College Football Playoff
Several items in the news this week registered immediate knee jerk reactions.
Ohio State and Oregon will meet in a game that has never been played for a trophy that has never been raised. The winner can be called the truest champion in college football history.
When Michael Bennett makes a tackle, he wants people to think of someone else. The guy whose jersey he’ll be wearing in the national championship game.
There’s one thing that Marcus Mariota would trade for his Heisman Trophy: A national championship. That’s just like Mariota. Team first.
Oregon’s Jeff Lockie has heard the question a million times. “What’s it like to be Marcus Mariota’s backup?” He doesn’t mind.
A year ago, Urban Meyer had no faith whatsoever in his own defense. A lot has changed heading into Monday night’s national championship game against Oregon, including the Ohio State coach’s confidence in his ball stoppers.
Thomas Tyner’s struggles this season are largely inconsequential to him now that Oregon is in the national championship game.
Quick, name the kickers at Oregon and Ohio State. Stumped? You’re not alone.
The first College Football Playoff national championship game to be played in Arlington on Monday night will be all about the O — as in Oregon, Ohio State, and offense.
The very first College Football Playoff national championship is being held Monday night in Arlington, and a special interactive festival is being held this weekend in Dallas in honor of the big game.
Oddsmakers have the Ducks as a 6 1/2-point favorite, a spread driven up from an initial straight-up pick by bettors backing Oregon. Buckeye players disagree.
The new playoff era is drawing lots of college football fans to bowl game broadcasts. But it isn’t necessarily bringing more fans into stadium seats.