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Big-Game Alert! Alabama Students Are Chomping On Gator Bread

September, 19, 2014
Sep 19
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Alabama hosts SEC rival Florida on Saturday, and believe it or not, a few people on campus in Tuscaloosa have mustered up some enthusiasm about the game. Shocking, right? In addition to students yelling “ROLL TIDE” at the beginning and end of every sentence all week (likely), the school’s cafeteria served gator-shaped bread rolls on Thursday. This is not a joke.

Your move, Florida cafeteria. Good luck coming up with a “Crimson Tide”-themed dish.

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Happy Days Are Here! Katherine Webb Posts Wedding Photos

September, 16, 2014
Sep 16
2:41
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Just when you thought wedding season was over, Katherine Webb decided to crash your social media timelines with pictures from her July marriage to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron. My math skills aren’t great, but I’m pretty sure I stopped caring about this event two months ago.

However, for the ones and ones of you who might be interested in pictures from nuptials that you weren’t actually invited to, here they are for your enjoyment.

On the plus side, at least you now have an excuse to use that “ROLL BRIDE!” pun you’ve been saving. Just me?

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12 Perfect pairs

April, 4, 2014
Apr 4
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Aubrun TigersJonathan Ferrey/Getty ImagesCam Newton and Auburn beat Oregon in the most recent meeting of two unbeaten teams in a national title game.

With just the semifinals standing in the way of a clash of unbeatens between UConn (38-0) and Notre Dame (36-0) in the NCAA women's basketball tournament, we look back at the 12 previous NCAA championship games between perfect teams.

Auburn vs. Oregon football, 2010: Led by quarterback Cam Newton, the Tigers edged the Ducks 22-19 in the BCS National Championship.

Alabama vs. Texas football, 2009: After the Longhorns lost star quarterback Colt McCoy to injury early, the Crimson Tide capitalized and took home the BCS title with a 37-21 victory.

USC vs. Oklahoma football, 2004: Despite entering the game with matching 12-0 records, the Trojans routed the Sooners 55-19 in the BCS Championship. The title was later stripped from the Bruins for NCAA violations and no champion is recognized from that season.

Miami vs. Ohio State football, 2002: Bringing a 34-game winning streak into the BCS Championship, the Hurricanes fell to the Buckeyes in a double-overtime classic, 31-24.

Florida State vs. Virginia Tech football, 1999: The Seminoles held off a second-half rally by the Hokies for a 46-29 victory and claimed their second national championship.

Long Beach State vs. Penn State women's volleyball, 1998: The 49ers became the first volleyball program in Division I history to finish the season undefeated by topping the Nittany Lions. Long Beach State was led by now-icon and three-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May.

Marshall vs. Montana football, 1996: The Thundering Herd, featuring Randy Moss and Chad Pennington, captured their second NCAA Division I-AA title with a 49-29 victory over the Grizzlies.

Old Dominion vs. Iowa women's field hockey, 1992: The Monarchs took home their third consecutive national title, and seventh overall, with a 4-0 win over Iowa.

Johns Hopkins vs. Syracuse men's lacrosse, 1984: The Blue Jays snapped the Orange's 22-game win streak -- that stretched over two seasons -- with a 13-10 victory in the national championship.

North Carolina vs. Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse, 1981: North Carolina won its first lacrosse title by edging Johns Hopkins 14-13.

Cornell vs. Maryland men's lacrosse, 1976: The Big Red needed overtime to beat the Terps 16-13 to win their second national championship.

Howard vs. Saint Louis men's soccer, 1971: The first known meeting of unbeatens in the NCAA finals, Howard topped Saint Louis 3-2. The NCAA later stripped Howard of the title for allegedly using ineligible players.

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