ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)In last week’s “upset alert” column, three of my five picks came true.Florida got a big win against No. 5 LSU in The Swamp, vaulting the Gators up to No. 14 in the AP Poll.No. 8 Auburn went over the Starkville, and got thumped by unranked Mississippi State 23-9. It was a big win for first year head coach Joe Moorhead, whose team has been very up-and-down.Iowa State only had one win entering last weekend’s game, but flashed the offensive ability from last year’s breakout season in a 48-42 win at Oklahoma State, knocking the Pokes from the rankings.Here are the five teams on “upset alert” heading into College Football Week 7.We start with a fun game that kicks off from the Lone Star State tonight.TCU Horned Frogs (-7.5) vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)TCU has been one of the Big 12’s more consistent performers since joining the conference, and it is hard to do better than Gary Patterson. The hasn’t looked like one of his better Horned Frogs teams though. Since a hard-fought but decisive loss to Ohio State, the team dropped to Texas 31-16, and edged by Iowa State.On the other side, Texas Tech is as explosive as ever, and may be improved enough on defense to be very dangerous. The team scored big wins over Houston, and dominated Oklahoma State in Stillwater before losing by eight to a Top 10 West Virginia club last week. TCU’s offense isn’t nearly as potent as the Mountaineers’.Utah Utes (-13.5) vs. Arizona Wildcats (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Utah is getting a ton of credit for its win against Stanford based on this line, and that’s not totally unfair. The Cardinal couldn’t move the ball with star running back Bryce Love out, though. Arizona is starting to figure things out, with three wins in the last four weeks after a brutal start.Last week, the Wildcats knocked off a solid Cal team 24-17. Khalil Tate hasn’t been the same dual-threat nightmare that he was last week, but J.J. Taylor has 600 yards on the year, and nearly put up 250 yards a few weeks ago against Oregon State.No. 10 UCF Knights (-4.5) at Memphis Tigers (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)UCF is riding an 18-game winning streak. That very nearly came to an end against the Tigers last season. UCF outlasted Memphis 62-55 in a double-overtime classic in the AAC Championship Game.The Knights look great once again, but Memphis’ resume is a bit deceptive. SB Nation’s Bill Connelly’s metrics gave Memphis a 98-percent chance to beat Navy based on how the Tigers played in that game. The Midshipmen snuck out a 22-21 win. They did have an ugly loss to Tulane a few weeks ago, but Tiger fans should be extremely fired up at home as they look to become the first team to beat UCF since the 2016 Cure Bowl.No. 12 Michigan Wolverines (-9) vs. No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)The biggest knock on Jim Harbaugh at Michigan has been the team’s inability to win huge games. While most of the focus has been on the Ohio State and Michigan State rivalries, this home game with Big Ten West favorite Wisconsin should still qualify.The Badgers suffered a bad home loss to BYU, but the team isn’t going to beat itself, will get plenty of production on the ground, and play some of the best defense in the country. A team with a similar profile, pre-Ian Book Notre Dame, had its way with Michigan in Week 1. The Wolverines definitely shouldn’t be laying nine points against the Badgers, and this is very much a potential upset spot.BYU Cougars (-11.5) vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Hawaii football is famously one of the hardest programs to win at for a number of reasons. Head coach Nick Rolovich has done an excellent job since taking the team over, and this season has been impressive in particular. Hawaii is 6-1, and features one of the most prolific passing games in the country with quarterback Cole McDonald throwing for 2,100 yards and 24 touchdowns in just seven games.Hawaii lost its long, long trip to a very good Army team 28-21, but has won in the Mountain region, beating Colorado State in Week Zero. The Rainbow Warriors have been jumping all over teams this season, and while BYU is pretty steady, the Cougars may not have the offense to recover in Hawaii runs out to a big early lead, even if the Hawaii defense has looked rough down the stretch in some of its wins.
Cathy van Ingen wrote the first biography of the boxer Dixie Kid for The First Black Boxing Champions: Essays on Fighters of the 1800s to the 1920s.He was a welterweight so tough and scrappy that he often boxed above his weight class.Some of his in-the-ring shenanigans were later adopted Muhammad Ali and others.But these days, little information remains about Dixie Kid, a Missouri-born athlete who battled addiction and died after jumping out a window.Cathy van Ingen, associate professor of Kinesiology, has delved into the mystery of Aaron Lister Brown, who went from being an international celebrity to living on hand outs. The result is her chapter in the recently released book The First Black Boxing Champions: Essays on Fighters of the 1800s to the 1920s. It is the first documented biography of Dixie Kid.Dixie KidUsing historical records such as newspaper articles and census forms, van Ingen has pieced together the story of the athlete born in 1883 who became a boxing pro at age 16. His stage name came from “Dixie,” a song often performed in blackface about a slave who misses the plantation.“The colour line was very thick at the time,” Van Ingen said. “He fought mostly other black fighters in ‘athletic exhibitions,’ since boxing was illegal then.”Brown’s playfulness pleased the crowds. He weaved, bobbed and sidestepped punches. He feigned fatigue to give his opponents false confidence, pummeling them when they came closer.“He would launch himself off the ropes and catapult toward his opponent,” van Ingen said. “He had this crazy fighting style that appealed to people.”Brown went to France in the 1920s, where he became a celebrity. One newspaper said he was as popular amongst French boxing fans as Charlie Chaplin was with movie patrons.Brown, who already had run-ins with the law, immersed himself in cocaine, alcohol and womanizing. He briefly returned to the U.S., then on his way back to Europe, fell asleep on a steamship and ended up in a Scottish port. There, he found a gym and became a boxing trainer. While in Scotland, he attacked a pharmacist for more cocaine and wracked up more criminal charges.Back in the U.S., he worked as a janitor and lived in flop houses. He primarily lived off the kindness of others, van Ingen said.At age 51, he jumped out a second floor window in Los Angeles, likely to commit suicide. He died from related injuries seven months later.Dixie Kid was in more than 155 fights. He mentored Eugene Bullard, who went on to become the first African American fighter pilot.Yet he’s been largely ignored by mainstream history, van Ingen said. Even his biography in the International Boxing Hall of Fame has the wrong information.Dixie Kid, she said, “was a blues man in life and a jazz man in the ring.“He lived a hard life, but in the ring, he was creative. He improvised. Everything we see in the ring nowcomes from some place in history, and Dixie Kid is one of them.”Van Ingen researches the history and contemporary world of boxing. She founded the Shape Your Life boxing project, a program for female and trans survivors of violence. She also boxes, often using the name The Professor.Related stories:• Boxing book released about first black champions — Boxing News 24