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The wait is over!

TCU QB Trevone Boykin is looking to prove 2014 wasn’t a fluke.

Football fans, the wait is over at last–and we mean that in more than one way. We’ll start with the longest-running storyline of the NFL offseason: the Deflategate saga, the battle between Tom Brady and the NFL. After much of the sports world waited for the other proverbial shoe to drop, Judge Richard Berman delivered the result New England Patriots fans have hoped for. He vacated the punishment imposed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and cleared Brady to begin the season as usual. Berman’s decision appears to have been based on the fact that, regardless of the merits of the case against Brady, Goodell ignored due process in his handling of the matter…and as you might imagine, this issue isn’t dead yet. Speculation has already begun about the NFL’s next move, as well as how much this whole thing might tarnish the legacies of many involved. One thing’s for sure: if you took a shot and drafted Brady in your fantasy league, you’re doing a happy dance.

As for the other thing football fans have waited seemingly forever for: the college football season is fully underway! It actually began last Saturday, in an under-the-radar but highly exciting FCS kickoff between Montana and FCS defending champion North Dakota State. With just two seconds to go, the Montana Grizzlies excited the home crowd in Missoula with a game-winning touchdown to beat the defending champs, 38-35!

Back to the big show, last night marked the start of the Jim Harbaugh era for the Michigan Wolverines. Unfortunately, the game that was referred to as a ‘cupcake’ match for Harbaugh & company didn’t go as planned. The Utah Utes took down the Wolverines 24-17, as Utes running back Devontae Booker put up 124 total yards and a touchdown. Harbaugh and his famous gameday outfit will be back next week, of course, to try and get the Michigan football program back to the top.
In other action, the South Carolina Gamecocks relied on their defense to beat the North Carolina Tar Heels 17-13. The South Carolina D had two interceptions in their own end zone against Heels’ quarterback quarterback Marquise Williams, who had some bright moments but seemed a little too aware of closing pass rushers. And at the top of the standings, the second-ranked TCU Horned Frogs survived a scare against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, winning 23-17 as quarterback Trevone Boykin set out to prove last season wasn’t a fluke.
The first full week of college football will continue over Labor Day weekend, and the top 25 will be looking to get their hunt for the national title on! Who do you think will get off the biggest start? Will there be any major upsets? Who’s on your early watch list for the Heisman Trophy? Hit us up @Brackethead on Twitter and tell us what you think. You can also us #FanCrazy photos and make bold predictions on our Facebook wall. If you really want to show your stuff and win stuff while you support your team, head to www.gofancheer.com and download the app!
May the brackets always bust in your favor,
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Rivalry Week!

Well, football fans, this is a week we’ve waited for for a while, and it didn’t disappoint. Thursday night, 5th ranked TCU dropped 48 on the Texas Longhorns. The Horned Frogs are averaging 46 points a game, and are really making a stronger and stronger case to be in the top four.
Friday afternoon saw a whopper of an upset, as unranked Stanford clobbered the 8th-ranked UCLA Bruins in their own stadium, 31-10. In a game that featured an enormous pregame scuffle, Western Kentucky ended Marshall’s undefeated run in a 67-66 overtime thriller! No. 17 Missouri won its second straight SEC East title with a 21-14 win over Arkansas. And with the path cleared by UCLA’s loss, the Arizona-Arizona State game was for the Pac 12 South title and went down to the wire! Arizona took it on a late fourth-down stop, 42-35, and will play Oregon next week for the Pac 12 championship. Oh yeah, they’re already the only team to have beaten the Ducks this season!
No. 3 Florida State cut it close yet again, outlasting Florida 24-19. Mississippi beat 4th ranked Mississippi State 31-17, clearing the way for TCU’s playoff push, and no. 6 Ohio State beat Michigan 42-28 but lost quarterback J.T. Barrett to a season ending broken leg. No. 16 Georgia Tech beat no. 9 Georgia in a crazy overtime battle, and no. 14 Wisconsin sent themselves to the Big Ten title game by beating no. 18 Minnesota 34-24. And no. 7 Baylor won a wild one over Texas Tech, outlasting them to the tune of 48-46! Elsewhere in the top tier, no. 2 Oregon pounded Oregon State 47-19. This season, Ducks QB Marcus Mariota now has 47 touchdowns (15 rushing) and two picks. Yes, really…
But it wouldn’t be Rivalry Week without the annual Iron Bowl, and it didn’t disappoint! Top-ranked Alabama overcame three interceptions to take a second half lead over 15th ranked Auburn, in the highest scoring game in Iron Bowl history. The Tide pulled away at the end to win a whopping 55-44!
With the calendar ticking away, the first ever NCAA football playoff is just around the corner. Which four will make the cut? Has Mariota locked down the Heisman? Tweet us @BracketHead using the hashtag #FanCrazy and sound off with your predictions. You can also send us fan photos, make bold predictions, and post photos to our Facebook wall. And don’t forget to check in and follow us for a chance to win fun prizes!
May the brackets bust in your favor,

The folks at FanCheer

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What a week!

