John Niyo The Detroit News Published 4:13 PM EST Nov 14, 2018 It’s quiet. Almost too quiet. And for those clamoring for change in college football’s postseason format, maybe that’s the silent hope now. That this is the calm before the storm that’ll bring changes, expanding the playoffs and the possibilities. For now, though, get ready to hit the snooze button. Because Saturday’s slate of games – mostly scrimmages down in the Southeastern Conference this weekend -- may not offer any more drama than last week, which saw the top 10 teams in the College Football Playoff rankings all win their games by an average margin of 21 points. As a result, Tuesday night marked the first time in the five-year history of CFP that the top 10 in the rankings remained unchanged following a clean sweep. There's a good chance it'll stay that way, too, if No. 3 Notre Dame can handle No. 12 Syracuse at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night. (The rest of the top 10 … [Read more...] about Niyo: College football needs chaos, but Michigan doesn’t
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By Tom FitzGerald Updated 2:27 pm PDT, Thursday, September 13, 2018 Sam Allen #13 of the San Jose State Spartans is sacked by Edwin Freeman #35 of the Texas Longhorns in the fourth quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Austin, Texas. Sam Allen #13 of the San Jose State Spartans is sacked by Edwin Freeman #35 of the Texas Longhorns in the fourth quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Austin, Texas. Photo: Tim Warner / Getty Images October 8, 2016: A general view of CEFCU Stadium prior to the Mountain West Conference game between San Jose State Spartans verses the Hawaii Warriors at CEFCU Stadium in San Jose, CA. October 8, 2016: A general view of CEFCU Stadium prior to the Mountain West Conference game between San Jose State Spartans verses the Hawaii Warriors at CEFCU Stadium in San Jose, CA. … [Read more...] about College football ‘revenue games’: How San Jose State makes millions
Ralph D. Russo Associated Press Published 12:39 p.m. UTC Aug 22, 2018 The College Football Playoff has yet to produce a real surprise team. In four seasons, nine schools have reached the semifinals – and even the teams that came from outside the AP preseason Top 25 were traditional powers. The lowest-ranked team in the preseason media poll to make the CFP was Oklahoma in 2015. The Sooners were 19th to start the season, mostly because they were coming off a disappointing season (8-5) and few knew how good Baker Mayfield would be. More Michigan football: U-M settles in behind do-it-all quarterback Shea Patterson Football needs more people like Grant Newsome Clemson made the playoff that same year after starting the season ranked No. 12. The Tigers went 10-3 the season before, but Deshaun Watson was a sophomore coming off a knee injury, there was major turnover on defense and exactly what Dabo Swinney was building at Clemson had not yet been fully revealed. Washington was No. … [Read more...] about Michigan Wolverines will reach the College Football Playoff, AP says
George Stoia Detroit Free Press Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Aug 20, 2018 College football is here. And that means so is #MACation. The Mid-American Conference may not be considered one of the best college football conferences in the country (even if they say they want Bama). But each year, the MAC provides exciting football and typically a breakout team. Last year it was Toledo, and the year before that it was Western Michigan. Who's next? Here is our 2018 MAC power rankings: 1. Ohio The buzz: Quarterback Nathan Rourke is considered one of the best QB's in the conference. Coach Frank Solich's team led the MAC in points per game (39.1) and with Rourke returning this season, the Bobcats should be even more lethal. More : Should College Football Playoff expand? MAC players, coaches weigh in More: MAC teams will raise Jolly Roger flag after beating Power 5 school 2. Northern Illinois The buzz: Led by linebacker Sutton Smith, NIU is again the favorite to win the … [Read more...] about 2018 MAC football power rankings: How high are Michigan schools?
Matt Charboneau The Detroit News Published 4:09 p.m. UTC Aug 13, 2018 Matt Charboneau breaks down the teams in The Detroit News college football preseason top 25 rankings. 1. Alabama Last season: 13-1 overall, 7-1 SEC; beat Clemson, 24-6, in Sugar Bowl and beat Georgia, 26-23, in national championship game. Coach: Nick Saban, 132-20 in 11 seasons at Alabama, 223-62-1 overall. Outlook: The quarterback battle will dominate the discussion when it comes to the Crimson Tide, but when you’re deciding between Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa, it’s pretty tough to make the right choice. Hurts is the veteran while Tagovailoa simply came in as a freshman in the second half of the national championship game and rallied Alabama to a win over Georgia. They’ll have their usual stable talent on both sides of the ball in Tuscaloosa, making a fourth straight playoff appearance likely. 2. Clemson Last season: 12-2 overall, 7-1 ACC; lost to Alabama, 24-6, in Sugar Bowl. Coach: … [Read more...] about The Detroit News college football preseason top 25 rankings