This and more is what the College Football Playoff selection committee sorts through to pick the four best teams in the country. ''Every year is going to be different,'' CFP executive director Bill Hancock said. It worked out great Sunday for Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington.
Southern California and Penn State followed two difficult paths to reach a remarkable reunion eight years later in the Rose Bowl. The Trojans will face the Big Ten champions on Jan. 2 in the 103rd edition of the Granddaddy of Them All. ''I can't think of a better reward for our football team after this season,'' USC coach Clay Helton said.
Tommy Tuberville resigned as Cincinnati's coach on Sunday after his first losing season in four years with the Bearcats. Cincinnati ended the season with five straight losses and a 4-8 record, missing out on a bowl appearance for the first time in Tuberville's tenure. Before the season, the Bearcats gave Tuberville a two-year extension that took him through 2019.
Michigan is Orange Bowl-bound after games over the weekend didn't go the Wolverines' way. Both made the College Football Playoff on Sunday, as did No. 1-seeded Alabama and No. 3 Ohio State, which beat Michigan 30-27 a week ago. Three losses in the first eight games knocked Florida State out of title contention, but the Seminoles won their last four games and are ranked 10th in the final AP regular-season poll.
Western Michigan will be rowing from Kalamazoo to the Cotton Bowl. The 12th-ranked Broncos (13-0, No. 15 CFP), the Mid-American Conference champions and the only FBS team other than top-ranked Alabama still undefeated, will play Big Ten runner-up and eighth-ranked Wisconsin (10-3, No. 8 CFP) on Jan. 2 in the Dallas Cowboys' home stadium. Coach P.J. Fleck said Sunday that it ''really is surreal right now.
An undefeated run through the Big 12 earned the Oklahoma Sooners an invite to the 83rd Sugar Bowl. As for the Auburn Tigers, well, they're off to New Orleans after the College Football Playoff committee decided the program was the best option out of a jumbled mess in the Southeastern Conference. Oklahoma lost two of three to start the season, but ended the season on a nine-game winning streak.
Jim Harbaugh is not backpedaling on his recent criticism of officials. The conference reprimanded the Michigan coach and fined his school $10,000 for violating the league sportsmanship policy by criticizing officials after a loss to Ohio State. ''I guess we can all just call it that we see it differently and let it go at that,'' Harbaugh said Sunday.
Former South Carolina starting quarterback Lorenzo Nunez is leaving the Gamecocks. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said Sunday that Nunez wants to transfer somewhere he can play quarterback. Nunez started two games at quarterback his freshman season in 2015, but left the second one against Missouri with a shoulder injury.
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