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Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast: Recapping Ohio State's National Championship

We break down what Ohio State's title means for the Big Ten, the Buckeyes and the future
Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast: Recapping Ohio State's National Championship

 

Ohio State has won the first College Football Playoff national championship, and Athlon Sports college football writers Braden Gall and David Fox are here to break down how it happened and what it all means.

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):

 

The College Basketball Weekly 10: Duke Undefeated No More: Kentucky, Virginia Challenged

As conference play continues, life isn't easy for top teams
The College Basketball Week 10: Duke Undefeated No More: Kentucky, Virginia Challenged

Regular season college basketball is going to have a tough time pulling eyes away from the NFL and college football playoffs.

 

Credit the sport for making a good effort during the weekend.

 

Two undefeated teams, Kentucky and Virginia, played games down to the wire, including one in double overtime.

 

The hammer finally fell on an undefeated team when NC State upset Duke with surprising ease. The surprises continued into Sunday evening when Oregon State defeated Arizona for the Beavers’ first win over a top 10 team since 2000.

College Football's 2014-15 Bowl Season Winners and Losers

Plenty of notables to go around after 39 games and 23 days
College Football's 2014-15 Bowl Season Winners and Losers

Just like that, the 2014 college football season is over.

 

Weekends are about to feel pretty empty as the national champion has been crowned in Arlington to cap the first College Football Playoff.

 

Thirty-nine bowl games in 23 days has produced its share of highlights, disappointments and conversation starters for the 2015 season.

 

Even if the crowds turned out to be scant in some places, we all tuned in for the our regular holiday programming.

 

Ohio State Wins National Championship After Convincing 42-20 Win Over Oregon

The Buckeyes are back on top.
Ohio State Wins National Championship After Convincing 42-20 Win Over Oregon

Ohio State used a heavy dose of running back Ezekiel Elliott and timely stops on defense to claim its first national championship since the 2002 season with a 42-20 victory over Oregon. The Buckeyes entered the college football playoff with long odds to win the title, as coach Urban Meyer’s team was on its third quarterback and suffered a puzzling, early-season loss to Virginia Tech.

How Oregon's Mark Helfrich and Marcus Mariota Break the Mold of Coach and QB

The Ducks' laid back, low key leadership a rarity
How Oregon's Mark Helfrich and Marcus Mariota Break the Mold of Coach and QB

Perhaps no team needed a coach or quarterback who can roll with the punches quite like Oregon.

 

While Ohio State has coped with injuries at the most visible position, Oregon has spent all season dealing with absences chipping away at its roster. The Ducks’ roster lost its first pieces in the preseason, and the trend continued into the week before the national championship game.

 

College Basketball Weekend Preview: Top 10 Games and Predictions

Can Virginia keep its undefeated record intact with a trip to Notre Dame?
College Basketball: Jan. 10-11 Weekend Preview and Predictions

This has been the week of close calls.

 

Since Jan. 3, Kentucky and Virginia have both needed an overtime game to preserve undefeated records. Duke needed a late rally against Wake Forest to preserve its unblemished record. And those are just the three remaining undefeated teams.

 

Ohio State, Iowa State and Kansas both needed some late heroics this week to pick up key conference wins.

 

That should be a clear sign that all the unpredictable results that come with conference play should be on the way in the coming weeks.

 

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