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— The Gamecocks - coached by a fellow named Spurrier - had a fourth-and-10 at the Iowa 31 with 2:02 left. After Ryan Succup was good from 48 yards, they DID attempt an onside kick - and recovered it.

Sorry, but I’d have to say Dallas registers higher on the Futility Meter. South Carolina, after all, was just playing in a dead-end bowl game. The Cowboys were shooting for the NFC’s final playoff berth.

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Random thoughts about the BCS national title game:

— Was anyone else annoyed by Oklahoma’s offensive routine - line up quickly, then pause and look to the sideline for the play? It was like watching Sergio Garcia stand over a golf ball a few years back - constantly regripping his club, unable (or unwilling) to start his swing.

— Florida’s Percy Harvin is a lot like Reggie Bush - except he doesn’t need a compass to figure out which direction is north.

— Some athletes are simply born at the wrong time. If Tim Tebow had come along in the 1920s, when the single wing was in fashion and players went both ways, he’d probably be considered the greatest football player ever - college or pro.

— There have been whispers Urban Meyer might wind up at Notre Dame (eventually), but I’d rather see Jerry Jones hire him in Dallas. Then we could nickname him Urban Cowboy.

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Just for laughs, somebody in Salt Lake City should start selling those gigantic foam fingers the fans love to wave - except with TWO digits raised instead of one. In the last dozen years, the Utah Utes have finished second in both the football polls and the NCAA basketball tournament - and also produced the second pick in the NBA Draft (Keith Van Horn, 1997).

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Of course, the school also turned out the first pick in the NFL draft (Alex Smith, 2005), but who’s counting?

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ACC commissioner John Swofford, one of the BCS honchos, on complaints about Utah’s exclusion from the championship game: “We’re not out there trying to test the antitrust laws of the United States of America.”

To which I reply: That’s because you’re too busy testing our labor laws by exploiting athletes who have no collective voice in how they’re treated.

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