College Football

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2019, file photo, LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (22) grins after greeting fans following an NCAA football game Saturday against Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Clyde Edwards-Helaire was one of three players from LSU’s high-powered offense to earn unanimous first-team all-SEC honors when The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team was announced Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)
December 24, 2019 - 1:16 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Steve Ensminger said this LSU offense is the one he waited 38 years to coach. Now, with No. 1 LSU only one win away from the national championship game, that special offense has been dealt an unexpected setback. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the All-Southeastern Conference running back...
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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2019, file photo, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day waits with his players before taking the field for an NCAA college football game against Nebraska, in Lincoln, Neb. A year ago, Day was a relatively unknown Ohio State assistant. This December he's reigning Big Ten coach of the year and is eyeing a national title after leading the Buckeyes to a 13-0 record as the successor to the retiring Urban Meyer. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
December 24, 2019 - 11:07 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At a crowded news conference last December, Ryan Day sat next to Ohio State legend Urban Meyer whose sudden decision to retire overshadowed the announcement of Day’s ascension to head coach of the storied program. This December, Day is a celebrity college football coach, the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2019, file photo, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) scrambles during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M, in Baton Rouge, La. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is The Associated Press college football player of the year in a landslide vote. Burrow, who has led the top-ranked Tigers to an unbeaten season and their first College Football Playoff appearance, received 50 of 53 first-place votes from AP Top 25 poll voters and a total of 156 points. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
December 24, 2019 - 8:51 am
The four College Football Playoff teams rank in the top five nationally in points per game and yards per game. For defenses to determine who wins this championship, there might be a turnover here, a sack there and a couple of clutch red-zone stops. Coaches who faced each team say there are several...
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Central Florida quarterback Dillon Gabriel (11) leaps into the end zone for a touchdown over Marshall safety Nazeeh Johnson (13) during the Gasparilla Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
December 23, 2019 - 7:06 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Central Florida is best known for a high-powered offense, but the Knights are capable of big plays on defense, too. Richie Grant and Tre'mon Morris-Brash had first-quarter defensive touchdowns, Dillon Gabriel led three third-quarter scoring drives and UCF beat Marshall 48-25 in...
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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., left, breaks up a pass intended for Texas wide receiver Collin Johnson during the first half of an NCAA college football game, in Austin, Texas. Stingley was selected as newcomer of the year on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
December 23, 2019 - 1:09 am
Derek Stingley Jr. sat flanked by the Heisman Trophy favorite and LSU coach Ed Orgeron, as usual the youngster in the group. Quarterback Joe Burrow even felt compelled to offer a reminder about the Tigers cornerback after both had starring roles in the Southeastern Conference championship game. “In...
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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2019 file photo, Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (11) late in the second half of the NFC championship NFL football game in New Orleans. The Rams won 26-23. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
December 22, 2019 - 8:52 am
The New Orleans Saints looked around in disbelief, searching for a yellow flag that never came during the NFL playoffs. The Auburn Tigers were sure they'd get the ball after a Virginia player appeared to double-dribble in the closing seconds of a thrilling Final Four game, but the refs let it go...
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Washington defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake, left, and head coach Chris Petersen lift the Las Vegas Bowl trophy after the team defeated Boise State 38-7 in the Las Vegas Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in Las Vegas. Lake is taking over as head coach as Petersen is stepping down after six seasons. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)
December 21, 2019 - 11:47 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas Bowl was always going to be about Chris Petersen. It was his final game as coach, a matchup the two programs he led to such great heights in Washington and Boise State It could have been his moment, but the humble Petersen went out of his way to share his last...
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West Florida quarterback Austin Reed, center, holds the trophy while celebrating with teammates after the team won the Division II championship NCAA college football game against Minnesota State, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in McKinney, Texas. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)
December 21, 2019 - 7:22 pm
McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — Backed up to his 1-yard line in the final minute of the first half in the NCAA Division II championship game, West Florida quarterback Austin Reed told his coaches to run four receivers straight up the field. Coach Pete Shinnick wasn't so sure, but they found a compromise,...
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Former Florida State coach Willie Taggart introduced as Florida Atlantic University's, new football head coach during press conference Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Boca Raton, Fla. (Carline Jean/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
December 21, 2019 - 6:24 pm
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Chris Robison passed for 305 yards and two touchdowns and Florida Atlantic scored two touchdowns in a 24-second span late in the first half to take control on the way to beating SMU 52-28 in the Boca Raton Bowl on Saturday night. It was FAU’s first game since Lane Kiffin...
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San Diego State cornerback Luq Barcoo (16) celebrates with linebacker Troy Cassidy (42) after an interception in the end zone during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game against Central Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
December 21, 2019 - 6:15 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Coming into the New Mexico Bowl, San Diego State's defense was the focus. The Aztecs ranked second in the nation in rushing defense and second in rushing yards allowed per carry. But San Diego State's offense, with only an average of 19 points-per game, ranked among the...
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