TSS Roundtable: Which team must win in week 2?

Week 1 produced a number of meaningful results, Some teams took a huge step forward, while others found out that they will have a lot of work to do. We’ll focus on the teams that have work to do in today’s roundtable discussion. Q. Which team must win in week 2? Kevin Causey On Twitter: […]

Putting the Big 12, SEC and Pac-12 Bowl Games in Perspective

Like everything else in college football, a sport driven as much by eye tests and branding as on-field results, bowl season is something of an inkblot for fans, pundits and P.R. flacks. Clearly, the losers of the games were all overrated. Unless they didn’t care about the game. Or maybe the games just don’t mean […]

Michigan defensive back Jared Wilson (22) celebrates with teammate Taco Charleton (33) after Wilson intercepted a pass in the end zone against Florida during the second quarter in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl at the Orlando Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

Michigan thrashes Florida, sets up big expectations for 2016

If there really was a Buffalo Wild Wings “button” to alter the course of football games, Florida would probably have been banging it shortly after halftime in hopes that there’s a “fast forward” option. The Citrus Bowl was a match up of two teams on the up after bringing in new Jims to restore their […]

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 31: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners is sacked by Shaq Lawson #90 of the Clemson Tigers in the first quarter during the 2015 Capital One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Clemson’s defense dominates, making the Tigers favorites in the CFP Championship Game

Led by a smothering defense, Clemson is going to play for its first national championship since 1981. Based on what we saw against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, it looks like the Tigers are going to win it. Make no mistake about it: this was an outstanding performance by the Tigers. After all, Oklahoma entered […]

ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 31: Chance Allen #21 of the Houston Cougars scores a touchdown in the fourth 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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

A Peach Bowl loss is a hit for the ACC more than Florida State

You know that many members of the national college football press corps will rip the Florida State Seminoles for losing to the Houston Cougars in the 2015 Peach Bowl on Thursday afternoon in Atlanta. Florida State made itself a target by winning (and because of Jameis Winston, but mostly by winning). When teams become targets, […]

Kevin Sumlin, striking while the iron is hot, and the new stress at TAMU

People love motivational quotes, even when they have no idea where they came from. Go into any standard business office in the world and you get to get kicked upside the head with generic quotes about “leadership” or “teamwork” to a setting sunset, field of daisies, or some dude scaling a mountain. Quotes are an […]

Louisville enters a defining 2016 season with genuine hope

Wednesday night’s Music City Bowl in Nashville was an ugly mess of a game. Moreover, no one was surprised that the clash between the Louisville Cardinals and the Texas A&M Aggies turned into a sloppy, disjointed, and cluttered affair. Louisville did well to rebound from a 0-3 start to make a bowl game, but in […]

Belk Bowl: North Carolina State leaves 2015 with nothing

The Mississippi State Bulldogs finished a perfectly respectable season on Wednesday afternoon in Charlotte, winning the Belk Bowl and capturing nine victories in a rebuilding year. The Bulldogs lost their best running back and receiver from 2014, leaving star quarterback Dak Prescott with comparatively few resources this season. Even though MSU’s nine wins did not […]

TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 07: Derrick Henry #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes away from Jamal Adams #33 of the LSU Tigers in the second quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Alabama must lean on its strengths to beat Michigan State

As the only team making the College Football Playoff for the second straight season, Alabama is attempting to do what it couldn’t in its first go-around: advance to the national championship game. If the Crimson Tide are going to play on Jan. 11 in Glendale, they will need to excel in what they have done […]

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. […]

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Myths and mysteries: a guest forum on college sports over time

Tuesday at partner site Awful Announcing, I offered a list of 10 unsung #CollegeSportsTwitter stars worth following for 2016. I invited all of the honorees to answer two questions: 1) What is the biggest myth in college sports? 2) What is the most underreported story in college sports over the past 25 years? A few […]

ORLANDO, FL – DECEMBER 29: Johnny Jefferson #5 of the Baylor Bears carries while defended by Dominquie Green #26 and Des Lawrence #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the first half of the Russell Athletic Bowl game at Orlando Citrus Bowl on December 29, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Baylor puts an end to its bowl frustrations against North Carolina

Frustrations can either linger or be expunged. One team knew what to do with its frustrations as 2015 came to a close. * The Baylor Bears went to Orlando, the site of DisneyWorld, on a business trip, not a pleasure cruise. Art Briles and his program felt the sting of a high-profile bowl setback each […]