| Mar 28, 2014
NEW YORK — Madison Square Garden hasn't hosted an NCAA tournament game of Sweet 16 magnitude since 1955, but if any team is prepared for this moment on this stage, it's Michigan State.
The world's most famous arena? Friday's regional semifinal...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 6:23 PM
This is the week we say "whew" for the day in August that Rankman looked at his preseason top 25 and noticed only one FSU was penciled on his working list. It was Fresno State at No. 23. The countdown in the paper was already down to No. 15 when the...
| Aug 18, 2013
| 4:27 PM
Thirty years ago (1983) Stanford and Northwestern put their brainy football heads together to go a combined 3-19.
And no one blinked, cared, or was the least bit surprised, because mediocrity then was considered the price to be paid for academic...
| Aug 17, 2013
| 3:36 PM
This ranking may be more intuitive hunch than it is rooted in statistical study.
The way I see it, Halley's comet comes around every 75 or 76 years and Texas football comes around every four.
Texas has appeared in the Bowl Championship Series title...
| Mar 29, 2014
| 10:48 PM
They were two teams too close for comfort. Each other's.
The width of a slip of paper separated Arizona and Wisconsin in Saturday night's NCAA West Regional final. And in the end, when Wisconsin won an overtime thriller of thrillers, it was the kind...
| Mar 30, 2014
| 7:28 PM
Three referees and a technician huddled at the scorer’s table late Sunday afternoon and determined, after a lengthy review, that next week’s Final Four in North Texas was set.
Utilizing information culled from hundreds of cameras set up at...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 5:57 PM
The Pac-12 continued its (Eastern) time-honored tradition of playing host to some of the most compelling football ever played after midnight in Altoona.
Anybody can roll out great games on CBS in broad daylight, but the Pac-12 excels at impasses with...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Although the Wisconsin Badgers slammed the Purdue Boilermakers 41 to 10 Saturday, Sept. 21, the 80,000 fans watching the game at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison will most remember an event that occurred during an extended time out.
As often happens at...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 3:57 PM
Five things to watch this week in college football.
1: Rutgers at Louisville on Thursday offers undefeated Louisville a decent test in a season where the Cardinals' weak schedule could cost them a shot at the national title. Rutgers has seen both ends...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 6:51 PM
This season's college bowl schedule is reminiscent of how it used to be in the last months of the year in pro golf, or the last five minutes of an NBA rout.
ESPN fills airtime and sells ads, but there is no compelling reason to watch...
| Dec 5, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE — If you've seen the boxscore and/or clips — the word highlights does not apply — or, heaven forbid, endured the entire broadcast, the following will strike you as pure fiction.
Virginia and Wisconsin entered their ACC-...