October 23, 2011 |
Five things to watch this week in college football. 1. Louisiana State and Alabama get the week off in preparation for their colossal Nov. 5 showdown in Tuscaloosa. CBS, knowing a good "60 Minutes" story line when it sees one, has moved the game into a prime-time, 8 p.m. (Eastern) time slot. 2. Oklahoma plays at Kansas State in a game with national title implications for, of all teams, Kansas State. Oklahoma's title hopes were damaged Saturday night by a home loss to Texas Tech.
August 27, 2010 |
The Times' Chris Dufresne unveils his preseason college football top 25, one day (and team) at a time. No. 6 Florida Some thought this day would never arrive, but Florida finally starts a quarterback who is going to impress scouts at the NFL combine. No more questions about throwing motion, taking snaps under center or whether the Denver Broncos blew a perfectly good first-round draft pick. Tim Tebow, the Gator in the china shop, is gone. John Brantley, the new guy, is 6 feet 3 with a beautiful release on his passes.
October 27, 2011 |
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, the Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games: MORNING No. 9 Michigan State (6-1) at No. 13 Nebraska (6-1) 9 a.m., ESPN Best we can gather from the score, Nebraska's 48-17 loss to Wisconsin this year didn't come down to a Hail Mary pass. This might be the perfect time, however, for Nebraska to pounce on the Spartans' post-Wisconsin, back-slap, you-guys-are-awesome party hangover.
October 9, 2010 |
It seems like only yesterday (it was) that Alabama was an odds-on favorite to win the national title and the Heisman Trophy was going to be handed to either quarterback Denard Robinson (Michigan) or tailback Mark Ingram (Alabama). Now, it's all hands on deck. The Crimson king is dead ? or at least wounded ? and two of the top Heisman candidates came up on the final-score short end. Medium-ranked (19) South Carolina upset top-ranked Alabama on Saturday, 35-21, the kind of blood-pumping moment you've come to expect from college football.
October 30, 2010 |
Boise State sat home Saturday while the six other undefeated schools hit the road. Only two of the home teams hit back, but it was exciting enough to raise a few cackles and reduce to five the pool of unblemished candidates ? setting up what could be a November, December and maybe January to remember. Michigan State and Missouri, undefeated until Saturday, were routed at Iowa and Nebraska, (dis) respectively. The kings, for now, remain seated and in command. USC gave No. 1 (in the polls)