| Aug 30, 2013
| 10:55 PM
ATLANTA — What a tremendous break it was that the hotel I checked into did not have cable access to Thursday night's USC game at Hawaii.
It meant not having to watch a game most Trojans fans probably turned off.
It freed my remote to explore the...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 8:30 PM
ATLANTA — Alabama's defense and special teams looked ready Saturday to become part of the first three-peat national title program in college football's modern era.
Alabama's offense looked like it needed more time to think it over.
| Sep 1, 2013
| 6:31 PM
They started calling him "Johnny Football" as a kid because, when things didn't go his way on the playground, he took his ball and went home.
Now hit me with a rim shot and a "piling on" penalty.
Unlike the paid psycho-babble experts on ESPN, I...
| Oct 20, 2013
| 5:22 PM
The best team in college football won Saturday and few people knew or perhaps even cared.
Alabama won its 11th straight game — a resounding 52-0 win over Arkansas — and the response from college football fans throughout the country was a...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 4:25 PM
Blake Bortles was labeled as "that other" quarterback from Oviedo.
You know, the one nobody wanted.
The college scouts flocked to Seminole County to recruit Hagerty High's Jeff Driskel, whom , according to most of the national analysts, was the No. 1-...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 2:54 PM
We have an anniversary to celebrate.
On this date in 1987, the NFL players voted to strike after Week 2 of the season. Week 3 was canceled, followed by the most bizarre move in league history. The NFL turned to all American men and essentially said:...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 10:42 PM
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games:
No. 13 Michigan State (9-1) at...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 6:28 PM
Bear Bryant would have turned 100 this week, and that's fitting because there are about that many story lines leading into Alabama's big game at Texas A&M.
Bryant coached both schools to their most famous football glories.
In one College Station...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 3:30 PM
Running off at the typewriter. …
Let's get this out of the way right at the top of this column:
UCF is going to beat Penn State tonight.
You heard me, UCF is going to go into Happy Valley and turn it into Bummed-Out Basin or Crestfallen...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 3:56 PM
This is a big prove-it weekend, led by Missouri from the "Show-Me State."
The interloper Tigers, in their second season since leaving the Big 12 Conference, can really stick it to old-line Southeastern Conference thinking.
Truth serum injections would...
| Sep 1, 2013
ATLANTA — Virginia Tech suffered the most encouraging 25-point defeat you can imagine Saturday.
Not to suggest a program of the Hokies' stature should settle for hollow "moral victories." And not to say Tech doesn't have glaring issues to address....
| Aug 28, 2013
BLACKSBURG — Forty years ago, Virginia Tech absorbed an historic 77-6 beating from Alabama. Bear Bryant, his wishbone and houndstooth hat no longer define the program, but the Crimson Tide is no less formidable and iconic entering the teams' season-...