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Greetings, links from Raleigh ...

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September

As travel goes, this is my favorite road trip of the season, just because I lived in Raleigh from seventh grade until college, so I still have friends in the area that I haven't seen since, well, two years ago when the Bulls played at North Carolina. So while I'm normally one to fly in the night before a game, I'm in early today, with time to share a few links leading up to Saturday's game with N.C. State ...

-- More on N.C. State quarterback Harrison Beck from the News & Observer here in Raleigh. Beck has a good memory, recalling Thursday how he'd faced Jarriett Buie (and, actually, Jake Griffin) three years in a row in the state playoffs when he was at Countryside. He even remembered that in 2002, Armwood advanced from that game to face a Lake Gibson team led by a sophomore quarterback named ... Matt Grothe. Checking our archives, I see why he remembers Armwood so well -- the scores in those games were 52-17, 46-9 and 35-13, ending his season each time ...

-- Great, fun read in the latest ESPN The Magazine, as writer Wright Thompson followed George Selvie around for a day, trying to eat everything Selvie eats as he tries to add weight to his 245-pound frame. I don't know if I would have made it past lunch ...

-- The back-and-forth between Tom O'Brien and Wally Burnham has gotten a lot of press, with everyone from the New York Times to ESPN.com writing about it.

-- USF doesn't play Connecticut for another two months, but there's great reading at "Thoughts From A Fat White Guy," a blog by Huskies defensive tackle Rob Lunn. He's funny and writes a lot, two things that go a long way with a blog ...

-- Predictions? Bleacherreport.com has USF winning a close one, 24-21. ESPN.com's Heather Dinich is more convinced about the Bulls, picking a 31-7 win. And Brian Landman, the Times' FSU writer, does pics -- sorry, picks on the ACC games each week with former USF student Jenn Sterger. Both are picking easy wins for the Bulls. It's worth noting that Regis Philbin, celebrity picker at Rivals.com, is calling for an N.C. State upset.

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