| Nov 8, 2012
Rankman's steadfast "Never play on Election Tuesday" rule came back to bite Toledo when the Rockets forfeited their poll position by joining Mitt Romney in the loss column. Toledo, located in swing-state Ohio, lost to Ball State. Otherwise, it was...
| Oct 6, 2012
Last weekend was a football carnival with jugglers, clowns, cotton candy, flamethrowers and sword swallowers.
My favorite act was "The Bearded Bevo."
It was fun in a nonthreatening, do-or-die way. Who besides Nick Saban didn't like West Virginia and...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 2:51 PM
Urban Meyer is facing his biggest opponent to date.
The man who won two national championships while coaching in arguably the toughest college football conference — the SEC — when he was the head coach at Florida has never dealt with a...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 5:32 PM
Q: Someone has to call it. Bruins 5-6 last 11 games. Not that good. No real progress.
A: An interesting point except UCLA also hasn't exactly been playing Louisville's schedule.
Let's examine UCLA losses: Once to Oregon, currently No....
| Oct 29, 2013
| 4:38 PM
One team is yielding a national-best 215.5 yards per game. The other just let Indiana ring up 572 yards.
One team has outscored its last two opponents 56-3. The other has given up 90 points in its last two games.
So what makes anyone believe...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 5:39 PM
His sense of humor in better shape than his football team, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald kidded Monday about plans to make a proposal to the university president.
"We stink in October (so) I'm going to talk to President (Morton) Schapiro about...
| Sep 1, 2013
| 6:31 PM
They started calling him "Johnny Football" as a kid because, when things didn't go his way on the playground, he took his ball and went home.
Now hit me with a rim shot and a "piling on" penalty.
Unlike the paid psycho-babble experts on ESPN, I...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 9:15 AM
No. 12 Florida (1-0) at Miami (1-0)
9 a.m., ESPN
Florida's offense still runs like a clogged drain but easily avoided Kirk Herbstreit's ESPN prediction last week that Toledo would pull the upset in Gainesville. This week: Kirk predicts...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 4:25 PM
Like Bo Pelini, I plan to go down swinging.
The Nebraska coach — for now — nearly hit an official in the face Friday when he swung his hat to protest a call in the Cornhuskers' 37-17 loss to Iowa. I know the feeling, man. My fight to...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 7:11 PM
Put away the running clocks. Silly season should be over — at least until Alabama hosts Chattanooga in late November.
It is ridiculous to think Ohio State could play a team so overmatched that the Buckeyes' backup quarterback could throw six...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 7:12 PM
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Friday and Saturday's menu of games:
9 a.m.: Iowa...