The 10-second rule is mostly dead, which means it is slightly alive

Ding! Dong! The rule is dead! At least, that is what supporters of the up-tempo offense would like to have you believe. Miracle Max, the troll living in a tree in The Princess Bride, would classify the 10-second rule as mostly dead, meaning it is still very much alive. On Wednesday, roughly 24 hours before being put to a formal vote, the NCAA’s Football Rules Oversight committee...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Early look at 2014 Indiana football helmets?

Indiana introduced a handful of new football helmets last season. Some were pretty sweet, while others were not quite so impressive. Regardless of what you thought about Indiana’s helmets last year, you might be wondering just what they have in the works for 2014, right? Your question may have been answered with a potentially early look courtesy of Indiana’s Cody Lattimer. The...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Mailbag: How long until Penn State wins the Big Ten, who is to blame in Atlanta, and a Super Bowl pick

It is time to get back to the college football mailbag, because what you need is one more Friday mailbag post to read. Any good college football writer has a mailbag feature, and I do not want to be left out of the mix. But I want to try something a little different and answer some of your questions in video form in addition to written. Therefore, every mailbag post I put together...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

School record winning streak commemorated by Ohio State

Before dropping two straight games in the Big Ten championship game and the Orange Bowl, Ohio State had won 24 straight games under head coach Urban Meyer. The 24-game winning streak established a new school record for the Buckeyes, and that feat should not go without being recognized despite the Buckeyes falling flat under the big spotlight once given an opportunity to do so. Ohio...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Now taking your mailbag questions!

For those who know better, college football is never out of season. Hardcore fans like you follow the sport year round. Because of that I am going to get back to doing a weekly mailbag on the site. Best yet, I intend to make it a video mailbag to try and separate my mailbag from the various other mailbag features on just about every site out there. So send me your questions at any...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Pittsburgh wearing gold uniforms next season?

Another day means another potentially early look at a new football uniform for 2014. After getting a chance to lay eyes on the two new helmets for South Florida for the upcoming season, we get a look at what could be a new gold uniform for Pittsburgh. @PhilHecken looks like Pitt will have gold jerseys next year — Jake Smith (@PghJake101) January 25, 2014...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Is South Florida going with a new chrome dome look in 2014?

The college football offseason is a great time to get a glimpse of new uniforms and helmets for the next season, and with National Signing Day coming up it is not a surprise to see images of new uniforms making the rounds. Afterall, recruits love this stuff and are easily amused, because kids toady have short attention spans. South Florida may have given us a preview of a couple...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

History has been made, college football’s national champs go 73-0

History was made Monday night in Pasadena, California. Florida State captured the final BCS championship of the era before college football’s top level of competition adopts a four-team playoff model in 2014. Quarterback Jameis Winston became the first freshman quarterback to lead his team to a BCS championship, and the Seminoles set the new single season scoring record in the...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Despite two BCS bowl losses, SEC still the conference to beat in 2014

The state of Alabama went 0-2 in BCS bowl games this season. That should come as a surprise to you for a number of reasons. First, the state has been home to four straight BCS championship teams between three won by Alabama and another won by Auburn. Auburn had the opportunity to keep that streak alive but failed to put away Florida State in Monday night’s BCS Championship game...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

The 2013 Verbies: How I voted

The best college football podcast out there is without a doubt The Solid Verbal. As a long time listener I consider myself a Verballer. For those who have not enjoyed the show, I highly encourage you to do so if you enjoy college football. Odds are if you are reading this then you are a fan of the sport, and thus must check out The Solid Verbal at your earliest convenience. One of...
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January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater turns pro with nothing more to prove

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will skip his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft. The university’s athletic department confirmed the decision with a press release Wednesday, following weeks and months of speculation about the playing future of the Cardinals quarterback. The decision may have been a difficult one for Bridgewater to finally make official...
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January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

2013 FWAA All American Team: How I voted on offense

As a member of the Football Writer’s Association of America, I get to cast a ballot for the FWAA All-American team. This year I wanted to be sure that my ballot was made public for anyone to see how I voted if they were interested. The ballots for offense were due Sunday, so I am aware that there are still games to be played. However, I feel comfortable my selections here would...
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November 26, 2013  |  Discuss Top 25, Week 14

If there was one thing we learned this past weekend in college football, it was the way to knock down teams based on high-flying offenses is to punch them in the mouth to take them out of their element. On Saturday both Oregon and Baylor saw their super offenses crippled by kryptonite styles by Arizona and Oklahoma State, respectively. The Ducks were ambushed by Arizona in the dessert...
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November 25, 2013  |  Discuss Top 25, Week 13

