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The FCS might be the only friend you have, pardnah.

Yesterday was a good day for picking up a win and a big check.

Plus,

Not pretty.  But there’s a silver lining.

Lesson for the weekend:  there are cupcakes, and then there are cupcakes.

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“You better never count a Bobo out.”

If Kirby was this excited after Mike Bobo’s comeback win over Arkansas, imagine what kind of reaction he’d have if CSU somehow manages to upset the Gators.

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Are there too many D-1 teams?

I can’t say for sure, but it’s not a good sign when four of ’em get beat by FCS schools in the first week of the season.

I feel for ‘ya, Kansas.

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UCF’s gonna UCF.

On Sunday, an Orlando-based lawyer took to Twitter to announce he would fly a UCF national champs banner over Camping World Stadium, the site of the Alabama-Louisville game.

Chad Barr, a 2004 graduate of UCF, made good on his promise Saturday

“This isn’t an advertising scam where I’m taking an advantage for an opportunity,” Barr told ClickOrlando.com earlier this week. “It’s about pushing the brand farther along. So as long as we are in people’s mouth’s, they are talking about UCF, then we are in the picture and that means more than a trophy could ever be.”

Barr is a self-proclaimed Knights’ fan. “Just about everything in my life is UCF,” he said.

The lawyer, though, pointed out earlier this week that this is about sharing the spotlight with Alabama, the winner of the CFP national championship, not stealing it.

“We specifically chose to put the word ‘co’ in there so that everyone knows that we aren’t taking anything away from what Alabama did,” Barr told ClickOrlando.com. “We are just celebrating our achievement with them.”

Bless your heart, bud.  I’m sure Alabama appreciates that.

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Thursday morning buffet

Num, num, num…

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Wednesday morning buffet

A few tasty morsels for your breakfast pleasure:

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Conference power grows out of the barrel of a television camera.

It’s cute to puff your chest out about UCF’s national championship claims as evidence that your conference deserves to be mentioned in the same breath with the P5 bunch — oops, “P6”, as the the American Athletic Conference would prefer for you to think of it — but even if you accept the argument that the AAC teams are increasingly competitive with, say, the Auburns of the college football world, the reality is that’s not what will let the conference run with the big dogs.

This is.

… For all of AAC commissioner Mike Aresco’s stumping for the sport’s model to change to a Power Six, there’s no chance of that transcending empty rhetoric until the league’s financial revenues look more Rockefeller than Bundy.

The league is wheezing through the final two seasons of a seven-year, $126 million television contract with ESPN that was essentially a hostage negation that doubled as a TV deal. The AAC, fresh off a spate of realignment departures, did the best it could at the time and signed on for short money to be more attractive this time around. For ESPN, it has proven a grand bargain for the quality and quantity of content. (Essentially, each major conference program in the Power Five gets more television revenue annually than all 12 teams in the AAC).

These days, the schools in the AAC are getting somewhere around $2 million a year in television revenue, which means that schools like Clemson and LSU are paying their defensive coordinators more than UCF and Houston are receiving each year in TV revenue. With the revenue threshold for the Big Ten crossing $50 million annually per school – much of which is from television – the distance that the AAC is behind financially is staggering.

No one knows this better than Aresco, who told Yahoo Sports in a phone interview: “This TV deal will determine how people view the conference,” Aresco said, “and how they view me.”

You ain’t nothin’ until you’ve got your own conference broadcast network.  That’s the real playing field these days.

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