Basketball Community Response to Houston is How We Should Always Act

Basketball Community Response to Houston is How We Should Always Act

The human race's greatest fear as a species should be the day when we begin to feel indifference towards one another; lose the very thing that makes us human. For all the horrible, soul shattering things Hurricane Harvey has left in its wake in Houston and around South Texas, once the flooding ends and the…

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…

Big 12 Expansion Welcomes The Most Contentious of Topics

Big 12 Expansion Welcomes The Most Contentious of Topics

Politics, religion and conspiracies! No, this isn't a lede about the presidential race, which mercifully ends in three weeks. Let's talk about Big 12 expansion, which lately incites as much ill-will as any election. While voters get in the booth 22 days from today, Big 12 expansion may have another nine years to fuel speculation…

Week 6 Heisman Top 10: Lamar Jackson Still on Top

Week 6 Heisman Top 10: Lamar Jackson Still on Top

Despite losing Week 5 in an instant classic at Clemson, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson remains a unanimous No. 1 in the CFB Huddle Heisman Top 10 forecast. Every media outlet publishing its voters' rankings after Week 5 tabbed Lamar Jackson for the top spot, with second billing typically falling to his ACC counterpart, Deshaun Watson.…

The Case for (And Against) Les Miles at USC

The Case for (And Against) Les Miles at USC

When news broke early Sunday evening that the LSU Tigers had surprisingly given head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron the boot, USC Twitter quickly was buzzing with speculation about a potential future with Miles wearing Cardinal and Gold. After No. 18 LSU lost 18-13 in heartbreaking fashion to unranked Auburn, the powers…

Heisman Top 10 Week 4: Lamar Jackson’s World

Heisman Top 10 Week 4: Lamar Jackson’s World

Interesting tidbits from the Heisman Top 10, as the wild fluctuation customary of this time of year produced new names in the Week 4 rankings: • Publications that ranked Greg Ward Jr. also ranked Donnel Pumphrey. Publications that spurned one spurned both. Group of Five bias is a real thing, it would seem. • All…

Cincinnati Has Not Reached Its Potential

Cincinnati Has Not Reached Its Potential

Cincinnati's 40-16 loss Thursday to Houston is not an indictment on the Bearcats -- not in a vacuum, anyway. The 24-point Houston margin of victory does not entirely reflect the nature of the contest, as the host Bearcats led in the early fourth quarter on a Hayden Moore touchdown pass to Kahlil Lewis. Even after…

Week 3 Heisman Top 10 2016

Week 3 Heisman Top 10 2016

Heisman rankings are all over the place heading into Week 3. I mentioned it last week, and it bears reiterating ahead of Week 3: Early-season Heisman projections are such a mish-mash of Sample sizes are much too small, some players have seen nothing but sub-par competition, defenses start to wise up to particular offenses. Yes,…

Week 2 2016 Heisman Top 10: Nick Chubb Rising

Week 2 2016 Heisman Top 10: Nick Chubb Rising

In 2015, the first season I ranked Heisman Trophy candidates based on media and voter assessments from a weekly basis, the first two months provided the most volatility. Last season's race stabilized somewhat through November, though Leonard Fournette plummeted from presumptive front-runner to out of the competition in that final month. SEC West counterpart Derrick…

No Qualifier Needed: Houston Is A Power Program

No Qualifier Needed: Houston Is A Power Program

At the end of the 2015 regular season, Houston head coach Tom Herman talked of the rich history of Cougar football as a building block for the program's future. He alluded to the Cotton Bowl teams of the 1970s and Andre Ward's Heisman Trophy of 1989, as noted in my Making The Program feature. Those…

2016 Preseason Heisman Top 10

2016 Preseason Heisman Top 10

For those new to the CFB Huddle Heisman Top 10, welcome. Those who followed last year's edition, considering the following a reintroduction. The Heisman Top 10 is CFB Huddle's barometer of the trophy's race, gauging national perception among publications and individual voters, to produce a weekly ranking of candidates. Poring through various rankings produced throughout…

Big 12 Network Must Eschew Conventional Thinking

Big 12 Network Must Eschew Conventional Thinking

Oklahoma president David Boren's proclamation that "the boat had sailed" on a traditional Big 12 network at last week's meetings in Texas shouldn't contribute to the murkiness lingering over the conference. There are plenty of other reasons the Big 12's future faces doubt. Spurning conventional means in launching a conference network, however, could realistically becoming…

American Athletic Preview 2016: Ranking The Nonconference Games

American Athletic Preview 2016: Ranking The Nonconference Games

CFB Huddle's American Athletic Preview Week turns focus outside the AAC and to the ACC, Big 12, Mountain West, MAC. From these conferences come opponents in some of the AAC's most promising non-league dates. Nonconference play contributed to the positive perception of the American a year ago: Houston's defeats of Louisville and Vanderbilt, Memphis routing…