| 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...
| 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 11, 2014
| 6:16 PM
LAKE BUENA VISTA — The last time he sat at a dais with Alabama's Nick Saban in a championship setting, Urban Meyer was spiraling downward.
He was frazzled, burned out, gaunt and "mentally broken" at that career-altering 2009 SEC Championship Game....
| 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...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 4:51 PM
It was a short and understandably brief trip down memory lane.
Lou Holtz’s final Notre Dame team was the first I ever covered for the Tribune. The year: 1996.
All the Irish had to do was beat 5-6 USC to make a prestigious “alliance”...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 6:20 PM
Leave it to John Calipari, the expert showman, to properly summarize what college basketball fans will be treated to Saturday at the United Center: "You're talking about storied programs with great histories that are always a play or two away from a...
| Dec 20, 2014
| 4:28 PM
The nation paused from ragging on Big Ten football long enough to hear the playoff selection committee tell Ohio State: Yes, we want you.
But if conference officials were rejoicing in Rosemont, the champagne has gone a little flat by now.
| Feb 7, 2012
| 2:44 PM
Halfway through the ACC basketball schedule, Virginia's first NCAA tournament bid in five years seems, at first blush, assured. The 18-4 Cavaliers are ranked in both national polls, boast quality wins and have no inexplicable defeats.
But there are...
| 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 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...