Chip Kelly and college football: a little more made for each other than the NFL

No one knows exactly when the NFL turned into the Hudson Terrace with its coaches, but Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly has presumably cleaned out his office less than a calendar year after getting a promotion (in terms of responsibility) after two 10-6 seasons to start his NFL career. The firing was stunning both in […]

Armed Forces Bowl: Jared Goff declares his readiness for the NFL

The California Golden Bears didn’t get everything they wanted this season, but they did make a bowl game, marking a modest but real step forward for the program. The man at the heart of this improvement project in Berkeley was Jared Goff. He dazzled in September, especially when he rang up 45 points on a […]

Notre Dame, Ohio State, 1935, and a history with few intersections

Notre Dame. Ohio State. Two longtime Midwestern powers. The Fiesta Bowl, located in the suburbs of Phoenix, could not ask for a better matchup, given that the desert metropolis is a magnet for residents of the Midwest, in much the same way that Florida cities attract New Yorkers and other residents of the urban Northeast. […]

Calling a shot: Michigan State will defeat Alabama. That is all.

Michigan State will defeat Alabama in football in the second CFB Playoff game on Dec. 31, 2015. That’s it. That’s the opening line. No jokes, entertaining lead-ins, or crazy statistics that you accept at face value because it’d be too tough to research it and make it up. The Spartans are underdogs, mostly because the […]

Connor Cook’s Huge Blunders in the Biggest Wins of His Career

We have noticed a trend. It’s probably a meaningless confluence of circumstances. Sometimes trends are meaningful statistics, sometimes they are fun facts, and sometimes they are just huge coincidences. This is almost certainly the latter, but it is something to bear in mind as we look ahead to Michigan State’s playoff game against Alabama in […]

Keenan Reynolds and Navy go out on top

It is so easy to emphasize the negative in life, and this could have been the case for Keenan Reynolds and Navy heading into the Military Bowl on Monday afternoon against Pittsburgh. Navy did not win the American Athletic Conference’s West Division. It did not get to play in the first AAC Championship Game. It […]

North Carolina, Baylor, and a year of championships

As the North Carolina Tar Heels and Baylor Bears prepare to meet in the Russell Athletic Bowl — one of the more attractive matchups of the bowl season — it’s worth recalling a time when both schools stood tall. * The previous two seasons, Baylor won the Big 12 Conference, but North Carolina had not […]

TSS Bowl Grades: December 19-26

Thanks to the wonders of television and a natural inability to sleep, I have been able to see an inordinate amount of college football this bowl season. I’m not complaining about it one bit. After watching almost the entirety of just about every bowl game (I might have missed a few plays here or there […]

Rhode Island adjusts and adapts amid injury-plagued season

This season was Rhode Island’s for the taking. With its most talented roster in more than 15 years, the Rams looked primed to break it’s 16-year NCAA tournament drought. Then star guard, and preseason All Atlantic-10, EC Matthews went down with a knee injury less than 10 minutes into the season. His year was over. […]

The remarkable success of the Sun Bowl: only in America

It became a favorite joke of bloggers on #CollegeFootballTwitter a few years ago. The University of Miami announced a crowd of 40,000 for a game in Sun Life Stadium, when no more than 20 to 25 thousand fans could have been in the joint. Announced crowds often exaggerate the actual walk-up crowd to a considerable […]

Nebraska, UCLA, and the number 17: What does it mean?

The number 17 is not the over-under for Saturday’s Foster Farms Bowl between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the UCLA Bruins in Santa Clara, California. The number 17 isn’t the spread by which UCLA is favored against its 5-7 bowl opponent from the Heartland. Could it be the number of thousands of people which will attend […]