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USC's Reasons for Optimism

USC fans try to recover from Saturday's loss to Stanford.:: John Cordes/Icon SMI
Trojan fans, we know the loss to Stanford stung, but it's not the end of the world. Don't take our word for it -- Girls Gone Tailgating has 10 things to be thankful for despite Saturday's loss.
Extra Credit
Kansas State may have lost a nail biter to Kansas on Saturday, but don't feel too bad for the Wildcats, especially the ones who are hooking up with their tutors.
Anyone Know a Good Lawyer?
Things aren't so happy in the valley. Not only is Joe Paterno making headlines for a reported road-rage incident, but several of the school's football players were involved in a brawl at a fraternity party Saturday night. This comes on the heels of tailback Austin Scott's suspension for violating team rules and the citing of two true freshmen for underage drinking.
Whoops!
South Florida fans went into a frenzy Monday with news that Saturday's game against Central Florida had been postponed. Turns out the game is still on and the false alarm was the result of a Ticketmaster error.
Studying the Simpsons

Students at Tufts can take a class on LOST. .:: Courtesy of ABC
Not loving Biology 101 and Brit Lit? Mental Floss has compiled the 12 coolest courses being offered this semester. Our two favorites are Cal's "Simpsons and Philosphy" and Tufts' "The Future is Lost: TV Series as Cultural Phenomenon," which SIOC featured last May.
Today in Hot Clicks
TV station shows Hooters contest instead of playoffs ... Toughest names in the NFL ... Joakim Noah sings ... Video: Solving Rubick's cube with feet.
Pop Culture Nugget
Good news for Rock of Love fans. It appears that Bret Michaels has signed on for another season after last season's winner, Jes Rickleff, dumped Michaels for a Chicago clothing designer.
Odds and Ends
LSU fans got a hold of Tim Tebow's cell phone number and made his life hell ... The lone female geek on Beauty and the Geek is a Tufts University graduate student in the Department of Music ... The Detroit Free Press' Shannon Shelton hands out his mid-season Big Ten Awards ... North Dakota may be looking for a new team name soon to replace the Fighting Sioux.
Videos of the Day
Chomp!
We're not sure whether Florida should be ecstatic, or mortified, to have this guy as a fan.

No Pick!
Tommy Bowden should know better than to pick his nose on national television.

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