#1 Wk. 2 – Oregon @ Michigan State 2014’s thriller has set up a second week rematch that highlights the first four weeks of the season. Oregon won the Pac-12 last year and made it to the first playoff championship game while Michigan State trumped Baylor in a thrilling Cotton Bowl matchup. An argument could … More Top Ten Games That Matter: The First Four Weeks
Blueblood: “An aristocrat, noble, or member of a socially prominent family.” One of the persistent themes of college football is the dominance of the “bluebloods.” What is a blueblood from a college football standpoint? These are the programs that, true to the dictionary definition, compose college football’s nobility. The problem is there is considerable dispute … More What and Who Are College Football “Bluebloods”?
In the summer of 2010 the college football world was rocked by sudden news that six members of the Big 12 were on the cusp of defecting to the Pac-10. Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Colorado would go west and create a 16 team “superconference.” The Pac-16 would combine the Texas … More The Case for (And Against) Twenty: Why Superconferences Might Not End At 16 Teams
Long ago in the times before AP polls, power conferences, and Arizona statehood there existed an primordial era of college football. This was an era dominated by Ivy League schools, multi-sport lettermen in sweaters and leather helmets, and “conferences” with 18+ teams and rules written on the backs of bar napkins. Few remember but when … More The Best Teams You’ve Never Heard Of: The 1899 Sewanee Tigers
With the start of the 2015 college football season a mere month away we have reached peak off-season with incessant talk of conference realignment, playoff expansion, pre-season rankings, and coach speak. The focal point of conference realignment conversation has been the Big 12 as per usual with the center of gravity remaining the Great Burnt … More Independence or Alliance? Texas’ Options in Future Realignment