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College Football's Early National Championship Favorites for 2015

Ohio State, TCU and Alabama are the early favorites next year.
College Football's Early National Championship Favorites for 2015

The 2014-15 college football season concluded with Ohio State’s 42-20 win over Oregon on Monday night in Arlington, Texas. Although the on-field game action is over until next August, spring practice and offseason workouts will start for some teams in February. And with Signing Day just around the corner, there’s no shortage of college football news to fill the offseason void.

 

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Ranking the College Football National Champions since 1998

How do the best teams of the last two decades stack up against one another?
Ranking the College Football National Champions since 1998

Many consider the modern era of college football to be 1998-present — when the Bowl Championship Series went into effect.

 

Every team that wins the season’s final game is historically great in its own unique way, but trying to figure out who would win among those champs is a fun exercise.

 

Here is our best shot at ranking the national champions in the modern era of college football (1998-present):

 

QB Battle Coming to Florida State After Jameis Winston Bolts for the NFL

Sean Maguire or J.J. Cosentino could be the next QB in Tallahassee.
Sean Maguire, J.J. Cosentino Up Next at Florida State After Jameis Winston Enters NFL Draft

Florida State is starting over at quarterback next season after 2013 Heisman winner Jameis Winston declared for the NFL Draft on Wednesday. Replacing Winston’s on-field production will be one of college football’s top offseason storylines to monitor, as coach Jimbo Fisher has a cast of talented, yet largely unproven options in the mix.

 

Cover 2 College Football Podcast: National Championship Prediction

The guys breakdown and make predictions on the national title game.
Cover 2 College Football Podcast: National Championship Prediction

 

Hosts Braden Gall, David Fox and Steven Lassan go in-depth to break down college football's national championship game.

 

College Football's Top Coordinator Hires from 2014

Who were the best play-caller hires from this season?
College Football's Top Coordinator Hires from 2014

The college football coaching carousel is one of the most intriguing aspects of every offseason. Regardless of whether a team had a losing record or finished in the top 10 of the final rankings, coaching changes are possible for any program after the regular season has finished.

 

Florida State's Win Streak Ends. Will Era of Dominance End, Too?

Seminoles have plenty of questions after 59-20 loss to Oregon
Florida State's WIn Streak Ends. Will Era of Dominance End, Too?

PASADENA, Calif. — Jimbo Fisher likes to say the first 39 games were the key to the next 29.

 

That may be true, with the first three seasons setting the stage for an astounding 29-game run in which the Seminoles didn’t lose a game.

 

If Fisher’s first 39 was the key to this era of Seminoles football, the next 12 games will be the key to Fisher’s program.

 

Jameis Winston vs. Marcus Mariota in the Rose Bowl is a QB Matchup for the Ages

The last two Heisman winners will have plenty of chances to flourish
Jameis Winston vs. Marcus Mariota in the Rose Bowl is a QB Matchup of the Ages

LOS ANGELES — Jameis Winston is right.

 

The Florida State quarterback is saying all the right things about his matchup with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

 

The game will feature the last two Heisman winners on opposite sidelines, only the third time Heisman winners have faced each other in a bowl game.

 

As expected, neither Winston nor Mariota are talking it up as the superstar showdown the rest of us know it is.

 

Rose Bowl Scouting: Oregon Players and Coaches Break Down Florida State

Here's what the Seminoles are expecting from their playoff opponent
Rose Bowl Scouting: Oregon Players and Coaches Break Down Florida State

LOS ANGELES — The best experts on the four teams in the College Football Playoff are probably the teams themselves.

 

The next best thing might be the players and coaches who have been breaking down film and facing a scout team during the last three weeks.

 

Obviously, they’re not going to give up state secrets in the days leading up to the Rose Bowl, but we decided to see what Florida State is saying about Oregon and what Oregon is seeing out of Florida State.

 

Here’s the scouting report:

 

25 Most Important Players of the 2015 College Football Playoff

Oregon's Marcus Mariota ranks No. 1.
25 Most Important Players of the 2015 College Football Playoff

The college football playoff kicks off on Jan. 1 with Florida State and Oregon meeting in the Rose Bowl, and Alabama and Ohio State squaring off in New Orleans in the Sugar Bowl. There’s no shortage of talent among the four teams in the playoff, but some players are more valuable than others.

The Key to the Rose Bowl? Running Backs Who Took a Back Seat

Displaced by freshmen, veterans Byron Marshall and Karlos Williams have to take new roles
The Key to the Rose Bowl? Running Backs Who Took a Back Seat

LOS ANGELES — The 2014 season was the year of the freshman running back.

 

The Rose Bowl features two of the best rookie backs in Oregon’s Royce Freeman and Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, who both emerged during the second half of the season to help their teams to the national semifinal.

 

The flip side is the upperclassman running backs asked to shelve their egos and do something else so Freeman and Cook can thrive.

 

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