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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Marc Lawrence, — Like teams coming back from summer vacation, College Football’s first week of the season is in the record books and with it some teams aced their first exam while others laid a Brontosaurus egg.

It was an A+ payday for major underdogs last week. The envelopes, please:

A+: Who else other than Coach Prime and his Colorado Buffaloes who zipped the lips of naysayers with an impressive win over College Football playoff finalist TCU – as a 21-point underdog, to boot.

A+: Another top grade occurred as the the season of giving was kicked off by the Purdue Boilermakers, who paid Fresno State $1.35 million only for the Bulldogs to put up 487 yards behind Mikey Keene’s four touchdown passes in a 39-35 victory. Good for you. Bulldogs.

D-: Baylor lost 42-31 to Texas State, a team that went 4-8 in 2022 and was a four-touchdown underdog entering the game. The Bobcats were more than happy to take the win, the relatively low sum of $375,000 and a two-hour trip back home down Interstate 35. Bad Bears, bad.

F: During UCF’s rout over hapless Kent State, UCF’s official football account on Twitter posted a picture of quarterback John Rhys Plumlee on the phone, with the caption, “SOMEONE CALL THE NATIONAL GUARD.”

The problem with the UCF post is that the Knights were playing Kent State, which was the site of an anti-war protest in 1970 that saw the Ohio National Guard open fire on a crowd, killing four students. Nine others were wounded. That was beyond gauche.

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