College football SP+ rankings after Week 4

In Week 4 of the 2022 college football season, the teams that hadn’t yet looked vulnerable finally did so (except Minnesota, anyway). Georgia dilly-dallied for long periods in its win over Kent State, Michigan had to lean heavily on Blake Corum to stay ahead ahead of Maryland, USC needed all of 60 minutes to fend … Read more

Inside Alabama recruiting: Coaches explain Nick Saban’s success, Bryan Harsin’s struggles

You may have heard that this is a banner year for in-state recruiting in the state of Alabama. If not, let me lay it out for you. There are seven five-star players in the 247Sports Composite. Seven of the top 32 players in the country hail from the Yellowhammer State. Eleven recruits are in the … Read more

College football SP+ rankings after Week 3

Week 3 of the college football season was a bit odd. At the top, almost nothing changed. Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State all looked the parts of top-three teams, and both Oklahoma and Michigan made resounding statements against overwhelmed competition (Nebraska and UConn, respectively). Ole Miss, an SP+ favorite, continued to back up its lofty … Read more

AP Top 25 college football poll reaction

The AP Top 25 college football poll is out after another wild weekend of games. Alabama, which entered the week at No. 1, needed a last-minute drive and Bryce Young heroics to defeat Texas. Two teams (Notre Dame and Texas A&M) that started the week ranked in the top 10 lost to two teams from … Read more

College football SP+ rankings after Week 2

The verbiage almost never changes. Each week, when I put out updated SP+ rankings, I say SP+ is “intended to be predictive and forward-facing. It is not a résumé ranking that gives credit for big wins or particularly brave scheduling — no good predictive system is. It is simply a measure of the most sustainable … Read more

College football chaos arrives, from Sun Belt stunners to the hot seat: Saturday takeaways

Catch your breath yet? We’re only done with Week 2 and we need to pace ourselves, but college football may not let us. Just two (or three) weeks into the season, anything seems possible, coaches are on the hot seat and the season feels almost totally wide-open. Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Nebraska all lost … Read more

Alabama – What if Colt McCoy doesn’t get hurt in the 2010 national championship game?

What if? It’s the most powerful two-word question there has ever been. We ask it about our own lives and world history. As in “What if Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s car hadn’t stopped in front of that Sarajevo café in 1914?” or “What if I had married my high school sweetheart instead of this weirdo sitting … Read more