Author Archives: Beau Brace

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Oklahoma State, the little program that could… buy success?

The Oklahoma State Cowboys haven’t always been top-level contenders in college football, but there’s no denying their emergence as a BCS threat in recent years. Much of OSU’s new-found success can be credited to the generous contributions of megabooster T. Boone Pickens. TheGP Football explores Pickens’ role with the program and how such relationships may impact the NCAA.

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The Big Ten strikes back: Parity in an age of dominance

The Big Ten is a conference of tradition, a timeless source of the magic we have come to associate with good old American college football. While those around them realign and readjust, the inaccurately-named conference has stood pat since welcoming Nebraska in 2010, opting instead to focus on the charms that have long made it a national classic.

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Value Over Replacement Statistic: Analyzing ESPN’s Total QB Rating

This summer, ESPN unveiled an innovative rendition of football’s quarterback rating, taking situational context into consideration when putting a statistical value on the contributions of the game’s QBs. The measurement has come under fire since its release, but does it deserve all the criticism?

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Saint Patrick and the Northwestern Wildcats

Northwestern University head football coach Pat Fitzgerald is intense. At least, that’s what his players say. His program is run his way and players are expected to deal with it. From the program’s academic goals (he expects his players to succeed as students at one of the premier academic universities in the United States) to …

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“These Guys Were Stars”: The fall and rise of USC football

When you think about it, the University of Southern California’s downfall under NCAA sanctions makes some sense. After all, from its extensive coverage in national media to its players’ cardinal and gold uniforms, the program was flashy. What got them noticed most, though, was that they won, often spectacularly, and they didn’t apologize. At times …

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