January 6, 2011 |
The first Pacific 12 Conference football championship game will be on Fox in 2011, the network and the conference announced Thursday. The game will be played Dec. 3 at the home of the qualifying team with the better record. With the addition of Utah and Colorado to the Pac-10 in July, the expanded conference will feature North and South divisions, and the winner of each will play in the championship game. According to sources with knowledge of financial package who are not authorized to speak publicly, the one-year package is valued at $25 million, with $14.5 million for the title game and $10.5 million for the extra games that are a product of the conference's expansion.
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.
September 8, 2010 |
What's happening with Boise State right now is remarkable on several phony fronts. By virtue of a dramatic 33-30 victory over Virginia Tech on Monday, the Broncos have emerged as the team America loves to … what? People watched — that's a fact. ESPN's 6.8 overnight rating for the game was up 21% from last year's Miami- Florida State game on Labor Day. Imagine that, an "upstart" program outgunning one of college football's major marquees. It was the network's highest prime-time rating since it began airing college football on Labor Day in 2003.
September 25, 2010 |
One of college football's most famous chants was dumped on its 10-gallon lid Saturday, the purveyors of a cute little steer cheer becoming the unwitting victims of a goring. UCLA hooked them 'Horns. I didn't believe it either, not until I was standing on the Texas Memorial Stadium field and a bunch of sweat-soaked kids in heaving pads were waving UCLA flags and dancing when five feet away — boom! — the Texas cheerleaders fired a cannon. Nobody jumped.
November 20, 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.
November 10, 2010 |
Reggie Bush ruined it for everybody ? at least maybe for Cam Newton. Bush smiled a lot, seemed like a nice guy, and was, in 2005, the best player in college football outside of Vince Young's inner circle. Who, really, can you trust in a cesspool? Bush turned out to be a fraud ? except between the lines ? and ended up returning his Heisman Trophy while never quite apologizing for putting the school that made him famous on probation. Bush's taint lingered for years, the purgatory ending last June with the NCAA's declaration of major violations against USC, which was penalized by scholarship reductions, a bowl ban and more.
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.
August 10, 2000 |
Three Oregon State football players have been suspended for the first three games of the season for their roles in an off-campus fight. Receivers Alton "Junior" Adams, James Newson and Robert Prescott will miss games against Eastern Washington, New Mexico and San Diego State and will return for the Sept. 30 game against USC. All are charged with third-degree assault as are two others--cornerback Dennis Weathersby and linebacker Noah Happe--who were not suspended.
November 1, 2012
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