TAMPA, Fla. -- The New York Yankees could face a hard-throwing Heisman Trophy winner in their first spring training game Tuesday.
Florida State, with 2013 Heisman winner and closer Jameis Winston, will play the Yankees at Steinbrenner Field.
"I'm looking forward to seeing him," Hall of Fame closer and Yankees spring training instructor Goose Gossage said.
Winston told ESPN that he expects to be nervous against the Yankees, who he said are his "favorite team."
"I think I'm going to be a little starstruck," he said.
Winston led the Seminoles' football team to the 2013 national title with a 14-0 record that was capped on Jan. 6 by a 34-31 victory over Auburn in the BCS National Championship. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound sophomore has allowed one hit over four scoreless innings in three games this season.
"It will be fun to watch," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Obviously, he's extremely athletic when you watch him play the game of football. He's got a great arm. Pretty mature for his age."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Sticking with Charlotte was its best option.
So it came as no surprise when the league announced a six-year extension to play its title game at Bank of America Stadium through the 2019 season. While it is true there have been attendance issues the last two years, Charlotte has been a much better host than previous destinations Jacksonville, Fla., and Tampa, Fla. In four years in Charlotte, the game has averaged about 70,000 fans and sold out the first two years.
"Our coaches and teams really prefer a neutral site," commissioner John Swofford said during a news conference in Charlotte on Monday. "They feel like that's what best for a championship-caliber game. [Campus sites] got some discussion, but quite frankly the success the game has had in Charlotte in every way over the last four years meant that conversation didn't really grow legs.
"We've been in Jacksonville and Tampa. There's no question that Charlotte has supported this game stronger than any other place that we have been. When you consider the fact that it's in the middle of our footprint, that there are a number of alums from all our schools in this great city, and has a facility of this caliber that is being modernized as we speak, coupled with what goes on in Uptown, where you can stay, you can eat, you can party, you can walk to the game, see the game, and then go back and do the same thing all over again. It's a terrific place, terrific venue. You couple all that with the support we've received from the sports foundation, and it became a pretty easy decision, actually."
The game needed a long-term home, and now it has one in an NFL stadium that is undergoing $75 million in renovations. The next step is making the ACC championship game an annual destination for league fans, not just those with a team in the championship game. Will Webb, executive director of the Charlotte Sports Foundation, said his group has reached out to the corporate community and is also considering a collegiate seat license that would give fans access to the same seat for the ACC championship game, Belk Bowl and potentially neutral-site games being played there, including North Carolina-South Carolina in 2015.
"We want to make this a long-term home and the message is going to be delivered that for that to happen, we've got to have broad support," Webb said. "We can't rest on our laurels and say, 'We've got it.' We have to earn it for the next extension."
The game moved to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte in 2010. In four years in Charlotte, the game has averaged nearly 70,000 fans, including two sellouts.
"Charlotte has been an outstanding partner and continues to facilitate the growth and success of the game and our many ancillary events that make this weekend a true celebration of ACC football," Swofford said.
The actual dates of the six championship games in the agreement are:
Dec. 6, 2014
Dec. 5, 2015
Dec. 3, 2016
Dec. 2, 2017
Dec. 1, 2018
Dec. 7, 2019
First up: DT Nile Lawrence-Stample
How he fits: With Timmy Jernigan off to the pros where he’s widely expected to be a first round selection, Florida State has a major vacancy in the middle of the line. While there are a handful of solid candidates for the gig, none has more experience than Lawrence-Stample, and while his combination of size and athleticism might not rival Jernigan, Lawrence-Stample has plenty of talent to work with.
Competition: Redshirt sophomore Justin Shanks, redshirt freshman Keith Bryant and oft-injured junior Derrick Mitchell will be Lawrence-Stample’s main competition this spring, but none has any significant on-field experience, which could allow the veteran to pull well ahead on the depth chart. In the fall, however, a new push will come from a group of five incoming defensive tackles, led by Demarcus Christmas and Derrick Nnadi.
