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Urban Legend or Myth? Jaguars about to find out

Reuters
What’s not to like about Urban Meyer? FILE PHOTO: Dec 28, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes former head coach Urban Meyer before the 2019 Fiesta Bowl college football playoff semifinal game against the Clemson Tigers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports The appointed savior......

The True History Behind ‘One Night in Miami’

Smithsonian
SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | Jan. 15, 2021, 1:17 p.m. When 22-year-old Cassius Clay unexpectedly defeated Sonny Liston on February 25, 1964, football star Jim Brown, a close friend of the young athlete, expected to mark the occasion with a night of revelry. After all, in beating Liston, Clay was now the heavyweight......

From DeVonta Smith to Buddy Johnson, the 2020-21 college football All-Bowl team

ESPN
Another college football bowl season is in the books. While Alabama reigns supreme again, there was much more to the postseason than just the College Football Playoff. Even in a modified bowl season, with fewer games because of the coronavirus pandemic, there were still plenty of exciting moments and noteworthy......

NFL playoffs divisional-round guide: Picks, bold predictions and more for every game

ESPN
7:15 AM ET ESPN staff This weekend’s divisional round of the NFL playoffs is stacked with four more great matchups. Our NFL Nation reporters bring us the keys to every game, a bold prediction for each matchup and final score picks. Additionally, ESPN Stats & Information provides a stat to......

Final college football Power Rankings for the 2020 season

ESPN
In the realm of Alabama football (and given the monster Nick Saban has created), going two entire years without winning a national championship is inexcusable. Pardon the sarcasm. But as we look back on a season unlike any other in college football, right there at the top of ESPN’s final......

College Football Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2021

Sports Illustrated
Welcome to the annual crapshoot. This year it’s an even bigger crapshoot than usual, given the state of flux regarding extra years of eligibility and the sudden halting of progress on the one-time transfer legislation by the NCAA. We have only a sketchy idea who is going to be where.......

NFL rookie rankings: Herbert or Jefferson? Young or Chinn? Ranking the best first-years

ESPN
Well, they made it. A strange, weird, never-anything-like-it-before 2020 NFL regular season is in the books. And the rookies? They didn’t get an on-field offseason or preseason games, but plenty of them flourished throughout the year. How does the rookie class stack up? Nine ESPN writers and analysts ranked their......

Frito-Lay plans three Super Bowl ads to highlight new products and football stars like the Manning brothers

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Promo for Frito-Lay Super Bowl commercial. Frito-Lay Frito-Lay said it’s planning three Super Bowl ads next month, including one highlighting NFL stars Peyton and Eli Manning, Troy Aikman and Deion Sanders. The PepsiCo subsidiary said one spot will highlight Doritos......

The 2021 Way-Too-Early college football top 25

ESPN
Even in a 2020 college football season that featured more starts and stops than Los Angeles traffic, there were a handful of near certainties, such as Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State reaching the College Football Playoff. Even a pandemic couldn’t balance power in the most top-heavy sport. Will we finally......

Bob Stoops, Carson Palmer Lead 2021 College Football HOF Class

Sports Illustrated
http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTc4MTYxODMyOTkxNjYzNzI1/bob-stoops-cfb-hall-of-fame.jpg Associated Press Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer and former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops are among the 13 former players and coaches who make up the latest College Football Hall of Fame class. The National Football Foundation announced the newly elected hall of famers Monday. This class will be inducted......

The Cost and Gain of College Football Under COVID-19

Sports Illustrated
http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTc4MTM5MjE2MjMwNzUzODk2/dcovcfbworthit_hz.jpg Pat Forde and Ross Dellenger MIAMI — In the uncertain days of July, when nobody knew whether there would or should be a college football season, the angst level was high among university administrators. COVID-19 numbers were soaring—though they would seem pretty tame by today’s horrendous standards—and campuses were......

What to Watch as Alabama Plays Ohio State for the College Football Playoff Title

New York Times
Alan Blinder and Gillian R. Brassil Alabama’s warning light: It’s the same as Clemson’s was in the Sugar Bowl semifinal game on New Year’s Day. Facing an Ohio State pass defense that was the worst in the Big Ten in 2020, Alabama should be terrified if it struggles through the......

Lamar Jackson runs into NFL record book

Reuters
Quarterback Lamar Jackson etched his name in the NFL record book while leading the Baltimore Ravens to a 20-13 win over the host Tennessee Titans in an AFC wild-card game on Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. Jan 10, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs with the......

‘It’s going to be a hell of a football game’: Coaches’ keys to Ohio State-Alabama

ESPN
7:00 AM ET Chris Low Close ESPN Senior Writer College football reporter Joined ESPN.com in 2007 Graduate of the University of Tennessee Adam Rittenberg Close ESPN Senior Writer College football reporter. Joined ESPN.com in 2008. Graduate of Northwestern University. Alabama and Ohio State most recently met during the inaugural College......

Fairness, Football, Ohio State, Browns and TV — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

ClevelandScene
Saturday, January 9, 2021 Fairness, Football, Ohio State, Browns and TV — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson Posted By Vince Grzegorek vgrzegorek@clevescene.com> on Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 11:07 AM Andre and Zac discuss the Francisco Lindor trade, the College Football Playoff, the Browns’......

For once, Cuomo backs down and skips Buffalo Bills game

NYPost
Post Editorial Board Sometimes, even Gov. Cuomo knows when to back down: He wisely changed his mind about attending the Buffalo Bills’ playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday after massive fury from fans. The gov initially intended to join in the fun of finally attending a game following......

A chance encounter turned passion: Jackson He’s football journey from China to Arizona State

ESPN
Jackson He‘s adventure as a foreign exchange student started ordinarily enough. A native of Shaoguan, China, a city in the Guangdong Province about 175 miles north of Hong Kong in the south of China, he was sent by his parents to San Diego, where the plan was to have him......

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