Conference championship week has arrived, bringing with it some potentially epic battles. In chronological order, below are all of the scheduled games for the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), including both the the Power 5 (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) and Group of Five (AAC, C-USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt) conferences.
This Thanksgiving weekend marks the effective end of the college football regular season. All of next weekend’s games will be conference championships, followed by the Army-Navy game on December 14, and then the postseason bowls and playoffs beginning on December 20.
This week’s matchups offer a number of traditional rivalries from coast-to-coast. In the ACC, the #3 Clemson Tigers 🐅 have a showdown on the road at the South Carolina Gamecocks 🐓, the Florida State Seminoles 🏹 are at the #11 Florida Gators 🐊, and the North Carolina State Wolfpack 🐺 host the North Carolina Tar Heels 👣. The Big Ten has the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes 🍂 at the #13 Michigan Wolverines 〽️ and the #12 Wisconsin Badgers 🦡 at the #8 Minnesota Golden Gophers 🐿. The SEC gives us the #5 Alabama Crimson Tide 🐘 at the #15 Auburn Tigers 🐯, the Texas A&M Aggies 🤠 at the #2 LSU Tigers 🐅, the Vanderbilt Commodores ⚓️ at the Tennessee Volunteers 🔶, and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝 hosting the #4 Georgia Bulldogs 🐶. Out in the PAC-12, the #14 Oregon Ducks 🦆 host the Oregon State Beavers 🐿 for the Civil War, the Stanford Cardinal 🚩 play the visiting #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish ☘️, and Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars 🐆 are playing the Washington Huskies 🐺 in the Apple Cup. Finally, in the Big 12, Bedlam comes with the #21 Oklahoma State Cowboys 🤠 hosting the #7 Oklahoma Sooners 👨🏻🌾, the #21 Iowa State Cyclones 🌪 play the Kansas State Wildcats 😺 in this year’s Farmageddon, and in their annual game for the Chancellor’s Spurs, the Texas Longhorns 🐮 host my Texas Tech Red Raiders 🏴☠️.... [Read More]
While much of the country may be feeling the chill of fall, the college football gridiron remains red-hot! The Atlantic Coast Conference has the the #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish ☘️ hosting the Boston College Eagles 🦅 while the Pittsburgh Panthers 🐆 are in Blacksburg to play the Virginia Tech Hokies 🦃. Sadly, the N.C. State Wolfpack 🐺 came up short against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝 28-26 on Thursday night. In the Big Ten, the biggest game features the #8 Penn State Nittany Lions 🦁 at the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes 🍂. Also, the #10 Minnesota Golden Gophers 🐿 play the Northwestern Wildcats 😸 and the #20 Iowa Hawkeyes 🐤 host the Illinois Fighting Illini 🏹. The top matchup in the SEC is the Texas A&M Aggies 🤠 at the #4 Georgia Bulldogs 🐶, while the Big 12 offers up the #13 Baylor Bears 🐻 hosting the Texas Longhorns 🐮. Finally, the Pac-12 has the #6 Oregon Ducks 🦆 at the Arizona State Sun Devils 🌞 😈, Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars 🐆 host the Oregon State Beavers 🐿, and the Washington Huskies 🐺 are at the Colorado Buffaloes 🐃.
As for my Texas Tech Red Raiders 🏴☠️, they are playing host to the Kansas State Wildcats 😸. This game is a must-win for Tech; a loss will eliminate the Red Raiders from bowl eligibility.... [Read More]
It is now mid-November and the end of college football’s regular season will be upon us in a few weeks. Thus, teams are jockeying for position as conference championships and the postseason loom. Let us look at a few matchups of interest.
In the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons ✝️😈 are on the road at the #3 Clemson Tigers 🐅. Also in the Carolinas, the N.C. State Wolfpack 🐺 will host the Louisville Cardinals 🐦. The Big Ten has the undefeated #8 Minnesota Golden Gophers 🐿 at the #20 Iowa Hawkeyes 🐤, and in Ann Arbor the #15 Michigan Wolverines 🦡 will play the Michigan State Spartans ⚔️. In the Southeastern Conference, the marquee matchup will feature the #4 Georgia Bulldogs 🐶 at the #12 Auburn Tigers 🐯. The Big 12 Conference’s feature attraction is the #10 Oklahoma Sooners 👨🏻🌾 at the undefeated #13 Baylor Bears 🐻. Also, my Texas Tech Red Raiders 🏴☠️ will be hosting the TCU Horned Frogs 🐸. Out west in the Pac-12, the #6 Oregon Ducks 🦆 play the visiting Arizona Wildcats 🐱, and Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars 🐆 host the Stanford Cardinal 🚩. In addition, the game between the #23 Navy Midshipmen ⚓️ and the #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish ☘️ should be worth watching.... [Read More]
Well, I’m back. And so is college football for another week of gridiron excitement!
Out west in the Pac-12, the Washington Huskies 🐺 dispatched the Oregon State Beavers ⚫️🟠 by a score of 19-7 on Friday night. On Saturday evening, Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars 🐆 will be on the road playing the California Golden Bears 🐻. The #7 Oregon Ducks 🦆 are on the bye.... [Read More]
October has arrived, and this first weekend of the new month gives us some good games to look forward to.
