Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel throws a 22-yard touchdown pass to Shaq Washington in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Toledo, on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. Kiel tied a school record with six touchdown passes as Cincinnati won 58-34. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

2015 Preview: Picking the American Athletic Conference

College football may still be a little under two months away, but that does not mean it is too early to start doing some projecting. Today I am starting to reveal my offseason win projections, and what more appropriate way to get it started than by sorting through the American Athletic Conference. After all, it is the most patriotic conference in college sports and it is July 4 (sorry Conference…

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Tennessee joins the Nike family and shows off new uniforms

Navy joining the American Athletic Conference was not the only big change taking place in college football today. Tennessee officially joined the Nike family with a grand showcase of a brand new line-up of uniforms across the athletic department. Of course, that means new football uniforms for the Vols in 2015. New Nike uniforms for the Tennessee Volunteers. — Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) July 1, 2015 First thing’s first, Tennessee’s…

Jim Harbaugh

Off-the-rail radio interview not something Jim Harbaugh needs to worry about

Some coaches shine in interviews on radio and TV. Those coaches manage to sell their program at any given opportunity, knowing exactly what to say to offer a positive spin on the team and its fortunes. Others are not cut out for being interviewed. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is one of those people, and that’s OK. Harbaugh joined Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio Wednesday morning for one of the more…

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Navy joins The American: Where AAC goes from here, and what about Army?

Navy football has always been an American tradition. Now it is an American Athletic Conference tradition. Today Navy’s addition to the American Athletic Conference became official, bringing the conference’s membership up to 12 members to open the door to a brand new conference championship game starting this fall. “I am proud and delighted to take this opportunity to welcome the United States Naval Academy into the American Athletic Conference as…


College football returns next month; let’s hope ESPN doesn’t ruin it

While the big countdown will continue to focus on the march toward the first FBS kickoff of the 2015 season, today is a good time to remind you there will be actual college football played next month. Yes, as the calendar flips to July, we are now one calendar page turn away from seeing the first game of the season pop up. North Dakota State, the four-time defending national champions…

Justin Hardy

2014 In Review: Year 2 of the American Athletic Conference

The 2014 season was the second full season for the American Athletic Conference since rebranding from the shambles of the final days of the Big East, yet it saw more changes in conference make-up. Rutgers left the conference to begin competing in the Rutgers, but East Carolina, Tulsa and Tulane all joined the fold to bring the membership to 11. The conference will welcome one more new member this season…

Dec 6, 2014; Boise, ID, USA; Boise State Broncos cornerback Bryan Douglas (1) running back Jay Ajayi (27) and linebacker Tanner Vallejo (20) celebrate Boise State's victory over Fresno State in the Mountain West Conference championship game at Albertsons Stadium. Boise State defeats Fresno State 28-14. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Derugulation of conference titles would make Group of 5 chase for New Years Six better too

If everything goes according to plan, the deregulation of conference championships could provide some nice benefits to the ACC and the Big 12. It could also really amp up the Group of Five conversation as well. Under the structure of the College Football Playoff, there is a reserved seat at the adult table in the New Years Six for the highest-ranked champion from the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, MAC,…

Steve Spurrier

South Carolina, Steve Spurrier and the Confederate Flag

In 2006, South Carolina hosted Tennessee in a game that was visited by ESPN’s weekly pregame show, College GameDay. As is regularly the case, fans came to hold up posters and wave flags in the background of the GameDay set, but one flag drew the ire of South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier. The Confederate flag. “(It) was embarrassing to me and I know embarrassing to our state,” Spurrier would…

Dan Mullen

Somebody tell Dan Mullen the talent in Michigan is good enough to win multiple New Years Six bowl games

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen is coming off the most successful season in his coaching career, and the best season Mississippi State has seen in who knows how long. So this summer you can understand why Mullen may be feeling a little extra confident as he voices his opinions on various college football topics. That includes the state of football at Michigan, I guess. On Tuesday making a guest…

Syracuse FieldTurf 2015

A before and after comparison of Syracuse’s new FieldTurf

Syracuse recently installed a brand new playing surface at the Carrier Dome, which I touched on over on College Football Talk a while back. The new playing surface is a brand new FieldTurf that is supposed to look even nicer on TV, as well as in person. What I think is really cool is seeing the track and field markings uncovered from underneath the football field as the transformation is…