The SEC championship game was the first of its kind, and when Alabama beat Florida at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., in the inaugural event in 1992, the Crimson Tide won major college footballs first playoff game.
College football faces the prospect of a national title game without a team from the Southeastern Conference. Thats not a popular concept for the conference that has won seven straight national championships.
With three years of realignment nearly in the books, the biggest upset has been recorded in the Southeastern Conference. Missouri and Texas A&M battle in Columbia on Saturday and the Tigers are playing for a spot in the SEC championship game. Win, and Mizzou heads to Atlanta to face the Alabama-Auburn survivor. If this happens, Missouri could achieve a level of success beyond any others in the recent realignment class.
On-field disappointments for Johnny Manziel, Bryce Petty and Marcus Mariota and off-field trouble for Jameis Winston paint a confusing picture in race for Heisman Trophy.
No. 22 Oklahoma’s 41-31 victory Saturday over Kansas State was wind-aided. The Sooners managed the 15 mph gusts from the north in Bill Snyder Family Stadium better than the Wildcats and kept their slim Big 12 championship hopes alive in the process.
Hours after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, 50 years ago Friday, a group gathered to discuss whether the Nebraska-Oklahoma football game should be played. Big Eight commissioner Wayne Duke, now 85, asked advice from the President’s brother: “We called Bobby … He said the country needed a pick up.”
A couple of Southeastern Conference football teams could have come to the aid of Missouri on Saturday, and for a while it appeared fortune was smiling on the Tigers. But now Mizzou knows precisely what is required to win the SEC East. South Carolina finished league play 6-2. The Tigers need to finish 7-1. It’s theirs for the taking.
One school, Baylor, which has never played in a BCS bowl, loves the direction of its football program and throws contract years and cash at its coach. The other, Florida, among the national leaders in BCS bowls, issues statements from the president and athletic director supporting its embattled coach.
At this point, Florida State in the BCS National Championship Game seems more of a sure thing than Alabama.
When the NAIA scheduled its inaugural Champions of Character Foundation Awards Luncheon, it didn’t consult with the Miami Dolphins and Richie Incognito. But there it was, the intersection of tumultuous topic and positive message building in athletics.
College football begins its home stretch with this cool scenario. The top five conferences each have an undefeated team, and this quintet holds the top five spots in the BCS standings.
The Tigers reacted to last weeks gut-punch with determination and an edge Saturday, pounding out a 31-3 victory against a Tennessee team that was good enough to beat the Gamecocks two weeks before they shocked the Tigers.
Sometimes humans behave badly, and sometimes those humans are major college coaches. Carl Pelini joined the list on Wednesday. Florida Atlantic asked for and received the immediate resignation of Pelini, the head coach, and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis for illegal drug use.
Before he hopped on a bus to the airport after Baylors 59-14 victory at Kansas on Saturday, Bears defensive coordinator Phil Bennett took a few moments to share the story of his tenure at Kansas State that almost never saw a season.
Dan Beebe’s office is in Kansas City, not far from the Intercontinental Hotel on the Country Club Plaza, where the conference he once governed and twice nearly fell apart, held its annual spring meetings. The former Big 12 commissioner remains active heading the Dan Beebe Group, which consults college athletes.
At this rate of upward mobility, Missouri will hover somewhere above the rest of college football in a couple of weeks. Two weeks ago, the Tigers debuted at No. 25 by the Associated Press. Today, Mizzou stands at No. 5 on the list that matters most the BCS standings that launched Sunday night with Alabama leading the way.
At one time, Native American nicknames were common in the NCAA and amateur sports. When schools didnt act on their own to change Indian nicknames, the NCAA took action. In 2005, the organization asked schools to evaluate their nicknames, mascots and imagery. Of the 31 schools with Indian names, 19 were cited as hostile or abusive.
After six weeks of normalcy on the college football scene, upsets and upheavals finally emerge.
Kansas State has lost its first three Big 12 games even in a down year for the Big 12. The Wildcats, the defending league champions, need plenty of help to be part of the championship race. By giving the majority of snaps to Daniel Sams, the Wildcats probably would get there and set themselves up for more in the future.
The presence of any one individual on the College Football Playoff committee won’t be an issue when it gets to work in 2014. The problem is the committee itself. Now that college football has taken the next step by starting a four-team tournament next year, the sport needs to reach a point where its postseason isn’t determined by opinion but by performance.
Andre Maloney, who died Friday evening, spent his final hours bringing people together. They honored and paid tribute to the 17-year-old student and athlete from Shawnee Mission West whom most didn’t know personally. But as the news grew more disbelieving dire on Friday the grief and sorrow crossed so many communities, including at KU, where Maloney had committed to play next season.
College football coaching hires are often debated and sometimes criticized in the moment. But even with questionable hires, theres the chance things might work. Retrospect brands a bad hire, which we now know is what happened to Southern California, which fired Lane Kiffin on Sunday.
NCAA Division I broke into two subdivisions 35 years ago as bigger schools wanted fewer restrictions. Today, the same discussion is happening in college sports. Boil down some of the biggest gripes, and we arrive at the same, simple place. The greatest money-makers want to control the wealth they create.
A month into the season is time for identities to take shape in college football, and Missouri has to love what it sees after a 45-28 thumping at Indiana. Kansas State, not so much after falling at Texas. Kansas? Linebacker Ben Heeney put it best after the Jayhawks survived 13-10 over Louisiana Tech. “We’re twice as good as we were last year now,” he said.
Football Saturday has almost arrived in Lincoln, Neb., and although this autumn ritual is greeted as enthusiastically there as anywhere in the country, the weekend has never felt more welcome. One of the wildest weeks in the program’s history nears completion, and maybe Nebraska coach Bo Pelini can twist this maxim — that which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger — and apply it to his team.
When Auburn chose Nick Marshall as its starting quarterback last month, the Tigers game Saturday at LSU added a sidebar. Both starting quarterbacks Marshall and LSUs Zach Mettenberger started their careers at Georgia, and continued them in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference.
Blake Bell is Oklahomas quarterback, and there is no competition. Trevor Knight won the job in the preseason, but Bell passed for 413 yards breaking Sam Bradfords first-start record in a 51-20 victory over Tulsa.
The programs have been pointed toward each other since 2010, but something has interfered along the way.
Maybe you’re familiar with the story of the Chiefs’ role as pioneers in professional football’s integration. The team’s commitment should stand with the points of local pride such as barbecue and jazz, the kind of thing we brag about.
Quarterback shuffles, alleged corruptness in a football program and now a defensive coordinator firing all in the Big 12, two weeks into the season.