We are coming down the home stretch of the college football season. Alabama and Florida State remain on top of my rankings this week, but Ohio State stands firm in my third place slot just itching to wiggle in to the top two. My preseason prediction of Alabama-Ohio State in the BCS championship is still in play, and I still say the story-lines and hype for an Alabama-Ohio State BCS...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss Top 25, Week 11

So it has been a while since I did much on this website. For that, I apologize. As you hopefully know by now I have been pretty busy managing Crystal Ball Run and contributing to College Football Talk this football season, which has left this site a little bit on the back-burner. Let’s fix that today, shall we? And what better way to do it than by returning to posting my weekly...
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November 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Coaching Carousel: Lane Kiffin gets Fast Pass to Coaching Carousel

The College Football Coaching Carousel is officially open! I think we all pretty much knew that Lane Kiffin was likely to be looking for a new job at the end of the college football season unless USC played for the Pac 12 championship. But even I thought Kiffin would at least last longer than Breaking Bad. On Sunday, following USC’s embarrassing 62-41 defeat at Arizona State Saturday...
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September 30, 2013  |  Discuss Top 25, Week 6

This week sees some shuffling in my top 25. Two teams in my top 25  last week took a hit on the road this weekend, with LSU losing to Georgia and Oklahoma State getting stung by West Virginia. As a result, there was plenty of movement in my poll this week with teams moving up. I also had some teams drop out after a loss this weekend, which leaves some room for some new teams to...
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September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Heisman Profile: Marcus Mariota, Oregon

Each week I will be profiling one Heisman Trophy candidate for CBS Local. These profile pieces will be posted every Wednesday or Thursday to each of the local affiliates under the CBS Local network. Odds are if CBS has an affiliate in your neck of the woods, you will see my Heisman Trophy profile available on your local website. The first two profiles that were posted looked at Texas...
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September 27, 2013  |  Discuss Top 25, Week 5

So this week I totally left my updates on this site on the back burner and I never submitted my top 25 ballot to the #SMCTop25. But before we get in to the upcoming weekend of college football action I feel it is important to share my top 25 poll for the week, which accounts for my thinking prior to Thursday night’s action. Not to much changed in my poll. I did drop Arizona State...
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September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Football Friday: Six-Pack of Picks for Week 4

I use to do a regular Friday feature on my personal blog to share my six football picks for the weekend. I decided it was time to move things over here, a football website, and begin to keep track of my picks straight up and against the spread. You can see my picks to some of the more notable games at Crystal Ball Run. Let’s see how I do… Louisville (-42.5) vs. Florida International...
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September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Heisman Profile: Tajh Boyd, Clemson

Each week I will be profiling one Heisman Trophy candidate for CBS Local. These profile pieces will be posted every Wednesday or Thursday to each of the local affiliates under the CBS Local network. Odds are if CBS has an affiliate in your neck of the woods, you will see my Heisman Trophy profile available on your local website. Last week I took a look at Texas A&M’s Johnny...
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September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

What If Joe Paterno’s East Coast Conference Plan Succeeded?

As someone who grew up watching Penn State football, I unfortunately missed out on some of the long-standing regional rivalries of Penn State’s past. I caught on just as Penn State was preparing to move to the Big Ten, abandoning many of their regional rivalries in the process. With today’s news that Penn State and West Virginia have agreed to play a home-and-home series in 2023...
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September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Column: Bo Pelini’s track record and trends not supporting his cause

When it comes to coaching college football I like to look at two things in particular when analyzing head coaches. What is that coach’s track record and which way is he trending? Unfortunately for Nebraska’s Bo Pelini, neither are exactly in his favor right now. Pelini of course is at the center of a bit of controversy this week, and the timing really could not be much worse...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Golden Arm Award Top Performer, Week 3: A.J. McCarron, Alabama

If you needed one quarterback to direct your offense in a must win game this college football season, who would be your first pick? Teddy Bridgewater? Tajh Boyd? Aaron Murray or Johnny Manziel? You probably could not go wrong with any of those options, but I will take Alabama’s A.J. McCarron before any of them if we are talking about one game, or even just one drive. Each week...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss Top 25, Week 4

Another week is in the books, and I have yet to be swayed in any direction to make a change in my top three. Alabama’s victory at Texas A&M was more than good enough to secure my first place vote, although I will say I have some issues with the Crimson Tide’s defense. That said, Johnny Manziel and the Aggies offense is in the rear view mirror and I’m not convinced any one...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss
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