No snarky or witty intro here, let’s just get down to the brass tax. You know what this post is about. For our team power rankings go here 1. Denard Robinson- Wolverines All his deep completions are just lucky jump balls that he throws up there. And he lofts it when he shouldn’t. And doesn’t... Read more »
These are highly subject to change. Brady Hoke remarked at Media Day that UM was picked fifth in their division a year ago; and just outside the top 25 in the year they won their last national title- 1997. So maybe these rankings don’t really mean all that much? Of course, that won’t stop you... Read more »
One thing I won’t get to do this year when writing about Iowa Hawkeyes football is say Marvin MCNUTT! Because the greatest receiver in UI history and funnest name to say is now gone, haven re-written the Iowa City record book along the way. 2011 was: another solid year, another bowl appearance. Yet another year... Read more »
This is a first for the two years I’ve been doing the college football 77 in 77- having to move a team WAY DOWN the rankings before the season has even started. And putting the Penn State Nittany Lions this high, is still way too high. But there’s nothing else I can do given the... Read more »
The College Football Hall of Fame and the National Football Foundation hold the 18thAnnual Enshrinement Festival this Friday and Saturday in South Bend. This year’s class consists of: Players: CARLOS ALVAREZ (Florida); CHRIS BISAILLON (Illinois Wesleyan); DOUG ENGLISH (Texas) (1972-74); BILL ENYART (Oregon State); EDDIE GEORGE (Ohio State); MARTY LYONS (Alabama); RUSSELL MARYLAND (Miami,... Read more »
What a difference a year makes for Northwestern
QB Kain Colter. Last season the backup QB to Dan Persa
found himself making the stat sheet as a triple threat. You had to look in three areas of the box score: rushing, passing and receiving, to see the entire scope of his impact on the game.
This year, the starting signal caller job is all Colter’s and his main weapon will be Kyle Prater (if the NCAA waiver goes through). A lot of things have to go right in Evanston, but if they do, NU
will have one of the best pitch and catch combos
in the Big Ten
, and the Wildcats offense could make some noise this college football
season. On defense, well……...
started to get defensive
, real defensive in the 2010 Texas Bowl. In that 38-14 trouncing of Robert Griffin III
and Baylor, they held RG3 and the Bears
The man who would win the Heisman trophy and become the #2 overall pick in the NFL Draft
the very next season was out of rhythm, out of sync versus the Illini
in Houston. And that D carried over into 2011, when they Illini
had a top 10 national defense.
A lot of that was the personnel, a lot of it was coordinator Vic Koenning, who unfortunately had to move on when Ron Zook
was replaced by Tim Beckman.
Can they keep it going this fall, despite the coaching changes...
Of all the “cock-eyed optimist” cliches in college football
, none have more resonance than in “a place called Hope.” Where “hope floats,” in West Lafayette, Indiana. That’s not just because the Purdue Boilermakers
coach is named Danny Hope; it’s also because the spirit embodies his always-uplifting demeanor.
And that zeitgeist has been tested too, with all the injuries to QBs, WRs and RBs. When it comes to the skill positions, no college football
program has been as snake bit as Purdue
, especially with ACLs. It’s even carried over to the college basketball
team where the injury bug didn’t just bite, but instead feasted on Robbie Hummel
, one of the greatest players in program history.
But getting back to hope, now the football program has experience and depth and a signal caller, because of everyone who’s had to play in spite of injury...
In my 2012 college football season preview series, I’ll be double-posting all the local and Big 10 teams here to Chicago Now. Hey Bloomington, your Indiana Hoosiers are looking like the #1 team in college basketball this winter. Remember that in October during college football season, cuz it’s going to be a very long one.... Read more »
Like the famous book is titled “Death to the BCS ,” and it looks like it’s finally here as the University presidents announced approval of a 4-team seeded playoff for college football
. The committee will select teams based on conference championships and strength of schedule, beginning with the 2014 season.
There will be 6 bowls to be utilized as part of the semifinals, likely to include the 4 BCS bowls. The title game will be bid out to cities just like the Super Bowl. One city you’ll see for sure in the mix is Indianapolis...