Mele Kalikimaka: Hawaii’s Holiday Spot on the Bowl Calendar

Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii's way to say Merry Christmas to you. Hawaii's other way of wishing America a Merry Christmas is through college football, a tradition going strong since 1937. I have a special affinity for Hawaii at the holidays. My one visit to the Islands was my honeymoon, one week before Christmas. There was…

Wrestling Belts, ConFLiCT and The Spirit of College Football Rivalry

A rule of thumb in professional wrestling: If a match involves a trophy, chances are it's getting smashed. UCF didn't take a play out of Bad News Brown's playbook from WrestleMania IV, but the Knights leaving the Civil ConFLiCT Trophy at Rentschler Field after beating UConn Saturday sent a similar message. It also marks a…

Kalen Ballage Gets An Accidental Nickname

I have previously used this space to address the all-too-frequent gaffes when it comes to Arizona and Arizona State references. After ASU running back Kalen Ballage tied an NCAA record with eight touchdowns, however, another Grand Canyon-sized blunder seems avoidable. Right? Not exactly, as you'll note from the headline image. Add ESPN's reference to "Kalen…

Week 2 Saturday Six-Pack: The Hangover

Week 1, college football binged on a loaded docket freely dubbed The Best Opening Weekend Ever. Week 2 brings the unavoidable hangover. Despite taking an inevitable dip in top-to-bottom intrigue, the Week 2 slate is not completely lacking for quality football. A trio of dormant series revived headline Week 2: BYU and Utah in the…

A New Crew of Quarterbacks Will Shape Pac-12 in 2016

Quarterback play has long defined the identity of the Pac-12, dating back well before the conference had 12 or even 10 members. The 1960s had Heisman Trophy winners Terry Baker and Gary Beban; the '70s produced Dan Fouts, Jim Plunkett, Sonny Sixkiller and Warren Moon. Troy Aikman, John Elway and Rodney Peete did their thing…

“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase Nearly Became An Arizona Wildcat

I recently interviewed Ted DiBiase for another story (considering this the official teaser), and the former professional wrestling star shared interesting details of his football recruitment in the early 1970s. Predating his time as the villainous Million Dollar Man or selling out the Superdome with wrestling rival (and the best man in his wedding) Junkyard…