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Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey wins AP player of the year

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Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey is The Associated Press college football player of the year, becoming the first non-Heisman Trophy winner to earn the honor in six years. McCaffrey was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy to Derrick Henry, but received 29 of 60 votes from the AP Top 25 media panel to edge the Alabama running back. Henry received 16 votes and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was third with 11. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield…

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Bowl Guide: Best of the season’s record 41 bowl games

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College football has a record number of bowls, a whopping 41 from Hawaii to the Bronx. That’s great news if you’re a college football fan. No need to even leave the house during the next three weeks. If you’re not a college football fan, well, it’s probably a little overkill, especially with those 5-7 teams in the mix. Whatever side of the fence you’re on, there’s certainly going to be plenty of action, with great games, star players and four…

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Derrick Henry earned Heisman, but is trophy losing its luster?

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When the Heisman Trophy winner is announced each year, those who care either celebrate the winner or wonder why someone else was not chosen. There was some of that this year, but there were those who wondered why more non-winners were not invited to the ceremony on Saturday. Alabama’s Derrick Henry, as expected, was the winner in a reasonably close vote. However, Christian McCaffrey of Stanford and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson had legitimate statistics to be selected. So did a few…

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Christian McCaffrey defines “outstanding” for 2015

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The 81st winner of college football’s Heisman Trophy will be revealed on Saturday night from New York’s Downtown Athletic Club. Voting is already completed and the top three are known. They are Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. Florida State fans thought Dalvin Cook was deserving of at least being on the stage. So did Cook and he said so. Cook had a chance to rush for 2,000 yards, but injuries…

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Christian McCaffrey’s performance for the ages leads Stanford

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Christian McCaffrey may or may not win the Heisman Trophy, but his performance in the Pac 12 Championship Game on Saturday will almost certainly earn him an invitation to the awards presentation. His running, receiving, passing and kick returning are the main reason why his Stanford Cardinal beat the Southern California Trojans, 41-22. The victory gave Stanford its third title in the past four seasons. McCaffrey, the son of former NFL star Ed McCaffrey, rushed for 207 yards and a…

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College football provides real life lessons in addition to statistics

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Saturday gave college football fans some close games to enjoy. While two unranked teams posted upsets, with Florida State serving as the victim in one of them, others came down to the wire. Alabama’s escape at home and Pitt’s last second win at Syracuse are examples. Here are a few of the key takeaway numbers from week 8 in college football, including a lesson in real life. 447 – Passing yards by Memphis QB Paxton Lynch in the Tigers’ 66-42…

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Week 6 college football by the numbers

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A memorable game occurred in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Saturday, but several individual and team performances were also worthy of mention. Here, by the numbers, are just a few. 712 – Passing yards allowed by Florida State’s defensive unit over the last two games against Miami and Louisville; both wins, but a cause for concern for the near future (see the next item). Louisville’s freshman QB Lamar Jackson threw for 307 in the Cardinals’ 41-21 loss to FSU. 532 –…

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