| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| Apr 16, 2012
Swimmer won Olympic gold medals
Murray Rose, 73, a four-time Olympic gold medal swimmer from Australia who also competed at USC while studying acting in the late '50s, died Sunday in Sydney of leukemia, Swimming Australia said.
| Feb 8, 2013
| 6:00 PM
There will be big doings for USC athletics Saturday at the Coliseum. And no, Matt Barkley did not get another year of eligibility.
This has to do with lacrosse, which brings to mind one of two things for most of us: a medium-sized city in Wisconsin or a...
| 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...