Outlook: There’s a lot to like about Lawrence-Stample, from his strong recruiting pedigree (he was an ESPN 150 player in 2011) to his work ethic in practice. Coaches raved about his progress last spring when he wrapped things up with four sacks and nine tackles in the Garnet & Gold game. But all that practice field success didn’t translate into a big 2013 season. Expect Lawrence-Stample again to be a hot name this spring as he works to secure a full-time starting job, but questions will linger on whether he can translate those performances to game days in the fall. Replacing Jernigan is one of the biggest concerns for Florida State in 2014, and Lawrence-Stample’s play this spring could help make it an easier transition.
Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium signed a six-year extension to host the ACC championship through 2019.
Charlotte has hosted the conference title game since 2010.
In four years in Charlotte, the game has averaged nearly 70,000 fans, including two sellouts. The ACC's title-game average attendance is second only to the SEC's.
ACC commissioner John Swofford made the announcement at a news conference Monday at Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers, calling it "an easy decision."
"There is no question that Charlotte has supported this game more than any place we've been," Swofford said.
Swofford said Charlotte has provided a great footprint for the game because of its centralized location and because of the Panthers' facility, which is considered one of the NFL's top venues and is undergoing a $112.4 million renovation.
"We have a facility of this caliber that is being modernized," Swofford said. "You can stay and eat, party and walk to the game, and then go back and do it all over again. Couple that with the support we have received and it became a pretty easy decision."
The six-year deal coincides with the extension of the Belk Bowl, the annual game played in late December in Charlotte that also has a deal running through the 2019 season.
Charlotte Sports Foundation executive director Will Webb said he's pleased with the six-year agreement and wants to keep the game in Charlotte longer.
"There won't be a better venue for a conference to play a championship than here in Charlotte," Webb said.
Webb said the Charlotte Sports Foundation is considering selling "collegiate seat licenses," which would allow fans to purchase tickets to both games.
Swofford said the conference only briefly considered playing the game at the home site of the conference's top team.
Ronny in Edgemoor, SC writes: Hi Heather, Enjoyed and agree with your article, It is time for the divisions to change. As a fan, it makes no sense to (keep) the divisions as they are. A more logical North-South format would be better and allow more fans to travel to away games because more would be more local or regional games, (than) if we are stuck in the traditional divisional format. The blue collar worker is earning less money today, yet costs keep rising. Cutting travel miles would help with ticket sales. It is sad to see so many empty seats on the TV screens at ACC stadiums.
Michael in Atlanta, GA writes: Heather, Saw your article on competitive balance. I love the idea of some flexibility on scheduling and championship games, but if they keep the current divisions I don't think there's actually an long-term advantage to making changes. If we pretend Syracuse, Pitt, and Louisville had been in the ACC in their current divisional homes, we can do some quick number-crunching. Over the last three years, the average Atlantic division team won 7.8 games, and the average division champ won 12.0. The Coastal compares at 6.9 and 9.7. Hence the perception of being weaker. But over the previous three years, the Coastal's average was 7.4 with a champ at 10.7, while the Atlantic was 6.6 and 9.3. Almost the reverse situation. So sure, we could re-arrange divisions to make things more balanced ... but are we going to do it again every 2-4 years? Or every time one division has two top-ten teams? Sure, Clemson and FSU look the best now, but VT and Miami have been there before. Just set it up where each team has 3 teams they play every year, plus 5 others one year, the other 5 the next. Everyone plays everyone home and away every four years, all legitimate natural rivalries are preserved (no team can really claim more than 3 rivals), and the schedule may not be perfectly balanced but it'll be less random than it is now.
Gregory Breitenbeck in Boone, NC writes: Heather, I wanted to express my thoughts to you and your readers but I don't have a Facebook account (and don't want one). Many of your readers are spot on that relative strength in the ACC will wax and wane. Realignment should focus on improving the product delivered to the schools supporters. Accordingly, I suggest the following: Atlantic Division -- Florida State, Georgia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Duke, Wake Forest. Coastal Division -- Miami, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Virginia. If we expand to include Notre Dame and another northern school such as Navy, put those schools in the Coastal and move Virginia back to where it belongs in the Atlantic. I'd appreciate your getting these thoughts into a future column.
