When I read Angela's college application essays this week, my heart broke. She revealed information that I never knew about her and her family even though her mother has worked as my cleaning lady for almost 10 years.
With just one week left on the college football regular season schedule, the BCS bowl picture is nearly set.
I've always been a champion of kids pursuing their dreams. But sometimes in life, extraordinary circumstances may force us to temporarily put our dreams on hold. The most important thing is to never lose sight of that dream, no matter what punches life may throw in our way.
Ultimately, this game features two very good teams that are pretty good at just about everything, yet none rank within the top five nationally in anything.
The game, which takes place at Mississippi State, is the seventh most expensive game of the week at an average price of $115. It's also the most expensive Mississippi State ticket all season.
On any given Saturday, a community like the one in Madison Wisconsin is not divided by class, race or creed but instead united by their football team.
Two weeks ago in this same feature, we projected Oklahoma State's upset win over Texas Tech. This week, Oklahoma State is getting too much credit as a three point favorite on the road against one of the most experienced and hottest teams in the country.
As Texas A&M and Georgia have proven in the past two seasons, attacking Alabama with multiple, physical weapons and a fast pace is the best way to stay in the game with the Crimson Tide.
The football season on the professional level and every tier below it has become an iconic fall tradition of American culture. This glorification of a sport, particularly in the case of college athletes, put priorities in the wrong spot though.
Should there even be high school football? Just asking that question is probably an affront to players and their fans at every level. But I'm asking because the question needs to be asked. Because don't we put student safety above all else?
Oregon may have started slow against UCLA, but a flurry of points and breaks in the fourth quarter gave the Ducks a 28 point victory over UCLA and gave the Predictalator its fourth straight victory against-the-spread in the Game of the Week.
Last Saturday, October 19, running back Cam McDaniel helped Notre Dame beat USC in a 14-10 home football victory. He rushed for 92 yards, a career high for the junior from Coppell, Texas.
In the featured matchup of two quarterbacks who could each go in the top five overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, Marcus Mariota wins with the better defense, healthier offense, more innovative offense and a tremendous home field advantage.
Last year it was Hurricane Sandy. This year it is Hurricane Common Application. Both have prompted many colleges to push back some early deadlines, yet thankfully in this case no lives or homes have been lost or irreparably damaged.
In Southern California, it's not the leaves changing colors or the temperatures dropping that make fall special. Instead, when September hits, we Angelenos get excited because it means our favorite sport, football, is back in session. 'Tis the season of tickets and tailgates.
Instead of passing blame, the NCAA should be instituting athletic health care standards across all collegiate sports.