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Post subject: BillS's GIW College Football Universe  PostPosted: Nov 28, 2017 - 03:28 PM



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I have added all of the 1960s and 1970s teams to my original college football universe of the 1940s and 1950s. As of now, the Top 10 list is as follows:

1. 1955 Texas Christian (6-0)
2. 1945 Army (6-1) (only loss to 1955 Texas Christian, 27-26)
3. 1961 Mississippi (5-0)
4. 1947 Penn State (4-1) (only loss to 1945 Army)
5. 1960 Iowa (5-1) (only loss to 1945 Army)
6. 1941 Notre Dame (4-1) (only loss to 1945 Army)
7. 1961 LSU (4-1) (only loss to 1960 Iowa)
8. 1969 Penn State (4-1) (only loss to 1961 Mississippi)
9. 1950 Tennessee (3-1) (only loss to 1955 Texas Christian)
10. 1961 Texas (3-1) (only loss to 1961 LSU)

#1 1955 TCU and #3 1961 Ole Miss will play later this week. #9 1950 Tennessee is about to take the field against unranked 1958 LSU (1-1). I have only recently acquired the 1970s teams, so they are not yet represented in the rankings.

Some recent results:

1943 Purdue 6
#6 1941 Notre Dame 26 (defense only allowed 136 total yards against)

1968 Texas 27 (5 turnovers doom the Longhorns)
1968 Arkansas 47

1957 Army 49
1963 Navy 3 (Staubach 12 for 16 passing, but also 3 costly intercepts)

1979 Temple 21
1973 Penn St. 24 (John Cappelletti with 129 yards rushing)

1973 Texas Tech 12
1973 Oklahoma 14

#6 1960 Iowa 7
#2 1945 Army 35 (28 unanswered points for the Cadets to blow out the previously unbeaten Hawkeyes).

And, at the half, its 1951 Princeton 15, 1976 Rutgers 12.
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Nov 29, 2017 - 09:36 AM



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1958 LSU KNOCKS 1950 TENNESSEE OUT OF TOP 10!

Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon scored a touchdown on a 9-yard run with just 15 seconds remaining in the game to give LSU a hard-fought 20-17 victory over #9 Tennessee yesterday. The loss knocked Tennessee out of the Top 10 and raised the prospects of 1958 LSU, who improved to 2-1, getting back on my table soon.

In other scores, 1976 Rutgers took advantage of 3 second-half interceptions off Dick Kazmaier to score 21 unanswered points and cruise to a 33-15 victory over 1951 Princeton. 1976 Rutgers is now 1-0, which 1951 Princeton falls to 0-3 and will not likely be back on the table any time soon.
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Nov 29, 2017 - 09:39 AM



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The Top 10, as of November 29, 2017, is as follows:

1. 1955 Texas Christian (6-0)
2. 1945 Army (6-1) (only loss to 1955 Texas Christian, 27-26)
3. 1961 Mississippi (5-0)
4. 1947 Penn State (4-1) (only loss to 1945 Army)
5. 1960 Iowa (5-1) (only loss to 1945 Army)
6. 1941 Notre Dame (4-1) (only loss to 1945 Army)
7. 1961 LSU (4-1) (only loss to 1960 Iowa)
8. 1969 Penn State (4-1) (only loss to 1961 Mississippi)
9. 1961 Texas (3-1) (only loss to 1961 LSU)
10. 1967 USC (3-1) (only loss to #8 1969 Penn State, 21-20)
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Nov 30, 2017 - 09:47 AM



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TOUGH DAY FOR NEBRASKA

1971 Oklahoma 39
1971 Nebraska 13

In one of the most impressive offensive performances on my tabletop, 1971 Oklahoma amassed over 500 yards total offense in this game. The game was locked in a 6-6 tie at halftime before the Sooners took control in the second half. 1971 Oklahoma is slated to play 1971 Colorado in the near future.

1969 UCLA 31
1969 Nebraska 14

UCLA intercepted 3 Jerry Tagge passes to pull away from the Cornhuskers. The win makes the Bruins 2-0. They will play the winner of the 1969 Texas vs. 1962 Mississippi game later this week.
 
