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Designated Read: Every Game Counts, until it doesn't

And now, an hour-long Oregon Trail video dedicated to the Red River Shootout. Would we lie to you, dearest readers?

• Every Game Counts, for some very curious values of "every." The first cooing batch of freshly-hatched BCS standings was waiting on our doorstep yesterday evening, along with a note from Bill Hancock: "The release of the first BCS weekly standings always creates great excitement for college football fans. Even though there are still almost two months to go in the regular season, everyone loves to talk about the standings and make projections for the postseason. Whether your favorite team is trying to qualify for a bowl game or trying to make it all the way to the National Championship Game, every game is going to count." In related news, Texas will never not be ranked in the initial BCS standings, as long as we all shall live.

We would like to declare our allegiance at this time to the idea of Kansas State winning a national title, because Bill Snyder hoisting a crystal football would bring joy to even the most pitted of hearts, from sea to shining sea.

• Another year without a postseason contest named for a pizza chain website. Our pals at SB Nation do a little bowl-projectin', with Alabama and Oregon in the title game.

• Injury report story hour. Notre Dame has a quarterback problem; namely, that one QB is Everett Golson, who could still miss playing time this week, and the other is Tommy Rees ... get your Texas injury updates here, and know that David Ash, at least, expects David Ash to play against Baylor ...  Jerry Kill has been released from the hospital.

• Misc. EDSBS traces the typical length of time afforded a coach between winning a national title and being fired ... don't let the official statements fool you; Scott Loeffler totally deserves to be in coordinator time-out ... please digest your morning catlab.

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