- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
The Mike London Era at Virginia is over.
Athletic director Craig Littlepage announced London’s resignation Sunday morning after meeting with the coach to discuss the future of the program. London is 27-46 as the head coach of the Cavaliers, including Saturday’s 23-20 loss to Virginia Tech, the 12 th consecutive time the Cavaliers have lost to their in-state rivals.
"Mike London has been an outstanding representative of the University of Virginia,” Littlepage said in a statement. “During his tenure, Mike created a positive culture for our student-athletes to develop as young men, who improved each year in the classroom and represented us very well in the community. Mike was a tremendous mentor for his players and many of our coaches. His ability to inspire others helped our program establish great relationships among the high school football coaches in the state and he has been a tremendous ambassador for the University. We are thankful for Mike’s numerous contributions representing the University and Virginia athletics.”
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
Toledo coach Matt Campbell is reportedly heading to Iowa State.
Per the Toledo Blade, Campbell accepted an offer to be the Cyclones' new head coach late Saturday night. Campbell would succeed Paul Rhoads as Iowa State's coach. Rhoads coached his final game with the Cyclones on Saturday in a loss to West Virginia.
Toledo had offered to make Campbell the highest-paid coach in the MAC.
“We think very highly of Matt Campbell and have made him a very generous offer to keep him as our head football coach,” O'Brien said in a text message.
The Rockets' offer was for more than $800,000 in total, a different source said, but ISU's offer "significantly" trumped Toledo's.
Iowa State will pay Campbell's $200,000 buyout, and the Rockets will begin the evaluation process for a new coach immediately.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
Oklahoma is the Big 12 champion and perhaps the first team to lock up a spot in this year’s College Football Playoff.
Oklahoma defeated rival Oklahoma State 58-23 in what ultimately became the de facto Big 12 title game in the final regular season contest for both teams.
However, Oklahoma had the most to lose since it had climbed to No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings and a loss to the Cowboys would not only have eliminated the Sooners from playoff contention, but probably eliminated the Big 12 as whole.
But Oklahoma left no doubt with a dominating performance against an Oklahoma State team that was undefeated up until a week ago. After falling behind 10-7, the Sooners scored on back-to-back runs of 68 and 66 yards by backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon to open up the game early in the second quarter and finished the first half with a 44-20 lead.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
And then there were six. We think.
Thanks to Week 13 losses from Baylor and Notre Dame, it looks like the College Football Committee will be able to whittle its focus down to six contenders for the four-team playoff: Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma, Iowa, Michigan State and Stanford.
The committee’s top four teams from last week all took care of business this weekend, but Clemson, Alabama and Iowa can still slip up in their respective conference title games.
The lack of a league title game was a huge disadvantage to the Big 12 last year as Baylor and TCU ended up on the outside looking in. This time around, Oklahoma wrapping up the league with a convincing win over Oklahoma State on Saturday night appears to be a boon for third-ranked Sooners’ chances of making the playoff.
In the ACC and SEC, No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama will both be favorites in their conference championship games.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
You can view the fan reaction during LSU's 19-7 win over Texas A&M as a tribute to Les Miles or a case for him to stay as the Tigers' coach.
It was likely both.
Before the game started, Miles was given a loud ovation.
As the Tigers had the game wrapped up, Miles was saluted by the crowd, which started chanting his name.
And then when the game was over, Miles was carried off the field.
Miles' future has been murky over the past two weeks. The win Saturday night snapped a three-game losing streak. Would he be the Tigers' coach moving forward? When asked about it after the game, he responded that he had "no idea."
If LSU administrators were paying attention on Saturday, they should have had a good idea of what to do. Athletic director Joe Alleva apparently was watching.
Alleva: "I want to make it very clear that Les Miles is our football coach and he'll continue to be our football coach." #LSU
Apparently Miles wasn't kidding when he said he didn't have any idea if he'd continue to be LSU's coach either.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
As Notre Dame milked away the clock while it looked to take a lead over Stanford in the final minute, Cardinal head coach David Shaw curiously decided not to use his timeouts to give his offense more time.
The decision paid off.
After the Irish took a 36-35 lead with 30 seconds to go, Kevin Hogan and the Stanford offense quickly marched into Notre Dame territory – using all three of their timeouts in the process – to set up for a game-winning 46-yard field goal from Conrad Ukropina as time expired to give the Cardinal a dramatic 38-36 victory.
