How to Love Week One College Football No Matter How Bad Your Team Is

September 3, 2021

Week Zero. A minuscule scratch to the all-consuming, fiery itch for college football. Please, NCAA, just a little bit more. It doesn’t even have to be the good stuff. I’ll take a sloppy Thursday night Sun Belt rock fight for all I care. Come on, man, you know I’m good for it. But now, September. A triumphant return of the sport we hold so dear. It doesn’t matter who you root for, whether they’re in the top tier of playoff contenders or the slightly larger second tier of schools ESPN stops pretending to care about after week five, which roughly . . .

What College Football Games are on TV? Week 1 (9/2-9/6)

September 2, 2021

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been watching college football. I mostly followed the Big 12, but I caught a few other games. I still remember excitedly taking in the much-hyped 2006 Ohio State-Michigan tilt, my mouth hanging agape as Vince Young led Texas to victory in the national championship against USC, and following Florida’s utter dominance under Urban Meyer. (I will always have a soft spot for Tim Tebow.  Sorry not sorry.) My excitement over college football only grew deeper every year.  Saturdays became holy days of sorts.  I’d wake up to the strains of that one dubstep song from . . .

Sneaky Stats for Week One of the 2021 College Football Season

August 30, 2021

Believe it or not, we made it! Week Zero of the College Football Season is in the books and Week One is officially here! And so is our first Sneaky Stats column of the regular season. I hope you enjoyed all of our stats driven conference previews, but now we actually have some real numbers to dive into! First, before we dive into Week One action and some numbers to consider in some of the marquee matchups, let’s take a look at just a few fun stats from the action this past weekend! Week Zero – Despite it being 117 . . .

Will it Kill College Football? Playoff Expansion, the Alliance, and More

August 27, 2021

The following is a transcript from a fictitious college football panel talk show, the Sour Five. Any resemblance to reality is extremely intentional, but just don’t be a narc about it, OK? HOST: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Sour Five, your most trusted news source in major college football. I’m your host, the NCAA. As always, I’m joined by the most diverse group of pundits a 30-minute talent search and a string of last-second phone calls could scrounge together. Tonight, we’ll debate all the hot-button issues about which you need to have immutable opinions to remain . . .

Five Must-Watch Pac-12 Games in 2021

August 25, 2021

The conference of the West Coast is often an afterthought among the Power 5.  At least if you listen to the talking heads. It’s time to face facts.  The Big 12 may be self-destructing, the ACC may be one great team amongst a pile of meh, but the Pac-12 gets zero respect from the wider college football world. Sure, there’s the never-ending USC hype every year, and occasionally someone mentions Oregon or Washington if they’re good. But who actually watches the West Coast’s one true conference?  It’s on at weird times (#Pac12AfterDark, anyone?), and it devours itself every year, guaranteeing . . .

Pac-12 Sneaky Stats & Unexpected Challengers

August 23, 2021

The 2021 College Football season is almost upon us! Welcome to the final conference preview in this Sneaky Stats series before Week 1 officially kicks off! If you missed the first four installments you can find the SEC here, the Big Ten here, and the ACC here, and the Big 12-ish here. This week, we’ll be digging into the Pac-12 Conference! Who should really be considered the favorite to win the conference? With zero AP Top Ten teams, is the Pac-12 the most wide open competition in all of college football? If we look at recent history, the Pac-12 has . . .

Let’s Rebrand Pac-12 Football, Silicon Valley-Style

August 20, 2021

It’s no secret the Pac-12 is lagging behind the other Power 5 college football conferences. You know it, I know it, and most importantly, the sponsors know it. That’s why the Pac-12 called us in to revamp its brand, and it’s expecting results. Nobody knows the West Coast and Silicon Valley better than we do. We are the spark that ignites the product launch. We are the whisper that emanates from the AirPod Pro jammed in the venture capitalist’s wax-caked ear. We are the face you dream of punching after our Tesla cuts you off during rush hour. Let’s get . . .

Five Must-Watch Big 12 Games in 2021

August 18, 2021

Hi, folks! This week we take a look at the Big 12, a storied conference with tons of tradition and blossoming offensive talent. So let’s look at — *everything’s on fire* Oh. Well. I’m sure that’s nothing, we can — *oh no, here come bloodthirsty panthers devouring everything that’s left* Ah. Got it. Texas and Oklahoma are leaving for the SEC sometime soon. Well, surely whatever’s left will — *oh no the panthers are on fire and everything’s dissolving into existential nonsense* I’m sure everything will be fine. Eventually. Maybe. This year, at least, the Big 12 will play on. . . .

Big 12 Sneaky Stats & Unexpected Challengers

August 16, 2021

The 2021 College Football season is almost upon us! Only two more previews to go in this Sneaky Stats series before Week 1 kicks off! If you missed the first three installments you can find the SEC here, the Big Ten here, and the ACC right here. This week, we’ll take a look at the Big 12 (technically Big 8 now, I guess) Conference! Can anyone challenge Oklahoma? Is Iowa State a legit playoff contender? Is Texas back? All that and more, right here! First off–and I promise this doesn’t give everything away up top here–it would be fair to . . .