December 13, 2013 |
Question: Who would get the fourth berth in the playoff? That's the question I'd love to see you tackle. Ted Frank Answer: I tackled this question so hard in Monday's column I almost got called for "targeting. " And that ejection would have forced me to sit out the first half of next week's column. It's a great question but one next year's selection committee does not have to tackle because it is hypothetical. In fact, the BCS worked better this year than the four-team playoff would have worked.
December 8, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - - The final Saturday of the first Bowl Championship Series season in 1998 ended with shocking losses by Kansas State and UCLA that turned the BCS on its ear hole. Wild endings in St. Louis and Miami that day put Tennessee and Florida State in the first title game. It seemed only right that the final Saturday of the last BCS season should match that chaotic conclusion. Well, it certainly tried. In the end, though, somehow, it sort of broke cleanly. How?
November 30, 2013 |
You can use statistics to say whatever you want to say. UCLA's basketball team beat Northwestern on Friday to run its record to 7-0. Their Twitter feed boldly announced: “ @UCLAMBB UCLA's Steve Alford has become the program's first-ever head coach to lead the Bruins to a 7-0 record in his first season at the helm” Holy John Wooden! Ah, but there's fine print: UCLA has played Drexel, Oakland, Sacramento State, Morehead State, Chattanooga, Nevada and Northwestern.
November 28, 2013 |
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Friday and Saturday's menu of games: FRIDAY MORNING Sleep in. 9 a.m.: Iowa at Nebraska, Channel 7; Southern Methodist at Houston, ESPN2; East Carolina at Marshall, CBSSN. 10:30 a.m.: Bowling Green at Buffalo, ESPNU. 11:30 a.m.: Arkansas at Louisiana State, Channel 2. FRIDAY AFTERNOON Washington State (6-5)
November 27, 2013 |
Rankman extends deepest Thanksgiving apologies to Florida, Michigan, Arizona, California, Oregon State, Arkansas and North Carolina, who did not make the top 25 and therefore could not defend themselves against this onslaught of rivalry jokes. The advice is simple: Get better and don't lose to Georgia Southern or Eastern Washington. We're also sorry that rapacious expansion has deprived us a Missouri jab at Kansas and a Texas A&M comment about Texas. 1; Alabama 11-0; What do you get when you drive quickly through the Auburn campus?
November 24, 2013 |
Five things to watch this week in college football: 1. Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner on Fox Sports 1 with Texas Tech at Texas in a game that will feature tight camera shots of Mack Brown and endless speculation about who might replace him as Texas coach. Hasn't Todd Graham put in enough time at Arizona State? He has been there nearly two years. 2. What a block party: Auburn fans saw their Tigers move up in the polls during a bye week while they positioned their recreational vehicles in the parking lot more than a week in advance of the biggest Iron Bowl.
November 2, 2013 |
Did Nebraska really beat Northwestern, 27-24, on a last-second touchdown pass? Hail yes. In the day's most exciting conclusion, and believe us this won't be topped, Nebraska pulled out a victory with no time left on a 49-yard Hail Mary pass from Ron Kellogg III to Jordan Westerkamp. Nebraska avoided a home loss that might have severely imperiled the future of Coach Bo Pelini. Nebraska would have dropped to 5-3 with consecutive losses to Minnesota and Northwestern. Instead, defeat sends Northwestern reeling back to Evanston, Ill., with its fifth loss in a row after a 4-0 start.