| Nov 16, 2013
Adding to the mysteries in your column is Rankman slotting in USC as No. 25. If a 7-3 Notre Dame team that beat No. 14 Michigan State and No. 22 Arizona State doesn't deserve to be ranked (and they don't), then how can a 7-3 USC team that lost to Notre...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 10:42 PM
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games:
No. 13 Michigan State (9-1) at...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 3:56 PM
This is a big prove-it weekend, led by Missouri from the "Show-Me State."
The interloper Tigers, in their second season since leaving the Big 12 Conference, can really stick it to old-line Southeastern Conference thinking.
Truth serum injections would...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 6:30 PM
This is a first in countdown history — an aborted mission. Stop the rocket launch.
The executive committee, in a unanimous decision, ruled it was time to pull the plug and spoil the surprise party:
Turn on the lights and come out from behind the...
| 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 14, 2013
| 4:35 PM
There will be plenty of fresh faces at Florida State games this season and one very old one.
After years of irreconcilable differences, former coach Bobby Bowden has agreed to be honored at the football kingdom he built from scratch in the 1970s....
| Aug 23, 2013
| 3:30 PM
Georgia is slotted at No. 5 because that's how many yards the Bulldogs fell short last year of playing (and we presume beating) Notre Dame for the national title.
That's less than three fathoms, if you can fathom that.
| 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...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 6:28 PM
Bear Bryant would have turned 100 this week, and that's fitting because there are about that many story lines leading into Alabama's big game at Texas A&M.
Bryant coached both schools to their most famous football glories.
In one College Station...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 4:50 PM
Unbuckling the mailbag:
Question: I can understand why you don't read your own lousy newspaper, but USC is ranked No. 25 [by the Associated Press]. Don't worry, we will never accuse you of being a homer.
I realize it is old news, but your sports...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 7:28 PM
It is not every day when USC, Texas, Notre Dame and Florida all lose football games on the same day.
It happened Saturday, in fact, for the first time since Sept. 11, 1976.
These proud programs have 19 combined Associated Press national titles, but...