Georgia Knocks Off Alabama to Win National Championship

The Bulldogs’ defense frustrated Bryce Young, Alabama’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, to win the program’s first championship since the 1980 season and end a skid against the Crimson Tide.

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Push to Expand College Football Playoff Stumbles

Eleven of the sport’s top figures have been unable to reach an agreement after months of negotiations, stalling hopes for more teams to be included in the national title race.

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Playoff Fans in the Cold as College Football Plots Its Future

Recent huddles among the sport’s leaders have shown how much television drives their thinking.

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Alabama vs. Georgia: What to Watch in the Championship Game

Georgia will attempt to avenge a loss to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game when the two teams meet again for the national title.

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Alabama vs. Georgia: What to Watch in the National Championship Game

Georgia will attempt to avenge a loss to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game when the two teams meet again for the national title.

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Georgia Embraces College Football’s Evolution of the Tight End

With 846 receiving yards this season, Brock Bowers may be Georgia’s best offensive bet against Alabama in the national championship game.

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College Football Gets its Inevitable Georgia-Alabama Title Rematch

And Georgia is hoping that this time around, it can show Alabama much more as they play for a national championship.

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Renewed Georgia Pummels Michigan to Reach the National Title Game

The next challenge will come on Jan. 10, pandemic conditions permitting, when Alabama and Georgia will play in a rematch for the championship.

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Alabama Rolls Past Cincinnati in College Football Playoff

The Crimson Tide will face the winner of the other semifinal game, between Georgia and Michigan, on Jan. 10 for the national championship.

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The Son of New York Who Runs the South’s Most Envied Sports League

Greg Sankey rose from upstate New York to become the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. These days, no one is exercising more sway over college sports.

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How the College Football Playoff Teams Match Up

The College Football Playoff begins on Friday, with Alabama and Cincinnati playing in the Cotton Bowl and Michigan and Georgia facing off in the Orange Bowl.

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With Exasperation, College Football Is Just Trying to Get Through the Playoff

Frustrations with the pandemic in college sports have mirrored the challenges seen well beyond athletics.

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The Holiday Bowl Is the Fifth College Bowl Game to Be Canceled

The Holiday Bowl, canceled on Tuesday, was the latest postseason college football game to be scratched or changed because one of the schools could not field a team.

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College Football Playoff Warns Teams Could Forfeit Because of Virus

Texas A&M also withdrew from the Gator Bowl, leaving Wake Forest, for the moment, without an opponent.

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Deion Sanders Lands Top Recruit Travis Hunter at Jackson State

On national signing day, the high school star from Georgia spurned Florida State after a two-year commitment in favor of the historically Black college.

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Bryce Young, Alabama’s Sophomore Star, Wins the Heisman Trophy

The quarterback, despite playing behind an often porous offensive line, led the Crimson Tide to a conference title and a berth in the Cotton Bowl.

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Alabama, Michigan, Georgia and Cincinnati Make College Football Playoff

The semifinal games are scheduled for New Year’s Eve, with the national championship planned for Jan. 10 in Indianapolis.

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Michigan Rolls to a Playoff Spot With Big Ten Title

The Wolverines followed up a season-defining win over Ohio State with an easy victory over Iowa to win the conference championship.

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Alabama Picks Georgia Apart, Setting Course for Another Playoff

No. 3 Alabama, the reigning national champion, fell behind early. Then it pounded the country’s best defense to run away with the Southeastern Conference championship.

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When Michigan Beat Ohio State, I Cried Tears of Joy

The Euphoria of a Big Win, Explained.

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Big Contracts, Big Buyouts, Big Pressure: College Football Coaches Hit the Jackpot

Brian Kelly will earn at least $9 million a year at L.S.U., which is paying its old coach almost $17 million to step aside. Top universities have become steppingstones to other top gigs.

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Deion Sanders Is Leading Jackson State to a Football Title Game

In his first full season as the football coach, Deion Sanders has guided the Tigers to the conference championship game and energized a community. He says he’s just getting started.

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In Louisiana, Alligator Finds a Place at the Tailgate

Alligator, long a food source for Louisianians, has become more popular nationally. But its big moment comes at an annual football matchup in Baton Rouge.

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Brian Kelly Will Leave Notre Dame for L.S.U.

A top coach is reportedly heading to the Southeastern Conference, the latest in a series of moves at some of the country’s most storied college football programs.

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College Football’s ‘Great Man Theory’ Gets a New Test at U.S.C.

Southern California hired Lincoln Riley from Oklahoma, which is now looking for his successor. The carousel seemed to spin harder and faster than ever as programs looked for saviors.

