| 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...
| Dec 1, 2012
ATLANTA -- Alabama and Georgia haven't played in football since 2008 but won't be completely startled when they bump into each other at the Georgia Dome on Saturday.
At stake is the Southeastern Conference championship — otherwise known as the...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 5:15 PM
Rankman and SportsBusiness Journal have teamed up for a first-they-have-heard-about-it collaboration based on SBJ's seventh annual analysis of bowl gifts provided to players. This year's most popular gift is the Fossil watch, provided at 19 of the 35...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 5:12 PM
Unbuckling the mailbag:
Question: Imagine how USC fans are going to feel after a 6-7 Georgia Tech team wins the game.
Answer: How could USC fans feel any worse? The Trojans were picked to win the national title, lost five times and have...
| Nov 23, 2012
| 5:40 PM
The Southeastern Conference has been accused of a lot of things through the years — but a scam?
The league is cutthroat, for sure, and often overzealous in praise of itself.
The SEC is wildly talented and over the top, with many of its fans...
| Nov 25, 2012
| 8:20 PM
Not one of the Three Amigos left in this year's national title race should be confused with the greatest teams in history.
They shouldn't even be compared with the best teams in their own history.
Notre Dame is hardly better than Lou Holtz's 1988...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 6:00 PM
Notre Dame began the season unranked in the Associated Press media poll and is now No. 1; USC started No.1 and is now unranked.
Oops, sorry, and welcome to my jungle.
Pro pundits can pick the New York Giants to win the Super Bowl and still be right when...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 6:25 PM
The Southeastern Conference, taken out of the national title hunt for as long as three non-SEC teams keep winning, mostly takes the week off as it openly cheers for upsets of Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame. SEC schools bully up to play seven 1-AA...
| Oct 7, 2012
Top-ranked Alabama rested at home as four other undefeated top-10 teams from the Southeastern Conference jumped straight to 2014 and staged their own four-team playoff.
It's always pre-Copernicus down South, where the sun revolves around the SEC....
| Nov 26, 2011
| 9:33 PM
When it comes to USC, the West Coast was the best coast -- at least in basketball terms. The University of Southern California finally won a close game after losing three this season, beating the University of South Carolina, 63-60,......
| Jun 14, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss the College World Series. Check back throughout the day for more responses and weigh in with a comment of your own. Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times First, a shout-out to the California Golden......