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Army left out in Bowl Day marred by cancellations, opt outs
When that bowl game was called off because there was not another team available, it suddenly left Army looking for a postseason opponent. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)At a time when team after team had opted out of bowl games, Army found itself in a different sort of situation — left out. “It was a difficult day for all of college football,” said Nick Carparelli, the executive director of Bowl Season, the renamed Football Bowl Association. For the Hokies, the decision ended a 27 straight bowl game run. Some of the canceled bowl games — 15 in all, including three on Sunday alone — included the Bahamas Bowl, Celebration Bowl, Hawaii Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl, LA Bowl, Pinstripe Bowl, Quick Lane Bowl, Redbox Bowl and Sun Bowl.
Harris scores 5 TDs, No. 1 Bama escapes No. 11 Florida 52-46
11 Florida in a 52-46 shootout for the Southeastern Conference championship Saturday night. “The resiliency this team has shown this season to win 11 games is pretty phenomenal.”After falling behind 35-17 by halftime, Florida (8-3, No. Alabama had won every game in the pandemic-affected season by at least 15 points until Florida gave the Tide a scare. Florida: The Gators might’ve pulled off the upset if not for some crucial mistakes in the first half. But Florida also had two silly penalties on apparent third-down stops, extending a pair of drives that turned into touchdowns.
CFP semifinal moved from Rose Bowl to AT&T Stadium in Texas
FILE - This Jan. 2, 2017, file pool photo, shows an aerial view of the empty Rose Bowl stadium before to the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game between Southern California and Penn State in Pasadena, Calif. The Rose Bowl asked the state for an exception to the restriction, but was denied twice, including earlier this week. Hancock said it had not yet been determined if the semifinal at AT&T Stadium in Arlington would still be called the Rose Bowl. The first Rose Bowl was played Jan. 1, 1902. The last time the Rose Bowl game was played outside Pasadena, California, was 1942.
Washington pulls out of Pac-12 title game, replaced by Ducks
Washington has pulled out of the Pac-12 football championship game due to COVID-19 issues in the Huskies program, and Oregon will now play No. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)Washington has pulled out of the Pac-12 football championship game due to COVID-19 issues in the Huskies program, and Oregon will now play No. We cannot play football. Now the Ducks, the preseason Pac-12 favorites, will take a two-game losing streak into the title game, and Colorado is left without an opponent this weekend. Colorado could schedule another game outside the conference for Saturday, but the Buffaloes also need to remain on standby for the Pac-12 title game until later in the week.
ACC cancels Miami Hurricanes’ regular-season final game, season will end Saturday
All rights reserved)PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – The Miami Hurricanes’ Dec. 19 game against Georgia Tech has been canceled, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Friday. The Yellow Jackets informed the conference office that it would not be able to meet several of the ACC Medical Advisory Group’s COVID-19 game discontinuation considerations, according to the ACC. 9 Miami will end its regular season Saturday at home against No. That game airs at 3:30 p.m. on Local 10. The ACC Medical Advisory Group report is available on theACC.com (full report).
CFP exec. director: Dates of games, selections unchanged
The dates of the College Football Playoff games and selection of the semifinal participants will remain unchanged after the CFP management committee discussed possibly pushing back the event. “After a robust discussion, the management committee decided the games will remain on the scheduled dates,” Hancock told AP. The selection committee will set the pairings for the semifinals on Dec. 20, the day after most major college conferences are scheduled to play their championship games. The playoff semifinals are set to be played Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The Big Ten and Pac-12 are already canceling conference games because their late starts left no room for make-up dates.
