This week, the NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight Panel will consider a proposal for a "10-second rule," which will most likely be voted down. Its failure might mean more than just a victory for hurry-up offenses: it might signify the end of the Nick Saban dynasty. More»
On Saturday, Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins continued to their stellar freshman seasons with a dominant win over Texas, and Kansas may be setting itself up for a tournament runs. But in the long run, where do one-and-dones like them fit in? More»
This is Leisure Studies 120, Introduction to College Football Attendance. As you can see, we have a sizeable number of registrants, which is why we're holding it here, in an 88,000-seat dome with cheerleaders and a hi-fi sound system. More»
Missouri lacks an impressive football history, but coach Gary Pinkel has made the Tigers competitive in an impressive run over the last decade. They may not get top recruits, but the way the Michael Sam situation was handled proves that Mizzou is an appealing spot. More»
It's a bizarre annual tradition: In an age of smartphones and email, college football recruiting still relies on fax machines for schools to secure letters of intent from players. But, somehow, it's almost like the two were made for each other. More»
Auburn's athletic director recently hinted that the school may try to claim highly contested national titles from decades ago. This is misguided. But the bigger issue is that the NCAA doesn't seem to care about its own history, unless that history feeds its own whims. More»
Twenty-five years ago, the Bud Bowl made its mark as one of the ultimate water-cooler Super Bowl ad campaigns. It was mostly ridiculous and repetitive over the years, but it also mirrors the evolution of the bloated Super Bowl itself. More»
Almost every new coaching hire results in an analysis about "winning the press conference." But ultimately that doesn't matter. A run of surprising coaching hires proves that what matters most is the sales pitch within the job, not to the public. More»
Surely the BCS deserved to be unceremoniously buried alive in an unmarked grave, but two very good football teams would not allow that to happen as Jameis Winston led 14-0 Florida State to an exciting 34-31 win over Auburn, closing out a dubious era. More»
Auburn, having cornered the market on miracles in the latter half of the season, has firmly been labeled a "team of destiny." Now coach Gus Malzahn brings his special brand of hurry-up to the BCS title game against Florida State. More»
It used to be that Florida State was the team that always seemed trapped inside its own head. And so everyone was waiting for it to happen this season. Instead, the Seminoles seem joyful and confident and cognizant of the fact that their failures are in the past. More»
I don't know what ultimately made up Bill O'Brien's mind. But at some level, he finally recognized there was nothing more he could do, the problems he faced at Penn State were so deeply rooted in its past he couldn't pull it any farther into the future on his own. More»
College bowl games are entrenched as an American holiday season tradition even though the reason they exist can sometimes be unclear. But despite increased scrutiny, the roster of bowls keeps increasing, and for consumers even 35 isn't enough. More»
Jameis Winston will almost certainly win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, and he is a worthy candidate. But wins and losses continue to play too large a role in voting. Again, the most impressive player was actually Johnny Manziel. More»
On Jan. 3, three days before the national championship, Ohio State will meet Clemson in an Orange Bowl that is little more than one of 34 consolation games. Bowl season is a weird tradition, yet its meaninglessness is what makes it so interesting. More»
Those in charge of the BCS have already admitted The System is broken, so in this last season, why should historical precedents be followed? While it might seem crazy for an undefeated Ohio State to get left out, the best thing to vote for is anarchy. More»
Alabama had worked on defending field goal returns in practice, but the Iron Bowl finish proved that even Nick Saban can't control everything. No matter how much a coach prepares, control has to always be ceded to the students playing the game. More»
With both ranked in the top five and the SEC West on the line, Saturday's Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn is one of the most intriguing in series history. And, as always, it represents the utter lack of restraint college football inspires. More»
The days of "three yards and a cloud of dust" are long gone in most of college football. As spread offenses and running back rotations become more widespread, workhorse players like Boston College's Andre Williams are increasingly hard to find. More»
Northern Illinois and Jordan Lynch beat Ball State on Wednesday night, but the MAC conference still toils in relative obscurity. Is it even in the same college football species as the SEC? We love to watch its games, but what exactly are we supposed to do with the MAC? More»
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