DeVonta Smith was uncoverable, Najee Harris unstoppable and Mac Jones impeccable. With a performance that was both surgical and explosive, No. 1 Alabama won the College Football Playoff national championship game 52
When it came time to deliver, Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book stopped beating himself up and kept the No. 4 Fighting Irish unbeaten.
“I’m definitely hard on myself, but my job at the end of the day is to get the ‘W’,” said Book, whose 13-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter together with Kyren Williams’ 127 rushing yards helped Notre Dame hold off the Cardinals 12-7 Saturday.
Williams ran 25 times and had his third 100-yard game of the season as the Irish (4-0, 3-0 Atl
Alabama's defense had an uncharacteristically poor performance in the national championship game rout against Clemson.
The Alabama Crimson Tide won the national title in dramatic fashion with a 26-23 overtime win over the Georgia Bulldogs on Monday night. A gutsy quarterback change was at the heart of their victory. It was a classic game filled with talent and drama on both sides, and Alabama staged a memorable second half comeback to take home the hardware.
Here’s a look at five reasons why the Crimson Tide were able to come back and win the championship.
1. Tua Tagovailoa changed the game
The decision t
Alabama’s suffocating defense bottled up LSU running back Leonard Fournette and provided Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts the luxury of a few scoreless quarters to get accustomed to deafening Death Valley.
Hurts finally escaped the grasps of LSU’s stingy defense on a 21-yard touchdown run that broke a scoreless tie early in the fourth quarter, and No. 1 Alabama remained unbeaten with a 10-0 shutout of the 15th-ranked Tigers on Satu
College Football Playoff semifinals
College Football Playoff at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Saturday, Dec. 31, TBD (ESPN)
Schlabach: Alabama vs. Washington
McMurphy: Alabama vs. Washington
College Football Playoff at the Fiesta Bowl
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Saturday, Dec. 31, TBD (ESPN)
Schlabach: Clemson vs. Michigan
McMurphy: Clemson vs. Michigan
College Football Playoff National Championship
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Monday, Jan. 9, 2017,
No. 2 Alabama won its fourth national title in the last seven seasons, outlasting the dynamic play of Deshaun Wats
Ezekiel Elliott was Ohio State’s drive capper in the first half. He became the show stopper with a burst of speed in the second.
Not a bad way to head off to the NFL.
Elliott ran for 149 yards and matched a Fiesta Bowl record with four touchdowns, sparki
Georgia head coach Mark Richt responded publicly for the first time to an allegation from the Freedom From Religion Foundation that stated he and his brother-in-law, team chaplain Kevin “Chappy” Hynes, use their platforms to impose their Christian beliefs on players.
“We’re at a secular university, I understand that,” Richt said. “I don’t try to make anyone believe a certain way at all. Anything that has to do with the spirit is strictly voluntary and never has any bearing on someone’s avai
Jameis Winston raised one more red flag Thursday for NFL personnel executives to consider after his third-quarter meltdown and heated sideline exchange with Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher while the Seminoles were being routed 59-20 by Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
Might Winston be the 2015 NFL draft’s Johnny Manziel, another former Heisman Trophy winner free falling from the top of the first round to the bottom of it?
“I don’t think it’s good. But sometimes in the hea
Analyzing No. 4 Ohio State’s 42-35 victory Thursday against No. 1 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl:
THE FALLOUT: As it turns out, Ohio State has speed, too. And size. And a more than formidable quarterback in third-stringer Cardale Jones. He went 18-for-35 for 243 y
College football is finally done with Jameis Winston.
The previously untouchable and extremely controversial Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback saved his worst mistakes for his first college loss in what is likely his last college game.
Unless Winston somehow decides to return to Florida State for his junior year, his career — stellar on the field, infamous and even criminal off it — has ended in ignominy, with a humiliating 59-20 loss to Oregon in the Ros
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