College Football Weekly Wrap-Up: Big Night at the Big House

University of MichiganBy Cabrone D. Brewer

The Wolverine has a reputation for ferocity and strength — and after Saturday night’s performance against Notre Dame, University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson proved that he fits the mold perfectly.

With both teams donning retro-themed uniforms in front of a record-setting crowd of 114,804 for the first night game ever at Michigan Stadium, The Wolverines scored 28 points in the fourth quarter capped by Robinson’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Roy Roundtree with two seconds left to stun Notre Dame and lift Michigan to a thrilling 35-31 victory over the Irish.

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Michigan vs. Notre Dame Game to Make History in Week 2 of the 2011 Football Season

By Cabrone D. Brewer

Traditionally speaking, college football’s second week is monotonous. Many teams in the Associated Press Top 25 simply choose to rest and repair from strenuous summer two-a-days or play watered-down opponents to slide into the next week unscathed. But a couple of marque matches usually tend to find their way to the field — and this week is no exception.

With top-ranked Oklahoma taking the week off to prepare for a September 17 showdown with #5 Florida State and newly crowned #2 LSU playing in a sleeper against Northwestern State, recently leap-frogged #3 Alabama is left to search for more believers in the heart of Happy Valley. Taking on #23 Penn State in the second game of Joe Paterno’s 45th year, Alabama seeks to recover some of the ground they lost in the polls to LSU in always rowdy State College, PA.

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5 of the Most Affordable Private Universities

Always wanted to go to a private school, but were never  sure you could afford it? Listed below are five perfectly-priced private universities with a price tag of less than $10,000 per year. All tuition rates are from the 2010-2011 school year and do not include room and board or books.

Berea College ($910): Located in Berea, Kentucky, this higher learning institution was the first to implement both interracial and co-ed education in the South. The university relies solely on its endowment, gifts and financial aid. It does not charge its students tuition, only campus-related fees. However, they must work at least 10 hours at a work-study job on campus.

Brigham Young University ($4,330):  With cheap tuition and a diverse student population representing over 70 countries, this could be the place for you. BYU, located in Hawaii, is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Mitt Romney’s Education Background

Mitt Romney is an American politician and businessman. He served as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and is now a possible Republican candidate for the 2012 presidential election. EDUinReview will now take a look at his education background.

Romney was born on March 12, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan. His parents are George and Lenore Romney. Romney has three older siblings and one younger sibling. He grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and attended a private preparatory school called Cranbrook School from seventh grade through twelfth grade. During his senior year at Cranbook, he joined the cross country team. He met his future wife, Ann, during his senior year; the two agreed to get married at his graduation in 1965, but did not end up getting married until March 21, 1969.

Romney attended Stanford University for one year and then moved to France to serve as a Mormon missionary for 30 months. When he returned to the USA, Ann had started attending Brigham Young University and Romney decided to join her there. He graduated from BYU in 1971, where he studied English and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Then, at his father’s urging, Romney decided to pursue a joint Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration degree at Harvard. In 1975, he graduated cum laude from the school and was named a Baker Scholar for being in the top five percent of his class.

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Sweet 16 Preview

The Sweet 16 kicks off tonight, with a batch of four games that should all be compelling. So let’s take a look at the four games:

1. Butler vs. Wisconsin: Here we go again. A year removed from a surprising National Championship Game appearance, the Butler Bulldogs are a Cinderella story again. They upset the top-seeded Pitt Panthers in the second round (Really, who hasn’t at this point?) but will need some more help for Shelvin Mack, who probably won’t go 7-of-12 from three-point range again.

Wisconsin held off Kansas State last round and can shake their postseason demons with a solid win here. But star guard Jordan Taylor better not pull another 2-for-16 from the floor, or the Badgers will be in trouble.

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NCAA Basketball Tournament Player Profile: BYU’s Jimmer Fredette

We continue our profiles of the key players in the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament with a look at BYU‘s Jimmer Fredette.

Ahh, the Jimmer. A deadly shooter, one of the most prolific scorers in the game today, a possible player of the year, and a senior to boot. What’s not to love? Well pretty much all that if you’re one of the teams actually tasked with stopping this kid. Fredrette can score seemingly from anywhere on the court, is great at shooting threes (40%) and is almost automatic from the line (90%).

When he’s on, there’s simply nothing you can do. He’s averaging over 28 points per game and has cracked the 40-point barrier four times. He’s also averaging four assists per game, although his game is mostly about scoring. His 52-point outburst against New Mexico was stunning to watch and he’s practically carried BYU on his back the last few games.

Expect him to continue to light it up in the NCAA’s. Teams seem content to let Fredette shoot at will with the goal of shutting down his teammates. Last season, in a double-overtime first-round victory over Florida, Fredette scored a game high 37 points on 13-of-26 shooting. He went cold in the next round though, going just 5-of-13 in a loss to Kansas State.

I’ve already pegged BYU as a candidate for an upset, so Jimmer may not be around very long. But if he proves me wrong, odds are it’s going to be through a prolific display of scoring, which is going to be fun to watch.

NCAA Basketball Tournament Preview

It’s time once again for The Big Dance! The 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament seriously kicks into gear today–don’t try and sell me on play-in games–and we’re giving you a preview of the round, replete with upsets and sleepers.

Best shot for an upset/sleeper: Half the games in the Southeast bracket

The Southeast strikes me as a bracket loaded with red flags and teams that constantly underachieve, making it ripe for upsets and the chance of a low-seeded team making a run. Three seed BYU is a possibility for an early exit. Yes, Jimmer Fredette is amazing. But the suspension of Brandon Davies has turned the Cougars into a one man-show. Fredette has scored 80 of BYU’s 130 points over the last two games. He can’t do it alone.

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BYU Dismisses Basketball Player for Premarital Sex

Brigham Young University BasketballBrandon Davies has been suspended from Brigham Young University’s nationally ranked basketball team for a violation of the school’s honor code. The school that is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dismissed Davies from the Cougars team for having premarital sex, but is allowing him to continue to attend classes until his situation has been reviewed by Honor Code Office.

“I think it was a big surprise to everyone,” Courgars coach Dave Rose told The Salt Lake Tribune, but he is optimistic that Davies will play for the team in the future.

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College Football Realignment: TCU Moves East

The latest stunner in college football realignment has a dose of irony sprinkled in: Texas Christian University, the team with the best shot at striking a blow for the have-nots of college football, will take their leave of the Mountain West conference and join the Big East in all sports starting in 2012.

This is a major shift, arguably one of the biggest of all the conference moves, for the following reasons:

1) If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em— Look, no one’s saying TCU decided fighting the good fight for the non-BCS schools was too much work and joined the dark side, but there’s no denying the reality that TCU no longer has to deal with the politics, upturned noses, and outright bias that go along with being a non-automatic qualifier. And it’s not like TCU hasn’t been cranking out 10-win seasons like they’re on an assembly line. This team is going to an auto-bid conference at just the right time.

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