- Bowl Teams with Losing Records Becoming Routine
by Noah Trister December 2016
The Heart of Dallas Bowl will be a rematch between two teams that played in October - and one of them is heading into the game with a 5-7 record. Unusual? Yes. But scenarios like this simply come with the territory now.
- Opinion: Committee Picked Right Teams for Playoff
by George Schroeder December 2016
Controversy is essentially guaranteed in the College Football Playoff, not so much a bug in the format as a feature. So when Ohio State, which did not win its conference, was selected for the four-team bracket Sunday while Penn State, the BigTen titlist, wasn't, it injected a bit more drama than usual.
- Opinion: Time to Expand CFP Field to Eight
by Nancy Armour December 2016
The exclusion of Big Ten Conference champion Penn State makes the strongest case yet that a four-team Playoff is inadequate and needs to be expanded.
- For Tennessee, Hiring a New AD Is Top Priority
by John Adams December 2016
Tough decisions have to be made after a 5-0 start turned into an 8-4 finish with losses to South Carolina and Vanderbilt. The Vols didn't just lose games. They lost an SEC East championship that should have been theirs.
- Wilson Out at Indiana After Player Mistreatment Claims
by Courtney Cameron December 2016
Athletic director Fred Glass of Indiana University announced in a press conference Thursday that six-year Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson has resigned.
- Postseason Offers Coaches Chance for Big Bonuses
by Steve Berkowitz December 2016
Between their teams' success so far and what they can still accomplish in this weekend's conference championship games and the College Football Playoff, four head coaches have a chance to end up with $1 million or more in bonuses. And that's without counting awards for coach of the year honors or meeting other goals.
- Opinion: Conference Title Games Still Need Tweaks
by Dan Wolken December 2016
Now that college football is asking fan bases to spend money on playoff semifinals and finals, conference title games are a much harder sell as fans weigh whether to save their money for potential playoff games.
- Pros From Small Schools Offer Different Perspective
by Ray Glier December 2016
Offensive lineman Ali Marpet of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, wide receiver Brittan Golden of the Arizona Cardinals and wide receiver Taylor Gabriel of the Falcons are among those who did not go to a DivisionI powerhouse or even a DivisionI midmajor.
- Opponents Honored Nebraska's Lost Player All Season
by Nicole Auerbach December 2016
Not even two minutes into Nebraska's season-opening game against Fresno State, the Cornhuskers faced a routine yet rather emotional moment: their first punt. To be more precise, their first punt since their punter, Sam Foltz, had died in a car crash during the summer that also killed former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler.
- College Bowl Picture Taking Shape
by Erick Smith December 2016
The mystery of which 80 teams will fill out the college football bowl card is almost solved. Where they are going will have to wait until after the final weekend of the season.