Dave in Baltimore, MD writes: I know people love to talk about re-aligning divisions, but you can't re-align them every time one division gets hot. When divisions first started I would argue that the Coastal was much stronger with FSU and Clemson both being down at the time. With a slight drop off of Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, and Miami and UNC never quite getting to the top, the Atlantic is now the stronger division with the resurgence of FSU and Clemson. I think you're also making a lot of assumptions based on end of season rankings that the Atlantic will have three top 15 teams. Key losses and rising stars can have a major impact on a team’s performance from year to year and I definitely think Louisville and Clemson have some spots to fill, as I'm sure FSU will lose some key players to the draft also. I think there are too many variables year to year to just re-align divisions every time a team gets hot. I can see the argument that maybe Louisville should have been put into the Coastal division when they joined the league, but it’s too late for that now as the league schedule has already been set. I would also argue what is even the point of having divisions if it is just going to be the top two teams in the BCS playing in the title game? But that may be an argument for another day ...
- John Swofford has quietly made the ACC into a powerhouse league, writes Yahoo.
- Athlon counts down the 10 best ACC linebackers from the BCS era.
- Louisville’s Lorenzo Mauldin is excited about his new role as a stand-up rusher in Bobby Petrino’s 3-4 defense, writes the Louisville Courier-Journal.
- Syracuse has a new tight ends coach, writes The Post-Standard.
- But the Orange lost a punter, writes the Troy Nunes blog.
- Florida State has plenty of representatives at the NFL combine, writes the Tallahassee Democrat.
- A hamstring injury forced Georgia Tech’s Jeremiah Attaochu out of the NFL combine, writes the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
- Versatility might be a good selling point as former Clemson lineman Brandon Thomas embarks on his NFL career, writes The Post and Courier.
- Former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden says the PAT could use a makeover, writes The State.
- NC State projects to be around the middle of the pack nationally in 2014, writes Backing the Pack.
- A once-prized quarterback recruit will be lining up at tight end for Virginia Tech in 2014, writes The Virginian-Pilot.
- A former Virginia Tech running back is in trouble with the law, writes The Roanoke Times.
Some seasons, like 2011, Florida State relied heavily on the new recruits. Others, like 2012, only a select few saw routine playing time.
This week, we dig into the Class of 2014 to project which of the newest group of Seminoles project to make an instant impact on the field this season.
We’ve already looked at DT Demarcus Christmas, RB Dalvin Cook, DB Trey Marshall and FSU’s wide receivers.
Last up: LB Kain Daub
The need: After three years of relative consistency at the position, Florida State’s linebacker corps is getting a nearly complete makeover in 2014. Gone are seniors Telvin Smith and Christian Jones, leaving only junior Terrance Smith with starting experience among the group. Last year’s position coach, Charles Kelly, is also moving to the secondary as he takes over as coordinator this year, and FSU has yet to officially announce his replacement. Fisher suggested Kelly will stick with a defensive scheme similar to the one Jeremy Pruitt ran in 2013, but that’s certainly not set in stone either -- meaning the amount of time FSU spends in a 3-4 vs. a 4-3 look isn’t entirely settled either.
The competition: There are a lot of job openings among the linebackers, but there’s also some stiff competition. It’s a deep group, despite being short on experience. Among the inside LBs, Reggie Northrup is the most experienced, having gained valuable reps in reserve duty in each of the past two seasons. E.J. Levenberry impressed as a true freshman in 2013, too. Among the outside linebackers/edge rushers, Ukeme Eligwe and Matthew Thomas both figure to push for playing time this spring. When fall camp opens, two more members of a talented signing class -- Jacob Pugh and Delvin Purifoy -- join the mix as well.
The prediction: Daub has a lot going for him in the battle for playing time at linebacker. His versatility as either an inside or outside LB provides FSU’s coaches with options. His arrival in time for spring practice gives him a chance to settle into the scheme. But more than anything, his pure talent should make him a player worth watching. Attrition sapped a lot of veteran talent from the linebacking corps for several years, but Florida State’s past two recruiting classes have restocked the coffers, meaning the competition will be stiff for Daub. But his lack of experience won’t be held against him, and his ability to contribute in several areas -- including on special teams -- puts him in good position to see the field routinely, even if a starting job isn’t in the cards.
