| Aug 20, 2011
| 11:45 AM
Consider me Virginia's designated piņata, DP for short, this college football season. Translation: I'm the state's voter on the Associated Press' top 25.
The AP was desperate enough to ask, and I was gullible enough to accept, knowing full well how...
| Dec 11, 2013
The most strident critics craved anarchy, a farewell overdose of controversy for the Bowl Championship Series. Come Sunday, however, after 15 weeks of unimaginable insanity, the most-deserving teams for the national title game were indisputable: Florida...
| Apr 27, 2014
The vote is too close to call, and don't let Nate Silver or Pew Research tell you differently. Raging for years and influenced by provincial concerns, 11th-hour reversals and, yes, a leprechaun, the debate finally appears set for resolution next month....
| Sep 3, 2014
| 5:16 PM
People make such a fuss about preseason rankings but really, what's the big deal? Like any good coach at halftime, it's all about adjustments. So what if South Carolina was ranked No. 8 in the first Super 16* poll and Texas A&M, criminally, wasn't...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 5:43 PM
The time has come to stop talking and start playing. Let the sweet sound of a referee's whistle mercifully replace the pound of a judge's gavel.
It's time for wish lists and check lists:
Out-of-the-box Thursday features a not-too-shabby lineup of...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 4:23 PM
Each week our national college football writer describes how he would handle the television remote Saturday, handicapping what's worth watching, and skipping:
Penn State vs. Central Florida, in Dublin, Ireland
5:30 a.m., ESPN2
| Aug 29, 2014
| 4:54 PM
Something to ponder over a holiday travel weekend as college football's four-team playoff prepares for takeoff: the flight is overbooked.
Do the math: Five power conferences are essentially battling for four spots, meaning at least one highly...
| Aug 16, 2014
| 6:35 PM
Acknowledging that college football's new four-team playoff could someday inch toward a larger basketball-style tournament, we continue our Super 16 countdown, with No. 10 Baylor:
The 13-person selection committee might want to start keeping a file on...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 10:30 PM
This fishy early season is a “one that got away” story.
The title race might have been jumbled before October had a few teams not frittered away the late summer.
Many of our preseason favorites have been shaken, but not stirred.
| Sep 11, 2014
| 6:34 PM
Boise State (1-1) at Connecticut (1-1)
9 a.m., ESPN2
Had things worked out as planned — but do they ever? — this would have been a major league Big East game between schools that have played in the Fiesta Bowl since 2005.
| Sep 5, 2012
Consider this an ode to West Virginia and Florida State. Oh, what could have been. Oh, what could have been if only the rulers of college football conference realignment and nine-game conference schedule configurations didn't have to have their way? Oh,...