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: 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
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?