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Sports Reporter — LA Times
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Thirty-33 year vet of LA Times but not as old as that sounds!

What was your first job as a journalist?

Technically Sports Editor Cal State Fullerton Daily Titan. Received $300 stipend. Then Fullerton Daily News Tribune

Have you ever used a typewriter?

You bet. I started on typewriter at the LA Times back in 1981 shortly before move to computers. Remember glue pots?

How is social media changing news?

By the second....

College football: What games to watch Saturday on TV — Each week our national college football writer describes how he would handle the television remote on Saturday, handicapping what's worth watching, and skipping: MORNING Texas (3-4) at No. 11 Kansas State (5-1) 9 a.m., ESPN It took Kansas State football about 80 years to get rolling but the program is now a win over Texas from its 500th victory.

The Times' Super 16 college football rankings — This is the last weekend the Super 16 can impress the College Football Playoff selection committee before it releases its first top-25 poll Tuesday. Note the big surge for Alabama , which proved in a 59-0 romp over Texas A&M that it is definitely the nation's best home team.

ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL: He didn't see Utah and Arizona coming — Utah lost at home to lowly Washington State earlier this season and Arizona needed 36 fourth-quarter points to defeat California, a team that went 1-11 last year, on a Hail Mary pass. So you might ask: When did the Utah and Arizona coaches get fired? Actually, Kyle Whittingham and Rich Rodriguez are coach-of-the-year candidates.

Getting inside the college football playoff system — All I can say after spending a day in Texas portraying USC Athletic Director Pat Haden is: "Fight on! We [retroactively] did it!" Exhuming positive USC news from 2008 was not in the plan upon being granted a one-day membership on the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Thrilling season makes it tough to predict college football's playoffs — Notre Dame was the last program you thought would screw up a simple throw and catch. The Fighting Irish didn't invent the forward pass, but certainly modernized it during a 1913 game against Army. Gus Dorais and Knute Rockne practiced all summer while working as lifeguards, before unleashing this secret pass-catch weapon in a 35-13 victory at West Point, N.Y.

Kansas State makes unscheduled arrival among college football elite — The first thing we wondered after Kansas State's huge win at Oklahoma on Saturday was why Bill Snyder agreed to play Auburn in September. No. 14 Kansas State (5-1) took over sole possession of first place in the division-less Big 12 and appears to be one of the better, and unheralded, teams in the country.

Notre Dame-Florida State is key game in first four-team playoff season — Notre Dame (6-0) at Florida State (6-0) promises to be terrific surround-sound theater with a circus-like atmosphere. Jameis Winston alone could fill three rings and maybe clean up after the elephants. It is a morality play, on a macro level, with more offshoots than a bamboo forest.

College football mail: SEC plays by its own set of rules — Each week during the college football season, national analyst Chris Dufresne will burn a timeout to answer questions and exchange opinions. You can email him at and reach him on Twitter: @DufresneLATimes Unbuckling the mailbag: Normally I don't take time to write to columnists, but I just had to reach out to you after reading your most recent L.A.

College football viewing guide — Each week our national college football writer describes how he would handle the television remote Saturday, handicapping what's worth watching, and skipping: MORNING No. 4 Baylor (6-0) at West Virginia (4-2) 9 a.m., Fox Sports 1 The over-under is 80 points, but it probably should be a hundred higher after Baylor pulled out a 61-58 comeback win over Texas Christian last week.

Pac-12 football is halfway to ... what? — The halfway point of a brand new season, with a brand new system, has prompted plenty of questions. We'll start in the Pac-12 Conference with Stanford and ask: *What if Dr. Condoleezza Rice's favorite team knew how to close out games? Stanford has lost two games, both to ranked teams, by six total points.
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Oct 23, 2014

Rankman is here to brighten, or dull, your bulb. Have Super 16 day!

Oct 23, 2014

RT @KenGoe: Dennis Dodd of The College Football Playoff has revived the regular season:…

Oct 20, 2014

If FB was 2 1\2 quarters I'd have MSU ranked ahead. RT @johnjeren @stilloldduck @DufresneLATimes @BHOOLZ MSU controlled most of game.

Oct 20, 2014

Will flip if Ore needs 36 in 4th to beat Cal on HM this week. RT @cc9827 @DufresneLATimes do u have Arizona ranked ahead of Oregon?

Oct 20, 2014

Oregon OL down 4 guys. Ok to vote with common sense RT @RustyBattery @DufresneLATimes and Arizona beat Oregon by seven.

Oct 20, 2014

If it helps Mary Kay has Oregon ranked ahead RT @Andy_Staples How does one "coach" Amway?

Oct 20, 2014

Who wants to tell the Amway coaches that No.7 Oregon defeated No. 5 Mich State by 19?... I did it last time.

Oct 20, 2014

Manning won't miss much so long as Ole Miss is in mix. He is so recused. I played Pat Haden in 2008 mock and was fitted with muzzle.

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