRs as RBs to create match-up problems. How PSU chooses to play the match-up game will be one of the things to watch. When Penn State has the ball they’ll face a solid Memphis defense. The Tigers are Top 25 in passing yards allowed and passing efficiency defense, but allow a lot of rushing yards. If they can get PS

4-Down Territory: Early Signing Day Reminders, Shortened Bowl Preparation & An Epic Bowl Gallery

1st Down: Early National Signing Day Is Just a Beginning: The over-done promotion level of all signees as the next great thing rises each year. Many fans make signing day a huge deal and many of these players buy into that hype. But signing day is not a destination. It is a gate, a starting point of a journey that will be a tough uphill climb on many, many days. There will be stumbles and failures and all the signing day hype in the world won’t do anyone any good once the ink is dry. 2nd Down: Reality Check: For all the fans inflating the egos of 17 and 18 year olds because of their potential will you be there to support them when their NFL dreams fail? Remember that the vast majority of the

4 Down Territory: Army-Navy Game, Heisman Weekend & Must-See Heisman History

1st Down: Army Navy Game: This is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, rivalry and tradition in all of college football. For sixty minutes the country watches these two branches of the US Military battle each other for gridiron glory. But this is so much more than a game....If I were to die tomorrow and God said I could go back for one day and coach in one game it would be in the Army-Navy game. 2nd Down: The FCS Playoffs: On Friday night there are three FCS playoff games including an ESPN2 Double header. At 7:00 pm 2nd seed James Madison hosts Northern Iowa. At 10 p.m. 6th seed Montana heads to play 3rd seed Weber State.If you truly love college football these are must-watch games. The

4-Down Territory: Championship Weekend Games & The 120th Anniversary of the First Big Ten Champi

It is Championship weekend and we are full of information as well as a history lesson of the first Big Ten Conference Championship game played 120 years ago....more on that later. 1st Down: The Twelves: Pac-12 #5 Utah vs #12 Oregon: Before the season Utah was a trendy playoff pick until an early-season loss to USC made everyone forget them. All they’ve done since is win eight-straight games with a defense that has yielded less than 10 points per game in that stretch. Oregon will need a great game from QB Justin Herbert and a veteran Oregon offensive line to overcome Utah's defensive front. Watch Utah DE Bradlee Anae who has racked up 8.5 sacks the last five games and has 12.5 for the year. W

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