Ridder, No. 7 Cincinnati roll over East Carolina, 55-17
Cincinnati wide receiver Michael Young Jr. holds the ball up as he scores a touchdown during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against East Carolina, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Cincinnati. 7 Cincinnati rout East Carolina 55-17 on Friday night. The preparation has been good.”In Cincinnati's three-point victory at East Carolina last year, the Pirates scored 43 points and piled up 638 yards. “Desmond Ridder is a talented quarterback," East Carolina coach Mike Houston said. After punting on three of its first four possessions, East Carolina (1-6, 1-5) drove 58 yards in three plays, pulling to 14-7 on Keaton Mitchell's 18-yard run.
King’s 4 TD passes lead No. 13 Miami past Pittsburgh, 31-19
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Miami avoided the post-Clemson letdown and now can set its sight on remaining in the conference championship picture. “We were disappointed and a little bit angry coming off last week,” Miami coach Manny Diaz said. But Miami regained its double-digit advantage on King’s 45-yard touchdown pass to Mallory. “They make you earn every single thing.”The Hurricanes struck first on King’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Cam’Ron Harris midway through the first quarter. King connected with Mallory on a 6-yard score with 6:44 left in the second quarter for a 14-0 lead.
Commissioners decline CFP expansion after Pac-12 request
The conference commissioners who manage the College Football Playoff decided to stick with a four-team format during this pandemic-altered season after the Pac-12 made a request to consider expansion. Conferences are not playing the same number of games, are starting play at different times and there are no interconference matchups between Power Five leagues. Hancock added any decision on expansion would need the approval of the CFP’s presidential oversight committee after a recommendation by commissioners. The Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 are already up and running among the Power Five leagues. AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco is the one member of the management committee who has publicly suggested playoff expansion in the past.
Howard Schnellenberger recovering from a fall
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Legendary football coach Howard Schnellenberger is recovering from a fall. According to Florida Atlantic University, Schnellenberger fell at his home in Boynton Beach and suffered a subdural hematoma. Beverlee Schnellenberger, his wife, said “Our prayers are for a full and speedy recovery. Schnellenberger was the first coach and architect of the football program at Florida Atlantic from 2001-2011. He was also an assistant coach on the Miami Dolphins from 1970-1972, including the perfect season.
Police: Man, 27, arrested in Wynwood shooting leaving former UCF football player dead, man injured
MIAMI – Miami police detectives said Monday that Jose Trimaine Jose, a 6-foot-3 former University of Central Florida player, was killed in a Friday afternoon shooting in Wynwood. Jose Jose played football for Miami Central and Booker T. Washington high schools in Miami-Dade County and for the University of Central Florida in Orange County. (Local 10 News File)Jose also played high school football for Booker T. Washington and Miami Central. Jose Jose was a father of three in Miami-Dade County, relatives said. Walker, 27, had fled to another state, but detectives caught up to him and are bringing him back to Miami-Dade County, Delva said.
Hurricanes to open ACC play at home against Pitt, host Florida State in November
All rights reserved)CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Miami will open Atlantic Coast Conference play at home against Pittsburgh and host rival Florida State in early November. Miami will travel to Virginia on Halloween to face the defending ACC Coastal Division champion. The Hurricanes begin their November slate by hosting rival Florida State on the first Saturday in November. Miami will travel to Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech in back-to-back weekends before concluding the season against Duke. 2020 Miami Hurricanes Schedule
Arizona State defeats Seminoles in Sun Bowl
Hardly pretty, but hardly a concern for Arizona State coach Herm Edwards. Willie Harts returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to lead Arizona State to a 20-14 victory against Florida State. Cristian Zendejas kicked a Sun Bowl record-tying four field goals for Arizona State, including a 34-yarder in the fourth quarter to cut the FSU lead to 14-12. Florida State turned the ball over three times (two interceptions and a fumble) and had a field goal blocked, while Arizona State lost two fumbles. By the end of the game, Arizona State was down three defensive starters – safety Cam Phillips didn’t dress, while cornerbacks Jack Jones and Chase Lucas suffered injuries during the game.
