Category Archives: College Football
Deshaun Watson and the Clemson Tigers avenge last year’s title loss to beat Alabama on final play to win College Football Playoff:
Tampa, Fla. (AP) — Deshaun Watson took the snap, rolled right and with one of the easiest throws he had to make all night, completed Clemson’s journey to the top of college football.
A frantic fourth quarter and a championship rematch between Clemson and Alabama was decided with 1 second left on a 2-yard touchdown toss to Hunter Renfrow.
“I couldn’t hear the crowd,” Watson said. “I just felt at peace.”
Watson and the Tigers dethroned the defending champs and became the first team to beat Nick Saban’s Alabama dynasty in a national title game, taking down the top-ranked Crimson Tide 35-31 Monday night in the College Football Playoff.
A 35-year title drought for Clemson is over. The Tigers are national champions for the first time since 1981.
College Football: In a close vote, Alabama’s Derrick Henry edges out Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey to win 2015 Heisman Trophy:
Via NY Times:
Derrick Henry, the workhorse Alabama running back, caught his breath at the podium Saturday night after winning the Heisman Trophy as he began to thank his mother, whom he would awaken with late-night calls when he struggled; his father, “my No. 1 fan”; and his grandmother, “who made me what I am today.”
He added: “If you have dreams, chase them. If you believe it, you can achieve it.” He was the second player from Alabama to win the Heisman, joining Mark Ingram, who received the trophy in 2009.
During the season, Henry gained 1,986 yards on 339 carries, breaking Herschel Walker’s Southeastern Conference record. Later, at a news conference, he said, “I was hoping to meet him tonight, but he wasn’t here tonight,” he said of Walker, the 1982 Heisman winner from Georgia. “I hope to meet him sometime.”
College Football: LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette, a Heisman Trophy candidate, is having a season for the ages:
Via Ivan Maisel of ESPN:
BATON ROUGE, La. — Forgive me for what I am about to write. In the age of hyperbole, when social and traditional media combine to whip you into a frenzy over what once barely merited a headline, what I am about to say might sound devalued. If everything is the Greatest or the Most or All-Time, then nothing is. A new television show is called “Best Time Ever,” which, for most of us, I’m pretty sure would not include a television show.
Leonard Fournette is a running back, an LSU sophomore, and he leads the FBS in rushing and in Heisman votes in October. He has started the season well. With most running backs, that description would suffice.
So forgive me for writing a story that reads like ESPN.com just got T-boned by Buzzfeed. Forgive me for preaching gospel sourced in feel and potential and wonder and three football games. In each of them, Fournette has rushed for more than 200 yards. No one in the history of the Southeastern Conference — neither Herschel nor Bo nor running backs with last names — had ever done that.
Ohio State’s run game the big difference as Buckeyes defeat the Oregon Ducks for 2015 College Football Playoff’s National Title:
ARLINGTON, Texas — Ohio State was done when Braxton Miller got hurt in August.
Ohio State was done when it lost at home to Virginia Tech in September.
A funny thing happened: Every time the Buckeyes looked done, they kept getting better. And in the new era of college football, that was enough to earn a chance to win a championship.
They took advantage of an opportunity they never would have had in the BCS, shrugging off questions about whether they belonged among college football’s final four. Cardale Jones, Ezekiel Elliott and the Buckeyes won the first College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T, upsetting Marcus Mariota and Oregon 42-20 on Monday night.
Behind their bullish backup quarterback Jones and the relentless running of Elliott, the Buckeyes (14-1) completed a remarkable in-season turnaround with a dominating performance against the Ducks (13-2). Read the rest of this entry
College Football: Alabama vs Ohio State, Oregon Ducks vs Florida State Advance To College Football Playoff
1st Annual College Football Playoff is set; Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State set for championship showdown:
Game Previews via ESPN:
NO. 2 OREGON DUCKS (12-1) vs. NO. 3 FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (13-0)
JAN. 1, 5 P.M. ET, ROSE BOWL, PASADENA, CALIFORNIA (ESPN)
Season highlight: Winning the Pac-12 championship. The Ducks’ 38-point win against Arizona made up for the fact the Wildcats gave the Ducks their only blemish of the season. But when you come back and absolutely dominate that opponent in the most important game of the season, those wounds seem to heal pretty quickly. Quarterback Marcus Mariota had more than one Heisman moment and finished the day with three rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns. Read the rest of this entry
Taking a closer look at some of the best draft picks and overall value by each team after a very busy 2014 NFL Draft:
Via ESPN Insider: After looking through each team’s draft board, these choices stood out as being the best based on what each player brings to the table, how he fits with his new team and where he was drafted in the order (and also who else was available at the time).
