Should Michigan, Georgia, TCU, USC be in College Football Playoff no matter what happens this week?
Do the top four teams in the current College Football Playoff rankings -- Georgia, Michigan, TCU, and USC -- deserve to make the playoff no matter what happens in the conference title games this weekend? Or should Ohio State and Alabama be rewarded for sitting at home?
Here’s why Michigan football’s Jim Harbaugh should win coach of the year, again
The Michigan Wolverines have advanced to their second consecutive Big Ten Championship after dismantling the Ohio State Buckeyes 45-23 in Columbus, finishing the regular season undefeated while also planting their flag for Jim Harbaugh to win the coach of the year award again.
Michigan football and Ohio State prepared to square off in game of the century part II
The Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes are prepared to square off in the game of the century II for a chance to represent the east division in the Big Ten Championship, remain undefeated, and have bragging rights for the next 365 days.
NIL expert predicts $50,000 minimum pay for Power 5 players
College football and men’s basketball players on scholarship in one of the major conferences can expect to soon earn a minimum of $50,000 each year he plays because of the influx of cash from booster collectives brokering name, image and likeness deals.
Ball drops on Michigan after 34-11 rout by Georgia in CFP semifinal at Orange Bowl
The College Football National Championship will be a rematch of the SEC championship after Georgia boat raced the Michigan Wolverines in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Orange Bowl inside Hard Rock Stadium.
Michigan football faces daunting playoff matchup vs. Georgia, but don’t count this team out
Michigan dominated Ohio State and Iowa the last two weeks of the regular season to win a Big Ten championship, but now, it will face by far its toughest test as Georgia awaits in a College Football Playoff semifinal.
Michigan tops Iowa for first conference title since 2004, earns place in College Football Playoff
The Michigan Wolverines have won their first Big Ten Conference football championship since 2004, first outright since 2003, and subsequently earned their spot in the College Football Playoff to play for a national championship.
The crazy scenario that could land both Michigan, Michigan State in College Football Playoff
It’s going to take a minor miracle for Michigan or Michigan State to get past Ohio State and make the College Football Playoff this season. But there’s an even crazier scenario that would put both teams in the top four.
Looking ahead to the College Football Playoff? This ‘RSVP’ concept is brilliant
Attending a major sporting event can be overwhelming: You might have to fly or embark on a road trip just to get there, depending on the location of course, and consider your accommodations and where you’ll stay, eat and how you’ll get around.
Jones, Smith, Harris reconnect at Alabama's pro day No. 2
Patrick Surtain II and Mac Jones had the spotlight at Alabama's Pro Day, Tuesday, March 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)DeVonta Smith was there for quarterback Mac Jones once again, this time it was at Alabama's latest pro day. “He didn't have to do that,” Jones told the SEC Network, which aired the pro day. '”Jones showcased his arm strength a week after participating in the Crimson Tide's first pro day. “Mac was just on me like, ‘Bro, come catch, come catch, come catch,’” Smith told the network.
NFL Mock Draft 2021: Predictions for Detroit Lions at No. 7
Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith celebrates after scoring against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)The 2021 NFL Draft is just weeks away and the Detroit Lions have a big decision to make in the top 10. 7 is a wide receiver. 7:ProFootballNetwork: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama: “It seems the shine on DeVonta Smith has waned just a bit in the past few months since his Heisman Trophy-winning campaign. If Matthew Stafford still dropped back for the Lions, Chase would be a better fit.” (Read more here)AdSporting News: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama: “Waddle is a highly skilled all-around natural pass-catcher. The Lions need to overhaul at wide receiver with Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr. and Danny Amendola all not re-signed.
Video game maker EA Sports announces return of NCAA Football
There is no timetable in place for the next release of a college football game, the company said. “We’ve heard from the millions of passionate fans requesting the return of college football video games,” EA Sports executive vice president and general manage Cam Weber said in a statement. “We love the energy, tradition and pageantry of college football and I am beyond thrilled to say we are back in development." The NCAA Football video game did not identify players by name, but the game simulated teams and players as they played in real life. The video game was part of a broad legal challenge and a judge ruled the NCAA had been inappropriately using the names, images and likenesses of college athletes.