Perine, Gators cap 11-win season against Virginia in Orange Bowl
6 Florida defeat Virginia 36-28 in Monday night’s Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium. 9 College Football Playoff) capped their first 11-win season since 2012 and improved to 4-0 all-time at the Orange Bowl. “That’s pretty incredible.”Dan Mullen, whose Mississippi State team was upset by Georgia Tech in the 2014 Orange Bowl, improved to 7-2 in bowl games as a head coach. Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen reacts to a call against the Virginia Cavaliers during the first half at the Orange Bowl, Dec. 30, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Getty Images)That includes Steve Spurrier, who coached his final game as a Gator in the 2002 Orange Bowl and took part in the pregame coin toss.
Mullen has Gators on right track headed into Orange Bowl
6 Florida’s game against Virginia in the Orange Bowl. Virginia Cavaliers head coach Bronco Mendenhall and Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen pose for a photograph during a news conference for the Orange Bowl, Dec. 29, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (AP Photo)Under Mullen, Florida has quickly surpassed Florida State and Miami to become the premiere program in the Sunshine State. (AP Photo)Florida hasn’t played in a true Orange Bowl game since Steve Spurrier coached his final game as a Gator to conclude the 2001 season. “The Orange Bowl is the first bowl game that I was ever a part of as a grad assistant at Syracuse,” Mullen recalled.
Hurricanes CB Bandy declares for NFL draft
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Trajan Bandy’s career with the Miami Hurricanes is over. The defensive back announced Friday that he was leaving for the NFL draft. In a social media post, Bandy cited “a number of unforeseen off the field circumstances and discussions with my family” as the reason he’s leaving school early. Bandy thanked the coaching staff, including current head coach Manny Diaz and former 'Canes head coach Mark Richt. Bandy’s biggest play at Miami came with a interception return for a touchdown against Notre Dame in a nationally televised game in 2017, helping the Hurricanes improve to 10-0.
Hurricanes to play true road game in Independence Bowl
– Miami coach Manny Diaz’s message leading up to the Independence Bowl has been simple: Winning streaks and winning traditions start somewhere. He was at Louisiana Tech in 2014 when the Bulldogs beat Illinois in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Miami coach Manny Diaz’s message leading up to the Independence Bowl has been simple: Winning streaks and winning traditions start somewhere. QB ISSUESDiaz wouldn’t say who the Hurricanes will start at quarterback in the bowl game. NO QB ISSUESUnlike Miami, Louisiana Tech doesn’t have any mystery at quarterback.
Local10.com college football picks: 2019 championship week results
Look at the big brains on Local 10 News reporter Liane Morejon. Liane has been finishing strong these last few weekends, overtaking reporter Ian Margol for third place in the Local10.com college football picks. She was a perfect 10-0 in her conference championship game selections. It seems choosing Miami (even if it’s the wrong Miami) week after week paid off for her, as the Redhawks bested Central Michigan 26-21 for the Mid-American Conference championship. RESULTSPac-12 Championship: Oregon 37, Utah 15Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma 30, Baylor 23 OTSun Belt Championship: Louisiana 38, at Appalachian State 45MAC Championship: Miami 26, Central Michigan 21C-USA Championship: UAB 6, at FAU 49AAC Championship: Cincinnati 24, at Memphis 29SEC Championship: LSU 37, Georgia 10ACC Championship: Clemson 62, Virginia 17Big Ten Championship: Ohio State 34, Wisconsin 21
Florida State, Arizona State to meet in Sun Bowl
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State has a new coach and a bowl destination. The Sun Bowl announced Sunday that the Seminoles will meet Arizona State on New Year’s Eve in El Paso, Texas. Florida State (6-6) is making its first appearance in the Sun Bowl since 1966. The Seminoles lost to Arizona State 45-38 in the inaugural Fiesta Bowl in 1971. The announcement comes on the same day that Florida State introduced Mike Norvell as its new head coach.
