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College Football Awards

Image result for tua and murrayTua Wins Maxwell Award; Murray Named Top QB – Alabama‘s Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma‘s Kyler Murray split four college football year-end awards Thursday, setting up a showdown Saturday night when they contend for the Heisman Trophy. Tagovailoa received the Maxwell Award for player of the year while Murray was named the nation’s top quarterback with the Davey O’Brien Award at the College Football Awards show in Atlanta. Earlier in the day, the Walter Camp Award for best player went to Tagovailoa, while Murray won the Associated Press’ Player of the Year. They are both finalists for the Heisman, along with Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

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NCAA Football News

Image result for urban meyerMeyers To Retire From Coaching After Rose Bowl – Urban Meyer is retiring as Ohio State‘s coach after the Rose Bowl, and offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over as head coach beginning Jan. 2, the school announced. Meyer, who has coached Ohio State for the past seven seasons, will formally announce he’s stepping down at a 2 p.m. news conference in Columbus alongside Day and athletic director Gene Smith. The 54-year-old has battled the effects of an arachnoid cyst on his brain, which causes severe headaches, especially when under stress. The cyst was diagnosed in 1998 but worsened the past few years, and Meyer dropped to his knees on the sideline during an October game against Indiana and often looked distressed during games, rubbing his head and wincing. Day, 39, is in his second season on the Buckeyes’ staff after previously working for Chip Kelly with the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles.

NCAA Football News

Tagovailoa, Murray, Haskins Finalists For Heisman – Before they face one another in the playoff later this month, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray will face off Saturday night in New York. The two quarterbacks were named finalists for the 84th Heisman Trophy on Monday, along with Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. The award for the most outstanding college football player will be given out Saturday and aired live on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET. Murray and Tagovailoa both led their teams to the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 29, which will pit Murray’s fourth-seeded Sooners against Tagovailoa and No. 1 Alabama. The pair will come to Manhattan as the co-favorites after posting the two-highest QBRs in the FBS going into bowl season since ESPN began tracking the data in 2004. Tagovailoa owns a QBR of 94.2, while Murray’s is 96.0. Both quarterbacks are also on pace to shatter the FBS season passing efficiency record set by Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman winner Baker Mayfield last year. Finishing No. 6 in the final CFP rankings, the Buckeyes just missed out on the playoff, despite defeating Northwestern in the Big Ten championship Saturday. In that game, Haskins passed for 499 yards and five touchdowns. The week before, he threw for 396 yards and six touchdowns against Michigan, which boasted the nation’s No. 1 pass defense coming into Ohio Stadium. Haskins now leads the country with 47 touchdown passes and 4,580 yards.

NCAA Football Conference Championship Games

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All 10 FBS conferences now have championship games, with the Sun Belt joining the fray this year as the last to adopt the format. Out of those 10 games, only the Big 12 title game does not pit division winners against each other. Six of the 10 games are rematches, and the team that won the earlier meeting is now favored in all but the Oklahoma-Texas matchup.

Friday, November 30th Games:

MAC

  • Northern Illinois 30 – Buffalo 29

PAC 12

  • (17)Utah 3 – (11)Washington 10

Saturday, December 1st Games:

BIG 12

  • (5)Oklahoma 39 – (14)Texas 27

Sun Belt

  • Louisiana-Lafayette 19 – Appalachian State 30

Conference USA

  • Middle Tennessee 25 – UAB 27

AAC

  • (8)UCF 56 – Memphis 41

SEC

  • (1)Alabama 35 –  (4)Georgia 28

Mountain West

  • (25)Fresno State 19 – (22)Boise State 16

Big Ten

  • (6)Ohio State 45 – (21)Northwestern 24

ACC

  • (2)Clemson 42 – Pittsburgh 10

NCAA Football Scores: 11/24/18

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AP Top 25:

