If quarterback Braxton Miller had decided to leave for the NFL, Ohio State would have been in trouble. The Buckeyes lose star running back Carlos Hyde and H-Back Philly Brown as well as four offensive linemen.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There’s an invisible line that a good team must cross to become a national or even conference contender.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hang on. This could be a wild offseason at Ohio State.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says his ”intentions are to be at Michigan State.” If he does, it sounds as if a big raise is coming his way.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It has been 35 years and still the almost unthinkable image of an iconic 65-year-old coach cold-cocking an opposing player doesn’t fade away.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Six football recruits have signed financial aid deals with Indiana – the first official step to having those players join the program.It guarantees those players will have scholarships at Indiana if they sign to play with the Hoosiers. They could still sign with another program, though not in the Big Ten.Coach Kevin Wilson made the announcement Tuesday.Only one player, offensive lineman DeAndre Herron, has actually signed a national letter-of-intent to play for the Hoosiers. Herron played prep football at Avon and is a junior college transfer.Those who agreed to the aid package are offensive linemen Delroy Baker and Tim Gardner, quarterback Alexander Diamont, tight end Jordan Fuchs and receiver Dominique Booth.Wilson is expected to sign a full 25-recruit class Feb. 5, national signing day.Sports & RecreationAmerican FootballIndiana
NEW YORK (AP) — Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton and Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey have been selected to The Associated Press All-America team for the second straight season.Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston from Florida State added All-American to his resume after a spectacular redshirt freshman season. Heisman finalists Andre Williams from Boston College and Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch also made the first team. Williams joins Carey in the backfield and Lynch, the dual-threat quarterback, was chosen as an all-purpose player.Mosley, a senior, was the leading tackler for a defense that ranked fifth in the country in yards allowed per game. Sutton was named Pac-12 defensive player of the year for the season straight season. Carey is second in the nation in rushing after leading last year.Winston, who was a landslide Heisman winner last week, is joined on the first team by three Florida State teammates – center Bryan Stork, kicker Roberto Aguayo and cornerback Lamarcus Joyner – to give the top-ranked Seminoles more than any other school.Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan made the second team, along with offensive tackle Cameron Erving. The Seminoles had six players on the three teams, the most of any school.No. 2 Auburn, which plays Florida State on Jan. 6 in the BCS championship game in Pasadena, Calif., placed Heisman finalists Tre’ Mason on the second team at running back and offensive lineman Reese Dismukes and Gregory Robinson on the third team.Texas A&M Heisman finalist Johnny Manziel, last year’s Heisman winner and All-American quarterback, made the second team. Alabama’s AJ McCarron, another Heisman finalist, is the third-team quarterback for the second consecutive season.The first-team receivers are Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks, who leads the nation in yards receiving (139.2 per game), and Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, who is averaging 20.3 yards a catch.Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro is the first-team tight end. The senior leads all tight ends in catches (98) and yards (1,240).Joining Stork on the offensive line are Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews and Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, as well as Baylor guard Cyril Richardson and Stanford guard David Yankey. Richardson and Yankey were second-team All-Americans last season.Mosley and Sutton are on the first-team defense with Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who won the Nagurski and Bednarik awards as the nation’s best defensive player and the Outland and Lombardi as the country’s best lineman.Missouri’s Michael Sam, the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year, and Jackson Jeffcoat, the Big 12 defensive player of the year, are the defensive ends. UCLA’s Anthony Barr and Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier round out the linebackers.Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard, one of the leaders of the nation’s top-ranked defense, is the other cornerback with Joyner. The safeties are Mississippi’s Cody Prewitt and Washington State’s Deone Bucannon.Tom Hornsey of Memphis made the first team as the punter.Florida State helped the Atlantic Coast Conference put six players on the first team, to match the Pac-12 and SEC for the most from any conference.Sports & RecreationAmerican Football
FIRST TEAMOFFENSEQuarterback – Jameis Winston, redshirt freshman, 6-foot-4, 229 pounds, Florida State.Running backs – Andre Williams, senior, 6-0, 227, Boston College; Ka’Deem Carey, junior, 5-10, 196, Arizona.Tackles – Jake Matthews, senior, 6-5, 305, Texas A&M; Cyrus Kouandjio, junior, 6-6, 310, Alabama.Guards – Cyril Richardson, senior, 6-5, 340, Baylor; David Yankey, senior, 6-5, 313, Stanford.Center – Bryan Stork, senior, 6-4, 300, Florida State.Wide receivers – Brandin Cooks, junior, 5-10, 186, Oregon State; Mike Evans, sophomore, 6-5, 225, Texas A&M.Tight end – Jace Amaro, junior, 6-5, 260, Texas Tech.All-purpose player – Jordan Lynch, senior, 6-0, 216, Northern Illinois.Kicker – Roberto Aguayo, redshirt freshman, 6-1, 203, Florida State.DEFENSEEnds – Michael Sam, senior, 6-2, 255, Missouri; Jackson Jeffcoat, senior, 6-5, 250, Texas.Tackles – Aaron Donald, senior, 6-0, 285, Pittsburgh; Will Sutton, senior, 6-1, 288, Arizona State.Linebackers – Anthony Barr, senior, 6-4, 248, UCLA; C.J. Mosley, senior, 6-2, 238, Alabama; Ryan Shazier, junior, 6-2, 230, Ohio State.Cornerbacks – Darqueze Dennard, senior, 5-11, 197, Michigan State; Lamarcus Joyner, senior, 5-8, 190, Florida State.Safeties – Cody Prewitt, junior, 6-2, 220, Mississippi; Deone Bucannon, senior, 6-1, 198, Washington State.Punter – Tom Hornsey, senior, 6-3, 210, Memphis.—SECOND TEAMOFFENSEQuarterback – Johnny Manziel, sophomore, Texas A&M.Running backs – Tre’ Mason, junior, Auburn; Bishop Sankey, junior, Washington.Tackles – Cameron Erving, junior, Florida State; Taylor Lewan, senior, Michigan.Guards – Gabe Jackson, senior, Mississippi State; Xavier Su’a-Filo, junior, UCLA.Center – Gabe Ikard, senior, Oklahoma.Wide receivers – Sammy Watkins, junior, Clemson; Davante Adams, sophomore, Fresno State.Tight end – Eric Ebron, junior, North Carolina.All-purpose player – Ty Montgomery, junior, Stanford.Kicker – Anthony Fera, senior, Texas.DEFENSEEnds – Vic Beasley, junior, Clemson; Shilique Calhoun, sophomore, Michigan State.Tackles – Timmy Jernigan, junior, Florida State; Kelcy Quarles, junior, South Carolina.Linebackers – Trent Murphy, senior, Stanford; Khalil Mack, senior, Buffalo; Chris Borland, senior, Wisconsin.Cornerbacks – Justin Gilbert, senior, Oklahoma State; Jason Verrett, senior, TCU.Safeties – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, junior, Alabama; Ahmad Dixon, senior, Baylor.Punter – Drew Kaser, sophomore, Texas A&M.—THIRD TEAMOFFENSEQuarterback – A.J. McCarron, senior, Alabama.Running backs – Carlos Hyde, senior, Ohio State; Ameer Abdullah, junior, Nebraska.Tackles – Jack Mewhort, senior, Ohio State; Gregory Robinson, sophomore, Auburn.Guards – John Urschel, senior, Penn State; Ryan Groy, senior, Wisconsin.Center – Reese Dismukes, junior, Auburn.Wide receivers – Allen Robinson, junior, Penn State; Jordan Matthews, senior, Vanderbilt.Tight end – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, junior, Washington.All-purpose player – Odell Beckham Jr., junior, LSU.Kicker – Jeff Budzien, senior, Northwestern.DEFENSEEnds – Marcus Smith, senior, Louisville; Jeremiah Attaochu, senior, Georgia Tech.Tackles – Ra’Shede Hageman, senior, Minnesota; Leonard Williams, sophomore, Southern California.Linebackers -Shayne Skov, senior, Stanford; Max Bullough, senior, Michigan State; Denicos Allen, senior, Michigan State.Cornerbacks – Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, junior, Oregon; Vernon Hargreaves III, freshman, Florida.Safeties – Jimmie Ward, senior, Northern Illinois; Ty Zimmerman, senior, Kansas State.Punter – Austin Rehkow, freshman, Idaho.American FootballSports & Recreation
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich wants Ohioans to avoid using the dreaded letter ”M” on Saturday when No. 3 Ohio State faces archrival Michigan.
