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  1. It's Going to Be Fine: An Honest (Really) Defense of Claimed...

    Holly Anderson

    Here's a thing we didn't know about a favorite term, often deployed with derision, for the annual college football title: The term "mythical national championship" actually dates back to 1921, a linguistic reme...

    Blog | June 19, 2014
  2. Russell Westbrook: Point Godzilla

    Jason Gallagher

    Something happened last night before our very eyes. Something has been happening these entire playoffs. That thing ...; That THING is Point Godzilla. Let's talk lesser beings for a sec ...; In the new Godzilla fi...

    Blog | May 14, 2014
  3. Analysis: Big Ten Spring Football

    Holly Anderson

    Join us as we take a tourist's glance at the nebulous between-world of spring football, so often neither footbally nor springy. Previously: the ACC, the SEC, the Big 12, and the Pac-12. This week: the Big Ten, where a brea...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  4. Spring Snapshot: Big 12 Football Check-in

    Holly Anderson

    Join us as we take a tourist's glance at the nebulous between-world of spring football, so often neither footbally nore springy. Previously: the ACC and the SEC. This week: the Big 12, which proved last s...

    Blog | April 03, 2014
  5. Brodyssey Resumes: Lane Kiffin Alights in Tuscaloosa as Offensive...

    Holly Anderson

    [THE PEACH BOWL — 1912] MIKE SLIVE, SEC COMMISSIONER: You lost today, kid. But that doesn't mean you have to like it. [SLIVE places a visor on a young LANE KIFFIN's head at a rakish angle, the hat brim blocking the boy's face.] [CLOSE...

    Blog | January 13, 2014
  6. James Franklin Drops Anchor at Penn State

    Holly Anderson

    We're not good at predictions. We keep telling y'all this, and then backing it up every time we make one. Seasons can turn on one freak injury, one breakout performance, or just one bad day, and trying to track the long-term viability of head coachin...

    Blog | January 13, 2014
  7. College Football Final Exam Shootaround: Grantland Bids Adieu to ...

    Grantland Staff

    On Monday night, Florida State beat Auburn with a thrilling last-minute touchdown drive. The Seminoles' victory ended the SEC's streak of seven consecutive national championships, but it also put a bow on something far more fundamental: the BCS era. ...

    Blog | January 08, 2014
  8. Dispatches From Bowlvania - The Last Crystal Football

    Holly Anderson

    In which Florida State bookends the BCS era

    Story | Conversation | January 07, 2014
  9. Bowl Seasonal Affective Disorder: Six Signs That an Embarrassing ...

    Doug Gillett

    Are you looking forward to bowl season? Well, what if I told you that your team could be facing death at any moment? (By "death" I mean "an embarrassing loss," but down here in SEC country, that's just as bad.) I'm not a doctor or a college football ...

    Blog | December 19, 2013
  10. If the College Football Playoff Began This Season, Which Four Tea...

    Ed Feng

    Michigan State brought tranquility to this year's championship race by eliminating Ohio State from the ranks of the undefeateds and paving the way for a Florida State–Auburn title game matchup devoid of the chaos and controversy that has so oft...

    Blog | December 10, 2013
  11. College Football Final Exam Shootaround: The Men, Moments, and Me...

    Grantland Staff

    We made it. Championship Saturday is in the books, the BCS pairings are set, and the Heisman finalists are packing their bags for New York. There's plenty of bowl-season excitement ahead, but now that the 2013 regular season is in the books — w...

    Blog | December 10, 2013
  12. College Football, Week 15: The Kingdom, the Power, and the Person...

    Holly Anderson

    We've never been able to have terribly productive conversations with readers who begin diatribes with "THE MEDIA ..." due in some part to the fondness those folks have for claiming NARRATIVE MANIPULATION. There are a couple of problems with this: ...

    Blog | December 09, 2013
  13. College Football, Week 12: Do You Believe in Unlikelihoods?

    Holly Anderson

    Sometime around 2 a.m. ET on Sunday, the winless Hawaii Warriors, who'd either led or tied the San Diego State Aztecs for four full quarters, found themselves stalled out near midfield. Time expired on what would have been a game-winning touchdown dr...

    Blog | November 18, 2013
  14. Afternoon Links: Forget the Entourage Movie for a Sec and Conside...

    Zach Dionne

    Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and their brother Paul own a restaurant in Hingham, Massachusetts, called Wahlburgers. It's enough to just know that; we can all die happy and hungry. But because that's not enough — because we need to die happy, hungry...

    Blog | November 12, 2013
  15. College Football, Week 11: Run Like Hell

    Holly Anderson

    The race to the BCS games commences each August as a clown car of near-limitless capacity. It careers into Week 1 crammed with 120-some teams, each anointed with some degree of possibility, however finite, of stringing together a perfect season and h...

    Blog | November 11, 2013
  16. College Football, Week 10: What You Missed While Missing Almost N...

    Holly Anderson

    What do you get when fully half of the teams in the BCS top 10 don't appear on the weekend schedule and four of those that do put on decisive wins of varying degrees of ruthlessness? We come not to criticize our corporate mothership, which did not en...

    Blog | November 04, 2013