| Aug 31, 2013
| 8:30 PM
ATLANTA — Alabama's defense and special teams looked ready Saturday to become part of the first three-peat national title program in college football's modern era.
Alabama's offense looked like it needed more time to think it over.
| Sep 1, 2013
| 6:31 PM
They started calling him "Johnny Football" as a kid because, when things didn't go his way on the playground, he took his ball and went home.
Now hit me with a rim shot and a "piling on" penalty.
Unlike the paid psycho-babble experts on ESPN, I...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 2:06 PM
Writers from around the Tribune Co. predict which teams will play for the SEC championship and which one will prevail. Feel free to join the discussion with a comment of your own.
Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times
Picking the SEC West is easy. Alabama...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 9:14 AM
Texas A&M's star quarterback Johnny Manziel has earned a lot of mock nicknames this off-season.
He's been called Johnny Football, Johnny Hancock, Johnny Dangerously, Johnny Paycheck and, if he's forced to miss some games this year, someone suggested...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 6:01 PM
Stanford has been No. 1 in invention, research, sunsets, marching bands (most despised) and several sports that are played in a pool.
But come on, seriously, football?
Think about it: Less than six years ago, Stanford was a 41-point underdog at USC...
| Jan 7, 2013
| 11:07 PM
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Notre Dame's final stat line in the Bowl Championship Series title game wasn't pretty. The Fighting Irish had only 32 yards rushing.
Tailback Cierre Wood finished with two yards in four carries
"We just started slow,"...
| Jan 5, 2013
| 5:10 PM
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Nick Saban and Brian Kelly dropped strong hints Saturday they would be coaching at Alabama and Notre Dame beyond Monday night's Bowl Championship Series title game.
It's understandable the men leading the top two college...
| Jan 6, 2013
| 3:45 PM
If you loved the Rose Bowl, you might also enjoy Monday night's Bowl Championship Series title game between Notre Dame and Alabama.
Think of this as a pumped-up version of Stanford versus Wisconsin, a defensive, clock-control matchup that ended in a 20-...
| 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...
| 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...
| Nov 3, 2012
| 10:35 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Until they break up the Bowl Championship Series in two years, the only thing left to do is shake it up.
Tiger Stadium, on a Saturday night, seemed a perfect place to do it.
Pittsburgh had a similar thought at South Bend and USC...