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
Steve Berkowitz, Randy Peterson, Amanda Caffey USA TODAY Network Published 6:43 p.m. UTC Aug 29, 2018 College football’s version of the gig economy gets rolling Thursday, as teams across the country begin the annual ritual of playing one-time, non-conference games in exchange for huge payouts. This season, well over $175 million will change hands just for teams getting on the field for these so-called “guarantee” games, according to an analysis of more than 275 contracts for matchups involving teams in the NCAA’s top-level Bowl Subdivision. While some of these agreements involve series of games on equal and relatively modest terms, the real money is elsewhere. It’s in about a dozen contests at off-campus sites, like the weekend’s featured matchups: No. 6-ranked Washington vs. No. 10 Auburn on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, and No. 8 Miami (Fla.) vs. No. 24 LSU at AT&T Stadium on Sunday night in Arlington, Texas. Those … [Read more...] about College football guarantee games: A gig economy worth more than $175 million this season
There are not a lot of first-round locks at cornerback this year after Ohio State’s Denzel Ward, who’s a top-10 candidate. Minkah Fitzpatrick is regarded just as highly as Ward, but we’re considering him as a safety. He played both at Alabama and could be an immediate starter at either spot in the NFL. Even without Fitzpatrick, there’s enough depth that as many as 15 cornerbacks could hear their names called by the end of the second day (Round 3). And there still will be some players with intriguing size-speed combinations available when Round 4 begins. Bears depth chart Kyle Fuller Prince Amukamara Bryce Callahan Cre’Von LeBlanc Marcus Cooper Sherrick McManis Bears draft need Moderate If Fuller plays the way he did in 2017, the Bears’ four-year, $56 million investment in him will pay off handsomely. Almost as impressive as his 22 pass breakups was Fuller’s physical play in run support, which made most detractors forget that he … [Read more...] about Cornerback isn’t a pressing concern for Bears in draft