CLOSE SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg provides his top national championship contenders heading into the new college football season. USA TODAY Sports This file photo from 2015 shows Lee Corso, left, with ‘College GameDay’ partner Kirk Herbstreit, right, and Herbstreit’s son, Chase, at Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo: Raymond Carlin III, USA TODAY Sports) BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Lee Corso looks down at his notes and asks: “How do you say this guy’s name?” “Stid-um,” Kirk Herbstreit responds and then begins to spell Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham’s last name for his longtime ESPN “College GameDay” partner.
Nothing beats a “Game of the Century” in the regular season.Alabama vs. LSU in 2011, Ohio State vs. Michigan in 2006 — those are rare moments when No. 1 and No. 2 meet in the regular season. The buildup alone is worth what we see on the field.MORE: 10
It’s true, the SEC got knocked down a peg in 2016. And for good reason. All but one team in the conference lost at least four games for the first time in history, and Alabama lost to a better team in the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Art Briles hasn’t coached since he was fired from Baylor. Former Baylor coach Art Briles is taking on a bit of an informal advisory role with Florida Atlantic. Briles’ son and former offensive coordinator Kendal Briles is the offensive coordinator at FAU under head coach Lane Kiffin.
It’s never too early to look ahead to the college football season, especially when it offers such a fantastic slate of games. It will be a winding road to the College Football Playoff, and every single one of these games will have an impact on which four teams vie for the national championship.
Like death and taxes, another certainty in life is that, somewhere, a college coach’s backside is feeling a little toasty. Or a lot. Such is the case as we get set to embark on yet another new college football season, with a handful of coaches feeling the heat from folks off the field for their collective failures on it.
Back in the day, legends didn’t walk away unless at the point of something between their shoulder blades. The way Royal and Broyles always told it, neither had any idea of the other’s intentions. Yeah, right. Their families vacationed together.