Rivalry week is upon us! Relax and enjoy these six college football stories from around the country.
There went Stanford onto the field at Autzen Stadium, its once-rowdy confines reduced to silence, the home crowd somewhere beyond stunned.
Yesterday, ESPN became the first reputable outlet to report that Maryland is in discussions to leave the ACC and join the Big Ten. It said that Rutgers would probably then follow to get the league a symmetric 14 and to add even more low-tier cable and satellite subscribers for the Big Ten Network.
As the calendar rapidly creeps up on both Thanksgiving and (sad face) the end of the 2012 regular season, finalists for various awards both prestigious and otherwise are slowly being rolled out.
The race for the 2012 Heisman trophy has been a two-man race since West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith fell from the pack a few weeks back.
The final Missouri home football game of the season is a time for sentimental senior send-offs, with pregame tears and a postgame raid of the Rock M for whitewashed keepsakes.
With the efficiency his offense had demonstrated until the moment it met Stanford's defense Saturday, Oregon coach Chip Kelly offered an elegantly simple three-word explanation that described his team's loss and the race for the national title in general.
"The ball bounces," Kelly said.
One moment, the ball rests in the hands of Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan during a second-down play in overtime. The next, it wobbles on the Autzen Stadium turf like a great brown Easter egg waiting to be snatched. Oregon linebacker Michael Clay sees it. He dives. The ball caroms back and forth on his forearms. Then it bounces away. When the bodies rise from the turf, Stanford guard Khalil Wilkes proves that possession is ten-tenths of the law. Two plays later, Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson kicks a 37-yard field goal. It gives the Cardinal a 17-14 win, knocks Oregon from the top of the polls and sends the national title race spiraling further into uncertainty. "It hurts everyone so badly because they have all put so much into this," Kelly will say later. "It's times like these that you wish you would have the right words to say to take the pain away. But there are no words to do that."