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REBEL YELL!

1962 Mississippi Rebels won two games yesterday on their way to winning an 8-team tournament.

1969 Texas 7
1962 Ole Miss 10

Wesley Sullivan kicked a 31 yard FG late in the 4th quarter of this tight game to give Ole Miss the win. The Rebels held the vaunted Texas offense to just 187 total yards, including 0 passing yards.

1969 UCLA 19
1962 Ole Miss 42

The Rebels intercepted 3 UCLA passes and amassed 221 rushing yards on their way to a decisive victory over the Bruins in the tournament's championship game. The win raised 1962 Mississippi's record to 3-0, which means they will be getting to the table again soon. First, though, the 1961 Mississippi team is slated to play 1955 TCU in a battle of unbeatens.

Those early 1960s Mississippi teams were certainly powerful!!
 
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LONGHORNS PREVAIL

1961 Colorado 0
1961 Texas 20

The #9 1961 Texas Longhorns welcomed the unranked Colorado Buffaloes to the Cotton Bowl and came away with a shutout victory. The game was a lot closer than the score would indicate, as the 3rd quarter ended with Texas holding a 7-0 lead. Colorado would advance the ball deep into Texas territory on multiple occasions, but could not punch it in. Finally, after committing no turnovers for the first three quarters, the Buffaloes turned the ball over 3 times in the 4th quarter allowing Texas to extend its lead. The win solidified 1961 Texas's spot in the Top 10 and caused 1961 Colorado to fall to 0-2.
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Dec 05, 2017 - 08:44 AM



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IRISH KNOCK TROJANS FROM TOP 10

1966 Notre Dame 29
#10 1967 USC 23

Terry Hanratty led the 1966 Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a tough 29-23 victory over #10 1967 USC this morning. The Irish quarterback completed 12 of 18 passes for 148 yards and 1 touchdown. Sure-handed receiver Jim Seymour caught 6 Hanratty passes for 87 yards. USC's O.J. Simpson had a memorable performance with 170 yards on 25 carries, including a long 45-yard run in the third quarter.

Ironically, the win dropped 1967 USC to 3-2 and out of the Top 10, where they were replaced, at least for the moment, by 1953 Notre Dame (5-2).

The Top 10 presently stands as follows:

1. 1955 Texas Christian (6-0)
2. 1945 Army (6-1)
3. 1961 Mississippi (5-0)
4. 1947 Penn State (4-1)
5. 1960 Iowa (5-1)
6. 1941 Notre Dame (4-1)
7. 1961 LSU (4-1)
8. 1969 Penn State (4-1)
9. 1961 Texas (4-1)
10. 1953 Notre Dame (5-2)

There are 4 teams with 3-1 records who will be playing over the next week or so and if any of them win they will likely crack the Top 10. The 1953 Notre Dame team lost only to #1 TCU and previously ranked 1950 Kentucky, but those two losses make them vulnerable to fall out of the Top 10. At 3-1, 1967 North Carolina State, 1952 Oklahoma, 1950 Northwestern, and 1948 Oregon all stand to gain from 1967 USC's loss.
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Dec 05, 2017 - 11:20 AM



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#3 1961 Ole Miss vs. #1 1955 TCU Preview

Tomorrow morning the only two unbeaten teams in my college football universe (1940s through 1960s) will square off to determine who's #1!!

The 1955 TCU Horned Frogs currently hold that position by virtue of their 6-0 record and very narrow victory over #2 1945 Army (27-26 score). TCU is led by All-American running back Jim Swink. When Swink is on his game, the Frogs are difficult to stop. Ole Miss will need to key on him as much as possible.

The 1961 Mississippi Rebels come into this game with a 5-0 record including impressive wins over #8 1969 Penn State and a tough 1966 Michigan State team. The Rebels run the ball a lot, but not as much as TCU. For this game, it would serve Ole Miss well if they stayed on the ground, as the TCU pass defense is very good. Quarterback Glenn Griffing will shoulder most of the responsibility to control the Rebel's ground game, as he hands off to backs Billy Ray Adams and Doug Elmore.