How does the Atlantic Division compare to the SEC West?
"It compares, the style of play and the speed of the game, the talent of the defensive front, it’s very comparable and very, very competitive," Petrino said in a recent interview. "Particularly when you see what Florida State did in the national championship game, the style of play they play, and the players they have, that’s what you strive to get, to be able to match that type of speed and talent."
Petrino gets his first taste of the Atlantic when the Cards begin conference play later this year. Florida State and Clemson clearly make the Atlantic the best division in the ACC. Alabama, Auburn and LSU clearly make the SEC West the best division in the SEC. Going back to the 2011 BCS games, seven of the eight SEC representatives came from the SEC West. That includes Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl when Petrino was still the Razorbacks' head coach. In the SEC's seven-game national championship streak, three different SEC West teams won the crown.
While the SEC West is deeper top to bottom than the Atlantic, Florida State and Clemson have held their own against major competition of late. Not only did the Seminoles beat Florida and Auburn last season, Clemson beat Georgia and Ohio State. They each have two BCS appearances in the last three seasons. Florida State has a national championship. In Petrino's last three seasons at Arkansas, the national champion came from the SEC West.
Petrino ended up with 10 or more wins his last two seasons with the Razorbacks and 6-2 marks in the conference, but he could never quite figure out how to beat Alabama, going 0-4 during his four-year tenure there. If Florida State is emerging as a power the way Alabama has, then Louisville will have its work cut out for it. But here is one key difference -- Louisville is in much better shape today than Arkansas was when Petrino took over that program for the 2008 season.
The Cards are a top-15 program. The big unknown is whether they still will be in a tougher conference. And Florida State is the measuring stick. When asked how far away the Cards are from Noles, Petrino said, "We're about to find out."
- Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater will be one of the most watched players at the NFL combine, but he’s not sure he’ll throw, writes the Courier-Journal.
- It’s been a long road back to full health for Virginia Tech corner Antone Exum, but he’s ready to put on a show at the NFL combine, writes The Roanoke Times.
- Jameis Winston-mania has made its way over to the baseball field, writes the Tallahassee Democrat.
- Miami landed two new 300-pound commitments for 2015, writes the Miami Herald.
- Former Syracuse DT Jay Bromley has something to prove at the NFL combine, writes The Post-Standard.
- Clemson has sent three underclassmen receivers to the NFL in the past two seasons, making wideout a position of emphasis on the recruiting trail, writes The State.
- A Clemson grad is helping Tajh Boyd, Martavis Bryant and Bashaud Breeland get ready for the NFL combine, writes The Post and Courier.
- UVa’s Morgan Moses figures to have some tough questions to answer when he gets in front of NFL GMs, writes the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
- Virginia is looking for a new strength coach, writes The Roanoke Times.
- An assistant coach hired during the Michael Haywood debacle in 2011 is suing Pitt, writes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
- The Panthers have a new receivers coach with an NFL pedigree, writes the Post-Gazette.
- Georgia Tech’s Jeremiah Attaochu has his work cut out for him at the combine, writes the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
- A Boston College grad made some history in an indoor football game, writes BC Interruption.
- Four ACC quarterbacks are among the litany of QBs transferring in search of playing time this offseason. SI.com wonders why it’s happening in such large numbers.
In some seasons, such as 2011, the Seminoles relied heavily on new recruits. In others, such as 2012, only a select few played regularly.
This week, we’ll dig into the Class of 2014 to project which players among the newest group of Seminoles could make an instant impact on the field this season.
We’ve already looked at DT Demarcus Christmas, RB Dalvin Cook and the wide receivers.
Next up: DB Trey Marshall
The player: Florida State signed just two defensive backs in this year’s class, but Marshall is a potential standout. Similar to so many of Fisher’s recent acquisitions in the defensive backfield, Marshall has track speed combined with size (6-foot, 196 pounds) to allow for some versatility in the secondary, though he primarily worked at safety in high school. Like last year’s surprise star at defensive back, Nate Andrews, Marshall arrives with just a three-star pedigree, but his game play isn’t entirely reflected in his measurables. Marshall is already enrolled for the spring, giving him a leg up in learning the defense, and his track record as a punt returner in high school could pay immediate dividends for Florida State on special teams.