FAU stays home, to face SMU in Boca Raton Bowl
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Florida Atlantic won’t have to leave campus for its bowl destination. The Boca Raton Bowl announced Sunday that the Conference USA champion will stay home to face Southern Methodist at FAU Stadium. FAU (10-3) claimed its second C-USA title in three seasons under head coach Lane Kiffin, who left after Saturday’s championship game to take the same job at Ole Miss. The Owls capped a school-record 11-win season in 2017 with a 50-3 win against Akron in their only other Boca Raton Bowl appearance. The Boca Raton Bowl will be played on a Saturday for the first time in its six-year history.
Florida State names Mike Norvell new football coach
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the second time in two years, Florida State has a new football coach. The 38-year-old Texas native has never had a losing season and never won fewer than eight games since becoming a head coach. “I’m humbled and honored for the opportunity to be the head coach at Florida State University, one of the iconic brands in college football,” Norvell said in a statement released by the school. Memphis head coach Mike Norvell celebrates with his team after the Tigers defeated Cincinnati for the American Athletic Conference championship, Dec. 7, 2019, in Memphis, Tennessee. Odell Haggins led the Seminoles to a 2-1 record as interim coach after Taggart was dismissed, helping Florida State to become bowl eligible.
Gators to face Virginia in Orange Bowl
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – For the first time since Steve Spurrier coached his final game at Florida, the Gators are headed back to the Orange Bowl. The Orange Bowl announced Sunday that No. 9 in the College Football Playoff rankings) will face Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division champion Virginia (No. Florida hasn’t played in the Orange Bowl since the Gators defeated Maryland 56-23 to conclude the 2001 season. The Cavaliers (9-4) will make their first-ever appearance in the Orange Bowl.
LSU takes top spot in College Football Playoff rankings
The final College Football Playoff rankings were announced Sunday. The Tigers blanked the Buckeyes 31-0 in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl during the 2016 season. The Sooners have earned a spot in the College Football Playoff in each of head coach Lincoln Riley's three seasons at the helm. The Crimson Tide made five consecutive College Football Playoff appearances between the 2014-19 seasons. The winners of the Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl will meet Jan. 13 in New Orleans for the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Local10.com college football picks: 2019 championship week
For now, though, the Local10.com college football pickers have another shot to surge to the top of the standings. Should Utah win and Georgia fall in the Southeastern Conference title game, the Utes will likely be playing for a national championship. Cincinnati and Memphis will play for the second time in two weeks, this time with the American Athletic Conference championship on the line. Everyone else has Jim McElwain’s Central Michigan team. Will MansoPac-12 Championship: Utah vs. Oregon at Santa Clara, Calif. (Friday)Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma vs. Baylor at Arlington, TexasSun Belt Championship: Louisiana at Appalachian StateMAC Championship: Central Michigan vs. Miami at DetroitC-USA Championship: UAB at FAUAAC Championship: Cincinnati at MemphisSEC Championship: LSU vs. Georgia at AtlantaMWC Championship: Hawaii at Boise StateACC Championship: Clemson vs. Virginia at Charlotte, N.C.Big Ten Championship: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin at IndianapolisClay FerraroPac-12 Championship: Utah vs. Oregon at Santa Clara, Calif. (Friday)Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma vs. Baylor at Arlington, TexasSun Belt Championship: Louisiana at Appalachian StateMAC Championship: Central Michigan vs. Miami at DetroitC-USA Championship: UAB at FAUAAC Championship: Cincinnati at MemphisSEC Championship: LSU vs. Georgia at AtlantaMWC Championship: Hawaii at Boise StateACC Championship: Clemson vs. Virginia at Charlotte, N.C.Big Ten Championship: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin at IndianapolisIan MargolPac-12 Championship: Utah vs. Oregon at Santa Clara, Calif. (Friday)Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma vs. Baylor at Arlington, TexasSun Belt Championship: Louisiana at Appalachian StateMAC Championship: Central Michigan vs. Miami at DetroitC-USA