The Strange Saga of the Impostor Opponent

On a balmy Saturday in South Florida, fans were filing into the Orange Bowl to watch their Miami Hurricanes play another underdog opponent. It would be weeks before they would realize they had witnessed one of the most unusual games in college football history. Besides talking about the game, there was plenty of chatter about…

2020 by the numbers—a preliminary look at PAC-12 quarterbacks.

At the risk of dropping a giant clusterfark, I’m going to use data I’ve assembled from some updates of our prediction system and see if we can rank the returning PAC-12 quarterbacks in 2020, at least on a statistical basis. Yes.  I know.  Doing this six months ahead of time carries risk but we’re also…

Oregon’s Joe Moorhead: fresh schemes, stale scandals, short video

Remember all of the times this past season when the Oregon Duck offense exploded for 90-second touchdowns that reminded fans of those good ol’ days with Marcus and D’Anthony? Yeah.  Me neither. But, things are about to change. As Oregon’s new offensive coordinator, Joe Moorhead brings back that adrenaline gush of quick-strike euphoria. Duck plumage…

The Savvy Index final rankings and predictions review

I have a friend who used to sly-grin chicks into going out to lobster dinner with him. Then he would stick them with the tab.   I told him that was no way to pay for his new SAAB, but some people just don’t listen.  I wish they would because some of us here in…

Ceded Power: the decline of Stanford football

PAC-12 fans have long known Stanford football for its brute-bully mammoth linemen who push and grind and bulldoze freeway passages for running backs who rise to Heisman candidacies. It was a scheme built by Jim Harbaugh in 2007 and in its first season, it produced the biggest point spread upset of all time—a 24-23 win…

Bowl-itis: Join the resistance

  Bowl-itis.  Agitation brought about by exposure to an excessive number of bowl games.  Symptoms include low-grade moaning, ambivalence, and face-planting into the depths of sofa cushions in search of illusory escape. Maybe you aren’t showing those symptoms, but you might still have it.  Let’s find out. Without any help—right off the top of your…

Who will win the FBS championship?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:  Two Tigers walk into a championship game . . . It was bound to happen. If we go back to 2007 and include next Monday’s FBS title game, we’ll find that nine of the finalists in those 13 most-recent championship games are Tigers.  But, not just any…

Bowl games, 2019 review, and a glimpse at 2020

And now, with just the national championship game remaining, we can look back at some of the fun we had in 2019.  Whether our teams did better than expected or worse, we love our teams!  That is not to say that love is blind because, if it was, we wouldn’t still have lingerie stores. Our…