The need: In the secondary there aren’t a lot of obvious holes, but the same might have been said a year ago, and still, two true freshmen ended up getting regular playing time on a national championship team. While the scheme could certainly change a bit under new coordinator and defensive backs coach Charles Kelly, last year’s defense employed six DBs regularly, so even if Marshall can’t crack the starting lineup, he could get playing time. FSU also loses its first-string punt returner, Kenny Shaw, and will be looking for a replacement. Marshall has the speed and pedigree to land the job — particularly if he makes an impression this spring.
The competition: At safety, the competition is stiff. Andrews is in line for a bigger role after his breakout campaign in 2013. Jalen Ramsey certainly could slide back to cornerback, where he opened 2013, but his size and style make him a good fit at safety, and FSU already has two established stars at corner. Then there’s Tyler Hunter, who returns from a serious neck injury that cost him much of last season. He’s a veteran leader on the defense, and it would be a surprise if he wasn’t penciled in as a key contributor. Hunter also could vie for reps at punt returner, where Jesus Wilson and Rashad Greene also have experience.
The prediction: Combine Marshall’s early arrival, blazing speed, experience on special teams and the small signing class in the secondary, and the case for immediate playing time is simple. The question then is how much playing time Marshall might get. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess. If he shines this spring for Kelly, there are reps to be won in the fall. Expecting a season similar to what Andrews produced last year (35 tackles, 8 passes defended, 7 takeaways) is probably shooting too high, but an impact on special teams and some success in dime situations on defense is within reach.
Division rival Clemson has the potential to have one of the best defensive lines in school history, thanks to returning all of its starters -- including sack master Vic Beasley. So that leads us to this question: Which team will have the best defensive front in the ACC this upcoming season? Andrea Adelson and David Hale let the debate begin.
The moment Beasley decided to return to Clemson was the moment the Tigers became the favorite to field the best defensive line in the ACC next season.
Now, this is not to slight Florida State, which has dominated up front over the last two seasons. But the Seminoles have key players to replace again. Clemson, on the other hand, returns every starter on the defensive line, plus its top four backups. All told, eight linemen return who played at least 292 snaps a year ago.
Those top eight combined for 65 tackles for loss -- more than half the single-season school-record 122 tackles for loss Clemson had in 2013. They also combined for 26 of the team’s 38 sacks.
Beasley, of course, leads the returning group after making 13 sacks and 23 tackles for loss a season ago, one of the top performances of any defensive end in the country. Had he decided to leave for the NFL, Clemson would have still had plenty of talent returning.
But with him, the Tigers could potentially have the deepest, most talented group of defensive linemen at the school since the 1981 national championship team featured future NFL players Jeff Bryant, William Perry, Andy Headen and Dan Benish in the starting lineup.
Clemson could potentially go 10 deep along the defensive line, especially when you consider the return of Carlos Watkins, expected to be healthy after missing most of last season following a car accident. That means the Tigers have the ability to rotate frequently and keep players fresh, perhaps more than they did last season.
Fresh players mean fresh legs, and fresh legs mean getting into the backfield at a much better clip. Last season, Beasley, starting tackle Grady Jarrett (11), starting end Corey Crawford (10.5) and backup end Shaq Lawson each finished with 10 or more tackles for loss. Now think about some of the best defensive fronts in college football. Florida State has zero defensive linemen returning with double-digit tackles for loss. Alabama? Zero. LSU? Zero. Stanford? Zero. Virginia Tech? One. Michigan State? One. Ohio State? Two.
Clemson leads them all.
Such an experienced group, with the ability to get into the backfield and get after the quarterback, should only get better with another year under Brent Venables, who is entering his third season as defensive coordinator. As Beasley told colleague Heather Dinich after he announced his decision to return, “I feel like we can be the best in the country.”
And, yes, that means the defense could emerge as the strength of this team.
