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Virginia Tech: Fuente is the focus, but Foster is the finishing touch

It’s the topic which never gets quite enough attention when coaching carousel situations emerge, and when coaching vacancies are discussed: If the new head coach has a specific point of expertise, how will the program fill the vacancy for the “weak-side” coordinator — the one with expertise on the other side of the ball? If […]

STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 28 : Running back Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners outruns defensive end Trace Clark #90 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys for a touchdown November 28, 2015 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Oklahoma Throttles Oklahoma State, Is a Lock for the College Football Playoff

Heading into this weekend’s action, some people still had questions about whether or not Oklahoma belonged in the College Football Playoff. Depending on who you talked to, either Michigan State or Notre Dame (or both) belonged in the field over the Sooners. After Saturday evening’s throttling of Oklahoma State in the Bedlam Series, it’s clear […]

during the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida.

The clock strikes midnight for Florida against Florida State

After a rocky November stretch that featured one-score wins against Vanderbilt and Florida Atlantic, the Florida Gators were not as fortunate on Saturday. Reality and the Florida State Seminoles smacked the Gators in the face. Offense has been a problem for the Gators since Will Grier was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs in October. Treon […]

at Stanford Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Palo Alto, California.

Stanford edges Notre Dame in a classic, offering an important reminder

While it’s true that the Oklahoma Sooners’ rout of the Oklahoma State Cowboys put the Notre Dame Fighting Irish outside the top four on Saturday night, the Irish knew that with a victory over the Stanford Cardinal, they’d still have a chance to make the College Football Playoff. A North Carolina win over Clemson (or […]

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 21:  Head Coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans watches from the sideline as his team plays against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first half at Ohio Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Michigan State is Peaking at the Right Time

It took a while, but the Michigan State Spartans are beginning to round into form. Isn’t this what champions do? They win first and foremost, but as the season goes on, things begin to click until the chances for really big things ramble up to the doorstep. That seems to be what’s happening in East […]


After routing Michigan, is Ohio State playoff-worthy?

Things just got really interesting in the race for the next College Football Playoff. Left for dead last week after getting blitzed in a driving and windy rainstorm by Michigan State, Ohio State met a very uncertain situation against Michigan. The Game was thought to be an equivalent of a World Cup soccer consolation game. However, on […]

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 28: Quarterback Jake Rudock #15 of the Michigan Wolverines fumbles the ball while being hit by Adolphus Washington #92 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the third quarter at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Michigan learns about the vast chasm between good and great

Sometimes, you just get your arse kicked in. All year, the story of Michigan had been one of improvement. Some of it, probably, was assumed to be a wider gap than it really was, just because of the natural assumption that Jim Harbaugh was not Brady Hoke. Everything Michigan did well flowed from the belief […]

IOWA CITY, IA - OCTOBER 10: Defensive lineman Nathan Bazata #99 of the Iowa Hawkeyes puts pressure on quarterback Wes Lunt #12 of the Illinois Fighting Illini in the first half of play at Kinnick Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images).

Illinois announces 2-year deal for Bill Cubit as permanent head coach

One coaching search has ended in the Big Ten, and it’s in Champaign, Illinois. The athletic department released the following today: * The University of Illinois announced today Bill Cubit and the school have agreed to a two-year agreement making Cubit the Head Football Coach, pending approval by the U of I Board of Trustees. […]


Big Ten Steak and Eggs – Week 13

It’s the last week of the Big Ten season, and the stakes couldn’t be higher in Columbus, Ann Arbor and East Lansing, but there are also other storylines to keep your nose into. Each week as the season winds down, Phil Harrison takes a look at some thoughts and key things to watch as you […]


TCU prevails as Baylor flounders in the rain

As rain poured down on Fort Worth Friday night, Baylor’s playoff chances dried up and shriveled. The Bears laid strewn across the field at Amon G. Carter Stadium, covered in chewed-up grass and shredded dreams. It was a nightmarish game to behold, the aesthetic antithesis of last year’s 61-58 thriller played in calm conditions on […]

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Nebraska (probably) ends a forgettable season

“In the final analysis, I had to evaluate where Iowa was.” – Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst in 2014 before deciding to make the coaching change that ended up with Bo Pelini out and Mike Riley in. As humans, we all “burn the tape” in our lives. You’ll hear coaches mention it when a game […]

MADISON, WI - OCTOBER 03: Head Coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes stands on the sidelines during the first half against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on October 03, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

It’s time to give the Iowa Hawkeyes due respect

I’ll admit it. I’m done. I’m done discounting this Iowa team. Week after week, I keep looking for it to stumble and prove me right, showing that a team without the type of athlete that passes the eye test can’t continue to do what it does week, after week, after week. Yet, it never happened. […]