Analysts are split as to who will win this contest, but the slight majority favor Mississippi. The Rebels are 2 point favorites.

Stay tuned!!!
 
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"LIKE KISSING YOUR SISTER"

#3 1961 Ole Miss 11
#1 1955 TCU 11

Harold Pollard's 32-yard field goal with 0:45 on the clock earned 1955 Texas Christian a difficult 11-11 tie with #3 1961 Mississippi. The Horned Frogs came back from an 11-0 deficit going into the 4th quarter and scored 11 unanswered points to tie the game.

This was a very strange game! With punter Doug Elmore pinning the Horned Frogs back inside their 5 yard line on multiple occasions, the Rebels tackled TCU's star Jim Swink in the endzone twice for two safeties in the first half, as that half ended with the absurd football score of 4-0!! Mississippi scored the games first touchdown in the 3rd quarter when Glenn Griffing hit Ralph Smith with a 7-yard pass. That play was set up by a big 36-yard pass play to Reed Davis. Ahead 10-0 at that point, the Rebels decided to kick the extra point which would require TCU to go for two if they scored a touchdown.

Sure enough, not long into the 4th quarter, TCU marched down field with their most impressive drive of the day. Pollard scored on a 5-yard run. The Horned Frogs did indeed choose to go for two and Swink plunged in to make the score 11-8.

Getting the ball back again, TCU moved into Ole Miss territory, but stalled on the 15 yard line with a 4th and 8 situation. Pollard came out and made the field goal to tie the game (N.B. Pollard needed the FAC card draw to be not more than a 36. The card drawn was 36!!).

The tie has caused some controversy among observers of the Top 10, as now 1961 Mississippi (5-0-1) jumps over 1945 Army (6-1) into the #2 spot. But it was the Rebels' defensive effort against TCU that earned them the right to jump over the Cadets. In particular, Ole Miss held Swink to just 49 yards rushing. The 1961 Rebels have give up not more than 13 points in 5 of their 6 games! 1955 TCU remains unbeaten and, at least for the moment, in the #1 spot.

1. 1955 Texas Christian (6-0-1)
2. 1961 Mississippi (5-0-1)
3. 1945 Army (6-1)
4. 1947 Penn State (4-1)
5. 1960 Iowa (5-1)
6. 1941 Notre Dame (4-1)
7. 1961 LSU (4-1)
8. 1969 Penn State (4-1)
9. 1961 Texas (4-1)
10. 1953 Notre Dame (5-2)
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Feb 07, 2018 - 09:40 AM



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I have focused my college football playing on the 1970s ATG sets. It will be interesting to see which teams emerge to challenge the teams in my Top 10.

Some random game scores:

1979 Temple 21
1973 Penn St 24 (John Cappelletti 124 yds rushing)

1974 Mississippi St 21
1973 Alabama 28

1975 Arkansas 16
1972 Auburn 0

1976 Oklahoma St 7
1975 Texas 52 (4 interceptions highlighted defensive domination)

1974 Maryland 23
1972 Louisville 15

1973 Miami (OH) 14
1977 Pitt 44 (Matt Cavanaugh - 4 TD passes)

1973 Houston 24
1973 Texas Tech 41

1970 Ohio State 10
1971 Michigan 19

1973 Houston 16
1973 Notre Dame 7 (4 turnovers and missed FGs doom Irish)

1973 Texas Tech 12
1973 Oklahoma 14

1976 Georgia 7
1976 Pitt 35 (Tony Dorsett, 145 yds rushing) - Replay of 1976 Sugar Bowl

1973 Notre Dame 20 Replay of 1973 Sugar Bowl
1973 Alabama 7

1975 UCLA 20 Replay of 1975 Rose Bowl
1975 Ohio State 7
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Feb 09, 2018 - 03:53 PM



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How long is it taking you to play each game?