David says Florida State
The track record for Florida State’s defensive front speaks for itself. During the past three seasons, only Alabama has had more success defending the run than Florida State, which has allowed just 2.8 yards per carry since the start of the 2011 season. Those Seminoles teams sent eight players from the front seven to the NFL -- and that number figures to increase by at least four this year -- yet the unit has seen little decline in production. With new personnel, a new scheme and new coaches last season, FSU’s first-team defense didn’t allow a rushing touchdown until the national championship game.
Of course, that’s all in the past, and 2014 comes with some significant questions for Florida State.
Throughout the three-year run of success for the FSU front seven, Christian Jones, Telvin Smith and Timmy Jernigan have been anchors. All are gone now, and that means some significant vacancies on the defensive front, both in terms of on-field talent and off-field leadership. It means there will be questions surrounding the unit for the next few months, but it doesn’t mean the Seminoles don’t have answers.
Of the projected two-deep in the front seven, FSU projects to feature as many as 12 former ESPN 300 recruits. The talent is exceptional.
Mario Edwards Jr. and Eddie Goldman were both top-10 recruits in 2012, and both have two years of experience under their belts. Edwards, in particular, took big steps forward throughout 2013, turning in perhaps his best game against Auburn’s up-tempo ground attack in the VIZIO BCS National Championship.
The linebacker group lacks significant experience, but Terrance Smith is a physical clone of Telvin Smith, and he performed admirably after stepping into a starting role last season. Matthew Thomas and Ukeme Eligwe are both former elite recruits who project nicely in the hybrid role Jones handled so successfully in 2013.
Kain Daub, Demarcus Christmas and Derrick Nnadi lead a stellar 2014 recruiting class that could make an instant impact.
That’s not to say Florida State is prepared to move forward without Jernigan’s presence up front or Telvin Smith’s leadership in the middle of the field without missing a beat. There will be hiccups as the new group gets its feet wet and Edwards and Goldman learn to be leaders. But similar concerns existed a year ago when Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine bolted for the NFL, and after some early missteps, Florida State again proved to be one of the fiercest defensive fronts in the country.
And, of course, the Seminoles have another weapon in this debate, too. No position group succeeds in a vacuum, and FSU’s front seven gets a major boost from a secondary that projects to again be the best in the nation. If the Seminoles’ defensive backs continue to make teams one-dimensional and continue to provide time for the pass rush to get to the quarterback, the odds of FSU’s front seven making a smooth transition into 2014 get even better.
With national signing day in the books, RecruitingNation is looking at the top position classes. For the full series, click here.
Nationally (and SEC)
Not only did Alabama put together the best offensive line class in the 2014 cycle, but it's also one of the best in recent memory. The Crimson Tide inked early enrollee and five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (Monroe, La./West Monroe) and also got top-ranked junior college offensive tackle Dominick Jackson (San Mateo, Calif./College of San Mateo). On the interior, the nation's top two centers, No. 168 overall Josh Casher (Mobile, Ala./Saint Paul’s Episcopal) and No. 190 J.C. Hassenauer (Woodbury, Minn./East Ridge) signed, as did No. 3 guard Ross Pierschbacher (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls). A second guard in the class is three-star Montel McBride (Plant City, Fla./Plant City), who could also play nose tackle at the next level.
The Crimson Tide had the nation’s best offensive line class; here’s which schools had the best in each of the remaining power conferences:
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- SB Nation digs into some really interesting numbers on how top schools are recruiting to separate contenders from pretenders. Not surprisingly, it finds a huge drop off in the ACC after Florida State and Clemson.
- Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller has first-round talent, writes The Roanoke Times.
- Syracuse running back Jerome Smith is hoping to turn some heads at the NFL combine, writes The Post-Standard.
- Boston College saw significant improvement on the field in 2013, but attendance went in the wrong direction, writes BC Interruption.
- Pitt nabbed a commitment from a local linebacker, writes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
- Pitt’s Aaron Donald has his sights set on a bright NFL future, writes the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Clemson lost some depth in it defensive backfield, writes The State.
Five Programs Expecting 2014 Boost
Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35