| Nov 18, 2012
| 5:55 PM
Five things to watch this week in college football.
1. Notre Dame is No.1 in the Associated Press poll for the first time since 1993 and is headed west to USC for a trip that could clinch for the Irish a Bowl Championship Series title-game berth. USC is...
| Sep 16, 2013
MONDAY'S TELEVISION HIGHLIGHTS
|| MLB || Orioles@Toronto (T) || MASN9 a.m. ||
|| Philadelphia@Washington (T) || MASN12:30 ||
|| Atlanta@Washington || MASN7 ||
|| Texas@Tampa Bay || MLB7 ||
|| Cubs@Milwaukee || WGN-A8 ||
| Nov 8, 2012
Rankman's steadfast "Never play on Election Tuesday" rule came back to bite Toledo when the Rockets forfeited their poll position by joining Mitt Romney in the loss column. Toledo, located in swing-state Ohio, lost to Ball State. Otherwise, it was...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 8:00 PM
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Everybody visibly cringed earlier this week when UCF offensive lineman Chris Martin answered a question in which I challenged his contention that Penn State is "just another game."
You could almost see the look of panic on...
| Oct 4, 2012
Louisiana State can't afford to keep winning like this. The Tigers are 2-0 the last two weeks and are dropping faster than a first-time drinker at Mardi Gras. Oregon State is No.1 in two of the six Bowl Championship Series computers and also in the...
| 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...
| Oct 5, 2012
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, the Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games.
No. 24 Northwestern (5-0) at Penn...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 8:18 PM
There's no use downplaying it. This is a huge weekend for Big Ten football, with conference heavyweights Wisconsin and Ohio State traveling to face Pac-12 teams.
"I think all of us were asked this at Big Ten media day: 'How do we change the perception...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 6:56 PM
Sunday night I was emailed the last Bowl Championship Series standings ever assembled.
I didn't cry, but I sniffled.
The standings were compiled and delivered, seven Sundays a season, by the National Football Foundation. You could click the short-form...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 3:58 PM
As I write this column, I'm playing hurt.
Well, at least as far as you know, I'm hurt.
I'm on the ground, writhing in pain. It appears I've been hit with carpel tunnel syndrome, and I'm waiting for the training staff to help me off the office floor...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 4:51 PM
The Rose Bowl celebrates its 100th game this season and it only seems as if Wisconsin has been in all of them.
The Badgers have actually appeared in only eight but have infiltrated the last three, all defeats.
It would be unkind to suggest folks are...