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In Week 2, revenge is a dish best served with a loss

Oklahoma, Penn State, and USC each look for revenge this weekend In 2016, aside from Clemson and Alabama, you would have been hard-pressed to find three teams that ended the regular season on hotter streaks than Oklahoma, Penn State, and USC. All three were left out of…


Super 16: How I voted in Week 1

After an extended first weekend of college football, I did not hesitate to make some drastic changes from my preseason Super 16 poll. Shortly after Tennessee stuffed Georgia Tech’s two-point conversion attempt in overtime in Atlanta Monday night, I checked my inbox to look for my link to…



Bumpcast: Your full Thursday night rundown for Week 1

Two top 10 teams in action, and P.J. Fleck’s Minnesota debut Thursday night college football is back, and we even get a pair of top 10 teams playing as a nice treat. No. 2 Ohio State opens up the 2017 season in Bloomington to face Big Ten…



Who is on Upset Alert in Week 1?

One week of college football is in the books, but this is the week most fans have been waiting for. Officially, Week 1 of college football is upon us and that means it is time once again to scan the schedule and pick out the teams that…



Super 16: How I voted in the preseason poll

For the second year in a row, I will be casting a weekly ballot in the Super 16 Poll, a joint effort between the FWAA and the National Football Foundation. Yes, the man who rips polls as often as I do is giving into the system. The…



Oklahoma’s 2017 season just added one big question mark

Coming off an appearance in the College Football Playoff and with a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback on top of the Big 12’s top roster, nobody would argue against the idea that Oklahoma would be a playoff contender in the 2017 season. All of the ingredients are…


Listening to Bump and Run just got easier

Not too long ago I got started up on Bumpers, an audio platform for quick and easy podcasts, typically in shorter form than your traditional podcasts. I quickly put together the Bump and Run bumpcast, my brief college football commentary in bite-size chunks, and have been enjoying…


How the SEC’s graduate transfer rule change could impact… Texas?

Among a handful of items on the agenda for this week’s SEC spring meetings will be a review and discussion about the league’s graduate transfer rules. Specifically, the SEC is expected to address the current restrictions on accepting players as graduate transfers if a previous graduate transfer…


Nick Saban is college football’s $11 million man

Alabama extended Nick Saban’s contract for eight years and will pay him over $11 million this year. It’s totally worth it for Alabama. Alabama announced on Tuesday the school had reached an agreement on a long-term contract extension with head football coach Nick Saban. The new contract…



Are 2017 Heisman Trophy betting favorites a wise bet?

The 2016 Heisman Trophy competition was one of the most Three of the clear candidates for the trophy heading into the season were obvious. LSU’s Leonard Fournette, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson made for a star-loaded Heisman race, but the season showed once again that…


How much value should you place in spring game attendance?

The spring football game or scrimmage season is underway with Duke getting in a spring scrimmage in Durham on Saturday. Illinois also hosted an open practice for fans. With the first taste of spring football on our hands, it is time to dive head first into the…





National Signing Day was easy to follow on Instagram

National Signing Day is in the books, and this year may have been the best yet when it comes to the social networking reach the day had to offer. From recruitment videos galore, Facebook Live feeds and good old-fashioned Twitter, the commitment news has become easier than…


Bovada’s Way-Too-Early Heisman Trophy odds for 2017

The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, is not the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy in 2017. Be cautious when you see betting odds for an award like the Heisman Trophy come out this time of the year, because you may be more likely…


Jim Harbaugh gets his European vacation to Rome

The Michigan Wolverines are getting their passports ready. In news that is perhaps not so coincidentally announced just days after a ban on spring break practice trips was voted into the rule book, the University of Michigan has announced it will be sending its entire football program…


Time for a crash course on National Signing Day, 2017

Don’t look now, but National Signing Day is approaching quickly! I will admit that the last week or so has seen me take a step back from the college football focus as the season came to a close following a thrilling College Football Playoff national championship game….




