(AP) — Juwan Morgan scored a career-high 18 points and finished with 10 rebounds, De’Ron Davis scored 14 points and No. 13 Indiana rolled to an 83-60 victory over SIU-Edwardsville on Friday night.
The Hoosiers (6-1) eliminated opportunities for SIU-Edwardsville to score second chance points by grabbing 30 defensive rebounds.
After a thrilling victory over No. 3 North Carolina on Wednesday night, Indiana will have two weeks before it plays a ranked opponent, when Indiana takes on No. 18 Butler at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
With a possible berth in the College Football Playoffs on the line, the No. 4 Washington Huskies (11-1, 8-1 in Pac-12) face the No. 9 Colorado Buffaloes (10-2, 8-1) in the 2016 Pac-12 championship game from Levis’ Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Follow along with Stephen Cohen of seattlepi.com as he brings you live analysis and insight. Join the conversation with your own comments and questions.
The College Football Playoff is the only thing that really matters this weekend.
Assuming Alabama and Ohio State are safely in the field, five scenarios to know going into the final weekend of college football’s regular season:
The committee said Michigan was a really close fifth, but the Wolverines do not play while the Huskies can add a victory against Colorado and a Pac-12 title.
Colorado, which is eighth going into the Pac-12 title game, will make a claim to be No. 4 but it will be difficult for the Buffaloes to climb over all those Big Ten teams.
Michigan has no quality road victories and, it could be argued, the worst loss (at Iowa).
[…] Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau was hurt during the Michigan game, aiding the Wolverines’ comeback victory.
A 2014 Ohio State-style championship game romp by Colorado over Washington gets the Buffaloes back into the conversation in this scenario, too.
If the committee wants to put a value on conference championships it could dock the Crimson Tide and Ohio State a spot or two and jump Clemson to No. 1.
Chris Petersen’s fourth-ranked Huskies (11-1, 8-1 in conference play) prepare for their first ever Pac-12 Championship Game appearance versus No. 9 Colorado at Levi’s Stadium on Friday. A win over the Buffaloes would likely earn Washington a berth in the College Football Playoff semifinals and give the Huskies a shot at the second national championship in program history in just Petersen’s third year at the helm. It’s been a quick turnaround for a once proud program that found itself out of the national spotlight for the better part of two decades.
Keep your eyes on the following players in Friday’s Pac-12 championship.
Last season, the Washington football team earned its first bowl victory in the Chris Petersen era with a 44-31 win over Southern Miss in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The Huskies finished with a 7-6 record during what was supposed…
Washington hopes to ride Pac-12 title to playoff berth
(AP) — Washington coach Chris Petersen is happy to let others do the politicking and lobbying when it comes to the College Football Playoff.
Washington has its final chance to state its case Friday night in the Pac-12 championship game against No. 9 Colorado.
Things are looking good for the Huskies (11-1, No. 4 CFP) after they moved up a spot in the playoff rankings this week.
[…] Petersen has built Washington into a power just like he did at Boise State when he led the Broncos to seven straight double-digit win seasons and two BCS bowl games.
[…] he methodically rebuilt the program to where it is now a surprise participant in the Pac-12 title game with an outside chance of making it to the playoff with a win over the Huskies and some help elsewhere.
Washington’s Jake Browning was selected as the top offensive player in the conference after throwing for a school-record 40 TDs and only seven INTs.
The game features the top two defenses in the conference with both the Huskies and Buffaloes allowing just 4.7 yards per play.
The Washington football team leaves Montlake and heads to uncharted waters for the program’s first Pac-12 championship appearance. Led by head coach Chris Petersen, the Huskies (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12) bring the conference’s top scoring offense and defense to face the…
The Irish responded well under some pressure in their first road game — the latest they’ve played their first true road game of a season since 1993.
Notre Dame’s offense sputtered at times, but the defense had 15 steals and held Iowa to 4-of-19 shooting on 3-pointers.
