Tag Archives: College Football

Kansas Hires Charlie Weis

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: So apparently Kansas’ main priority in hiring a new head football coach was to find someone who would fit into Mark Mangino’s old coaching gear.

CHRIS PUMMER: Kansas wanted to make a flashy hire, and the did it with Weis. But we all know the big name isn’t always the best pick. Continue reading

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TCU to the Big East

MIKE CUMMINGS: This is a match made in heaven — or in football overratedness. For both parties, this really seems like a win-win situation: TCU gets the automatic BCS bid it has coveted for years, and the Big East, well, it gets probably its new best team. Which isn’t really saying all that much.

CHRIS PUMMER:TCU has done a lot to prove it can sit at the big table with the grown-up teams, including last weekend’s win against Big Ten champion Wisconsin. That means the Horned Frogs would probably would have had a place in line for the BCS buffet wherever they were seated.

It’s the Big East that was in greater danger of starving. Continue reading

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Urban Meyer Reflections

SHANNON MCCARTHY: Those who better remember the awfulness of the Zook years have a greater appreciation for what Meyer did in turning the program around. Steve Spurrier may have built Florida football, but Urban Meyer restored it to greatness and truly made it a national powerhouse, leaving behind a legacy incoming head coach Will Muschamp will have to work hard to live up to. Continue reading

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The State of Reggie Bush

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: If you had asked me five years ago if I thought I’d ever feel sorry for Reggie Bush, I’d have laughed in your face. The guy seemed like a spoiled showboat, and he played for one of the teams I hate the most in college sports. Then he became the running back version of Matt Leinart, dating hot celebrities and being known almost more for what clubs he went to and what photos he was in than what he did on the field.

ALEX PREWITT:While this whole Reggie Bush saga says much about his desire to keep controversy out of the way and a caring attitude toward his teammates, I believe that this says even more about our collective society and our desire to vindicate individuals. It wasn’t enough to simply accept that the past was the past and that, realistically, what Bush did had no bearing on how good at football he was. That’s not to say that he shouldn’t have taken the money — the NCAA is corrupt enough without stuff like this happening — or shouldn’t have come clean earlier. But the fact that people called for Bush to give back his trophy is staggering and, quite frankly, upsetting. Continue reading

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How Good Is Michigan?

BRAD GOLDBACH: I’m still not sold on this Michigan team. The Wolverines look like a one-man team right now, and this is football not basketball.

CHRIS PUMMER: The Big Ten is all about a physical brand of football. So if UMass is going to run the ball down Michigan’s throat, why won’t the Wolverines’ conference foes do it, too? Continue reading

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Boise State: Title Contenders?

SHANNON MCCARTHY: The argument for putting Boise State in the title game was mildly interesting until Virginia Tech lost to the formidable James Madison. Now that feather in the Broncos’ collective cap is not quite as pretty or impressive.

ALEX PREWITT: Walk me for a moment, if you will, down Imagination Lane, while I present to you Team X. Team X has not lost a game in the past two seasons, most recently won the Fiesta Bowl in ’09 and began the 2010 season with 20 returning starters on offense and defense. For all intents and purposes, Team X is a juggernaut, a perennial powerhouse and a certain contender for this year’s BCS National Championship game.

CHRIS PUMMER: While it might not seem fair, that’s life. Earning a high ranking and getting to a title game is about convincing people that you belong.

As long as Boise State is in a weak football conference, it won’t be able to convince enough people. Continue reading

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College Football Top Five

BRAD GOLDBACH: College football is just around the corner. A lot of big name quarterbacks like Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy are gone, and although there will be some new faces taking the field this season, one name stands above the rest: Alabama. Here’s how I see the top five shaking out right now:

ALEX PREWITT: Trot out the goofy mascots and let’s charge through the tunnel, because it’s time for college football season. There’s a jumbled mess atop the preseason rankings, a convoluted pile that doesn’t figure to sort itself anytime soon. Here’s my take on the top five entering 2010-11: Continue reading

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