7 Random Plays to Fire You Up For College Football: Volume 7

The college football season officially opened Saturday with Montana’s 38-35 upset of four-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State. Unfortunately, FBS play doesn’t start for a couple more days. With that in mind, here’s this season’s final installment of 7 Random Plays to Fire You Up For College Football. Enjoy!! 7. The Play (2001 Red […]


How The Movie Deep Impact Altered How I View College Sports

I must have seen the movie a thousand times, but never before has Deep Impact made such an impacting impression on me. You know, this is the movie with Morgan Freeman as the president, Tea Leoni as the lowly reporter turned national news breaker, Elijah Wood as the amateur star-gazer turned unlikely hero and one of […]

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For Illinois and Tim Beckman, the ugliness has only just begun

On Twitter Simon Cvijanović bringing the situation to light. It’ll be interesting to see what Beckman does from here in the legal realm, at least. He suggested that he was taking this flogging of his reputation that way, as most people who feel themselves innocent would. Really, he has no choice, seeing as this ordeal […]


Ohio State is No. 1, but college football has a way of surprising us

As great as a dynastic college program or professional sports organization might be, the prevailing truth about big-time sports remains intact: It’s extremely hard to win repeat championships. Go through the histories of teams that repeated as either professional or collegiate champions. There will always be an exception here and there, but for the most […]

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Are neutral site games good for college football?

It’s almost time for college football! Pull up a chair and let’s talk college football as TSS Associate Editors Bart Doan and Terry Johnson join staff writer Kevin Causey and special rotating guests in our weekly roundtable discussing all things college football. Yesterday, we discussed the biggest games of week one. Today we talk about neutral site […]


Bloguin Top 50: No. 1 — Ohio State

Ohio State Buckeyes 2014 Record: 14-1 (beat Oregon in CFP National Championship Game) 1 Burning Question: Can the Buckeyes repeat as national champions? Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes were supposed to be a year away from a national championship run when they took the field last season. This idea gained even more traction after the […]


TCU reminds us: Don’t invent stupid unwritten rules in college football

College football is messy. It always has been. It always will be, no matter how precise a playoff system the sport might devise or revise in the future. Think you have the perfect plan? A college football season’s imperfections and plot twists will usually (though not always — see Texas-USC in 2005) work around it […]


Bloguin Top 50: No. 2 — Texas Christian

TCU Horned Frogs 2014 Record: 12-1 (Won Peach Bowl) 1 Burning Question: Will TCU build on last season and make the playoff this season? Last season, TCU was clearly one of the best teams in the country, but a loss to Baylor kept the Horned Frogs out of the first playoff. TCU held a 21-point […]

Urban Meyer, a superstar head coach and a national figure in college football, spoke at Big Ten Media Days on Monday in Chicago. Big Ten Network did not provide live coverage of his session with the media. ESPN deserves plenty of criticism for how it elevates the SEC and undercuts the levels of exposure it gives to conferences such as the ACC and Big 12. However, when BTN can't provide live coverage of Meyer, Mark Dantonio, and the coaches of its other big-name programs, the collection of factors that feed into conference bias becomes a lot more complicated. It's not just about ESPN loving the SEC too much; it's about BTN and Pac-12 Networks being markedly inadequate when covering their own conferences. Conference bias is, in other words, a two-way street and a multi-source problem. ESPN's competitors have to do a better job.

The biggest week one college football games

The college football season is almost upon us! Kick back, pull up a chair and read our insights as we dive into week one of the 2015 college football season. TSS Associate Editors Bart Doan and Terry Johnson join staff writer Kevin Causey and special rotating guests in our weekly roundtable discussing all things college football. […]

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 29:  Tyrone Swoopes #18 of the Texas Longhorns drops back to pass in the first half of their game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium on December 29, 2014 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tyrone Swoopes

The biggest week one college football storylines

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time to kick-off our college football roundtables. TSS Associate Editors Bart Doan and Terry Johnson join staff writer Kevin Causey and special rotating guests in our weekly roundtable discussing all things college football. Earlier this week we discussed the college football media. Now it’s time to focus on the games. […]


Bloguin Top 50: No. 3 — Alabama

Alabama Crimson Tide 2014 Record: 12-2 overall, 7-1 SEC (lost to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl / College Football Playoff Semifinals) 1 Burning Question: Can Alabama get back to the top of the mountain? From 2009 to 2012, Nick Saban built a legacy that no one could possibly maintain. During this time the Crimson […]

Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Hamani Stevens (54) jumps on Oregon Ducks wide receiver Darren Carrington (87) after Carrington scores his second touchdown of the second half. The No. 2 Oregon Ducks play the No. 3 Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on January 1, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Bloguin Top 50: No. 4 — Oregon

Oregon Ducks 2014 Record: 13-2 (Defeated Florida State in the Rose Bowl / College Football Playoff semifinals; lost to Ohio State in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game) 1 Burning Question: What Will The Ducks Do In The Year After Marcus Heismanicus Maximus? Marcus Mariota was a special player, an historically great player, and a […]


ESPN’s College Football Playoff Nightmare

ESPN is paying $470 million annually to broadcast the College Football Playoff, and it’s safe to say the Worldwide Leader made out pretty well in year one of the deal. The inaugural field featured two of college football’s bluest bloods representing the SEC and Big Ten in Alabama and Ohio State. Defending national champion Florida […]