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My AP top-25 football poll: Week Five (A new No. 1, USC plummets)

I caught a few TV talking heads Saturday night after watching the Cal game on tape. Several of them made the case that with USC losing, there was no doubt about the new No. 1. I agreed with the...

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The BCS disaster scenario: If you want a playoff, root for this …

Before we get to the who and the how, a few paragraphs on the what: What, exactly is a BCS disaster scenario? It is absolutely not a controversial National Championship Game matchup that riles fans of...

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College football picks of the week: The Saban Bowl, Penn State-Iowa and more

Back in August, I wrote a Hotline item projecting the five biggest weekends of the season. I had Oct. 25 on there, and Nov. 1, too. But not this weekend — it never occurred to me that Nov. 8 would be...

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Barkley blasts Auburn: Says Chizik hire was based on race (Good for Chuck!)

I don’t usually devote an entire Hotline post to developments multiple time zones away (unless it’s about those double-standard Domers!), but this demands a mention: Auburn alum Charles Barkley just...

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BCS bowl picks: Big Ten rises, Big 12 falls and the SEC rolls

*** For my non-BCS bowl picks, go here. Here’s how I see it: Ohio State and Penn State will cover and might even win, although that will have as much to do with their opponents as with them. The...

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Signing Day 2009: Winners (SEC, Slick Rick, Notre Dame) and losers

Quickie from-the-hip thoughts based on scout.com’s final national rankings, which may or may not turn out to be accurate … Winner: SEC. The conference landed 20 five-star players, as many as the next...

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Calipari to Kentucky(?), Bennett to Virginia: The impact out west

Back from my final day of furlough and ramping up coverage of the Final Four, post-season basketball and spring football. But the coaching carousel had to be the first topic, given the developments...

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NFL Draft winners and losers: The college perspective (plus quickie 49er...

No doubt about it: The Niners were one of the biggest winners. Having watched Michael Crabtree for two years, I thought he was unquestionably the best player in the draft. The. Best. So what if he...

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Five reasons the SEC rules college football (in case you need convincing)

I was thinking about this in my post-draft daze, and it’s to draw the ire of west coast and Pac-10 fans who think I give the SEC too much credit/respect. But the truth hurts: It’s the absolute,...

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Action/reaction special edition: Meyer resigns (updated), Trojans survive

*** 11:50 a.m. update: Meyer has changed his mind, kind of: He’s now taking an indefinite leave of absence, according to ESPN. I suppose we’ll find out the specifics of the “indefinite leave” at his...

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