1. Mark Emmert Only a Voice for NCAA Problems, Not the Problem Itself

    As the face of the college athletics juxtaposition, the NCAA is a popular punching bag. As the face of the NCAA, its president, Mark Emmert , receives the brunt of the finger-pointing...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 11,087 reads 6 comments

  2. B/R CFB Mailbag: Impact Sophomores, Dark-Horse Title Contenders

    Our good pal Michael Felder , who normally handles the "Your Best 11" mailbag, is off, so this week's college football mailbag will be operated by yours truly. Have college football questions? Tweet me @ BenKercheval or email me at benkerch@gmail...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 421 reads 0 comments

  3. College Football Coaches Who Were Great Players Too

    When consuming a lot of football, it can be easy—far too easy—to forget just how difficult the sport really is, both as a player and coach. Very few end up being good players in major college football...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 11,496 reads 13 comments

  4. Texas' Search Firm Bill Shows How Misplaced Money Is in College Football

    For not being Nick Saban , head coach Charlie Strong sure was an expensive hire for Texas. In January, t he school agreed to pay Strong $5 million annually, minus incentives ...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 4,567 reads 19 comments

  5. 5 Trades We Wish We Could Make in 2014 College Football Offseason

    While NFL teams are busy trading players this offseason to bolster their respective rosters, college football is missing out on all that fun. That, and there's this whole amateurism thing the NCAA and its membership want you to buy into...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 16,031 reads 18 comments

  6. Which Returning College Football QBs Throw the Best Deep Ball?

    Few things are prettier than a football caught in a well-placed downfield throw. Since there are still five months before the start of the season, all anyone can do is look back at highlights from last year...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 8,862 reads 32 comments

  7. Ohio State's Spring Injury Problem Isn't as Bad as It Seems

    Ohio State has had a tough stretch of injuries this spring, dating back to their Orange Bowl loss to Clemson. Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game and it happens to just about every team at one point or another...

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  8. Nick Saban's Comments on Players' Rights Will Appeal to Recruits

    Though they are separate causes with different demands, the unionization push by Northwestern football players and an increase in compensation for athletes fall into a Venn diagram of sorts...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 3,087 reads 22 comments

  9. Texas Football: Kent Perkins' Injury Hurts Longhorns in Most Vulnerable Spot

    Though injuries are an unfortunate part of any team's spring practices, Texas is dealing with one where it can least afford it...

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  10. 10 College Football QBs with Most to Prove in 2014 Season

    Few spotlights are brighter in football than the one fixated on the quarterback. More often than not, the quarterback receives more praise than he deserves and more blame than is warranted...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 26,344 reads 76 comments

  11. Oregon Football: Ducks Will Take Next Step in Year 2 Under Mark Helfrich

    A two-year absence from the Pac -12 championship game isn't an eternity, but for Oregon, a team that likes to do things quickly, it's been long enough...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 1,067 reads 3 comments

  12. Don't Expect the Rest of the SEC to Follow LSU's Lead in Scheduling Pac-12 Teams

    You have to hand it to LSU. With the University of the Incarnate Word apparently booked for all future dates, the Tigers have done the next best thing scheduling-wise...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 12,902 reads 57 comments

  13. Ex-Texas QB Garrett Gilbert Shows It's Not How You Start; It's How You Finish

    The months leading up to the NFL draft are filled with smoke screens and oftentimes hilariously false narratives...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 25,532 reads 64 comments

  14. Why 2014 Could Be a Monster Year for Barry Sanders at Stanford

    Remember when Barry Sanders committed to Stanford? It happened not too long ago, right? It was two years ago to be specific, though it feels more like yesterday...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 19,003 reads 12 comments

  15. Texas A&M Football: What Kenny Hill's Suspension Means for Aggies QB Competition

    For the time being, Texas A&M's quarterback competition has gotten a little narrower. That doesn't mean, however, that it's over. According to Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 15,404 reads 52 comments

  16. Notre Dame Football: Are Irish Ready to Battle the ACC?

    Notre Dame's football schedule gets a new look in 2014 as the Irish begin their football agreement with the ACC ...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 7,426 reads 38 comments

  17. Which Returning College Football QBs Are Best in Red Zone?

    Few things in college football are more frustrating than when an offense stalls in the red zone. Unless you're B/R's Michael Felder , the one true voice for defenses everywhere...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 10,540 reads 25 comments

  18. Who Would Win March Madness' Sweet 16 Games If Schools Played in Football?

    We're down to just 16 teams in the NCAA tournament. If you're like me, the smoldering ashes of the piece of paper that was once your bracket have long since gone out...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 27,115 reads 61 comments

  19. Why Former Starting QB Blake Bell Chose to Change Positions over Transferring

    Blake Bell was late coming out of the locker room. He had been in an ice bath, recovering from Oklahoma's Tuesday scrimmage. "It gets more physical each day," he said. Of course, Bell is used to contact...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 68,743 reads 30 comments

  20. Right to Unionize Good First Step, but NCAA Athletes Still Have Long Road Ahead

    The voice for college athletes just got louder—and clearer—on Wednesday. Following a February hearing between Northwestern and the College Athletics Players Association, ...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 4,429 reads 129 comments

  21. HBO Special Shows Glimpse of Academics in College Athletics, Not the Whole Story

    College athletics is a unique marriage of academics and sports. Especially so, major college football and men's basketball feel like semi-professional sports stuck in an academic arena...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 10,901 reads 22 comments

  22. Has Wisconsin Learned Anything About Coaching Contracts Since Bret Bielema Left?

    It took just one season and interest from one NFL organization for Wisconsin to boost the pay of head coach Gary Andersen . On Monday, the university's Board of Regents approved a new contract for Andersen that includes a significant raise ...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 8,778 reads 6 comments

  23. Big Ten Football: Power-Ranking the Top 2014 Out-of-Conference Games

    There simply aren't enough days in the college football season for everyone to schedule FCS powerhouse University of the Incarnate Word . However, that doesn't mean there aren't attractive non-conference games out there...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 4,342 reads 11 comments

  24. Bret Bielema Is All in with Player Safety, and That's Something to Admire

    Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has a target on his back. Of course, he put it there himself. That's what happens when you're outspoken on topical football issues and don't have a filter...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 7,825 reads 49 comments

  25. Oregon Football: What Marcus Mariota Must Work on in 2014 Spring Practice

    When you throw for 3,665 yards, 31 touchdowns and just four interceptions with one of the best quarterback ratings in college football (167.7), there's not much to improve on, right? You'd think so with Oregon's Marcus Mariota ...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 4 months ago 6,792 reads 25 comments