ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ohio State was done when Braxton Miller got hurt in August.
Ohio State was done when it lost at home to Virginia Tech in September.
Ohio State was done when J.T. Barrett got hurt in November.
A funny thing happened: Every time the Buckeyes looked done, they kept getting better. And in the new era of college football, that was enough to earn a chance to win a championship.
They took advantage of an opportunity they never would have had in the BCS, shrugging off questions about if they belonged among the college football's final four. Cardale Jones, Ezekiel Elliott and the Buckeyes won the first College Football Playoff national championship, upsetting Marcus Mariota and Oregon 42-20 on Monday night.
ESPN will have a new way to watch replays of controversial plays in and around the end zone at tonight’s College Football Playoff championship game.
A new technology uses cameras inside the pylons surrounding the end zone. There are four pylons in each end zone, and two cameras on each pylon. That means there are 16 different new angles.
Oregon and Ohio State meet tonight to decide the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship. Obviously, both teams are filled with great football players. They also have some guys with great personalities, as I discovered at Media Day on Sunday.
I asked the same four questions to about 20 players on each team. Watch players tell me about their favorite — and most embarrassing — on-field moments in the video below, and under the video is a collection of the most interesting answers to a couple other questions.
Anything can happen in the playoffs. The San Francisco Giants — a team that squeaked into the second Wild Card spot and went on to dominate its way to winning the 2014 World Series — proved it this past baseball season. And college football found it out first hand in its first experience with a playoff system.
The two College Football Playoff National Championship semifinal games were played yesterday: second-seed Oregon topped third-seed Florida State in the Rose Bowl, 59-20; number-four Ohio State stunned top-ranked Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, 42-35.
In perfect playoff fashion, neither game really went the way they were supposed to.
NEW YORK (AP) — Marcus Mariota wrote it all down, every word of his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech. It was a good thing, too, because getting through it might have been tougher than sprinting away from linebacker or tossing a long touchdown pass for the Oregon Ducks.
The understated star quarterback became Oregon's first Heisman winner going away Saturday night, capping a three-year climb to college football's most prestigious individual award.
"I'm humbled to be standing here today," Mariota said moments after he was announced as the winner.
For years, two special trophies have brought a very important ending to college football season. The first award was the BCS crystal football and the second was the Heisman Trophy. There’s a new national championship trophy this season, but the Heisman is still standing. And yesterday, we learned who is one step closer to taking it home.
On Monday, 1996 Heisman winner Danny Wueffel announced the three finalists for the trophy recognizing the year’s most outstanding college football player. All three have been in the mix since the start of the year. During a season in which a new playoff has brought twists, turns, and ultimately a new college football playoff trophy, it’s nice to have some tradition within the Heisman race.
Let’s meet the 2014 Heisman finalists:
After months of wondering and speculation, the wait is over. On Sunday, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee announced college football's final four. And there was one big surprise.
Alabama was ranked No. 1, Oregon No. 2, defending national champs Florida State No. 3, and Ohio State No. 4.
Many predicted one of the Big 12 co-champions, TCU or Baylor, would earn the fourth spot. But the Buckeyes got in based on a "quality win against a highly ranked team" in Week 13, Selection Committee chair Jeff Long told ESPN. TCU went from third in last week's poll to sixth to the final poll.