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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2014, file photo, West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard warms up before an NCAA college football game against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen says quarterback Clint Trickett has been cleared to play in the Liberty Bowl after being sidelined with a concussion in late November and missing the Mountaineers' regular-season finale. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

39 bowl games and a reason to watch every one

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Over the next three weeks, 38 bowl games and a national championship game will be played from Boise to the Bahamas and various points in between. You should watch them all. Here’s why: Saturday, Dec. 20 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Nevada (minus 1) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Why watch? Someone thought it would be fun to start a football game at … 0

Rose Bowl a familiar setting for Florida St.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Second-ranked and undefeated Florida State begins its postseason quest for a second consecutive national championship in the same stadium it won the title a year ago: The Rose Bowl. The Seminoles, No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings, are riding a 29-game winning streak and intent on proving that a season-long run of close wins has galvanized them for … 0

Title champs Kentucky, UCLA meet this week

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The only school with more national championships than top-ranked Kentucky’s eight is UCLA with 11. On Saturday, the Wildcats and Bruins play for the first time in eight years in the second half of an impressive doubleheader in Chicago. Kentucky (11-0) is the unanimous No. 1 team in the AP poll. The Wildcats … 0

Oregon QB Mariota big winner at awards show

Thursday, December 11, 2014

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Marcus Mariota put up nearly flawless numbers this season in leading Oregon to a spot in the first College Football Playoff. At the College Football Awards Show on Thursday night, he went a … 0

Unassuming Mariota puts up brag-worthy season

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

About the flashiest thing quarterback Marcus Mariota has done off the field all season is wear a T-shirt boldly emblazoned with the word “Success.” His showy moments have instead come during games for the playoff-bound Oregon Ducks: His … 0

Top bowl games not in ‘New Year’s 6’

Monday, December 8, 2014

With nearly 40 bowl games looming, it can be difficult finding those postseason gems. The Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl semifinals in the College Football Playoff are no-brainers. And the other matchups in the “New Year’s Six” — which includes the Peach, Orange, Cotton and Fiesta — also … 0

Alabama, FSU, OSU, Oregon star in powerful college football playoff

Sunday, December 7, 2014

GRAPEVINE, Texas — The first College Football Playoff expanded the national championship race, made the regular season even more intriguing and produced a final four with major star power. Nick Saban’s No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Urban … 0

UAB shutdown could be just the start

Friday, December 5, 2014

ATLANTA — UAB was the first major college football program to shut down in nearly 20 years. Chances are, the Blazers won’t be the last. With the enormous cost of having a football team and the growing divide … 0

Changes may be ahead for conference championships

Friday, December 5, 2014

Trophies will be awarded. Champions will be crowned. A confetti cannon or two will likely be fired. And after all the celebrating is done, there is a good chance at least one conference this weekend is going to … 0

Playoff scenarios: Who’s in if ... ?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The 12-member College Football Playoff selection committee will gather Saturday in Texas to watch the final weekend of the season play out and then rank the top 25 teams in the country. The top four will compete for … 0

Florida, Nebraska make the grades in recent coaching hires

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Several school’s moved quickly to fill vacant college football coaching jobs. We’ve taken the liberty to break down some of those moves and grade each of the hires: q BUFFALO Out: Jeff Quinn In: Lance Leipold The Buzz: It was only a matter of time before Leipold, 50, … 0

Normal chaos at FSU: Hearings, rankings, titles

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Chaos has become the norm at Florida State. There seems to be constant stream of off-field issues swirling around the Seminoles, who just keep winning games and championships amid the turmoil. This week is no different. Quarterback Jameis Winston has spent part of the week … 0

Gray, LSU smoke UMass, 82-60

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. — Josh Gray scored a season-high 25 points as LSU defeated Massachusetts 82-60 in a non-conference game Tuesday night. Gray, who had not scored more than 14 points in a game since the season-opener, was 11-of-15 from the field. Gray, who had five assists, made … 0