In the Atlantic Coast Conference, the North Carolina Tar Heels 🦶 head to Atlanta to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝, the Miami Hurricanes 🌪 host the Virginia Tech Hokies 🦃 , the Boston College Eagles 🦅 are on the road at the Louisville Cardinals 🐦, and the Duke Blue Devils 🔵 😈 defend home against the visiting Pittsburgh Panthers 🐆 .... [Read More]
Who is this Kent Hance of whom I speak? He is the former Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System, a former congressman from West Texas, and the man who destroyed Texas Tech football when he fired the legendary Mike Leach in December 2009. Herewith, my poem (with apologies to Percy Bysshe Shelley):
Autumn has finally arrived, but the action on the field (and the sidelines) remains as hot as ever! Here are some of this week’s games.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has the Syracuse Orange 🍊 defending home against the Holy Cross Crusaders 🗡, the North Carolina Tar Heels 🦶 host the defending champion #1 Clemson Tigers 🐅, the N.C. State Wolfpack 🐺 face the Florida State Seminoles 🏹 on the road, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝 are also on the road at the Temple Owls 🦉, and the #10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish ☘️ have a showdown with the #18 Virginia Cavaliers 🤺 in South Bend.... [Read More]
Week 4 is upon us, as is summer’s end. As the Autumn equinox looms, the competition on the field is red-hot, as are the sirens of the sidelines. 😎
In Atlantic Coast Conference action, the Pittsburgh Panthers 🐆 host the #15 UCF Knights 🛡, the Louisville Cardinals 🐦 play the Florida State Seminoles 🏹 in Tallahassee, the Boston College Eagles 🦅 seek to bounce back against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 🏰 , the N.C. State Wolfpack 🐺 play the visiting Ball State Cardinals 🐦, and the Charlotte 49ers ⛏ take on the defending champion #1 Clemson Tigers 🐅.... [Read More]
As the third week of the college football season unfolds, summer may be drawing to an end but the competition on the field is heating up. Here are some of this weekend’s games.
In the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Syracuse Orange 🍊 are hosting the defending champion #1 Clemson Tigers 🐅, the Florida State Seminoles 🏹 are on the road at the #25 Virginia Cavaliers ⚔️, the N.C. State Wolfpack 🐺 head to Morgantown to face the West Virginia Mountaineers ⛰, the #13 Penn State Nittany Lions 🦁 play the visiting Pittsburgh Panthers 🐆, and the doughty Demon Deacons 😈 ✝️ of Wake Forest defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels 🦶 24-18 on Friday night.... [Read More]
As Week 2 of the college football season gets underway, we can look forward to more thrills, chills, and highlights galore! Let’s take a look at some of this week’s featured matchups.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has the Maryland Terrapins 🐢 hosting the #21 Syracuse Orange 🍊, the Western Carolina Catamounts 😸 on the road at the N.C. State Wolfpack 🐺, the South Florida Bulls 🐂 at the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝, and the #12 Texas A&M Aggies 🤠 in a showdown with the defending champion #1 Clemson Tigers 🐅.... [Read More]
“Watching sports like football is the closest the average man comes to the contemplation of eternal things. The game is one of the only places left where we still find cheating to be cheating. We find glory in what is earned. We find corruption and repentance, honor, competence, vanity, and genuine humility.” – Father James V. Schall (1928-2019)
Father Schall, a prominent Catholic philosopher from Georgetown University, died earlier this year at the age of ninety-one. At the time of Schall’s birth, American football was nearing the end of its childhood. In the 1930s, football would begin to emerge as one of this country’s most popular sports.... [Read More]
At long last, the new college football season is here! Every team will start anew hoping to achieve victory and glory, and cheerleaders’ pom-poms will be shaking from coast to coast.
In the Atlantic Coast Conference, the defending champion #1 Clemson Tigers 🐅 defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝 on Thursday night, 52-14. On Saturday the Florida State Seminoles 🏹 play the Boise State Broncos 🐴 in Tallahassee, the South Carolina Gamecocks 🐓 head to Bank of America stadium in Charlotte to play the North Carolina Tar Heels 🦶, and the Louisville Cardinals 🐦 host the #9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish ☘️.... [Read More]
The date was October 26, 1985 and the place was the great West Texas city of El Paso. I was ten years old and in the fifth grade, and like most El Pasoans was looking forward to the upcoming college basketball season. The UTEP (University of Texas at El Paso) Miners basketball team, coached by the legendary Don Haskins, was the pride and joy of the Sun City. They regularly ranked in the AP Top Twenty (as the rankings were then called) and were expected to not only compete for a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) championship every year, but to also go deep into the NCAA Tournament.
Expectations for UTEP Miners football, by contrast, were lower. Much lower. Gridiron-wise, UTEP was college football Siberia: a place where coaching careers went to die. Such was the fate that loomed over head coach Bill Yung during the fall of 1985. The Miners were 0-6 and the team they were slated to play on that last weekend of October was none other than the #7-ranked Cougars of Brigham Young University (BYU), the defending national champions. Everyone, and I mean everyone, was expecting a blowout. Coach Yung likely felt the same way, but not his young offensive coordinator, a native of San Antonio named Hal Mumme (pronounced “mummy”). For some time, Mumme had been studying BYU’s passing plays, in particular a play called the Y-cross, which the Cougars never expected to see used against them. But Mumme did, and that plus an inspired Miners defense resulted in a shocking upset over BYU, 23-16.... [Read More]