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

By David Fox, 2 years 2 weeks 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, 2 years 2 weeks 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, 2 years 2 weeks 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, 2 years 3 weeks 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, 2 years 3 weeks 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...

Rose Bowl Preview and Prediction: Florida State vs. Oregon

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 3 weeks ago
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. And there’s no shortage of storylines between...

A Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 3 weeks ago
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.Considering all that usually transpires in a college football offseason, this ranking of top 25 teams will change several times until kickoff next year. Whether it’s...

Belk Bowl Preview and Prediction: Georgia vs. Louisville

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 3 weeks ago
The Belk Bowl was one of the big winners in college football’s bowl tie-in shuffle prior to 2014, as the Charlotte, N.C. postseason game now features an annual matchup between the SEC (Georgia) and ACC (Louisville). The Bulldogs and Cardinals both finished the regular season at 9-3, and there’s a little familiarity between the two programs thanks to recent moves in the coaching...

Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer Dances to Celebrate Bowl Win Against Cincinnati

By Steven Lassan, 2 years 3 weeks ago
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer recently underwent throat surgery and spent the Military Bowl victory against Cincinnati coaching from the press box. The Hokies used a couple of turnovers by the Cincinnati offense, along with 210 rushing yards to earn the victory and post a winning record (7-6.) However, Beamer wasn’t limited in his post-game availability, as the 68-year-old coach...

Russell Athletic Bowl Preview and Prediction: Oklahoma vs. Clemson

By Braden Gall, 2 years 3 weeks ago
What a difference a year makes? Clemson and Oklahoma both topped current members (Ohio State and Alabama, respectively) of the College Football Playoff in BCS bowls last year. Neither team envisioned a trip to Orlando this postseason, but the folks at the Russell Athletic Bowl should be ecstatic to get two historic brands coming to town to play in the newly renovated Citrus Bowl. ...