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Michigan Upsets Ohio State, Forcing Buckeyes From Playoff Race

Before a crowd thick with maize and blue, the Wolverines beat Ohio State for the first time since 2011 and earned a chance to play for a Big Ten title.

#big-ten-conference, #football-college, #ohio-state-university, #university-of-michigan

Key Games in the Last Week of College Football’s Regular Season

This weekend’s rivalries could lead to some familial bickering at the dinner table. But there are national title implications, too.

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Dartmouth Beats Brown, Princeton Defeats Penn

The only Division I league to not play football last season because of the pandemic, the Ivy League endured an unusual journey of virus disruptions in its return.

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Knowledge Bubbles Work Against Us

We need to find out why our neighbors and fellow citizens think the way they do.

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The First Family of New Jersey Football

Seventeen of the last 20 New Jersey state high school championships have featured a team coached by Mike Campanile or one of his four sons.

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Deaf Football Team Takes California by Storm

The California School for the Deaf, Riverside, is steamrolling its opponents, electrifying a campus that has seen more than a few athletic defeats.

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St. John Bosco and Mater Dei Look a Lot Like Division I Programs

St. John Bosco and Mater Dei, 24 miles apart in Southern California, don’t just funnel players to the top college teams. Increasingly, they resemble them.

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Baylor Outplays Oklahoma 27-14

The Sooners faced a 7-2 Baylor team that they’d beaten seven consecutive times. But instead of capturing a needed win, Oklahoma took a 27-14 loss.

#baylor-university, #football-college, #university-of-oklahoma

Initial Playoff Rankings Show Georgia at Top and Numerous Potential Contenders

The other would-be semifinalists in the first rankings of the College Football Playoff included Alabama, Michigan State and Oregon.

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For L.S.U., Not Winning Enough Is the Biggest Scandal

Louisiana State said “wins and losses on the field” led to Coach Ed Orgeron’s dismissal, but he seemed determined to tempt fate in other ways.

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University of Arizona Holds Open Tryouts During Football Season

The Wildcats football team needs help, so it sought out reinforcements on campus.

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Nick Rolovich’s Vaccine Refusal Creates Discord at Washington State

Nick Rolovich’s job could be in jeopardy if he does not get vaccinated or receive an exemption, as required of state employees and students. “It’s the No. 1 question,” said Kirk Schulz, the university’s president.

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Jack Coan and Notre Dame Beat His Old Team, Wisconsin

Jack Coan, who transferred to Notre Dame from Wisconsin, looked more solid than his Badger replacement, though he left the game in the third quarter with an injury.

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Alabama Barely Edges Out Florida in SEC Opener

Florida’s second half surge took the Crimson Tide by surprise but was not enough to topple No. 1 Alabama.

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The N.F.L. Bets on Betting

Gambling on football has come out of the shadows.

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Robert Gates Ran the Pentagon. Can He Help Save the N.C.A.A.?

The former defense secretary now leads a committee that could remake college sports — or, as often happens with the N.C.A.A., that has little to show after many meetings.

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Excerpts from the Times’s Interview with Robert Gates

“They look like an AT&T wiring diagram,” said the former defense secretary, who now leads a committee that is rewriting the N.C.A.A.’s constitution.

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Oregon Upsets Ohio State, Keeping Pac-12 in Playoff Mix

Playing before a home crowd for the first time since 2019, Ohio State lost in Columbus for the first time in more than four years.

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What Can Sports Teach Us?

Sports matter, even if you don’t identify as a fan.

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Big 12 Gets 4 New Members in College Sports’ Latest Shuffle

The Big 12 Conference, dealing with the pending losses of Oklahoma and Texas, extended invitations to Brigham Young, Cincinnati, Houston, and the University of Central Florida. They will all join by 2024.

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Eyeing Football’s Risks, a National Champion Eases Up

Sam Houston State University shaved its schedule by a game because its leaders were wary of students taking too many snaps in 2021.

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Terry Brennan, Youthful Notre Dame Football Coach, Dies at 93

One of Leahy’s Lads as a player on national championship teams, he was hired as coach at 25 and fired at 30.

#coaches-and-managers, #colleges-and-universities, #football-college, #indiana

Since a National Title, Some Very Difficult Days at L.S.U.

Louisiana State, which won the College Football Playoff in the 2019 season, followed a 5-5 season by dropping its 2021 opener to U.C.L.A. after evacuating because of Hurricane Ida.

#football-college, #louisiana-state-university, #orgeron-ed, #university-of-california-los-angeles

Ole Miss Coach Lane Kiffin Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The coach and his staff and players have all been vaccinated. He said he has had only mild symptoms.

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A New Kind of Homecoming All Over College Football

After the disruptions of 2020, teams from coast to coast are playing in their own stadiums for the first time since 2019.

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