NEW YORK — Boston College football coach Steve Addazio was looking ahead to spring football following a hard winter game on a summer ball field. The Eagles made too many “uncharacteristic” mistakes in their 27-20 loss to Iowa in the eighth annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl game on Wednesday night at frigid Yankee Stadium. BC racked up 383 yards of total offense on 70 plays, with 175 rushing yards, and converted 8-of-17 third downs. The BC defense allowed 200 yards of offense, limited the Hawkeyes to 54 snaps and got off the field on 9-of-11 third down situations. But two interceptions, 171 kickoff return yards, long fields and bad penalties washed out all of the Eagles production on both sides of the ball. “Obviously out there in these kinds of conditions it becomes a real back-and-forth game,” said Addazio. “You are looking for your plays if you can get them, and though we had a fair amount of offense based on the weather conditions that we had.” … [Read more...] about Boston College football coach Steve Addazio looks to promising future
DALLAS, Ga. — Ricky Clemmons picked up the phone, ready to dial up some revenge.A few days earlier, Mississippi State had snapped Alabama’s 28-game winning streak. Shortly after the loss, Clemmons, a fan of the Crimson Tide, received a postcard from Athens. Sent by Boyd Austin, his former student, it was not a sympathy card.Now Georgia trailed Florida late. Clemmons started to call the funeral director.“I was gonna have him send his ambulance by Boyd’s house,” Clemmons says, recalling what might have been. “But then he caught that pass.”Buck Belue connected with Lindsay Scott for a 93-yard touchdown, sending the Bulldogs to improbable victory. Clemmons put the phone down, a good prank spoiled.“I think he’d have done it,” says Clemmons, noting the funeral director, a friend, was a Georgia Tech fan. “He would have loved it.” ALABAMA: Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll follows the process WOLKEN … [Read more...] about Epicenter of college football: The Playoff is a very Southern affair
Apparently everything in the state of Georgia must grind to a halt around New Years Day when the Bulldogs face Oklahoma in the 104th Rose Bowl game. That includes Georgia’s venerable court system, which this week pushed back what was supposed to be a Jan. 2, 2018, court date so an attorney could make a trip to see the Dawgs in Pasadena, Calif. J. Patrick Connell, a lawyer from Savannah, Ga., got tickets and airfare to see the Rose Bowl with his older brother, Matt, just before Christmas and wrote the motion of his life to ask Chatham County Superior Court Chief Judge Michael L. Karpf to move the trial date for a civil suit. “If the undersigned attends the game,” Connell wrote in an emergency motion, “he will need to travel home from California on January 2, 2018, and he will therefore be unable to appear at the bench trial as currently scheduled.” Connell presented a spirited argument for the court. “The 2018 Rose Bowl will be a momentous occasion … [Read more...] about A Georgia lawyer really wanted to go to the Rose Bowl, so he wrote college football’s greatest legal motion
With the 2017 NFL season coming to an end, the head coaching rumors have already begun. Several positions are expected to open up on the first day of 2018, and there is already speculation about a jump to the pros by the top coaches in college football. Stanford’s David Shaw and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh would be the top targets of NFL teams that might consider bringing in a head coach from the college ranks, according to Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel. It won’t be much of a surprise to hear their names linked to a few open positions, though it remains to be seen if either coach would actually leave their respective schools. For Shaw, the ball appears to be in his court. He’s got a future as an NFL head coach if he wants one after totaling a 73-20 record in seven seasons as Stanford’s head coach. “Shaw is a smart, offensive-minded guy. He's honest with his players and he doesn't play favorites. You can tell the players respect him and he gets … [Read more...] about NFL Coaching Rumors: Could Jim Harbaugh, David Shaw Leave College Football In 2018?