Thousands party in streets after Alabama win, despite virus
Dr. Scott Harris, the head of the Alabama Department of Public Health, said he expected more cases of COVID-19 to result from the street party. “It’s disappointing to see people not paying attention to the guidance that we try to give to keep them safe. Students and workers also are required to complete online training about reducing the risk of spreading the illness. More than 5,500 people have died in Alabama from the illness caused by the coronavirus, and about 408,000 have tested positive. People lined up to get into the bars an hour before kickoff despite the warnings, The Tuscaloosa News reported.
Michigan is perfect example of why college football needs a 16-team playoff (just hear me out)
Since you’re reading this clearly labelled college football column, I’m guessing you already know this by now, but Alabama won... again. Notre Dame, Georgia, LSU, Oregon, Michigan State, Florida State and Washington made up the other eight, and they went a combined 4-7. These are supposed to be the premier moments of the college football season. Think about Western Michigan and Coastal Carolina getting to say they played in a College Football Playoff. It took me awhile to get here, but I’m confident this is the direction college football should take.
Perfect Alabama finishes No. 1 in AP Top 25 for 12th time
(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Alabama finished the season No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the 12th time, extending its record by completing the program’s first perfect season since 2009. With 12 AP titles overall — Paul “Bear” Bryant was coach for five and Gene Stallings for one — Alabama has four more than Notre Dame, in second place with eight. The Big 12 finished with a perfect record in five bowl games. ___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at https://westwoodonepodcasts.com/pods/ap-top-25-college-football-podcast/___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-college-football-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This story has been updated to correct the number of national titles for Alabama to 12, not.
COVID-19 shadows title game as college football season ends
From start to finish, the specter of COVID-19 loomed large over the 2020 college football season and the national championship game was no exception. The game, played in the Miami Dolphins’ stadium, drew the sort of turnout typically found in the fourth quarter of an NFL preseason game. But the challenges college football faced in navigating the pandemic were unique. The Pac-12 and Big Ten postponed their seasons before reversing course, and Ohio State played only eight games. It was a made-for-TV season that ends with an asterisk, and college football now looks toward the 2021 season, which is a big question mark.
Alabama in record 5th CFP title game vs 1st champ Ohio State
Ohio State is back for the first time since winning the inaugural title in the CFP era. After the SEC champion Crimson Tide rolled past Notre Dame 31-14 in a Rose Bowl played deep in the heart of Texas, the No. 3 Buckeyes of the Big Ten beat Clemson 49-28 in the other CFP semifinal at the Sugar Bowl on Friday night. The Tigers were trying, like Alabama, to get to the title game for the fifth time in the seven seasons of the four-team playoff. Alabama was the top seed in the first four-team playoff, but Ohio State beat the Tide 42-35 in the semifinal Sugar Bowl.
'Bama, ND, Clemson, OSU enter champ weekend in CFP position
Alabama punt returner DeVonta Smith (6) returns a punt for a touchdown against Arkansas during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State will enter championship weekend in position to make the College Football Playoff with very little drama. Ohio State (5-0) is fourth going into the Big Ten title game against Northwestern, and Texas A&M is on deck at No. The unbeaten Bearcats host Tulsa, which is 23rd, in the American Athletic Conference title game. "We continue to work with the College Football Playoff and local health officials to provide the safest possible environment at our game.”___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and http:www.twitter.com/AP_Top25
Ohio State still 4th in CFP rankings after cancellation
Ohio State (4-0) had to cancel its game at Illinois last week because of a spike in COVID-19 cases in the program. HERBSTREIT APOLOGYESPN's Kirk Herbstreit caused a commotion with some of his analysis regarding Ohio State, Michigan and teams using COVID-19 as an excuse to not play. The Wolverines (2-4) are scheduled to host Maryland this week and play at Ohio State on Dec. 12. “I still think Michigan waves the white flag, potentially avoids playing Ohio State next week,” Herbstreit said. the former Ohio State quarterback said.
AP Top 25: Clemson remains overwhelming No. 1 over Alabama
POLL POINTSWhen it comes to winning games against ranked teams, Alabama coach Nick Saban is the best ever. Even before beating Georgia, Saban held the record for most victories against AP top-five teams (now 25) and top-10 teams (now 42). The average number of games played in a college football season is also longer now than ever before. The conference has had three of its teams ranked at one point or another. 23 North Carolina State is ranked for the first time since 2018.
