| 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 3, 2012
| 7:27 PM
We had most of it right. This year's early Heisman Trophy favorite was correctly identified as the quarterback with "unfinished business."
He returned for his senior year to lead a high-octane offense, featuring the nation's best receiver tandem, on a...
| 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...
| Oct 18, 2012
USC would break offensive air-speed records, Matt Barkley was a lock for the Heisman Trophy and Oregon State Coach Mike Riley needed thicker pants for the hot seat he was sitting on.
Arkansas was the team to beat in the SEC West — it seems so silly...
| Oct 18, 2012
The SEC (a.k.a., BCS) standings were released this week and it was a surprise to see that former Big 12 Conference member Texas A&M is the only Southeastern Conference school ranked between 13th and 25th. The SEC really needs to upgrade its...
| Oct 21, 2012
| 8:30 PM
Oregon can't afford to keep winning like this. A few more lopsided victories and the Ducks could finish last in the BCS and end up playing in the Toilet Bowl.
On Thursday, Oregon sprinted to a 43-7, second-quarter lead on Arizona State and might have...
| Oct 18, 2012
| 8:20 PM
No. 6 Louisiana State (6-1) at No. 20 Texas A&M (5-1)
9 a.m., ESPN
Call this a five-alarm, alarm-clock special. Texas A&M's electric offense, averaging 47 points per game, searches for crevices in LSU's stone-solid defense, giving up 14...
| 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 20, 2012
Slater Martin, 86, the defensive-minded Hall of Fame guard who won four NBA titles with the Minneapolis Lakers and one with the St. Louis Hawks, died Thursday at a skilled nursing facility in Houston after a sudden illness, his family said.
| Oct 25, 2012
Mike Riley is an obvious coach-of-the-year choice given the double-double (with fries) charge he injected into an Oregon State team that finished 3-9 last year.
The Beavers are 6-0 for the first time since 1907 and deserving of top-10 accolades.