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NBA’s 5 biggest surprises, 5 disappointments of 2016-17 season’s first half

The Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves lead the NBA teams that have played against expectations so far this season. The NBA regular season is at about the halfway mark. And while it’s no shock to see the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors atop their respective conferences, there are still plenty of anomalies at the […]

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 20: Fans arrive outside the stadium prior to the Atlanta Falcons hosting the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on January 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

One last Atlanta Falcons game gives Georgia Dome its fitting goodbye

Atlanta’s Georgia Dome opened in September 1992 and since then, it’s crowned champions of every sort. Every SEC Football Championship Game has been played there, as has every Peach Bowl and Atlanta Football Classic since 1992 and recently, the Celebration Bowl took up residence there as well. The stadium has hosted two Super Bowls, three […]

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 18: J.J. Watt #99 and Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans celebrate a play in the first quarter of their game against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Are the Houston Texans the NFL’s worst “good” franchise?

The Houston Texans beat the Oakland Raiders on Saturday and it didn’t make a ripple. In the opening game of this season’s NFL Playoffs, the Oakland Raiders had lost starting quarterback Derek Carr near the end of the regular season, rendering a very promising season effectively dead. The Houston Texans, though experiencing their own quarterback […]

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Is San Diego State now the poster program for Mountain West consistency?

When Brady Hoke left San Diego State for Michigan following a 9-4 campaign in 2010, it was easy to assume the Aztecs’ revival would be short-lived. It was just the second winning season for SDSU since 1997 and the coach that engineered the turnaround fled after just two seasons. Now, six full seasons later, San […]

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 26:  Tanner Fink #49 and Zach Myers #57 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrate after the Kentucky41-38 win over the Louisville Cardinals at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

College football’s 10 least likely 2016 bowl teams

While each college football season typically plays out pretty neatly at the top (most of the December contenders were expected to be contenders months before kickoff), there are more and more surprises further down the bowl invite list. The 2016 season was no different there. From the New Year’s Six all the way to the […]

MOSCOW, ID - NOVEMBER 26: Running back Isaiah Saunders #21 of the Idaho Vandals celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown during second half action against the South Alabama Jaguars on November 26, 2016 at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho. Idaho won the game 38-31. (Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)

Idaho football has saved its best FBS act for last

The Idaho Vandals’ Sun Belt membership expires following the 2017 season. Its time as an FBS program follows suit shortly thereafter. Conference realignment has claimed many victims since it ran roughshod over the college sports landscape between 2010 and 2015, but Idaho was hit harder than anyone else. They’re the first (and thus far, only) school to […]

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Carrington Byndom #23 of the Texas Longhorns breaks up a  pass intended for Jeff Fuller #8 of the Texas A&M Aggies in the first half of a game at Kyle Field on November 24, 2011 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

Why did Texas and Texas A&M start playing on Thanksgiving Day?

There’s one college football matchup on the schedule for Thanksgiving Day this year. LSU will visit Texas A&M as a night cap to a day of food and football, and then the matchup will be relegated to the your typical final Saturday kickoff once again. For most of a century, A&M football was synonymous with […]

ANNAPOLIS, MD - NOVEMBER 12: Members of the Navy Midshipmen take the field before the start of their game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Annapolis, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Navy could throw the College Football Playoff into chaos

With the American Athletic Conference’s West Division title clinched, the Navy Midshipmen head into the final weekend of the regular season with few concerns. At 8-2, they’re among the best Group of Five teams in the country. Even with a loss to SMU on Saturday, they still stand a pretty good chance to win their […]

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 10: Head Coach Neal Brown of the Troy Trojans looks on during the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)

Thanks to Troy & Appalachian State, it might be the Sun Belt’s time to shine

Just two teams from outside the power conferences appear in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings: The No. 21 Western Michigan Broncos (10-0 after winning on Tuesday night) and No. 22 Boise State Broncos (8-1). But to only focus solely on those two ignores the depth of the “Group of Five” this year, which boasts […]

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 29: This is a picture of the Utah Mascot, "Swoop", right, and the Washington Huskies mascot "Harry the Husky", left, at an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium on October 29, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Washington and Utah are setting the stage for the new Pac-12

When Troy Williams’s fourth-and-15 pass fell incomplete, the Utah faithful groaned as one. The 17th-ranked Utes had pushed the No. 4 Washington Huskies all afternoon, but a late punt return touchdown had the home team down 31-24. Questionable play-calling and penalties got Utah to fourth down, but there wasn’t a soul in Rice-Eccles Stadium who […]

Alabama v Arkansas

Alabama’s not invincible; the Tide just hasn’t died yet

Last Saturday, the Alabama Crimson Tide racked up their 20th consecutive win after beating Texas A&M, 33-14. It’s the longest streak of coach Nick Saban’s career, and the longest active streak in the FBS. Given the stature of teams Saban’s beaten in that stretch (11 ranked foes), there’s a rising notion that the Tide could […]

CHAMPAIGN, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach P.J. Fleck of the Western Michigan Broncos celebrates after the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Champaign, Illinois. Western Michigan defeated Illinois 34-10. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

As the MAC’s best football coaches go, so goes the conference

For the nation’s top football conferences, consistency creates a brand. It’s nice to have a surprise team pop up every so often, but steady names at the top have helped create identities over the course of decades. For the ACC, it’s Florida State (and recently, Clemson). The Big Ten has Michigan and Ohio State, and […]

BLOOMINGTON, IN - SEPTEMBER 24: Matt Colburn #22  and Head coach Dave Clawson of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons leave the field following the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Bloomington, Indiana. Wake Forest defeated Indiana 33-28. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Wake Forest’s hot start is a roadmap for ACC non-powers

From day one, the ACC’s non-geographic divisions (Atlantic, Coastal) have been panned as a messy and illogical alignment for the league. And that was when there were two divisions of six apiece. With the addition of Syracuse and Pittsburgh in 2013 (and the Maryland-for-Louisville swap in 2014), the setup became even more unwieldy at seven […]

BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 1:  Colorado Buffaloes players, including, from left, quarterback Steven Montez #12, running back Beau Bisharat #35, and place kicker Chris Graham #15, sing the fight song after a 47-6 win over the Oregon State Beavers at Folsom Field on October 1, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Are the Colorado Buffaloes your new Pac-12 South favorite?

The Pac-12’s depth has been no secret for the last few years, with a handful of excellent teams at the top, and bowl-caliber squads all the way down to ninth or 10th in the league standings. Past that 10th spot has been the clear bottom of the league: spots typically inhabited by the Oregon State Beavers and […]

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 15: Greg Ward Jr. #1 of the Houston Cougars celebrates with teammates after rushing for a three-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium on September 15, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Houston defeated Cincinnati 40-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Power ranking the 12 college football programs in Texas

College football in the state of Texas has long been linked to the health of the Longhorns and to some extent, the strength of the Big 12 (and Southwest Conference before it). Yet both of those entities sit in extended rough patches at the moment. Texas, fresh off of an upset loss to Cal last […]

New Mexico State wide receiver Gregory Hogan (7) celebrates with offensive lineman Abram Holland after scoring the game winning touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against New Mexico in Las Cruces, N.M., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. New Mexico State won 32-31. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

Will time expire on New Mexico’s Rio Grande Rivalry?

When New Mexico State wide receiver Gregory Hogan scored the go-ahead touchdown pass on Saturday, the moment was lost to the larger college football faithful. The score and subsequent extra point would be the difference-makers for the Aggies in a 32-31 victory over archrival New Mexico – the latest chapter in the storied (to some) […]

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