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  • South Carolina athlete Lorenzo Nunez transfers

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 hr 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 19 hrs 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 21 hrs 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 23 hrs 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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  • Report: Alabama backup QB Cooper Bateman plans to transfer

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Alabama could be without its backup quarterback for the College Football Playoff.

    According to a report from Al.com, Cooper Bateman, the Crimson Tide’s No. 2 quarterback, was granted his release from the program last week and will transfer. On top of that, the report says it is “unclear” if Bateman will remain with the team through the postseason.

    That decision, Al.com is reporting, comes down to “whenever the school he chooses to transfer to needs him on campus.”

    Bateman, a redshirt junior, was considered to be a favorite to land the team’s starting role entering preseason camp, but ended up falling behind both Jalen Hurts and Blake Barnett on the depth chart. Barnett, a redshirt freshman, started the opener against USC, but Hurts, a true freshman outplayed him in that game and has started ever since. Barnett then opted to transfer in September, moving Bateman up to the No. 2 role.

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  • The Big Ten might have stirred up what should have been calm CFP waters

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Championship Saturday was all we hoped it could be.

    Despite Alabama’s dismantling of Florida in the SEC title game — we all expected that anyway — the championship games were close, entertaining and added some intrigue to what should have been an anticlimactic College Football Playoff announcement on Sunday.

    However, the Big Ten did do its part to give the committee something to think about as it deliberates its top four.

    No. 7 Penn State’s dramatic 38-31 come-from-behind win against No. 6 Wisconsin creates an interesting conundrum. The Nittany Lions are the only team to which Ohio State lost. It’s also the champion of what many believe is the best conference in the country. Yet, it’s possible that Penn State could finish No. 5 in the College Football Playoff rankings while Ohio State moves on as the only non-conference champion to ever play in the CFP.

    We could play out different scenarios, including one where Michigan gets in, all night long, but the easiest solution is for the committee to stick with the teams that got them to this weekend.

    Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Washington.

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  • San Diego State likely awarded with warm vacation in the Vegas Bowl after outlasting Wyoming in frozen Mountain West Championship

    Chris Herbert at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Second coldest game in San Diego State’s recorded history?  No problem.

    San Diego State hung on to win a close 27-24 game over Wyoming, avenging SDSU’s 33-34 loss two weeks ago to the Pokes.

    In what could have been a stand-in set for the Battle of Hoth, Wyoming and SDSU battled for the Mountain West Championship in frigid Laramie, Wyoming. Whereas it was Wyoming’s first trip to the MWC Championship since its inclusion to the conference, SDSU beat Air Force last season to become MWC Champions in another 27-24 victory.

    Wyoming drew first blood with kicker Cooper Rothe tying a career long 46-yard field goal by doinking the ball off the crossbar and through the uprights.

    Cooper Rothe (@scrappyturtle7) ties career-long FG from 46 yards off the cross bar! @WYO_Football takes a 3-0 lead vs @Aztec_Football #mwfb pic.twitter.com/krqZyjhdLB

  • Clemson defeats Virginia Tech 42-35 in tense ACC title game

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Clemson’s spot in the College Football Playoff was likely cemented Saturday night with a 42-35 win against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game. It was Clemson’s second straight title.

    Clemson defensive back Cordrea Tankersley intercepted a fourth-down pass by Virginia quarterback Jerod Evans with just over a minute remaining, and the Tigers were able to run out the clock on what was an unexpectedly tight game.

    But it didn’t start out tight.

    Clemson jumped out to a 14-0 lead and appeared to be cruising before Virginia Tech got its bearings and started to put up a fight. The Hokies stormed back in the first half to trail by a touchdown at halftime and appeared to have the momentum. However, the Tigers pushed their lead to 35-14 in the third quarter, but Virginia Tech would not go away. It whittled the lead down to a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and Clemson had to fight against letting the momentum get away.

    But the Clemson defense, which looked like a shell of the defense that had played so well early in the season, forced the interception to seal the game.

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