1. Is UAB Just the First of Many Small-School Programs to Shut Their Doors?

    No program wants to be the next UAB. The scene, even from thousands of miles away, was equal parts heartbreaking and maddening...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 5,559 reads 14 comments

  2. Comparing Resumes for Every Heisman Trophy Finalist

    In what might have been the most anticlimactic Heisman finalist reveal in recent memory, Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Oregon quarterback ...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 23,669 reads 109 comments

  3. Predictions for Every Bowl Game

    The time for the first College Football Playoff field has come. Naturally, there's a lot of controversy. Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Oregon are in; Baylor and TCU are out...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 607,358 reads 1055 comments

  4. NCAA Football Rankings 2014: Hits and Misses from Week 15

    We've reached the end of the line. The final polls are out, and the playoff committee has made its decision...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 6,095 reads 25 comments

  5. Winners and Losers from Week 15 of College Football

    The 2014 college football season is coming to an end. In a way, though, it feels like everything is just getting started. On Sunday, the College Football Playoff selection committee will unveil its four-team field...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 114,886 reads 555 comments

  6. Coaches Jim McElwain Should Target to Fill out Florida Staff

    Former Colorado State coach Jim McElwain may not be a "wow" hire for Florida, but the response he has received has generally been positive...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 19,748 reads 49 comments

  7. Rich Rodriguez Gets the Last Laugh over Michigan

    The irony was almost too much to handle. On Tuesday, Michigan officially announced what had been expected for some time: the firing of head coach Brady Hoke ...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 39,627 reads 198 comments

  8. Biggest Questions Facing Top 25 Teams Heading into Saturday's Week 15 Games

    This is it. Everything college football fans have waited for over the past few months has come down to this weekend. Yes, the 2014 season is coming to a close, but in a way, it only feels like things are getting started...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 20,872 reads 51 comments

  9. Ultimate Chaos Scenarios for College Football Playoff

    Tuesday's College Football Playoff rankings —the final such release before next Sunday's official announcement—were the most talked-about standings to date. The reason is simple: They were the most surprising...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 50,987 reads 71 comments

  10. College Football Playoff Standings: Week 15 Rankings and Bowl Projections

    One more week. Less than that, actually That's where we are in the 2014 college football season. By this time next week, we will know which teams will be heading to which bowls and which ones are playoff bound...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 20,913 reads 57 comments

  11. Why Who Is Playing QB for Ohio State Doesn't Really Matter

    If Ohio State beats Wisconsin in Saturday's Big Ten Championship Game, the Buckeyes will have won 12 games this season with, basically, two backup quarterbacks. Some might take that to mean the Buckeyes have a group of "system quarterbacks...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 10,718 reads 24 comments

  12. Is Baylor Going Too Far by Hiring PR Firm to Make Case for the Playoff?

    If you thought the days of BCS politicking would end in the playoff era, guess again. Settling things on the field is only part of the equation. The rest is still nothing more than good, old-fashioned lobbying...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 14,022 reads 80 comments

  13. NCAA Football Rankings 2014: Hits and Misses from Week 14

    Rivalry week is over. In a week's time, so too will the college football regular season. The days of overreacting to polls are (mostly) over. Teams now have entire bodies of work to show off...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 33,722 reads 56 comments

  14. Introducing Your New College Football Dark-Horse Playoff Contenders

    One week does not a season make—or does it? With the 2014 college football season coming to a close next weekend, sans Army-Navy, the playoff picture is as clear as it has been all year...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 25,032 reads 58 comments

  15. Nebraska Fires Bo Pelini 1 Year Too Late

    Nebraska and head football coach Bo Pelini were always going to part ways, it was just a matter of when. With the news of Pelini 's dismissal on Sunday morning , however, it feels like the decision was made a year too late...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 34,985 reads 107 comments

  16. Winners and Losers from Week 14 of College Football

    Like rivalry games? How about not being able to predict how any game is going to go? Then Week 14 was for you. Rivalry week was filled with a lot of close calls, a few upsets and a side of chaos...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 95,148 reads 277 comments

  17. UCLA's Quest to Reach Upper Echelon in College Football Falls Short Again

    Vegas knew something. It had to. The opening line was just too odd. Oddsshark.com had UCLA open as a mere 4.5-point favorite for Friday's home game against Stanford. The line eventually grew to six points, but that was all...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 2,151 reads 15 comments

  18. How Missouri Can Play Spoiler for the SEC Title, College Football Playoff

    The Missouri Tigers: SEC East juggernauts, apparently. With a 21-14 win over Arkansas on Friday, Missouri, at 10-2 overall and 7-1 in the SEC, has secured its second straight divisional title...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 16,519 reads 34 comments

  19. 10 Biggest Questions Facing Top 25 Teams Heading into Week 14

    Here we are. For many teams, Week 14 marks the end of the regular season. Next week, the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC will hold their conference championships...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 22,062 reads 39 comments

  20. College Football Playoff Standings: Week 13 Rankings and Bowl Game Projections

    Just like that, there are two weeks left in the 2014 college football season. The postseason picture is becoming clearer as November begins to fold into December...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 6,473 reads 13 comments

  21. Take It Easy, Folks: College Football Playoff Does Not Need to Expand to 8 Teams

    College football is nothing if not constantly dissatisfied with the present. In some ways that's a good thing. However, college big wigs are already jumping the gun on the new postseason format...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 3,468 reads 55 comments

  22. NCAA Football Rankings 2014: Hits and Misses from Week 13

    There weren't any upsets among the teams fighting for a playoff spot, save for Ole Miss' shutout loss to Arkansas. However, Ohio State and Florida State were two of the teams that avoided a massive letdown...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 51,186 reads 141 comments

  23. College Football's All-Week 13 Team: Top Performers at Every Position

    Congratulations, Melvin Gordon. Your single-game FBS rushing record of 408 yards stood for exactly one week. Oklahoma freshman running back Samaje Perine surpassed Gordon in Week 13 with 427 rushing yards in a 44-7 win over Kansas...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 22,462 reads 39 comments

  24. Is Florida State Really 1 of the 4 Best Teams in College Football?

    You're not going to believe this, but Florida State barely won a game on Saturday. Surviving and advancing is something Florida State has done all season...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 12,700 reads 41 comments

  25. Winners and Losers from Week 13 of College Football

    A dreary and rain-soaked Week 13 didn't stop college football from delivering the fireworks. While Saturday's slate looked light on paper, it was heavy with thrilling finishes from the Big Ten to the Ivy League...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 3 months ago 74,037 reads 236 comments