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Gators, ‘Canes on the way up, FSU headed down in AP Top 25

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The top two teams in the AP Top 25 football poll remained the same this week, but Florida teams were on the move. Only two of those teams are moving in the right direction. Alabama and Ohio State kept their No. 1 and No. 2 positions, respectively, but entering the Top 10 are the Miami Hurricanes. Miami climbed four spots from last week after their impressive win at Georgia Tech. The Florida Gators, despite a less-than-awe-inspiring win over Vanderbilt, claimed the No.…

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Ohio State looks as though it belongs in playoffs this year, too

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Defending national champion Ohio State finished its season looking as if it should have been a contender again. The Buckeyes drilled Notre Dame, 44-28, in Friday’s Fiesta Bowl. Star running back Ezekial Elliot rushed for 149 yards and four scores to lead Ohio State, which led 28-14 at the half and coasted. Quarterback J.T. Barrett added 211 yards passing and another touchdown. For Notre Dame, DeShone Kizer threw for 284 yards and two scores. Will Fuller caught six passes for…

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The unsettled college football post season

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College football’s playoffs and bowl games are in a strange place as the season winds down. Some are ready to make a case for a two-loss team getting into the College Football Playoff, but for the first time, teams with losing records will be headed to bowl games. On Sunday, we will know the four teams qualifying for the College Football Playoff. We already know that No. 3 Oklahoma is in because they have won the Big 12 championship and…

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Which traditional rivalry games matter more this season?

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If you went to Apex University, then you obviously hate Apex State. It’s just the way it works. You tell you Apex State jokes, some of which end with “you want fries with that?” You refer to Apex State as the cow college, whether it’s ever had a cow around campus or not. You make fun of the mascot. Think the women are dense and the men are Neanderthal. Why? Because you went to Apex, of course. And because of…

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Title hopes on line for some, rivalries on tap for others

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For many, it’s all about the playoffs. Who’s in? Who’s out? Will a Big 12 team make it? What’s up with Michigan State-Ohio State? Well, when it comes to some of college football’s most cherished rivalries, let’s take a national title break. There are a few games Saturday offering something else: braggin’ rights – and trophies! So while Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame try to maintain their spots in the College Football Playoff ranking, here’s a look at…

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Things to watch: All eyes on Oklahoma, Big Ten showdown

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College football’s regular season has three weeks left, including championship weekend. Week 12 is all about Oklahoma. The Sooners state is the site for three big games, all with major postseason implications. Elsewhere, the Big Ten’s game of the year will be played in Columbus, and Michigan is not invited. Virginia Tech says goodbye to one of the greatest coaches in college football history. Plus, several division titles could be handed out. Here are things to watch for in Week…

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Playoff pulse: scratch off Stanford; Baylor in big trouble

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Scratch Stanford off the list of College Football Playoff contenders. Actually, just make it the whole Pac-12. Baylor is in big trouble, too. And the Bears’ loss could be Notre Dame’s gain. The Cardinal were felled by a familiar nemesis Saturday night, losing to Oregon 38-36 in a game that left the Pac-12’s playoff hopes in a precarious position. A couple of hours later, Utah was upset in overtime, 37-30 by Arizona, leaving the Pac-12 with no team with less…

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