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  • 5 Heisman Trophy finalists revealed

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 hr ago

    The 2016 Heisman Trophy finalists were unveiled Monday night with five players earning invitations to the ceremony Saturday night in New York City.

    The finalists are: Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook and Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers.

    Before Alabama’s Derrick Henry won it last year, a quarterback had taken home the Heisman in five straight seasons. With Jackson considered the heavy favorite, a new streak of quarterbacks could begin in 2016.

    In addition to the five finalists, there were quite a few stars who won’t make the trip to New York. Those snubs include Texas running back D’Onta Foreman, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, Washington quarterback Jake Browning and San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey, who is second in the nation with 2,018 yards and recently moved to No. 3 all-time in career rushing yards.

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    Here’s more about each of the Heisman finalists:

     

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  • Cast your vote for the best catch from college football's Week 14

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 hrs ago

    Each Monday, we’ll gather the best catches from the weekend (or the midweek games) and bring them here for you to vote on in a poll. There could be only a few nominees, or there could be five or six. It all depends on the weekend. If you have a catch you’d like to nominate, don’t hesitate to hit us up on Twitter (@YahooDrSaturday).

    The voting remains open until Friday and the winner advances to another round of voting that will help crown the best catch of the regular season.

    The regular season is over, but we’ve got one final week of catches to sort through before we reveal our 14 finalists! A tight end joined our list of winners in Week 13 with Penn State’s Mike Gesicki taking home the crown for his awesome touchdown catch in PSU’s win over Michigan State. Here’s that play again (you’ll see more from Gesicki in just a bit):

    Here are your Week 14 nominees:

    KD Cannon – Baylor

    Mike Gesicki – Penn State

    That’s a 250-pound tight end making that play, folks.

    John Ross – Washington

    Trent Taylor – Louisiana Tech

  • LSU RB Leonard Fournette declares for NFL draft

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 6 hrs ago

    When LSU takes on Louisville in the Citrus Bowl, it will mark the final collegiate game for Leonard Fournette.

    The junior Tigers running back announced Monday that he will forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2017 NFL draft.

    Forever LSU, Forever Buganation pic.twitter.com/sdkN0JaonF

    — 7⃣ Leonard Fournette (@_fournette) December 5, 2016

    “I will be declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft after our bowl game,” Fournette said. “I make this announcement now so that there will not be speculation and distractions while we prepare. I want everyone to know that I will forever treasure my experience as a Tiger. I will take with me the many valuable lessons that I have learned here, and the love that you have shown me throughout the years. I will forever be an LSU Tiger. Thank you.

    At 3,380 yards, Fournette currently ranks fourth in LSU history in rushing yards.

    Fournette indicated the same in his letter declaring his intent to go pro.

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  • Army reveals new uniforms for Army-Navy game (Photos)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago

    The Army football team will honor the World War II 82nd Airborne Division with a special uniform for the Army-Navy game.

    Inspired by World War II 82nd paratroopers, we honor the past by re-telling stories of valor, courage & sacrifice. https://t.co/nxhNsSOUB3 pic.twitter.com/xU1q5vjghO

    — ArmyWestPoint Sports (@GoArmyWestPoint) December 5, 2016

    According to the Army release, the uniforms, which are gray and black, were designed to pay homage to “authentic WWII era paratrooper jump suits with division patch, oversized 48-star American flag patch, player name tapes, full-color historical unit patches and an improvised camo base layer. Additionally, initial members of the 82 nd Airborne Division represented each of the continental states, informing their “All American” nickname and iconic “AA” shoulder patch. “

    The Army helmets are painted like netting and showcase authentic, era-specific battalion icons.

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  • South Carolina athlete Lorenzo Nunez transfers

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 9 hrs ago

    Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Lorenzo Nunez has decided to transfer, coach Will Muschamp announced Sunday.

    Nunez came to South Carolina as a four-star quarterback, but was transitioned out of the position this offseason.

    “He wants to play quarterback,” Muschamp said.

    “I’m disappointed,” Muschamp said. “I thought he could help our football team moving forward. But I want him to be happy. He’s done a lot for South Carolina. We’re trying to help him right now.”

    Nunez threw for 376 yards and ran for 375 yards as a quarterback before moving to receiver. He dressed out for most games this season, but never saw the field as the plan was for him to redshirt.

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  • Dr. Saturday's 2016 bowl rankings: Ohio State-Clemson should be awesome

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Bowl season is less than two weeks away.