Commissioners decline CFP expansion after Pac-12 request
The conference commissioners who manage the College Football Playoff decided to stick with a four-team format during this pandemic-altered season after the Pac-12 made a request to consider expansion. Conferences are not playing the same number of games, are starting play at different times and there are no interconference matchups between Power Five leagues. Hancock added any decision on expansion would need the approval of the CFP’s presidential oversight committee after a recommendation by commissioners. The Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 are already up and running among the Power Five leagues. AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco is the one member of the management committee who has publicly suggested playoff expansion in the past.
CFP selection committee set to release 1st ranking Nov. 17
The College Football Playoff unveiled a revised schedule Monday for its weekly rankings, with the first set pushed back two weeks to Nov. 17 and the final list now on tap for Dec. 20. Hancock said the CFP selection committee still plans to rank its top 25 teams each week, but nothing isnt open for tweaking if necessary. The six conferences have announced their intention to play, so the committee just established its meeting scheduled to be prepared, Hancock said. This is another way we're planning for a College Football Playoff to happen with a championship in Miami.The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12, Southeastern Conference, American Athletic Conference, Conference USA and Sun Belt are move toward playing in the fall. The playoff management committee, which consists of the 10 FBS conference commissioners and Notre Dame's athletic director, met last week, Hancock said.
NCAA football oversight asks board for time on fall sports
FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson (2) is tackled by Clemson during the first half of an NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game in New Orleans. The NCAA's latest guidance for playing college sports during the COVID-19 pandemic recommends testing players once a week within 72 hours of competition. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)The NCAA football oversight committee is asking the associations Board of Governors to avoid making a decision later this week on whether to conduct fall championships as college sports tries to find a path to play through the pandemic. The board could decide to call off NCAA championship events in fall sports such as soccer, womens volleyball and lower-division football. The NCAA has no authority to postpone or cancel specific seasons, a decision that would be up to individual schools or their conferences.
Michigan hopes for signature win against college football titan Alabama in Citrus Bowl
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – If you told Michigan fans their team would be playing Alabama in a bowl game this season, they probably would have assumed the team made its first College Football Playoff appearance. So here sits Michigan: Squaring off against the sports greatest dynasty despite earning the Big Ten’s fourth-best bowl bid. It would be the most signature win of the Harbaugh era and end a three-year bowl losing streak. But a win over Alabama would go a long way toward softening the criticism over the next eight months. Beating a team with five national championships in 11 years and 12 straight double-digit win seasons would be a good start.
LSU football vs. Ole Miss: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
Joe Burrow and company will try to keep the team in high gear when the top-ranked Tigers visit Ole Miss on Saturday. "We're going to continue to rise," Tigers coach Ed Orgeron told reporters after beating Alabama. "LSU is a great team and you have to do the small things right," Ole Miss defensive lineman Benito Jones told reporters. I have been blessed with speed and pretty good vision as well, Plumlee told reporters. PREDICTION: LSU 38, Ole Miss 17
Texas football vs. Kansas State: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
AUSTIN, Texas Kansas State got more respect from the College Football Playoff committee than it did from the coaches this week, coming in at No. ABOUT KANSAS STATE (6-2, 3-2 Big 12)The Wildcats rushed for 342 yards in last weeks 38-10 drubbing of Kansas, with quarterback Skylar Thompsons 127 yards and three TDs on the ground leading the way. Thompson owns eight rushing scores during the three-game winning streak, but Kansas State isnt counting on the rushing yards coming as easily this weekend. Kansas State DB AJ Parker (ankle) is not expected to play Saturday. PREDICTION: Texas 30, Kansas State 24
The Latest: Ohio St, LSU, Alabama, Penn St top CFP rankings
Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins, left, scores a touchdown against Wisconsin during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)The Latest on the season's first College Football Playoff rankings (all times local):9:35 p.m.Ohio State, LSU, Alabama and Penn State are the top four in the College Football Playoff selection committee's first rankings of the season. The top four in the selection committee's initial rankings have never all reached the semifinals in the playoff's five-year history. If the five-year history of the College Football Playoff has taught us anything it is this: Don't start off third in the initial rankings. LSU, Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Penn State are all expected to be in the mix for those precious top four slots.