Well, football fans, as we close in on the first ever college football playoff, the games are really getting crazy. First of all, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon ran for an astonishing 408 yards, breaking LaDanian Tomlinson’s FBS record. Even crazier? His last rushing attempt was at the end of the third quarter. And the weekend was even more bonkers than that…
First of all, unranked Northwestern beat freefalling no. 18 Notre Dame, 42-40 in overtime. Continuing to trend in the opposite direction of Notre Dame, no. 4 TCU survived Kansas, 34-30. Ninth-ranked Auburn, another struggling team, got hammered 34-7 by no. 15 Georgia. The Bulldogs had a tough break during their win, however, with running back Todd Gurley suffering a season-ending ACL tear.
Florida State cut it close again, trailing most of the game to unranked Miami. They came back in the second half to win 30-27, but Seminoles fans must be a little worried about their squad.
There was another upset near the top of the standings, as no. 6 Arizona State lost 35-27 to Oregon State, who sealed it with a late pick-six. And Marshall, suddenly unranked but still undefeated, won 41-14 against Rice. Ohio State continued its push toward the top five with a 31-24 win over no. 25 Minnesota.
With the playoffs almost upon us, fans are waiting with bated breath for each week’s new standings. Who will be at the top this week? Will TCU finally supplant one of the top four? How far will Notre Dame and Auburn fall, and who will be the next team to crack the top ten? Tweet us @BracketHead using the hashtag #FanCrazy and sound off with your predictions. You can also send us fan photos, make bold predictions, and post photos to our Facebook wall. And don’t forget to check in and follow us for a chance to win fun prizes!
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The folks at FanCheer

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Week 10 continues to mix things up

The week in college football began with an exciting test for no. 2 Florida State! 25th ranked Louisville went up 21-7 on the Seminoles early, before Jameis Winston led his team back to a 42-31 win. Winston provided one of the plays of the game when he forced a fumble on the defensive back who’d just intercepted him! It was a promising start to Week Ten.
In the top-ten matchup of the week, no. 3 Auburn edged out no. 4 Ole Miss in an absolute thriller! After an outstanding performance, receiver Laquon Treadwell suffered a gruesome ankle injury and lost control of the ball a yard away from a go-ahead score in the final minutes. The Auburn Tigers recovered in the end zone, and hung on to win 35-31.
In West Virginia, two of college football’s aspiring Cinderellas battled as the Mountaineers hosted TCU. The nation’s highest-scoring team needed a walkoff field goal to beat the home team 31-30! Will they continue their climb toward the top five?
Elsewhere in the rankings, no. 10 Notre Dame withstood a serious challenge from under-.500 Navy. In the week’s biggest upset, unranked Florida pounded 11th-ranked Georgia 38-20, and top-ranked Mississippi State needed a last-minute pick in their own end zone to beat unranked Arkansas.
 How will the standings look after this week’s action? Tweet us @BracketHead using the hashtag #FanCrazy and sound off with your predictions. You can also send us fan photos, make bold predictions, and post photos to our Facebook wall. And don’t forget to check in and follow us for a chance to win fun prizes!
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Bloody Saturday

Welcome to the playoff era of college football. While it’s been widely debated whether the new playoff system will help or hurt college football, one thing is sure: this week was action packed!

It began on Thursday night, when the BYU Cougars lost their quarterback to a season-ending injury and the unranked Arizona Wildcats beat the second-ranked Oregon Ducks.

Then, on Saturday, all heck really broke loose.
The top-ranked Florida State Seminoles held serve with a big win, but four of the top six teams (and five of the top eight) lost, and no. 16 USC lost to unranked Arizona State on a hail mary. No. 25 TCU took down no. 4 Oklahoma in a nail-biter, 5th ranked Auburn pounded 15th ranked LSU, and in one of the day’s bigger shockers, no. 16 Mississippi State dropped 48 points on no.6 Texas A&M! Meanwhile, Ole Miss took down the third ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, making Saturday one of the biggest days in Mississippi sports in recent memory. Stars rose, injuries abounded, and the Top 25 shuffled like a deck of cards after the dealer’s had three cups of coffee.
As if all that wasn’t crazy enough, the California Golden Bears beat the Washington State Cougars 60-59—and the Cougars’ quarterback, Connor Halliday, threw for 734 yards. Go back and read that again, because it’s not a typo.
Going into Week 7, we have some great college football matchups to look forward to. On Saturday, 2nd ranked Auburn faces Mississippi State, who’s risen to third in the nation. Washington State plays no. 25 Stanford, and no. 13 Georgia plays at no. 23 Missouri. The standings are wide open, the rankings are topsy-turvy, and everyone’s on upset alert. Check in with FanCheer for this week’s featured game, ( ). Last but not least, check out @BracketHead on Twitter to join in the fan chatter and for the chance to win FanCheer prizes!
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The folks at FanCheer

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