Championship: UAB at FAUAAC Championship: Cincinnati at MemphisSEC Championship: LSU vs. Georgia at AtlantaMWC Championship: Hawaii at Boise StateACC Championship: Clemson vs. Virginia at Charlotte, N.C.Big Ten Championship: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin at IndianapolisLiane MorejonPac-12 Championship: Utah vs. Oregon at Santa Clara, Calif. (Friday)Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma vs. Baylor at Arlington, TexasSun Belt Championship: Louisiana at Appalachian StateMAC Championship: Central Michigan vs. Miami at DetroitC-USA Championship: UAB at FAUAAC Championship: Cincinnati at MemphisSEC Championship: LSU vs. Georgia at AtlantaMWC Championship: Hawaii at Boise StateACC Championship: Clemson vs. Virginia at Charlotte, N.C.Big Ten Championship: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin at Indianapolis
Local10.com college football picks: Week 14 results
Local 10 sports director Will Manso, sports reporter Clay Ferraro and reporter Ian Margol all went 23-7 for the final weekend of the regular season. Amazingly, Will and Clay picked the exact same outcomes. At least Ian went out on a limb and picked Mississippi to beat rival Mississippi State. Her 24-6 record was the best of the bunch, thanks in part to predicting a Virginia victory over Virginia Tech. Now they’ll have one final crack at the picks before the bowl games are announced.
Duke beats Miami 27-17 to snap 5-game slide
DURHAM, N.C. – Quentin Harris ran for one touchdown and threw for another, and Duke’s defense had nine sacks in a 27-17 victory over Miami on Saturday, snapping its five-game losing streak. Harris, who had an early 24-yard scoring run, was 10 of 24 for 156 yards and rushed for 49 yards for Duke - a figure skewed by six sacks. His 18-yard pass to Calhoun to the Miami 5 set up Jackson’s score that made it 20-17 with 9:37 to play. Williams was 11 of 26 for 142 yards with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Robert Burns and Cam’Ron Harris ran 8 yards for an early touchdown for the Hurricanes (6-6, 4-4), who closed the regular season with consecutive losses. Duke: Waits for spring practice to start.
Local10.com college football picks: Week 14
Two games are all that separate Local 10 sports director Will Manso from sports reporter Clay Ferraro entering rivalry weekend. The road team has won each of the past four Egg Bowl games between Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Virginia and Virginia Tech will not only play for the Commonwealth Cup. The Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State is always entertaining. How will Oregon respond in the Civil War against rival Oregon State after an upset loss at Arizona State that cost the Ducks a chance at making the playoff?
Local10.com college football picks: Week 13
There will be no separation in this week’s Local10.com college football picks. 2 Ohio State is a prohibitive favorite against Penn State, but don’t discount the Nittany Lions. 2 Ohio State in 2016, knocking the Buckeyes from the ranks of the unbeaten. Those Buckeyes went on to make the College Football Playoff. That’s where the Hurricanes will try to keep their winning streak going against FIU, coached by former Hurricanes head honcho Butch Davis.
Orange Bowl could be stuck with unranked ACC team
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. - Could the Orange Bowl be stuck with an unranked Atlantic Coast Conference team? Since the 2006 season, the Orange Bowl has served as the home of the ACC champion. Although it hasn't happened yet, the Orange Bowl could be faced with having to choose from a pool of unranked ACC teams. However, as recently as 2016, the Seminoles were selected for the Orange Bowl despite missing out on the ACC title game. Jeff Romance Miami native Dalvin Cook holds an orange during the trophy presentation after Florida State's 33-32 victory against Michigan in the Orange Bowl.
Florida State fires head coach Willie Taggart day after loss to Miami
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State University has fired head football coach Willie Taggart, a day after the Seminoles lost to rival Miami at home. "I spoke to coach Taggart this afternoon to let him know our decision," Coburn said. Longtime assistant coach Odell Haggins will serve as interim head coach. His tenure is the shortest of any head coach since Perry Moss left Florida State after the 1959 season to coach the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Florida State (4-5, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost to rival Miami 27-10 on Saturday, falling to 9-12 overall and 6-9 in the ACC.
