| 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 5, 2012
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. 24 Northwestern (5-0) at Penn...
| Sep 24, 2012
You've seen the score, but do you really know it?
People waking up Sunday morning to see Oregon had defeated Arizona, 49-0, could have rightfully concluded:
--Oregon's offense must have gone nuts.
--De'Anthony Thomas took a step closer to winning the...
| Sep 22, 2012
| 9:52 PM
This column will be devoted almost entirely to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The ACC earned the clear-out space in advance of Saturday night's enticing matchup of No. 10 Clemson at No. 4 Florida State. ABC trotted its "A" team to Tallahassee and ESPN...
| Sep 24, 2012
Five things to watch this week in college football.
1: UCLA fans need to erase that easy "W" they had penciled in for the Sept. 29 game at Colorado. What looked like a picnic at Pikes Peak should be filled with some trepidation now that UCLA is the...
| Sep 27, 2012
Monday night's NFL outrage with the officials reminds me of the time in 2010 that "replacement Rankman" put Boise State at No. 1 and kept the Broncos there until the Friday night after Thanksgiving. This week's standings offer their own controversial...
| Sep 27, 2012
It must be a slow week if ESPN's "GameDay" is headed to the Big Ten Conference, which doesn't have a title-eligible school ranked among the top 19 of the Associated Press media poll.
Close-as-it-gets No. 20 Michigan State is locking down for its...
| Sep 29, 2012
The only thing more endangered than being Arkansas' head coach is being undefeated.
Stanford found out Thursday night what others will discover Saturday.
The Cardinal sin of losing at Washington leaves 26 unbeatens as the season winds toward an Agatha...
| Dec 28, 2012
Curt Phillips was asked Thursday, by the only reporter interviewing him, how far he could walk outside his downtown hotel without being recognized.
"The whole way," Phillips joked.
"Wherever you want me to...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 6:41 PM
ESPN's "Octomom" family of networks hopes you enjoy this year's cavalcade of commercials and center snaps as it furiously tries to secure the two games it doesn't broadcast.
Conspicuously missing from the lineup is Ohio State (12-0) vs. Louisiana Tech...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 3:33 PM
Rankman has rarely been this excited about two recently "dropped out" teams playing on a Thursday night in Piscataway, N.J. The showdown between Rutgers and Louisville now features two teams representing three different conferences. Rutgers is joining the...