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ACC Championship game
No. 20 Duke (10-2) vs. No. 1 Florida State (12-0), 8:00: This certainly isn’t the matchup most people expected this season. But Duke fans will take it. The Blue Devils surged into the ACC title game thanks to an eight-game winning streak that included victories over Virginia Tech, Miami and rival North Carolina. How did Duke do it? They did it with heady quarterback play...Read more »
MAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Bowling Green (9-3) vs. No. 14 Northern Illinois (12-0), 8:00 p.m.: This game has a lot more meaning than most will believe. First, Northern Illinois is in position to earn an automatic BCS Bowl bid for the second straight season. Under BCS rules, a school from a non-Automatic Qualifier (AQ) conference can earn an automatic bid two ways: If it completes the regular season...Read more »
Stony Brook’s 77-62 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson Wednesday night at Pritchard Gym had some nail-biting moments that belie the final score. The Seawolves blew all but three points of a 17-point lead before pulling away with a 15-3 run at the end of the game.
Not exactly the confidence-booster they were looking for heading into their 11 a.m. meeting with LaSalle, Saturday at Madison Square...Read more »
St. John’s stays No. 1 in this week’s poll. But there was some movement among the rest of the top five as Rutgers and Seton Hall swapped places. Fordham remained No. 4, but Army moved up one place to fifth, while Iona dropped one spot to sixth.
St. Francis is up one to seventh as well as Stony Brook, which is eighth. Marist is back in the poll for the first time in three weeks, while Hofstra...Read more »
The back-and-forth game in the Metro Poll continued this week as St. John’s took over the top spot. The Red Storm topped Georgia Tech, 69-58, on Saturday to move three games over .500. St. Francis moved up three spots to second after winning its third straight over Stony Brook, 70-68, on Sunday. Stony Brook, meanwhile, dropped two spots to third.
Manhattan dropped one spot to fourth, Iona...Read more »
As expected, Florida State is No. 1, followed by Ohio State and Auburn. As stated in an earlier post, the debate for who should be No. 2 will rage on. Proof is in the pudding as the Buckeyes have just a .0270 lead over Auburn.
How about this for a scenario? Believe it or not, we could see an Alabama-Auburn rematch in the national title game. If Florida State and Ohio State both lose in their...Read more »
Who should be No. 2 in the BCS standings? Conventional wisdom says Ohio State, because it is undefeated.
But should the Buckeyes’ unblemished record be the only thing we take into consideration?
Auburn (11-1) does have one loss, a 35-21 setback at LSU. But the Tigers have been all but flawless since then, beating Mississippi, Georgia, Texas A&M and Alabama during an eight-game winning...Read more »
Is the Heisman Trophy Jameis Winston’s to lose? Assuming a potential sexual assault charge isn’t levied before Heisman votes are due, it could be. Winston was masterful in Florida State’s 37-7 win over Florida, throwing for 327 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT.
Winston, barring a complete meltdown, should cement his status as the front runner after next weekend's showdown with Duke in the ACC title...Read more »
The college football season clearly has saved its best for the last regular season weekend off the season. Alabama plays at Auburn, Florida hosts Florida State, Texas A&M visits Missouri and Ohio State is at Michigan. Each of those games, and a few others not mentioned, could have some sort of effect on the BCS national championship and the Heisman Trophy race.
No. 1 Alabama (11-0, 7-0...Read more »
It's rare to see the Heisman Trophy race in such flux. For a while, it was all about Johnny Manziel, then it was about Marcus Mariota, then about Jameis Winston. At this point, it's anybody's race. If integrity and character weren't factors in the voting, Winston would probably win in a walk. But his legal problems opened the door for two to three other players. A.J. McCarron, who bested Manziel...Read more »