November 15, 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 Saturday's menu of games: MORNING No. 3 Ohio State (9-0) at Illinois (3-6) 9 a.m., ESPN If you sleep in until noon you will have missed Ohio State tying the school record with its 22 straight win and Illinois losing its 20th consecutive Big Ten Conference game. The Buckeyes are 21-0 under second-year coach Urban Meyer and needing one more victory to match the winning skein posted by the great Woody Hayes teams of 1967-69.
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.
October 31, 2013 |
Kentucky and its roster full of high school All-Americans is the narrow choice over Michigan State in the Associated Press' preseason college basketball poll. The Wildcats, who finished last season with an NIT opening-round loss at Robert Morris, received 27 first-place votes and 1,546 points from the 65-member national media panel. The Spartans, who return four starters from the team that lost to Duke in the NCAA tournament's round of 16, snared 22 first-place votes and 1,543 points.
October 30, 2013 |
We thought Louisville was the team that would go undefeated this season but not have the schedule strength to stay in the title race. Turns out it was Ohio State, which is perpetually stuck in fourth gear until one of the Big Three loses. Our comeback teams of the week are South Carolina and Oklahoma. The Gamecocks are up seven spots to 10th after being down 17-0 and coming back to beat Missouri, and the Sooners are up a ridiculous 12 slots to ninth for knocking Texas Tech off its undefeated high horse.
October 19, 2013 |
There's a difference between loving college football and knowing it. I love my country but couldn't be Secretary of State. Twitter: @tcliftonsports Oh please, let's stop this stuff about Condoleezza Rice not being qualified to sit on a panel to choose four college football teams for a playoff. Rice is actually a college football nerd. She said the other day she remembers listening on the radio to the 10-10 tie between Notre Dame and Michigan State in 1966. Notre Dame played for the tie to protect its national title in the two national polls.
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.
September 19, 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 Saturay's menu of games: MORNING North Texas (2-1) at No. 9 Georgia (1-1) 9 a.m., KDOC Any wonder why the Southeastern Conference is No. 1? While the Pac-12 Network and DirecTV continue to hold subscribers hostage with their impasse, the SEC continues to spread its superiority ideology to the SoCal market via local access cable.