Thanks,

Brian
 
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Hi Brian -

Each game is not longer than 1 hour. Once you get a rhythm down, the game flows very quickly. It can be particularly quick for these older college teams that ran the ball 80% of the time. The game flies by when you keep the ball on the ground!!
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Jun 29, 2018 - 11:23 AM



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Continuing my play of the 1970s ATG teams, here are some recent scores:

1970 Nebraska 10 (QB Tagge threw 4 picks!!)
1970 Notre Dame 35

1973 Ohio State 15 (came back after Michigan took 14-0 1st Q lead)
1971 Michigan 14

1970 Tennessee 13
1977 Kentucky 14

1971 Alabama 24
1972 LSU 13

1970 Texas 21
1972 Oklahoma 7

1971 Colorado 15
1977 Arkansas 35

1970 Arizona St 34
1972 USC 0 (This was one of the biggest upsets I've ever had!)

1974 NC State 34 (held Fla St to just 108 total yards!!)
1977 Florida St 13

1970 Notre Dame 17
1973 Ohio State 20 (Played this one this morning - Archie Griffin 162 yds rushing, 2 TDs)

Next up: 1977 Kentucky vs. 1971 Alabama
 
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1977 Kentucky 7
1971 Alabama 27


Johnny Musso ran for 109 yards as the Crimson Tide beat up on Kentucky. This was a close game in the first half and it looked like Kentucky would go into the locker room with a 7-3 lead. However, after a very short punt from deep in their own territory, Kentucky could not keep Alabama and Musso out of the end zone, as the Tide scored a touchdown on the final play of the half to go up 10-7. The kicking game was a thorn in the side for Kentucky all day, as they missed their only field goal attempt (39 yards) in addition to the several short punts that gave Alabama great field position all day.

In real life, this was the first Alabama team to use the wishbone offense. Bear Bryant felt the need to shake things up a bit after a few disappointing seasons for the Tide in the late 60s and 1970. In this game, the Alabama running game accounted for 279 yards.

Next up: 1970 Texas vs. 1977 Arkansas
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Sep 06, 2018 - 09:30 AM



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1973 Penn State 26
1974 Maryland 27


Tremendous game on my tabletop this morning, as the 1974 Maryland Terrapins held off the 1973 Penn State Nittany Lions, 27-26. Maryland jumped out to an early lead after Terp defensive back Ken Schroy intercepted a Tom Shuman pass on Penn State's first drive. Louis Carter scored on a 3-yard run on the short field after the interception for a 7-0 Maryland lead.

On the next possession, Penn State prepared to punt, but a bad snap gave Maryland yet another short field to work with. After a Kenny Roy 3-yard touchdown run, the Terps held a 14-0 lead. Penn State managed a field goal before the end of the quarter, but Maryland got the next score to increase their lead to 21-3.

Penn State linebacker Ed O'Neil gave the Lions some life after he intercepted a Bob Avellini pass and took it in to close the gap to 21-10. But Maryland's Steve Mike-Mayer would add a field goal before the half, as the teams went into the locker room with the score 24-10.

Mike-Mayer would kick another field goal for the only scoring of the 3rd quarter. Down by 17 at the start of the final quarter, Penn State mounted a comeback. John Cappelletti scored on a 5-yard run to bring the Lions within 10 at 27-17. Maryland recovered the subsequent onside kick, but then went 3-and-out, punting the ball back to Penn State. The Nittany Lions drove the ball down field quickly, as Shuman hit Jim Scott with a 53-yard strike. However, Maryland's defense tightened up near the goal line and Penn State was forced to settle for a field goal with 3:45 left in the game.

Maryland again recovered the onside kick, but failed to post a first down. The Terps possession, however, did force Penn State to use all of their time outs and thus they had none when they got the ball back with 2:45 remaining in the game. Shuman, who had not had a very good game up to this point, picked the right time to get hot. He completed passes to Scott and Gary Hayman, moving the Lions downfield against the Terps' pass defense. With 1:00 remaining, Shuman found Dave Bland open down the side line and Bland went in for a 35-yard touchdown play.

The score stood at 27-26 and Penn State decided to go for 2. Perhaps thinking Maryland would key on Cappelletti, Shuman handed the ball to Bob Nagle. However, the Terps won the battle at the line of scrimage and dropped Nagle short of the goal line! Maryland recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock for the win.

1974 Maryland is now 2-0 on my tabletop, while 1973 Penn State drops to 1-1.
 
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