February 5, 2016

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National Signing Day: Ohio State lands another top class

COLUMBUS — Sticking to a plan that has worked since he took over at Ohio State, coach Urban Meyer reloaded the Buckeyes roster with top recruits Wednesday. By midmorning on National Signing Day, the Buckeyes had already wrapped up their 2016 class of 25 new players — seven of whom have already enrolled in school. Read More…

Tide rolls dice, wins again: No. 2 Alabama uses onside kick to help beat No. 1 Clemson, claim 4th national title in 7 years

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Alabama needed it all to win the toughest national title game it had ever played during the Nick Saban dynasty. All of its power. All of its speed. Even one gutsy trick. Derrick Henry, O.J. Howard and Kenyan Drake hit No. 1 Clemson with long touchdowns, and Alabama outlasted the dynamic play Read More…

Ohio State routs Notre Dame in Fiesta Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Ezekiel Elliott bulldozed his way into the end zone in the first half, showing off his strength as Ohio State’s drive capper. He flashed his speed in the second, becoming the show stopper as he raced up the middle for a long run. Those skills should translate well in the NFL. They Read More…

Clemson, Alabama set to battle for college football national title

We’re down to two. And, boy, they both look impressive. Top-ranked Clemson and No. 2 Alabama will face off in the desert for the national championship after dominating wins in the College Football Playoff semifinals Thursday. The Tigers romped in the second half for a 37-17 win over No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, Read More…

College football: No national championship on the line, but Fiesta Bowl still a big deal for Ohio State and Notre Dame

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Ohio State and Notre Dame began the season with legitimate national championship hopes and were still in the mix for the College Football Playoff late in the year. To have those hopes dashed, particularly after coming so close, was a huge disappointment for both programs. It worked out pretty well for the Read More…

And then there were four: College Football Playoff semifinals are tonight

Mark Dantonio glanced toward Nick Saban during the final news conference before their teams meet in the College Football Playoff and gave a little grin at his old boss. “He’s letting me answer all the questions, I guess. First, anyway,” Dantonio said Wednesday. “We’ll probably get to kick off.” The Michigan State coach didn’t mind Read More…

College football: Ohio State defense takes another hit

COLUMBUS — Ohio State was already missing suspended defensive tackle Adolphus Washington. Now the No. 7 Buckeyes could also be without injured defensive lineman Tommy Schutt when they play No. 8 Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 in Glendale, Ariz. Schutt, a senior who started the first seven games before missing the Read More…

College football: Alabama’s Derrick Henry wins Heisman

NEW YORK — Hand it to Derrick Henry. Alabama’s bulldozer of a tailback with the super-sized workload won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night after carrying the Crimson Tide offense for most of the season. “I’m just so thankful to have this trophy,” Henry said. “It’s just a blessing and an honor.” The 6-foot-3, 242-pound Read More…

Ohio State and Notre Dame to meet in Fiesta Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Fiesta Bowl has a strong history of producing marquee matchups, highlighted by the double-overtime thriller between Boise State and Oklahoma in 2007. This year’s game has a chance to be the best of the bunch. Ohio State and Notre Dame, two teams in the College Football Playoff mix until late in Read More…

College football coaching changes coming fast: Mark Richt out at Georgia; Toledo loses Matt Campbell to Iowa State

This coaching carousel is more like a roller coaster and this weekend there was enough action to make those trying to keep up dizzy. Elyria High grad Les Miles is staying at LSU, and Mark Richt is out at Georgia. Iowa State and Virginia Tech filled their vacancies. Rutgers and Virginia created new ones. There Read More…