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Senior Digital Producer — USA Today
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Senior digital producer @USATODAYsports helping with coverage of college football and other sports. On two wheels in my free time.

Why history is against No. 1 Ohio State repeating as national champions — Eight have tried. Eight have failed. Now, it's Ohio State's turn. The Buckeyes are the ninth college football team to win the national title and start the following season No. 1 in the preseason rankings since USA TODAY Sports started administering the Amway Coaches Poll in 1991.

Bowl projections: Ohio State barely beats TCU, Baylor for playoff spot — Alabama and Oregon left no doubt about their inclusion with impressive victories to win conference championship games. Florida State did what it has done all year: Play well enough to stay unbeaten. That makes three easy choices for the College Football Playoff. That leaves three teams for one spot.
Dec 07, 2014

Ah...Bowl projections: Ohio State barely beats TCU, Baylor for playoff spot per @usatoday…

Dec 07, 2014

Oddly enough, USA Today has same matchups, but flipped - Ole Miss-TCU in Peach, MSU-Baylor in Cotton. via @Qsports

Dec 07, 2014

RT @cookescott: .@usatoday Bowl projections: Clemson vs Missouri in Buffalo Wild Wings bowl. Carolina vs Notre Dame in Belk Bowl.…

Bowl projections: TCU controls playoff fate ahead of Ohio State, Baylor — The College Football Playoff committee has spoken and it's clear TCU will be in the final four if the Horned Frogs can post an impressive win against Iowa State. The move of TCU to third in this week's ranking ahead of Florida State will make it hard for Ohio State or Baylor to pass the Frogs if the top four teams all win.
Dec 03, 2014

RT @USATODAY: The College Football Playoff panel has spoken, and TCU is looking good for the final four:

Dec 03, 2014

Bowl projections: Hawkeyes to the ... Quick Lane Bowl? via @Qsports

Bowl projections: Ohio State still has slight playoff edge — Alabama and Oregon held serve, while Florida State again survived a close call. That leaves just one playoff spot up for grabs between Ohio State, TCU and Baylor. Not much changed for this trio last week with both the Buckeyes and Bears starting fast and struggling late in wins at home as the Horned Frogs had the week off.

College football's Week 13 winners and losers — Bowl eligibility seemed like a long shot for Arkansas when it was 4-5 and had three ranked opponents left on the schedule. The Razorbacks defense had other ideas. One week after blanking LSU, Arkansas locked up Mississippi and Bo Wallace, holding the Rebels scoreless and forcing six turnovers including an interception return for a touchdown.

Bowl projections: Ohio State in position for final playoff spot — The biggest revelation of the latest College Football Playoff rankings wasn't the move of Alabama to No. 1. It was the rise of Ohio State past Baylor into the sixth spot. That adjustment opens the door for the Buckeyes to claim the final playoff spot if they win out.
Nov 19, 2014

RT @TheFootballFour: Updated Bowl Projections from @USATODAYSports have Ohio State in position for final @CFBPlayoff spot

Nov 19, 2014

USA TODAY Bowl projections: | Mississippi State vs. Baylor in Jan. 1 Cotton, Ole Miss vs. Marshall in Dec. 31 Peach.

Bowl projections: Alabama falls out; Baylor moves in to College Football Playoff — First things first. Bowl projections attempts to predict how the College Football Playoff committee will choose its teams. It is not an indication of which teams SHOULD be in the playoff. Alabama survived LSU last weekend, but asking the Crimson Tide to come back and beat Mississippi State and Auburn and likely Georgia in the SEC title game is too much.

College football winners and losers for Week 11 — No. 10 Baylor had never won in Norman, Okla. And the Bears' last defeat of a ranked opponent on the road came in 1991. Baylor erased both of those blemishes by pounding Oklahoma. After trailing early, the Bears scored the final 45 points in a 48-14 victory.
Nov 09, 2014

Alabama, Ohio State, Auburn and Notre Dame top list of this week's college winners and losers.

Bowl projections: TCU grabs place away from second SEC team — How crazy has the first two months of the season been? TCU was an afterthought during preseason talk about the College Football Playoff. The Horned Frogs have a great opportunity to make the field with a defeat of Kansas State this week.
Nov 05, 2014

Five weeks left and here's the @USATODAYsports bowl projections with some bad news for the SEC in the playoff.

Bowl projections: Names change, but SEC still has two playoff teams — Mississippi may have lost to LSU, but the SEC's road to the College Football Playoff still runs through Oxford. The Rebels will play Auburn and Mississippi State at home with a trip to Arkansas sandwiched in between those two games. Three wins puts Ole Miss in Atlanta for a likely meeting with Georgia.
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Aug 27, 2015

RT @KingJames: Wishing JZ-one of the good dudes I work with a safe and healthy recovery from surgery. See you at camp Champ!

Aug 27, 2015

Some great matchups in Champions League. Juventus-City. Arsenal-Bayern. Real-PSG. And then there's United-PSV.

Aug 27, 2015

Arsenal put with Bayern, United gets PSV. City still on track for Barca.

Aug 24, 2015

Definitely better fit. Eager to see how this works out, especially when Texas Tech visits in October.…

Aug 21, 2015

@KevinOnCFB Duh. I still don't think I'll accept Chris Petersen at Washington.

Aug 21, 2015

It will take some things breaking the right way, but Boise State and Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl would be pretty awesome.

Aug 20, 2015

Coincidence the Redskins offense line seems to block pretty well with RGIII not playing?

Aug 20, 2015

Redskins fully guaranteed RGIII's contract for $16.5 million if he is injured. Might want to play him in bubble wrap.

Aug 20, 2015

As RGIII continues to look nothing like the best quarterback in the NFL, it's another reminder how college football is nothing like the pros

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