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Alabama head coach Nick Saban answers questions during a news conference for the NCAA college football playoff championship game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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  • Alabama head coach Nick Saban answers questions during a news conference for the NCAA college football playoff championship game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Has Saban already surpassed the man in the houndstooth hat?

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nick Saban is one away from the Bear. At least that’s what the record book shows. Actually, an argument can be made that Saban already surpassed the man in the houndstooth hat. Saban has five national titles — four as Alabama’s coach, plus a BCS crown at LSU — going into […]
  • FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, file photo, Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold looks to pass during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Penn State in Pasadena, Calif. Darnold was selected to the Associated Press 2016 All-Bowl Team, announced on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    USC, ‘Bama and Clemson star on AP’s All-Bowl Team

    The college football bowl season featured so many thrilling individual performances that even a few 200-yard rushers failed to make the Associated Press 2016 All-Bowl Team. Ahead of next week’s College Football Playoff championship, here are the picks for best performances of this year’s college football bowl season. OFFENSE Quarterback Sam Darnold, Southern California: Darnold […]
  • Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws a pass during the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game against Auburn, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Mayfield leads Oklahoma to 35-19 Sugar Bowl win over Auburn

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Heisman Trophy finalists Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook connected one last time for a touchdown. Joe Mixon emerged from his recent controversy with big plays that had teammates lifting him off his feet in celebration. Samaje Perine put his name in Oklahoma’s record books. Seventh-ranked Oklahoma had plenty to celebrate after […]
  • Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws a pass during the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game against Auburn, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Mayfield leads Oklahoma to 35-19 Sugar Bowl win over Auburn

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Heisman Trophy finalists Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook connected one last time for a touchdown. Joe Mixon emerged from his recent controversy with big plays that had teammates lifting him off his feet in celebration. Samaje Perine put his name in Oklahoma’s record books. Seventh-ranked Oklahoma had plenty to celebrate after […]
  • Southern California place kicker Matt Boermeester celebrates after kicking the game winning field goal against Penn State during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    USC hits FG at gun, beats Penn State 52-49 in epic Rose Bowl

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — After 98 combined points and 1,040 yards of spectacular offensive play, the highest-scoring Rose Bowl in history rested on the left foot of a Southern California kicker who had already missed two field goals. Matt Boermeester somehow blocked out the cacophonous tension in the chilly air. He focused only on securing […]
  • Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry looks on during practice held at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. Penn State plays Southern California in the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game on Jan. 2. (Joe Hermitt/PennLive/The Patriot-News via AP)

    Strong finish: No. 5 Penn St, No. 9 USC roll into Rose Bowl

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The matchup in the 103rd Rose Bowl would have seemed preposterous in late September. That was right before No. 5 Penn State (11-2) won nine straight games and No. 9 Southern California (9-3) won eight in a row, propelling these traditional powers out of the depths of disappointing starts and all […]
  • Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett looks to the sideline bench after being sacked bu Clemson during the second half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Ohio State offense falls flat in blowout loss to Clemson

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Ohio State made it to the College Football Playoff without winning the Big Ten championship, and on Saturday night did very little to show it deserved to be there. The Buckeyes’ 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl ranks as the most celebrated pratfall in a big game for one […]
  • Clemson players celebrate after Clemson defeated Ohio State 31-0 in the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. Clemson advanced to the BCS championship game Jan. 9 against Alabama. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    With Ohio State shutout, Clemson earns another shot at ‘Bama

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — In a return trip to the desert, Clemson found redemption through utter domination. Part I of Dabo and Deshaun’s make-good tour is done. Now comes the really hard part: A rematch against Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game. Deshaun Watson ran for two touchdowns and threw another and […]
  • Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) runs in for a touchdown as Ohio State safety Damon Webb (7) watches during the second half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    The Latest: Rematch! Clemson, Alabama to play for title

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the College Football Playoff Fiesta Bowl semifinal (all times local): 8:32 p.m. Clemson gets its rematch with Alabama in the College Football Playoff championship game. Deshaun Watson accounted for 316 yards and three touchdowns, and the Tigers manhandled Ohio State 31-0 in the Fiesta Bowl Saturday night. Clemson […]
  • Michigan safety Delano Hill (44) attempts to stop Florida State running back Dalvin Cook (4, during the first half of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook declares for NFL draft

    It didn’t take long for Dalvin Cook to announce his future plans. The Florida State running back said he will enter the NFL draft. Cook’s announcement on Saturday, which he made via video on Instagram, came less than 24 hours after the 10th-ranked Seminoles defeated No. 6 Michigan in the Orange Bowl. “These last three […]