Bowl Preview Bonanza Part IV: Beginning of The End

The proliferation of bowl games that facilitated 5-7 postseason participants (2-0, suckers!) accelerated in the last five years. However, it began with a creep at the turn of the millennium. Before various pre-Christmas bowls surfaced in the early 2000s, this week between Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 was the appetizer ahead of the New Year's…

Championship Week: Previewing The Conference Championship Games

Conference championship weekend marks the last hurrah of the college football regular season. Cue the music. What a wild, fun ride it's been from the last weekend of August, when Montana and North Dakota State officially kicked off the 2015 season, to this point in December. Coincidentally, Montana plays North Dakota State again in Saturday's…

Assessing The Group of Five New Year’s Six Bid

Navy's loss at Houston Friday complicates the Group of Five conference's New Year's Six bowl bid, but the solution for any scenario is quite simply. Send the American Athletic Conference champion no matter what. Dissect it any way you so choose. With Toledo losing at home Friday to Western Michigan, the third installment of the…

The Option Offense Revival

In this season's college football record shop, the option offense is a piece of classic vinyl, unearthed from a milk crate of yesteryear's hits. Put it on the turntable, give it a spin, and a few tracks in you ask yourself, why isn't more contemporary music like this? The success of option teams this season…

July 28 News: American Sports Network Outpaces FS1

The Group of Five conferences may a surprisingly sizable ally in their efforts to compete with the Power Five's television reach. Harry Minium of The Virginian-Pilot offers details of the quiet distribution giant American Sports Network, Sinclair Broadcasting's sports brand. American Sports Network is entering just its second season, yet reaches more homes than Fox…

Best Group of Five Nonconference Games in 2015

A variety of outlets are filling the 12 remaining weeks before college football season begins with countdowns of the best games, whether nonconference, intra-league or across divisions. Well, I feel pretty confident writing that in the sea of college football listicles, the following -- spotlighting the best Group of Five nonconference games in the coming…