    With all 40 matchups set for one of the best times of the year, let’s take a look at all of them. Unsurprisingly, we think the two College Football Playoff semifinal games will be the best matchups, but there are some non-New Year’s Six games that should be pretty good.

    Below is our list, in descending order, of the most appealing matchups. There will undoubtedly be some duds at the top of this list and some scintillating contests at the bottom. But that’s not going to deter us from making predictions.

    1. PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 31, Phoenix): Ohio State (11-1) vs. Clemson (12-1) Our top matchup of bowl season has loads of intrigue. Ohio State is well-equipped to defend Clemson’s offense. But Clemson is well-equipped to defend Ohio State. Our early guess is that the games of OSU RB Mike Weber and Clemson RB Wayne Gallman decide the game.

  • College Football Playoff New Year's Six bowl matchups unveiled

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Now that you’ve had some time to digest the College Football Playoff semifinal matchups — Alabama vs. Washington and Clemson vs. Ohio State — the selection committee revealed the other New Year’s Six bowl games.

    Here’s how the slate looks:

    Rose Bowl: No. 9 USC (9-3) vs. No. 5 Penn State (11-2) — Jan. 2, Pasadena, Calif.

    Penn State missed out on a berth in the College Football Playoff, but a trip to Pasadena is not a bad consolation for the Big Ten champions. The Nittany Lions will face a big test in USC, which played at a very high level, including a convincing win over No. 4 Washington, over the second half of the season. Both teams had slow starts — Penn State at 2-2, USC at 1-3 — before rattling off lengthy winning streaks (nine for PSU, eight for USC) heading into the postseason.

    This looks like an evenly matched game with high-powered offenses and solid, underrated defenses. Trace McSorley vs. Sam Darnold is quite the young quarterback matchup, too.

    Sugar Bowl: No. 7 Oklahoma (10-2) vs. No. 14 Auburn (8-4) — Jan. 2, New Orleans

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  • The College Football Playoff rankings are set with little drama

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Let the argument over the College Football Playoff begin.

    Entering Sunday’s final rankings, the only team that was a lock for the top four was Alabama. The Crimson Tide, which is the No. 1 overall seed, had been the No. 1 team in the nation since the preseason and won its 25th straight game Saturday with a defeat of Florida in the SEC Championship game.

    From there, things got a little crazy as Clemson claimed the No. 2 spot while Ohio State dropped to No. 3. Despite Ohio State being ranked second in the rankings heading into championship weekend, the Buckeyes were penalized for not having played in their conference title game. Those penalties were compounded by the fact that the team that won the Big Ten title, Penn State, was the only team to defeat the Buckeyes this season.

    College Football Playoff committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said the final playoff spot was the most debated as the committee weighed the résumés of Washington and Penn State.

    Here’s a look at the résumés of each of the four playoff teams:

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  • Official: Tommy Tuberville steps down as Cincinnati head coach

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The Tommy Tuberville era at Cincinnati has come to an end.

    The program announced Sunday that Tuberville has decided to step down as the Bearcats’ head coach after his fourth season with the program. The news was first reported Sunday morning by FootballScoop.com

    The team won nine games in each of his first two seasons with the program, but that total dropped to seven in 2015 before a disappointing 4-8 (1-7 AAC) record this season.

    “After much thought and reflection, I have decided to step down and resign from my position here at the University of Cincinnati,” Tuberville said. “I want to thank the board of trustees, the administration, the fans and the University for these last four years. I also want to thank our coaches, staff and anyone associated within our athletic department. Most of all, I will miss these players but know these young men will turn out to be outstanding leaders in the world and for me that is what it’s all about. I am not done coaching and I look forward to my next challenge. Go Bearcats!”

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  • Penn State moves to No. 5 in post-championship weekend AP poll

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    If the AP poll is any indication of how the College Football Playoff field will look, Penn State is going to miss out.

    The Nittany Lions moved up to No. 5 — or the first team outside the CFP’s top four — after a comeback win vs. Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship. Penn State is three spots behind No. 2 Ohio State, who the Nittany Lions beat earlier in November.

    Ohio State has one loss while Penn State lost to Michigan and Pitt in its first four games before reeling off nine-straight wins.

    Alabama stayed at No. 1 after beating Florida in the SEC Championship Game while Clemson stayed at No. 3 and Washington at No. 4 after they won their respective conference championships.

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    Here’s what the entire AP poll looks like. It has no bearing on what the College Football Playoff field or the bowl assignments after the playoff field is decided.

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