Top 25 College Football Countdown: No. 20 North Carolina Tar Heels

North Carolina Tar Heels 2015 Record: 11-3 Overall, 8-0 in ACC (Lost to 49-38 to Baylor in the Citrus Bowl) 1 Burning Question: Will North Carolina win 10 games for the second straight season? After winning more than 10 games for the first time in almost two decades, the only thing that Tar Heels fans […]

Bowl coaching case studies: Art Briles

If Tom Herman is number one in a ranking of all 80 bowl coaches from all 40 games, Art Briles of Baylor checks in at number two. What Briles achieved in the Russell Athletic Bowl against North Carolina doesn’t require a lot of explanation, but it’s worth briefly underscoring just how impressive Baylor’s boss was […]

Lincoln Riley ought to get the spoils as the winner of the Broyles

If Clemson has the best head coach in college football for 2015, Oklahoma has the best assistant. If Dabo Swinney deserves to be the 2015 Coach of the Year in the FBS, Lincoln Riley deserves to be the recipient of the 2015 Broyles Award, given to the top assistant in the sport. As is the […]

North Carolina prepares for Duke and pursues ACC history

With last Thursday’s 26-19 win at Pittsburgh, North Carolina now has itself a week away from potentially taking a stranglehold on the ACC Coastal Division. In order to do so, it has to get past an old rival in Duke. Everyone loves a Duke-Carolina game. ESPN always loves to put it in primetime. Dicky V […]

Pitt and North Carolina play a huge game, and it’s not 1979

The city is Pittsburgh, but the program is affectionately known as Pitt — to the point that “Script Pitt” on Dan Marino’s helmet became a cherished college football look. (Why it had to be abandoned is beyond me. I digress…) Thursday night, the Steel City hosts both a game and a visiting team which bring […]

Mark Helfrich on the hot seat? It’s time to tame the flames a little bit

Most college football writers enjoy a few aspects of their job more than others. Transcribing. Posting viral videos of off-field incidents, knowing that it has to be done in order to drive traffic. Going through traffic to get to a game site. Those are not fun parts of the job. What IS fun? Writing about […]

Will Gus Malzahn Be Held to the Same Standard as Gene Chizik?

We’re less than a month into the 2015 season and there are a number of teams that seem to be vying for the title of most disappointing in September. Perhaps leading the charge is Auburn. In four weeks, the Tigers have gone from preseason top-10 and playoff contender to 2-2 and outside the top 25. […]

Auburn: Volatile, Vexing, Victorious

The Auburn Tigers unquestionably loathe the fact that across the way in Tuscaloosa, Nick Saban has won at least 10 games each season (if you include bowl games) since 2008. Alabama — in terms of landing in a January or (these days) New Year’s Six bowl — has become one of the surest bets in […]

Report: Gene Chizik hired as defensive coordinator for UNC

In the middle of the Rose Bowl, some interesting news has broken. Former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik is going to be the new DC at UNC? Not sure about the fit coaching under Larry Fedora but this is a very interesting hire and could work out for a Heels defense that just hasn’t gotten […]