The young Hawkeyes have lost three out of their last four games, but 10 players logged at least 8 minutes in a fairly competitive game against the nation’s top-ranked team.
The Irish have lost five straight against the Huskies — including the NCAA title game the last two seasons.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Alex Robinson scored 16 points and TCU rallied from an early 17-point deficit to beat Washington 86-71 on Wednesday night in a rare back-to-back meeting of non-conference opponents.
Markelle Fultz led the Huskies (4-3) with 21 points, 14 rebounds and six assists — but had six of the Huskies’ season-high 25 turnovers.
After trailing by 17 in the first half, TCU took its first 17-point lead when Miller blocked a layup attempt by Dominic Green and Robinson converted a three-point play at the other end for a 75-58 advantage.
The last time Washington played the same non-conference opponent in back-to-back games was at Hawaii in 1975-76, winning both. …
TCU finished the 2009-10 season with consecutive losses to Mountain West Conference foe BYU.
[…] the Frogs have two straight wins over Power 5 conference foes led by top NBA prospects.
Texas’ 2,000-yard rusher heading to NFL
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas running back D’Onta Foreman said Wednesday he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft after rushing for 2,028 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.
A lightly-regarded recruit when he signed with Texas in 2014, Foreman projects as a possible early-round draft choice and is a finalist for the Doak Walker Award given to college football’s top running back.
A 6-foot-1, 250-pound bruiser, Foreman set a school record with 13 consecutive 100-yard games dating back to last season.
No more so than the Atlantic Coast Conference, where No. 19 Virginia Tech can only play spoiler to No. 3 Clemson.
Not only would a victory by the Hokies likely cost Clemson and the ACC a chance to win the national championship, but it could also cost the conference $2 million.
The College Football Playoff revenue distribution plan pays each conference $6 million for each team placed in the semifinals.
The net loss would only be $2 million because Virginia Tech would be guaranteed a spot in the Orange Bowl as ACC champion (worth $4 million) and Clemson would be a good bet to be ranked high enough to end up in the Cotton Bowl and earn another $4 million for the conference.
[…] if the winner does get into the playoff, the loser could very well end up in the Rose Bowl as the next highest ranked Pac-12 team in the last selection committee rankings.
The winner gets a Sugar Bowl bid and can hold out some very long shot playoff hopes.
The Huskies are tied for tops in the country in turnover margin at plus-18; the Buffaloes are plus-10 …
The Tigers (8.67 per game) and Hokies (8.17) both rank in the top six in the country in tackles for loss …
If the undefeated Broncos get to the Cotton Bowl, will P.J. Fleck still be their coach? …
If Western Michigan does lose, the winner here is likely to get that Cotton Bowl bid, though the selection committee would have to wait until Navy plays Army to make its final decision …
Louisiana Tech (plus 10) at Western Kentucky, Conference USA championship
Athletic director Rob Mullens told players that he would be hitting the road on Wednesday and moving quickly to make a hire.
Kelly was previously the offensive coordinator under head coach Mike Bellotti, who was the offensive coordinator under coach Rich Brooks.
Among the possible candidates being mentioned for the Oregon job are Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck and Boise State’s Bryan Harsin, as well as Florida’s Jim McElwain and Penn State’s James Franklin.
Helfrich was fired Tuesday evening following a meeting with Mullens, three days after the Ducks ended the season with the 34-24 loss to the rival Oregon State Beavers in the annual Civil War game.
Oregon had not finished with a losing season since 2004, which was the last time the team missed out on a bowl game.
Once known for their innovative spread offense under Kelly, the Ducks started showing vulnerability last season when they went 9-4 and got embarrassed in the Alamo Bowl by blowing a 31-0 lead at the half before falling in triple overtime to TCU, 47-41.
Oregon struggled for the past two seasons to find a replacement for Marcus Mariota, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2014 before turning pro.
[…] players had a hard time adapting to Hoke’s new 4-3 defensive scheme and the Ducks finished the season ranked 126th out of 128 FBS-level teams for total defense, allowing opponents an average of 528.4 yards per game.
