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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.

 

Will Florida State Light Up a Shorthanded Oregon Secondary?

Injury to Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Leaves Ducks Cornerbacks With Questions
Will Florida State Feast on Depleted Oregon Secondary?

LOS ANGELES — Troy Hill and Chris Seisay aren’t the first names anyone conjures when it comes to Oregon football.

 

They’re cornerbacks, and they’re not even the star cornerback for the Ducks. 

 

Yet Hill and Seisay may be the most important players early in the Rose Bowl national semifinal against Florida State.

 

Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston says he’d test stud NFL corner Richard Sherman given the chance, so what does that mean for the second-, third- and fourth-best corners at Oregon?

Ohio State, Meyer Steal SEC Blueprint to Build Championship D-Line

Joey Bosa leads a championship caliber defensive line for Ohio State.
Ohio State, Meyer Steals SEC Blueprint to Build Championship D-Line

NEW ORLEANS - When Urban Meyer arrived at Ohio State, he vowed to bring an SEC blueprint to Columbus.

 

After three seasons in the Big Ten, Meyer's blueprint has the Buckeyes one win away from the national championship game.

 

Three Obstacles for Jim Harbaugh to Overcome at Michigan in 2015

Harbaugh's biggest question marks are on offense.
Three Obstacles for Jim Harbaugh to Overcome at Michigan in 2015

Jim Harbaugh’s return to Michigan is a huge boost to a program that has struggled to be nationally relevant in recent years. The Wolverines recorded three seasons of double-digit victories from 2002-06 but have only one year of 10 or more wins since 2007.

Jim Harbaugh is a Home Run Hire for Michigan

And a Much-Needed Boost for the Big Ten.
Jim Harbaugh is a Home Run Hire for Michigan

Michigan’s coaching search is finally over, and athletic director Jim Hackett got his man in former Wolverines quarterback Jim Harbaugh. After a successful four-year stint in San Francisco, Harbaugh and the front office had a mutual parting, and the Michigan alum is set to return to the Michigan sidelines in 2015.

 

Sugar Bowl Position-by-Position Breakdown for Alabama vs. Ohio State

Which team holds the edge at key positions?
Sugar Bowl Position-by-Position Breakdown for Alabama vs. Ohio State

The Sugar Bowl matchup between Alabama and Ohio State may not have the quarterback star power of Florida State-Oregon in the Rose Bowl, but there’s no shortage of intrigue in New Orleans. The Buckeyes hope to carry the banner for the Big Ten and score a huge win over Alabama and the SEC, while the Crimson Tide hopes to win their fourth national title in six years.

Rose Bowl Position-by-Position Breakdown for Florida State vs. Oregon

Which team holds the edge at key positions?
Rose Bowl Position-by-Position Breakdown for Florida State vs. Oregon

The Rose Bowl matchup between Florida State and Oregon should be one of college football’s top postseason matchups. And there’s more at stake than just a Rose Bowl trophy, as the Ducks and Seminoles are playing in the first FBS college football playoff game and a chance to meet the winner of Ohio State and Alabama in the national championship game in Arlington, Texas.

Outback Bowl Preview and Prediction: Auburn vs. Wisconsin

The offensive lines will play a huge role in the Outback Bowl.
Outback Bowl Preview and Prediction: Auburn vs. Wisconsin

For two teams that have played just three times in history, there is some sneaky good history between Auburn and Wisconsin in bowl games.

 

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