| May 7, 2013
| 1:48 PM
This story would be funny if it weren't so sad. Texas Longhorns pitcher Corey Knebel was suspended from the team on Friday because he substituted his urine sample for a teammate's to prevent the teammate from failing a drug test. Problem: Knebel's urine...
| 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 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...
| Dec 2, 2012
| 8:50 PM
ATLANTA -- No one down here in Southeastern Conference country was surprised Sunday when the final Bowl Championship Series standings confirmed Alabama would be playing Jan. 7 for the national title.
The surprise is why the SEC isn't playing the SEC...
| 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...
| Sep 29, 2012
| 7:50 PM
The Milan Puskar Stadium scoreboard has been condemned until electricians can repair all the short circuits, while three volunteers working Saturday's press box have already filed for stat-man's compensation.
West Virginia's 70-63 victory over Baylor...
| Nov 10, 2012
| 8:22 PM
Everyone wondered what a team like Oregon would do if it met Alabama on a field that could also serve as a laboratory beaker.
Would Oregon's up-tempo offense fizzle when mixed with Alabama's bone-crushing defense, or explode like Mentos combined with...
| 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 9, 2012
| 5:38 PM
We combed the hills and scoured the wires for this batch of weekend tidbits:
• Boston College has knocked undefeated Notre Dame out of the national title race in each of the last two decades: 1993 and 2002. Notre Dame (9-0) plays at Boston College...
| Nov 18, 2012
Saturday is the reason they play the regular season all the way to the end.
Just when you think you know everything, you know nothing.
Kansas State was No. 1 in the Bowl Championship Series standings but now it's not.
Oregon was No. 2 but now it's...
| 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...