Oregon has fired coach Mark Helfrich after a disappointing 4-8 season, and just two years after getting the Ducks within a victory of the program’s first national championship.
Helfrich was head coach of the Ducks for four seasons, leading the team to the first College Football Playoff championship game after the 2014 season.
Some questioned the wisdom of new assistant Brady Hoke’s new defensive scheme, or the reliance on graduate transfers at quarterback for the past two seasons rather than long-term player development.
When Helfrich was promoted into the job at the start of 2013, he had the daunting task of replacing Kelly, who orchestrated Oregon’s hyperdrive spread-option offense and led the Ducks to their first national championship game appearance in 2010.
An affable native Oregonian, Helfrich had served as offensive coordinator under Kelly and recruited future Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota.
The ultimate embarrassment came in the Alamo Bowl, when the Ducks surrendered a 31-0 lead and TCU staged the biggest comeback in bowl history to win 47-41 in triple overtime.
Herbert was one of the few bright spots in the dismal season, throwing for 1,936 yards and19 touchdowns with four interceptions in nine appearances.
Huskies quarterback Jake Browning threw for six touchdowns in the victory, which snapped a 12-game losing streak to the rival Ducks.
“[…] to the players — thank you, and I love you,” he said.
Ohio State held firm at second in the College Football Playoff rankings, putting the Buckeyes in position to become the first team to be selected to the final four without winning its conference.
The Crimson Tide, Tigers and Huskies all play conference championship games this weekend and presumably would be in good shape to make the playoff if they win.
SEATTLE (AP) — When Budda Baker gets an opportunity to sit down and watch NFL games on Sundays, or when he takes the time to watch film of the pros he would like to emulate, it all looks very familiar.
Whether it’s Kevin King and Sidney Jones at cornerback, or any of the combination of Baker, Jojo McIntosh, Taylor Rapp or Ezekiel Turner at safety, Washington’s defensive backfield is filled with players with a possible NFL future.
Rather than teaching his players a style that works just in college, Lake has thrown NFL concepts at his players and made them learn.
First year obviously we had to do a good job of holding back all the information, but now these guys have come a long way.
There were questions elsewhere but the secondary was one area where there weren’t really any concerns considering the Huskies had the best scoring defense and fourth-best pass defense in the conference in 2015.
The depth of Washington’s secondary was so impressive that Rapp — a freshman who was a reserve early in the season before moving into a more prominent role — was named Pac-12 defensive freshman of the year Tuesday as voted on by the coaches.
Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre was named coach of the year, USC’s Sam Darnold the offensive freshman and Washington’s Taylor Rapp the defensive freshman in voting announced on Tuesday.
By KOMO staff Via: Seattel P.I. Huskies
When the No. 4 Washington football team faces off against No. 9 Colorado in the Pac-12 championship in Santa Clara on Friday, it will take an all-around team effort to come out on top.
Depending how the bowl season goes, this could be a first of sorts for Texas college football in the 80-year history of the AP poll .
At points this season, Baylor, TCU and Texas had also spent time in the Top 25, but all three have limped to disappointing seasons.
Baylor had a horrible offseason, marred by a scandal that led to coach Art Briles being fired after an investigation into the school’s handling of sexual assault allegations.
The continued failures of coach Kliff Kingsbury’s defenses have fans losing patience with the former Texas Tech quarterback.
Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies started 6-0 and were No. 4 in the first College Football Playoff rankings, but finished 8-4 and lost their last four Southeastern Conference games.
The Cougars started with playoff hopes, beat Oklahoma early and Louisville late, but will have to settle for a third-tier bowl game.
(AP) — Ryan Welage tallied 19 points, including three 3-pointers, and 10 boards and four Spartans scored in double figures to lift San Jose State over Washington State 88-76 on Sunday.
Down seven, Washington State accrued five consecutive misses in one possession and grabbed three offensive boards in a row.