With five new bowl games this year, college football has room for 80 teams. No less than a break-even record has been required to play in a bowl game, but there may not be enough of those teams this year, and a team or teams with a 5-7 record could get the call.
Missouri prepares to meet Tennessee on Saturday in Gary Pinkel’s final home game since announcing his resignation. He owns a school-record 118 victories, and some were bigger than others. Here are five from his Mizzou career that stand out.
These are the best of times for major college athletes. They’re receiving more benefits than ever and now they hold greater power and influence as evidenced by the developments at Missouri, where the football team essentially settled a protest by threatening to boycott.
Some Big 12 coaches this week have mouthed off in front of the media, an occurrence that can be amusing but can also be unfortunate. Perhaps a refresher on how to present themselves to the press would be a good idea.
Texas is in the market for a new athletic director after firing Steve Patterson earlier in the week. Patterson rose ticket prices, didn’t get along with subordinates or communicate well. But his hires of coaches Charlie Strong and Shaka Smart are seen as positives.
Joe Hubener never started at quarterback as a college or high school player, until the junior opened the game for Kansas State on Saturday against Texas-San Antonio. Hubener admitted to some nerves but was focused and played well in a 30-3 victory.
A breathlessly awaited opening weekend of college football did not bring an abundance of upsets or fantastic finishes. Instead, the image was shaped by crutches and carts. Four power program starting quarterbacks left games with crushing injuries and most have been declared lost for the season.
Former star Rockhurst quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was hired as Illinois’ assistant director of football operations in June. Three months later, the former Illini quarterback from Kansas City was elevated to running backs coach in the wake of the Tim Beckman firing.
There is one area in which the Big 12 finds itself in a minority position but is indisputably correct. Because the 10 teams all play each other, the league stands alone in producing the most qualified champion among power conferences. It raises a bigger issue as college football continues its transition into a playoff era. College football needs more uniformity in scheduling.
Two weeks before the college football season opens, one of the ugliest stories in the sport is unfolding in Waco, Texas. On Thursday, Sam Ukwuachu was convicted of second-degree sexual assault in an October 2013 attack on a Baylor soccer player. And a former coach said he “thoroughly apprised” Baylor coach Art Briles about Ukwuachu’s dismissal from Boise State.
The Big 12 has a psychological disadvantage, as Oklahoma president David Boren suggested. Not being the smallest of the power five conferences, but the Oklahoma and Texas football programs no longer winning championships.
Kansas State left spring practice with three quarterback candidates and will open fall camp with four. It’s not an ideal situation, K-State coach Bill Snyder said, and he wants to get things settled quickly.