ATLANTA— Sitting beside Nick Saban, Lincoln Riley and Dabo Swinney at a gathering of the College Football Playoff coaches, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly referred to his team as “the new kids on the block.” The description fit. Saban has guided No. 1 Alabama, the defending champion, to its fifth straight playoff. Swinney and Clemson are … Continue reading ATLANTA | Kelly relishes Irish role as playoff ‘new kids on the block’
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the offensive player of the year and one of five members of the top-ranked Crimson Tide to earn first-team honors on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team. No. 16 Kentucky (No. 14 College Football Playoff ) has the SEC’s defensive player of the year in linebacker Josh Allen and the … Continue reading No. 1 Alabama has 5 players first-team AP All-SEC selections
GRAPEVINE, Texas— College Football Playoff set: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame. By Associated Press
Championship Saturday produced edge-of-the-seat drama and something for the College Football Playoff selection committee to think about. Not whether Oklahoma or Ohio State should take the fourth and final spot, as was debated most of the week, but Oklahoma or Georgia. The fourth-ranked Bulldogs (11-2) weren’t good enough to beat No. 1 Alabama in a … Continue reading Column: Oklahoma or Georgia for CFP? Simple, who won?
No. 7 West Virginia re-entered the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll after another weekend in which the number of ranked teams losing reached double digits. Unanimous No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame remained unchanged, and No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 Oklahoma each … Continue reading AP Top 25: West Virginia up to 7 after 10 ranked teams lose
After four of the top eight teams lost, The Associated Press college football poll had a new look behind No. 1 Alabama, with Ohio State reaching No. 2, LSU jumping back to No. 5 and Michigan moving into the top 10 for the first time this season. The Crimson Tide received all but one of … Continue reading AP College Football Poll: LSU back to No. 5; Michigan to 6th
TUSCALOOSA, Ala.— Alabama coach Nick Saban had one last request before leaving the podium following the latest lopsided win: Go negative. Please. The top-ranked Crimson Tide’s master motivator would like a little bad press to help keep his team grounded. It’s been that kind of start for Alabama’s season. Saturday’s 45-23 win over Texas A&M … Continue reading TUSCALOOSA, Ala. | Bad press for No. 1 Alabama? Saban says yes, please
TUSCALOOSA, Ala.— Nick Saban made official what anybody who watched No. 1 Alabama’s opener likely assumed: Tua Tagovailoa is the Crimson Tide’s starting quarterback. The top-ranked Tide’s coach didn’t wait for the question to be asked Monday before saying Tagovailoa will start Saturday against Arkansas State, but even he acknowledged it wasn’t much of a … Continue reading TUSCALOOSA, Ala. | Saban makes official what “everybody knows,” it’s Tua’s job