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…

Is A Storybook Win Over Texas Setting USC Up for Disappointment at Cal?

Is A Storybook Win Over Texas Setting USC Up for Disappointment at Cal?

We’re not even four weeks into the season and I already can’t with it. The No. 5 Trojans are 3-0 going into their first road trip of the season, where they’ll face the California Golden Bears in what those in the Trojan family call “the Weekender.” Normally, the Weekender is for taking the trip up…

Sonny Dykes Scheduling Laments Aren’t Just A Cal Problem

Sonny Dykes Scheduling Laments Aren’t Just A Cal Problem

Sonny Dykes has an issue with scheduling, particularly the slate his Cal Golden Bears have faced. But his laments are not a problem exclusive just to his program, or the Pac-12 in general. Cal went into Thursday night's loss at USC on six days' rest according to the calendar. However, given the Golden Bears' double-overtime…

Week 2 Saturday Six-Pack: The Hangover

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

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…

Graduate Transfer Restrictions Make No Sense

Graduate Transfer Restrictions Make No Sense

A graduate transfer embodies the very mantra the NCAA engrained into the masses for a generation: Going pro in everything but sports. It's technically true. The vast majority of college athletes will not play professionally; including high Div. I football players, only a fraction of whom will play in the NFL. Earning a degree --…

4/22 News: In Memory of Pat Tillman

4/22 News: In Memory of Pat Tillman

Twelve years ago today -- April 22, 2004 -- Pat Tillman died in Sperah, Afghanistan, while in service to the United States Army. The Silver Star recipient famously left a career in the NFL to join the military shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Tillman's actions away from football have made him one…

Zach Kline Back With Cal Football

Zach Kline Back With Cal Football

Cal filling Jared Goff's quarterback vacancy just become more intriguing. Zach Kline, the former 4-star prospect Goff beat out for the starting job in 2013, enters the fray. That on its own isn't newsworthy; that Kline will be on his second stint with the Cal football program is. Originally a Jeff Tedford recruit, Zach Kline…

In Honor of the Cubs: Greatest Droughts in College Football

In Honor of the Cubs: Greatest Droughts in College Football

Baseball season is right around the corner, with pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training camps in the coming week. Growing up a fan of the Chicago Cubs, springtime usually brings with it irrational exuberance, followed by almost immediate disappointment. But after a surprise run to the NLCS last autumn, I have realistic hope the…

#WellActually, Here Are The All-Bowl Team Omissions

#WellActually, Here Are The All-Bowl Team Omissions

The Associated Press did a nice job with its All-Bowl Team. Seriously! No one included on either offense or defense jumps out as an egregious selection. The AP includes highlights for each of its selections at its home site, but here's a brief snapshot: ALL-BOWL TEAM OFFENSE • QB Bram Kohlhausen, TCU • RB Leonard…

Bowl Preview Bonanza Part IV: Beginning of The End

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…

Steve Harvey Calls Great Moments in College Football History

Steve Harvey Calls Great Moments in College Football History

It's OK, Steve Harvey. It's easy to understand how a broadcaster could announce the wrong winner during a live event. But imagine, if you will, a college football world wherein the most spectacular finishes got the Steve Harvey treatment. On second thought, why imagine when I can give you just that! "Fourth-and-five, the national championship…

Week 9 Saturday Six-Pack: Halloween Edition

Week 9 Saturday Six-Pack: Halloween Edition

Happy Halloween and welcome to Week 9 of the college football season. To celebrate the intersection of my favorite sport with one of my favorite holidays, I employed the Silver Shamrock Company to manufacture one college football team's helmets. Alternate uniforms may be passe, but an alternate helmet that turns wearers' heads into snakes and…