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Buckeyes' Bennett took off after tweaks

Michael Bennett's senior season took a turn for the better a few weeks ago thanks to a pair of switches -- one he flipped and one the coaching staff made. In Bennett's case, it was a matter of throwing caution to the wind -- letting go and attacking the line of scrimmage and the ball carrier. For the coaches, it was a matter of giving him a role that allowed him to do just that....
Via Fox Sports Ohio
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Citrus Bowl breakdown: No. 16 Missouri vs. Minnesota

Citrus Bowl: Missouri vs. Minnesota Orlando, Fla., Jan. 1, 1 p.m. KEY MATCHUP For those looking for the general makeup of this matchup, it's a meeting of the 96th-ranked passing offense versus the 124th-ranked passing offense. That's a good place to start here. Both teams rely on clock control and defensive efficiency to win ballgames to win games, and it paid off for the better...
Via Fox Sports South
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Outback Bowl breakdown: No. 19 Auburn-No. 18 Wisconsin

Outback Bowl: Auburn vs. Wisconsin Tampa, Fla., Jan. 1, Noon KEY MATCHUP Boasting two of the nation's top running backs, Heisman finalist Melvin Gordon and 1,400-yard rusher Cameron Artis-Payne, this bowl game's synopsis could be simplified: Wisconsin and Auburn collectively totaled more than 1,100 rushing attempts this season and could challenge the all-time bowl record of total...
Via Fox Sports South
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rose Bowl breakdown: No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 3 Florida State

Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Florida State Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 1, 5 p.m. KEY MATCHUP In a made-for-TV matchup that just might challenge the non-championship bowl ratings record, defending national champion Florida State heads west to Pasadena on the heels of a by-the-skin-of-its-teeth regular season. If it's possible for two undefeated seasons to be polar opposites of one another on...
Via Fox Sports South
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rockets getting set for GoDaddy Bowl

A berth in the GoDaddy Bowl is nothing new for Arkansas State. Having its same coach from the regular season on the sideline for that game will be a little different. As he has throughout the season, Blake Anderson will be there to guide the Red Wolves against Toledo on Jan. 4 when they try to win this bowl for a third consecutive year. Arkansas State (7-5) is making its fourth straight...
Via AP on Fox
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Rockets getting set for GoDaddy Bowl

A berth in the GoDaddy Bowl is nothing new for Arkansas State. Having its same coach from the regular season on the sideline for that game will be a little different. As he has throughout the season, Blake Anderson will be there to guide the Red Wolves against Toledo on Jan. 4 when they try to win this bowl for a third consecutive year. Arkansas State (7-5) is making its fourth straight...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
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Texas A&M-West Virginia Preview

Even though Clint Trickett has been cleared from a concussion, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen may stick with Skylar Howard at quarterback. Texas A&M is hoping a change on the sideline can reverse its fortunes on defense. While the Mountaineers mull over who will start under center, the player that does will get a chance to pick on the Aggies' woeful defense in the Liberty...
Via AP on Fox
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Senior duo still climbing record books for maligned Mizzou offense

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A down year offensively could have been much worse for Mizzou without the reliable production of two seniors eager for one final chance to raise their standing in the school's record books. A lack of depth due to youth and injuries hurt the Tigers more than anything else following the departure of their top three receivers, top rusher and top passer from a year ago...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
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Senior duo still climbing record books for maligned Mizzou offense

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A down year offensively could have been much worse for Mizzou without the reliable production of two seniors eager for one final chance to raise their standing in the school's record books. A lack of depth due to youth and injuries hurt the Tigers more than anything else following the departure of their top three receivers, top rusher and top passer from a year ago...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
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LSU coach Les Miles starting earlier with underclassmen considering draft

LSU has lost 16 underclassmen the past two seasons
Via The Times Picayune - LSU
6 hours ago

Toledo-Arkansas St. Preview

A berth in the GoDaddy Bowl is nothing new for Arkansas State. Having its same coach from the regular season on the sideline for that game will be a little different. As he has throughout the season, Blake Anderson will be there to guide the Red Wolves against Toledo on Jan. 4 when they try to win this bowl for a third consecutive year. Arkansas State (7-5) is making its fourth straight...
Via AP on Fox
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nevada calls New Orleans Bowl vs. ULL a road game

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Since Mark Hudspeth took over as coach at Louisiana-Lafayette in 2011, the Ragin' Cajuns have finished each season the same way. Back in the Big Easy again, the Cajuns (8-4) will try to extend their run of consecutive New Orleans Bowl victories to four Saturday morning when they kick off against Nevada (7-5). The Wolf Pack, playing two time zones east of their Reno...
Via AP on Fox
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

ASU football's Deantre Lewis leaves team before Sun Bowl

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State's main motivation looking ahead to its Sun Bowl game is sending 11 seniors off with a victory, but it appears one of those players won't be getting such an opportunity. Head coach Todd Graham confirmed after practice Friday that redshirt senior running back Deantre Lewis is no longer with the team. Graham wouldn't go into detail about Lewis' departure...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
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Williams surprised by USC team MVP honor

