1. How Week 2 AP Poll Would Look If There Wasn't a Preseason Poll

    Preseason polls are meaningless, right? That's the common complaint about releasing any top-25 ranking before a single college football game is played. Sure, there's a small amount of truth to it...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 5 months ago 17,355 reads 54 comments

  2. 1 Quick Fix Every Top 25 College Football Team Will Make Between Week 1 and 2

    If they haven't already, head coaches across college football are reviewing game film right about now. Even in big wins, it's 100 percent guaranteed each and every one of those coaches is looking at something on film and grimacing...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 5 months ago 5,808 reads 15 comments

  3. NCAA Football Rankings 2015: Hits and Misses from Week 2 Polls

    After five incredibly rewarding days, Week 1 of the 2015 college football season is finally in the books. It's time to stop going off preseason narratives and start judging teams based on what they've done on the field...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 5 months ago 31,776 reads 89 comments

  4. Most Impressive College Football Freshmen in Week 1

    Who says you have to sit on the sidelines and wait your turn as a freshman? With football being a 365-day sport, freshmen are more prepared than ever before to see the field right away...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 5 months ago 42,266 reads 201 comments

  5. Winners and Losers from Week 1 of the 2015 College Football Season

    College football's back, y'all. Well, OK. It was back on Thursday. And last Saturday. But Sept. 5 marked the first full day of college football for 2015...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 5 months ago 385,178 reads 314 comments

  6. How Texas A&M's Kyle Allen Stacks Up to Other Kevin Sumlin Quarterbacks

    There's a lot about the college career of Texas A&M sophomore quarterback Kyle Allen that remains to be told. But there are a few things we already know...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 5 months ago 7,733 reads 9 comments

  7. Biggest Questions Facing Each Top-25 Team Heading into Week 1

    Major college football is back. It's really, really back. The action kicks off Thursday night at 6 p.m. ET, when North Carolina and South Carolina take center stage on ESPN in Charlotte, North Carolina...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 5 months ago 6,073 reads 6 comments

  8. How TE Mark Andrews Overcame Near-Death Experience to Shine for Oklahoma

    Before he would become a spring-game sensation in April, before he would be a bona fide member of the offensive two-deep depth chart , Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews needed to be saved...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 5 months ago 17,402 reads 5 comments

  9. Welcome to the 1st Real Year of Charlie Strong's Texas Football Program

    For Texas head coach Charlie Strong, Year 2 is the new Year 1. Starting over is good in its own way. Sometimes it's necessary. There were lessons to be learned from the Longhorns' 6-7 campaign in 2014, but largely, it was forgettable...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 5 months ago 18,641 reads 59 comments

  10. Who Will Be College Football's Best Graduate Transfer Quarterback in 2015?

    The year of the grad transfer quarterback in college football is officially a go. Now the question is which one rises to the top of the landscape? After all, the idea of the grad ...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 5 months ago 21,086 reads 50 comments

  11. 10 College Football Players Who Will Dominate Stat Sheet in Week 1

    Hey, look at that: There's (FBS) football in two days. By Saturday, your normal fall routine of vegging out on the couch/grilling/tailgating/enjoying adult beverages before the noon-o-clock hour will be back in full swing...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 5 months ago 22,846 reads 110 comments

  12. Why TCU's Trevone Boykin Is Best Bet to Win 2015 Heisman Trophy

    If there's one thing to know about the Heisman Trophy voting, it's that the process is extremely formulaic. As such, it inherently benefits some players while completely disregarding others...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 6 months ago 11,469 reads 41 comments

  13. Every Top 25 College Football Team's Toughest Game in 2015

    The offseason is nearly over. The time for predictions basically is as well. In the not-too-distant future, everyone is just going to have to go out and play. The beauty of the college football season is that it provides unexpected surprises...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 6 months ago 56,971 reads 540 comments

  14. Fair or Foul for College Coaches to Withhold Cost-of-Attendance Money?

    Let's make one thing abundantly clear: Student-athletes—college football players, specifically, as it pertains to this discussion—are not employees. Now, whether you think they should be is a discussion for another day...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 6 months ago 10,927 reads 30 comments

  15. 10 College Football Freshmen Turning Heads in 2015 Fall Practice

    We've reached the point in preseason camp when depth charts are beginning to be released. While some open competitions remain, coaches ideally would like to have some separation so ...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 6 months ago 51,871 reads 150 comments

  16. Texas A&M Football: Depth Chart Analysis, Complete 2015 Preview and Predictions

    Remember when Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin fielded question after question during the 2012 SEC media days over whether the Aggies could compete in the SEC? All A&M ...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 6 months ago 12,053 reads 56 comments

  17. Florida Football: Depth Chart Analysis, Complete 2015 Preview and Predictions

    The Jim McElwain era at Florida is about to begin in earnest. With it comes new hope that the Gators can get back to the glory days they most recently experienced under former coach Urban Meyer ...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 6 months ago 3,651 reads 3 comments

  18. USC's Steve Sarkisian Seeking Help, Deserves Respect for Owning Up to His Issues

    Admitting you fouled up a game plan in a football game is easy. Saying you didn't prepare your team well enough during the week is easy. What USC head coach Steve Sarkisian did Tuesday wasn't easy at all...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 6 months ago 42,590 reads 215 comments

  19. Why Big Ten Football Can Survive Another Slow Start

    We're coming up on nearly a year—14 days, in fact—Sept. 7, 2014: the day, as B/R colleague Adam Kramer wrote at the time, the Big Ten died ...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 6 months ago 3,261 reads 31 comments

  20. Oklahoma Football: QB Baker Mayfield Gives Sooners Offense Its Swagger Back

    If you think about it, it all started with a dance. Sitting out the 2014 season to satisfy both NCAA and Big 12 intraconference transfer rules, Baker Mayfield wasn't eligible to play for the Oklahoma Sooners...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 6 months ago 13,670 reads 23 comments

  21. B/R 5th Down: Is This the Best Beard in College Football?

    Editor's Note: The 5th Down captures the top social college football stories of the week. Because the long, grueling offseason is underway, we'll focus on things that make us laugh, think or maybe cry, but mostly laugh...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 6 months ago 9,575 reads 16 comments

  22. Bold Prediction for Every Top 25 Team's 2015 Season

    Soon, bold predictions won't matter because actual college football games will be played and results will speak for themselves. Oh, who are we kidding? Piping hot takes will always be part of the game...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 6 months ago 75,176 reads 251 comments

  23. Texas Football: Does Charlie Strong Need to Name Starting QB Before Notre Dame?

    The gap between Texas quarterbacks Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard appears to have opened back up. Or at the very least, the battle between the two isn't any tighter now than it was in the spring ...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 6 months ago 5,955 reads 73 comments

  24. Big Ten Football: Biggest Remaining Position Battles in Fall Camp

    Little by little, we're inching closer to the start of the 2015 college football season. Now is around the time in preseason camps when coaches will begin to establish pecking orders in open position battles...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 6 months ago 12,097 reads 16 comments

  25. How Long Will It Take Jim Harbaugh to Bring Michigan Back to Prominence?

    When Michigan hired Jim Harbaugh as its new head coach, the question became a matter of "when" the Wolverines would re-enter the national power conversation again, not "if...

    Ben Kercheval Written by Ben Kercheval about 6 months ago 23,683 reads 208 comments