| Oct 11, 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:
No. 25 Missouri (5-0) at No....
| Sep 30, 2013
| 5:00 AM
The final night of Lane Kiffin's USC head coaching career began in beauty, desert temperatures dropping, the sky above Arizona State's Sun Devil Stadium shimmering, the excited murmurs of fans hurriedly filling the stands dressed in shorts and flip-flops....
| Sep 29, 2013
| 5:51 PM
Lane Kiffin was never the long-term solution for USC football.
He was an eleventh-hour poker play in 2010 by former athletic director Mike Garrett, a desperate short-term move to save a program from the NCAA sanctions that were about to be handed down...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 1:48 AM
TEMPE, Ariz. – Like many others before them, USC’s football Trojans traveled to the desert Saturday night in hopes of finding themselves.
They are still hopelessly, haplessly lost.
It was their first game in a truly hostile environment, ...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 10:27 PM
That seems to be the new theme of the USC football team, which beat Utah State by a field goal Saturday in a game that Coach Lane Kiffin accurately described as "mushy."
An hour before the game, in the usually teeming streets around the...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 8:54 PM
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:
North Texas (2-1) at No. 9...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 5:30 PM
Mack Brown and Bo Pelini can tell you no season ever goes exactly the way you planned.
Here's a look at a few of the early surprises in this one:
This could be the year the league surpasses the Southeastern Conference and wins the...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 5:26 PM
Hiring a staff and schmoozing with boosters was not the toughest thing Mike Bellotti had to do after he was hired as head coach at Oregon in 1995.
The toughest part was replacing the offensive coordinator, Mike Bellotti.
It meant giving up the thing...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 5:57 PM
The Pac-12 continued its (Eastern) time-honored tradition of playing host to some of the most compelling football ever played after midnight in Altoona.
Anybody can roll out great games on CBS in broad daylight, but the Pac-12 excels at impasses with...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 4:05 PM
1. Clemson is No. 3 in the AP poll and had a week off to prepare for a key ACC game Thursday at North Carolina State. Is this the game the Tigers "pull a Clemson" on national TV, or has the program matured into taking-care-of-business mode?
| Sep 13, 2013
| 5:47 PM
I have some golf to cover, so let's get right to it:
Akron (plus 37) at Michigan: Yes, Akron is that bad. The pick: Michigan.
Bowling Green (plus 2) at Indiana: Big Ten teams should not lose to MAC teams at home. The pick: Indiana.
UCLA (plus 4)...