Week 6 Saturday Six-Pack: Approaching The Airport

Week 6 is college football’s last on the incline of the curve. After this Saturday, it’s all downhill on the race to the postseason. The legendary Beano Cook once quipped on the ESPN college football podcast that each season felt like Casablanca: You start it, and next thing you know, you’re at the airport. In […]


When A Plan Comes Together: Cal’s Third-And-36 Conversion

In the ol’ Book of Football Cliches is an entry dedicated to “Nothing in the playbook for third-and-whatever.” The actual distance from which this cliche can be accurately invoked is ambiguous, but is essentially anything behind the original line of scrimmage. Or, if you’re Jesse Palmer, it’s third-and-California. (I kid because I love, Jess. Let’s […]


It Only Took A Quarter-Decade for The Fifth Down Receipt

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the infamous “Fifth Down” game between Colorado and Missouri (h/t @ESPNStatsInfo); arguably the most notorious and impacting officiating blunder in college football history. 25 years ago today- The “Fifth-Down Game” … Five things you should know about that game: — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 6, […]


Myles Jack, Cardale Jones and THE Decision

I am anxious to the overlap among those who will criticize UCLA head coach Jim Mora in the coming days over his comments about Myles Jack’s early entry into the NFL draft, and those who wring their hands over Cardale Jones’ choice to return to Ohio State. Mora told reporters following UCLA’s practice Tuesday that […]


MLB Playoffs vs. The Bowl System

The MLB Playoffs technically begin tonight with the New York Yankees hosting the Houston Astros. I say technically because the one-game Wild Card matchup doesn’t yet feel to me like a real part of baseball’s October tradition. It functions to the MLB Playoffs as the First Four does to the NCAA Tournament — only the […]

Heisman Trophy

Week 5 Heisman Top 10: Chaos Begins

A wild Week 5 that claimed several from the ranks of the unbeaten also brings massive fluctuation to the Heisman Top 10. C.J. Prosise? Out after rushing for just 50 yards in Notre Dame’s 24-22 loss at Clemson. Paul Perkins? UCLA’s bell-to-bell home loss to Arizona State slowed his meteoric rise on the national stage. Chad […]


Four Downs on Week 5: Back to The SEC Drawing Board

Everything you presumed to know about the SEC, either in the preseason or over the course of the 2015 campaign’s first month, can probably go in the trash. Welcome to Four Downs, where I’ll happily accept your refuse! Just be sure to separate the recyclables — the end of the Nick Saban dynasty — from […]


Baylor Riding The Fury Road to Valhalla

Bedecked in silver chrome, Immorten Art’s Baylor War Bears ride a souped-up rig down the Fury Road. By Seth Russell’s deeds, Baylor honors V-8. The wreckage and mayhem is all part of the journey to the Playoff Valhalla. The Red Raiders came from the West with their own engines revving. Kliff Kingsbury has some dangerous […]


2015 or 1995? Northwestern As B1G Title Material

Two decades ago, Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald helped the Wildcats to an improbable Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl run. Recent past goes further into Northwestern’s rear-view mirror… Final: Northwestern shuts out Minnesota 27-0. The Wildcats match their win total from each of the past two seasons — SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) October 3, […]


The Buzzards Now Circle Charlie Strong

It’s only halftime of Charlie Strong’s 18th game as Texas head coach, but the grim reaper of job-security is already swinging his Twitter scythe. I speak, of course, of Darren Rovell. $13,200,000: Texas' investment in Charlie Strong so far, including Louisville buyout — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 3, 2015 Texas badly needed either the Oklahoma […]


Will Miami Football Ever Truly Be Back?

Every fall for the last decade, someone at some point asks if Miami football is back. Each season ends with the same answer. We’ve waited for Miami football to come “back” since January 2003. Sure, the following season the Hurricanes won 11 games, including the Orange Bowl over rival Florida State. But that 2003 campaign […]