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Alabama's Racial Dilemma: The 1953 Orange Bowl

In 1952 the University of Alabama faced a difficult choice between a long sought return to postseason play and violating the school's unwritten ban against playing integrated teams.

Alabama's Racial Dilemma: The 1953 Orange Bowl

In 1952 the University of Alabama faced a difficult choice between a long sought return to postseason play and violating the school's unwritten ban against playing integrated teams.

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College Football and the NASSH Conference

The annual NASSH conference is underway and there are a heaping helping of great papers being presented on college football and sports in general.

College Football and the NASSH Conference

The annual NASSH conference is underway and there are a heaping helping of great papers being presented on college football and sports in general.

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Princeton vs Yale 1903

In 1903 Thomas Edison was on hand for the Princeton vs Yale game with his "Kinetograph" giving us the earliest glimpse of college football as it was actually played.

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Princeton vs Yale 1903

In 1903 Thomas Edison was on hand for the Princeton vs Yale game with his "Kinetograph" giving us the earliest glimpse of college football as it was actually played.

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Blast from the past: Jackie Sherrill

33-3 over the previous three seasons, Pittsburgh's Jackie Sherrill was wooed by Texas A&M in January 1982.

Blast from the past: Jackie Sherrill

33-3 over the previous three seasons, Pittsburgh's Jackie Sherrill was wooed by Texas A&M in January 1982.

Wally and the Bear take down some Yankees

Wally and the Bear take down some Yankees

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Pitt vs Fordham 1937

Fordham's "Seven Blocks of Granite" from the 20s and 30s are usually recalled today for two reasons; 1) the presence of Vince Lombardi and 2) being the archtypical offensive line for the "three...

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The Great Tiger Stadium Barbecue of 1940

The biggest barbecue ever held in a US football stadium occurred in 1940 at LSU to mark the inauguration of Louisiana Governor Sam Jones.

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The Big Shootout: Texas vs. Arkansas 1969

Filmmaker Mike Looney's documentary on the 1969 Texas vs Arkansas game, "The Big Shootout," premieres Saturday at the Dallas International Film Festival. He spoke with Football Study Hall about the importance and repercussions of this titanic game.

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The Presidential Football Games

An effort to tally the list of college football games attended by the President of the United States of America.

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The 1948 Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs Texas

Three years ago, in anticipation of the 2010 BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, I penned a series of stories over at Roll Bama Roll looking at every game in the Alabama vs Texas series....

South Carolina's Great Sigma Nu Caper of 1961

The South Carolina vs. Clemson rivalry has produced its share of epic contests but few can contend with the 1961 edition of the series.

Army, Navy and Defensive Pass Interference

In 1936, Army and Navy faced off in Philadelphia in front of the largest crowd to ever attend a football game up to that time. The end result was an officiating controversy that changed the rules on defensive pass interference.

Now Playing: Arkansas At Tennessee (1998)

This truly was one of the biggest gut-punch near-upsets in college football's history. Arkansas did not luck into a lead against No. 1 Tennessee on November 14, 1998 -- they completely and totally outplayed the Vols. And then they lost anyway.

Now Playing: Georgia Vs. Florida (1980)

For the most part, the 1980 Georgia-Florida game has been boiled down to a single, legendary play: Lindsay Scott's 93-yard touchdown reception with under 90 seconds remaining.

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100-Year Rankings

College football teams ranked by their 100-year performance averages.

In the 1970s, Pete Frame produced a series of "family trees" for rock bands that have become an...

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In the 1970s, Pete Frame produced a series of "family trees" for rock bands that have become an iconic part of Rock n Roll history. These linear representation of the lineups made the often chaotic membership of many iconic bands at least reasonably understandable. Inspired by this, I decided to create my own version of one of these "family trees" of the Big XII conference (including its antecedents, the Southwest Conference and Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association). The goal was to understand the bizarre and circuitous route that Missouri (and Texas A&M) have traveled to reach the Southeastern Conference. A larger version can be found here.

The Historical: Texas' McEachern Miracle and Corne

The Historical takes a look at the 1977 Red River Shootout that saw a third-string Texas QB come off the bench to save the day and the infamous "Fifth Down" game between Cornell and Dartmouth in 1940.

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