College Football News June 2: Ray Watts Killing UAB Football Saved It?


UAB president Ray Watts is college football’s Public Enemy No. 1, even after Monday’s announced reinstatement of the Blazer program. But the Blazers commanded national headlines for the last six months, which UAB never had before.

With a flood of attention from national media came a commensurate outpouring of support from UAB fans and potential donors, which the Blazers need to sustain the program for the long haul. In a weird way, writes’s Dennis Dodd, Ray Watts killing UAB football saved it.

It’s an intriguing theory that Dodd supports well, though I’m not necessarily buying it. Ray Watts is an intelligent man, but the closure of Blazers football wasn’t some evil genius plan realized. Watts isn’t Blofeld and the Alabama Board of Trustees aren’t SPECTRE.

Moreover, support would have come for UAB football with sustained success. Bill Clark did much more to save UAB football than Ray Watts with a bowl-eligible season, and returning a solid core for the 2015 season could have propelled the Blazers to their best campaign in program history. Wins have an uncanny way of bringing fans, and ostensibly money, out of the woodwork.

Ray Watts’ temporary closure of UAB football prevented that breakout 2015 from happening, and actually hamstrung Clark for the next few years, as well.

Eight Teams Should Be In The College Football Playoff

John Adams, Go Vols Xtra

Another intriguing column with a thesis on which I don’t agree, John Adams of Go Vols Xtra lays out the argument for an eight-team College Football Playoff. His concept’s certainly simple enough: all five power-conference champions are automatically in, with the rest of the nation jockeying for three at-large bids.

In the 2014 season, an eight-team College Football Playoff would have included near-misses Baylor and TCU — though which won was the automatic bid and which was the at-large would have still been up to some debate because #OneTrueChampion.

However, spots No. 7 and 8 at season’s end would have gone to Michigan State — solid — and Mississippi State. The Bulldogs’ lopsided losses to close the regular season against Ole Miss, and in the Orange Bowl against ACC runner-up Georgia Tech, proved MSU was not a national championship contender.

A national quarterfinal pitting Alabama and Nick Saban against his former home, Michigan State, would have been fun. But a paper No. 1 that was performing more like Mehssissippi State at season’s end would have been unnecessary and further encroached on the bowls.

Pac-12 Releases Early-Season TV Times and Broadcast Schedules

Kickoff times and TV schedules for the Pac-12’s first few weeks were released on Monday.

Day/Date Game Time TV
Thurs., Sept. 3 Michigan at UTAH 5:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. MT FOX Sports 1
UTSA at ARIZONA 7 p.m. PT P12N
COLORADO at Hawai’i 10 p.m. PT/7 p.m. HT CBSSN
Fri., Sept. 4 Weber State at OREGON STATE 5 p.m. PT P12N
WASHINGTON at Boise State 7:15 p.m. PT ESPN
Sat., Sept. 5 Portland State at WASHINGTON STATE 11 a.m. PT P12N
Virginia at UCLA 12:30 p.m. PT FOX
Grambling at CALIFORNIA 2 p.m. PT P12N
Eastern Washington at OREGON 5 p.m. PT P12N
Arkansas State at USC 8 p.m. P12N
ARIZONA STATE vs. Texas A&M (in Houston) TBA TBA
STANFORD at Northwestern TBA TBA
Fri., Sept. 11 Utah State at UTAH 6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT ESPN2
Sat., Sept. 12 Sacramento State at WASHINGTON 11 a.m. PT P12N
Massachusetts at COLORADO 11 a.m. PT/12 noon MT P12N
San Diego State at CALIFORNIA 2 p.m. PT P12N
ARIZONA at Nevada 4 p.m. PT CBSSN
Idaho at USC 5 p.m. PT P12N
OREGON at Michigan State 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET ABC
UCF at STANFORD 7:30 p.m. PT FOX Sports 1
UCLA at UNLV 7:30 p.m. PT CBSSN
Cal Poly at ARIZONA STATE 8 p.m. PT P12N
Fri., Sept. 18 New Mexico at ARIZONA STATE 7 p.m. PT P12N
Sat,. Sept. 19 Georgia State at OREGON 11 a.m. PT P12N
Utah State at WASHINGTON 2 p.m. PT P12N
COLORADO vs. Colorado State (in Denver) 4 p.m. PT/5 p.m. MT CBSSN
San Jose State at OREGON STATE 5 p.m. PT P12N
Wyoming at WASHINGTON STATE 5:30 p.m. PT P12N
UTAH at Fresno State 7:30 p.m. PT CBSSN
BYU at UCLA 7:30 p.m. PT FOX Sports 1
Northern Arizona at ARIZONA 8 p.m. PT P12N
CALIFORNIA at Texas 4:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. CT FOX
Fri., Sept. 25 STANFORD at OREGON STATE 7 p.m. PT FOX Sports 1