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 11, 2012 |
It's safe to say college football will never again know a character like Beano Cook, who died in his sleep Wednesday at age 81. Cook was a legendary sports information director at Pittsburgh who became a television public relations man and then a longtime ESPN commentator and contributor. "Unique, extraordinary, humorous and loved the game like few others," ESPN broadcaster Mike Tirico tweeted Thursday. Cook had an encyclopedic memory about college football and an acerbic wit. No one was more passionate about the sport.