USC Wins Hypothetical Playoff According To Vegas Odds


Leave it to Las Vegas to sate all our needs. Even those we didn't know we had before. (I'm looking at you midget escort service.) Everyone knows that the idea of a playoff is so awfully complicated that it would require a Manhattan Project-level commitment before anything could happen. Or, you know, a sports book… » 12/09/08 2:45pm 12/09/08 2:45pm

College Football Roundup: The Big 12 Meets the SEC


It's Oklahoma and Florida for the BCS Title—an imperfect end to a season when no football team was perfect. Except, you know, Utah and Boise State. But they don't really count. What with their small conferences and even smaller media markets and exposure. The BCS is fair and impartial. Except, you know, this is a… » 12/08/08 12:30pm 12/08/08 12:30pm

College Football Preview: Why Conference Championships Suck Edition


Of all the ridiculous aspects of the BCS system, the conference championship game pisses me off more than any other because it points out the flagrant hypocrisy of the college presidents. In the same time period when they've fought a college football playoff because of the time it would add to the season, they've… » 12/05/08 1:00pm 12/05/08 1:00pm

Layla Kiffin Is Turning Into A Very Popular Woman


Remember back when www.fireronzook.com was the height of internet genius? Now we've moved on to a coach's wife. And by we I mean anonymous internet web sites. In the wake of Lane Kifffin's introductory press conference, Layla Kiffin has received an ample amount of attention. How much? On Monday afternoon, one hour… » 12/03/08 1:00pm 12/03/08 1:00pm

College Football Roundup: Every Game Counts...Except When They Don't…

Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State late Saturday night 61-41. This score was enough to vault the Sooners ahead of Texas in the BCS Standings and, as a result, send them into the Big 12 Title Game against Missouri courtesy of the fifth tiebreak. (The sixth tiebreak was, in a nice nod to BCS totalitariianism, "Who does Kim… » 12/01/08 1:45pm 12/01/08 1:45pm

Lane Kiffin Hiring: A Volunteer Fan's Perspective


In a move that proves he has gigantic balls of steel, UT athletic director Mike Hamilton has replaced a national championship winning coach with an all-time record of 152-52 who graduated from and played for his university with a 33 year old who went 5-15 in 1.25 seasons as the coach of the Oakland Raiders. Wow. Yep,… » 12/01/08 1:00pm 12/01/08 1:00pm

College Football Preview: In-State Rivalries Take Center Stage


Texas beat Texas A&M 49-9 yesterday. They're now 11-1. But unless you were in Texas you had no idea this game was happening. Even I didn't think to check this score until late Thursday night. That's because I spent Thanksgiving with family. Included in part of my day was a trip to Ford Field to watch the Titans… » 11/28/08 12:00pm 11/28/08 12:00pm

Exploring the ESPN Business Model (Hint: It Involves Swimming In Piles…

By now everyone knows that ESPN paid $100 million more than Fox could afford for the rights to the BCS games beginning in 2009. Cementing, to a great degree, ESPN's status as a post-season college football monopoly » 11/26/08 10:15am 11/26/08 10:15am

College Football Roundup: At Least You Don't Live In Michigan Edition

Yesterday I landed in Detroit for Thanksgiving. Our first stop upon arriving was an Italian restaurant where my wife's grandmother was celebrating her 80th birthday. I'm standing at the bar watching the the Titans-Jets game on the television and occasionally a sports fan from Michigan wonders by to see what's on the… » 11/24/08 12:00pm 11/24/08 12:00pm

College Football Preview: I've Got a Crush on Mike Leach

I've got a crush on Mike Leach. I don't want to go on a date and eat cheese fries with him and watch planes take off from Lubbock or anything but I'm not going to pretend I don't like him anymore. We aren't in 8th grade. So I'm coming clean. My football team, the Tennessee Vols, has never had a coaching search in my… » 11/21/08 12:15pm 11/21/08 12:15pm

ESPN Extends BCS Nightmare By Ponying Up More Cash Than Fox

Since 2007 Fox has broadcast the BCS Games. Sure, this was a little awkward because Fox didn't carry college football on the network during the regular season, but it worked. Kind of. Now, ESPN has done what ESPN usually does — gone and outbid the competition for the rights. (Doesn't it kind of make you wonder why… » 11/18/08 12:15pm 11/18/08 12:15pm

College Football Roundup: Barack Obama's New Southern Strategy

The most interesting thing about this weekend was Barack Obama continuing his jeremiad against the BCS. At first you thought his Monday Night Football interview with Berman was probably just a flippant aside. But now he's carried the anti-BCS flame into office and laid out an 8-team playoff plan. Already the… » 11/17/08 2:00pm 11/17/08 2:00pm

College Football Preview: Avoiding Landmines Edition

Now that everyone knows exactly what's going to happen with the rest of the college football season, this is when something inevitably blows up. Because if there's one thing we know about the convoluted BCS system, it's this: nothing is certain with three weekends to go. Alabama still has to get past Mississippi… » 11/14/08 1:30pm 11/14/08 1:30pm