October 6, 2013 |
Five things to watch this week in college football. 1: Rutgers at Louisville on Thursday offers undefeated Louisville a decent test in a season where the Cardinals' weak schedule could cost them a shot at the national title. Rutgers has seen both ends of the roller coaster, losing a 52-51 overtime game at Fresno State and defeating Southern Methodist, 55-52, in triple overtime. 2: Oklahoma and Texas has been toned down from the Red River Shootout to the Red River Rivalry, but what it can safely be called next Saturday in Dallas is "Mack Brown's Last Stand.
August 21, 2010 |
The Times' Chris Dufresne unveils his preseason college football top 25, one day (and team) at a time. No. 12 Oklahoma We do not normally permit program Mulligans and consider it an ethical breach when someone tries to "Tommy Toewedge" a ball into the end zone from one inch out. There's a 30% chance even the Big Ten officials working Iowa-Indiana last year wouldn't allow that. Our rule ever since Nick Saban insisted he was staying with the Miami Dolphins before bolting to Alabama: Play it where he lies.
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)
August 29, 2012 |
Usain Bolt with the wind at his back couldn't get us to this season fast enough. Louisiana State's inability last January to cross midfield until the fourth quarter against Alabama seems like an eon ago with the heavy months that followed. Penn State's creepy story polluted the pond. What a pleasure, relatively speaking, to focus on scandals that involve only boosters (Miami), systemic academic fraud (North Carolina) and phony recruiting-service practices (Oregon). The games start Thursday with first-year UCLA Coach Jim Mora taking his team to the stadium at Rice where in 1962 John F. Kennedy promised to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.