Happy New Year, college football fans: Quick glance back at 2015

Happy New Year! 2016 is rolling in with plenty of duds down the stretch of this bowl season, so I figured now was as good a time as any to take a look back at some of the highlights from the 2015 season in college football. Recently, for Athlon Sports, I was asked to put together a ranking of the top 10 games from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC as well…


Podcast: The Big 12, Big Ten and the College Football Playoff

In this episode of the podcast I was happy to have two guests for two separate interviews. Allen Kenney from Blatant Homerism first joined me to talk about Oklahoma’s solid footing in the College Football Playoff heading into the final week of the college football season. Then I was later joined by Andy Coppens of Talking 10 to get some discussion about the Big Ten’s playoff positioning with Iowa and Michigan State playing for the…


Georgia and Mark Richt go separate ways; Miami should be all in on Richt

The end of the Mark Richt era in Athens finally came on Sunday. After years of perhaps misguided hot seat talk, the long drought without an SEC title, never mind a national championship game appearance, finally forced Georgia and Richt to go their separate ways. While Georgia will be a highly attractive job on the market, perhaps the best job not located in Los Angeles, Richt may quickly find a new coaching home. Miami should…


The imminent end of the Les Miles era at LSU may have been greatly exaggerated

  In the past week, LSU head coach Les Miles went from essentially fired to firmly in place to coach LSU in 2016. It was quite a wild spin on the coaching carousel rumor mill, and it was one that perplexed from the start. It started with rumblings out of Louisiana and really took center stage when Yahoo and ESPN jumped head first into the madness. Y Sources: LSU "prepared" to fire Les Miles. No…


Western Michigan knocking off Toledo seals New Years Six for AAC

Odds are the New Years Six bowl spot reserved for the highest-ranked Group of Five conference champion was destined to go to the champion of the American Athletic Conference, be it Houston, Temple or maybe even South Florida. That became even more likely to be the case with Toledo (9-2, 6-2 MAC) being knocked off the radar Friday afternoon by Western Michigan (7-5, 6-2 MAC). Western Michigan’s 35-30 victory over the Rockets awards the MAC…


Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly having best season as head coach

Brian Kelly has won multiple Division 2 national championships, gone undefeated and sent a team to a BCS championship game before. He has also won numerous college football coaching awards during his career from his time at Division 2 powerhouse Grand Valley State to his stay in Cincinnati in the Big East and in his latest and current stint with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. It is time to strongly consider him for some more…


Which one-loss team has the best overall body of work? It’s now Michigan State

Michigan State is one win away from clinching the Big Ten East, a division some felt was deserving of preseason hype as the best division in college football. As it turns out, that may be true, at least in the top three spots. The Spartans are two wins away from winning a Big Ten championship, which would certainly make Michigan State a worthy candidate in the one-loss team list of candidates for a spot in…


Who can become bowl eligible in Week 11?

Wondering what teams will become bowl eligible this weekend in college football? What about which teams can be eliminated from postseason contention? Below you will find a quick list of what teams can clinch bowl eligibility and who can be scratched off the postseason invitation list depending on the outcomes this weekend. Bowl eligible with a win: Arizona (vs. Utah) Arkansas (@ LSU) Auburn (vs. Georgia) Buffalo (vs. Northern Illinois) California (vs. Oregon State) Central…


In 2015, Missouri football unites in way not seen in decades

For the second time in roughly three years, the University of Missouri football program deserves praise for the way it is handling a sensitive off-field subject. In February 2014, Michael Sam announced to the world he is gay. Sam, who had won the SEC Defensive Player of the Year Award during the 2013 season as the Tigers went on to play for an SEC championship, informed his teammates of his sexuality before the start of…


Podcast: Is there any value to the College Football Playoff weekly rankings?

The first batch of rankings from the College Football Playoff selection committee were released Tuesday night, leaving us all to once again ask “Why?” Why is Alabama in the top four? Why does it matter who the top teams are now, when the whole process starts from scratch next week, and the¬†week after that, and the week after that? Why are they even releasing a weekly ranking in the firts place when the only job…