| 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...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 7:00 PM
Did Coach O get himself a head coaching job (Saturday) night?
Not unless I missed a big story in my morning paper, but I do think USC interim Coach Ed Orgeron is moving closer to the point of no return. This is the "careful what you wish...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 10:42 PM
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games:
No. 13 Michigan State (9-1) at...
| Nov 24, 2013
| 8:27 PM
This is the latest offering in an occasional series: "Things that should keep Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott up at night."
If you started a playoff next month using the top four division champions based on Jeff Sagarin's ratings Sunday in USA Today,...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 6:06 PM
Count this as a huge Saturday for three ranked schools looking to update their status from nice story to national story.
It doesn't get bigger, ready or not, for Washington, Northwestern and Maryland:
•No. 15 Washington is at No. 5 Stanford in...
| Oct 5, 2013
Unbuckling the mailbag:
Question: In a parking lot? Why there? Seems a bit harsh.
Twitter: @The SaintMunich
Answer: I still can't get that puzzling piece out of my head. Why wouldn't nice-guy Pat Haden not even allow Lane Kiffin on the bus back to...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 5:54 PM
Ten things to know about the Big Ten's women's basketball tournament, which runs Thursday through Sunday at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates:
We're not in Indy any more, Toto: This is just the second time in its 19 editions the Big Ten women's...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 4:31 PM
Senior Chris Ritter could stand as the archetype for a Northwestern soccer player.
Ritter's New Trier High School teams won state titles his sophomore and senior years, yet college coaches were not clamoring for his services.
"He was a good player,...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 3:11 PM
It is impossible to define Jesse Owens with mere numbers, for it would suggest that a life story so consequential could be told fully in quantifiable terms.
Yet a number is at the genesis of this remembrance, so it would not be wrong to begin with a few...
| 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...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 3:49 PM
The Atlantic Coast Conference has been waiting so many years for this stand-alone moment it might collectively have to take a nervous pill and sit down.
The ACC has spent years failing to prove it was more than just a basketball conference. It wanted so...