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Cardale Jones' inexperience is Ohio State's only hope of beating Alabama

The Buckeyes need to take advantage of the unknown at signal caller.
Cardale Jones' inexperience is Ohio State's only hope of beating Alabama

NEW ORLEANS - The Sugar Bowl will go one of two ways for Ohio State's 250-pound sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones. 

 

His inexperience will cost the Buckeyes a shot at the national championship. Or, his international-man-of-mystery status will surprise Alabama coach Nick Saban, defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and a defense that has no idea what to expect from a player with only one game of film.

 

Rose Bowl Preview and Prediction: Florida State vs. Oregon

The Ducks and Seminoles meet in Pasadena.
Rose Bowl Preview and Prediction: Florida State vs. Oregon

The college football playoff officially begins when Florida State and Oregon meet on Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl for the first national semifinal matchup. The Seminoles and Ducks are two of the nation’s most successful programs in recent years, and the Rose Bowl semifinal could be one of the best bowl matchups of the 2014-15 postseason.

Sugar Bowl Preview and Prediction: Alabama vs. Ohio State

Can the Buckeyes knock off the heavily favored Crimson Tide?
Sugar Bowl Preview and Prediction: Alabama vs. Ohio State

It's not just another Sugar Bowl.

 

In fact, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes don't even use the words Sugar Bowl. It's (finally) all about the playoffs for everyone involved.

 

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Preview and Prediction: TCU vs. Ole Miss

The Horned Frogs and Rebels meet in Atlanta.
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Preview and Prediction: TCU vs. Ole Miss

College football’s new four-team playoff format added intrigue to the bowl schedule, and the anticipated New Year’s Six slate begins with a showdown between TCU and Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Horned Frogs went into the last weekend of action as the No. 3 team in the college football playoff rankings but was jumped by Ohio State and Baylor in the final standings.

A Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2015

Ohio State is the early favorite for 2015.
A Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2015

College football’s 2015 season is still several months away. However, it’s never too early to take an early look at how the rankings for next season may look when the preseason polls and predictions are released.

Orange Bowl Preview and Prediction: Georgia Tech vs. Mississippi State

Bulldogs, Yellow Jackets enjoy time in spotlight after banner seasons
Orange Bowl Preview and Prediction: Georgia Tech vs. Mississippi State

Mississippi State and Georgia Tech picked a good year to have their best seasons in recent history.

 

For sure, the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets could be left wanting more. Mississippi State was in the playoff race until the final weeks of the season, and a loss to Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl spoiled a bit of the Bulldogs’ season. And Georgia Tech had a shot at Florida State in the ACC title game, but like so many others it was all for naught.

 

The Top 20 Single-Game Performances in College Football of 2014

Records fall in another wild year for offense
College Football's Best Individual Performances of 2014

Understandably, the theme of 2014 will be the first College Football Playoff.

 

The new postseason format represented a seismic shift in the sport, and even if the playoff expands beyond four teams, college football won’t be the same again.

 

Thanks to 2014, the record books won’t be the same either.

 

The single game rushing record that stood for 15 years fell — twice. So did the single-game passing record. Same with school records both offensively and defensively.

 

Music City Bowl Preview and Prediction: LSU vs. Notre Dame

Two historic programs visit Nashville for the Music City Bowl.
Music City Bowl Preview and Prediction: LSU vs. Notre Dame

Nashville could not be happier about this year’s matchup. The 17th annual Music City Bowl features one of the best billings in the history of the game with blueblood programs Notre Dame and LSU coming to Lower Broadway.

 

Foster Farms Bowl Preview and Prediction: Maryland vs. Stanford

The Terps could face a heavy Stanford crowd in Santa Clara.
Foster Farms Bowl Preview and Prediction: Maryland vs. Stanford

The Rose Bowl should be jealous as the 13th edition of the Foster Farms Bowl — formerly the Kraft Fight Hunger, Emerald and San Francisco Bowl — will be one of just two postseason games that features a Big Ten-Pac-12 matchup (Holiday Bowl).

 

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