Week 3 Saturday Six-Pack: Lamar Jackson Gets A Crack at Clemson

Week 3 Saturday Six-Pack: Lamar Jackson Gets A Crack at Clemson

Week 3 is the last of this college football that falls before...well, fall. Autumn equinox is next Friday, which means we're just about fully settled into football season. The beginning of autumn coincides with the start of conference play, and for many teams around the nation, Week 3 is either the final or penultimate weekend…

Heartbeat of the Heartland: Big 12 Faces Non-Conference Tests in Week 3

Heartbeat of the Heartland: Big 12 Faces Non-Conference Tests in Week 3

Texas Tech was conspicuous by its absence in Week Two. The Red Raiders opened the season on Sept. 2 with a solid 56-10 victory over Eastern Washington, a top team in the FCS ranks, but because of a quirk in the schedule they were idle on the second Saturday of the season. Playing one week…

College Football’s Most Boring, Albeit Successful Programs

College Football’s Most Boring, Albeit Successful Programs

I was scrolling through Twitter the other day (as I do way too often, admittedly) and I saw this tweet from the Omaha World Herald, From @swmckewonOWH: In wild Big Ten West, stability wins — and that means Wisconsin. https://t.co/JxhBP59xj7 pic.twitter.com/jryNHaJpK0— World-Herald Big Red (@OWHbigred) August 23, 2017 My first thought was, "yeah, Wisconsin is…

Wrong NBA Draft Takes of Yesteryear

Wrong NBA Draft Takes of Yesteryear

Each NBA draft brings with it a tidal wave of speculation, assertions and #TAKES of all shapes and sizes. The 2017 edition of this annual event is just a day away, and perhaps this year more than ever, the deluge of opinions has been overwhelming. Is an athletically gifted talent from a 2-16 Pac-12 team…

Alternate and Throwback Helmets College Football Needs

Alternate and Throwback Helmets College Football Needs

Tulane unveiled sharp, new throwback helmets Tuesday, with make use of a classic Green Wave logo. Though it's a look that's been done before, the buzz generated around college football social media and websites demonstrates the love fans have for a good, old-school look. The following programs should follow Tulane's lead with a regular throwback…

5 For Friday: The Best Conference Championship Games

5 For Friday: The Best Conference Championship Games

Conference Championship Week -- excuse me, "Champ Week," as ESPN has rebranded it -- is afoot and leading us directly into Selection Sunday. For college basketball junkies, it doesn't get much better than the week-and-change of tournaments played across the country. Conference tournaments have given us such memorable moments as the 2009, six-overtime classic between…

The Kansas State Band Director Suspension Is Absurd

The Kansas State Band Director Suspension Is Absurd

The Little Mermaid is the first thing that comes to my mind amid the Kansas State band director's suspension, as announced Tuesday by the university. Some time in the '90s, I can still vividly remember seeing a local TV news piece, spotlighting some morality organization, that had Disney in its sights over The Little Mermaid's…

September Heisman: Beware The Kenny Trill Effect

September Heisman: Beware The Kenny Trill Effect

The Heisman candidacy of Kenny Trill was college football's answer to a summertime chart-topper from a one-hit pop wonder. Former Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill could certainly write some new hits at TCU. He'll spend 2015 out of the spotlight, playing understudy to another quarterback who successfully reinvented himself, Trevone Boykin. Until then, though, his…

Does The Big 12 Really Need Oklahoma and Texas On Top?

Does The Big 12 Really Need Oklahoma and Texas On Top?

A popular narrative emanating from the Big 12 Conference's exclusion from the inaugural College Football Playoff was that had the roles of Baylor and TCU been instead played by Oklahoma and Texas, things would have shaken out much differently. With Big 12 media days afoot Monday in Dallas, the conference is looking at yet another…

Oklahoma-Kansas State: An Epic Collision in A Galaxy Not So Far, Far Away

Oklahoma-Kansas State: An Epic Collision in A Galaxy Not So Far, Far Away

I love most any Oklahoma-Kansas State meetings in part because it's an opportunity to talk about Star Wars. For those without nerd inclinations, apologies up front. When Oklahoma head Bob Stoops and K-State's venerable sideline general Bill Snyder meet, there's the obvious Student vs. Teacher angle that highlighted the original Star Wars. Darth Vader, Sith…