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2019 NCAA College Football – 4 Matches We’re Looking Forward To

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Pinpointing the five most important college football games this year is easy: the two College Football Playoff semifinals, the National Championship Game, the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. Done.

If you want a real challenge though – and we know you do – try looking for cheap College Football tickets to the top four regular-season matchups. Here’s our own list of the match-ups we’re most looking forward to, so you can get those cheap tickets ahead of time! 

4.Oklahoma vs. Baylor: November 16th, 2019 – McLane Stadium

Oklahoma took a little juice out of their meeting with the Bears by losing to Kansas State in Week 9. But that doesn’t mean there’s anything less on the line for coach Matt Rhule’s team. Baylor started their season off with a typically soft schedule but has remained undefeated through four Big 12 games. Every school knows the AP Poll is important, but what happens on the field matters most once the CFP committee rolls out their rankings starting November 5th. If Baylor can somehow topple the Sooners – and Texas the week after – they could be a Big 12 title away from the Playoff.

3. Ohio State vs. Michigan: November 30th, 2019 – Michigan Stadium

Michigan’s loss to Penn State virtually knocked them out of Big 10 title consideration, but a win over Ohio State would mean everything. College Football is all about tradition, and, in a vacuum, no rivalry game should mean as much this season as Michigan vs. Ohio State. Jim Harbaugh is the first Michigan coach to start 0-4 against Ohio State, but this could finally be the year. Buckeye coach Ryan Day has OSU humming after Urban Meyer, but The Game is a different beast altogether. It takes place in Ann Arbor this season, and if the Wolverines play anywhere near as well as they did against Notre Dame in Week 9 – 303 rushing yards vs. just 47 for the Irish – they’ll salvage their season and maybe save Harbaugh’s job.

2. Penn State vs. Ohio State: November 23rd, 2019 – Ohio Stadium

Ohio State’s rivalry with Michigan is unquestioned, but the week before The Game could be more relevant in 2019. Penn State has rolled to an 8-0 record and must still get past undefeated Minnesota and a solid Indian. At this point, though, their matchup in Columbus looks massive. Ohio State has missed the playoffs the last two years thanks to a few head-scratching losses. In 2018 Purdue spoiled the Buckeyes’ party, and the year prior it was Iowa. In 2016 OSU made the Playoff – an embarrassing shutout to Clemson – despite a loss to Penn State. The Nittany Lions will look to shut Day out of the semifinals with an upset in Week 12.

1. LSU vs. Alabama: November 9th, 2019 – Bryant-Denny Stadium

The Iron Bowl could make the list every year, but LSU vs. Alabama has rivalry mixed with almost sure Playoff and Heisman implications. The Tide and Tigers are undefeated to this point, with Ed Orgeron’s team holding on against Auburn. LSU had two turnovers on downs and an interception but proved they can even if their offense isn’t clicking. ‘Bama owns the series, winning each of the last 8 meetings, but LSU has themselves a quarterback. Joe Burrow is now the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy at +170 odds according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Nick Saban may be the GOAT, but QB Tua Tagovailoa suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 8 and could be limited when the Bayou Bengals come to town.

Apologies to Clemson fans would be in order if not for a little thing called a crazy soft schedule. The Tigers are so dominant – save for a nailbiter at North Carolina – that they aren’t likely to be tested again until the ACC title game.

That ‘Clemson vs. Whoever’ matchup will definitely be one to watch along with the other conference title games, but there are many games we can’t wait to watch along the way. We’re more than halfway through the College Football season, but there’s still plenty to be decided before the College Football Playoff.

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media and DiMoro Enterprises LLC. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony hosts the Anthony DiMoro Show podcast, and formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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Heisman Trophy Finalists Include Joe Burrow, Justin fields, Jalen Hurts, Chase Young

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The finalists for the Heisman Trophy have been unveiled and LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and defensive end Chase Young are headed to New York this weekend for the 85th edition of the award for the most outstanding college football player.

