Stories by Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Playoff teams well-represented on All-American list

The College Football Playoff participants are well-represented on The Associated Press All-America team.
By Ralph D. Russo

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

Clemson's Watson could make run at Heisman

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is among a group of early Heisman Trophy favorites for 2015
By Ralph D. Russo

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

Mariota wins Heisman Trophy in landslide

NEW YORK - Marcus Mariota, the prototypical 21st century quarterback, took an old-fashioned approach to become Oregon's first Heisman Trophy winner.
By Ralph D. Russo

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Heisman Trophy finalists have strong character

NEW YORK — Whether character should count in Heisman Trophy voting has been a hot topic in recent years.
By Ralph D. Russo

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Mariota heads Heisman finalists

NEW YORK - Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon were selected as finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
By Ralph D. Russo

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Texas Christian takes care of business

FORT WORTH, Texas - No. 4 Texas Christian earned at least a share of the Big 12 championship and kept its playoff bid alive with a 55-3 victory against lowly Iowa State on Saturday.
By Ralph D. Russo

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

Changes might be coming for conference championship games

Now with four spots and a selection committee sizing up the contenders, there is more uncertainty about the future of conference championship games.
By Ralph D. Russo

What happens if underdogs win?

What happens if things don't go as expected in this weekend's college football games? Let's dive into the possibilities.
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Frogs jump 'Noles for third

TCU moved up to No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings, becoming the latest team to jump past undefeated Florida State.
By Ralph D. Russo

Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014

Clemson assistant to be named head coach at SMU

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris will be Southern Methodist's new football coach, a person familiar with the school's decision told The Associated Press on Sunday.
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Alabama still tops rankings

Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State remained the top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday heading into a weekend when just about all the contenders are ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Alabama moved into the top spot

Alabama is the new No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings, and Mississippi State remains in the
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Horned Frogs jump into playoff rankings

Texas Christian takes over the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff rankings and Oregon jumps undefeated Florida State and moves into second place.
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

SEC dominates initial playoff rankings

GRAPEVINE, Texas - The College Football Playoff selection committee has spoken - and it likes the Southeastern Conference. At least for now.
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Calls of SEC bias on the rise

As Southeastern Conference football teams dominate rankings, calls of #SECBias rise from Oregon to Ohio - but is it real?
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Slive to retire as SEC commissioner in July

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive will retire next summer after 13 years leading the league and plans to begin treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer.
By Ralph D. Russo

Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

Playoff committee tries to avoid publicly discussing playoff

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck takes what he calls a lawyerly approach to talking about his involvement with the College Football Playoff selection committee. 
By Ralph D. Russo

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

Bears knock off Horned Frogs

No. 5 Baylor scored 24 points in the final 11 minutes to beat No. 9 Texas Christian 61-58 on Saturday in a crazy Big 12 scorefest.
By Ralph D. Russo

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014

Polls change significantly after wild weekend

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi's Southeastern Conference teams have never been this good and this close.
By Ralph D. Russo

Weekend of upset specials

The biggest weekend of the college football season delivered a sensational Saturday that included three of the top six teams in The Associated Press poll getting beat.  In ...
By Ralph D. Russo

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