| Sep 13, 2013
| 3:30 PM
Running off at the typewriter. …
Let's get this out of the way right at the top of this column:
UCF is going to beat Penn State tonight.
You heard me, UCF is going to go into Happy Valley and turn it into Bummed-Out Basin or Crestfallen...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 3:34 PM
I don't know Penn State coach Bill O'Brien.
Never been in the same room with him.
Never interviewed him.
Never talked to him in my life until Thursday.
But if I were a high school football player getting ready to sign a college scholarship, I'd...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 5:11 PM
The play defied time, space and the logic of soccer.
A Northwestern foul gave DePaul a direct kick 20 yards from the Wildcats' goal with 21 seconds left in the second overtime of a scoreless tie. The best Northwestern could reasonably hope for was to...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 8:18 PM
There's no use downplaying it. This is a huge weekend for Big Ten football, with conference heavyweights Wisconsin and Ohio State traveling to face Pac-12 teams.
"I think all of us were asked this at Big Ten media day: 'How do we change the perception...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 3:58 PM
As I write this column, I'm playing hurt.
Well, at least as far as you know, I'm hurt.
I'm on the ground, writhing in pain. It appears I've been hit with carpel tunnel syndrome, and I'm waiting for the training staff to help me off the office floor...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 3:54 PM
It was a steamy August morning, one of those tongue-dragging days when you can't stop imagining how good a mouthful of ice would feel.
Ice was part of Aja Evans' midsummer day's dream too. Evans was thinking about how good she wanted to feel when she...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 6:05 PM
So much news broke this week it was easy to forget the reason we all get called together each fall: the games.
USC started it by calling a news conference to announce interim coach Ed Orgeron was out and Steve Sarkisian was in as head coach of the...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 4:51 PM
The Rose Bowl celebrates its 100th game this season and it only seems as if Wisconsin has been in all of them.
The Badgers have actually appeared in only eight but have infiltrated the last three, all defeats.
It would be unkind to suggest folks are...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 4:34 PM
Tell Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey that beating Iowa carried significance beyond being his first victory as a head coach and he lapses into language like someone destined for a career spouting cliches.
"It means we're 1-0,'' Carey said in an...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 5:36 PM
Brady Hoke isn't a Michigan man. He was born in Ohio (boo, hiss) and attended college in Indiana (Ball State).
Yet if Bo Schembechler were alive, he'd say something such as "This is more like it."
The spread might have worked for Rich Rodriguez at...
| 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...