| Sep 12, 2013
| 6:36 PM
Break out the chips and cold drinks but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Thursday, The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games:
No. 5 Stanford (1-0) at Army...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 5:53 PM
EUGENE, Ore. — Marcus Mariota threw for a career-high 456 yards and four touchdowns and No. 2 Oregon handed Tennessee its first loss of the season, 59-14 on Saturday.
Freshman Johnny Mundt, who replaced ailing tight end Colt Lyerla, had five...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 6:54 PM
Alabama at Texas A&M was everything a great college game is supposed to be with this notable exception: That sure didn't look like the Southeastern Conference that CBS loves to promote.
Not once during the broadcast did Verne (Lundquist) or Gary...
| 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-...
| 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
| 9:20 PM
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Stephen Morris threw two first-quarter touchdown passes, and Miami took advantage of Florida turnovers during four red-zone opportunities on the way to knocking off the 12th-ranked Gators, 21-16, on Saturday.
Duke Johnson added...
| 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...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 10:20 PM
There is a reason why top college football coaches demand top dollars:
Forget trying to figure out how to hire a great one, as there seems no reliable formula.
Pete Carroll was an ordinary, out-of-work NFL coach in 2001 when he took the...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 4:18 PM
One of the unforeseen perks of the maligned Bowl Championship Series was the annual major-bowl quest of the mid-major.
Will the last year of the BCS mean the last year of the underdog?
Not necessarily, but the new College Football Playoff in two years...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 5:58 PM
Crimson Tide fans, book your vacation plans to sunny California.
If that line sounds familiar, it's because I wrote it Oct. 12, 2012 — in a blog post after the Southeastern Conference released its 2013 schedule.
It was weird not knowing then...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 6:01 PM
Stanford has been No. 1 in invention, research, sunsets, marching bands (most despised) and several sports that are played in a pool.
But come on, seriously, football?
Think about it: Less than six years ago, Stanford was a 41-point underdog at USC...