EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 18:  The Michigan State Spartans fans celebrate the overtime victory against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Spartan Stadium on September 18, 2010 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Fighting Irish 34-31 in overtime.  (Photo by Mark Cunningham/Getty Images)

7 Random Plays to Fire You Up for College Football: Volume 3

While we’re getting closer, college football season (at the FBS level) is still “a month and a wake up” away from starting. Even though that seems like an eternity away, the 2015-’16 campaign will be here before you know it. Until that time arrives, I’ll go into the vault to provide an assortment of random […]


The Big Ten’s Strength-Of-Schedule Commitment: Structure Matters Most

At Big Ten Media Days, commissioner Jim Delany did something that should not surprise anyone. He announced a conference “strength-of-schedule commitment” as a way of improving standards and boosting the resumes of each member program: This development contains legitimate news value, but it is also carries significance primarily because of a structural adjustment the Big […]

LOUISVILLE, KY - JANUARY 09:  Bobby Petrino talks to the media after being introduced as the head coach of the University of Louisville at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on January 9, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Second-Chance Man: Bobby Petrino Takes Risks With Transfers

Bobby Petrino is a firm believer in second chances. While he has experienced second and third chances (and even fourth chances) throughout his personal career, this story will be told sans any motorcycles, mistresses, or angry birds… or Falcons. What matters most to Petrino is winning, and he will do whatever it takes to get […]


Who will be the biggest challenge in the Big Ten for Ohio State?

Out Big Ten college football roundtables come to an end today as TSS Associate Editors Bart Doan and Terry Johnson join staff writer Kevin Causey and a special rotating guest in our weekly roundtable discussing all things college football. Earlier this week we discussed the most improved teams and the most intriguing games. For the final part of […]

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 29:  Brandon Radcliff #23 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates as he runs for a touchdown during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Bloguin Top 50: No. 21 — Louisville

Louisville Cardinals 2014 Record: 9-4 (lost to Georgia in Belk Bowl) 1 Burning Question: How do the Cardinals replace all that NFL talent? With the exception of only ACC foe Florida State, no team had more players selected in the 2015 NFL Draft than Louisville. The Cardinals will not have to replace only wide receiver […]

Michigan linebacker Kenny Demens and safety Jordan Kovacs tackle Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde on Saturday. Daniel Brenner I AnnArbor.com

The most intriguing Big Ten games of 2015

Yesterday, we kicked off our Big Ten college football roundtables by discussing which teams would be the most improved. Today, TSS Associate Editors Bart Doan and Terry Johnson join staff writer Kevin Causey and special rotating guests to continue our discussion of the Pac-12. On our Big Ten panel we we are joined by Ken Kohl of […]

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Top 7 Big Ten Heisman Candidates

Follow TSS on Twitter @TheStudentSect In a way, these Heisman lists are unfair click bait titles that are more a way of saying, “here are the best quarterbacks in the conference with a running back or two mixed in … and if you want to go real hipster, a wide receiver.” In another sense, even […]


Bloguin Top 50: No. 22 – LSU

LSU Tigers 2014 Record: 8-5 overall, 4-4 SEC (lost to Notre Dame in Music City Bowl) 1 Burning Question: Can the Tigers find a QB? After four straight double digit win seasons, LSU struggled to an 8-5 record in 2014. The biggest reason for their decline? They were dead last in the SEC in passing yards. […]

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh answers questions following the first day of spring practice at a press conference at Schembechler Hall Tuesday. (ALLISON FARRAND / Daily)

Which team will be the most improved in the Big Ten in 2015?

On this weeks edition of The Student Section college football roundtable, we focus in on the Big Ten Conference. 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. To talk about Big Ten football as we are joined by Jason Long of The Buckeye […]


Oklahoma State In The Big 12: A Sense Of Where You Are

When learning to write about an athlete in a context far beyond game nights, journalism students or aspiring writers could find a far worse example than John McPhee’s profile of legendary college basketball star Bill Bradley. McPhee’s book, “A Sense Of Where You Are: Bill Bradley At Princeton,” set a very high standard for profiles […]

TEMPE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Wide receiver Brandon Sheperd #7 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys catches a 47 yard touchdown reception against the Washington Huskies during the second quarter of the TicketCity Cactus Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium on January 2, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Bloguin Top 50: No. 23 — Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State Cowboys 2014 Record: 7-6 (won bowl game) 1 Burning Question: Will Oklahoma State Win Nine Games in 2015? From 2008-2013, Oklahoma State was one of the top programs in college football. During that stretch, the Cowboys won at least nine games five times, posting double-digit wins in 2010, 2011, and 2013. Last year […]


Mason Rudolph is the Big 12’s Cardale Jones

While Cardale Jones made a splash for Ohio State in the stretch run of the 2014 season, leading the Buckeyes to the national title, it might have slipped under the radar that Mason Rudolph was in a similar situation at the time. Mike Gundy did not want to play Rudolph to burn a redshirt and […]


American Athletic Conference “Bye-Laws” Are Different This Season

Conference bylaws aren’t easily changed, but this year, the “bye-laws” of the American Athletic Conference are changing in a big way. This story from the Football Schedules blog site is definitely worth thinking about, roughly five weeks before the start of the new season: You can (and should) read the story to get every last […]


Arizona State Puts Its Fork In The Road (Again)

When morning dawned on Saturday, November 8, 2014, it was reasonable to think that Arizona State football was about to encounter a true “fork in the road” moment. Would, indeed, the fork need to be feared, or would the Sun Devils flinch in the face of a defining occasion? The question certainly needed to be […]