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

Outside the CFP, Peach has the best bowl matchup

1:34 pm Dec. 9, 2014

If there is no national championship hanging in the balance, I’ve always believed you need two things for a quality bowl game: Good teams and good storylines.

In that vein, here are my top five bowl games “outside” of the four-team playoff:

1) Peach: No. 6 TCU (11-1) vs. No. 9 Ole Miss (9-3), Dec. 31. Ole Miss has the nation’s No. 1 scoring defense (13.8 ppg) and TCU has the nation’s

The selection committee did some thing wrong, but they got it right

5:34 pm Dec. 7, 2014

Five things we learned on the last weekend of the regular season:

1) The selection committee did some things wrong but ultimately got it right: The journey looked a little strange and disjointed at times but in the end the semifinal matchups of No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Ohio State (Sugar) and No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Florida State (Rose) were the right ones to make. In retrospect the

Two reasons Missouri can win; Five reasons Georgia Tech can win

9:32 am Dec. 5, 2014

Our Five Burning Questions for Championship Saturday:

1) Does No. 16 Missouri (10-2) “really” have a chance to beat No. 1 Alabama (11-1) in the SEC Championship game? The Tigers have won five division titles (3 Big 12, 2 SEC) and played in three championship games since 2007  but haven’t won a conference title of any kind since 1969. But two things give them a shot at the Georgia Dome:

Alabama is

Selection committee stunner: TCU at No. 3 and FSU at No. 4

8:05 pm Dec. 2, 2014

The penultimate College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday night and the selection committee made some stunning decisions that have set the table for a wild final weekend of the regular season.

The biggest surprise was undefeated Florida State (12-0) dropping from No. 3 to No. 4 after yet another close call, this one coming against Florida (24-19). TCU (10-1) jumped from No. 5 to No. 3 after 48-10 win over

Missouri can beat Alabama in the SEC Championship game

4:03 pm Nov. 30, 2014

Five things we learned as we head to Championship Weekend:

1) Missouri can beat Alabama: Let me say up front that I’m picking No. 1 Alabama (11-1) to beat Missouri (10-2) in the SEC Championship game on Saturday (4 p.m, CBS) at the Georgia Dome. But if you think it’s going to be a walk in the park for the Crimson Tide, then you haven’t been paying attention to the Tigers.

Can Georgia now focus on Georgia Tech? If not, Bulldogs get beat

6:19 pm Nov. 28, 2014

Our Five Burning Questions about the SEC as November draws to a close:

1)  Georgia learned Friday that it is not going to the SEC championship game. Will there be a letdown or a lack of focus against Georgia Tech?  Let’s put it this way: If Georgia (9-2) lacks focus against Georgia Tech (9-2) the Bulldogs are going to get beat. Remember that the Georgia defense that played so well against

New CFP rankings are set up for a very intense finish

7:53 pm Nov. 25, 2014

With only one team in the CFP Top 10 losing last week (Ole Miss), no changes at the top were expected when the new rankings were released Tuesday night.

There weren’t. The top seven from a week ago stayed the same. But this much is clear: The final two weeks of the regular season are going to be intense.

Here is a look at the new CFP Top 10 and what it