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QB Battle Coming to Florida State After Jameis Winston Bolts for the NFL

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 3 days ago
Florida State is starting over at quarterback next season after 2013 Heisman winner Jameis Winston declared for the NFL Draft on Wednesday. Replacing Winston’s on-field production will be one of college football’s top offseason storylines to monitor, as coach Jimbo Fisher has a cast of talented, yet largely unproven options in the mix. Before previewing Florida State’s...

Cover 2 College Football Podcast: National Championship Prediction

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 5 days ago
 Hosts Braden Gall, David Fox and Steven Lassan go in-depth to break down college football's national championship game. Fox recounts his trip to Pasadena, what the Rose Bowl is all about and his lonely New Year's Eve. Gall breaks down NOLA on New Year's and his favorite moments from the Sugar Bowl. How do Ohio State and Oregon stack up against each other? The...

College Football's Top Coordinator Hires from 2014

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
The college football coaching carousel is one of the most intriguing aspects of every offseason. Regardless of whether a team had a losing record or finished in the top 10 of the final rankings, coaching changes are possible for any program after the regular season has finished. The 2014 carousel produced several interesting hires, including Lane Kiffin to Alabama, Jeremy Pruitt to Georgia...

Florida State's Win Streak Ends. Will Era of Dominance End, Too?

By David Fox, 3 weeks 3 days ago
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. The...

Jameis Winston vs. Marcus Mariota in the Rose Bowl is a QB Matchup for the Ages

By David Fox, 3 weeks 4 days ago
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...

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

By David Fox, 3 weeks 4 days ago
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...

25 Most Important Players of the 2015 College Football Playoff

By Athlon Sports, 3 weeks 4 days ago
The college football playoff kicks off on Jan. 1 with Florida State and Oregon meeting in the Rose Bowl, and Alabama and Ohio State squaring off in New Orleans in the Sugar Bowl. There’s no shortage of talent among the four teams in the playoff, but some players are more valuable than others.To help prepare for the first four-team playoff, Athlon projects the 25 most important players for...

The Key to the Rose Bowl? Running Backs Who Took a Back Seat

By David Fox, 3 weeks 4 days ago
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...

Is It Possible to Save an Undefeated Season? Dalvin Cook Did it for Florida State

By David Fox, 3 weeks 6 days ago
LOS ANGELES — If it’s possible to save a season for a team that went undefeated, then Dalvin Cook is on the short list of players who accomplished such a feat. Cook is the home run threat who turned the momentum in two of the toughest tests for FSU this season. He was the official MVP of the ACC championship game and an unofficial MVP of October and November for Florida State....

Jameis Winston Tries to Keep Low Profile in High-Profile Circumstances

By David Fox, 3 weeks 6 days ago
LOS ANGELES — From afar, the scene around Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota at Rose Bowl media day isn’t all that different. The quarterbacks of college football playoff teams and Heisman winners both merit throngs of attention. In fact, they occupied the same podium in the same corner an hour apart in an LA hotel ballroom. As the 2014 Heisman winner, Mariota has spent...