Power Ranking the Big Ten’s Bowl Games

This bowl season you will be hard-pressed to miss the Big Ten in action. A total of 10 of the 14 teams in the Big Ten will be playing in bowl games this year, including four in New Year’s Six bowl games, highlighted by Ohio State in…





Illinois pays respect to Nebraska with Sam Foltz jersey

Some things are more important than sports Over the summer, the Nebraska football program was hit hard with the tragic loss of kicker Sam Foltz was killed in an auto accident, which also claimed the life of Michigan State punter Mike Sadler. The memories of both have continued to…








2016 College Football Preview: College Football Playoff Prediction

Three picks were pretty easy. The fourth, however, merits a discussion. This summer I went through every FBS team’s schedule and predicted winners and losers. This led to me being able to put together my official conference and division standings predictions without totally guessing on an order….



2016 College Football Preview: Picking the Big Ten

Michigan can’t live up to they hype, while Buckeyes continue to lead the Big Ten You have no doubt seen some high expectations for the Michigan Wolverines in Year Two under Jim Harbaugh. Well, put those high hopes on ice, because the Wolverines still have some work…


2016 College Football Preview: Picking the Big 12

Oklahoma looks to be set for repeat Big 12 title run, but don’t sleep on Baylor… and Texas? The Big 12 sent its champion to the College Football Playoff last season, a year after being locked out the previous season. In 2016 the Big 12 is once…


2016 College Football Preview: Picking the American

Houston will continue to live the American (Athletic Conference) dream in 2016 I predicted a big year for the Houston Cougars last season, but ultimately picked against them in the conference championship game. I’m not making that mistake again this season, as Houston is easily my pick…


Air Force’s sharktooth alternate uniforms unveiled

Air Force has had a pretty solid run with their uniforms in recent years, which is no easy feat as the evidence suggests. This season the Falcons will be wearing one of the coolest alternate uniforms we have seen in quite some time with a throwback to…



Virginia Tech unveils uniform for Battle at Bristol vs. Tennessee

Virginia Tech will be wearing a specially designed uniform for their Week 2 matchup with Tennessee at Bristol Motor Speedway. Nike has designed a uniform for the Hokies that harkens back to the roots of the university’s cadet history as well as the environmental surroundings of the…


2016 College Football Preview: Picking the ACC

Florida State and Clemson still rule the ACC, but can Miami finally play for an ACC championship? It is time once again to start going on the record with my official predictions for the 2016 season. This year I decided to go down the list in alphabetical…


Pitt brings back mustard yellow with throwback uniform

The Pittsburgh Panthers showed off their throwback uniforms to be worn at some point during the 2016 season, thus taking the lead in the alternate uniform competition this season. Nobody is going to top it in my book. The Panthers will wear their awesome throwback uniform for…



Quick thoughts on Bovada’s latest college football win totals

The season is coming soon, which means it is time to start thinking about what bets you are going to make this upcoming college football season. Bovada updated their win totals for each power conference team and a good chunk of non-power conference programs today to get…



Notre Dame’s 2016 Shamrock Series uniform revealed

Notre Dame will once again be suiting up in a specially designed football uniform for their Shamrock Series game against Army this season in San Antonio. As this year’s neutral site game is being played against Army, the Irish showed off a military-appreciation type uniform from Under…


Ranking the Top 10 hypothetical Big 12 expansion candidates

On Tuesday the Big 12 decided to go public with the decision to allow commissioner Bob Bowlsby to begin exploring and meeting with potential expansion candidates, the first definitive sign the Big 12 is ready to expand by at least two. Based on information learned yesterday, we know…


SEC Media Days: Back on top, SEC ready for more in 2016

Well, we made it. The media day fun is about to get rolling in Hoover, Alabama with the start of a nearly week-long media day extravaganza with the SEC. Before everything gets underway, here is a rundown of the SEC heading into 2016. The SEC in 2015…



