15 Jun 2010, 01:08pm by Brian Fremeau
With the departure of Nebraska and Colorado, the Big 12 is making plans to play a nine-game round-robin schedule and forego a conference championship game. That ought to make the road to a title for Texas or Oklahoma a bit easier. But how much easier? Brian Fremeau discovers that aside from last season, the conference championship path wouldn't have been much different for the Big 12 elite.
1 comment, Last at 15 Jun 2010, 6:37pm by loneweasel
15 Jun 2010, 11:32am by Brian Fremeau
There are plenty of other factors in play in Nebraska's move to the Big Ten, but what might the effect be on its football team's wins and losses?
4 comments, Last at 16 Jun 2010, 4:15pm by DisplacedPackerFan
14 Jun 2010, 08:28pm by Brian Fremeau
The reign of superconferences will have to hold off for a little bit longer. In the last 24 hours, the impending implosion of the Big 12 was unexpectedly defused. The Texas Longhorns aren't going anywhere, and all indications suggest Texas A&M is staying put as well. Fox Sports has reportedly offered a richer TV rights package to the 10-member Big 12 than anyone had anticipated (or fathomed). Texas will take home most of those spoils, but everyone else in the conference -- especially the Big 12 northerners who stood to lose most in the Pac-16 scenario -- have to be satisfied as well.
108 comments, Last at 18 Jun 2010, 6:33am by Robbie
11 Jun 2010, 03:40pm by Brian Fremeau
The great Conference Crisis of 2010 is really hitting its stride now. Nebraska's Board of Regents confirms that the Cornhuskers are officially severing ties with the Big 12 and will apply for Big Ten membership. That application is expected to be a mere formality and does not require a personal essay or standardized test scores. Nebraska does expect to receive the big envelope -- a projected $10 million boost in annual revenue for athletics. Nebraska hopes to accelerate the transition and begin conference play in 2011.
41 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2010, 2:54pm by JoeHova
11 Jun 2010, 02:45pm by Brian Fremeau
For what may turn out to be only a very brief moment in history, the Mountain West conference now has ten members. Boise State will leave the WAC to join TCU, Utah, BYU, and others.
7 comments, Last at 13 Jun 2010, 4:20am by *Legion*
06 Mar 2010, 04:02pm by Brian Fremeau
Supplementing the infographic published earlier in the week, Brian Fremeau provides a table detailing the frequency decline of top games in college football over the last 20 years.
14 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2010, 4:38am by sports-veronica
02 Mar 2010, 04:31pm by Brian Fremeau
The conference expansion boom over the last 20 years eliminated all but a few independents in college football. Along with the rise of FBS vs. FCS games, it also had an impact on the frequency of games between top teams.
32 comments, Last at 05 Mar 2010, 5:24pm by Brian Fremeau
12 Jan 2010, 01:55pm by Brian Fremeau
After toppling Texas, Alabama is a clear-cut No. 1, but there are plenty of surprises in the final FEI ratings after that. Brian Fremeau discusses the peculiarities of a season that left us wondering and wanting more.
88 comments, Last at 16 Jan 2010, 3:14pm by Jeff Fogle
06 Jan 2010, 04:51pm by Brian Fremeau
In this ESPN Insider piece, Brian Fremeau looks at how red zone play and special teams will play big roles in the Texas-Alabama matchup. The full FO preview of the BCS Championship game will be up Thursday morning, with a Cover It Live blog Thursday night.
11 Dec 2009, 11:37am by Brian Fremeau
An easier 2010 schedule and a good record coaching close games throughout his career may set up Brian Kelly for early success at Notre Dame.
7 comments, Last at 17 Dec 2009, 10:50am by turning winds