| 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...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 5:10 PM
Until this week there was no question about the greatest defeat in the history of Mississippi football.
It is etched in Rebels lore: Oct. 4, 1969.
That was the night Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning was magnificent in a 33-32 loss to Alabama at...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 8:58 PM
Minnesota … gone.
Wisconsin … jumped by three-loss Mississippi.
Michigan State … bypassed by Arizona.
The Big Ten took a beating in the opening moments of the weekly College Football Playoff rankings release.
But then came a bit...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 2:20 PM
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| 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...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 3:54 PM
Oh, how I loved it when Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio had the Spartans punch in that final touchdown in garbage time against Michigan.
It reminded players on both sides that it's a 60-minute game. It rewarded the Spartans fans who stayed till the...
| Nov 23, 2014
| 3:58 PM
Where's everyone running off to?
It's time to give credit where credit is due.
After being marginalized, pushed aside, passed over and relegated to the second or third rounds of the NFL Draft, it's suddenly cool to be a running back. From Wisconsin'...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 5:21 PM
Anyone suggesting this season is starting to form into something solid has never gambled on a river boat with Les Miles.
You might think November is a too late to mount a from-the-back-of-the-pack championship charge, but it isn't.
General rule of...
| Nov 6, 2014
The College Football Playoff selection committee's consensus is either Mensa-caliber genius or more troubling than fourth-and-40.
Since both of the panel's rankings have virtually mirrored my ballot for the Football Writers Association of America...
| 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...
| 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...