The group of Heisman Trophy finalists that will convene in New York City this weekend is both large and largely unexpected. There is a minimum of three Heisman finalists every year, and if the voting is tightly bunched beyond the top three they will add more to the invite list. There are three quarterbacks
Pending an unforeseen development, the college football coaching carousel has come to a quick and quiet halt in the Power Five conferences. When Oregon hired Willie Taggart Wednesday, it filled the last of just six vacancies among the 64 most desirable jobs in the sport. None of them came from another
Jeff Brohm leaves the field after Western Kentucky’s win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Western Kentucky coach Jeff Brohm has accepted the same position at Purdue, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports Monday. Purdue has since announced the hire and will formally introduce Brohm at 3 p.m ET.
Alabama is the clear No. 1 and will play in the Peach Bowl on New Year’s Eve against Washington, the semi-controversial – but justified – No. 4 choice. Clemson is No. 2 and will play No. 3 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. The Buckeyes were a mildly controversial inclusion, but only to the Honor Thy Conference
As the Alabama threshing machine moves remorselessly on, rolling into the College Football Playoff as the prohibitive favorite, there is one strand of hope for opponents to grasp hold of. Lane Kiffin is a question mark. Kiffin’s job status is one of the very few uncertainties for an Alabama team that
Jeff Brohm will interview for the head coaching job at Baylor. With Western Kentucky now in possession of the Conference USA championship, the Hilltoppers’ coach will become one of the hottest names on the coaching carousel. Jeff Brohm is expected to meet Sunday with Baylor about its coaching vacancy
The Baylor football coaching search is likely to continue at least into the weekend and a number of potential candidates remain in play, sources told Yahoo Sports Wednesday. Despite an ESPN report early Wednesday saying California’s Sonny Dykes has emerged as the leading candidate for the job, sources
Five days from the real thing, the College Football Playoff committee rankings laid out a clear path to Selection Sunday. • At No. 2 and with no games remaining, Ohio State will be the first team in the three-year history of the playoff to make the field without winning a conference championship. •
Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college football (handy rationalizations, excuses, cherry-picked facts and claims of fraud sold separately in the squabbling Big Ten towns of Ann Arbor, Madison and State College):
Each week of the season, I will be a one-man College Football Playoff selection committee, picking the four teams that should be in the bracket if Selection Sunday were today. As of now, there are only 10 teams with any chance of making the field: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Penn
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly got a dreaded vote of confidence from his athletic director earlier this season. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has reached out through representatives to explore coaching options outside Notre Dame, sources told Yahoo Sports. Kelly just completed his seventh season as coach
Because there just wasn’t enough arguing during the presidential election, America is about to double down on disagreement when it comes to the College Football Playoff. Here’s what I know: Half of the field should be Ohio State and Michigan. Invite Clemson or Washington, provided one or both win their
Western Michigan clinched a spot in the Mid-American Conference Championship with a win over Toledo. A report saying that P.J. Fleck is headed to Purdue is “untrue,” a source with knowledge of the situation told Yahoo Sports on Saturday. Bob Kravitz of WTHR.com in Indianapolis reported that Fleck would
Tom Herman is 22-4 in two seasons with the Houston Cougars. Tom Herman will be the next head coach at the University of Texas, according to multiple reports. Charlie Strong, who has gone 16-21 in three seasons at Texas, was fired Saturday morning, clearing the way in Austin for Herman.
Texas Longhorns coach Charlie Strong will meet with the school’s administration Saturday morning, according to Yahoo Sports sources. Multiple reports suggested that Houston coach Tom Herman will meet with Texas personnel shortly thereafter to discuss filling the head coaching position. There were various
LSU played its final regular-season football game Thursday night. Houston and North Carolina played theirs at noon ET Friday. Texas had its finale at 3:30 ET.
Jack Harbaugh is reclining on a couch in Schembechler Hall, ruminating on his familial full circle. The old coach doesn’t stick around for practice because he can watch the video of it at home at night on his computer.
Brian Kelly’s Irish are just 4-7 this season and now the program is facing significant NCAA penalties. Notre Dame has always aspired to be the model program – the one that wins big without sacrificing its academic soul. The release Tuesday from the NCAA put a fresh smudge on the golden dome: Notre
What Texas (1) is doing to Charlie Strong (2) reveals the biggest flaw in what should be the perfect program: The school’s administrative leadership has little to no control over the money men behind the program. What Ohio State fans say about J.T. Barrett (8): Consummate leader and winner.
No. 1: Charlie Strong’s tenure at Texas is near an end, and it could be part of massive coaching turnover in the Lone Star State in the coming weeks. Strong, Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin are sitting on seats of varying degrees of heat. Rice’s David Bailiff and UTEP’s Sean
The Big Ten Conference is the center of the college football universe from now until College Football Playoff Selection Sunday. The Big Ten has half the top eight: No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan, No. 7 Wisconsin and No. 8 Penn State. If there are no upsets for the next two weeks – a massive if, especially
Two weeks, two losses for teams ranked fourth by the College Football Playoff selection committee. First it was Texas A&M (1), defrocked by Mississippi State (which went back to being Mississippi State immediately thereafter, losing 51-3 to Alabama). Then it was Washington (2), which was outplayed
Each week of the season, I will be a one-man College Football Playoff selection committee, picking the four teams that should be in the bracket if Selection Sunday were today. Call it Forde’s Fab Four, and call it an invitation to debate and discuss. Feel free to disagree.