Georgia president Michael Adams, and chairman of the NCAA executive committee, has been outspoken this week about the need for a playoff in college football. In Adams' eyes, the NCAA should create an eight team playoff, seed the teams into four bowl games and eventually crown its first football champion in the organization's history. And as he goes about trumping for big change, he's picked up one prominent supporter in Athens.
It doesn't seem that long ago that Boston College was flying high, up to No. 2 in the nation and only a handful of games away from a potential berth in the BCS Championship game. Then the Eagles were grounded by Florida State and eventually stumbled home with a 2-3 record over the season's final month. So much for that dream.
Quite unfairly, Jeff Bower takes to the sidelines for his final game as the Southern Miss coach. And ironically it's happening in the same city - Birmingham - that his tenure with the Golden Eagles began back on Dec. 20, 1990.
Bowl season gets underway tonight so get ready for 32 games, nearly all of them meaningless and many of them unappealing, as college football continues to reward teams for mediocre seasons. But with that in mind, Navy and Utah present our first matchup of the postseason in the Poinsettia Bowl. So prepare yourself for the last helping of the triple-option until next September.
Back in the summer I tried predicting - as accurately as possible, not just a bunch of stabs in the dark - the matchups in each of the 32 bowl games. So now that we know who's playing who, I figured I'd look back and see if I got any even half right. The results, I have to say, are pretty. Pretty pathetic.
Mike Leach always has something to say and when he does he rarely holds back. So it came as little surprise that the Texas Tech coach was critical of the officiating in his Red Raiders loss to Texas last weekend. Or that it cost him $10,000.
Rules changes have become the norm in college football, most especially those involving tweaks to the clock the past few years. So after the NCAA's attempts to speed up the game last season were met with dismay and disgust from many of the nation's coaches, the NCAA changed the rules again this past off-season in an effort to drive down the times of these marathon-like games. But after 10 weeks it looks like it's time for the to go back to the drawing board.
Oklahoma and Miami haven't played each other in 20 years, but that all changes Saturday when two of the top programs in college football, who just happen to be in very different positions this season, meet in Norman.
After DeSean Jackson returned yet another punt for a touchdown last Saturday, you'd think coaches would wise up and just stop kicking to the Cal wide out. But heading into his team's game against Jackson's 10th-ranked Bears, it seems as if Colorado State coach Sonny Lubick hasn't quite learned from the failures of some of his peers.
Week 1 of the college football season is usually forgettable thanks to all the blowouts and otherwise boring games that flood the schedule. This year, however, it was anything but thanks to one team from Boone, N.C. that pulled off an upset for the ages.
A few weeks after coaches around the country submitted their ballots for their own Preseason Top 25, it was the writers' turn as the Associated Press released its Preseason Top 25 poll Saturday and there's practically no difference between them.
Sometimes you leave a movie theater feeling high. Sometimes you leave a move theater feeling low. And sometimes you leave it emotionally drained, but smiling as you make your way to the exit. That was the case for me Thursday evening after I had the chance to catch a special screening of Warner Bros. new release, “We Are Marshall,” in Midtown Manhattan.
Should we now look forward to a winner take all, Armageddon-esque game between Michigan and Ohio State Nov. 18? I think so. With Ohio State’s easy schedule from here on out. Michigan’s slate is more than manageable until the season finale meeting. So the only teams that are going to defeat Ohio State and Michigan is Ohio State and Michigan. It only seems inevitable - considering the way these two teams are playing - that the winner is going to play for the national championship. Consider:
It doesn’t get much worse than 2-9 finish in Year 1 for a coach taking over a former Pac-10 perennial power. But Tyrone Willingham has gotten his Huskies off to a surprising start in Year 2 with Washington staked out to a 3-1 record. With wins already over San Diego State, Fresno State and UCLA, it didn’t take long for Willingham to surpass 2005’s win total.
Where to start on a Saturday like this, I’m not sure. There was measuring stick game after measuring stick game all over the country and several teams rose to the occasion in the seven games that featured ranked teams against each other.
It should be pretty clear now who the No. 1 team in the nation is. Ohio State, behind quarterback Troy Smith, showed the country they are the best team with a 24-7 win over the Longhorns on the road and I think it's safe to say we learned some things from this game.
The rules changes went over without any major gripping or complaining from the majority of Big East coaches Monday. No one felt the rules were a hindrance or a pain, but some noticed more of a difference than others.
Well, a win’s a win and that’s what the Irish got Saturday. It wasn’t pretty and the offense wasn’t firing on all cylinders, but Charlie Weis’ squad got the job done. They won and survived, lived to face Penn State next without a loss hanging over them and still one of the favorites to make it to the national championship game. For that, they should be satisfied. For other reasons, there should be concern.
Since the season is officially here, I figured it was time to do what everyone else around the country has done: make the obligatory predictions. This way, I’m on the record and I’ll be able to look back in amazement about how poorly - or precisely - I predicted things would pan out.
Lunch is over, coaches are leaving and my workstation is being broken down around me as I write this, so that means one thing. It's time to go to the beach.
As always when talking with Mountain West coaches, it's been an entertaining couple of days. I'm almost sad to be done. But then again, as I just said, it's time to go to the beach. I'll get over it. Thanks to the Mountain West for putting on a good show. I'll be in touch soon from L.A. with the Pac-10. Until then, I'm out.
New rules concerning the game clock were a big topic of conversation at Mountain West Media Day. In an attempt to shorten games and effectively make football more television friendly, the NCAA has adopted new clock procedures for 2006.
The biggest modification deals with change of possession. Instead of waiting until a team snaps the ball to start the clock, officials will start the clock as soon as the ball is placed after a possession change. The NCAA hopes to shave five minutes off the average game time with the new rule. The verdict is still out on whether coaches are happy about it.
"We have a great quarterback. We just don't know who it is yet."
That was Utah coach Kyle Whittingham's opening statement during his Tuesday press conference. And he's right on. On a team loaded with talent, quarterback is a glaring hole for the Utes. But it's not because of a lack of talent under center.
Wyoming head coach Joe Glenn, who didn't need a microphone to be heard during his press conference, was clearly not happy about being picked last in the preseason media poll.
"I see where you've all got us picked," Glenn exclaimed to the media in his opening statement. "There's no greater motivation than to try to prove somebody wrong. There's no way, if you knew our personnel, you could pick us dead last."
It's Tuesday morning and the Mountain West Media Day is winding down. The final set of press conferences is about to kick off; Utah, UNLV and Wyoming are on deck. Utah should get a lot of attention with the Utes picked third in the conference and expected to make a run for the championship. Here's the rundown of the preseason media picks:
1. TCU (16) 213
2. BYU (5) 192
3. Utah (3) 188
4. Colorado State (1) 130
5. New Mexico 119
6. San Diego State 104
7. Air Force 70
8. UNLV 58
9. Wyoming 51
Evidently BCS is a bad word (acronym -- whatever) in the TCU locker room. With several key starters returning from last year's 11-1 MWC championship team, the Horned Frogs are a popular pick to compete for the fifth BCS bowl game added to the 2006 schedule. But head coach Gary Patterson and his players won't admit to thinking or talking about it.
O.K. -- I know the rest of free world doesn't want to hear complaints about how hot it is in Southern California. But we're spoiled here, and when we have consecutive days in the 90s -- with humidity -- people get testy. And as I try to explain to my friends back home in North Carolina, when you don't have air conditioning, as most rental units in San Diego don't, those few weeks when the weather isn't absolutely perfect are tough to swallow.