Recruiting Rewind: The top QBs from the class of 2011

The top QB recruit of the 2011 class has yet to live up to his potential; Photo: USA Today Sports With National Signing Day just around the corner, I thought it would fun to take a look back at the top QB recruits from the class of 2011. Did they go on to be successful, […]

Is Louisville getting a new and improved Bobby Petrino?

Bobby Petrino has coached at Louisville twice before. Will the third time be the true charm for the Cardinals? Photo: USA Today Sports I am pretty weird when it comes to song lyrics. As much as I enjoy music and as much influence as it has had on my life, when it comes to lyrics […]

Cotton Bowl: Almost conference champs get shot at bowl glory

Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-2) vs. Missouri Tigers (11-2) Friday, Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m. EST, FOX Line: Missouri by 3.5 How Oklahoma State got here: The Cowboys enjoyed another solid season, but can anyone explain how they lost at West Virginia in September? OSU had the Big 12 title within its grasp after crushing previously unbeaten Baylor […]

A Night With the King: Kingsbury Proves A Keeper In Holiday Bowl Win

(Photo Courtesy: USA Today Sports) SAN DIEGO, CALIF— I guess I should start this whole thing, this Holiday Bowl recap by saying I was wrong. It doesn’t happen often (ok, that’s a lie— whatever you do, please don’t Google “Aaron Torres + Lane Kiffin,” ok?), but when it does, it only seems appropriate I fess […]

Sugar Bowl: Storied programs face off for just the fifth time ever

Oklahoma Sooners (10-2) vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1) Thursday, Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m. EST, ESPN Line: Alabama by 14.5 How Oklahoma got here: It wasn’t always easy, but the Sooners did what it took early in the season and looked good at 5-0. Then a shocking 36-20 loss to rival Texas made everyone take another look […]

Fiesta Bowl: Someone’s going to win their first BCS Bowl

UCF Knights (11-1) vs. Baylor Bears (11-1) Wednesday, Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. EST, ESPN Line: Baylor by 17.5 How UCF got here: What if UCF had found a way to beat South Carolina in September? Could the Knights be playing in the championship game? Seems doubtful, but a 28-25 loss is all that kept UCF from […]

Rose Bowl: Hard-nosed, no-gimmick teams to square off

Stanford Cardinal (11-2) vs. Michigan State Spartans (12-1) Wednesday, Jan. 1, 5:00 p.m. EST, ESPN Line: Stanford by 1.5 How Stanford got here: The Cardinal were a considered by many to be a legitimate title contender, but losses to Utah (27-21) and USC (20-17) kept them out of the conversation. Stanford did take down Arizona State […]

UNC’s Ryan Switzer ties NCAA record with punt return for TD

PHOTO: USA Today Sports The North Carolina Tar Heels were a popular pick to take the ACC Coastal Division this season but they got off to just a 1-5 start. They rebounded to win five of six down the stretch to close the season but most wondered how motivated they would be for their bowl […]

Outback Bowl: Big-name coaches Ferentz, Miles to match wits

Iowa Hawkeyes (8-4) vs. LSU Tigers (9-3) Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1:00 p.m. EST, ESPN Line: LSU by 8.0 How Iowa got here: The season didn’t start off well as the Hawkeyes fell to Northern Illinois. But a four-game winning streak helped turned things around, and finishing the year with three wins is why Kirk Ferentz’ […]

Capital One Bowl: Two teams that just missed BCS Bowls collide

PHOTO: USA Today Sports South Carolina (10-2) vs Wisconsin (9-3) Wed, Jan 1st @ 1 PM (ABC) Line: Wisconsin by 1.5 How South Carolina got here: The Gamecocks were one win (a two-point upset loss to the Vols) away from playing in the SEC Championship Game against Auburn for the right to play for the […]

Gator Bowl: Dawgs try to win back-to-back bowls over Huskers

PHOTO: USA Today Sports Georgia Bulldogs (8-4) vs Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-4) Wed, Jan 1st @ Noon (ESPN 2) Line: Georgia by 9 How Georgia got here: Georgia started off the season playing three top ten teams in their first four games. After a close road loss to Clemson, they beat both South Carolina and LSU […]

Heart of Dallas Bowl: More proof anyone can play in Jan. 1 bowl game

UNLV Rebels (7-5) vs. North Texas Mean Green (8-4) Wednesday, Jan. 1, 12:00 p.m. EST, ESPNU Line: North Texas by 7.0 How UNLV got here: After opening the season 0-2, it looked like it was going to be a typical season for the Rebels. It also looked like the Bobby Hauck era would end. But then […]