November 20, 2010 |
Not since the Chicago Bears left after the 1970 NFL season had football been played at Wrigley Field. And now we know why. When Northwestern played host to Illinois on Saturday, both teams shared one sideline ? switching places after halftime ? and all offensive plays headed in the same direction, west. This might be how the game looks on a one-goal-post sandlot field, but it's unusual for a regular-season Big Ten Conference game. The Associated Press reported that the game looked like a "pigskin version of 'Groundhog Day.' " It was played that way because, after months of planning for the Wrigleyville Classic, Big Ten officials declared less than 36 hours before kickoff that there wasn't enough room between the east end zone and the brick wall in what is right field in the baseball configuration.
December 30, 2010
ARMED FORCES BOWL Southern Methodist vs. Army When: Thursday, 9 a.m. PST. Where: Dallas. On the air: ESPN. About Southern Methodist (7-6 ): The Mustangs have completed a remarkable turnaround under Coach June Jones. The SMU program went 25 years without earning a bowl bid and suffered some of the most severe sanctions in NCAA history. Jones, who is in his third season at SMU, is leading the program to its second consecutive bowl. The Mustangs are coming off a 17-7 loss to Central Florida in the Conference USA championship game.
January 3, 2011 |
The glut of bowl games is over except for those special few traditional galas that are always saved for last, "GoDaddy.com" and "Compass" among them. The water-cooler talk leading into championship week involved a million gallons of water being pumped out of the Poinsettia Bowl and the life being pumped out of the Big Ten Conference. College football's final goal-line stand of the season breathlessly ticks toward Sunday's stand-alone showcase, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, played in a baseball park, followed the next day by Oregon versus somebody in the mid-January Second Semester Classic.
December 30, 2010
SERIES Community: The study group gets trapped inside a flight simulator in this repeat (8 p.m. NBC). Nikita: Our heroine (Maggie Q) uncovers a Washington, D.C., sex scandal in this repeat (9 p.m. KTLA). Food Feuds: St. Louis is the latest stop for this culinary challenge (10 p.m. Food). Brad Meltzer's Decoded: The team searches for a treasure trove of Confederate gold and silver coins in this new episode (10 p.m. History). Top 20 Most Shocking: Jokes practical and impractical are enumerated in this new episode (10 p.m. Tru)
January 1, 2012 |
Reporting from Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Oklahoma State and Stanford appear to have transitioned successfully from what might have been to the here and now. Monday night's Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium will not be played for the national championship and will not feature this year's Heisman Trophy winner. Voters voted, computers churned, ballots were tabulated … stuff happened. Of course, both schools would rather be in New Orleans this week preparing for the Jan. 9 Bowl Championship Series title game, but there are only so many hours you can rehash the playback and the politics.
December 21, 2010 |
Justin Burke threw for a pair of touchdowns and Jeremy Wright scored on a 95-yard kickoff return Tuesday night to help Louisville beat Southern Mississippi, 31-28, in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl at St. Petersburg, Fla. Burke tossed scoring passes to 11 yards to Cameron Graham and 10 yards to Josh Chichester while the Cardinals (7-6) erased a 14-point first-half deficit, then produced a go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter. Austin Davis threw 205 yards and two touchdowns to become Southern Mississippi's career TD pass leader, moving ahead of Brett Favre with 53 in three seasons for the Golden Eagles (8-5)