USC making friends at Sun Bowl

Lane Kiffin donning a sombrero. Like a strip-club line item on an expense report, it was one of those beautiful, iconic images that have come to define bowl season. Hours later, it all came crashing down. Whatever goodwill the Trojans had built up on their holiday trip to the Sun Bowl courtesy of Kiffin’s hat […]

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Preview: Can either team play defense?

Texas Tech vs. Minnesota Dec 28, 8pm (ET), ESPN Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX) Line: Texas Tech -12 1/2 Ahh, Minnesota… The perennial fringe bowl team returns to it's rightful place as just that – a fringe bowl team. They are making their first appearance in a bowl game since 2009 and will take on a […]

Grading the Coaching Hires: Darrell Hazell

With the news coming out of Madison at the beginning of December it's easily forgivable if you forgot that Purdue also was without a coach in early December. However, their hire came quick as the Boilermakers made a splash in announcing Darrell Hazell from Kent State as the next leader of the Boilermakers football program.  […]

Grading the Coaching Hires: Mike MacIntyre and Colorado

When evaluating off-season coaching hires, it’s always important to be sure and differentiate between the fundamental questions of “Whether the last guy should’ve been fired” versus “Can the new guy succeed?” One essentially has nothing to do with the other.   That’s certainly the case at Colorado, where most of the off-season fireworks around the […]

Boise State’s power play: Belle of the ball or queen of last call?

Boise State won yet another bowl game Saturday afternoon, downing Washington out in the desert at the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. As tends to happen in the era of conference realignment, the action on the field had to share headlines with the action in the boardroom.’s Brett McMurphy, the realignment reporter of record, broke […]

Belk Bowl Preview: Not Your Father’s Continental Tire Bowl

Duke Blue Devils vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Dec. 27, 6:30 p.m., ESPN Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, N.C.) Line: Cincinnati -7 The Belk Bowl, formerly known as the Continental Tire Bowl and the Meineke Car Care Bowl, has another so-so matchup. But this game is a big deal to Duke. The Blue Devils have not played […]

Boise State 28, Washington 26: Broncos pass idling Huskies

The 2012 Boise State Broncos were far from a vintage version of the ruthless machine Chris Petersen has fashioned out in Big Sky Country. They still ended the season the same way they have in the past. The Broncos bested Washington, 28-26, in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas behind arguably Joe Southwick’s best performance of […]