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College Students Hold First Midwest Quidditch Cup

2011 Midwest Quddich CupWho says you have to be a British teenage wizard to enjoy a good Quidditch game? Last weekend, 300 college students from the Midwest USA proved that these traits are not at all a requirement to participate in a Quidditch cup. The students were from various universities, including Purdue, Ball State, University of Michigan, and Ohio State University.

“I was going to be in club soccer, but when I heard about Quidditch, I wanted to try it,” said Michael Koester, a freshman at Ball State University. “The great thing about this you don’t have to be a great athlete. I’ve made so many friends, and we have lots of fun together.”

It seems that Koester isn’t the only one who now prefers Quidditch, a fantasy game with players who ride on broomsticks, to other sports.

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College Football 2011: Top-Ranked Sooners Survive Tallahassee, Buckeyes Fall Apart in Miami

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Oklahoma keeps their seat at the head of the class, while Ohio State fails miserably in their first road test of the season.

By Cabrone D. Brewer

It’s only the third week of the season, but even in hostile territory the University of Oklahoma appeared to be ready for final exams.

Boasting college football’s #1 ranking for a record-setting 100th time after a bye week, the No. 1 Sooners traveled to Tallahassee and proved to be deserving of the Associated Press’s top spot, downing No. 5 Florida State 23-13 in a tough early season road test at Doak-Campbell Stadium on Saturday night.

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Foursquare Launches Universities 2.0 on Hundreds of College Campuses

Last year, the popular social media app foursquare announced plans to officially partner with more than 20 universities across the nation to help students explore their college campuses and learn about their school’s traditions. The program was a huge success and now than 10 million users joined in on the fun. Now foursquare is making the program even bigger and better with a new and improved version called Universities 2.0.

Universities 2.0 will have all of the fun features that the original foursquare for universities had, such as the ability to check in at various locations on campus, learn about traditions and folklore, and see what your friends thought about various things related to your campus. However, Universities 2.0 will have something that the original program did not have: badges. These badges will represent the schools on foursquare and also could be used on college campuses to advertise that the campus is a foursquare-friendly zone.

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NCAA Basketball Tournament Player Profile: Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger

We’re going to be looking at some of the key players of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and we’re going to kick it off with Ohio State‘s Jared Sullinger.

There’s a strong case to be made that Sullinger is the top player in the country. The 6-9, 280-pound freshman was a monster inside for the Buckeyes, averaging 17.2 points and 10.1 rebounds a game while shooting 53% from the floor.

He’s been named a Wooden Award finalist, an award given to “the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.” He was also named the Big 10’s Freshman of the Year and is a finalist for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s Oscar Robertson Award, given to their player of the year.

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Harry Potter’s Quidditch Game Comes to Life

I love Harry Potter. I know that the Ministry of Magic has been infiltrated by Lord Voldemort. I know who Dobby is and I know all about the Triwizard Tournament. I admit all of this and yet, I must say that I am still shocked to learn that hundreds, thousands of real-life Muggle Quidditch teams have been assembled across the world.

College and high school students are taking the wildly popular world of Harry Potter out of the conventions and out of the libraries and they are taking over college campuses. If you don’t know what Quidditch is, then I’m going to have to point you in the direction of Amazon, where you can purchase the full Harry Potter series. Read it, maybe even watch the movie, and then come back because I can’t possibly tell you everything there is to know in one post!

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College Football Stunner: Buckeyes Blitzed

Now things are getting interesting.

After seven weeks of college football, the two teams most thought would meet for the national championship, Alabama and Ohio State, have both lost. As a result, the race to Glendale is wide open. Here’s a look at the significant games from Week 7:ohio state

1. Rocked at Camp Randall: After suffering from coverage team breakdowns all season, the Wisconsin Badgers finally got to experience the other side of the coin. David Gilreath took the opening kickoff back 97 yards for a touchdown to put Ohio State behind the 8-ball, and the Badgers jumped out to a 21-0 lead en route to a 31-18 victory over the top-ranked Buckeyes. The win was Wisconsin Head Coach Bert Bielema’s first against a top 10 team, and keeps Wisconsin’s hopes alive for a Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes national title hopes are effectively dashed, as they now sit fourth in the Big 10. Read the rest of this entry »



Few Upsets Loom in Week 7 of College Football Season

texas longhorn footballThose of us hoping for major shakeups in the college football polls this weekend might be disappointed. There are only two games between ranked opponents, and many of the elite teams don’t have tough match-ups.

Nonetheless, here are the biggest match-ups of the week:

1. #1 Ohio State at #16 Wisconsin I suppose this game being at Camp Randall makes it an upset possibility, although the next decent team Wisconsin beats will be their first. The Badgers are coming off a rivalry game victory over a dreadful Minnesota team, but this OSU team is a heck of a lot better. The Buckeyes are coming off a thrashing of a decent Indiana team, and have won in Wisconsin before. Read the rest of this entry »



College Football Week #2 Recap

footballWith the second week of college football in the books, the BCS picture already seems to be forming, as Ohio State and Alabama have emerged as the clear favorites at this point. But did they make the list of the three biggest story lines of the weekend?

1. Better late than never. It took Virginia Tech a week longer than they wanted, but the Hokies may have destroyed Boise State‘s National Title hopes. With a 21-16 defeat at the hands of D-IAA James Madison, Virginia Tech not only dashed their crystal ball hopes, but took the Broncos’ with them. Now, Boise’s best regular-season victory in years looks, well, not so special. The Broncos stayed at #3 in the coaches’ poll, but the distance between them and #2 Ohio State grew.

2. The weekend was pretty much a disaster for the ACC as a whole. Their marquee programs were taken out one by one, and right now, the conference looks wide open. Read the rest of this entry »



College Football Week #2 Preview

Ohio StateWith the opening week of the college football season behind us, and the BCS in danger of being busted, it’s once again time to take a look at the three biggest games to watch this week.

Note: Since the USA Today coaches poll factors into the BCS, all team rankings will be based on that.

No. 14 Penn State at No. 1 Alabama. The Tide will likely be without injured Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram in the backfield, but it’s not likely to matter. The Nittany Lions will have a freshman as quarterback and star running back Evan Royster didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard against Youngstown State. While a PSU win would be huge for the Big-10, it’s going to be a tall order to beat Nick Saban in Alabama. Read the rest of this entry »



University of Oklahoma Football Joins the 800 Wins Club

boomer soonerIf you have been paying attention to college football for the past few decades, you know that the University of Oklahoma has been considered a football powerhouse. On September 3, 2010, the Sooners changed this trend into a fact, when they won their 800th game as a school team against Utah State University. This makes the University of Oklahoma Sooners the seventh Division I team to become a member of the 800-Wins Club.

See when the other members, Michigan, Texas, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State, earned their invitation to this elite club. Read the rest of this entry »





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