On November 26th, the nation's highest-profile pollster -- Nate Silver of the New York Times -- gave ten teams a better chance of making the inaugural College Football Playoff than the University of Wisconsin.
In the South, college football reigns. And with a program as storied as that of the University of Tennessee's in Knoxville, football is second to nothing. And in the eyes of the fan base, second not even to the respect and safety of women.
The Hurricanes have flown under the radar for most of the season in the relatively unheralded ACC. All three of their losses have come on the road to teams that have combined for just six losses on the season.
Michigan State is 7-1 straight-up and 4-3 against-the-spread versus the nation's 58th ranked schedule to-date. The Spartans have won six straight games, all by at least five points.
We need to address and deal with the prevalent culture centered on performed, hyper masculinity at Morehouse. Instead of fostering competitiveness and distinction, the community should encourage its students to consider the humanity of others.
The College Football Playoff Selection Committee announced its top four mid-season favorites for the first postseason playoffs for the National Championship today. It indicated that they believe football is only played at a high level in three states.
The TCU Horned Frogs are currently 6-1 and 3-1 in the Big 12 conference. Their only loss of the season came against the Baylor Bears, who at that time was ranked fifth in the AP Poll and they only loss by three points 61-58.
Marcus Mariota, quarterback of Oregon, currently ranked fourth in our College Football Power Rankings, is looking to win his first career game over Stanford this Saturday.
What if the committee said to FSU... at least for this one week, "No you won't be our top team, or even our bottom team. We are going to leave you out of the rankings all together."
Over the past few weeks, college sport has once again taken over the lead in ink and air time; not actually games, of course, but stories that illustrate the corruption of higher education in America by the presence of intercollegiate athletics on campus, or more precisely football on campus.
We turn our attention this week to a conference that quietly has five top 15 teams in our latest College Football Power Rankings -- the Big 12.
Yes, blame the NFL. Yes, blame us all. But I think the moment calls for us to consider some more fundamental cultural framing of sports. What I particularly want to focus on is how I think many white people in the US regard African American men in sport.
The meltdown at Michigan following back-to-back home losses and the severe mishandling of concussed quarterback Shane Morris left the realm of my "passion" and entered the world of "profession." I may have a love for football, but my career is in communications.
While football might not be as big in Illinois as it is in the South, particularly the Southeastern Conference -- where University of Alabama Head Coach, Nick Saban, made $5.4 million last year -- coaches at Illinois' public universities are still earning six-figure salaries.
Ole Miss hosts Tennessee this week and, while we were early to the Ole Miss bandwagon, expectations may have grown a little excessive for the Rebels. A closer game than sports books and fans expect is likely.
Oozing southern hospitality and a football I.Q. that could rival an ESPN commentator, you'll find us southern women happily dishing out pimento cheese dip, fried chicken and smoked pulled pork.