Who Can Beat Alabama? A History Lesson Previewing 2017

Much of college football's allure resides in the sport's unpredictability. Yet, for as much chaos as ensues in any given autumn, the Alabama Crimson Tide provide stability. For as much as fans and pundits might insist that any four teams are surefire contenders for the Playoff, accurately forecasting the field at this juncture might as…

Sam Darnold Hype Takes Pressure Off Lamar Jackson

Three times in the past decade, the previous season's Heisman Trophy winner returned with the possibility of making history. All three -- Tim Tebow, Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston -- embarked on their encore seasons in a flurry of hype. 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson need not worry about the madness that follows an underclass…

To Beat Clemson, Bo Scarbrough Can Channel Dalvin Cook and James Conner

Clemson football owes its place in a second consecutive College Football Playoff championship game to the evolution of its defense under coordinator Brent Venables. Since Dabo Swinney drew the line after the 2012 Orange Bowl -- the result of Kevin Steele's defense giving up 70 points to West Virginia -- Clemson's consistently featured one of…

More Than A Decade Later, 2006 Rose Bowl Remains The Greatest

LOS ANGELES - Vince Young's 2006 Rose Bowl-winning, fourth-and-5 dash to the north end zone came not long before midnight Eastern on Jan. 4 -- well past bedtime for a grade-schooler with class the next day, as was the case for current Penn State cornerback Grant Haley. "Vince Young running into the end zone right…

I Still Love The Heisman

Tonight's the night some -- not all; it's never all -- of college football's best don formal wear, grin politely at corny jokes, and wait a few hours for the presentation of the Heisman Trophy. The recipient is often a foregone conclusion, as appears to be the case this time around. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson…