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About Ed Bagley

Ed Bagley, the creator and only writer for 2011 College Football, has been watching, covering or reporting on college football games for more than a half century.

He grew up going to Briggs Stadium in 1950s to watch the great players of the Detroit Lions–quaterback Bobby Layne, running back Doak Walker, linebacker Joe Schmidt, end Leon Hart, defensive backs Yale Lary and Dick “Night Train” Lane, and guard Les Bingaman, the first 300-pound player in NFL history, all were All Pro or Hall of Fame players in their day.

Ed spent 20 years in the newspaper industry and, at one time or another, was a sports writer and sports editor for daily newspapers, covered the Denver Broncos in the NFL, and the Air Force Academy in NCAA football.

He is a graduate of Michigan State University and among other great games, watched the infamous 10-10 tie between Michigan State and Notre Dame (aka The Game of the Century) at Spartan Stadium  on November 19, 1966, the year Ed graduated.

The game remains one of the the greatest, most controversial games in college football history. Michigan State entered the contest 9-0 and ranked #2 nationally, while Notre Dame was 8-0 and ranked #1.

The Spartans led 10-0 at one point, but the Fighting Irish rallied back to tie the game at 10-all early in the 4th quarter. On Notre Dame’s final series, the Irish had the ball on the 30-yard line with an opportunity to win the game with a field goal, but coach Ara Parseghian elected to run out the clock, settling for a tie, and knowing that if Notre Dame beat its last opponent of the year (USC) they would win the national title.

The Irish did beat USC 51-0 the following week, and both Michigan State and Notre Dame ended the season at 9-0-1. The final AP Poll put Notre Dame #1 and Michigan State #2, ranking both teams ahead of the undefeated, and two-time defending national chmpion 11-0-0 Alabama Crimson Tide.

So just how good was that 1966 Michigan State team? Glad you asked. They were this good: Defensive tackle Bubba Smith was drafted #1 in the NFL draft, running back Clint Jones was drafted #2, linebacker George Webster was drafted #5, and flanker George Webster was drafted #8, so 4 of the first 8 picks in the 1966 NFL Draft were Spartans.

Four other players were also taken after the first round. They included defensive end Jeff Richardson, defensive backs James Summers and Charlie Thornhill, and kicker Dick Kenney.

Ed Bagley does not cover pro football any more. “It’s just too predictable,” says Ed, and he proves it every week by covering the many upsets that make college football a more exciting and unpredictable game.

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