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College Football Playoffs: Never Enough

November 25th, 2017 · No Comments · College football, Football

You would think the NCAA knew better. That the sturm und drang that accompanies the 68-team college basketball playoffs would have prompted them to leave football alone — ending the season with bowl games and letting collections of journalists and/or coaches and/or cranks with a trophy to figure out who ranked where. But then some […]

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USC Rant from Someone Who Knows His Subject

October 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · College football, Sports Journalism, USC

Scott Wolf has been covering USC athletics seemingly forever. He writes for the L.A. Daily News/Los Angeles News Group, and in an era where nearly everyone else lost their jobs, Wolf kept his. Mostly because he generally breaks all significant news coming out of his alma mater’s athletic department. Readers, and editors, have picked up […]

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Darnold, USC Lose Their Grip

September 29th, 2017 · No Comments · College football, USC

Elite college football programs are allowed one pratfall in the national-championship chase. USC’s Trojans just took theirs. Heisman Trophy candidates can maybe — maybe —  get away with one stinker and still aspire to pick up that famous trophy in New York. USC quarterback Sam Darnold just had his forgettable game. It was already Saturday […]

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UCLA, Rosen: Lucky and Good

September 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · College football, Football, UCLA

UCLA trailed Texas A&M 44-10 late in the third quarter at the Rose Bowl in a season-opening intersectional football game tonight. And won 45-44 with touchdowns in their final five possessions, including the winner with 43 seconds left. It was the second-biggest comeback victory in the history of major-college football. When it was over, UCLA […]

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Ara Parseghian and the Tie of the Century

August 18th, 2017 · No Comments · College football

In 24 seasons leading four college football programs, Ara Parseghian‘s teams won 170 games, lost 58 and tied six. Improbably, he is best-remembered for one of the six ties. In what was widely described as The Game of the Century, Parseghian’s top-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish made a point of running out the final 90 […]

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USC at Alabama, Rams at Houston: The College/NFL Doubleheader

January 6th, 2017 · No Comments · College football, Football, NFL, Rams, USC

Ah, memories. This collection seeped into my consciousness when prompted by the discovery that the Oakland Raiders are playing at Houston on Sunday … and remembering I had covered an NFL game in Houston. At the Astrodome. While covering the Los Angeles Rams. In 1978. A long, long time ago. And I was pretty sure […]

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USC Back Where It Belongs?

January 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · College football, Football, USC

Wow. It had been that long? I covered at least 15 Rose Bowl games, maybe 20, and  should have known this. But I may have mentioned I’ve been away. What I know for sure is that USC is supposed to 1) be in the Rose Bowl more often than this and 2) win the Rose […]

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Good News! Army 21, Navy 17

December 10th, 2016 · 1 Comment · College football

Certain great sports rivalries tend to attract and then polarize fans. Not much gray area when you consider Real Madrid and Barcelona. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Federer and Nadal. And, in Amercan college football, Army and Navy. I am an Army fan. I’m not exactly sure why, but I am. Perhaps […]

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The Fall of Troy

September 3rd, 2016 · 1 Comment · College football, Football, Los Angeles Rams, Rams, USC

If it were not already time for this, it certainly is now: We no longer can consider USC a “football” school. Not after what Alabama did to the Trojans in their open tonight … a 52-6 blowout, nationally televised, that made the Trojans look like chumps. Not after compiling a overall record of 57-28 since […]

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NFL’s Dolphins and a Worst-Case Draft Night

April 28th, 2016 · No Comments · College football, Football, Los Angeles Rams, NFL

Well, this is the sort of nightmare scenario for NFL teams who inevitably say: “We did our homework.” Not talking about the Los Angeles Rams here. They needed a quarterback and they took Jared Goff of Cal with the first pick in the draft — the safer (and perhaps duller) choice between Goff and the […]

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