| Sep 1, 2013
| 5:24 PM
Five things to watch this week in college football.
1. Stanford avoided a first weekend upset because its season doesn't begin until next Saturday against San Jose State. Watch out, though, because last year's game was 17-17 in the fourth quarter before...
| Aug 11, 2013
| 4:53 PM
Todd Graham enters his second year in Tempe and the most exciting news is that he's still there.
OK, that was last year's joke after Graham abruptly left Pittsburgh after one season to take the Arizona State job.
Graham got to town with a shaky...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 5:18 PM
To honor, or dishonor, the 16th and final season of the Bowl Championship Series, here are 16 questions and answers as college football opens 2013:
1. How soon does USC Coach Lane Kiffin need to decide on a quarterback?
Answer: Sept. 21. Penn & Teller...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 6:00 PM
Off we go into the last season of the Bowl Championship Series, an era that has seen Rankman pluck No. 1 names like Leland Stanford out of the Oklahoma State Cowboy's hat. Longshot choices have been made dating to the pre-BCS year of 1997, when Gerber-fed...
| Apr 28, 2013
| 10:35 AM
"Mr. Irrelevant," the nickname given to the final pick in the NFL draft, is Justice Cunningham, a tight end from South Carolina who was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the 254th choice on Saturday.
The 6-foot-4, 264-pounder was actually called...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 4:00 PM
The Southeastern Conference is, for now, a helpless Bowl Championship Series bystander as it monitors three undefeated outliers competing for this season's title.
Winners of six straight BCS crowns, the SEC needs any two among these three teams —...
| 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 10, 2012
Unbuckling the mailbag:
Question: How many more of these little annoyances will USC Athletic Director Pat Haden put up with?
Answer: The thing about little annoyances is they eventually add up to one big annoyance.
One parking ticket...
| Oct 1, 2012
We exit September with the understanding that Alabama, in football, is first and fundamentally foremost.
It's almost universal.
The Crimson Tide picked up all 60 first-place votes in Sunday's Associated Press poll and all but two in the USA Today...
| 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 15, 2012
Oregon fans have been advised to stay away from sharp objects following their beloved Ducks' disturbing No. 3 debut in the first Bowl Championships Series standings.
Third in the BCS is like fourth in the Olympics, but the good news is that this is the...