Ohio State receiver captures scene on team bus after Auburn knocked off Alabama (Video) (Dr. Saturday)
Not only did Auburn’s thrilling last-second victory over Alabama knock the Crimson Tide out of the national championship hunt and catapult the Tigers right into the thick of things, the unlikely finish gives the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes an inside track to a spot in the title game for the time-being.
Missouri took control of the SEC East and a new contender emerged in the SEC West. A week after knocking off Georgia on the road, No. 14 Missouri followed it up by blowing out No. 22 Florida 36-17 in Columbia, Mo. In College Station, Texas, No. 24 Auburn used a late score to beat Johnny Manziel and No. 7 Texas A&M 45-41. It was a Saturday filled with upsets in the Southeastern Conference and most played in favor of Missouri.
Brandon Harris is the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and he’s ready to decide between his final three schools on July 18th. Gary Laney of ESPN.com (ESPN Insider subscription required) reports that Harris will commit to either Ohio State, LSU or Auburn on the 18th: On Monday, he announced that the final three schools he’s considering are LSU, Ohio State and Auburn. He’ll pick which one he’ll attend at 2 p.m. on July 18 at Parkway High School. That list is whittled down from the seven he said he was considering after his high school’s spring game in May. Texas A&M, Alabama, Baylor and Ole Miss were also on that list. Here’s why Harris said his final three made the cut: Ohio State: “Urban Meyer. And their ability to develop quarterbacks.” LSU: “A top 10 program every year.” Auburn: “Same
According to Vincent Jackson (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit), the offer apparently came a while ago. He just never confirmed it. And now Ohio State’s offer is out in the open, the 2014 outside linebacker isn’t taking it lightly even though he has offers from no fewer than 33 schools. Monday’s confirmation of the offer — he was also offered by Ole Miss — came without hesitation and it sat well with the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Jackson. While he said he doesn’t have a top group, Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M and Oregon have stood out.
The 2013 Nike Football Training Camp circuit continues with the fourth installment this Sunday at Charlotte (N.C.) Hough High School. Both Carolinas, as well as a few standouts from eight other states, are set to attend the highly touted camp. Here are five storylines worth keeping an eye on as the camp approaches. McMillan looks to shine Being compared to 2013 ESPN 150 prospect Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) as a rising junior is definitely a compliment to the talent level of Raekwon McMilllan (Hinesville, Ga.
ATLANTA — More than 1,700 student athletes took part Saturday in the Atlanta Nike Combine, a record for the event. Players from across the Southeast braved freezing conditions, snow flurries and significant wind chill to compete and test their athletic ability in the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump and power ball throw. Below are the standouts from the event, which includes several prominent recruits and some off the radar prospects for the 2014 and 2015 classes.
Strained relationship? The all-important recruiter-prospect relationship could be impacted by new recruiting rules, writes Max Olson. Which teams do the best job of recruiting out-of-state talent? Start with Oklahoma, which finds much of its talent in Texas. A surprise? Try Auburn. The Tigers routinely pull talent out of Georgia. Here, LaRue Cook ranks the top 10 teams that cross state borders to pull in talent.
A top recruiting class, a great head coach and a known identity all make Ohio State head-and-shoulders better than Michigan.
When it comes to rivalries in college football, not many are ahead of the Wolverines and Buckeyes.
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One of the nation’s top juniors, ESPN 60 small forward Jalen Lindsey (Franklin, Tenn./Christ Presbyterian Academy), narrowed his collegiate focus over the weekend. Lindsey, ranked No. 14 overall in the 2014 class, released a list of nine schools he’s most interested in at this point. Florida, Louisville, Providence, Tennessee, NC State, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Auburn and Mississippi State have all offered and comprise the nine teams he’s most interested in.
What’s the best rivalry in college football? The initial response is to go with Alabama-Auburn, and it’s hard to disagree with a sentiment like that; the two programs share the last four national championships and the games usually make for …