college football

This season's Michigan/Ohio State game has enormous implications. There's no reason to force West Coasters out of bed for it, though. (MGoBlog/Flickr)

Early morning start times for Michigan games must end

Ed. note: This is a guest column, pertinent because the most important…

 

CCSF offensive lineman Elliot Baker is the top-rated juco recruit in the country. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

An overlooked giant: CCSF lineman ranked No. 1 juco prospect

In a saturated Bay Area sports market, it’s easy to overlook the…

 

Cal rolls in first college football game of season

In their season opener, the Cal Golden Bears offense looked to not…

 

Free agent Dashon Goldson said he reached out to the Oakland Raiders about possibly joining the Silver and Black in the upcoming NFL season. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Everyone wants to rep the East Bay

Former San Francisco 49er Dashon Goldson says he’d like to return to…

Free agent Dashon Goldson said he reached out to the Oakland Raiders about possibly joining the Silver and Black in the upcoming NFL season. (Alex Brandon/AP)
Cal quarterback Jared Goff catches footballs in preparation for Cal's NFL Pro Day on Friday in Berkeley. (Ben Margot/AP)

Jared Goff shows range of talent at Cal Pro Day

Jared Goff showcased his arsenal of throws Friday during the Cal Football Pro…

Cal quarterback Jared Goff catches footballs in preparation for Cal's NFL Pro Day on Friday in Berkeley. (Ben Margot/AP)
Alabama head coach Nick Saban says the College Football Playoff system “sort of overwhelms the importance of all the other bowl games.” (David J. Phillip/AP)

Saban: Bowl system flawed

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Nick Saban is concerned about the bowl system. He…

Alabama head coach Nick Saban says the College Football Playoff system “sort of overwhelms the importance of all the other bowl games.” (David J. Phillip/AP)
Stanford head coach David Shaw believes the College Football Playoffs will eventually expand to include eight teams. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

System works, just not on New Year’s Eve

PASADENA, Calif. - If they began anew, all bracketed and filleted in…

Stanford head coach David Shaw believes the College Football Playoffs will eventually expand to include eight teams. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
Calquarterback Jared Goff celebrates with fans after the Golden Bears defeated Air Force 55-36 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 29, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (Ron Jenkins/AP)

Gift of Goff? 49ers may lose that, too

After the follies, the idiocy, the roster exodus, the fan alienation and…

Calquarterback Jared Goff celebrates with fans after the Golden Bears defeated Air Force 55-36 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 29, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (Ron Jenkins/AP)
Stanford's Christian McCaffrey runs against Southern California during the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Saturday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

McCaffrey off to New York as Heisman finalist

NEW YORK — No one has caught Christian McCaffrey all season. Now,…

Stanford's Christian McCaffrey runs against Southern California during the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Saturday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Former college football announcer Keith Jackson, center, will be formally honored at the Rose Bowl next month when the stadium’s radio and TV booths will are renamed “The Keith Jackson Broadcast Center.” (Dean Hare/AP)

Whoa, Nellie: A Keith Jackson Appreciation

LOS ANGELES — Amid these tumultuous times of playoff debates, player suspensions…

Former college football announcer Keith Jackson, center, will be formally honored at the Rose Bowl next month when the stadium’s radio and TV booths will are renamed “The Keith Jackson Broadcast Center.” (Dean Hare/AP)
Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey  runs after getting a hand off from quarterback Kevin Hogan during an NCAA college football game against Washington Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Stanford, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Wake up, sleepy voters: McCaffrey for Heisman

Can you imagine a war correspondent not covering a peace treaty because…

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey  runs after getting a hand off from quarterback Kevin Hogan during an NCAA college football game against Washington Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Stanford, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (5) scores a touchdown during the Big Game on Saturday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Once plodding, Stanford has sprint team

Stanford became a college football powerhouse behind its power offense. Formations with…

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (5) scores a touchdown during the Big Game on Saturday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
California quarterback Jared Goff, right, throws the ball under pressure from Southern California defensive end Greg Townsend Jr. during the  game on Saturday in Berkeley. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Goff, Cal tumbling again

The sight of Jared Goff yelling on the sideline, having to be…

California quarterback Jared Goff, right, throws the ball under pressure from Southern California defensive end Greg Townsend Jr. during the  game on Saturday in Berkeley. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
California quarterback Jared Goff looks on from the sidelines in the game against Utah on Saturday, Oct. 10, in Salt Lake City. Utah won 30-24. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Cal eyes rebound at UCLA

California coach Sonny Dykes hopes his players took more than a loss…

California quarterback Jared Goff looks on from the sidelines in the game against Utah on Saturday, Oct. 10, in Salt Lake City. Utah won 30-24. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Cal wide receiver Bryce Treggs (1) celebrates with teammates and fans after a game against San Diego State earlier this season. (Tony Avelar/AP)

Cal jacked for huge test

In two years, California has gone from a 1-11 season to college…

Cal wide receiver Bryce Treggs (1) celebrates with teammates and fans after a game against San Diego State earlier this season. (Tony Avelar/AP)
Cal head coach Sonny Dykes, right, watches quarterback Jared Goff warm up prior to the Golden Bears' game against San Diego State on Saturday.  (Tony Avelar/AP)

Defining game for Cal at Texas

Even as he gets peppered daily with questions about it, California coach…

Cal head coach Sonny Dykes, right, watches quarterback Jared Goff warm up prior to the Golden Bears' game against San Diego State on Saturday.  (Tony Avelar/AP)
Stanford's  Bryce Love runs for a 93-yard touchdown against UCF on Saturday, Sept. 12. (Matthew Sumner/AP)

Lot of Love at Stanford

The first time freshman Bryce Love touched the ball in Stanford’s 31-7…

Stanford's  Bryce Love runs for a 93-yard touchdown against UCF on Saturday, Sept. 12. (Matthew Sumner/AP)
Ohio State star Cardale Jones is paid appropriately: incidentals and a full-ride scholarship. (Steve Helber/AP)

Pay college athletes, duck the slime

It simply isn’t accurate, this sweeping outrage that college athletes in revenue-rich…

Ohio State star Cardale Jones is paid appropriately: incidentals and a full-ride scholarship. (Steve Helber/AP)
Oregon State coach Gary Anderson walks onto the field with the orange squad before their NCAA college football spring game in Corvallis, Ore. The Pac-12's only new coach this fall realized he was rejoining a league with remarkable talent and several blossoming programs that are sure to make life tough on Saturdays.  (Don Ryan/AP File Photo)

Pac-12 loaded with talent and on the rise in national esteem

LOS ANGELES — When Gary Andersen left Big Ten powerhouse Wisconsin for…

Oregon State coach Gary Anderson walks onto the field with the orange squad before their NCAA college football spring game in Corvallis, Ore. The Pac-12's only new coach this fall realized he was rejoining a league with remarkable talent and several blossoming programs that are sure to make life tough on Saturdays.  (Don Ryan/AP File Photo)
Stanford head coach David Shaw speaks to reporters during NCAA college Pac-12 Football Media Days, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Burbank, Calif. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

After down season, Stanford football renews team commitment

BURBANK, Calif. — It was a Sunday, one day after Stanford lost…

Stanford head coach David Shaw speaks to reporters during NCAA college Pac-12 Football Media Days, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Burbank, Calif. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)