Stanford is back on top of the Pac-12 North after Arizona did to Oregon what Southern California did to the Cardinal last week.Though this upset was far more surprising and emphatic.The fifth-ranked Ducks had their national championship hopes smashed by Arizona, 42-16 on Saturday as No. 10 Stanford was routing California.The results give Stanford the Pac-12 North title for a second straight season. Oregon (9-2) might be able to get an at-large BCS bid if it can close out with a victory against Oregon State, but it’s looking like a bit of a long shot now.Oregon lost for the second time in three games. In the last three weeks the Ducks have lost to Stanford to give the Cardinal control of the division, then regained control when Stanford fell to USC, and now have given it away again.Stanford has a chance to reach back-to-back Rose Bowls for the first time since the 1971 and ’72 games.No. 1 ALABAMA 49, CHATTANOOGA 0TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — AJ McCarron passed for two touchdowns and became No. 1 Alabama’s winningest quarterback.McCarron completed 13 of 16 passes for 171 yards before leaving one drive into the second half of his final game at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the Crimson Tide (11-0). He improved to 36-2 as a starter, breaking a tie with Jay Barker for the school mark.McCarron and Alabama got an easy tuneup for the Iron Bowl against No. 6 Auburn to determine the Southeastern Conference Western Division champion.The Tide produced its third shutout of the year and blocked a field goal against the FCS Mocs (8-4).Kenyan Drake ran for 77 yards and a 13-yard touchdown with starting tailback T.J. Yeldon sitting out to rest a sprained ankle.Christion Jones scored on a 75-yard punt return in the second quarter.No. 2 FLORIDA STATE 80, IDAHO 14TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Jameis Winston threw for 225 yards and four touchdowns as No. 2 Florida State broke a school record for points in a game.Florida State (11-0) broke the school record of 77 points scored in 1995 to remain unbeaten.The Seminoles continue to focus on football while the ongoing sexual assault investigation of Winston casts a shadow over the program. State attorney Willie Meggs said Saturday it is unlikely that a final decision will be made before Thanksgiving on whether to charge the quarterback.Florida State is now two wins from a likely berth in the BCS championship game.No. 4 OHIO STATE 42, INDIANA 14COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Braxton Miller ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns and passed for two more Saturday to lead No. 4 Ohio State to a 42-14 victory over Indiana, extending the Buckeyes’ school-record win streak to 23 in a row.The snowy victory clinched a division title for the Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0), locking up a spot opposite Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game on Dec. 7.Carlos Hyde became the first running back to go over 1,000 yards rushing in Urban Meyer’s 12 years as a head coach. He ran for 117 yards and two scores.Ohio State’s defense throttled the Hoosiers (4-7, 2-5), who came in averaging 39 points a game.ARIZONA 42, No. 5 OREGON 16TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Ka’Deem Carey ran for 206 yards and four touchdowns while becoming Arizona’s all-time leading rusher.Coming off a disappointing home loss to Washington State, Arizona (7-4, 4-4 Pac-12) didn’t back off the throttle of its up-tempo offense against the fast-paced Ducks.With Carey bursting through the line to punish defenders and B.J. Denker dinking and dashing with a variety of fakes, the Wildcats jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and kept going for their first win over a top-five team since knocking off No. 1 Washington 1992.Oregon (9-2, 6-2) gave the Wildcats plenty of help with three turnovers and turning it over twice more on downs to end its national title hopes and, possibly, its four-year run of BCS bowls.No. 7 CLEMSON 52, THE CITADEL 6CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) – Tajh Boyd threw for five touchdowns and 288 yards in the final home game of his career.The game was more of a celebration than a contest for the Tigers (10-1), who now have not lost in 28 games against Football Championship Subdivision opponents.Clemson didn’t score on its first possession, but made it to the end zone the next five times it touched the ball. Boyd had touchdown passes of 8, 9, 19, 24 and 30 yards. He ended the game with 102 passing TDs in his career and tied the Tigers record of five passing TDs in a game for the sixth time. Three times Boyd has thrown for five scores in the first half.Clemson outgained The Citadel (5-7) 558 yards to 172 yards.No. 18 LSU 34, No. No. …