Heisman Top 10: A Bedlam One-Two Leads Through 3

Heisman Top 10: A Bedlam One-Two Leads Through 3

The 112th installment of Bedlam will not commence until November, but early indicators of the annual Oklahoma-Oklahoma State rivalry tilt suggest more than bragging rights are at stake in 2017. Through three weeks of the college football season, quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph are 1-2 in The Open Man Heisman Top 10, tracking reputable…

West Coast Offense: A Pac-12 Championship Rematch Headlines Week 4

West Coast Offense: A Pac-12 Championship Rematch Headlines Week 4

Last December's Pac-12 Championship Game went to halftime with Washington ahead of Colorado 14-7, and I was ecstatic. It was my fourth year covering the Pac-12 Championship, and the three previous installments ended in scores of Stanford 38, Arizona State 14; Oregon 51, Arizona 14; and Stanford 41, USC 22. Each of those three contests…

Four Downs on College Football Week 3: It’s Beginning to Feel Like 2007

Four Downs on College Football Week 3: It’s Beginning to Feel Like 2007

College football isn't and will never be the NFL -- and thank the Gridiron Gods for that. Amateurs -- even if they're the best fraction-of-a-percent of amateurs -- still are not professionals. College football is played, primarily, by 18-to-23-year-olds who are more prone to mistakes than their professional counterparts. It's for this reason a Saturday…

Rashaad Penny & San Diego State Get A Chance 25 Years in The Making

Rashaad Penny & San Diego State Get A Chance 25 Years in The Making

Stanford's visit to San Diego State in the nightcap of Week 3 action marks one of the most important regular-season college football games ever played in the city of San Diego. Despite a loss last week at rival USC, Stanford arrives on Montezuma Mesa with a Top 20 ranking and a running back in Bryce…

Week 3 Saturday Six-Pack: Lamar Jackson Gets A Crack at Clemson

Week 3 Saturday Six-Pack: Lamar Jackson Gets A Crack at Clemson

Week 3 is the last of this college football that falls before...well, fall. Autumn equinox is next Friday, which means we're just about fully settled into football season. The beginning of autumn coincides with the start of conference play, and for many teams around the nation, Week 3 is either the final or penultimate weekend…

Heisman Top 10 Through Week 2: Baker Mayfield Surges

Heisman Top 10 Through Week 2: Baker Mayfield Surges

Baker Mayfield ended each of the last two seasons with Heisman-worthy numbers, and earned an invitation to New York in 2016. Should the Oklahoma quarterback continue at his current pace, he just might join recent Sooners quarterback Jason White and Sam Bradford in the exclusive club of winners. Mayfield surged into a tie in this…

Chris Creighton Has Done One of College Football’s Best Coaching Jobs

Chris Creighton Has Done One of College Football’s Best Coaching Jobs

Last Saturday marked yet another milestone in the history of Eastern Michigan football under head coach Chris Creighton. The Eagles held on to beat Rutgers in a defensive struggle, 16-13, to improve to 2-0 on the season. Prior to Saturday's win, here's how Eastern Michigan teams fared against the current members of the Big Ten…

West Coast Offense: Pac-12 Teams Hit the Road in Week 3

West Coast Offense: Pac-12 Teams Hit the Road in Week 3

The non-conference schedule winds down in Week 3 for a majority of Pac-12 programs, and the league closes out with some fascinating contests. Five Pac-12 teams play road out-of-conference games, starting Friday night. Four of those are at Group of Five opponents' homes. Arizona gets it started at UTEP Friday, UCLA kicks off early Saturday…

Some Thoughts on That Vaunted Iowa Hawkeyes Offense

Some Thoughts on That Vaunted Iowa Hawkeyes Offense

The Cy-Hawk rivalry has a certain reputation among outsiders; one that isn't necessarily derisive, but I also don't anticipate ESPN devoting a 30 For 30 to the series' history. Assumptions -- with an emphasis on three particular letters, based on a certain nickname given the Cy-Hawk game -- align with the general reputation saddled on…

Week 2 Saturday Six-Pack: A Return to Campus

Week 2 Saturday Six-Pack: A Return to Campus

Week 1 of the 2017 college football season spread action over five consecutive days, featured the greatest upset in the game's history; the second-biggest comeback ever; and a Monday night finale that came down to a double-overtime two-point conversion attempt. How, exactly, can Week 2 meet that high standard? Well, the answer is rather easily.…