| Nov 21, 2014
| 6:23 AM
The biggest question regarding the Big Ten's new bowl system is not how it will work. It's why anyone didn't think of this sooner.
For decades the bowls determined which teams they would invite. They based their decisions on potential ticket sales,...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 4:31 PM
People laugh at the awkward sponsor names of the bottom-tier bowl games.
Hey, there's a Bitcoin Bowl! How many stadium nachos can one get me?
But there's a serious side, too, and that became clear when cornerback Nick VanHoose spoke Monday about...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 6:53 PM
There's a time for deep thinking – and a time when it's better to be a dummy. Or to simplify, in football parlance.
The deep thoughts will come at the end of this miserable Northwestern season, a campaign marked by the Wildcats' incredible...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 5:26 PM
Each week our national college football writer describes how he would handle the television remote on Saturday, handicapping what's worth watching, and skipping:
No. 8 Ohio State (8-1) at No. 25 Minnesota (7-2)
9 a.m., Channel 7
| Dec 20, 2014
| 4:04 PM
The view from Jim Phillips’ office is mundane … a parking lot outside Ryan Field.
Turn the other way and you can see why the Northwestern athletic director is so bullish about the future — a giant color depiction of the $260 million...
| Nov 2, 2014
| 4:11 PM
The path to the College Football Playoff is a winding road and there are still twists and turns that need to be maneuvered before we find out who will make the final four.
Take a closer look at the 10 teams in the playoff picture and the potential...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 6:17 PM
Who would have imagined that Big Ten football would provide the fall's most compelling pennant race?
The Big Ten West won't produce a wild card, only a winner that advances to the conference title game in Indianapolis.
With four weeks left, Nebraska...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 5:16 PM
Northwestern has the Big Ten's least productive offense, averaging 4.6 yards per play and less than one touchdown pass per game.
But the Wildcats have something going for them — an admiration for quarterback Trevor Siemian, who has spent much of...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 6:40 PM
When Indiana's Tevin Coleman takes the field Saturday at Michigan Stadium, he'll have a number dancing in his head: 183.
That's the most rushing yards the Wolverines have allowed to an individual this season. Minnesota's David Cobb needed 32 carries to...
| 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...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 8:40 PM
When Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany finally gave his blessing to a playoff, it was a nod to hyperventilating college football fans and a thumbs-up to extra TV money.
Another benefit: Given that the SEC champion was practically guaranteed to advance...