How Did A Texas A&M Recruit's Dad End Up With A Trademarked Hashtag?

Texas A&M is known for promoting both football and its brand to the point of absurdity, and so it was more than fitting that they won the competition to land Daylon Mack, a coveted recruit from the Class of 2015. Mack, you see, managed to come out of the recruiting process not only with a scholarship, but with his… » 2/27/15 12:19pm 2/27/15 12:19pm

Ohio State's Loss To Va Tech Was The Worst Ever By A National Champ

It's nearly inconceivable that a national championship team, one that defeated the top two teams in the country with its third-string quarterback, lost earlier in the season to a school that had a losing conference record and barely qualified for a bowl game. But somehow Virginia Tech defeated Ohio State, by two… » 1/13/15 5:10pm 1/13/15 5:10pm

Chart: Which Fired NCAA Football Coaches Were Biggest Disappointments?

Around this time every year, a handful of major college football programs dump their coach in search of quick success. Some moves work better than others. » 12/16/14 12:29pm 12/16/14 12:29pm

Few Teams Have Been More Mediocre Than Nebraska This Decade

There are two ways to go about being mediocre in college football. Strictly definitionally, a team can settle in somewhere directly between schools like Stanford and those like Eastern Michigan—finishing around .500 every season. But the more sneaky and much more frustrating sort of mediocre is the one that Nebraska… » 11/25/14 9:46am 11/25/14 9:46am

Todd Gurley's Tumultuous Season Is Over After Tearing His ACL

Georgia running back and former Heisman favorite Todd Gurley tore his ACL last night on a six-yard run. When he was injured, the Bulldogs were up 27-7 on Auburn with about five minutes left to play. It was his first game back from a four-game suspension for signing memorabilia in exchange for around $3,000. » 11/16/14 3:55pm 11/16/14 3:55pm

Changing Conferences Doesn't Affect College Football Success

Whenever teams join a new conference, commentators debate whether their "styles of play" can succeed in their new conference. This has become a clichéd debate this past decade as a plethora of universities have ditched their old ties to pursue new conferences, in search of as much television revenue as possible. Even… » 10/09/14 2:34pm 10/09/14 2:34pm

Chart: Which NCAA Football Teams Outplay Their Recruit Rankings?

When college football teams fail to meet expectations, fans tend to turn to an old stand-by: Our coach is an all right recruiter, but he just can't coach. This is the narrative behind, for example, Will Muschamp's downturn at Florida. On the other hand, coaches who significantly exceed expectations are perceived… » 10/04/14 11:35am 10/04/14 11:35am

Blowouts Have Gotten Worse In Non-Conference NCAA Football Games

If you thought early-season college football games have gotten more boring over the years, you might be onto something. Analysis from the Wall Street Journal shows blowouts have become more common for ranked college football teams in non-conference games. » 10/01/14 2:40pm 10/01/14 2:40pm

Sports Video Games in 2013: A Year in Decline

To a video gamer, the pairing was so natural that I didn't recognize how unusual it really was. On Oct. 12, ESPN broke up its top two announcing teams to put Brad Nessler and Kirk Herbstreit in the booth for the network's Texas A&M-Ole Miss nightcap. The two have, virtually anyway, worked millions of games together in… » 12/29/13 6:47pm 12/29/13 6:47pm

College Players Can Get a PS4 From a Bowl Game, But They Can't Be Paid

The Military Bowl is no one's idea of a major college football bowl game. It's a shitty bowl, in fact, inviting five-loss teams to stage background-noise football two days after Christmas. Despite that, every player from Maryland and Marshall will receive a PlayStation 4 for showing up this year. » 12/09/13 7:37pm 12/09/13 7:37pm

EA Sports Sued by a Desperate NCAA Over the Game it Endorsed and Made

Back in the summer, the NCAA piously announced it would no longer license video games, leaving it to members to decide whether they would continue to appear in EA Sports' college football series. The schools' biggest licensing agent and Electronic Arts chose to settle all claims brought by college players, leaving the… » 11/23/13 3:37pm 11/23/13 3:37pm

A Blindside Hit Takes Down an NCAA Football Team Rallying to the End

Wednesday night, he was having anxiety attacks over his designs for next year's game. Thursday afternoon, it didn't matter; his title was canceled. And ten minutes after showing up on Monday, he no longer had a job. » 9/30/13 5:41pm 9/30/13 5:41pm

No College Football Video Game Next Year, Says EA Sports [Update]

EA Sports will not publish any college football video game next year, the label said moments ago, citing ongoing litigation brought by current and former college players that threatens to change how all of big-time college sports does business. » 9/26/13 4:18pm 9/26/13 4:18pm

Why I Created the 'Washington Whiteskins' in a Football Video Game

A few months ago a guy reached out to me over Twitter with a common question, but for an unusual purpose. He asked if gamers can create or rename teams in Madden NFL. No, I replied, that hasn't been a feature for several years. His reason for asking is probably why: the guy wanted to create the Washington Whiteskins. » 9/21/13 5:49pm 9/21/13 5:49pm

Top 25 Polls Determine Payments in EA Sports' College Game

Want to know what your favorite college football team made from its appearance in EA Sports' NCAA Football series last year? Average its Associated Press poll ranking over the past 10 seasons. If it's 25 or higher, congratulations. They probably earned about $75,000. » 8/21/13 9:17pm 8/21/13 9:17pm

EA Sports' College Game May Come Back, but Time is Running Out

We'll soon learn which lone university will bail on EA Sports' college football video game, ending an 18-year run in which the series featured all of the more than 100 major-division teams every season—a bedrock expectation of any "it's in the game" claim. » 8/18/13 5:00pm 8/18/13 5:00pm

Source: EA's Next College Football Game Will Only Lose One Team

The next edition of EA Sports' embattled college football series will lose only one school from a lineup of more than 120 next year, though two conferences will stop licensing their trademarks to the game, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. The Southeastern Conference, which yesterday told ESPN… » 8/15/13 8:03pm 8/15/13 8:03pm

EA Sports' College Football Series Survives Another Three Years

When word passed the NCAA was pulling its name and logo off EA Sports' 21-year-old NCAA Football series, many immediately assumed it was the death of the title. Once everyone realized another entity altogether handles the 120+ teams who appear in the game, it became clear this was largely an ass-covering technicality. » 7/20/13 5:07pm 7/20/13 5:07pm

High School in NCAA Football 14 is Video Gaming's Coolest Credit Roll

I had to laugh when, in the high school preamble to NCAA Football 14's Road to Glory career mode, I audibled to a draw and watched this skinny white kid slice the defense like Sonic the Hedgehog. "36 YARD TD BY ALEX HOWELL," said the game. Huh? Alex Howell? He was a walk-on at Auburn. He's also an EA Sports designer. » 7/10/13 9:42pm 7/10/13 9:42pm

Aaron Hernandez's Appearance in NCAA 14 Will Be Brief, says EA Sports

As much as I wanted to say Aaron Hernandez, the NFL star facing murder charges, is free and unlocked (heh heh)—in NCAA Football 14—that ain't the case. Some are seeing his card pop up if they get a gold medal in one of the events of the game's new Nike Skills Trainer. Here's what's going on, according to EA Sports. » 7/08/13 2:14pm 7/08/13 2:14pm