COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 29: Quarterback J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes breaks free for a 25-yard touchdown run against the Michigan Wolverines in the second quarter at Ohio Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Top 25 College Football Countdown: No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State Buckeyes 2015 Record: 12-1 overall (Defeated Notre Dame 44-28 in the Fiesta Bowl) 1 Burning Question: Can “The Land of the Wolves” Get its young talent to “The Edge” of Stardom? How does Urban Meyer’s very young squad respond after a 2015 season full of drama, struggles, and disappointment, despite finishing with just one loss and […]

ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 31: Steven Taylor #41 of the Houston Cougars reacts after an interception by his teammate Trevon Stewart #23 (not pictured) in the third quarter against the Florida State Seminoles during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Top 25 College Football Countdown: No. 12 Houston Cougars

Houston Cougars 2015 Record: 13-1 overall, 7-1 AAC (defeated Florida State 38-24 in the Peach Bowl) 1 Burning Question: Can Tom Herman prove that he’s building a powerhouse program worthy of a Big 12 invitation? Every journalist, radio host, and college football enthusiast talked about Big 12 expansion until they were blue in the face this […]

Sep 6, 2014; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Austin Allen (8) after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Nicholls State Colonels at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Arkansas defeated Nicholls State 73-7. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Top 25 College Football Countdown: No. 21 Arkansas Razorbacks

Arkansas Razorbacks 2015 Record: 8-5 overall, 5-3 SEC (beat Kansas State 45-23 in Liberty Bowl) 1 Burning Question: Can the Physicality of the Razorbacks Succeed Long-term under Bret Bielema in the SEC? It has worked for Alabama. Tennessee, Florida, and every other SEC contender has tried to mimic it to some extent. After putting together a stellar defense […]

MORGANTOWN, WV – OCTOBER 18: The West Virginia Mountaineers run onto the field before the game against the Baylor Bears on October 18, 2014 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

TSS Top 50: No. 38 West Virginia Mountaineers

West Virginia Mountaineers 2015 Record: 8-4 Overall, 5-4 Big 12 (defeated Arizona State 44-28 in the Cactus Bowl) 1 Burning Question: Will the Mountaineer offense do enough for Dana Holgorsen to keep his job? Last season should have served as a stepping stone for the West Virginia program. Eight wins is the most that the school has […]

MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 21: Quinton Flowers #9 of the South Florida Bulls warms up during the 2015 Miami Beach Bowl against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Marlins Park on December 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

TSS Top 50: No. 42 South Florida Bulls

South Florida Bulls 2015  Record: 8-5 overall, 6-2 American Athletic (Lost 45-35 to Western Kentucky in Miami Beach Bowl) 1 Burning Question: Can Willie Taggart and USF become a true contender after going 14-23 the last three seasons? If the transformation doesn’t happen this season, then it never will at USF for the former Western Kentucky quarterback and coach. […]

MONTGOMERY, AL – DECEMBER 19: Quarterback Taylor Lamb #11 of the Appalachian State Mountaineers celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during their game against the Ohio Bobcats at the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on December 19, 2015 at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)

TSS Top 50: No. 44 Appalachian State Mountaineers

Appalachian State Mountaineers 2015  Record: 11-2 overall, 7-1 Sun Belt (Defeated Ohio 31-29 in Camelia Bowl) 1 Burning Question: Can Scott Satterfield lead the Mountaineers to their first Sun Belt title? Appalachian State football has had a lot of great moments on the field. How can we forget the greatest upset of all-time in 2007 when the Mountaineers […]

Top five underrated running backs heading into 2016 college football season

In an era where throwing the football has revolutionized the game, many would argue that the running back position has taken a backseat to more flashy offensive firepower in college football. The 2015 college football season would beg to differ. 14 different running backs tallied over 1,500 yards rushing, while former Oklahoma Sooner and current Minnesota […]

HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 17: Greg Ward Jr. #1 of the Houston Cougars looks to pass against the Temple Owls in the first half of their game at TDECU Stadium on October 17, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The 5 most underrated non-conference college football games of 2016

The non-conference schedule will have more meaning than ever as the College Football Playoff era continues. As we head into the 2016 season, that transformation has not taken full effect. This is true despite the SEC scheduling powerhouses such as Chattanooga, Alcorn State, Texas State, Presbyterian, Nicholls State, Austin Peay, Delaware State, Wofford, Prairie View, […]

5 quarterback battles to watch on Saturday

The college football regular season is still over four months away, but that hasn’t kept hardcore fans from tuning in this off-season to see their favorite teams — and quarterbacks — practice on a glorified platform. In Columbus, head coach Urban Meyer asked his fans to help set a tone for his young roster that […]

5 reasons to Watch Ohio State’s Spring Game on Saturday

There aren’t many college football programs that can set their attendance goal to 100,000 for their annual spring game. That’s the case for Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes, as they continue to develop what has now become an Ohio Stadium tradition of filling the seats in April. This year, it’s for a different […]

WACO, TX – OCTOBER 11: Taylor Young #11 of the Baylor Bears walks on the field before taking on the TCU Horned Frogs at McLane Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Text messages, college football recruiting, and the reality of NCAA power

  Sometimes you can’t always get what you want in college football. That doesn’t stop you, though, if you’re a coach or program official in the SEC — when the plan all along was to get what you need. That was evident at Friday’s NCAA Division I council meeting, which produced the immediate shutdown of […]

Big Ten Football 2016: Fact Or Fiction

The perception at the end of the 2015 season still might be that the Big Ten Conference doesn’t have the full horsepower to be considered the best conference in college football. Even though Iowa and Michigan State struggled on the the biggest stage, perception isn’t always reality. Nobody had more teams in the final CFP rankings […]

5 things to know about Ohio State heading into the 2016 Fiesta Bowl

It’s hard to imagine that we live in a world in which Ohio State and Notre Dame have met on the gridiron only five times during their long histories. Both programs will meet for the first time since 2006 — on a stage very familiar to both programs: the Fiesta Bowl in suburban Phoenix, where Jim […]