Welcome to this week's championship edition of The Dean's List, dedicated to Slingin'
• Here's my new favorite name in college football, Gartrell -- as in Colorado State running back
• On October 11th, just seven games into coach
• If the Penn State women's volleyball team were a racehorse, I'd call it "Superior Supremacy." After winning last season's national championship, the Nittany Lions have not only continued their success this season, but improved upon it. This year, the Nittany Lions boast a 38-0 match record, 114-2 set record and have held opponents to 20 or fewer points in all but 18 of 116 sets. What's more, they have an NCAA-record 64-match win streak and have made the NCAA tournament 28 consecutive seasons. On Saturday, Penn State beat Stanford 25-20, 26-24, 25-23 to win its second straight NCAA D-I volleyball title. The loss was Stanford's third-straight in the championship game and second defeat in a row to Penn State. To conclude, if the Stanford women's volleyball team were a racehorse, I'd call it "Third Time's No Charm."
• Carroll College entered Saturday's NAIA football championship game with a 28-game win streak. The Fighting Saints were so dominant that they'd won five of the past six titles. But the Sioux Falls Cougars were unconvinced. Sure, the South Dakota school had lost to the Saints in all four of their previous meetings, including last year's title game, but Carroll was playing with its third-string quarterback and the Cougars felt that their defense could take advantage of the young quarterback's inexperience, which is exactly what they did. On a wet cold field in western Georgia, Sioux Falls pushed around the Saints, holding the former-champs to 194 yards of total offense and forcing four turnovers en route to a 23-7 victory. Back in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, better known as the "Best Little City in America," Cougar fans jubilantly flooded the streets, shredding their clothes in celebration of the Cougars' third NAIA football championship. Okay, that's actually not true. It's physically impossible considering the temperature in Sioux Falls on Saturday reached close to 25 degrees below zero.
• Here's a good joke: What do five straight losses get a Duke football coach? A contract extension. Get it?
• On Wednesday, former Indiana University guard