Game between Hurricanes, Seminoles set for 3:30 p.m. on Local 10
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The rivalry game between Florida State and Miami will air at 3:30 p.m. next Saturday on Local 10. Florida State and Miami enter the game with identical overall records after coming off wins against Syracuse and Pittsburgh, respectively. The Seminoles suffered through their first losing season since 1976 and missed a bowl for the first time since 1981. The Hurricanes have won two in a row in the rivalry, including a 24-20 victory in Tallahassee in 2017, after losing seven straight from 2010-16. Florida State is 10-5 against Miami since the Hurricanes joined the ACC in 2004.
Local10.com college football picks: Week 5 results
Local 10 News reporter Liane Morejon was the week's big winner, going a perfect 10-0 in her predictions. She was the only one to pick FAU over Charlotte, which proved to be the difference between her opposition. Of course, she still trails Will Manso, Clay Ferraro and Ian Margol, but it's a good way to get back in the race. Otherwise, there were no surprises Saturday.
10 Heisman hopefuls of 2019
Even more impressive were his numbers against Notre Dame and Alabama in the College Football Playoff -- 674 yards, six touchdowns and zero picks. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama, juniorThe Heisman Trophy runner-up finished last season with 3,966 passing yards, 43 touchdowns and six interceptions, helping Alabama to a 14-0 record headed into the national championship game against Clemson. Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma, seniorCan Jalen Hurts become the third consecutive Oklahoma quarterback to win the Heisman? The dual-threat quarterback has amassed 5,481 yards and 48 touchdowns through the air, while adding 1,945 yards and 23 touchdowns on terra firma. Herbert enters the 2019 season having thrown for a touchdown in 28 consecutive games -- the longest active streak in the nation.
Longtime high school football coach to lead Florida Memorial University
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Florida Memorial University has its head football coach. Harris has deep ties in South Florida, having recently served as head coach at Booker T. Washington Senior High School in Miami. "I'm so excited about being the new football coach at Florida Memorial University," Harris said. Harris has an overall record of 114-21 and three state championships in nine seasons as a high school coach. Florida Memorial University announced earlier this year that it was bringing back football after a 61-year hiatus.
Tim Tebow says he won't speak at Republican National Convention
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Tim Tebow said he won't be speaking at the Republican National Convention next week. "I wake up this morning to find out that I'm speaking at the Republican National Convention," Tebow said. "So let's come together on that. "Let's forget about our quarrels and our differences and let's come together on one nation under God." Tebow has been out of football since being released by the Philadelphia Eagles before the start of the 2015 season.
Which U.S. state is the best in college football?
OhioBowl teams: Akron, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Ohio, Ohio State and ToledoOur list continues with a state that has the second-most FBS teams in the entire country: Ohio. FloridaBowl teams: Florida, Florida State, Miami, South FloridaA reemergence of Florida’s three-headed football monster earned it the No. Despite the vanquished hopes of returning to the College Football Playoff and winning a second national title in three years, Florida State’s 10-win season paced the state of Florida. Even without conference titles or playoff appearances, Florida State and Florida enjoyed successful seasons. MichiganBowl teams: Central Michigan, Michigan, Michigan State, Western MichiganUnlike the other states on this list, which each have at least seven FBS teams, Michigan has only five within its borders.
FIU football team bowl bound
FIU is heading to the St. Pete Bowl on Dec. 20 following an 8-4 regular season. It's the second straight appearance for the Panthers. The Panthers, coached by Mario Cristobal and led by all-purpose threat T.Y. Hilton, defeated Toledo 34-32 in last year's Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. This year's bowl will be televised at 8 p.m. on ESPN.