College Football

College Football Bowl Preview Part II 2014

December 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

By Tim Hyland College Football Expert   Nebraska will take on USC in a marquee bowl matchup in the Holiday Bowl.  (Getty Images)   At the start here, let me go ahead and point out (proudly, it must be said) that my bowl season simply could not be starting out much better. I mean, my picks have been dead-on. In fact, after the first weekend of bowl action, my record stands at a remarkable (yeah, I said it: remarkable) 5-0. It just doesn’t get any better than that, dear readers. Whether or not I can keep up this pace remains to be seen. But I’m going to give it a shot anyway, as I offer my picks and predictions for the next round of 2014-2015 bowl games. Enjoy. December 26 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dec. 26, 1 p.m., ESPN) Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech: It seems like we say this pretty much every year, but yeah, this is a big bowl season for the Big Ten. But though I’d like to say that I have some level of confidence in the Illini, well, I don’t. [...]

College Football Playoff: Final Rankings Reaction and Analysis 2014

December 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

By Tim Hyland College Football Expert   Ohio State made a statement against Wisconsin–and earned a playoff spot in the process.  (Getty Images)   Predictably, it ended in controversy. And complaints. And two really, really unhappy fan bases. The College Football Playoff was created to cure the alleged ills of the BCS, which was itself created to cure the alleged ills of the Bowl Alliance and all of the poll-based systems that preceded it. And yet, anyone who really understands college football knew that the College Football Playoff was never going to cure anything. Because while the system expanded the “playoff” field from two teams to four, at its heart this new system is basically built on the same structure as all of the systems that came before. That structure, broadly speaking, is this: A bunch of folks making their best guess at the best team in the country, or the two best teams in the country, or the best four teams in the country. That’s it. [...]

Poll Week 1 Reaction and Analysis College Football 2014

November 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

By Tim Hyland College Football Expert Dak Prescott and the Mississippi State Bulldogs are the No. 1 team in the country.  (Getty Images) Hey, SEC haters, I’ve got some bad news for you: The much-ballyhooed College Football Playoff hasn’t solved anything. Which is to say, yes, even in this new iteration of college football, That League Down South still reigns supreme. On Tuesday, ESPN unveiled—in typically grandiose ESPN fashion—the first rankings of the new College Football Playoff system. As we have explored earlier in this space, while this system may seem relatively straightforward—a panel of “experts” will rank 25 teams each week, with the Top 4 at season’s end being rewarded places in the four-team playoff and everyone else falling into any number of bowl slots—it’s actually very, very complicated. For a refresher on how voting in this system works, I would encourage you to check out my explainer here. And don’t worry if it gives you a headache. In [...]