| Aug 28, 2013
| 5:01 PM
STORRS — Chandler Whitmer knows some things.
He knows what UConn's first play from scrimmage Thursday night at Rentschler Field against Towson will be.
"I do," Whitmer said Tuesday after practice. "I've known for a few days, but we put that in...
| Aug 28, 2013
BLACKSBURG — Forty years ago, Virginia Tech absorbed an historic 77-6 beating from Alabama. Bear Bryant, his wishbone and houndstooth hat no longer define the program, but the Crimson Tide is no less formidable and iconic entering the teams' season-...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 5:02 PM
Florida's offense last year was uglier than a wicked witch from Oz.
Some weeks, the police should have secured the huddle's perimeter with caution tape and given the admonition, "Move along folks, there's nothing to see here."
The only thing worse...
| Jul 24, 2013
Preseason media days are gifts that keep on giving, and not just the lingering heartburn from 24/7 gratis vittles. The ACC's just-completed football boondoggle in Greensboro, N.C. — compliments on the grilled salmon topped with fried leeks —...
| Oct 11, 2013
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. 25 Missouri (5-0) at No....
| Oct 31, 2013
| 9:50 PM
No. 4 Ohio State (8-0) at Purdue (1-6)
9 a.m., BTN
Ohio State needs a quality win against a quality opponent to prove it belongs in the same sentence as Alabama, Oregon and Florida State. So what a lousy time for Purdue to show up on the...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 4:53 PM
The nastiest backdoor cover in college football (sports?) history cost me big-time. Fortunately, we're talking about pride, not pennies.
But when Northwestern turned that game-ending hook-and-ladder into a fumble-and-dagger, it transformed my perfect...
| 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...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 2:51 PM
Urban Meyer is facing his biggest opponent to date.
The man who won two national championships while coaching in arguably the toughest college football conference — the SEC — when he was the head coach at Florida has never dealt with a...
| Oct 1, 2012
We exit September with the understanding that Alabama, in football, is first and fundamentally foremost.
It's almost universal.
The Crimson Tide picked up all 60 first-place votes in Sunday's Associated Press poll and all but two in the USA Today...
| 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...