Blair Kerkhoff

Blair Kerkhoff

National championship is Alabama’s to lose

Alabama was outgained in the first half of the SEC Championship by Florida but no matter, the Crimson Tide went on to a comfortable victory over the Gators in the 25th annual game. Alabama will be the top seed when the College Football Playoff pairings are announced on Sunday. The mystery will be how will teams line up behind the Tide?

Blair Kerkhoff

Will Ohio State, Michigan be rewarded for no Big Ten title game risk?

Ohio State scored a huge victory over Michigan in double overtime Saturday in a battle between the second- and third-ranked teams in the College Football Playoff rankings. But neither team will play for the Big Ten title. That game will pit Wisconsin against Penn State. When the CFP semifinal pairings are announced next week, will the Buckeyes or Wolverines be selected over the Big Ten champion, thereby rewarding a team for not playing?

Blair Kerkhoff

Academic fraud making a comeback in college sports

A former tutor for Missouri athletics admitted to helping athletes on tests, and the school is working with the NCAA to investigate this possible case of academic fraud. Academic dishonesty has been in the news lately, also at places like North Carolina, Notre Dame and Syracuse.

Blair Kerkhoff

Who are the Cubs of college football?

The Chicago Cubs ended a 108-year drought by winning Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday, leaving a handful of oher pro sports franchises with decades-long championship emptiness. But what college football programs have endured the longest national championship drought? One isn’t far from Wrigley Field.

College Sports

Crimson Tide, Buckeyes top college football world

Alabama and Ohio State picked up big road victories over the weekend, with the Crimson Tide mauling Tennessee and the Buckeyes outlasting Wisconsin in overtime. The nation’s top two ranked teams look like the class of college football. But here’s a warning: The leaders at at the halfway point don’t always make it to the College Football Playoff.

Big 12

Kansas City wants in on Big 12 football title game

Kansas City has thrown its hat in the ring for the Big 12 football championship game that is set to return in 2017. It was played in front of large crowds at Arrowhead Stadium five times during 1996-2010. Texas cities are also expected to bid. The title game was a hit in the TV ratings and turnstiles, and created a great atmosphere the Big 12 hopes to recapture.

Blair Kerkhoff

Former Blue Springs South star is college football’s top tackler

With his second tackle in last week’s game against Fort Hays State, Lindenwood senior linebacker Connor Harris has more tackles than any player in college football history. Harris played quarterback, safety, kicker and punter for Blue Springs South High and had to learn to play linebacker in college. He broke the all-classification record of Illinois State linebacker Boomer Grigsby set in 2004.

Videos

Shooting three-pointers with Buddy Hield

Buddy Hield and Oklahoma teammates shoot in NRG Stadium the day before Saturday's Final Four game against Villanova.
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Shooting three-pointers with Buddy Hield 0:30

Shooting three-pointers with Buddy Hield

Bill Self presented with AP coach of the year award in Houston 1:19

Bill Self presented with AP coach of the year award in Houston

Reasons for Kansas' Elite Eight loss to Villanova 5:07

Reasons for Kansas' Elite Eight loss to Villanova

Keys to victory for KU against Villanova in Elite Eight 4:54

Keys to victory for KU against Villanova in Elite Eight