August 28, 2010 |
The Times' Chris Dufresne unveils his preseason college football top 25, one day (and team) at a time. No. 5 Texas Christian Gary Patterson says he's not worried about his tiny private-school team competing with in-state giants Texas and Texas A&M. Patterson compares his program's rise to the cola wars. "Only older people would understand," he told The Times before last season's Fiesta Bowl. "It's the old thing about 7-Up. They tried to climb the cola ladder, but they were always going to be third.
November 26, 2010 |
From Tempe, Ariz. And so the opportunity has been lost, now and forever, disappearing in a chilly, shadowy desert that provided the metaphor for a failed autumn. A UCLA football team hoping to fill a sullen Los Angeles college football landscape with heat and light will stagger away huddled and dark. USC was benched, but UCLA couldn't step up. USC was in jail, but it was UCLA that spent three months in the hole. USC crashed, but it is UCLA that is twisted and smoldering, its season officially a wreck Friday after a 55-34 loss to struggling Arizona State.
September 9, 2011 |
Michigan plays its first night game when it hosts Notre Dame in Saturday's prime-time slot. Unfortunately, for the Irish, the lights will be turned on and everyone will be watching. By everyone we mean fans, critics, the FCC and mothers ready to wash Coach Brian Kelly's mouth out with soap. Notre Dame is one of a select group of schools already in early-season crisis mode. Georgia faces a crucial home test against South Carolina; Oregon, a week after a poll-jarring loss to Louisiana State, needs to hold court in Eugene against Nevada; Auburn, which had to score twice in the final 2 minutes 8 seconds to beat Utah State, hosts dangerous Mississippi State; Texas Christian, undefeated last year, already has one loss heading to Air Force; and UCLA is possibly one San Jose State upset removed from eventually seeing Rick Neuheisel removed.
October 20, 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. 6 Oklahoma State (6-0) at Missouri (3-3) 9 a.m., FX Excitement meets disappointment on the prairie in a game that will be in the peripheral vision of St. Louis Cardinals fans absorbed in the World Series. Oklahoma State is in the thick of title contention, opening at No. 4 in the first Bowl Championship Series standings, and Missouri is trying to pick up the pieces after a 2-3 start.
September 18, 2010 |
It was not a day to play nice. With two precious national title game spots up for bid, and so many voters to impress, the schools taking this season seriously got serious Saturday. Top-ranked Alabama said "put up your dukes," but Duke couldn't. The Crimson Tide rolled into Durham and recorded a basketball score in the den of the defending NCAA hoops champions. The 62 points Alabama scored against Duke, which contributed 13, were the most the team has scored in 19 years.
August 23, 2012 |
Texas has a record of 13-12 the last two years and enters this season with another quarterback controversy. This isn't Chris Simms versus Major Applewhite, the debate that once divided Longhorns Nation. It's not even last year's four-man, musical-huddle battle that clogged up what you need most at the position: forward progress. This time, it's David Ash or Case McCoy, and it might be the only annoying snag keeping Texas from a run back to the top. Texas Coach Mack Brown, entering his 15th season, announced Wednesday it would be Ash, for now. "It's obvious you have to have one to walk out there first," he said.