| 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 15, 2014
| 7:10 PM
Rumors of the death of the Rose Bowl game are, once again, greatly exaggerated. The old girl hasn't lost a step.
That's true, even though college football will play for the big title elsewhere to end this season. And probably elsewhere for seasons to...
| 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 23, 2014
| 4:19 PM
Whether D.J. Newbill is knocking down perimeter jump shots or getting into the lane with a combination of athleticism and size, the senior guard can do damage from virtually anywhere on the court.
Averaging a team-best 21.4 points per game, Newbill is a...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 1:17 PM
Eleven ACC teams are bowling in nine states, in venues from Yankee Stadium to the Rose Bowl. Agendas and stakes vary, not to mention quality of opponents. But there are three overarching storylines:
**Unlike its four power-conference colleagues, the...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 6:29 PM
Three words will dance in Melvin Gordon's head Saturday during the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York.
You've already won.
Gordon's father has told him that time and again, so it won't matter when Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota steps onto the...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 7:33 PM
As college football coaches redefine the term commitment every December, Rod Carey coined a phrase that helps him cope.
"I call it the silly season,'' the Northern Illinois coach said Monday from Boca Raton, Fla. "There's more rumors than truths. That's...
| Dec 21, 2014
| 7:30 PM
The fix is in — and it's working.
Five seasons ago, confronted with the problem of playoff-bound teams resting starters and coasting into the postseason, the NFL began scheduling only division games for the final week of the season. The theory...
| Dec 25, 2014
| 5:03 PM
Did you catch Central Michigan's Hail Mary/Cal lateral play at the end of the Bahamas Bowl? My immediate thought: I can't believe that didn't happen to Northwestern.
The Wildcats didn't qualify for a bowl this season, but 10 Big Ten teams will line up to...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 5:08 PM
Chris Collins coaches the way you and I would.
He was so disgusted with Northwestern's Dec. 17 home loss to Central Michigan, he changed the pregame routine. He removed the locker-room chairs so his players would stay upright and lathered as they...
| Dec 27, 2014
| 6:16 PM
It's almost showtime for Mark Turgeon and Maryland, who will make their Big Ten debut Tuesday at Michigan State, and there is every reason to believe they are ready to take the next step in what has been an amazing transformation.