  1. Alabama (12-0) 52 – Auburn 21
  2. Clemson (12-0) 56 – South Carolina 35
  3. Notre Dame (12-0) 24 – USC 17
  4. Michigan (10-2) 39 – No. 10 Ohio State 62
  5. Georgia (11-1) 45 – Georgia Tech 21
  6. Oklahoma (11-1) 59 – No. 12 West Virginia 56   (Friday)
  7. Washington State (10-2) 15 – No. 16 Washington 28   (Friday)
  8. LSU (9-3) 72 – Texas A&M 74
  9. UCF (11-0) 38 – South Florida 10  (Friday)
  10. Ohio State (11-1) 62 – No. 4 Michigan 39
  11. Texas (9-3) 24 – Kansas 17   (Friday)
  12. West Virginia (8-3) 56 – No. 6 Oklahoma 59   (Friday)
  13. Florida (9-3) 41 – Florida State 14
  14. Utah State (11-1) 33 – No. 21 Boise State 24
  15. Penn State (9-3) 38 – Maryland 3
  16. Washington (9-3) 28 – No. 7 Washington State 15   (Friday)
  17. Kentucky (9-3) 56 – Louisville 10
  18. Utah (9-3) 35 – BYU 27
  19. Syracuse (9-3) 42 – Boston College 21
  20. Northwestern (8-4) 24 – Illinois 16
  21. Boise State (10-2) 33 – No. 14 Utah State 24
  22. Mississippi State (7-4) 35 – Ole Miss 3   (Thursday)
  23. Army (9-2) – Idle; Dec. 8 vs. Navy
  24. Pittsburgh (7-5) 3 – Miami 24
  25. Iowa State (7-4) 42 – Kansas State 38

NCAA Football News

 Image result for les milesMiles Agrees To Be Next Kansas Coach – Les Miles has reached an agreement to become Kansas’ next football coach, with an official announcement planned for Sunday, sources confirmed to ESPN. Sports Illustrated first reported that the deal was done. Miles, who hasn’t coached since being fired by LSU in September 2016, will replace David Beaty, who was informed earlier this month that he would not return as head coach after this season. Miles, who turned 65 on Nov. 10, is 141-55 in 15-plus seasons at LSU and Oklahoma State.

 

 Image result for mike macintyre Colorado Fires Coach MacIntyre After 6 Seasons – Colorado‘s Mike MacIntyre was fired Sunday after the Buffaloes lost their sixth straight game. MacIntyre is in his sixth season at Colorado, which suffered a 30-7 setback Saturday to Utah. “I want to thank Mike for six seasons of hard work and dedication to the program, both on and off the field,” athletic director Rick George said in a statement. “There’s no doubt that the 2016 season was magical, and it appeared we were headed back to taking our place among the nation’s elite. However, analyzing the direction of the program over the last two years, I felt this is the necessary time to make a change.” MacIntyre led Colorado to the Pac-12 championship game and earned AP College Football Coach of the Year honors in 2016. He is 30-44 overall as the Buffaloes’ coach. George said he will name an interim coach for the final game against California in Berkeley. If Colorado wins, the team would be bowl eligible.

NCAA Football Scores: 11/17/18

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  1. Alabama (11-0) 50 – The Citadel 17
  2. Clemson (11-0) 35 – Duke 6
  3. Notre Dame (11-0) 36 – No. 12 Syracuse 3
  4. Michigan (10-1) 31 – Indiana 20
  5. Georgia (10-1) 66 – UMass 27
  6. Oklahoma (10-1) 55 – Kansas 40
  7. West Virginia (8-2) 41 – Oklahoma State 45
  8. Washington State (10-1) 69 – Arizona 28
  9. Ohio State (10-1) 52 – Maryland 51
  10. LSU (9-2) 42 – Rice 10
  11. UCF (10-0) 38 – No. 19 Cincinnati 13
  12. Syracuse (8-3) 3 – No. 3 Notre Dame 36
  13. Texas (8-3) 24 – No. 18 Iowa State 10
  14. Utah State (10-1) 29 – Colorado State 24
  15. Florida (8-3) 63 – Idaho 10
  16. Penn State (8-3) 20 – Rutgers 7
  17. Washington (8-3) 42 – Oregon State 23
  18. Iowa State (6-4) 10 – No. 13 Texas 24
  19. Cincinnati (9-2) 13 – No. 11 UCF 38
  20. Kentucky (8-3) 34 – Middle Tennessee 23
  21. Utah (8-3) 30 – Colorado 7
  22. Boston College (7-4) 21 – Florida State 22
  23. Boise State (9-2) 45 – New Mexico 14    (Friday)
  24. Northwestern (7-4) 24 – Minnesota 14
  25. Mississippi State (7-4) 52 – Arkansas 6