Stories by Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Ohio State wins championship with 42-20 victory over Oregon

ARLINGTON, Texas - Ohio State can add the newest version of the national championship trophy to a case that already has a bunch of the old ones
By Ralph D. Russo

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015

Title game will crown 'true champ'

DALLAS - Ohio State and Oregon will meet in a game that has never been played for a trophy that has never been raised. The winner Monday night in north Texas can be called the truest champion in ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

Meyer familiar with how Oregon's program works

DALLAS - When Urban Meyer took a year off from coaching, he made a trip to Oregon to visit a friend and to find out how Chip Kelly was running the show in Eugene.
By Ralph D. Russo

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

Oregon has edge in title game

DALLAS - The first College Football Playoff national championship game between Oregon and Ohio State will be all about the O - as in offense, with the edge going to Oregon.
By Ralph D. Russo

Two picks for college hall questioned

Jim Tressel will become a College Foot­ball Hall of Famer while he is still being punished by the NCAA. Brian Bosworth, who was suspended for his last college game for failing a test for ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

Ducks bury defending champs

PASADENA, Calif. - Marcus Mariota and Oregon turned an avalanche of Florida State mistakes into a mountain of points and the Ducks rolled past the defending national champions 59-20 Thursday.
By Ralph D. Russo

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

First playoff game has star cast

LOS ANGELES - For years, college football fans pleaded for a playoff. Now it starts with two Heisman Trophy winners and defending national champions.
By Ralph D. Russo

Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014

Oregon must stop Winston without star corner

Just when it seemed Oregon's defense was peaking at the perfect time, with Jameis Winston and Florida State on the horizon, an injury took away the Ducks' best defensive back.
By Ralph D. Russo

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

TCU's Patterson named AP Coach of the Year

Texas Christian coach Gary Patterson was voted college football coach of the year by The Associated Press on Wednesday, joining Nick Saban as the only two-time winners.
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Mariota adds to haul

Oregon star quarterback Marcus Mariota is The Associated Press College Football Player of the Year, adding yet another honor to his spectacular season.
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
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