November 17, 2010 |
Let's be honest: This weekend is just killing time until next weekend, when a season's field could get flipped at Tuscaloosa's Iron Bowl and Reno's "Biggest Little Football Game in the World," Boise State at Nevada. Now is time to muse, reflect, relax, and take in a ballgame at Wrigley Field. As Ernie Banks said about ballparks hosting college football games ? "Let's play two. " America's pass time Illinois and Northwestern are exchanging lineup cards Saturday at Wrigley Field.
October 3, 2013 |
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 Air Force (1-4) at Navy (2-1) 8:30 a.m., Channel 2 It is one thing to shut down the government and national monuments but quite another to impede on the Saturday ritual of watching college football. We can't say it took an act of Congress to get the Air Force-Navy game played because Congress isn't acting on much of anything these days.
September 12, 2010 |
Lane Kiffin posted evidence on the walls of Heritage Hall for his penalty-prone players to see. He talked about correcting the problem daily in team meetings and also before, during and after the Trojans' 17-14 victory over Virginia. But two games into the season, the Trojans have accrued more penalty yardage than any team in college football. So, USC's coach said Sunday that he would adopt what amounts to the silent treatment when it comes to penalties, which cost the Trojans at least one sure touchdown against Virginia and possibly more.
October 3, 2010 |
Five things to watch in Week 4 of college football 1: Alabama has clearly established itself as the class of the Southeastern Conference and next week's trip to South Carolina might be the last chance for an upset until the Crimson Tide faces Auburn in the Iron Bowl. South Carolina, 3-1, has the advantage of coming off a bye week. 2: Weekend losses kept USC and Stanford from being next week's marquee matchup in Palo Alto. The Trojans can't win the Pacific 10 this year, but they can play the spoiler's role and very much want to prevent a third loss to the Cardinal in the last four years.
November 21, 2010 |
Not since the Chicago Bears left after the 1970 NFL season had football been played at Wrigley Field. And now we know why. When Northwestern played host to Illinois on Saturday, both teams shared one sideline ? switching places after halftime ? and all offensive plays headed in the same direction, west. This might be how the game looks on a one-goal-post sandlot field, but it's unusual for a regular-season Big Ten Conference game. The Associated Press reported that the game looked like a "pigskin version of 'Groundhog Day.' " It was played that way because, after months of planning for the Wrigleyville Classic, Big Ten officials declared less than 36 hours before kickoff that there wasn't enough room between the east end zone and the brick wall in what is right field in the baseball configuration.
October 9, 2010 |
For the seventh consecutive year, Wisconsin earned Paul Bunyan's Axe ? the coveted keepsake of its 120-game football rivalry against Minnesota. Minnesota? Well, after a 41-23 loss, it had an axe to grind. Golden Gophers Coach Tim Brewster wasn't happy with Wisconsin's Bret Bielema , and he let the opposing coach know about it during their postgame handshake ? which ended when Brewster dramatically yanked his hand down and away from Bielema's grip. Brewster was hot because after Wisconsin had pushed its lead to 41-16 by scoring with 6 minutes 39 seconds to play, Bielema ordered the Badgers to go for a two-point conversion.