SAN DIEGO - The mystery kept gnawing at Ohio State receivers coach Brian Hartline as preseason drills grew whiskers. Wiry wideout Chris Olave, a record-setter from San Marcos Mission Hills High, seemed so smart, grounded and committed. Why was he always the last guy to lock into his spot in the formation when the Buckeyes practiced up-tempo offense? Hartline became frustrated watching a player ...

OAKLAND, Calif. - When Kyler Murray was selected ninth overall by the A's in June's MLB draft, the thought of him actually having a shot to play in the NFL was a mere fantasy. He was the heir to 2017 Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, taking over as quarterback for a traditionally high-powered Oklahoma squad. But listed at just 5-foot-11 and around 195 pounds, there was no chance of Murray ...

What do we talk about when we talk about Urban Meyer? Do we mention that he beat No. 1 Alabama with his No. 3 quarterback? That he went undefeated at Utah? That he coached Tim Tebow and Ezekiel Elliott? That he'll retire with three national championships, the last two coming after he one-upped the Great Saban en route? Or do we talk about Zach Smith, whom Meyer hired at both Florida and Ohio ...

Not that Oklahoma really needed any more motivation facing archrival Texas in the Big 12 championship game Saturday. The Sooners have tons anyway. Ohio State's 62-39 thrashing of No. 4 Michigan has now provided the opening that Oklahoma needs for a return trip to the College Football Playoff - if the Sooners can avenge their only loss this season. The top four in the CFP rankings pretty much ...

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Michigan football woke up Saturday morning in control of its Big Ten title and College Football Playoff destiny. Knowing what we know now, it's almost ridiculous to think that was possible. Four years into Jim Harbaugh's tenure, four losses to Ohio State. Fourteen years without a Big Ten title. Fourteen losses in 15 tries in this once iconic rivalry. Countless letdowns. An ...

Jim Harbaugh needs to beat Ohio State. You could argue he has to beat Ohio State. But technically that isn't true. He isn't going anywhere, win or lose next week in Columbus. Still ... if he loses? Everything he has done the past two months fades to black. Rebuilding after a tough loss at Notre Dame. Demoralizing rival Michigan State. Demolishing Penn State. Brushing off Wisconsin like a ...

Looking back at what happened in Michigan's 21-7 win at Michigan State, and a look ahead toward a bye week. What we learned vs. MSU Big Ten's No. 1 U-M will enter its bye week as the only team in the Big Ten without a conference loss, which means the Wolverines are in sole possession of first place in the Big Ten East with four games to go. Ohio State's collapse at Purdue gives the Wolverines ...

The Red River Showdown has pretty much always been a big deal, a great rivalry with a State Fair backdrop and a split-down-the-middle Cotton Bowl. "Everybody knows what this game means," Texas defensive end Charles Omenihu said. Now it's back to being relevant on the national stage, something that had been lacking this decade. No. 7 Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) and No. 19 Texas (4-1, 2-0) are ...