October 23, 2011 |
Bear Bryant's sport took on Yogi Berra's sport and knocked one out of the national park. It was about time. Commissioner Bud Selig bloviated a few weeks back that only baseball could produce the kind of drama displayed on one wild night in the wild-card race. It was an absurd statement given that college football did this sort of stuff all the time. Remember the Friday after last Thanksgiving, when Auburn rallied from 24-0 down to beat Alabama on the same day/night Boise State lost a shocker at Nevada?
August 17, 2012 |
Several notable plot twists have involved motorcycles:"Easy Rider,""The Great Escape," "On Any Sunday" and "Every Which Way But Loose. " The last was a 1978 comedy starring Clint Eastwood and "Clyde," his orangutan sidekick. It spawned the sequel "Any Which Way You Can. " None of those yarns, as far as we know, affected the race for the national title in college football. An off-season excursion by a "hog" riding a hog, however, may have literally tipped the balance in this year's chase.
October 30, 2011 |
College football has always been equal parts passion, roller-coaster emotions, high stakes, split decisions and handing your teenager the keys to the car. This weekend was only the latest rambling wreck. How could Georgia Tech look so bad in losses to Virginia and Miami and then dismantle the No. 5 team in the BCS standings? "They are 18- to 21-year-olds," Georgia Tech Coach Paul Johnson explained after Saturday's upset win over Clemson. "I keep telling people that, but they don't want to listen.
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.
November 24, 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 the weekend's menu of games: Friday EARLY No. 8 Houston (11-0) at Tulsa (8-3) 9 a.m., FS West Brilliant scheduling, as thousands waking from a post-turkey, tryptophan coma should get an adrenaline jolt from this Conference USA matchup of scoring machines. Houston leads the nation in total offense and scoring, and the teams combined are averaging 1,083 yards and 88 points per game.
December 2, 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 the weekend's menu of games: FRIDAY UCLA (6-6) at No. 8 Oregon (10-2) 5 p.m., Channel 11 UCLA players carried Rick Neuheisel off the field Wednesday evening … four years and four days too late. The Pac-12 Conference catches a break only because Oregon is hosting the first championship game, which at least won't add empty seats to the backdrop of this nightmarish inaugural.
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.
October 15, 2010 |
Unbuckling the mailbag: Question: Years ago I decided to start watching the English Premier League (soccer) and stopped watching college football. The champs in the EPL get that crown by winning on the field. Wow! Whoever came up with that idea? Pete Ventura Centerville, Ohio Answer: You should be ashamed ? and then deported ? for living in Centerville, Ohio, and not bowing to the altar of college pigskin. Jim Tressel knows where you live ?
December 10, 2010 |
Question: Stick to the pro sports because you have ZERO knowledge of the Southeastern Conference. Have you been to The Swamp? Death Valley? Jordan-Hare? If you can't say yes to all those you'll never understand. You really need to see that eagle fly at Jordan-Hare. And I'll come watch your duck fly. Charles Cary Answer: There's a stuffed file cabinet at the NCAA office that would lead some to believe covering games in the SEC is sticking to the pro sports.
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.