September 18, 2016 |
Hard to believe it's only Sept. 17 and we're just into the third week of a 15-week college football season but we're already talking about potential playoff elimination games. The top three teams in this week's Associated Press poll all face games on the road against ranked opponents: No. 1 Alabama at No. 19 Mississippi, second-ranked Florida State at No. 10 Louisville, and No. 3 Ohio State at 14th-ranked Oklahoma. What's even more heavenly is that no two contests are being televised at the same time.
September 11, 2016 |
The opening weekend of the college football season featured some terrific matchups, including four games that pitted ranked teams against each other. However, Week 1 also featured its share of lopsided results, such as Ohio State by 77-10 over Bowling Green, Miami by 70-3 over Florida A&M, Michigan 63-3 over Hawaii and Texas Tech 69-17 over Stephen F. Austin. Of course, you can assume that top-10 teams like Ohio State and Michigan might be trying to accumulate style points to impress the College Football Playoff selection committee down the road.
September 2, 2016 |
Final Four predictions 1. Alabama It's the annual quiz in Tuscaloosa - who's the No. 1 quarterback? The question hasn't hurt the Crimson Tide the last two years when they made the playoffs, and especially last year when they won it all behind one-year starter Jake Coker. This year's final two candidates are junior Cooper Bateman and redshirt freshman Blake Barnett, either of whom will throw to a very talented bunch of receivers. Alabama faces a brutal batch of road games - at Mississippi, at Tennessee, at LSU - but should still have what it takes to reach the playoffs again.
January 14, 2016 |
The Big 12 is hoping that legislation it is proposing will pass at the NCAA Convention on Wednesday that will allow the 10-team league to host a conference championship game in football. Could it affect Temple? Currently, a conference can only stage a football championship game if it has 12 or more member schools. In addition, an amendment to the proposal from the Big Ten Conference would allow the championship game to be played with fewer than 12 conference members but would also stipulate that there be two divisions and that those champions would play in the conference title game.
January 12, 2016 |
AS HUMAN BEINGS, we possess plenty of instinctual reactions that play important roles in the propagation of our species. For instance, when confronted with a threat, we feel an urge to fight or flee. So it remains a bit of a mystery that, despite years of natural selection, the urge we feel when confronted with a good idea is to form a committee and ensure its demise. Clemson plays Alabama Monday night for the so-called national college football title, and if history is any indication, it will be an awful, awful game.
November 29, 2015 |
Thanksgiving may be over, but the feast is just beginning. The college football feast, that is. The weekend schedule finds 18 games involving every team in the AP Top 25, with seven contests matching ranked teams. Five of those games take place Saturday. By the end of Saturday, the titles of the Big 12, the Big Ten East, the SEC West, and the Pac-12 South will be decided, as will the participants (possibly Temple?) in the AAC championship game. Of course, building your resumé with the College Football Playoff selection committee also is vital, with one poll remaining before the announcement of the top four on Dec. 6. The CFP poll's top three teams - Clemson, Alabama, and Oklahoma - are playing in rivalry games.
November 28, 2015 |
As the unquestioned leader of the Penn State offense, Christian Hackenberg knows he must keep a tight focus on preparing for the next game, making sure there are no distractions getting in the way of the Nittany Lions for them to perform at their best on Saturday. The junior quarterback, however, provided an interesting perspective this week as the Lions prepared for their final regular-season game, at No. 6 Michigan State. "We're just focused on Penn State and what we need to do to continue to have a great season and win another football game," he said this week.
November 22, 2015 |
Three weeks ago, Leonard Fournette had the Heisman Trophy in his grasp. The Louisiana State sophomore was a lock to win college football's most prestigious award, as much a certainty as Donald Trump saying something outrageous at his next campaign stop. But then, the season continued. After a first half that saw him rush for more than 200 yards in three consecutive games, Fournette has been unable to find the holes. He gained just 31 yards on 19 carries in the marquee Nov. 7 matchup against Alabama - a 30-14 loss - and managed 91 yards in last week's loss to Arkansas.
November 19, 2015 |
THE FIRST RULE of a bandwagon is that you do not jump off, especially when what looks like an engine failure might just be a blown spark plug. Temple complicated its postseason plans with Saturday's loss at South Florida. The Owls missed a chance to clinch the American Athletic Conference East and earn a spot in the AAC Championship Game. They dropped out of the College Football Playoff poll in Wednesday's rankings. The Owls' clear path to a New Year's 6 bowl game is now murky, but it is not opaque.
November 8, 2015 |
It's clear that the College Football Playoff selection committee loves to declare its arrival on the scene when it debuts its rankings. If it gets criticized, so what? We all know that talking badly about something is better than not talking about it at all. Certainly, you could buy this week's top three - Clemson, LSU and Ohio State - in any order you want. But the fourth team, Alabama, well, that got some people a little irate. The Crimson Tide, who finished No. 1 in the final 2014 CFP poll, have one loss, a 43-37 defeat to Mississippi.