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Alabama Death Star facing few challenges

Alabama Death Star facing few challenges

The Alabama Crimson Tide Death Star continues its unchallenged rule of the college football galaxy. The top-ranked team rolled over the Arkansas Razorbacks 41-9 Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium.The overmatched Razorbacks certainly lacked the...

Dantonio deals Cousins as his trump card

Dantonio deals Cousins as his trump card

As Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s summer satellite camp tour — numbering 38 national stops and trips to Australia and American Samoa — continues, the oxygen for recruiting news seems to be leaving the room.Whatever’s left has been quickly burned up by Nick Saban and other SEC (and...

Saban needs many more years before he can surpass Bryant

Saban needs many more years before he can surpass Bryant

The eminently quotable Bum Phillips, a Paul “Bear” Bryant disciple prior to his own legend as an NFL head coach, once described his old boss’ coaching prowess this way in his familiar Texas drawl:“He can take his’n and beat your’n and take your’n and beat his’n.” ... Click...

Coker surprise hero as Alabama blanks Michigan State

Coker surprise hero as Alabama blanks Michigan State

Nick Saban bumped his perfect record to 9-0 against former assistant coaches, but unless Alabama’s defense-minded boss drew up the offensive game plan, the nation saw why Saban hired Lane Kiffin as his offensive coordinator in 2014.Kiffin came up with a game plan that kept...

Dabo Sweeney no longer needs Ah Shucks personna

Dabo Sweeney no longer needs Ah Shucks personna

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney took a seat with Alabama’s Nick Saban, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio and Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops last week when the coaches representing the four teams in the College Football Playoff gathered in Atlanta.The first question Swinney fielded regarded an...

Cases against Derrick Henry and Alabama

Cases against Derrick Henry and Alabama

Let’s imagine the College Football Playoff without Alabama. I realize that’s an apocalyptic suggestion that’s not necessarily limited to SEC country.But Colin Cowherd, now on Fox Sports 1, got me to thinking about his opinion about how the SEC is overrated. He doesn’t have...

Thanksgiving thoughts on traditional football weekend

Thanksgiving thoughts on traditional football weekend

Thanksgiving and football have gone together dating back to the late 1800s, so it’s nothing new. But there are always new reasons to give thanks. Here are my 13 football items to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day for the 2015 season.— 1. I’m thankful for traditional college...

Banks on Michigan State rivalry with Michigan and more

Banks on Michigan State rivalry with Michigan and more

Tony Banks remembers precisely the moment on Nov. 4, 1995 when he fully understood the Michigan State-Michigan rivalry.Prior to that day the Spartans’ senior quarterback from San Diego failed to separate Michigan from other Big Ten schools on the schedule. He had grown up far...

The Dantonio Way recruits without pulling punches

The Dantonio Way recruits without pulling punches

News that Michigan State pulled a football scholarship offer sparked a debate on ESPN’s popular morning show, "Mike and Mike" with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic. Greenberg questioned the wisdom of a nationwide process that leads to such results. He mentioned it sounded similar...

Michigan State and Big Ten top nation at doubling up

Michigan State and Big Ten top nation at doubling up

We’ve always known Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio and basketball coach Tom Izzo work well together, but the 2014-15 school year took Dantonio-Izzo teamwork and the Big Ten to another level. Michigan State’s continued success in both programs...