1. Houston's Focus Isn't on Oklahoma, Which Makes for a Scary Underdog

    HOUSTON — Back in June, with the Texas air in a full sauna and the stands at TDECU Stadium empty, a bright message illuminated from the video board. "H-TOWN TAKEOVER," was blasted in all caps in broad daylight...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 3 months ago 30,669 reads 42 comments

  2. As Both Master Entertainer and Coach, Jim Harbaugh Is Focused on Title in Year 2

    CHICAGO — Somewhere along the way, wedged between cameos in music videos , a tireless siege to turn the globe into his own personal satellite camp, his cryptic vault of tweets ...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 24,329 reads 350 comments

  3. The 8th-Grader Taking the Football Recruiting World by Storm

    Today, Jesus Machado Sr. hopes, is the day everything will change. Today is the day he will finally beat his son in Madden. Jesus Machado Jr. and his father are tucked away in their Miami Gardens home...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 6 months ago 196,206 reads 63 comments

  4. Baylor Had No Choice to Fire Art Briles, but Is It Enough to Spark Real Change?

    Moments before the university announced the removal of one of the sport’s most successful football coaches in the wake of a devastating sexual assault scandal, Art Briles deleted his Twitter account ...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 6 months ago 5,536 reads 58 comments

  5. Baylor Saga Serves as Disheartening Lesson for Other College Football Programs

    This is not a column about who should be fired at Baylor. We'll get there. This is a column about pulling something of substance—something everlasting—from a toxic situation...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 6 months ago 48,367 reads 11 comments

  6. Greg Bryant's Tragic Death a Devastating End to His Inspiring New Beginning

    I will always remember my last conversation with Greg Bryant. We spoke of football and life and second chances. He shared his deep affection for the game, his eagerness for a fresh start and his unrelenting aspiration to play in the NFL...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 7 months ago 46,839 reads 26 comments

  7. Adam Kramer's College Football Notebook: The Great Quarterback Drought Is Here

    By a show of hands, how many of you feel good about your starting quarterback heading into the loneliest part of college football's offseason? Be honest now. There's no need to manufacture optimism...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 7 months ago 104,539 reads 78 comments

  8. Lovie Smith at Illinois: New Hope for a Failed College Football Program

    CHAMPAIGN , Ill. — The slogan is catchy, and on this gorgeous, sun-drenched spring day, it is ubiquitous. It's propped up on billboards, posters and schedules, displayed in all caps , plastered on the back of vibrant orange T-shirts...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 8 months ago 20,828 reads 20 comments

  9. World Football May Hold Key to Fixing College Football's Targeting Problem

    Picture an overzealous safety cracking a tight end high on a seam route and the uncertain, silent seconds that follow...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 8 months ago 35,757 reads 47 comments

  10. Creating a 64-Team Bracket for the 2015 NCAA Football Season

    Imagine, if you will, a college football postseason spanning across six magnificent weeks and featuring 64 teams. Productivity would plummet. Holidays would be left in shambles...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 9 months ago 66,113 reads 179 comments

  11. Bleacher Report's Ultimate Guide to 2016 Spring Football

    There are limited moments in the calendar when each individual fanbase—from puffy-chested Alabama to wandering soul Kansas—can scream from the highest mountaintop that this is their year...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 9 months ago 33,681 reads 156 comments

  12. Once Again, College Football Should Never Count Out Nick Saban and Alabama

    This was as good a time as any to doubt Alabama, so I did. Just 22 days after the engineer of this magnificent machine reinvented himself in the national championship, I questioned whether Nick Saban could pull it off once again...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 10 months ago 28,957 reads 158 comments

  13. Ultimate Guide to 2016 National Signing Day

    Championship teams are not first assembled on sweltering practice fields in the heat of August. They do not come together during the quaint, unorthodox December intermission...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 10 months ago 118,197 reads 161 comments

  14. The Failed College Football Recruitment of Giancarlo Stanton

    In the fall of 2006, USC head coach Pete Carroll and assistant Steve Sarkisian learned of a senior wide receiver and cornerback at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, who went by Mike Stanton...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 10 months ago 208,891 reads 78 comments

  15. UAB: The 'Dead' Program That's Stockpiling Blue-Chip Recruits

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — On a day when Donald Trump's infinite election convoy was shutting down the streets of Birmingham, Bill Clark strolled through the front doors of the Sheraton Hotel without anyone seeming to notice...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 10 months ago 259,400 reads 59 comments

  16. Hollywood Moment Caps Silas Nacita's Wild Journey of Homelessness, Ineligibility

    The closure he has craved came in Virginia Beach, a place unaccustomed to granting football wishes. Playing in a game you’ve never heard of, wearing a helmet that was not ...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 10 months ago 60,007 reads 20 comments

  17. Adam Kramer's College Football Notebook: Complete Offseason Preview

    Thanks to industrial-sized fans and a crew the size of Alabama’s scout team, the confetti that blanketed University of Phoenix Stadium hours earlier was gathered in piles and slowly taken out of sight...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 11 months ago 36,679 reads 106 comments

  18. The Play That Made Nick Saban the Best Coach in College Football History

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — They had run the play before, time and time again, and it had failed. Over and over again, the ball had hit the ground or fluttered out of bounds. It was not ready for Clemson or a stage this magnificent...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 11 months ago 345,099 reads 485 comments

  19. Alabama's Secret Superstar, Bo Scarbrough, May Not Even Play in Title Game

    PHOENIX — I have spent the past 10 minutes trying to convince myself that the man standing before me is a running back. It simply cannot be. Linebacker? Sure. Defensive end? Why not...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 11 months ago 351,241 reads 172 comments

  20. Nick Saban vs. Dabo Swinney and the Battle for the Soul of College Football

    PHOENIX — The smiling, dancing, life-loving head coach wants to talk about jet skis. He's not glowing about his prodigious young quarterback or a defense that was successfully reassembled in a matter of months...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 11 months ago 57,797 reads 229 comments

  21. Alabama's $600,000 Strength Coach Is Catalyst of Nick Saban's Dynasty

    The voice of Alabama football is lost anew every day. That’s not some exploratory metaphor; it’s quite literally gone. Each day, one after the next. It’s part of the job...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 11 months ago 124,414 reads 66 comments

  22. 2015 Is Nick Saban's Greatest Season Ever

    It was a moment of vulnerability, the latest in a long line of necessary and successful modifications to the process ...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 11 months ago 35,747 reads 233 comments

  23. Behold College Football's Biggest, Baddest Bully, the Alabama Crimson Tide

    ARLINGTON, Texas — The play that broke Michigan State’s soul came in the second quarter. It wasn’t Calvin Ridley’s first touchdown or his second. It wasn’t the first interception or the next one...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 11 months ago 77,994 reads 509 comments

  24. Meet 'The Savages': Alabama's X-Factor for the College Football Playoff

    DALLAS — Standing next to his teammates, little ol’ Da’Shawn Hand looks petite. The nation’s former No...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 11 months ago 49,444 reads 74 comments

  25. Connor Cook and the Construction of an Unlikely Superstar

    DALLAS — Not much was known about the quarterback entering the game. Thrown into the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in 2012, there was Connor Cook...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 11 months ago 17,981 reads 67 comments