1. The Most Important Stat for Every College Football Playoff Contender

    Football is a game of many things: inches, X's and O's, and Jimmys and Joes. It's also a game of numbers. For playoff-contending teams, stats can disclose a lot about why things work as well as they do...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 9 months ago 37,818 reads 139 comments

  2. Grading Every Power Five Dark Horse's Path to the Playoff

    The College Football Playoff race is beginning to take shape. Many of the favorites from the preseason, like Ohio State, Baylor, Clemson and TCU, are still in the running. Others, like USC and Auburn, fell out long ago...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 9 months ago 18,330 reads 75 comments

  3. Power Ranking Every Current Opening College Football Head-Coaching Job

    We're only now getting through the halfway point of the 2015 college football season and already there are seven Football Bowl Subdivision jobs available. Just imagine what December will be like...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 9 months ago 18,579 reads 135 comments

  4. College Football Rankings 2015: Hits and Misses from the Week 9 Polls

    Week 8 of the 2015 college football season is officially behind us. Fans are starting to get restless about rankings, which can only mean we're getting that much closer to the playoff committee's poll...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 9 months ago 34,677 reads 98 comments

  5. Seth Russell's Injury Makes Baylor the Most At-Risk Playoff Team

    Suspend the strength-of-schedule argument for a moment. Heading into Week 8 against Iowa State, Baylor had the look of a playoff-caliber team...

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  6. Winners and Losers from Week 8 of the 2015 College Football Season

    It's always the weeks you least expect that provide some of the wildest finishes. Week 8 of the 2015 college football season looked grim on paper, but it didn't completely disappoint...

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  7. Can a Wide Receiver Realistically Win the Heisman Trophy This Year?

    West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen knows wide receivers. Among the wideouts he's connected to are Wes Welker, Michael Crabtree , Justin Blackmon and Kevin White...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 9 months ago 25,430 reads 69 comments

  8. 10 Biggest Questions Facing Top 25 Teams Heading into Week 8

    Week 8 of the college football season is, well, something. As far as the Associated Press rankings go, there is only one game featuring a pair of Top 25 teams: No. 15 Texas A&M at No...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 9 months ago 3,576 reads 9 comments

  9. Showdown vs. Kansas State Is a Statement Game for Charlie Strong, Texas

    Texas' Week 8 game against Kansas State won't decide the Big 12 Championship or playoff positioning. In fact, it won't have any national relevance at all...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 9 months ago 5,572 reads 33 comments

  10. Midterm Grades for Every College Football Playoff Contender

    At the beginning of the 2015 college football season, just about everybody could lay claim to being a playoff contender. That's the benefit of being 0-0...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 9 months ago 46,560 reads 273 comments

  11. Baylor Has the Most Difficult Remaining Path to the College Football Playoff

    Knock on Baylor's strength of schedule all you want. It's fashionable and, honestly, not inaccurate to do so. Through six games, the Bears' toughest test has been against Texas Tech in Arlington and Baylor won 63-35...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 9 months ago 13,354 reads 70 comments

  12. Awards for First Half of 2015 College Football Season

    Cinderella once sang , "Don't know what you got till it's gone." College football fans halfway know what that means, seeing as we've officially hit the middle portion of the 2015 season...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 9 months ago 57,313 reads 166 comments

  13. College Football Rankings 2015: Hits and Misses from the Week 8 Polls

    Finally, clarity. Well, some clarity. In a sport like college football, maybe that's the most we could realistically ask for at this point. With the halfway point of the season officially here, the landscape is starting to come together...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 9 months ago 34,769 reads 126 comments

  14. Is Florida Still a Lock to Win SEC East?

    It took the Mad Hatter himself to set Florida's dream season back ever so slightly. It took a kicker, whose bio lists him at 170 pounds—and that's probably with his pads—to hand the Gators their first loss of the year...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 9 months ago 19,156 reads 113 comments

  15. Winners and Losers from Week 7 of the 2015 College Football Season

    College football: There's nothing else quite like it. Michigan State's odds-defying win over Michigan in the Big House will be talked about for weeks, months, years and generations...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 9 months ago 117,083 reads 356 comments

  16. Is the Future of the Big 12 in Danger?

    The Big 12 model, as it currently operates, is temporary. That's not just any opinion of some columnist, message board poster or realignment rumormonger. That's straight from the mouth of conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby ...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 9 months ago 55,088 reads 319 comments

  17. 10 Biggest Questions Facing Top 25 Teams Heading into Week 7

    Week 7 of the college football season will just about mark the halfway point in 2015. It's appropriate, then, that it's full of separation games that could determine divisional, conference and College Football Playoff races...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 10 months ago 3,754 reads 4 comments

  18. Will an Elite College Football Team Emerge in 2015?

    Just as the great PFT Commenter has a never-ending quest of asking whether Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is elite, we must ask the following: Is anyone in college ...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 10 months ago 18,948 reads 128 comments

  19. Should USC Look to the NFL to Hire Its New Head Football Coach?

    If there was ever a time for a clean slate for USC, a chance to acquire a calming and stabilizing presence, now would be it. The termination of head coach Steve Sarkisian on Monday has sent the Trojans program into further disarray...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 10 months ago 19,190 reads 71 comments

  20. Power Ranking Big 12 Football Teams Heading into Week 7

    By this time next week, we'll have reached the halfway point in the 2015 college football season. Flies by, doesn't it? Though there's still plenty of football to be played and ...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 10 months ago 20,007 reads 97 comments

  21. Every 2015 Heisman Contender's Most Important Remaining Game

    Through six weeks, there's no doubting who this year's Heisman Trophy winner is: LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette . The sophomore has already topped 1,000 rushing yards, has 12 touchdowns and is averaging 204...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 10 months ago 37,198 reads 111 comments

  22. College Football Rankings 2015: Hits and Misses from the Week 7 Polls

    Same question , different week: Now what do we do? Some separation is beginning to occur this college football season, but it's involving some unlikely teams...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 10 months ago 14,137 reads 42 comments

  23. Will the 2015 College Football Playoff Include a 2-Loss Team?

    Through six weeks of the 2015 college football season, here's what we know: About nothing. This time two months ago, Ohio State was a team without a blemish. One month ago, Michigan State was the real deal...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 10 months ago 23,968 reads 104 comments

  24. Winners and Losers from Week 6 of the 2015 College Football Season

    Week 6 of the 2015 college football season was, in many ways, all about the coaches. There were some, like Texas' Charlie Strong and Tennessee's Butch Jones, who desperately needed wins—and got them...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 10 months ago 195,997 reads 353 comments

  25. How the Red River Rivalry Lost Its Luster

    The Red River Showdown—still known as the Red River Shootout to anyone who actually cares about the game—still means something...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 10 months ago 10,288 reads 49 comments