The Origins Of Amateurism; Or, Why College Sports Are So Fucked Up

As president of the NCAA, Mark Emmert has $1.7 million a year riding on the premise that college sports are integral to the mission of higher education in general, a number that frankly lends a certain insight to his cause. Sympathy, even. After all, if you made that kind of money, you'd probably find that preserving… » 4/25/14 1:57pm 4/25/14 1:57pm

By Any Rational Measure, FSU Is The Better Team. So What?

College bowl games are far too fleeting and superfluous to serve as the basis for any lasting conclusions, even about the teams playing in them. In fact, if the 2013-14 bowl season has taught us anything–and I'd really prefer that it hasn't, but if it has, in spite of itself–it is that attempting to predict these… » 1/06/14 5:48pm 1/06/14 5:48pm

Florida State Is Historically Dominant: 125 FBS Teams, Ranked

Each week during college football season we put the conventional polls to shame by ranking every FBS team from 1-125, by whatever standard we see fit. As always, last week's rankings were not consulted. » 12/13/13 1:45pm 12/13/13 1:45pm

When Alabama Loses, The Earth Shakes: 125 FBS Teams, Ranked

Each week during college football season we put the conventional polls to shame by ranking every FBS team from 1-125, by whatever standard we see fit. As always, last week's rankings were not consulted. » 12/05/13 6:08pm 12/05/13 6:08pm

Lowsman Trophy Watch: Ohio State's O-Line Clears A Path

Each week, Football Outsiders recognizes the most outstanding college linemen, defenders and other darkhorses from the previous weekend who are habitually overlooked in the hype for that other award (whatever it's called). These are the Lowsmen. » 12/03/13 5:40pm 12/03/13 5:40pm

A.J. McCarron, Boring Heisman Hopeful: 125 FBS Teams, Ranked

Each week during college football season we put the conventional polls to shame by ranking every FBS team from 1-125, by whatever standard we see fit. As always, last week's rankings were not consulted. » 11/28/13 10:30am 11/28/13 10:30am

The BCS Has One Last Screwjob Left In It: 125 FBS Teams, Ranked

Each week during college football season we put the conventional polls to shame by ranking every FBS team from 1-125, by whatever standard we see fit. As always, last week's rankings were not consulted. » 11/21/13 2:34pm 11/21/13 2:34pm

The Buckeyes Are Out For Blood: 125 FBS Teams, Ranked

Each week during college football season we put the conventional polls to shame by ranking every FBS team from 1-125, by whatever standard we see fit. As always, last week's rankings were not consulted. » 11/14/13 2:13pm 11/14/13 2:13pm

Jameis Winston Can't See: 125 FBS Teams, Ranked

Each week during college football season we put the conventional polls to shame by ranking every FBS team from 1-125, by whatever standard we see fit. As always, last week's rankings were not consulted. » 11/07/13 12:46pm 11/07/13 12:46pm

The Most Gut-Wrenching Defeat Of The Season: 125 FBS Teams, Ranked

Each week during college football season we put the conventional polls to shame by ranking every FBS team from 1-125, by whatever standard we see fit. As always, last week's rankings were not consulted. » 10/31/13 1:42pm 10/31/13 1:42pm

Why The BCS Mattered

Sunday night, the first edition of the Bowl Championship Series standings was released for the last time, to the usual fanfare and to at least one bewildered case of Stockholm Syndrome. Is it really possible, after years of railing against the incompetence, inconsistency, and tortured existence of the BCS at every… » 10/21/13 12:00pm 10/21/13 12:00pm

Michigan Gets Maced And Kicked In The Balls: 125 FBS Teams, Ranked

Each week during college football season we put the conventional polls to shame by ranking every FBS team from 1-125, by whatever standard we see fit. As always, last week's rankings were not consulted. » 10/17/13 12:13pm 10/17/13 12:13pm

Why Clowney's Ribs Are An Existential Crisis For College Football

Each week during college football season we put the conventional polls to shame by ranking every FBS team from 1-125, by whatever standard we see fit. As always, last week's rankings were not consulted. » 10/09/13 5:32pm 10/09/13 5:32pm