First College Football Playoff a success; but what about next year?

1:20 pm Jan. 15, 2015

By just about any measure, the first College Football Playoff was a success. Both the semifinals, which were viewed by 28 million, and the championship (33 million) set all-time records for a program on cable television.

But before the before we close the book on the 2014 season and start looking ahead to Spring practice, here are five burning questions about the future of the CFP:

1) The numbers were great for

This time, Meyer will take a moment to smell the roses

1:20 pm Jan. 13, 2015

Dallas–It was the morning after Ohio State’s 42-20 win over Oregon for the first national championship of the College Football Playoff. And as the media is wont to do in the age of Twitter, they tried to get Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to quickly turn the page to next year’s team, who’s turning pro, and what the future could hold for the Buckeyes’ program. Ohio State’s eighth national championship

Logic says take Oregon, but I like the Buckeyes

11:39 am Jan. 11, 2015

Dallas–Here are my top five story lines and a prediction for Monday night’s College Football Playoff title game between Ohio State (13-1) and Oregon (13-1):

1) The Ohio State defensive line: Oregon was averaging 49 points per game when the Ducks took on Auburn in the 2010 BCS championship. Auburn defensive coordinator Ted Roof was able to slow Oregon because defensive tackle Nick Fairley controlled the middle of the line of

Welcome to “Big D.” Where else would the first CFP Championship be?

1:51 pm Jan. 9, 2015

Dallas–When the creation of the College Football Playoff was announced, there was little doubt the first championship game would be here. Where else could it be but the biggest, shiniest, all-the-bells-and-whistles home of the Dallas Cowboys? There was no way that Jerry Jones, the Cowboys’ colorful/rich owner, was going to let it be held anywhere else.

In case you’re wondering, the next two CFP national championship games will be in Glendale,

Who exceeded expectations? Let’s start with Tech’s Paul Johnson

1:20 pm Jan. 6, 2015

Since the end of college football’s regular seasons fans  have been spending a lot of time talking and tweeting and wringing their hands about players, coaches and teams that failed to live up to their expectations. We need a new head coach. We  need a new coordinator. If we could just get Coach X or Transfer Y then “we” would be playing for the national championship on Monday night. It

The reports of the SEC’s demise have been greatly exaggerated

3:59 pm Jan. 4, 2015

Facts are facts. And the fact is that based on rankings, reputation and expectations, the SEC did not have a good bowl season.

Yes, the SEC won seven bowl games, which ties the conference’s NCAA record. But the 2-5 record of the SEC West, which included  losses by No. 1 Alabama, No. 7 Mississippi State and No. 9 Ole Miss is a fact.

With four teams (Mississippi State, Auburn, Ole Miss, Alabama)

It was a bad, bad week for the SEC West

10:01 am Jan. 2, 2015

Five things we learned during a wild New Year’s Day:

1) It capped a bad week for the SEC West: With six of its teams spending time in the Top 10 and with Alabama at No. 1, the SEC West had been hyped as one of the best divisions “ever” during the 2014 season. All seven members had qualified for bowl games. At the close of business at the Sugar Bowl

Five things you need to know about Alabama vs. Ohio State

4:08 pm Dec. 30, 2014

New Orleans–There are at least a  dozen ways to break down Thursday night’s national College Football Playoff semifinal between No. 1 Alabama (12-1) and No. 4 Ohio State (12-1). But there are five things you really need to know as you watch the Sugar Bowl:

1) This is not your father’s Ohio State: When former Florida coach Urban Meyer became head coach of the Buckeyes you knew he would go South

Can Georgia’s Chubb crack the Louisville defense?

2:25 pm Dec. 28, 2014

OK. That’s 18 bowl games down and 19 remaining. We’ve already seen some pretty wild stuff as four of Saturday’s five games were decided by five points or fewer. But trust me, folks, the fun is just getting started.

The national semifinals of the first College Football Playoff are on Thursday at the Rose Bowl (Oregon vs. Florida State) and the Sugar Bowl (Alabama vs. Ohio State). It will be a

Eight team playoff? It ain’t gonna happen anytime soon

2:28 pm Dec. 11, 2014

Just a few thoughts as we close the book on the 2014 regular season:

1) The eight-team playoff isn’t going to happen anytime soon: Now that the first four-team playoff is set, some fans and some media are now clamoring for eight. If we just had eight, they argue, we wouldn’t have the hurt feelings at places like TCU and Baylor. Here’s the reality: The fact that we had the Ohio