September 20, 2012
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 Maryland (2-1) at No. 8 West Virginia (2-0) 9 a.m., FX Meet quarterback Geno Smith, the quarterback who replaces Matt Barkley this week as the nation's leading Heisman Trophy candidate. Smith has more touchdowns, 10, than incomplete passes. Hey, didn't Baylor's Robert Griffin III have a stat like that early last year?
September 7, 2009 |
Five things to watch this week in college football: 1 Nice job, Charlie. Way to go, Rich. You can relax now . . . for 10 seconds. Notre Dame and Michigan, two high-profile programs under intense scrutiny, opened the season with must wins for beleaguered coaches Charlie Weis and Rich Rodriguez. This week, though, the pressure gets cranked back up when Notre Dame visits Michigan in Ann Arbor. Two years ago, Notre Dame lost in the Big House, 38-0. 2 USC and Ohio State meet in Columbus in Act II of a home-and-home series rivalry that will influence the race for the Bowl Championship Series national title.
September 1, 2010
No. 24 Oregon State vs. No. 6 Texas Christian at Arlington, Texas Saturday, 4:45 p.m. PDT, ESPN This is the first of two key weekend games involving possible Bowl Championship Series gate crashers. Two days before Boise State takes on Virginia Tech in Maryland, the Texas Christian Horned Frogs get first shot to prove they belong in the national title conversation. Oregon State, led by tailback Jacquizz Rodgers, also plays at Boise State on Sept. 25. The pick: Texas Christian.
October 4, 2012 |
Our freewheeling Google+ Hangout on UCLA, USC and college football in general is over, and a variety of subjects were covered by reporters Gary Klein (USC), Chris Foster (UCLA) and Chris Dufresne (college football). Subjects included: What will happen in tonight's game? Klein says USC needs to establish its running game. Utah has been looking forward to this game ever since it joined the Pac-12 and people in Salt Lake City are going crazy. But the Trojans should be able to win. What's up with Jordan Zumwalt?
September 18, 2012
Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss whether college football should introduce an injury-reporting system like that of the NFL. Feel free to join the conversation by leaving a comment of your own. Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times College football needs a injury-report system to stop the madness of coaches covering up, lying and banning reporters for doing their jobs. There is no "commissioner" in college football who can wave a wand and implement a uniform system for the sport, but individual conferences can, and should, come up with their own policies.