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Lincoln Riley plunged into a director’s chair on Wednesday afternoon. Numerous cameras were immediately positioned in front of the Oklahoma coach. Behind him were screaming kids enjoying Disneyland. Count OU as thoroughly introduced to the thrill ride that is the Rose Bowl and the College Football Playoff. On Monday, Oklahoma and Georgia will lock up against each other in a CFP national semifinal game, but for a few hours the teams shared time at “the happiest place on earth.” The Riley era is only 13 games old, and no one knows how long his career will last. But it is safe to say that the Rose Bowl will be one of his biggest games as a head coach, whether his work spans four or 40 years. So how does the first-year coach balance letting his players enjoy bowl festivities and preparing for a talented Georgia team? “You’ve just got to divide your time well,” Riley said. “You’ve got to let them know when … [Read more...] about OU football: The Sooners’ thrill ride through the College Football Playoff launches at Disneyland
Until the Big Ten saved the day, that was a mostly non-competitive Saturday of championship games for the Power 5 conferences. Now, Ohio State's 27-21 win against Wisconsin will set off the greatest debate in this country since everyone had an opinion about whether that dress was black-and-blue or white-and-gold, only if people really hated one of the dress colors. Do you take Ohio State for the fourth playoff spot or Alabama? (USC probably doesn't have the wins to get in the conversation and the committee has made it known what it thinks of UCF by putting it 14th last week, so there's no need to even bring the Knights into the conversation.) Follow me on Twitter and Facebook. To me, the debate doesn't seem that complicated, at least if the committee does what it has in the past. Ohio State is a conference champion with three wins (Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan State) better than or at least even with Alabama's best (LSU) this year. Yes, the Buckeyes have an ugly … [Read more...] about Final College Football Playoff rankings will impact Hokies’ bowl destination (UPDATED)
By Rusty Simmons Updated 8:12 pm, Monday, July 24, 2017 Training camps for college football are opening as early as this week, with the regular season about a month away. UMass hosts Hawaii to officially kick off the season Aug. 26. The following day, Stanford opens in Australia and San Jose State at home. Cal opens its season Sept. 2. With Pac-12 coaches gathering in Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday for the conference’s annual Media Day festivities, here’s look at our Top 10 story lines for 2017-18. 1. Can anyone compete with Alabama? The Crimson Tide have won four of the past eight national championships and are loaded as usual. Antioch running back Najee Harris, arguably the nation’s No. 1 recruit and subject of The Chronicle’s six-part multimedia series “The Najee Chronicles,” may struggle to find carries behind yard-stockpiler Damien Harris and touchdown-vulture Bo Scarbrough. Florida State, Oklahoma and Ohio State appear to … [Read more...] about A college football primer
As the bowl season progresses, we'll take a look at the official attendance numbers for each FBS game played in the 2017-18 college football bowl season. See the 2016-17 bowl season attendance figures here. Texas Bowl: 67,820 Texas 33, Missouri 16 Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017Location: NRG Stadium in HoustonCapacity: 71,795 (94.5 percent full)2016-17 attendance: 68,412 (Kansas State 33, Texas A&M 28)2015-16 attendance: 71,307 (LSU 56, Texas Tech 27) Foster Farms Bowl: 28,436 Purdue 38, Arizona 35 Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017Location: Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CaliforniaCapacity: 68,500 (41.5 percent full)2016-17 attendance: 27,608 (Utah 26, Indiana 24)2015-16 attendance: 33,517 (Nebraska 37, UCLA 29) Pinstripe Bowl: 37,667 Iowa 27, Boston College 20 Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017Location: Yankee StadiumCapacity: 54,251 (69.4 percent full)2016-17 attendance:37,918 (Northwestern 31, Pittsburgh 24)2015-16 attendance: 37,218 (Duke 44, Indiana 41) Independence Bowl: 33,601 … [Read more...] about 2017-18 college football bowl game attendance and schedule
Despite the Ohio State Buckeyes' (11-2) win over Wisconsin (12-1), 27-21, in Saturday's Big Ten championship game, it wasn't enough to get into the College Football Playoff. On Sunday, the CFP selection committee announced Clemson (12-1), Oklahoma (12-1), Georgia (12-1) and Alabama (11-1) as the four teams. Clemson, the top seed, will face No. 4 Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, while No. 2 Oklahoma will play No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl. The winners will meet in Atlanta on Jan. 8 to decide the national title. It was Alabama that got the nod as the fourth team over Ohio State. The Crimson Tide barely edged Ohio State despite failing to reach the SEC title game. Did Ohio State deserve to get in over Alabama? Some would argue that Buckeyes deserved to reach the CFP because they won the Big Ten title and defeated a Wisconsin squad that was undefeated. Ohio State also defeated Penn State (10-2), who were ranked No. 2 at the time, and played a … [Read more...] about College Football Playoff 2018: Did The Ohio State Buckeyes Get Robbed By The CFP Selection Committee?
If you love college football and gambling, there’s no shortage of games to choose from on the 2017-2018 bowl schedule. Including the College Football Playoff semifinal games, only two contests feature betting lines in double digits. One-third of the bowls feature a point spread of a field goal or less, and 10 games pit two ranked teams against one another. Below are the complete betting odds for every bowl game, as well as early predictions against the spread. All point spreads and over/unders are courtesy of OddsShark. New Orleans Bowl: Troy (-6.5) vs. North Texas, 62 Allowing more points per game than 104 teams, North Texas needs to score a ton in order to win. The Mean Green have given up an average 44.3 points against seven bowl teams, while Troy hasn’t surrendered more than 25 points in a game all season. Prediction ATS: Troy Cure Bowl: Georgia State (+6) vs. Western Kentucky, 52 Western Kentucky’s offense is about as one-dimensional as it gets. Quarterback … [Read more...] about College Football Bowl Predictions 2017-2018: Las Vegas Betting Odds, Picks Against The Spread