Leonard Williams was somewhat baffled by the recognition.  "It was surprising actually," Williams admitted. "I thought Cody Kessler was probably going to win it. He had an outstanding performance this year. "I felt like those types of awards mostly go to offensive players." Earlier this week at the USC team banquet, Williams was named the 2014 USC Team MVP.  He truly believed it...
Via Fox Sports West
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Clemson LB Tony Steward, with multiple knee surgeries, grateful for senior success

CLEMSON - After perhaps his greatest victory - if not his greatest, most definitely his most satisfying and emotionally draining - Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney focused hard upon one specific player's journey.
Via The Post and Courier - Clemson
12 hours ago

Utah State, UTEP set to meet in New Mexico Bowl

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) A resilient Utah State is set to square off with UTEP and its run-heavy offense in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday as the college football postseason gets underway. This season, the Aggies (9-4) have been hampered by injuries and were forced to play four quarterbacks. Their defense is led by linebacker brothers Zach and Nick Vigil, who have combined for 181...
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Air Force, W. Michigan meet in Idaho Potato Bowl

There are a lot of similarities between Air Force and Western Michigan - two teams that have never faced each other before - and it begins with the resolve of their head coaches. P.J. Fleck and Troy Calhoun are nearly a generation apart in age. Calhoun graduated from Air Force (1989) the year Fleck, Western Michigan's second-year coach, turned 9. But while there's a gap in age, the...
Via AP on Fox
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Russell Athletic Bowl breakdown: Clemson vs. Oklahoma

RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL ORLANDO, Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. KEY MATCHUP Sooners RB Samaje Perine vs. the Tigers defense Clemson (No. 7 rush defense -- 97.7 yards allowed per outing) was one of only seven vaunted programs to keep opponents under the typically easy-to-attain threshold of 100 rushing yards per game -- along with Penn State, Alabama, Lousiville, Michigan State, UCF and Boston...
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13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Updated 2015 NFL Draft Big Board- done

View image | gettyimages.com 1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon- The 80th heisman winner, no doubt about it, Mariota is a perfect fit in the NFL 2. Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska- The biggest upside in this draft, Gregory could be an elite pass rusher very soon 3. Leonard Williams, DT, USC- The best interior defensive lineman in the nation, size, strength, athleticism, you name it, Williams...
Via TopSportsReport
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Birmingham Bowl breakdown: Florida-East Carolina

BIRMINGHAM BOWL: FLORIDA VS. EAST CAROLINA SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 12 P.M. ET, ESPN KEY MATCHUP If there's one area of strength Will Muschamp left behind for Jim McElwain (who will be watching, but not coaching this one), it's the defense. This year's group is no exception, and sets up for the best matchup of this game as corner Vernon Hargreaves III and the Gators' ninth-ranked D, which...
Via Fox Sports South
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Longhorn Network’s yule log? Five hours of BEVO

In case you thought SEC Network’s Yule Log replacement was ridiculous, just wait until you see what Longhorn Network is doing on Christmas Day – they’re going to be airing BEVO, and nothing but BEVO for five hours. I couldn’t make this up if I tried, folks. On Thursday, Dec. 25, Longhorn Network, ESPN’s 24-hour television channel devoted to the University of Texas,...
Via Awful Announcing
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Auburn defense want to make good impression, contain Gordon

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) The Auburn defensive players have two big tasks heading into the Outback Bowl: Preparing to face Melvin Gordon and trying to make a good first impression on their new coordinator. The 19th-ranked Tigers have had a few days of practice with Will Muschamp mostly observing. They've watched videos of the animated former Florida coach giving his players chest bumps...
Via AP on Fox
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Georgia LB Jordan Jenkins Tweets That He’ll Return For Senior Year

Georgia junior linebacker Jordan Jenkins, a two-year starter for the program, is projected by most scouts to be a second or third round pick if he were to leave for the NFL after this season. Luckily for UGA fans, it looks like he’ll be sticking around to get his degree instead. Jenkins, who recorded 65 tackles and 4.5 sacks for the team this past year, tweeted out Friday morning...
Via College Spun
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Tuscaloosa students will have two days off if Bama plays in National Championship

Students attending the Tuscaloosa Academy now have extra incentive to root for their beloved Alabama football team against Ohio State Jan. 1.  If the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide defeat the No. 4-ranked Buckeyes in their College Football Playoff semifinal game in New Orleans, the Tuscaloosa Academy, a private, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade “college preparatory school”, will...
Via College Spun
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State Football: Bowl culture has changed for the Spartans under Dantonio

As the No. 8 Michigan State Spartans start preparation for the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, where they will face the No. 5 Baylor Bears, you can’t help but notice how the bowl culture of the Spartan football program has changed. When the Spartans take the field at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on New Years Day, it will be a school record eight straight bowl appearance for Michigan...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss
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