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SCS.comBOWL PREVIEW SERIES: FIESTA
December 31, 2005
By Reed, SCS.com Staff Writer
Of the three BCS bowls not deciding the national title, Monday afternoon's Fiesta Bowl showdown between Ohio State and Notre Dame is probably the most anticipated. It's a matchup between two teams with great history and tradition, outstanding head coaches, and fabulous teams this fall. Both squads finished in the top six of the final BCS standings, and the pair has combined to win eleven games in a row, neither losing....[MORE]

SCS.comBOWL PREVIEW SERIES: PART VII
December 30, 2005
By Jonathan, SCS.com Editor
The last of the pre-BCS bowl previews is finally here. Included in this edition is arguably the best matchup of contrasting styles not only in this bowl season but in any bowl season in recent memory. Texas Tech's run-and-gun style will go up against Alabama's stingy defense, ranked number one in the country. Also previewed in this edition are the Outback, Gator, and Capital One Bowls, all set to take place on Monday....[MORE]

SCS.comCOLLEGE HOOPS: THE WEEKEND AHEAD
December 30, 2005
By Jonathan, SCS.com Editor
The first half of the week saw one unbeaten, Clemson, go down while another, Pittsburgh, remained without a loss this season after winning on the road at South Carolina on Wednesday. And after seeing the Memphis Tigers go back and forth with Gonzaga before pulling away in the final minutes, it is clear that both of those teams will be major players on the national scene come March. This weekend's action will give a....[MORE]

SCS.comQUICK TAKE: SUN BELT SHOULD BE ASHAMED
December 29, 2005
By Jonathan, SCS.com Editor
Rarely is this website eager to criticize those who play and work these games we love, but after watching Wednesday night's Alamo Bowl played by Michigan and Nebraska, but controlled more often that not by an incompetent officiating crew, I feel the need to vent some frustration. As ESPN play-by-play man Mike Tirico pointed out during the broadcast, this was possibly the worst officiated game I can ever remember....[MORE]

SCS.comA LOOK UNDER THE RADAR
December 28, 2005
By Jeff, SCS.com Staff Writer
With the Christmas break over, the college basketball season turns towards the upcoming start of conference play. The non-conference season brought us many marquee games and lots of debate about various topics, but league play is the meat and potatoes of the season, the heart and soul of college basketball. Everyone has discussed the top teams and players from the "big six" conferences, but little has been made....[MORE]

SCS.comBOWL PREVIEW SERIES: PART VI
December 28, 2005
By Reed, SCS.com Staff Writer
As bowl season really begins to hit stride in this week leading up to the new year, it's time to glance at three additional games set to take place this coming Saturday. In addition to the Meineke Car Care and Liberty Bowls, the Houston Bowl matchup between Iowa State and once-beaten Mountain West champion TCU is also previewed and the winner predicted by all staff members in this edition of our Bowl Preview Series....[MORE]

SCS.comBOWL PREVIEW SERIES: PART V
December 27, 2005
By David, SCS.com Staff Writer
The majority of the smaller bowl games have been played, and it's time to begin looking towards the larger games scheduled this weekend. In part five of the SCS.com Bowl Preview Series, the staff takes a glance at four games set to kickoff on Friday. In addition to the Independence, Sun, and Music City Bowls, the much-anticipated showdown between Miami and LSU in the Peach Bowl is also previewed and predicted by the staff....[MORE]

SCS.comCOLLEGE HOOPS: THE WEEK AHEAD
December 26, 2005
By Jonathan, SCS.com Editor
Christmas has passed, and with the conference schedules just around the corner, SCS.com will begin previewing the college hoops week a new way beginning this week. Each Monday, we'll take a look at "The Week Ahead," a glance at the top games to keep an eye on Monday through Thursday of that week. Then later in the week, we'll turn towards "The Weekend Ahead" and preview the top matchups on Friday, Saturday, and....[MORE]

SCS.comBOWL PREVIEW SERIES: PART IV
December 23, 2005
By Reed, SCS.com Staff Writer
Week two of the SCS.com Bowl Preview Series concludes with a look at three pre-New Year bowl games. In this edition, the staff looks at the Alamo, Emerald, and Holiday Bowls. The latter matchup, featuring Oregon and Oklahoma, is one of the premier non-BCS games of the entire bowl season. In addition to previewing each matchup, all members of the staff have predicted the winner of each and every 2005 bowl game....[MORE]