Ukropina’s clutch kick gave the No. 9 Cardinal its 10th win of the season and kept the team’s College Football Playoff hopes alive while simultaneously crushing No. 6 Notre Dame’s chances of reaching the final four.
While Heisman candidate Christian McCaffrey got most of the hype coming into the game, it was Hogan – in his final game at Stanford Stadium – who stole the show. Hogan threw for 269 yards and four touchdowns while completing 17-of-21 throws. His favorite target was another senior, 6-foot-4 wideout Devon Cajuste, who put up a career-high 125 yards on five huge catches.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
With bowl games in Orlando and Tucson added this season, there will be a record 41 bowl games played this season. That calls for 80 teams to fill all of those slots.
Coming into this weekend’s set of games, 71 teams already sealed bowl berths while 14 additional five-win teams had a chance to clinch bowl eligibility.
Only four teams – Washington, Tulsa, Indiana and Virginia Tech – were able to take advantage of that opportunity.
Here’s how it went down:
From Friday's games:
Nebraska (5-7): The Huskers hung tough with No. 4 Iowa, but were doomed by four interceptions from Tommy Armstrong in a 28-20 loss. Nebraska, at 5-7, still has a chance for postseason play. We’ll get to that later.
Washington (6-6): The Huskies blew out in-state rival Washington State (who played without starting quarterback Luke Falk) 45-10 in an impressive home win in the Apple Cup to improve to 6-6.
Missouri (5-7): In what was Missouri’s final regular season game under head coach Gary Pinkel, the Tigers failed to get much going offensively in a 28-3 loss to Arkansas in Fayetteville. Like Nebraska, Missouri dropped to 5-7, but still could find itself playing in the postseason.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
USC is heading to its first Pac-12 title game courtesy of Saturday’s 40-21 win against rival UCLA.
Saturday’s game was a de facto Pac-12 South championship game with the winner of the contest heading to Santa Clara to play Stanford for the conference title. The game was close early, with the two teams trading points through much of the first half. However, a 42-yard punt return late in the second quarter gave the Trojans a 20-14 lead and momentum heading into the half.
UCLA tried to steal that momentum back early with a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Paul Perkins, which gave the Bruins a 21-20 lead. It would be their last lead of the game.
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen lost a fumble and threw an interception on the Bruins’ next two possessions and the Trojans turned both mistakes into touchdowns. Rasheem Green picked up the Rosen fumble and ran it 31 yards into the end zone. Darreus Rodgers hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass to complete an eight-play drive following the interception. Rosen’s interception marked his first in 245 passes. He actually threw two on the day and had a couple potential interceptions dropped.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Michigan State left no doubt.
The Spartans needed a win over Penn State Saturday to clinch the Big Ten East division and keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive. They did so emphatically.
Michigan State's defense forced four Penn State turnovers while the offense carved up an overmatched PSU defense in a blowout 55-16 win.
In the first half, it looked like the Spartans could be in for a tough one. MSU led 13-3, but Penn State was driving in the final minutes of the half. Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg hit tight end Kyle Carter for a first down to the MSU 23, but Carter was stripped. Spartans safety Demetrious Cox picked up the loose ball and sprinted 77 yards for a touchdown to give the Spartans a 20-3 lead.
Penn State was able to cut the lead to 20-10 at halftime, but the second half was completely dominated by Michigan State.
Connor Cook, who returned after missing the Ohio State game with a shoulder issue, threw two third quarter touchdowns to increase the lead to 34-10. The offensive line completely wore down the undermanned Penn State defense the rest of the way and the Spartans cruised to a blowout victory.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Michigan State had a comfortable lead over Penn State in the fourth quarter, so Mark Dantonio allowed a senior to have some fun in his final home game.
After Penn State fumbled on a kickoff, the Spartans, leading 48-16, had first-and-goal from the PSU nine-yard line and put an unusual ballcarrier in the backfield: offensive lineman Jack Allen.
Allen, a starting center who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 296 pounds, took the carry and showed that linemen are great athletes, too. Watch this:
BREAKING: JACK ALLEN HAS BEEN NAMED A FINALIST FOR THE DOAK WALKER AWARD pic.twitter.com/K8THJ6xWi1
Just look at that stiff arm!
This isn’t the first time Allen has found the end zone in his MSU career. In April’s Green-White spring game, Allenscored a four-yard touchdown.