December 26, 2013 |
Stanford is back in the Rose Bowl for the second year in a row. Michigan State is playing in the game for the first time in a quarter-century. Coaches and players from both teams sounded equally grateful for the opportunity during a news conference Thursday at Disneyland. "It's almost weird to feel like we were just here," said Stanford Coach David Shaw , whose team defeated Wisconsin in the 2013 Rose Bowl. "It's no less special. "It's just as exciting because the Rose Bowl is different than any other game.
December 24, 2013 |
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was named the Associated Press national college football player of the year on Monday. Winston received 49 out of 56 votes cast by AP Top 25 college football poll voters. Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch finished second with three votes. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron got two votes. Boston College running back Andre Williams and Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard each received one vote. Winston is the first Florida State player to win the award, which has been handed out since 1998, and the first from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
December 16, 2013 |
Smarty, meet Sparty. The race for this year's 100th Rose Bowl game was not nearly as exciting as the race for tickets to this year's 100th Rose Bowl Game. Stanford, the defending Rose Bowl champions, may have even been outsmarted by ticket-hungry fans from East Lansing. Michigan State, after all, is making its first Rose Bowl appearance in 26 years. It was reported last week that some Michigan State fans took advantage of a Stanford plan that offered tickets to anyone who put a $100 deposit to become a 2014 Stanford season ticket holder.
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.