Michael Bird

College Football Contributor


Why Big Ten fans should root for Ed O'Bannon

The Big Ten has the advantage of being rich and the disadvantage of lacking lacking adequate supplies of local talent. Fans of conference should look across the pond to see a world in which teams...

The Iron Bowl is becoming perfect

Alabama-Auburn has always been one of the great rivalries in a sport full of them. But a confluence of factors should elevate the series into football nirvana.

Explaining the World Cup for college football fans

College football fan, you don't need to be a world soccer expert to enjoy the next month. All you need is a little imagination.

Was college football better then or now?

If you're a child of the '80s or '90s (or earlier), you probably miss a lot about the way college football was when you were young. But overall, has it gotten better?

Workhorse backs aren't obsolete ... yet

College runners and fans alike might miss the days of running backs being taken in the first round, but the evolution to running back by committee is both a good thing and a return to football's...

Don't overlook Aaron Murray, NFL

Johnny Manziel has the talent, Zach Mettenberger has the physique, and AJ McCarron has the rings. But if you're looking for an SEC quarterback the NFL might be underrating, we think we've found the...

Why scholarships are not enough

What happens when less-qualified students have to compete against more-qualified students? And what does that imply for those athletes whose academic performance lags even further behind?

'Game of Thrones' as college football

You like college football. You like Game of Thrones. That's all there is to it.

Why can't SEC hoops be like SEC football?

The nation's best conference in college sports' premier revenue-generator is far from the best at the No. 2 sport. How does that happen?

How the union could kill the NCAA's dumbest rule

You know how college athletes have to sit out a year when changing schools, and how that serves no one besides coaches hoping to deter players from leaving? A player union could kill that rule...

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