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To Every Last Man, Oregon Was Ready for a Fight with Florida State

Unlikely names contribute to rout of Florida State
To Every Last Man, Oregon Was Ready for a Fight

PASADENA, Calif. — Credit to Jameis Winston for being a true believer.

 

The Florida State quarterback kept talking about trying to mount a comeback in a game that finished 59-20, a game that featured a 34-0 run thanks to four turnovers in four possessions.

 

He described the game as “unfortunate.”

 

“We were never stopped at all,” Winston said. He talked about Florida State beating itself.

 

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.

 

Rose Bowl Instant Analysis: Oregon 59, Florida State 20

Oregon moves on to play for national championship game after rout of FSU
Rose Bowl Instant Analysis

By the start of the fourth quarter, the Rose Bowl lacked for drama, but there was hardly time to spend time pondering a lopsided final score in the first College Football Playoff semifinal.

 

Oregon’s unraveling of Florida State was so quick and sudden, there wasn’t much time to think about it.

 

A five-point third quarter lead ballooned to a 39-point rout in 11 minutes and 31 seconds of game time.

 

Sugar Bowl Instant Analysis: Ohio State 42, Alabama 35

Ohio State once again overcame adversity to advance to the national title game.
Sugar Bowl Instant Analysis: Ohio State 42, Alabama 35

NEW ORLEANS — The 2015 Sugar Bowl was a game of runs.

 

Huge momentum swings and big plays on both sides of the ball allowed Ohio State to overcome a 21-6 deficit with 28 unanswered points of its own.

 

Then, like the Buckeyes have done all season long, they persevered and overcame adversity to outlast the No. 1 team in the nation in impressive fashion.

 

Rose Bowl Should Embrace New Traditions

Rose Bowl enters new era under College Football Playoff banner
For the Rose Bowl Tradition to Live, Rose Bowl Tradition Must Die

PASADENA — For college football fans of a certain age or fans from a certain part of the country, the Rose Bowl holds special significance.

 

It was college football’s first postseason game. Back when bowl games could be counted on two hands, the Rose Bowl was the greatest prize.

 

For fans in the Midwest or the North, the Rose Bowl was a brief escape from winter, even if they were watching on television.

 

Oregon is Two More Wins from Being a True Powerhouse Program

Everything will change if the Ducks can win a national title
With Two More Wins, Everything Will Change for Oregon

LOS ANGELES — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher probably didn’t mean anything derisive in the way he described Oregon and how it's become an attractive destination.

 

The reasons are clear why it’s cooler to be a Duck in 2014 than it was in 1994 — it’s the offense, it’s the uniforms, it’s the Nike-fueled facilities. It’s not necessarily because kids from Texas and California can’t wait to live in a dorm in Eugene, Ore.

 

Before the Semifinals kick off, Preparation has Started for the Championship Game

Coaches and the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl are ready to hit the ground running if they make it to Jan. 2
Before the Semifinals kick off, Preparation has Started for the Championship Gamev

LOS ANGELES — The coaches in the College Football Playoff will say over and over again that they’re not looking ahead to the national championship game.

 

They’re lying.

 

At least one part of the operation has to look ahead if they expect to win a championship.

 

The winners of the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl likely will start planning for the national championship game on Jan. 2 on the way back to campus.

 

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:

 

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