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…

Bowl Preview Bonanza Part III: Bowl Season Is Rolling

Now that Christmas is past, the bowl season kicks into high-gear. For college football fans, the coming week is akin to the various post-Christmas sales retailers offer immediately after Dec. 25. For bargain-hounds, the holidays are just beginning. It's the same for football junkies, who have a deluge of games now through New Year's to…

Week 13 Black Friday Six-Pack: Thankful for College Football

Welcome to Black Friday, the unofficial inspiration for such dystopian fiction as the Mad Max series or The Purge. America's chaser for a day spent gorging itself on food is a day manically chasing discounts on products. No, you haven't stumbled upon an anti-consumerist manifesto; this special, Black Friday edition of the CFB Huddle Saturday…

Four Downs on Week 11: Football’s Frivolity Amid Tragedy

It's rather ridiculous, the importance our society places on sports. I felt helpless as reports of the horrific terrorist attacks carried out Friday in Paris began to surface. I still do. I also couldn't shake the feeling that spending Saturday watching and writing about college football as if it anything more than a frivolous endeavor…

Northern Illinois Upset of Toledo No Surprise

Northern Illinois handed AP No. 20/CFP No. 24 Toledo its first loss of the 2015 season, and the Rockets' sixth straight defeat in the series since 2010. In this half-decade, Toledo's been a quality program, playing in four bowl games with a fifth on the way. Northern Illinois' just been a little bit better. Tuesday's…

Group of Five Top 10: The Most American Football Ever

Welcome to the Group of Five Top 10, where it's more American than 1980s Hulk Hogan draped in the Stars and Stripes riding a bald eagle on the Fourth of July. Teams from the American Athletic Conference occupy four of the top five spots in the Top 10 through Week 8, including each of the…

Group of Five Top 10: Memphis Sets The Pace

Utah State's blowout of Boise State threw much of the Group of Five picture into flux, but not for at the top. The American Athletic Conference has consistently looked like the cream of the Group of Five crop, and Week 7 only furthered that perception. Memphis' 37-24 defeat of Ole Miss scored the entire Group…