The Option Offense Revival

In this season’s college football record shop, the option offense is a piece of classic vinyl, unearthed from a milk crate of yesteryear’s hits. Put it on the turntable, give it a spin, and a few tracks in you ask yourself, why isn’t more contemporary music like this? The success of option teams this season […]


Tenuous Future of Les Miles Exposes Sport’s Ugliness

Imagine if a college football message board’s most bitter malcontents had the power to hire and fire head coaches. Your imagination need not be too vivid; just read reports of Les Miles’ possibly impending ouster from LSU. James Smith of The Times-Picayune reported Sunday, in the wake of LSU’s third consecutive loss, the Tiger Athletic […]


Ohio State: Heavy Is The Head

Defending national champion Ohio State flirted with disaster much of the season. In Saturday’s 17-14 loss to Michigan State, the Buckeyes’ flaws finally cost them. The loss likely ends Ohio State’s chances for returning to the College Football Playoff. Michigan State is now in control of the Big Ten East and matches up favorably with […]


The SEC East Is Simply A Bad Division

The SEC East is bad. No compelling argument exists to counter the reality cruelly evident Saturday. FCS Playoff-bound The Citadel outplayed thoroughly outplayed South Carolina. There was nothing fluky in the Bulldogs’ option offense rolling up 350 rushing yards en route to a 23-22 victory — even if a penalty negated a would-be, fourth-down game-winning […]


Thursday Night Football Puts Rock-Bottom Front-and-Center

Thursday night football had all the joy of Artax sinking into the Swamp of Sadness. Truly, the college football season reached its bottom. “What went wrong? How’d they get to this point,” color analyst Jay Walker asked the pressing question from ESPNU’s broadcast of Texas State vs. Louisiana-Monroe. Walker referred specifically to ULM, a program […]


Pac-12 Schedule and A “Level Playing Field”

Stanford head coach David Shaw may have summarized Playoff hysteria best, saying “media…sit and stew and look for somebody to blame.” With the Pac-12 perhaps eliminated from a spot in the tournament, the conference’s 9-game league schedule became an immediate and easy target for blame despite evidence to the contrary. Internal groundswell against the Pac-12 […]


College Football Media Needs More Like Chris Dufresne

Steve Spurrier. Frank Beamer. Gary Pinkel. College football’s losing a multitude of greats in the 2015 season, and you can add another name to the list: Chris Dufresne. Dufresne, the longtime columnist and reporter for the Los Angeles Times, announced Monday via Twitter he is accepting a buyout from the newspaper’s parent company. News that […]


Argument Against Pac-12’s 9-Game Schedule Is Empty

Every outcome in college football is a referendum on a bigger picture topic, and the biggest picture of all is the College Football Playoff. Thus when Stanford and Utah lost to Pac-12 opponents Saturday, complicating the conference’s hope of sending a representative to the College Football Playoff, an overarching referendum had to be made. But […]


Week 11 Heisman Top 10: Derrick Henry vs. Deshaun Watson

November performances define Heisman Trophy candidacies. Front-runners like Alabama running back Derrick Henry and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson are hitting their stride at just the right time, both to pace their teams’ title aspirations and bolster their case for college football’s most prestigious, individual award. Derrick Henry now has a rush TD in 15 straight […]