| Oct 4, 2012
Louisiana State can't afford to keep winning like this. The Tigers are 2-0 the last two weeks and are dropping faster than a first-time drinker at Mardi Gras. Oregon State is No.1 in two of the six Bowl Championship Series computers and also in the...
| 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 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...
| Nov 17, 2012
Unbuckling the mailbag:
Question: If UCLA beats USC, will The Times let them be in the Sunday sports page headline?
Answer: That's a tough call but we can probably make a one-time exception to get UCLA out on the cover, especially if the...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 1:00 PM
Unbuckling the mailbag:
Question: Is this really a big deal? One USC football player changing his number shouldn't warrant this much attention.
Answer: I'll grant you that one USC jersey swap against Colorado at the Coliseum is not as...
| 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...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 4:34 PM
Monrovia has won back-to-back Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championships, and the Wildcats still have plenty of talent for Coach Ryan Maddox. Linebacker George Frazier has committed to Colorado. Linebacker Brett Walsh has a 4.33 grade-point...
| Oct 13, 2012
There is one problem in trying to project Sunday's first release of the Bowl Championships Series standings:
That problem is Saturday. The games could substantially alter all pre-standings prognostications.
There would be no huge controversies if the...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 4:05 PM
Here is some weekend pigskin to chew on:
—How hot will it get for Texas?
You thought things couldn't get worse after the Longhorns got scorched by Oklahoma last week at the State Fair of Texas. Friday, though, came word that "Big Tex," the 52-foot...
| Oct 29, 2012
| 8:10 PM
This weekend's very impatient, 6-year-old kid-like, takeaway question is: Why wait?
Can't we just convene a council of BCS bishops and start the four-team playoff now?
It would be just like college football to have two spots available this year for four...
| 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...