1. A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Meeting That Changed College Football

    On December 6, tucked away in the privacy of the Bluebonnet Boardroom at the Gaylord Texan Resort, a group of athletic directors, politicians, NCAA employees, former coaches and one ...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 36,002 reads 55 comments

  2. Kramer's College Football Notebook: Complete Offseason Preview

    Success is intoxicating. It’s why congratulatory praise is often left open-ended, leaving room for the possibility of an encore...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 66,912 reads 205 comments

  3. College Football Playoff Works to Perfection

    The man who once fought against a college football postseason with every bone in his body stood on the sport’s brightest stage imaginable, smile engaged, celebrating his masterpiece...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 8,665 reads 62 comments

  4. Urban Meyer, Ohio State and the Greatest Championship Story in College Football

    What if I told you that a team lost two Heisman quarterbacks in a matter of six months? If you didn ’t read that in a made-for-documentary voice, now would be the time to start...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 211,038 reads 633 comments

  5. How Oregon Football Got Tough

    To understand how Oregon found its edge, look no further than the two best-dressed men in the room with more than 50 years of experience between them...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 40,864 reads 153 comments

  6. Urban Meyer and the Resurrection of the Big Ten

    The Big Ten died on September 6, 2014. We watched it die together. With the inspiration of my boss and enough negative fuel to power a visit to the moon, I wrote a eulogy for a conference while assessing the damage...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 45,864 reads 255 comments

  7. Superlatives from Kramer's Korner: Playoff Is a Huge Win, What Took so Long?

    In December of 2010, former BCS stage coordinator and current College Football Playoff puppet master, Bill Hancock, wrote a column for USA Today adamantly defending college football’s former playoff-less era...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 52,783 reads 137 comments

  8. Welcome to the Madness: Ohio State Validates Playoff with Upset of Alabama

    Take a bow, selection committee. You too, Bill Hancock. And you too, ESPN, for dumping an ungodly amount of money into this “radical” idea for a college football postseason and sticking the landing...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 241,487 reads 962 comments

  9. Formerly Cuddly Oregon Ducks Finally Tough Enough in Program-Altering Win

    All those perceptions of being “soft?” Dead. All of the branding jokes and the idea that Oregon provides nothing more than fashion innovation? Gone...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 71,181 reads 464 comments

  10. The Most Valuable Player in College Football

    A one-time minor league baseball player who struck out 37 times in 39 at-bats in his former life just managed to thank his offensive and defensive line for his individual success in a span of three minutes...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 50,030 reads 72 comments

  11. How Lou Holtz Stumbled into His Second Career as a Television Folk Hero

    In your post-football zombie hours—a time when deep night is slipping away and morning is creeping uncomfortably close—the last voice you hear before finally settling into something resembling sleep is that of Lou Holtz ...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 15,613 reads 40 comments

  12. Jim Harbaugh Is the 1 Man Who Can Save Michigan Football

    At a critical moment for Michigan football—with hope seeping out of the program little by little—the Wolverines discovered an industrial patch. In Jim Harbaugh , there is life...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 125,423 reads 473 comments

  13. The Memphis Blueprint for Rebuilding a College Football Team

    A team that won a total of 10 games over the course of four lifeless, talent-deprived seasons matched that number in less than four months in 2014...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 33,090 reads 39 comments

  14. At Long Last, It's Time to Focus on Jameis Winston the Football Player

    You don’t have to like Jameis Winston . You don’t have to suddenly root for Florida State. You are entitled to your opinions about this player and person—two vastly ...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 5 months ago 43,528 reads 472 comments

  15. Inside the Crazy Life of an Interim College Football Head Coach

    Imagine someone handing you the keys to a Ferrari. You're free to take it wherever you wish, driving it as hard or as cautiously as you feel necessary...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 5 months ago 20,417 reads 6 comments

  16. Gus Malzahn and Will Muschamp Are the Next Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin

    Some of the most exceptional football minds who have ever nervously paced a sideline have publicly admitted that they need help. They're tossing egos aside. They're tapping enormous financial reserves...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 5 months ago 22,798 reads 231 comments

  17. College Football Superlatives from Kramer's Korner: End-of-Year Awards

    It was just August; how exactly did we arrive here ? Each year, we tell ourselves to relish each and every moment of the college football season, knowing the silent void ahead...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 5 months ago 34,646 reads 30 comments

  18. Meet Melvin Gordon, the Most Snakebitten Heisman Trophy Candidate Ever

    To truly appreciate Melvin Gordon’s season—one of the most historic and unfortunately timed stretches of brilliance the sport has ever seen—you must quantify it with something more...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 5 months ago 209,712 reads 125 comments

  19. Adam Kramer's Guide to the College Football Bowl Season

    We have been conditioned to care about the College Football Playoff and only the College Football Playoff...

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  20. Somehow, Someway College Football Got Its Dream Playoff Lineup

    The biggest cheers on Sunday didn’t come from Columbus, Ohio. They came from back rooms and boardrooms in Bristol, Connecticut, where the network tasked with televising the ...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 5 months ago 133,606 reads 611 comments

  21. Ohio State Puts Playoff Committee Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    INDIANAPOLIS — If you are a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee member reading this for whatever reason, I have some simple, timely advice. Run as fast as you possibly can and don’t look back...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 5 months ago 116,274 reads 819 comments

  22. Oregon States an Emphatic Case for the No. 1 Ranking in College Football Playoff

    At halftime of the Pac-12 Championship Game, Oregon had two fewer points than Arizona—the nation’s No. 7 team coming in—had total yards...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 5 months ago 60,483 reads 365 comments

  23. Beware: This Isn't the Same 'Soft' Oregon Team

    The assumption, even now, is that Oregon will eventually fail. It’s why a team with all of the essential components—headlined by a create-a-player under center, a youthful ...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 5 months ago 42,189 reads 286 comments

  24. Mike Riley to Nebraska Is the Most Shocking Silly Season Hire in Recent Memory

    There were no planes tracked and no advance intel of back-room conversations. Just as the ink dried on Jim McElwain’s contract at Florida, Nebraska turned the football world on its head with one unanticipated social media bomb...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 5 months ago 76,846 reads 180 comments

  25. Kramer's College Football Notebook: The Committee Has Gone Mad

    If winning all of the games on your schedule is not enough, what precedent does that set? More importantly, in a year devoid of dominant teams, why should a program playing in a Power ...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 5 months ago 219,031 reads 971 comments