| Dec 10, 2014
| 4:14 PM
Rankman is flabbergasted Ohio State somehow pole-vaulted to No. 4 in the final Super 16 ranking, just as it did in the College Football Playoffs final ranking. There was only one way it could happen: a 59-0 win over Wisconsin with the Buckeyes' third-...
| 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-...
| Dec 13, 2011
| 2:39 PM
For the Bowl Subdivision's national leader in victories since 1995 and a program preparing for its 19th consecutive postseason appearance, Virginia Tech sure is enduring a raft of flack these days.
First, critics deemed the Hokies unworthy of their bid...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 4:10 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:
Presbyterian (5-4) at No. 11 Mississippi (7-2)
9 a.m., SEC Network...
| Oct 18, 2014
| 7:13 PM
The first thing we wondered after Kansas State's huge win at Oklahoma on Saturday was why Bill Snyder agreed to play Auburn in September.
No. 14 Kansas State (5-1) took over sole possession of first place in the division-less Big 12 and appears to be...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 9:18 PM
College football's new four-team playoff was supposed to give other schools a chance to compete with the Southeastern Conference, which won seven of the last eight titles in the Bowl Championship Series.
It didn't look that way Tuesday when the SEC West...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 8:50 PM
Rankman has been waiting years to start his countdown with this countdown: One Mississippi … two Mississippi (State). Thank you Rebels and Bulldogs for winning last weekend so we could stack you like potato pancakes on top of the ugliness at...
| Nov 8, 2014
| 8:11 PM
Auburn's amazing streak of having everything goes its way during a championship run might have ended in Saturday's 41-38 loss to Texas A&M.
It seemed impossible third-ranked Auburn would lose at home, even after trailing by 10 points with 7:54 left....
| Dec 19, 2013
| 4:44 PM
You can try this cold turkey, but picking bowl-game winners is my job. While you're at work solving world problems, I'm doing full time what you do in your spare time. Some years are better than others. The general rule is to look for motivation in each...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 6:03 PM
Mark this down as we whitewater-raft through the final weeks of the final BCS rapids: Something is going to happen, give, buckle or burst.
Some team is going to be robbed and maybe ripped off.
Grownups are going to scream, sulk, petition, lobby and...