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.
November 1, 2015 |
Welcome to Week 9, the final round of games before the College Football Playoff selection committee releases its first rankings of the season on Tuesday. We'll see who gets the early foothold in the top four and see whether they can hang on through the sixth and final ranking on Dec. 8. So who do you like? People have complained about the lack of style points and opponents' strength in Ohio State's 8-0 start, but the Buckeyes are a lock for the initial ranking. Clemson and Louisiana State are undefeated, and their chances of getting an early seat at the table appear good.
October 29, 2015 |
IT MIGHT SEEM impossible, but if you are a Temple player getting ready to play No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field, the best thing to do is prepare for the Irish in the same way you prepared for Penn State, Cincinnati, Tulane and the other four teams you already played. This Halloween Night clash is not being called the biggest game in Temple's 121 years of organized football merely because it is against Notre Dame. In 2013, the Owls played at Notre Dame. This is the biggest game for Temple because the Owls are 7-0 for the first time, and ranked in the Top 25 in both the Associated Press (No. 21)
September 18, 2015 |
IT IS EARLY, but I am jumping on the Temple football bandwagon. Over the next few weeks, it will get crowded and I want to make sure I have my seat reserved for the final stop. I am dreaming big. Perhaps if the stars align and every card falls right you possibly/maybe/might put Temple and College Football Playoff together in the same sentence. Stop choking on your scrapple. I concede that there is more likely to be 5 feet of snow in the Orange Bowl or Cotton Bowl than a storm of Cherry and White on New Year's Eve for the national semifinals.