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35 bowl games, 35 reasons to watch

Ohio State (minus 2 1/2) vs. Clemson

Why watch? Sammy Watkins’ speed. Carlos Hyde’s power. Tajh Boyd’s throws. Braxton Miller’s moves.

Pick: OHIO STATE 35-28.

Stanford retakes control of Pac-12 North

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. …


Ohio State season preview

Taking a look at Ohio State as it tries to build off an undefeated season and compete for titles now that its postseason ban has expired. OHIO STATE BUCKEYES Coach: Urban Meyer (116-23, 11 seasons; 12-0 at Ohio State) 2012 record: 12-0, Leaders Division champions (ineligible for postseason) Key losses: DE John Simon, DT Johnathan Hankins, RT Reid Fragel, WR/TE Jake Stoneburner, LB/FB Zach Boren, LB Etienne Sabino, CB Travis Howard [+] Enlarge AP Photo/Al Behrman Urban Meyer has an experienced QB in Braxton Miller and depth at running back entering his second season at Ohio State. Key returnees: QB Braxton Miller, WR Philly Brown, CB Bradley Roby, SAF Christian Bryant, SAF C.J. Barnett, LT Jack Mewhort, LG Andrew Norwell, C Corey Linsley, RG Marcus Hall, RB Carlos Hyde, LB Ryan Shazier Newcomer to watch: Meyer was never able to find somebody to play his hybrid H-back position last year, so the Buckeyes simply didn’t use it. Now the …

A way-too-early look at college basketball’s best teams for the 2013-14 season (The Dagger: College Basketball Blog)

All the confetti on the floor at the Georgia Dome hadn’t even been picked up yet Monday night when speculation about next year’s college basketball season began.


2013 NCAA tournament West scenarios: Best and worst case for Ohio State

What’s the wildest dream for your team this NCAA tournament? What’s the darkest nightmare? We plot out best-case scenarios and worst-case scenarios for every team in the Big Dance

Spring football 25: Ohio State Buckeyes (Dr. Saturday)

The Buckeyes had a perfect season and didn’t play in a bowl game. They watched two teams they beat play for the Big Ten championship in Indianapolis.

No. 6 Ohio State 52 Illinois 22

OHIO STATE WON: Ohio State has had a tendency to play down to opponents this season. Just look at its games against Purdue, Indiana, Cal, UCF…the list goes on and on. That wasn’t the case today, though, as the …

Ohio State v Penn State

No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes vs Illinois Illini Gameday Info Nov 3, 2012

#6 Ohio State (9-0, 5-0) vs. Illinois (2-6, 0-4)
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 – 3:30 p.m.
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

Television: ESPN will televise the game with Beth Mowins and former Buckeye Joey Galloway in the booth …

Buckeyes defense pursues perfection

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The collective unit had effectively already helped clinch yet another win.

That didn’t spare Urban Meyer’s headset from some punishment after the defense gave up a late touchdown.

Individually, Ryan Shazier had been a force in …

Midseason report: Ohio State


Record: 7-0 (3-0 Big Ten)

Ohio State can’t tackle. It has endured multiple special teams breakdowns. It recently moved starting fullback Zach Boren to linebacker to a depth-starved position (he proceeded to lead the team in tackles against …

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