Is Penn State’s “situation” so bad it hurts Hackenberg’s NFL Draft stock enough to worry?

September 30, 2015

It doesn’t take a genius to see that Christian Hackenberg has not been playing to the same level under James Franklin and offensive coordinator John Donovan as he did under Bill O’Brien as a freshman. Is Penn State a good situation for Hackenberg? In this world of boiling hot sports takes and instant reactions, the sentiment seems to be slanted more in favor of Hackenberg no longer being in a…


2015 Preview: Picking the Big Ten

Ezekiel Elliott
August 23, 2015

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 off top seed and SEC champion Alabama and No. 2 seed and Pac-12 champion Oregon (who in the process took out the ACC…


Re-casting Fantastic Four with college football’s mightiest

CFB Fantastic Four
August 11, 2015

The latest attempt to reboot the Fantastic Four franchise is a bomb. So let’s fix it using new cast members from the world of college football. I have been on a bit of a superhero kick this summer at the movies. The second installment in The Avengers franchise finished on a high note and set the scene for what’s coming up in Marvel’s plans, and Ant-Man was a nice surprise….


5 college football stadiums ready to drop the puck for the NHL

Michigan Stadium and the 2014 NHL Winter Classic
March 10, 2015

Football in baseball stadiums, baseball in football stadiums and hockey in baseball and football stadiums. We seem to be in an age where one sport transplanting its game into an unnatural surrounding seems to be pretty trendy. Gimmicky, sure, but why can’t we have a little fun and take an opportunity to show off one sport in a setting that may not be all too familiar to fans of that…


Video Mailbag: Best QB in 2015, Melvin Gordon among the greats, and the Shippensburg bar scene

Mailbag Wisconsin
January 29, 2015

It has been a while but with the offseason here I am looking forward to making the mailbag feature a much more regular part of the mix to help us get through this offseason together. I threw a couple of questions into a quick video, but please allow me to dig deeper into some thoughts and some additional questions as well. Want your question to be used in a future…


Episode 160 – Counting down to National Signing Day

fax machine
January 28, 2015

With one week to go until National Signing Day, college football programs are digging out the fax machines and looking to fill the recruiting classes with time running out. Time is running out for coaches to make their final pitches to recruits with National Signing Day coming up one week from today. Alabama is on cruise control to another recruiting national championship, and Ohio State is hoping to get a…


Episode 159 – Big Ten Bounces Back

Ohio State running back Ezekial Ellito is joined by teammates to celebrate Sugar Bowl MVP honors following a win over Alabama in the 2015 Sugar Bowl.
January 8, 2015

In week two of the 2014 college football season there were many willing to write off the entire Big Ten from the playoff conversation. Yeah. About that… Few conferences enjoyed the new year the way the Big Ten did. The conference went 3-1 on January 1, and all three victories were notable and not to be shrugged aside. Wisconsin topped Auburn in a wild overtime game that scored the highest…


Who made my FWAA All-American ballot in 2014

November 25, 2014

The final weeks of the college football regular season are upon us, so that means awards season is about to hit full stride very soon. With that comes a number of ballots and nominations I am asked to submit. This year I have votes and/or nominations for the Football Writers Association All-American Team, the Lombardi Award, Ray Guy Award, Lou Groza Award, Nagurski Trophy and Outland Trophy. I also get…


A memo to college football captains: Respect the game

Maryland - PSU handshake
November 25, 2014

The following is a brief excerpt from a column originally posted on The Student Section. The honor of being named a team captain comes with a burden of responsibility to uphold the image of the team, and in college sports the university as a whole. Being named a team captain by your peers comes with great pride and is not to be taken for granted. Presenting the best your team…


Instant replay is great, but it can be better

Vonn Bell interception vs. Penn State (2014)
October 27, 2014

I love college football. I am a big fan of the video instant replay process, and feel the system results in far more correct calls being made on the field compared to the few that are botched. We tend to remember the botched replay rulings far more vividly though, and understandably so. It is these moments that drive fans crazy because we feel we see a pretty clear call on…