BLOOMINGTON, IN – NOVEMBER 14: Jim Harbaugh the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines watches the action against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

In the battle of the new Jims, all the feel good exists

In the battle of the new Jim’s, all the feel good exists Jimmy’s got it wired, law’s for hire Got it make in the shade Got a little hideaway, does business all day But at night he’ll always be found Selling sugar to the sweet People on the street Call this Jimmy’s town – Dr. […]

In the late 1970s, Houston and Florida State both began to flourish

Houston and Florida State will play in the 2015 Peach Bowl, a New Year’s Six game. The pairing feels odd in many ways, chiefly because Houston hasn’t played a bowl of this stature in 30 years. The fact that the Cougars reside in a lower-tier conference also makes the event feel smaller than it should. […]

Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley talks to his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against George Washington in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament in New York, Friday, March 13, 2015. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Rhode Island adjusts and adapts amid injury-plagued season

This season was Rhode Island’s for the taking. With its most talented roster in more than 15 years, the Rams looked primed to break it’s 16-year NCAA tournament drought. Then star guard, and preseason All Atlantic-10, EC Matthews went down with a knee injury less than 10 minutes into the season. His year was over. […]

Northeastern ready to defend its CAA title

The beauty of college basketball is that you can lose big and painfully, but it will never be your end. That was the fate of Northeastern when it hosted top-ranked Michigan State on Dec. 19. The Huskies took it to the Spartans early before ultimately fading late and losing by 20 points. The loss stung, […]

Michigan State, unbeaten but vigilant, works towards perfection

Michigan State is undefeated, but the Spartans aren’t perfect. There’s a big difference between having zero losses and mastering one’s craft. The Spartans are coming off a pair of games that tested their mettle in different ways, and showed how far this talented club still needs to go. Michigan State traveled to Boston on Dec. […]

Ratings will tell how long the CFB Playoff continues this New Year’s Eve charade

In case you haven’t noticed, college football and ESPN have been running advertisements reminding you that college football playoff games are on New Year’s Eve, and at one point in the lyrically-challenged remake of Auld Lang Syne, they say that “missing out is not an option,” because nothing says “I can’t miss this” like someone […]

Utah’s win over Pittsburgh in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl was fun. The Utes’ thrashing of Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl was significant.

Know your bowl sponsors

Bowl season starts in four days. Absent the annual kvetching of people who will be dying for any kind of football come June and July about how there are too many bowl games (there is no such thing as too many bowl games), one of the other annual rites of this time of year is […]

Top College Sporting Events On The Secondary Market This Weekend

It’s that time—where holiday spirit and college sports meet at the apex to create an ugly look but a festive demeanor. With the college basketball season in full swing and the college football bowl season ready to begin this weekend, it’s the perfect time to represent an alma mater or fan favorite school with their […]

Will the Sugar Bowl be sweet or sour for Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss?

In the 2016 Sugar Bowl, Hugh Freeze of Ole Miss will not coach for his job. He won’t coach a game he has to win for purposes of maintaining top recruiting classes in Oxford. No, this game in New Orleans is not about Ole Miss’s future as a program. When the Rebels face Oklahoma State […]

Through no fault of his own, Kirk Ferentz faces a defining Rose Bowl

Some coaches step into a cauldron of bowl-game pressure because their teams are doubted. To a certain extent, this is the situation Kirk Ferentz of Iowa enters as he prepares his team for the 2016 Rose Bowl against Stanford. Yet, while doubt forms a part of the backdrop to the Granddaddy, the bigger and more […]

Non-New Year’s Six bowl games: the coaches with the most to prove

Not every bowl game is equally important on a larger scale. Not every bowl means the same to each of the participating teams. These realities exist for various reasons. In many cases, the urgency attached to a bowl game diminishes because a coaching departure, combined with the interim coaching situation which flows from it, creates […]

Charlie Strong, Texas, and the faux support that dooms us

Way back on October 1, when we could still reasonably plan to play golf without the worry of it being dark by 5 p.m., Texas billionaire donor Red McCombs reportedly voiced support for head coach Charlie Strong. The development was newsworthy enough because of all the rumors swirling about the people that really run Texas […]

Deshaun Watson should win the Heisman, and it isn’t particularly close

The Heisman Trophy has become something of a Halloween costume. It’s supposed to be given to the “best player in college football,” and then it has this odd integrity clause which is ambiguous enough to suggest that voting members are free to get their Twitter psychology degrees and opine as to whether or not someone […]

What Might Have Been: What the BCS Would Have Looked Like in 2015

One of the main stated goals of the College Football Playoff was to restore the primacy of New Year’s Day in college football tradition. Part of this is obviously the two semifinal games. Another important part, though, is the collection of New Year’s Six games, which are supposed to provide top-level matchups between highly-ranked teams. […]