January 3, 1986 |
As a new year came to college football this week, the wishbone formation was back on top. And there are two bad things to say about that: --Against opponents who are outmanned, a wishbone team like Oklahoma can push up and down the field, keeping the ball away from players who have more skill throwing and catching it. --Against teams that match them in personnel, wishbone players can turn a game into an uninspiring defensive struggle in which turnovers become decisive.
December 31, 1995 |
Depending on whom you believe, Randy Moss is either the second coming of Deion Sanders or Rocket Ismail. But instead of playing in the Orange Bowl between Notre Dame and Florida State on Monday night, he will be standing as he has all season on the sideline. That is not the kind of freshman year Moss envisioned as a high school senior in Belle, W.Va. He believed he would be starting as a wide receiver opposite Derrick Mayes for Notre Dame. So did Irish Coach Lou Holtz.
December 29, 1993 |
If forced to pick between his Heisman Trophy or a national championship ring, Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward said the choice would be a no-brainer. "The second one is more meaningful than the first one," said Ward, who has collected 23 postseason awards, including the Heisman. "I'm not saying I don't enjoy (the Heisman) . . . it's something good to have, but I'd rather have a national championship." He isn't the only one.
January 1, 1996 |
Most significant about tonight's meeting between Notre Dame and Florida State is that it is the last of 62 Orange Bowl games that will be played in the Orange Bowl. To become part of college football's bowl alliance, Orange Bowl officials agreed to move their game starting next year to Miami's more modern and pristine Joe Robbie Stadium. "I really feel a strong part of college football history," said Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz, as if the Irish did not already own a sizable chunk of it.
October 23, 1987 |
Let's not make a deal: Miami Coach Jimmy Johnson, whose team has two tough games after "picking day," says he will accept no "if this or if that" deals from the Orange Bowl. "If we are fortunate enough to be 9-0 on picking day, we will only consider unconditional offers," he said.
October 9, 1987 |
Last season's Fiesta Bowl, which was able to match the Nos. 1 and 2 teams for the national championship--each just happened to be independent of any conference or bowl affiliation--revived a lot of interest in a playoff format. Maybe it was time to overhaul the old bowl system, after all, to take the myth out of the mythical college championship. The two best teams! In one game! It works! Look for that kind of interest, and all those exclamation points, to subside.
January 2, 1989 |
In a word, Miami Coach Jimmy Johnson was asked Sunday, how would he feel if the Hurricanes beat Nebraska tonight in the Orange Bowl, but still finished No. 2 in the voting for college football's national champion? Johnson paused before answering in his silken Texas drawl. "Bitterly disappointed but happy," Johnson said at a news conference with Tom Osborne, his Nebraska counterpart. "Oh, is that four (words)?" Johnson added. "At Arkansas, I didn't take math."
November 15, 1992 |
James Hill's eight-yard touchdown run with 2:09 to play capped a 42-yard drive that lifted No. 13 Colorado over No. 20 Kansas, 25-18, Saturday, moving the Buffaloes half a game behind Nebraska in the Big Eight race. Colorado, which rallied behind Kordell Stewart's passing after squandering a 14-0 lead, raised its overall record to 8-1-1 and its Big Eight mark to 4-1-1. Kansas dropped to 7-3 and 4-2.
November 12, 1990 |
After a season of surprises, college football may get a familiar finish. For the second year in a row, Notre Dame will play Colorado in the Orange Bowl with the national championship at stake. Last season, Notre Dame beat the top-ranked Buffaloes, 21-6, and spoiled their bid for the national title. Now Colorado will get a chance for revenge. The Orange Bowl rematch was set Sunday, a day after No. 1 Notre Dame beat No. 9 Tennessee, 34-29, and No.