September 28, 2003 |
USC went conservative on its final drive in the fourth quarter against California, and paid a steep price for settling for the tying field goal that sent the game to overtime. Considering that the Trojans showed they could make a play when it mattered by picking up a first down when faced with a fourth-and-nine situation on the drive, playing it safe -- running instead of continuing with the short passing game that got them into scoring position -- didn't make sense.
September 26, 1998 |
The hurricane and the Hurricanes started to drift off UCLA's radar screen Friday, when the Bruins watched film of Washington State, suddenly the next opponent, and were left to wonder about the implications of not playing today at Miami. "We probably would have found a silver lining to it," quarterback Cade McNown said of the cloud of adversity that would have come with the weather. "Even if it was over the Dominican Republic."
January 10, 2007 |
Even though Monday night's Bowl Championship Series title game was decided by halftime, the "fast national" rating was a solid 17.4 with a 27 share of the audience, according to Nielsen Media Research. Nielsen estimates that all or part of the game -- in which Florida beat Ohio State, 41-14 -- was seen by more than 58.4 million viewers in the U.S., with an average audience at any one time of 28.7 million. The only higher prime-time rating this season was a 17.
April 20, 2009 |
Antitrust and access will be part of the agenda this week when Bowl Championship Series commissioners gather in Pasadena. The annual spring meetings are being held here in conjunction with the Rose Bowl's staging this season's BCS title game, but are not expected to produce major headlines. Last spring, at meetings in Florida, BCS officials rejected a modified "plus-one" playoff proposal introduced by the Southeastern Conference.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
July 23, 2003 |
A committee formed by 44 presidents from non-bowl championship series member universities has agreed to meet with BCS officials in Chicago on Sept. 8 to discuss the future of major college football, but a spokesman for the 17-person panel made it clear that the status quo would not be acceptable. "I think our preference would be that the BCS go away completely," University of Tulane President Scott Cowen said Tuesday during a teleconference with reporters.
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.