The winner will be announced on Saturday night during a ceremony that kicks off at 8pm est on ESPN.

“In my opinion, he should win it,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said, according to ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura. “In my opinion, he’s going to win it. The best thing about Joe is he’s a team player. All he wants to do is win this game. Individual awards are not high on his list. That’s what makes him such a great team player.”

While Burrow may have the most momentum heading into the ceremony, and is the likely number 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Young is the first Ohio State defensive player to finish in the top four in Heisman voting, and Young is the first defensive player from the Big Ten to do so since Michigan’s Charles Woodson won the award all the back in 1997.

Young led the nation with 16.5 sacks and in tackles for loss per game with 1.9.

Additionally, Ohio State is the seventh school to have multiple players invited to the Heisman ceremony in the same year, but the first to have both an offensive player and a defensive player.

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Rutgers Brings Back Greg Schiano with Eight-Year, $32 Million Deal

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Rutgers is bringing back Greg Schiano as their head coach following a lengthy negotiation process that has led to an eight-year, $32 million deal, according to ESPN.

“Today we open the next great chapter for Rutgers Football,” Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs said. “Coach Schiano is absolutely the best person to lead our program. He brings a quality of leadership and integrity that will make all of us proud in the years ahead. I couldn’t be more excited for our student-athletes and our fans.

“A lot of hard work lies ahead, but we will all keep chopping together with Coach to achieve success in the Big Ten. We all know what the goal is and we all must do our part. I can’t express enough appreciation to Greg and Christy Schiano, the first family of Rutgers Football. Welcome back!”

Schiano went 68-67 from 2001-2011 as Rutgers head coach.

“Rutgers University and this football program have meant the world to me and my family,” Schiano said in a statement put out by the school. “I arrived here in 2000 with the goal to build a program that would be a source of pride for the state of New Jersey and develop great young men. I look forward to embracing that challenge once again. This is a great opportunity for all of Rutgers to pull together to get us back to where we all know we belong. It will take everyone on this campus and in the State of Rutgers to get this done.”

Schiano left Rutgers in 2012 to become the head coach of the Tamp Bay Buccaneers, in a tenure that lasted just two years.

“I commend Rutgers Athletics Director Pat Hobbs and Coach Schiano for reaching an agreement following very complex negotiations to bring on this new, exciting chapter for Rutgers Athletics,” Rutgers President Robert Barchi said. “We are all thrilled to welcome Coach Schiano. He is the right coach at the right time to build our Big Ten football program into a long-running source of pride for Rutgers.”

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Ole Miss Fires Matt Luke

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Ole Miss is moving on from head coach Matt Luke, who was fired on Sunday following three seasons at the helm of the Rebels.

“After evaluating the overall trajectory of our football program, we did not see enough momentum on the field and determined a change is necessary in order for our student-athletes to compete at the highest level” Athletics director Keith Carter said in an official statement.

“While improvements were evident in certain aspects of the program, we are judged ultimately by our record, and, unfortunately, we did not meet the standard of success that we expect from our program. We will always be grateful to Coach Luke for his leadership, particularly from a recruiting, academic and overall culture standpoint. At the same time, winning is important, and we know that we can compete for championships at Ole Miss.

“A search is underway to find a new head coach who can build a complete program that attracts top talent, develops them as young men and sustains a winning mentality. We will be looking for the leadership, energy and commitment to excellence necessary to compete in the Southeastern Conference and galvanize our passionate fan base.”

Luke compiled a 15-21 record during his tenure at Ole Miss.

According to the Clarion Ledger’s Nick Suss, the firing of Luke was not well-received by some of the players, with some storming out of the team meeting angry over the decision.

Many are speculating that the Egg Bowl was what set the firing in motion. However, it is worth noting that attendance was becoming an issue in the midst of a losing season, and with a new athletic director in the fold, change was likely coming sooner or later.

 

 

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