The Pac-12 Big Ten Challenge That Should’ve Been But Wasn’t

A little more than five years ago, the Pac-12 and Big Ten entered into a landmark agreement for college football. Two of the sport's preeminent conferences agreed in principle to an annual crossover of nonconference games, extending the decades-old partnership shared in the Rose Bowl Game; upping the ante for postseason positioning; and addressing fans'…

Charlottesville, University of Virginia Will Forever Be Changed

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Mid-morning, the line for brunch at Bodo’s on Emmett Street stretched out the door, smiling customers casually chatting while waiting for an everything bagel with deli egg. This was just a mile down the road from the Grounds of the University of Virginia, where hours earlier White Nationalists marched with torches and…

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

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

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…

Derek Carr

One Last Nor Cal Tribute for Hometown Legend Derek Carr

Corporate interests can take Derek Carr out of Nor Cal, but the Oakland Raiders quarterback will leave a piece of his legacy behind before exiting for Las Vegas. Fresno State administrators announced Monday the athletic department will retire Carr's No. 4 before the Bulldogs' season opener against Incarnate Word. The decision to honor Derek Carr…