Stories by Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016

Tide captures fourth crown

GLENDALE, Arizona - No. 2 Alabama won its fourth national title in the last seven seasons, outlasting the dynamic play of Deshaun Watson and No. 1 Clemson in a 45-40 victory Monday night in the ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016

'Bama on verge of unprecedented run, with Clemson in the way

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Regardless of the outcome between No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama, a case can be made that no team in the history of the sport has had a better run than the Crimson Tide under ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

Clemson's loss to Alabama in 2008 started the Swinney era

The last meeting between the Clemson and Alabama, in 2008, was just the beginning for Alabama's dominance as a national power, it was the beginning of the end for then-Clemson coach Tommy Bowden ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Monday, Jan. 4, 2016

Swinney confident Lawson will play against Alabama

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says he is "very optimistic" All-American Shaq Lawson will play in the national title game against Alabama after the defensive end missed most of the Tigers' semifinal ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Friday, Jan. 1, 2016

Alabama had vision that led to Cotton Bowl victory

Alabama coach Nick Saban said he saw something in his team coming into the Cotton Bowl that he had never seen before. The result was a 38-0 victory over Michigan State.
By Ralph D. Russo

Alabama routs Michigan State in semifinal

ARLINGTON, Texas - Jake Coker played the game of his career, hooking up with Calvin Ridley for two touchdowns, as second-ranked Alabama aired it out to beat No. 3 Michigan State 38-0 Thursday night.
By Ralph D. Russo

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015

Michigan State coach learned well under Saban

If it wasn't for Alabama coach Nick Saban, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and the Spartans might not be where they are today.
By Ralph D. Russo

Monday, Dec. 28, 2015

Smart is splitting time between his two coaching jobs

DALLAS - Alabama defensive coordinator and Georgia head coach Kirby Smart - and, yes, he is both right now - could use a couple more hours in his day.
By Ralph D. Russo

Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015

Michigan State faces big challenge in trying to slow down Alabama's Henry

Michigan State is the next team that will try to stop Alabama's Derrick Henry.
By Ralph D. Russo

Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015

Taking a knee part of being at Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. - There are few pregame rituals in college football as recognizable as the Tigers' blood-pumping entrance.
By Ralph D. Russo

Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

Clemson's Dabo Swinney named AP Coach of the Year

Clemson's Swinney wins AP Coach of Year after perfect season Clemson's Dabo Swinney is The Associated Press college football coach of the year after leading the Tigers to an unbeaten regular ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015

Clemson's Watson is All-America QB

Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry of Alabama and finalists Deshaun Watson of Clemson and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford highlight The Associated Press All-America team.
By Ralph D. Russo

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015

Alabama's bruising running back wins Heisman Trophy

NEW YORK - Derrick Henry has won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the second Alabama player to receive college football's most prestigious player of the year award.
By Ralph D. Russo

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

'Monster class' expected to vie for 2016 Heisman Trophy

NEW YORK - Even before the Heisman Trophy is handed out tonight, it is tempting to look ahead to 2016 and what could be a doozy of a race for college football's most famous bronze statue.
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

Bosworth finally goes into College Football Hall of Fame

Brian Bosworth is among 15 players and two coaches into the College Football Hall of Fame.
By Ralph D. Russo

Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

Henry, Watson, McCaffrey named Heisman finalists

NEW YORK - Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Stanford's Christian McCaffrey are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
By Ralph D. Russo

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015

Clemson takes top playoff seed

Top-seeded Clemson will play No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl in the first College Football Playoff semifinal on New Year's Eve.
By Ralph D. Russo

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

Swinney has exceeded expectations throughout his life

CLEMSON, S.C. - An unexpected call changed Dabo Swinney's life. Swinney was an out-of-work assistant coach at the time – a long way from being the coach of No. 1 Clemson.
By Ralph D. Russo

Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

Teams with 5-7 records will play in bowl games

After a bad season on the field for Mike Riley's first Nebraska team, some good work in the classroom by the Huskers when Bo Pelini was coach will keep Big Red playing football this season.
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Sooners, Hawkeyes move into top four

Oklahoma moved into third and Iowa was fourth in the new College Football Playoff rankings as Notre Dame slipped to No. 6. Clemson and Alabama remained the top two teams in the third-to-last ...
By Ralph D. Russo
 
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