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Chris Dufresne

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Chris Dufresne was the Los Angeles Times' national college football/basketball columnist from 1995 to 2015. He also covered skiing at the Winter Olympics and wrote extensively on most sports. He is a multiple national award winner and was named 2011 California Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Assn. A Los Angeles native, he started at The Times in 1976 as a truck loader and literally worked his way up (two floors to be exact).

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  • On College Football: For 40 years, this guy delivered the goods

    On College Football: For 40 years, this guy delivered the goods

    My first recollection of the Los Angeles Times is my dad parking his delivery truck outside our house whenever he had a drop-off in La Habra. My second is scribbling on the blank pages of printing-press paper my sisters and I used for coloring and homework. The third is my pop, who worked graveyard...

  • College football offers no drama with chosen playoff teams

    College football offers no drama with chosen playoff teams

    If you wanted suspense on Sunday you were better off renting "Rear Window" by Alfred Hitchcock. There was little edge-of-your-seat action in college football, once known for its dramatic pauses and soap-opera organ music. The more they get this right, the more they get it, well, different. Sixteen...

  • Stanford and Iowa to meet in Rose Bowl

    Stanford and Iowa to meet in Rose Bowl

    The rest of the major bowl pairings are now set, highlighted by Stanford and Iowa meeting in the Rose Bowl. “The Tournament of Roses is thrilled to host Iowa and Stanford at this year’s Rose Bowl game,” said Rose Bowl Management Committee chairperson Scott Jenkins. “We expect an exciting matchup...

  • Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State, Oklahoma named playoff finalists

    Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State, Oklahoma named playoff finalists

    Controversy has shrouded college football for as long as it has been played. There have been seasons of split championships and raging last-minute arguments, but this season wasn't one of those. There were no big surprises Sunday morning when the College Football Playoff selection committee announced...

  • Stanford's bid for playoff, McCaffrey's trophy, dashed at the wire

    Stanford's bid for playoff, McCaffrey's trophy, dashed at the wire

    Stanford won the Pac-12 Conference title on a Saturday night when sophomore tailback Christian McCaffrey shattered the single-season record for all-purpose yards. This record was not held by Barry Snodgrass, it was held by Barry Sanders. "The guy I had posted on my wall growing up," McCaffrey said....

  • College Football Playoff power rankings going into conference title games

    College Football Playoff power rankings going into conference title games

    Here is the strangest part about Saturday's final push toward the College Football Playoff: the only lock among the four currently atop the ranking isn't either of the two unbeaten teams, nor the one that recently defeated defending national champion Ohio State. The lock is the team that lost to...

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