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OK, let’s talk about that Virginia Tech helmet

Virginia Tech will wear a memorial decal on helmets this week Last week the nation was shocked with the latest in an ongoing series of deadly shootings across the country, this one taking place in Roanoke, Virginia and being captured on live television. Journalists Alison Parker and Adam…


Tim Beckman gets a fast pass to the 2015 Coaching Carousel

The 2015 college football season has not yet started, but Illinois got a jump start on the coaching carousel anyway. Illinois announced the firing of head coach Tim Beckman on Friday, with an external investigation into the football program apparently serving as grounds for termination based on…


2015 Preview: Picking the Pac-12

The Pac-12 has come on strong in recent years and has climbed the conference totem poll as a result. Not only has Oregon become a national force, but Stanford has developed quite the reputation and the Pac-12 South is emerging as one of the top divisions in…


Podcast: Discussing Maurice Clarett’s latest impact on college football with Aaron Torres

A little more than a decade ago, Maurice Clarett was Johnny Manziel. Like Manziel, Clarett was a young college football sensation that captured the nation in a way so few players could. Had he stayed around Ohio State another year or two he likely would have left…


2015 college football new season resolutions

Toward the end of the calendar year many of us attempt to come up with goals and resolutions to focus on once we begin a new year, only to get off track with those good intentions before Valentine’s Day. We’ve all been there, right? While the calendar…


2015 Preview: Picking the Big Ten

Is the Big Ten on the upswing? It would be hard to say otherwise given how last season ended for the conference and what has transpired since. Ohio State won the national championship after sneaking in to the College Football Playoff as the No. 4 seed, knocking…


Podcast: The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Year 2 of the College Football Playoff with Stewart Mandel

Before we get ready to plunge into the 2015 season, it may be important to keep in mind the lessons learned from 2014. First, do not write off a conference or team after losing a game in the first three weeks of the season. You risk looking…




2015 Preview: Picking the Big 12

OK, let’s put our cards on the table. I don’t hate the Big 12, I just hate its nonconference scheduling. I don’t think the Big 12 needs to expand to survive. In fact, I think it manages just fine with 10 members (well, as long as those…