The Ballad of James Franklin Mike Poorman sat down with James Franklin to discuss a whirlwind six-year span that started with his first head coaching gig at SEC cellar-dweller Vanderbilt and was most recently highlighted with an unexpected Big Ten championship. There should be plenty of more chapters to come.
Let’s Go Bowling! This past Saturday brought a thrilling Army-Navy game, while this upcoming Saturday kicks off the 2016-2017 bowl season. Check out the full schedule here. Not interested in the 1,423 bowl games, including the Dollar General Bowl (yes, that’s a real thing). Here’s a list of the top 10 games of the bowl season.
Happy Valley Heisman It seems to be a foregone conclusion that Saquon Barkley will enter the 2017 season on the Heisman shortlist. But could Trace McSorley actually be the more likely candidate?
Bring Back the Wacky A huge highlight of every bowl season during the past few years has been the performance of the Stanford marching band, which is equal parts zany fun and head-scratching confusion. Sadly, the show will not go on this year as the band is facing a suspension until 2017.
Irish Eyes are Crying Notre Dame fans continue to make their lack of satisfaction with the football program known, releasing another ad calling for the dismissal of head coach and professional finger-pointer Brian Kelly. Fans have had it with Kelly’s constant string of off-the-field issues combined with the team’s colossal failure on the field in 2016, although it seems that he still has the full backing of the athletic department and will be back on the sidelines in 2017.