December 11, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Shane Conlan likely would not have been the 23d member of the Penn State football program inducted into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame if not for assistant coach Tom Bradley. Conlan, a linebacker, had received no offers from any NCAA Division I-A school during a fine career at Frewsburg Central (N.Y.) High School until Bradley came calling, and the longtime assistant to Joe Paterno remained persistent and finally persuaded his boss to offer him a scholarship.
December 9, 2014 |
THERE REALLY wasn't any wrong answer to the question of who should be the fourth and final team in the first FBS playoff. You could have made a case for Ohio State, Baylor or TCU. The Selection Committee, not shockingly, went with Ohio State, which was fifth in last week's College Football Playoff poll. That was before the Buckeyes and their new quarterback - the second Urban Meyer has had to go with since Braxton Miller went down in August - gutted Wisconsin (10-3) in Saturday's Big Ten title game, 59-0.
November 26, 2014 |
SINCE NOBODY in the top seven lost last weekend, there wasn't any movement where it matters in the second-to-last College Football Playoff poll. So if the inaugural four-team playoff field were set today, it would still be Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State. TCU remained in front of Ohio State at No. 5, with Baylor holding on to the seventh spot. Some have speculated that Ohio State might be able to move into fourth should it win out, which would mean winning the Big Ten title game against Minnesota, which it already beat on the road, or Wisconsin.
November 10, 2014
Players of the Weekend National - Ohio State freshman J.T. Barrett threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 86 yards and two scores in a 49-37 win at Michigan State. Local - Brandon Monk carried 36 times for 257 yards and two TDs as West Chester (9-1), ranked 18th in Division III, won at East Stroudsburg (6-4), 35-24. Around Town Villanova 42, Towson 14 One week after they had their seven-game winning streak broken, the Wildcats (8-2, 5-1 CAA)
November 8, 2014 |
When former Temple great Paul Palmer visited Temple before he enrolled their as a freshman in 1983, no one knew much about him. He had no Division I offers. In fact, according to Palmer, even the Division II schools that he had spoken with had only shown marginal interest in the 5-foot-9, 165-pound-pound running back with the questionable grades from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md. "When I got to Temple's campus I didn't have anything in terms of offers," Palmer, now 50, said.
November 6, 2014 |
AMERICA knew there would be a new No. 4 team in the second edition of the new College Football Playoff poll, since Mississippi suffered its second consecutive loss on Saturday. We just weren't sure who it would be. But you didn't need to be Lee Corso to narrow it down to two possibilities: Alabama or Oregon. The 12-member Selection Committee went with Phil Knight's favorite team over your Crimson Tide. In the Associated Press (media) Top 25, which no longer means anything, their positions are reversed.
November 6, 2014 |
It is better than the boondoggle that was the Bowl Championship Series method for deciding a national college football champion. Let's give the College Football Playoff system that much and nothing more. It's kind of like saying it was better when baseball finally decided to use replay for disputed home run calls even as it allowed a perfect game to be wiped out by a botched ruling at first base. Nearly six years passed before baseball finally made things right by instituting an extensive replay system in 2014.
October 30, 2014
COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S new playoff era finally arrived last night. You could tell, because ESPN treated it almost like the Vatican was naming a Pope. As if we expected anything less. So for starters, what did we learn from the replacement for those much-maligned BCS Standings? Well, the 12-person Selection Committee, which on Dec. 7 will tell America the four teams that will be in the inaugural FBS tournament, had Mississippi State and Florida State first and second. No shock there, since the only two remaining unbeatens from one of the Power Five conferences are rated that way in both the media (Associated Press)
October 29, 2014 |
TO ALL THOSE folks who figured the selection committee for that new four-team playoff was going to somehow reinvent the wheel - and you know who you are - it might be time to reconsider. I keep hearing how the panel, which is down to 12 members now that Archie Manning has taken a leave of absence due to health issues, will be able to weigh all the information differently than the way voters and the even-more-dreaded computers did before. And thereby, I'm assuming, come up with better answers/solutions.
October 10, 2014 |
AS WE REACH the midway point of the first FBS season with a playoff, the top of the rankings are where they were on Jan. 6: Florida State is first and Auburn is No. 2. But can they remain there? Or at least do enough to get in the inaugural Final Four? The Seminoles host Notre Dame next week and go to Louisville on Oct. 30. They're at Miami on Nov. 15 and host Florida two weeks later, not that either of those rivals are what they were. Then there's the ACC title game in Charlotte against, most likely, Virginia, Georgia Tech or Virginia Tech.