• Written off on Sept. 6, Ohio State wins an improbable national championship

    Arlington, Tex.—Here in the first paragraph is everything you need to know about Ohio State’s 42-20 win over Oregon in Monday night’s championship game in the first College Football Playoff: It wasn’t that close. No sir. Not even remotely that close. Thanks to the one-two punch of quarterback Cardale Jones and running back Ezekial Elliott, […]

  • Meyer better equipped in his return to coaching elite

    Dallas–It was the day before the 2009 SEC Championship game and Florida’s team was at the Georgia Dome for an afternoon walk through. Tim Brando and I were at the Dome for a rehearsal of our CBS pre-game show when we ran into Urban Meyer, the Gators’ head coach. He was cordial but obviously distracted […]

  • Why do we play all of these bowl games? Because they’re fun

    Put some new batteries in the remote control. Make an extra run to the grocery store for snacks. Go ahead and ask your wife for forgiveness because she is not going to understand. Bowl season starts Saturday with five games. Can you name them? (New Orleans, New Mexico, Las Vegas, Famous Idaho Potato, Camelia). It […]

  • Some advice before the first CFP rankings: Relax.

    Tonight the 12-person selection committee for the new College Football Playoff will release its first Top 25 rankings. Those rankings will begin what promises to be a very intense debate over which four teams make the playoffs. Before those rankings are released and this debate begins please let me offer this piece of advice: Relax. […]

  • Winston’s conduct threatens to take joy out of FSU season

    Jameis Winston, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, is an embarrassment to himself, his family, his teammates, his coaches, his university and everybody who cares about college football. And yes, that includes the media who cover it. When Winston, who had already been part of an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct, was caught shoplifting and then […]

  • Time to start thinking of college athletics in a different way

    The NCAA Division I Board of Directors voted Thursday to allow the 65 schools in the top five conferences to have more autonomy when it comes to making rules. So now what? Let’s start here. The world as we know it in college athletics is not coming to an end. But it is going to […]

  • New rule: You hit a female and you’re done

    I don’t know Devonte Fields, other than the fact that he is a great football player for Texas Christian University. He has already been chosen as the preseason Big 12 defensive player of the year. He was the conference’s defensive player of the year as a freshman in 2012. Fields missed most of the 2013 […]

  • Five Burning Questions as SEC Media Days begin

    I remember the first time more than 500 members of the press showed up for the circus (and I mean that affectionately) that is SEC Football Media Days. I don’t remember the year but I do remember thinking: “This is ridiculous. It can’t possibly get bigger than this.” Again, as usual, I was very, very wrong. Here’s how […]


RSS Tony’s articles for AJC Sports

  • First College Football Playoff a success; but what about next year? January 15, 2015
    By just about any measure, the first College Football Playoff was a success. Both the semifinals, which were viewed by 28 million, and the championship (33 million) set all-time records for a program on cable television. But before the before we close the book on the 2014 season and start looking ahead to Spring practice, […]
  • This time, Meyer will take a moment to smell the roses January 13, 2015
    Dallas–It was the morning after Ohio State’s 42-20 win over Oregon for the first national championship of the College Football Playoff. And as the media is wont to do in the age of Twitter, they tried to get Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to quickly turn the page to next year’s team, who’s turning pro, […]
  • Logic says take Oregon, but I like the Buckeyes January 11, 2015
    Dallas–Here are my top five story lines and a prediction for Monday night’s College Football Playoff title game between Ohio State (13-1) and Oregon (13-1): 1) The Ohio State defensive line: Oregon was averaging 49 points per game when the Ducks took on Auburn in the 2010 BCS championship. Auburn defensive coordinator Ted Roof was […]

RSS Recent posts from Mark Blaudschun, A Jersey Guy

  • Pats are guilty by association January 24, 2015
    The Week That Was: Normally the week BEFORE Super Bowl week is time to gather information and prepare for the onslaught of profiles and features that will characterize game week. Not this year. The Patriots and Bill Belichick and Company…Read more →
  • Deflate-gate will cost Belichick January 21, 2015
    Here’s the most intriguing question about Deflate-Gate, the latest controversy involving Patriots coach Bill Belichick and whether the footballs were slightly under inflated in the Pats’45-7 win over Indianapolis in Sunday’s AFC championship game. What will the ultimate cost be…Read more →
  • Is there a future for UMass FB? January 20, 2015
    On Tuesday morning, Mark Whipple was getting ready to board a plane to Florida on a recruiting trip. The second time, second-year University of Massachusetts football coach was doing his job, which is to build the Minutemen into a credible…Read more →