D2 Preview: Northwest Missouri State, The Champs

D2 Preview: Northwest Missouri State, The Champs

Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU) has gone through a lot since its inception, quite a bit for a university in a small town that is 90 minutes north of Kansas City. They've experienced tornadoes, a fire to the administration building, they've even faced discussions about possibly being closed as a school. Despite the bumps in the…

The Oregon Ducks Youth Movement

The Oregon Ducks Youth Movement

Justin Herbert and Troy Dye represented Oregon Ducks football at last month's Pac-12 media days in Hollywood. That's noteworthy, given both are true sophomores at an event typically designated to showcase upperclassmen. Their inclusion can also be chalked up to strategy. The impending season marks Willie Taggart's first as the Oregon Ducks head coach, and…

2017 ACC Football Preview: Maybe we should pump the brakes

2017 ACC Football Preview: Maybe we should pump the brakes

The ACC undoubtedly had one of its best football seasons in conference history last season, eding with Clemson winning a national title. Florida State won the Orange Bowl, Georgia Tech won the Taxslayer Bowl, even Virginia Tech won the all-important Belk Bowl. In fact, only three ACC teams lost their bowl games. Lamar Jackson of…

Preseason Heisman Top 10

Preseason Heisman Top 10

Each week of the college football season since 2015, I have compiled a Top 10 of Heisman Trophy candidates. For the uninitiated, the Heisman Top 10 isn't my own assessment; rather, I evaluate the rankings of other, reputable sports media, buzz from prominent outlets and chatter among voters. These rankings function as a barometer of…

Mountain West Football Preview 2017: Wide Open on Mountain High

Mountain West Football Preview 2017: Wide Open on Mountain High

When Boise State joined the Mountain West Conference in 2011 -- the same year BYU and Utah exited, and one year prior to TCU's departure -- consensus dictated the Broncos would run roughshod over the league. It's been a half-decade, and Boise State has just one, outright conference championship. Meanwhile, once-sleeping giant San Diego State…

Big 12 Preview: A Season of Change in 2017

Big 12 Preview: A Season of Change in 2017

A lot can change in a year. In August of 2016 the Big 12 Conference was in the midst of a silly and ill-advised expansion process with an all-comers procedure that produced over two dozen wannabe candidates. In the 360 or so days since then, the expansion plug was (smartly) pulled. Plans proceeded on the…

Can College Football Reclaim Its Fun?

Can College Football Reclaim Its Fun?

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - The proverbial elephant in the room at Loews Hollywood Hotel's Dolby Theater proved too big for Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott to ignore. In his opening address to open Pac-12 football media days, Scott thanked reporters on hand for attending in difficult times for the industry. The commissioner had no need to elaborate…

Videos from Pac-12 Media Days

Videos from Pac-12 Media Days

The first session of Pac-12 media days 2017 are complete. Defending Pac-12 champion Washington headlined the first day from Loews Hollywood Hotel, located in the heart of Tinseltown. Also on the bill were the Arizona Wildcats, Colorado Buffaloes, Oregon State Beavers, Cal Golden Bears and UCLA Bruins. Below are some of the sights and sounds…

2017 College Football Preview: AAC continues its growth

2017 College Football Preview: AAC continues its growth

The one Group of Five conference that received the most attention since the inception of the College Football Playoff was the American Athletic Conference (AAC). In 2015, the AAC had a surprising season that resulted in Houston making it to the Peach Bowl on the Group of Five auto-bid. The Cougars stunned Florida State. Because…

MAC Football 2017 Preview: Getting Back to MACtion

MAC Football 2017 Preview: Getting Back to MACtion

Last year, the MAC was dominated by one boat-rowing football program. For all the chaos that ensued in the 2016 regular season, Western Michigan -- the nation's only undefeated once the postseason began -- was the constant. With P.J. Fleck at the helm, nobody in the MAC could touch the Broncos. Fleck finally had the…

Conference USA Preview 2017: Beasts in the East, Wild Out West

Conference USA Preview 2017: Beasts in the East, Wild Out West

Perhaps more than any other conference, realignment has fundamentally altered the look of Conference USA. C-USA played an immediately role in discrediting the Bowl Championship Series when, in 1998, former member Tulane was denied an at-large bid despite finishing with an undefeated record. The Shaun King-led Green Wave were the first in a line of…