Here are my favorite picks of all 32 teams, plus plenty of thoughts on some of the other choices I did or didn’t like for each.
Round 3 (79): Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State
I could have gone with C.J. Mosley, who was the best player on the board when the Ravens took him at No. 17 overall, and is an NFL-ready player who will be a playmaker behind the Ravens’ big defensive front.
But I decided to go with Brooks here, as I think he was a steal in the third round and could develop into an every-down starter for Baltimore given his physicality near the line and range in coverage. He’s always around the football.
Timmy Jernigan, drafted at No. 48 in the second round, is a good player, but I don’t totally understand his fit as a 1-technique. He won’t provide much as a pass rusher, and he comes with some character baggage.
Rd. 1 (4): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson (from CLE)
It came at a high cost (a 2015 first-rounder in the trade with Cleveland to move up from No. 9 to No. 4), but the Bills got the most dynamic offensive playmaker in this draft — and the best wide receiver prospect since A.J. Green — in Watkins. They are going to need to surround second-year QB EJ Manuel with great players to give him a chance to succeed, and in Watkins he will have a true No. 1 target. Read the rest of this entry
Stewart Mandel on College Football’s Newest Dynasty, Nick Saban’s Alabama Roll Tide:
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — College football’s overlords need to hold an intervention, pronto, because this is becoming a serious problem. It’s clear now that no one can possibly hang with Alabama in a BCS championship game. And that’s an issue for everybody else, seeing as neither Nick Saban nor most of his marquee players seem interested in leaving Tuscaloosa anytime soon.
As the confetti poured down behind them at Sun Life Stadium, and as they tried to get changed in the locker room, Alabama’s players found themselves answering the same question over and over from reporters following their 42-14 demolition of Notre Dame on Monday: Having won three of the past four BCS championships, are the Crimson Tide a dynasty?
LA Times Gary Klein on the explosive Oregon Ducks 62-51 victory over USC behind RB Kenjon Barner’s record setting day:
The numbers didn’t lie.
Not before the game and certainly not after.
Second-ranked Oregon rolled into the Coliseum on Saturday with the nation’s highest-scoring offense.
The Ducks rolled out with a 62-51 victory over staggering USC, setting a slew of opponent records in the process.
“They did their thing,” Trojans safety T.J. McDonald said. “We didn’t.”
With running back Kenjon Barner rushing for 321 yards and five touchdowns, Oregon amassed 730 yards en route to a victory that improved the Ducks’ record to 9-0 and kept them in the race for a berth in the Bowl Championship Series title game.
Meanwhile, USC surrendered the most points and yards in its history and fell to 6-3 overall and 4-3 in the Pac-12 Conference.
“They played the way they usually play,” USC linebacker Hayes Pullard said. “Real fast.”
Chris Huston of CBS Sports previews the top Heisman Trophy candidates after USC’s Matt Barkley’s latest loss to Stanford:
Week 3 of the college football season is in the books, and the race for the 2012 Heisman Trophy has been dramatically altered.
USC’s Matt Barkley is the latest preseason favorite to stumble, throwing two interceptions in a huge loss to Stanford.
If you had told me before the year began that Barkley, Denard Robinson and Montee Ball would all be out of the Heisman race by the middle of September, I would’ve said you were crazy.
But it’s happened, and now it’s a wide-open competition. Any number of candidates could emerge. The next two weeks will give us a better understanding of the Heisman terrain, but for now the race is very fluid.
Keep in mind that the goal of this Heisman Watch is not just to track who is playing well from week to week. This is not a college football version of Kasey Casem’s top 40. The goal is to figure out who will ultimately win the trophy. Read the rest of this entry
CBS Sports’ College Football writer Dennis Dodd on the brand new launch of the highly anticipated Pac-12 TV Sports Network:
When the Pac-12 Network debuted in San Diego on Wednesday, there were more subscribers in that market to the Big Ten Network.
Don’t ever underestimate the Buckeye surfer demographic.
This is not to disparage the Pac-12 Network or elevate the Big Ten Network. It is a call for calm. The Pac-12’s networklaunched Wednesday like a digital hydra. There are seven of them bound for glory and riches, the Pac-12 believes. The media, for the most part, concurs. This space merely questions.
To this point the P12N has had their new product sufficiently promoted. Commissioner Larry Scott is brilliant and articulate. His expertise has made sure the conference will have the rights to technology that has not been invented yet. Read the rest of this entry