| Jan 4, 2014
| 7:47 PM
Gus Malzahn coached high school football for 14 years before he became a college assistant in 2006.
Eight years later, he has guided Auburn to Monday's Bowl Championship Series title game against Florida State.
Malzahn replaced the fired Gene Chizik...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 5:04 AM
FSU is a week away from meeting Auburn in the BCS National Championship Game.
Over the next several days, The Chopping Block will preview Auburn, highlighting the Tigers’ key personnel, strengths, weaknesses, and their dramatic journey to the...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 8:09 PM
It's hard to imagine that the college football regular season is now behind us. While the bowl season lies ahead, let's take a look at some of the winners and losers of this year.
• Florida State and Jameis Winston: Few could have imagined...
| 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...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 10:47 AM
Wrapping paper is superfluous when it comes to books. Traditional books — physical books you can hold in your hands — are ideal packages already. The gift lies between covers: the meaning and feeling conveyed both by the book itself and by the...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 7:49 PM
Leave it to Alabama senior quarterback AJ McCarron to put everything in perspective.
"Football is just a game," he said after Saturday's last-play loss to Auburn. "It's not life."
Leave it to senior Auburn administrator Jay Jacobs to boil the...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 10:58 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —The final Saturday of the first Bowl Championship Series season in 1998 ended with shocking losses by Kansas State and UCLA that turned the BCS on its ear hole.
Wild endings in St. Louis and Miami that day put Tennessee and...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 9:44 PM
There were eight undefeated teams on Oct. 27 and six left on Nov. 17 and it appeared the last year of the Bowl Championship Series might get the fist in the face it deserved.
Then Auburn's moon jumped to the seventh house, Jupiter aligned with...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 6:13 PM
Question: Who would get the fourth berth in the playoff?
That's the question I'd love to see you tackle.
Answer: I tackled this question so hard in Monday's column I almost got called for "targeting."
And that ejection would have...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 6:23 PM
This is the week we say "whew" for the day in August that Rankman looked at his preseason top 25 and noticed only one FSU was penciled on his working list. It was Fresno State at No. 23. The countdown in the paper was already down to No. 15 when the...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 6:05 PM
So much news broke this week it was easy to forget the reason we all get called together each fall: the games.
USC started it by calling a news conference to announce interim coach Ed Orgeron was out and Steve Sarkisian was in as head coach of the...