| Oct 16, 2013
| 4:43 PM
Rankman's pipe dream of Stanford and Northwestern meeting in the BCS title game at the Rose Bowl is over. Gone is the utopian idea two schools with integrity and academic standards might also compete on football's grandest stage. We're left now with a No....
| Oct 13, 2013
| 7:25 PM
Seven ranked teams discovered this weekend that defeat in college football is very expensive.
As it relates to national titles it can bankrupt you.
Consider the seven losses suffered by the Super Bowl champion New York Giants in 2011 equal the...
| Oct 13, 2013
| 12:57 PM
UCLA didn't play its best game of the season Saturday night against Cal but a solid victory and a series of shakeups helped lift the Bruins into the top 10 in Sunday's Associated Press and USA Today coaches' polls.
UCLA climbed two spots to No. 9 in the...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 11:02 PM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Bill Belton ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the fourth overtime to lift Penn State past No. 18 Michigan 43-40 in maybe the biggest win in Coach Bill O'Brien's two seasons with the Nittany Lions.
Penn State's Christian Hackenberg...
| Oct 11, 2013
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games:
No. 25 Missouri (5-0) at No....
| Sep 22, 2013
| 5:30 PM
1: Oklahoma looks to avenge last year's shocking 30-13 home loss to Notre Dame when it visits South Bend. The win legitimized Notre Dame as a national title contender and improved its all-time record over Oklahoma to 9-1. The Sooners' lone win in the...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 5:20 PM
The guy who first said "football is a game of inches" is smiling somewhere today in that big replay booth in the sky.
At least four games of national import were decided over the weekend by less than the size of a five-dollar footlong at Subway.
| Oct 5, 2013
| 8:23 PM
The score was so one-sided it looked like a paycheck game for homecoming.
The winning school totaled 614 yards to the losing team's 234 and won the first-down battle, 33-9.
So was this No.1 Alabama against winless Georgia State?
Actually, it was No....
| Sep 28, 2013
| 8:25 PM
Oklahoma and Notre Dame tried their best, but it was remarkable, really, how much Saturday sunlight splashed on the Southeastern Conference.
It followed a week when the SEC unveiled "Book of Manning" with all its drippy-syrup Southern comfort and teary-...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 5:31 PM
Stanford and Oregon continue to form a Pac-12 sandwich around Alabama after combining for 110 weekend points as the Crimson Tide held Ole Miss pointless. Oklahoma has moved up 12 spots since opening day in a rebuttal to Rankman's preseason evaluation....
| Sep 6, 2013
| 4:50 PM
Unbuckling the mailbag:
Question: I can understand why you don't read your own lousy newspaper, but USC is ranked No. 25 [by the Associated Press]. Don't worry, we will never accuse you of being a homer.
I realize it is old news, but your sports...