College Football Coaching Carousel 2015 Promises Insanity

The coaching carousel spins more like a Gravitron than a merry-go-round in 2015. Openings in the SEC, Pac-12 and two in the Big Ten promise more reshuffling than 2011 — and it’s only Oct. 12. Steve Spurrier’s immediately retirement from South Carolina Monday, first reported and by Sports Illustrated, makes five vacancies opened since the […]


The Last Time The Michigan Defense Allowed A Point…

With its 38-0 rout of Northwestern, the Michigan defense has gone an incredible three weeks and three games without yielding a point. The Wolverines’ current stretch matches the program’s best since Nov. 1-15. 1980, when it blanked Indiana, Wisconsin and Purdue in succession. The No. 1 song when Michigan completed that three-game spell was Kenny […]


Charlie Strong’s Meme-Worthy Win

Hey, remember last week when very misguided people were questioning Charlie Strong, if not outright calling for his dismissal as Texas head coach? Good stuff. For those folks, Strong’s 24-17 defeat of No. 10 Oklahoma is for you. Yes, YOU. There's Charlie Strong's boss on the right, in case you're wondering about his job security. […]


LaQuan McGowan and The Ever-Evolving Baylor Offense

Through one half in Lawrence, Baylor is paying homage to Georgia Tech-Cumberland College on the game’s 99th anniversary. A big part of the deluge is LaQuan McGowan. At around 400 pounds, LaQuan McGowan is big in the most literal sense. But his presence on the offense as a pass-catcher is also big in that other […]


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: http://t.co/e0Sm38RxgD pic.twitter.com/wKxdlOV5xJ — 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 […]

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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 […]