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Bama, ND, Clemson, OSU lead first CFP rankings
Alabama is No. 1 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, followed by Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State. BYU debuts at No. 14 despite a 9-0 start.
- Bama, ND, Clemson, OSU lead first CFP rankings
- Bama unanimous No. 1; Northwestern up to 11
- Ole Miss vs. Texas A&M postponed due to virus
- Texas A&M LB Hines to enter draft after opt-out
- Alabama-LSU, Texas A&M-Tennessee postponed
- Texas A&M halts activities after multiple positives
- Bama extends streak, 13th straight year at No. 1
College Football Playoff rankings reaction: BYU disrespect, an SEC lovefest and more
What did we learn from the first College Football Playoff rankings? Let’s break it down.
The Paul Finebaum Show: Hour 4 – Jackie Sherill and the Legacy of the 12th Man
Legendary coach, Jackie Sherill, joins the show to talk about the legacy of the 12th man, Texas A&M’s success this year, and how football can function in the Coronavirus.
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Where will your team be ranked tonight by the College Football Playoff committee? The Allstate Playoff Predictor has its guess.
What each College Football Playoff contender is looking for in the first rankings
From Alabama to USC, here’s what each College Football Playoff team should be looking for during tonight’s rankings (7 p.m. ET, ESPN and ESPN App).
The CFB Pod: The guys look back on Week 12, look ahead to the first CFP rankings, and discuss the war of words between Clemson and Florida State
Herbie and Negandhi kick off the podcast discussing what they might see in the first batch of College Football Playoff rankings, BYU turning down a game against Washington, Notre Dame-UNC, Dabo Swinney’s raging against Florida State, Indiana’s near comeback against Ohio State, Northwestern having Wisconsin’s number and the Iron Bowl.
Capital One Fan Vote: Which top team has the best chance of being upset this week?
Which top team needs to be on upset alert this weekend? Let us know in the Capital One Fan Vote.
College football conference power rankings
There’s a new team atop the Big 12. Who else made a jump in this week’s college football conference power rankings?
AP Top 25 college football poll reaction: What’s next for each ranked team?
The top of the AP Top 25 college football poll remains the same, but there’s plenty of movement in the back half. Here’s what’s next for each ranked team.
Bama unanimous No. 1; Northwestern up to 11
Alabama is now the unanimous No. 1 team in the country, as the top eight teams hold steady. Northwestern, however, jumped up to No. 11 as it remains unbeaten.
Latest projections for every bowl game, including the College Football Playoff
Ahead of the first College Football Playoff rankings release on Tuesday, we project all the bowl games.
Who has the best chance to make the College Football Playoff?
The Allstate Playoff Predictor breaks down which teams have the best chance to make this season’s College Football Playoff.
College Football Playoff takeaways: Alabama rolls, Ohio State survives and Northwestern (!) stays in the hunt
Clemson had an unexpected day off and Notre Dame was on a bye as the top four in the CFP race remains unchanged, but unbeaten Northwestern just might give Ohio State problems in the unpredictable Big Ten.
College football Power Rankings for Week 12
The Big Ten featured two of the biggest games of the week. How will Ohio State’s win and Wisconsin’s loss impact this week’s Power Rankings? And where does Oklahoma’s big Bedlam victory slot the Sooners? All of that and more from Week 12.Get the latest Texas A&M Aggies news, scores, stats, standings, rumors, and more from ESPN.
Jimbo Fisher finally takes first step toward Texas A&M’s championship aspirations with win over Florida
Jimbo Fisher finally made good on his 10-year, $75 million contract Saturday.
No, his 21st-ranked Aggies didn’t win the national championship, but they beat a top-five team, Fisher’s first since moving to College Station in 2018. It was also his first such win since 2014, when he was still coach at Florida State and just a single season removed from the Seminoles’ 2013 national championship.
A&M’s 41-38 victory over No. 4 Florida lends credibility to Fisher’s monumental contract, which quickly became a joke among college football fans (outside College Station, at least) who wondered aloud when he would deliver on his ridiculous price tag. Prior to Saturday’s matchup, Fisher had gone 0-7 against top-five teams with the Aggies. A 1-7 record might not seem much different, but for a team still trying to get its footing under a third-year coach, it could be the spark it has been looking for.
“I think this can be a culture-changing win,” senior quarterback Kellen Mond told reporters after the game. “Especially with all of the young guys we have. … But it’s just Week 3 and we have a long way to go.”
The Aggies found that spark Saturday in the run game: Isaiah Spiller was immaculate, rushing 27 times for 174 yards and two scores against a defense that came in averaging 143.5 rushing yards allowed per game. Mond played excellent ball as well, completing 25 of 35 passes for 338 yards and three scores. And credit an opportunistic defense that had been gashed by Gators quarterback Kyle Trask for 312 yards and four touchdowns: That unit secured a late fumble to give A&M the ball, allowing the offense to drain the clock and finish the game with a Seth Small 26-yard field goal.
Jimbo Fisher leads Texas A&M to the upset.pic.twitter.com/0SYy8yRiHE
Fisher’s Aggies, of course, had come close prior to Saturday. There was the 28-26 loss to No. 2 Clemson in 2018, a failed 2-point conversion the only difference against the eventual national champions. There were close calls in 2019, too, when the Aggies faced three different teams to be ranked No. 1; the closest game was against No. 4 Georgia, a 19-13 loss to the Bulldogs in Athens. The latest attempt came against No. 2 Alabama last week, when the Crimson Tide demolished Fisher and Co. 52-24 in Tuscaloosa.
How easy it would have been for the Aggies to pack it in against a consecutive top-five opponent in Florida. And how much of a relief it must have been for Fisher to finally secure that elusive first win. But now he faces a different challenge: to build off the victory and make sure it isn’t the highlight of his team’s 2020 season.
To that end, Fisher made sure to say all the right things after the game — namely, pointing out the mistakes that made it such a close game. The Aggies committed five penalties for 67 yards, fumbled once and botched clock management at the end of the half, which resulted in a field goal instead of a game-tying touchdown.
“I’m not happy. We won a big game, but we didn’t play as well as we can play,” Fisher said. “It’s great to win and you should expect to win. . We left a lot of plays out there and a lot to clean up.”
The Aggies have ample opportunity to improve over the final seven games of the season. They should be favored in each of their next three matchups, against Mississippi State, Arkansas and South Carolina, before finishing with a four-week stretch against No. 14 Tennessee, Ole Miss, No. 17 LSU and No. 13 Auburn — teams that have looked far from invincible. It’s not outside the realm of possibility that they finish the season with just the one loss to Alabama.
The Aggies would need help getting into the SEC championship game following their destruction by the Crimson Tide, but there’s no reason to think Jimbo and Co. can’t be a part of the conversation heading into late November and early December. It might be too early to expect similar discussions regarding the College Football Playoff, but that ultimately is why Fisher took over in College Station.
He still has to fill out that blank national championship trophy, after all.Texas A&M earned that elusive top-five win for Jimbo Fisher. What's next for the Aggies? ]]>