Athlon Sports: Big Ten Wild Card Players in 2016

For you Big Ten fans, I was asked to put together a list for Athlon Sports of wild card players from each Big Ten program for the 2016 season. In all, there is one offensive player and one defensive player I determined to be a wild card…


Adidas still can’t get UCLA’s uniforms quite right

Adidas is making some good changes to UCLA’s football uniforms in 2016, but there is still room for some obvious improvement. There are some programs in the country that should not mess too much with their uniforms, and UCLA is among them. As is often the case…


Podcast: Previewing 2016 SEC Media Days

The first sign that college football is coming is when the preview magazines start hitting store shelves and arriving in your mailbox. We have crossed that point in our offseason timeline, which means media days are coming quickly. As usual, the SEC will be first out of…


Athlon Sports: 14 Big Ten stats you need to know for 2016

I was asked to put together some key stats for each Big Ten program for a story published by Athlon Sports. You can read the full rundown of what I cooked up here, but here are a couple notable stats I particularly enjoyed. Like this? Why not…


Report: Big Ten media revenue to triple with ESPN on board

ESPN set to renew media deal with Big Ten The rumors of ESPN and the Big Ten parting ways were, apparently, greatly exaggerated. John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports today ESPN will pick up the second half of the Big Ten’s media rights package and will…


Top 10 college football offseason story ideas

I just got back from vacation this week and started catching up on my college football feeds to see what I had missed while I was away. Aside from the major stories going on, I saw a few stories in particular that I sort of rolled my…



Iowa State’s new alternate white helmet is beautiful

Matt Campbell is taking over a program in need of new energy at Iowa State. What better way to inject some juice in the program than by introducing a new alternate uniform for the upcoming college football season? Iowa State has always had one of the more…



Big 12 takes stand against student-athletes

Wednesday was not a good day for the Big 12 when it comes to how the conference and its members handle student-athletes. Between the Big 12 failing to pass the “Baker Mayfield Rule” and a report saying Baylor will not release Class of 2016 additions from their…




Wichita State once again flirting with football revival?

Wichita State has not played a down of college football since 1986, but it wants in with the Mountain West Conference Wichita State made the decision to discontinue its college football program in 1986, but the thought of reviving the program was never silent for long. A…



The Big 12 still does not need to expand, BUT IF IT DOES…

Oh boy, here we go again with the Big 12 expansion conversations Ever since the Big 12 lost Texas A&M and Missouri to the SEC, Nebraska to the Big Ten and Colorado to the Pac-12, the talks about expansion for the conference have continued to drag on. With…


Alabama receives national championship rings

Teams have slowly been rolling out their celebratory rings for various levels of achievements from the 2015 season. Rings for appearing in or winning bowl games have been received. So have rings for division or conference titles. Alabama, though, gets the big prize every college football hopes…


Big 12 spring game attendance by the numbers

By now we know the spring attendance numbers in the SEC and Big Ten will always be higher than the other power conferences (having 14 teams helps, of course). The Big 12 will never compete in this pretty useless stat, especially when so many schools fail to…


Big Ten spring game attendance by the numbers

The SEC may have led the pack when it comes to spring game attendance, but the Big Ten was once again a strong draw this spring with its usual heavy-hitters continuing to set the pace for the conference. Highlighted by a record-setting turnout for the Ohio State…


SEC spring game attendance by the numbers

The SEC led the nation in spring game attendance this year, and the competition was not even close when you look at the data. The SEC had a cumulative total of 508,994 at spring games this season, easily pushing past the Big Ten after seeing their rivals…


A mid-April look at spring game attendance

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer set the bar high for Buckeye fans, and they cleared it on Saturday. A year after setting a new national record for spring game attendance, Meyer saw Ohio State fans answer his call to pack Ohio Stadium with over 100,000 fans…


Wisconsin has toughest schedule among Big Ten teams in 2016

If the Wisconsin Badgers are going to make a run at a Big Ten title, or even a berth in the College Football Playoff, they will have certainly earned it by playing one of the toughest schedules in the nation. Wisconsin will play the most challenging schedule…