Paul Myerberg USA TODAY Published 12:44 AM EST Nov 18, 2018 Technically, Ohio State remains alive in the hunt for the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes’ tenuous grasp on a place in the conversation survived Maryland’s best shot, with a 52-51 overtime win not sealed until the Terrapins’ Tyrrell Pigrome missed an open teammate in the end zone on what would’ve been the deciding two-point conversion. Wins are wins in college football, as in any sport, and the Buckeyes will take what they can get in what has been the rockiest season of the Urban Meyer era. With the victory, OSU proceeds into next Saturday’s winner-take-all matchup with rival Michigan – a game that will decide the Big Ten East Division and send the winner one step closer to a national semifinal. It’s hard to imagine Ohio State locating the sort of performance needed to defeat what is clearly the best Michigan team since Jim Harbaugh’s return to the program in 2015. … [Read more...] about College football winners-losers: Ohio State, Nebraska, Florida State
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Paul Myerberg USA TODAY Published 9:01 PM EST Nov 17, 2018 NEW YORK — The chant began before the alma mater and picked up again after the final chords: “Beat ‘SC,” screamed the Notre Dame fans crowded into Yankee Stadium, already hyping up a rivalry mismatch that will determine whether the Fighting Irish will become the first team to punch its ticket to the College Football Playoff. Third in the latest Playoff rankings, the Irish seem up to the challenge. Meanwhile, Southern California will limp into the season finale off a disheartening loss to UCLA, playing for bowl eligibility and, perhaps, for embattled head coach Clay Helton. “Our guys know who they’re playing. They know what it will take,” said Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly. The 36-3 win on Saturday against No. 12 Syracuse will impress the Playoff selection committee, which already holds the No. 3 Irish in high esteem, and may put a slight crack into the established train of … [Read more...] about Notre Dame: Why would this playoff be any better than 2012 vs. Tide?
Dan Wolken USA TODAY Published 12:43 AM EST Nov 11, 2018 ATHENS, Ga. — The Georgia Bulldogs are about to have a lot of fans, certainly more than they ever knew. Though it will be strictly a marriage of convenience, the legion of new red-and-black backers is going to reach all the way north to Michigan, west to Indiana and of course 45 minutes up Interstate 85 from here across the state line to South Carolina. Because make no mistake, there is dread if not outright resignation about what lies ahead for college football over the next eight weeks. As tired as the country may be of Alabama, never has a championship team felt as inevitable as this one. Even the manufactured drama feels cheaply made. And so the rest of college football is down to one more chance to squeeze Alabama out of the College Football Playoff, and it will come on Dec. 1 when Georgia gets its shot in the SEC championship game. More: Tua Tagovailoa leaves with injured leg in Alabama's defeat of … [Read more...] about Georgia building toward SEC title game matchup vs. Alabama
Jeff Seidel Detroit Free Press Published 10:29 AM EST Nov 4, 2018 It took four years, but Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh has finally built a team in his own image. Absolutely ruthless. “There are so many identities,” Michigan linebacker Josh Uche said, of this team. “Fast. Physical. Angry. Emotional. Greedy.” Yes, the Wolverines are all of those things. They don’t just want to play — they want to demolish. They don’t just want to win — they want to decimate, which is what Michigan did on Saturday, routing Penn State, 42-7, in the Big House. A revenge tour? That might be underselling it. The Wolverines want to crush you and your family and take your lunch money and then make you fall to your knees and rub your nose in it. Which is Jim Harbaugh personified. More: 11 observations from Week 10 of the college football season More: Winners and losers for Week 10 topped by West Virginia's bold gamble More: College … [Read more...] about Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh has finally built a football team in his image
AP Updated 2:23 AM EDT Nov 1, 2018 Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week: BEST GAME No. 14 Penn State at No. 5 Michigan Michigan (7-1, 5-0, No. 5 CFP) needs a win to remain at least one game ahead of Ohio State in the Big Ten East and further enhance its resume for the College Football Playoff. The Nittany Lions (6-2, 3-2, No. 14 CFP) are all but out of the East race, but they could still make a New Year's bowl if they win out. BEST MATCHUP Purdue QB David Blough vs. Iowa defense Blough had been about the hottest thing going in the Big Ten before throwing three interceptions last week against Michigan State, his last one coming at the Spartans' 22 when the Boilermakers (4-4, 3-2) were down 16-13 with 10 minutes left in a 23-13 loss. Blough faces another big challenge against Iowa (6-2, 3-2, No. 16 CFP), which held Trace McSorley and Tommy Stevens to 13-of-29 passing for 194 yards in a loss at Penn State. INSIDE THE NUMBERS Nebraska and Ohio State have combined for 1,800 … [Read more...] about Penn St. can dent Michigan playoff hopes, polish bowl resume