| Sep 18, 2013
| 5:30 PM
Mack Brown and Bo Pelini can tell you no season ever goes exactly the way you planned.
Here's a look at a few of the early surprises in this one:
This could be the year the league surpasses the Southeastern Conference and wins the...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 4:26 PM
Are you happy? Steve Sarkisian, the loser from the U DUB, the new head coach for USC? When the first loss comes, next year, the boos will ring darkly across the Coliseum.
"Ring darkly across the Coliseum." Did you steal that from a...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 5:26 PM
Hiring a staff and schmoozing with boosters was not the toughest thing Mike Bellotti had to do after he was hired as head coach at Oregon in 1995.
The toughest part was replacing the offensive coordinator, Mike Bellotti.
It meant giving up the thing...
| 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...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 4:05 PM
1. Clemson is No. 3 in the AP poll and had a week off to prepare for a key ACC game Thursday at North Carolina State. Is this the game the Tigers "pull a Clemson" on national TV, or has the program matured into taking-care-of-business mode?
| Sep 13, 2013
| 5:47 PM
I have some golf to cover, so let's get right to it:
Akron (plus 37) at Michigan: Yes, Akron is that bad. The pick: Michigan.
Bowling Green (plus 2) at Indiana: Big Ten teams should not lose to MAC teams at home. The pick: Indiana.
UCLA (plus 4)...
| Oct 20, 2013
| 8:22 PM
The Bowl Championship Series has been ripped, ridiculed ravaged and pilloried — and that's by the people who like it.
The people who don't have treated it like a demon child.
No one has ever called the BCS boring.
The 16th and last season of...
| Sep 5, 2013
Fashionistas can rate Oregon's myriad uniforms. Architectural Digest can critique the Ducks' opulent and excessive — take a bow, Nike — football support complex. Analysts can dissect the program's warp-speed, no-huddle offense.
| 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...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 4:35 PM
Those weren't "quacks" you heard all off-season as much as they were sighs of "whew."
Whew One: The NCAA did not drop the hammer on Oregon as many people expected in the Willie Lyles case.
The headline said "major probation" in June, but behind the...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 3:53 PM
If you don't like Mike Riley you don't like ice cream or dogs. The man who could have been USC's coach at least once has comfortably settled into Corvallis, Ore.
He is 60 now and the Pac-12's longest tenured coach entering his 13th year.