SCS.comTHE TWELVE GAMES OF CHRISTMAS
December 22, 2005
By Cortney, SCS.com Staff Writer
It is the most wonderful time of the year. For many Americans, Christmas centers on Jesus, Joseph, Mary, the Virgin Birth, and relevant religious services and celebrations. For others, it is all about family, sharing, receiving, giving, or the like. Still others see it as an avenue to parties, egg nog, fruitcake, the Christmas Story marathon, Santa's visit, reindeer, and elves. More cynical and jaded folks reject the whole lot of it....[MORE]

SCS.comBOWL PREVIEW SERIES: PART III
December 21, 2005
By David, SCS.com Staff Writer
Bowl season 2005 is underway, and it's time to glance farther ahead on the schedule to preview four additional postseason matchups. After glancing at the first seven bowl games last week, we now look towards the Motor City, Champs Sports, Insight, and MPC Computers Bowls. Just as with the bowl previews last week, each member of the SCS.com staff has predicted the winner of all four matchups previewed in this edition....[MORE]

SCS.comALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS...
December 20, 2005
By Jeff, SCS.com Staff Writer
Ah, Christmas. It's the best time of the year, and by far the most festive. The kids have already sent in their lists for Santa, and the big holiday is just a few days away. But little kids and adolescents aren't the only ones allowed to get involved in the wish list frenzy. The non-conference portion of the college basketball season is almost over, and the meat of the season is nearing its arrival. With that in mind, several teams looking to....[MORE]

SCS.comCOLLEGE HOOPS: THE WEEK AHEAD
December 19, 2005
By Jonathan, SCS.com Editor
It's Christmas week, and in addition to the last of the pre-holiday tournaments set to take place in places like Puerto Rico, Arizona, and Hawaii, there are a number of high-profile matchups on the slate to keep an eye on as you complete those last-minute shopping trips. Though it's technically not a tournament like some of the rest, this Thursday's gathering of teams in Oklahoma City will certainly be interesting....[MORE]

SCS.comBOWL PREVIEW SERIES: PART II
December 16, 2005
By Reed, SCS.com Staff Writer
As we inch closer and closer to Christmas, we are now just a few days away from the beginning of bowl season 2005. Part two of our bowl preview series is focused on three matchups in particular, the Poinsettia, Fort Worth, and Hawaii Bowls. Each of those games will be played prior to Christmas day, and just as with part one of the preview series released earlier this week, the winner of each matchup is projected....[MORE]

SCS.comDREAM GAME HEATS UP AGAIN
December 15, 2005
By Cortney, SCS.com Staff Writer
Kansas vs. Missouri. Kentucky vs. Indiana. The Big Five. Xavier vs. Cincinnati. Duke vs. North Carolina. All of these rivalries get the blood boiling regionally and pique national interest every year. However, the best college basketball rivalry will play its thirty-seventh edition this Saturday in Rupp Arena at 1:00 PM CST on CBS. Kentucky (6-3) vs. Louisville (6-0) is the best college basketball rivalry in the land, and there are....[MORE]

SCS.comBOWL PREVIEW SERIES: PART I
December 14, 2005
By David, SCS.com Staff Writer
School is out for the holidays, it's less than two weeks until Christmas, and that can only mean one thing to college sports fans: bowl season. More than two dozen games are set to be played over the next few weeks, including the New Orleans, GMAC, and Las Vegas Bowls showcased today. In addition to previewing every single game, the entire SCS.com staff will also project the winner of all 28 postseason matchups this season....[MORE]

SCS.comEAST COAST BIAS? PLEASE!
December 13, 2005
By Jeff, SCS.com Staff Writer
There is no East Coast bias whatsoever. I'll get that out of the way right off the bat. Many people claim that the media is biased towards the East Coast and does not show any love to the West Coast. The primary piece of evidence they use is television exposure: "We don't get on TV until 10 or 11 o'clock at night!" Well, thanks to the time difference, unless they move their games up to a late afternoon start time, that's how it's going....[MORE]

SCS.comSCS.COM STAFF WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU!
December 12, 2005
By Jonathan, SCS.com Editor
With the new year approaching in just a few weeks, we at SCS.com would like to hear what you do and do not like about what we are doing. This is your chance to let us know how we can make this website better for you. And as a way to encourage those of you who do visit to take time to complete our survey, we are offering a gift certificate to one lucky person who completes the survey by January 15, 2006. It's a win-win....[MORE]

