January 8, 2010 |
Eryk Anders wouldn't have been there for Alabama if his father wasn't around when he needed someone most. After the Crimson Tide linebacker didn't play during Alabama's Independence Bowl victory over Colorado in 2007, his father pleaded with him to stick with the program. Hours later, Gayle Anders died of an apparent heart attack. His father's words still resonating more than two years later, the senior made one of the biggest plays in Alabama's 37-21 victory over Texas on Thursday night at the Rose Bowl in the Bowl Championship Series title game.
April 28, 2005 |
Trying to find a new college football standings formula was not the only business bowl championship series officials conducted in three days of meetings here. Notre Dame's status has been reclassified in the new four-year BCS contract, which begins in the 2006 regular season. In the current BCS contract, Notre Dame has special status as an independent football program. The Irish earn an automatic BCS berth if they finish ranked in the top 10 or have at least nine wins.
November 20, 2004 |
ABC, which has the Rose Bowl locked up through 2014, apparently has decided it doesn't need the three other bowl championship series games. The network, which has broadcast the BCS package since 1998 and was in the midst of negotiating to continue televising the Fiesta, Orange and Sugar bowls, announced Friday it had withdrawn its offer. ABC's contract for those three games expires after the games of January 2006. Fox is considered the front-runner to pick up the three games.
November 26, 2009 |
Football and fate become fickle and fantastic when you can suggest Boise State needs to offer Oklahoma trick plays this week to help the Sooners defeat Oklahoma State. How about the "Statue of Stillwater," a variation of a play Boise State once used to win a Fiesta Bowl? Maybe Ian Johnson could fly to Norman this week and make another proposal. There has to be something left in Boise's bag of miracles that might help Oklahoma. Sometimes, in college football, your interests change.
January 6, 2010 |
A lot can happen in one second. No one on the Texas football team knows that better than safety Blake Gideon . A year ago, one second was all that was left when Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree tip-toed into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown that cost Texas a chance to get to the national title game. Last month, one second was left when Hunter Lawrence kicked a 46-yard field goal to win the Big 12 Conference championship game and send Texas to Thursday's national title game against Alabama.
December 4, 2000 |
There has to be a better way, it has to be said, after a weekend spent watching football studio analysts in between timeouts to close all the windows, turn up the thermostat, fire up the tea kettle, pull on an extra sweatshirt and periodically scream at the television, "YOU'RE STUDIO ANALYSTS! GET INSIDE THE STUDIO ALREADY!"
November 21, 1999 |
Travis Henry got a chance, Phillip Fulmer got a game ball and Tennessee got back on track. Filling in for Jamal Lewis, who sat out because of a shoulder injury, Henry ran for 179 yards and three touchdowns as the No. 7-ranked Volunteers routed Kentucky, 56-21, Saturday in a Southeastern Conference game at Lexington, Ky.
November 17, 1998 |
Turns out it was no joke when someone suggested college football's national championship matchup might be decided by a decimal point instead of a field goal. Despite ranking third in the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN coaches' polls, UCLA held onto its No. 2 position in Monday's bowl championship series rankings. The top two schools in the four-part BCS formula play for the national title in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 4.
April 4, 2004 |
Commissioners representing the six bowl championship series conferences emerged from a Saturday meeting saying there will a significant change in the way college football's champion will be determined next year. "Without question," BCS coordinator and Big East commissioner Michael Tranghese said. The only question left is how the system will be amended. The six-year BCS erupted into controversy last year when USC finished No.
October 26, 1999 |
The first bowl championship series rankings were released Monday night and, surprise, there were no real surprises. The top four schools in the ratings are Florida State, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Tennessee, the exact order in which the schools appear in this week's writers' and coaches' polls. Florida State ranks first in the BCS with a total of 3.55 points, followed by Penn State at 5.75, Virginia Tech at 6.25, Tennessee at 9.73, Kansas State at 10.86 and Florida at 13.21.