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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:

 

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

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

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:

 

Cover 2 Podcast: Live from the College Football Playoff

Our hosts check in live from the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl
Cover 2 Podcast: Live from the College Football Playoff

The Athlon Sports team has been dispatched to the New Orleans and Pasadena to cover the first college football semifinal. We'll survey the scene and storylines and then delve into our picks for New Year's Day.

 

David Fox is at the Rose Bowl trying to determine which star quarterback will have the big day and which team can more successfully play the underdog role. Braden Gall is at the Sugar Bowl where Blake Sims, Amari Cooper and the Ohio State defensive line may be able to upstage the powerhouse coaches.

 

Sugar Bowl Scouting: Alabama players and coaches scout Ohio State

What is Alabama saying about Ohio State?
Sugar Bowl Scouting: Alabama players and coaches scout Ohio State

NEW ORLEANS — Alabama players and coaches have been talking all week about the Sugar Bowl and their opponent Ohio State. What have they been saying?

 

Scouting Ohio State

 

Nick Saban, HC

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