SCS.comCOLLEGE HOOPS: THE WEEK AHEAD
December 11, 2005
By Jonathan, SCS.com Editor
It's exam time at many of the schools around the country, which means a bit lighter load on this week's college hoops schedule. After seeing a number of in-state upsets last week, there are a few more we should keep an eye on in the week ahead, including Winthrop's trip to South Carolina, Ohio's visit to Cincinnati, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee's game against the Badgers in Madison. That trio of games leads up to the Saturday....[MORE]

SCS.comOUR PLAYOFF, BECAUSE WE WANT ONE
December 9, 2005
By Jonathan, SCS.com Editor
The BCS has made its selections, and another year without a playoff has passed. Our matchups are set, and we're down to two teams who have a shot to win the national title. But don't get too excited; each squad must now sit for a month before getting a shot to claim that ultimate prize. But what if we had a college football playoff to look forward to? One that consisted of the top eight teams in America and began two weeks....[MORE]

SCS.comTWENTY STORIES TO FOLLOW THIS SEASON
December 8, 2005
By Cortney, SCS.com Staff Writer
It is still way too early to make any definitive statements about any given team, but there are some interesting trends emerging in Hoopworld. There are many undefeated teams remaining, but some of those were expected and some have not been challenged to date. I have identified ten teams that have started quickly this season. Most of the teams on this list have not only blazed out of the gate but have notched an important win....[MORE]

SCS.comHANDING OUT FIRST SEMESTER REPORT CARDS
December 8, 2005
By Jeff, SCS.com Staff Writer
Half-court buzzer beaters. Triple overtime classics. Heroic one-man performances. The first month of the college basketball season has provided us with all of that, and much more. The teams at the top are very similar to what people had predicted prior to the season, but after that, it's a crapshoot. Many teams have had surprisingly good seasons, while others have fallen off the map and disappointed. Similarly, there is a....[MORE]

SCS.comSEASON IN REVIEW: PART II
December 7, 2005
By Reed, SCS.com Staff Writer
In a season full of all the usual ups and downs, the west coast yielded some nice surprises and a few sad disappointments. Arizona State had a great chance early on in the season to up-end the might LSU Tigers but let it slip away and finished the season unranked. Oregon, on the other hand, managed to pull a few key wins out of the bucket and make to the Holiday Bowl. As this season winds down, we look back and....[MORE]

SCS.comPOSTSEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM RELEASED
December 7, 2005
By Jonathan, SCS.com Editor & Staff
The regular season is complete, and it's time to look back and honor some of the best players from around the country this past season. Guys like USC's Reggie Bush and Texas's Vince Young immediately come to mind. But what about Washington State RB Jerome Harrison or Ohio DB Dion Byrum? Though largely overlooked by the national media, these two guys are just a couple of examples of those we've taken time to honor....[MORE]

SCS.comSEASON IN REVIEW: PART I
December 6, 2005
By David, SCS.com Staff Writer
Now that the bowl season is set, we prepare for all the showdowns with a quick look back at the regular season. It was a great year, especially watching Texas and USC beat all comers, all year on their road to the Roses. The BCS got it mostly right this year, but the inclusion of Florida State makes me hate those conference title games. Still, all four games have intrigue, and the ratings will soar in the Fiesta and Rose....[MORE]

SCS.comCOLLEGE HOOPS: THE WEEK AHEAD
December 5, 2005
By Jonathan, SCS.com Editor
It's just about exam time at many schools all around the country, as students and athletes alike begin to turn their attention towards Christmas and a nice holiday break. Many of the big-name preseason tournaments have concluded play, but that doesn't mean the coming week's college hoops schedule is without a number of marquee matchups. In fact, perhaps the most anticipated matchup of the entire pre-conference....[MORE]

SCS.comEXPANDING THE CONFERENCE CHALLENGES
December 1, 2005
By Cortney, SCS.com Staff Writer
To date, the ACC/Big 10 Challenge has been a non-challenge. The Big Ten has kept it close a couple of seasons, but for the most part it has been an ACC dance party. The ACC has won all seven challenges and is 40-24 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchups. Duke is 7-0 in those games, and they showed their mettle again last night by withstanding a Herculean effort by Indiana's Marco Killingsworth. The Auburn transfer combusted....[MORE]

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