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Check the UPS Team Performance Index Before You Make Your Bracket Picks
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You’ve heard many pundits over the years talk about their views on how defense wins championships, or how offense or teamwork wins championships. Everyone has their own formula on what one element is the most important to team success.

But it’s hard for anyone to argue that if you combine all of the right elements together – teamwork, efficiency, speed, and reliability – that teams that perform at the highest levels across all facets of the game will win more often than those that do not.

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Game Chang-eer: UPS Driver takes on Doug Flutie (Video)
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Eddie Hughes’ history as a game changer goes way back for this 23-year UPS driver.

He remembers it like it was yesterday: “It’s 1983, Doug Flutie (and Boston College) vs. West Virginia, and I was on defense. Doug Flutie has tried to score three times. We stopped him on the goal line. This is the game-changing play. Our backs are against the wall…”

Before he became a star player for UPS, Eddie Hughes was an outside linebacker for the West Virginia University (WVU) Mountaineers. He recalls the scene—and the logistics—of his most treasured football moment, WVU’s 27-17 victory over Boston College on September 24, 1983. Eddie made seven tackles to help his team win that game. He continues:

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Meet UPS Ambassador Desmond Howard: Videos
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To me, nothing compares to a crisp fall Saturday.  It’s all there: sweatshirt and jeans, crystal blue sky, blazing foliage, and the smell of freshly cut grass.  All is right with the world . . . just don’t burn the brats.

Then, when game-time nears and the anticipation builds, things come into sharper focus.  The strategy’s been set.  The game-plan is in place.  Now, it all comes down to performance and execution.

And, who better to share that experience than UPS’s new Game-Changer ambassadors: Air Force Academy Head Coach Troy Calhoun, Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly, ESPN Analyst Kirk Herbstreit and ESPN Analyst Desmond Howard?

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Delivering More than Packages: College Football Game Ball Deliveries
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You might have done a double-take this past weekend if you were watching your favorite college football team. No, your eyes weren’t deceiving you, that was a UPS employee delivering the game ball.

UPS is all over college football. We’re the Official Logistics Partner of the NCAA, and have relationships with the Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC and 68 IMG College schools.

As part of these relationships, UPS is able to recognize some of our team members by offering them a once in a lifetime chance to deliver a game ball in the area they serve.

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Exercise Your Football IQ and You Could Win $20,000
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As a lifelong college football fan who also spent 12 years covering the sport as a freelance journalist, I like to think of myself as somewhat of an expert when it comes to NCAA football. I love conference debates, banter about the validity of national championships and pretty much any discussion that can be done while tailgating prior to kickoff on a Saturday afternoon.

That’s why I got excited when I heard UPS was posting weekly college football quizzes. I figured this would be a breeze. After all, a college football quiz from UPS wouldn’t be tough.

As one famous college football commentator would say: Not so fast, my friend.

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UPS Team Performance Index: A New Weekly College Football Statistic
UPS Team Performance Index

Having grown up in the south where it’s often said that “football is a form of religion,” I’ll be the first to admit that we Southern football fans are collectively the leaders when it comes to taking football fanaticism – both good and (at times) bad – to the extreme. Whether it’s 80,000+ showing up to a spring football game (good), entire states turning national signing day each February into an unofficial holiday (good) or an irrational fan poisoning 100-year-old oak trees on his rival team’s campus, few can legitimately argue that college football isn’t an undeniably relevant part of the South’s cultural fabric.

But while Southern football fans may arguably be the standard bearers when it comes to “college football fan passion,” my years of working in college sports have shown me that we definitely don’t have that market cornered in this category. From Midnight Yell practice, to Dotting the “i” in Script Ohio, to “Touchdown Jesus,” it’s become plainly evident to me that college football fan passion stretches well beyond regional and geographical boundaries. And it’s this nationwide college football fan passion (and the unique school traditions that come along with it) that, to me, makes the sport so special.

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