1. Revisiting the Entire Preseason AP Top 25

    Every year around August, we have the same argument over the same set of questions—should preseason polls exist? What do they mean? Are they reasonable? Are they predictions ...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about 3 years ago 9,297 reads 29 comments

  2. Diary of an Impromptu Stanford vs. Oregon Road Trip

    An impromptu college football road trip is a fairly simple thing: plan on not driving to a college football game five or so hours away, then decide to, in fact, drive to a college football game five or so hours away...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about 3 years ago 3,528 reads 12 comments

  3. Easy Handicapping for College Football's Conference Races

    It’s now early November, which, besides being a brief, thoroughly generic emo band from New Jersey I think I may have interviewed during my college radio days, is also the ...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about 3 years ago 14,649 reads 15 comments

  4. LSU-Alabama: Ugly Game or College Football Masterpiece?

    It should, before everything else, be said that LSU is the best team in the country, and its defense is the single best unit in the country...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about 3 years ago 5,103 reads 124 comments

  5. LSU vs. Alabama: Predicting Value for Each Key Element

    By now you probably know this—LSU and Alabama will play in a football game Saturday night that’s been talked about since it became clear that the two schools are alone on college football’s premier tier...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about 3 years ago 7,412 reads 13 comments

  6. Harsh Realities of the College Football Season

    In a sport that can be as physically and emotionally fragile as college football, there always comes a time in which somebody has to break bad news to the masses...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about 3 years ago 6,947 reads 43 comments

  7. Top 10 Billboard Singles as the Week 9 College Football Soundtrack

    I like music, which made looking up and listening to this week’s top 10 singles on Billboard’s Hot 100 almost impossible...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about 3 years ago 4,222 reads 5 comments

  8. The Postgame Tailgate: Week 8 College Football Awards

    Through seven weeks, it’s been a known thing that this has been one of the tamer college football seasons to date – no huge September upsets, no mascots inexplicably turning ...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about 3 years ago 3,797 reads 5 comments

  9. 20 Things That Won't Happen in College Football's Week 8

    For whatever reason, I always feel like I’m better at predicting college football impossibilities than I am of sure things...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about 3 years ago 7,047 reads 22 comments

  10. The Initial, Way-Too-Early BCS Dirty Dozen Cheat Sheet

    I’ve never made a big deal of polls or rankings until November because their primary function is to make it easy for people who don’t much care to regularly follow college ...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about 3 years ago 11,454 reads 10 comments

  11. Playwatch

    Whenever it is that I get my own TV network, ordering episodes of "Playwatch," a show that exclusively features college football coaches running in slow motion, will be job one. Don't say you weren't warned...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about 3 years ago 17,850 reads 15 comments

  12. Midseason College Football Jump-Ups, Meltdowns and Poll Landings

    As we approach the official midway point of the college football season, there are certain things we can count on, and beyond the obvious—excitement every time Brent Musburger ...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about 3 years ago 15,064 reads 4 comments

  13. The Postgame Tailgate: Week 6 EA Sports NCAA Football Ratings Adjustments

    In EA Sports’ annual NCAA Football and Madden offerings, players are individually assigned ratings for their attributes, physical and otherwise. If you start a dynasty with a team, these ratings change as your season progresses...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about 3 years ago 48 reads 8 comments

  14. The Ultimate College Football Week 6 Watchability Scale

    Going into last Saturday, it appeared that we were in for a day of mediocre matchups (with occasional intrigue) serving as an undercard for two particularly meaningful night games...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about 3 years ago 5,576 reads 17 comments

  15. The Postgame Tailgate: The 21-Step Chronology of an Odd Week

    As we sit and survey the post-Week 5 status quo and notice Clemson winning three straight large games, Wisconsin dominating with a downright-surgical dual-threat QB, and the highest-ranked ...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about 3 years ago 1,860 reads 1 comments

  16. College Football's Lunchroom Cliques and Week 5 Predictions

    As college football enters October and teams begin to separate themselves, it’s probably for the best that we have a weekend of minimal intrigue, thus giving us time to sit and sift through the drama around the country...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about 3 years ago 11,299 reads 57 comments

  17. The Postgame Tailgate: College Football Week 4 Lessons

    Since schools are either on the semester or quarter system, it’s difficult to know when the appropriate time may be to offer incoming freshman advice on choosing a major...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about 3 years ago 4,253 reads 4 comments

  18. Saturday College Football Intrigue: Why to Kill Brain Cells for 13 Hours

    A simple argument for a stationary Saturday full of calories and as little productivity as possible: 12:00 ET 1. Penn State has scored 12.5 ppg against FBS teams this season...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about 3 years ago 8,798 reads 4 comments

  19. Which College Football Teams Will Set Themselves Apart on Saturday?

    Last week, ESPN decided it would brand the weekend’s action (plus Thursday and Friday’s games) “Road Test Weekend” because a few highly ranked teams had moderate to large matchups on the road...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about 3 years ago 6,709 reads 18 comments

  20. The Postgame Tailgate: Week 3 College Football Awards

    With the Emmys on Sunday and college football’s most award-eligible wrap-up column being thrust onto the world around the same time, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to ...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about 3 years ago 5,148 reads 4 comments

  21. Solving the Mysteries of College Football's Third Week

    If you’re young enough to be able to use the Internet and still old enough to remember what books were like before they were on screens (and sold in actual stores with shelves), ...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about over 3 years ago 5,236 reads 10 comments

  22. The Postgame Tailgate: Week 2 High School Yearbook Superlatives

    On a college football Saturday double-stuffed with exciting endings and unspeakably dull beginnings and middles, moments and stories seemed to be either the greatest or worst thing that’s ever happened...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about over 3 years ago 5,241 reads 18 comments

  23. College Football: Jumping to Conclusions Through the Season's Second Week

    “Relax, it’s Week 2,” a smart person will say, “you can’t jump to any conclusions just yet.” And they’ll be right. Kind of...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about over 3 years ago 5,350 reads 10 comments

  24. The Postgame Tailgate: College Football's Most Important Week One Things Ever

    It’s been awhile, but college football happened this weekend, as it also did Thursday and Friday night...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about over 3 years ago 11,631 reads 43 comments

  25. Week 1 College Football Predictions: Holtzes, Heads and Hamsters

    Upon first glance of college football’s Week 1 schedule, you may be less than impressed—this is a completely normal feeling...

    Dan Rubenstein Written by Dan Rubenstein about over 3 years ago 11,435 reads 41 comments