| Oct 19, 2014
| 5:37 PM
Notre Dame was the last program you thought would screw up a simple throw and catch.
The Fighting Irish didn't invent the forward pass, but certainly modernized it during a 1913 game against Army.
Gus Dorais and Knute Rockne practiced all summer while...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Notre Dame (6-0) at Florida State (6-0) promises to be terrific surround-sound theater with a circus-like atmosphere.
Jameis Winston alone could fill three rings and maybe clean up after the elephants.
It is a morality play, on a macro level, with...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 2:22 PM
Each week during the college football season, national analyst Chris Dufresne will burn a timeout to answer questions and exchange opinions. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and reach him on Twitter: @DufresneLATimes
| Dec 17, 2014
| 5:45 PM
The postseason is one "Kokomo Bowl" from becoming the next verse in a Beach Boys song: "Miami, Bahamas, come on pretty mamma, Camellia, and Boca, this is not a joke-a." Four new bowl games plus the extra championship game means the process of picking...
| Nov 30, 2014
| 6:18 PM
A thrilling next-to-last football weekend was briefly interrupted Sunday when Nebraska announced it had fired Bo Pelini for winning only nine games, or more, in each of his seven seasons.
"Nine-win Bo," a higher-expectations knockoff slam of "Seven-...
| Nov 9, 2014
| 7:23 PM
Separation Saturday helped bring the College Football Playoff picture into sharper focus.
Alabama, Oregon, TCU, Arizona State and Ohio State made big statements with crucial wins, while Auburn, Kansas State, Michigan State and Notre Dame suffered...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 5:11 PM
Rankman has no idea what's going on with that other ranking committee. Maybe Condi Rice is not listening to the Grantland Rice in the room, you know, the only former sportswriter on the selection board. Moving Texas Christian to No. 3 by dropping...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 9:45 PM
The halfway point of a brand new season, with a brand new system, has prompted plenty of questions.
We'll start in the Pac-12 Conference with Stanford and ask:
•What if Dr. Condoleezza Rice's favorite team knew how to close out games?...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 4:55 PM
After Nebraska stunned Northwestern last year on a Hail Mary, the prevailing question was this: How could you let that happen?
Given what has transpired this season in the Pac-12, the question is this: How on earth do you prevent that from happening?...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 4:21 PM
Only four schools will end up playing in the two most important games of the year. A handful of others will play the what-if game.
We've already learned that in the new college football playoff system there is a fiber-optic fine line between preparing...
| Oct 12, 2014
| 4:25 PM
Five things to watch this week in college football:
1: Notre Dame at Florida State is this year's best top-10 matchup not involving schools from the SEC West. The No. 5 Irish seem to be replaying the 2012 season as they survive one close game after...