Saturday, December 31, 2016

BYU 81, Loyola Marymount 76: Cougars rally late behind Haws' 20-point effort

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By: Devin Larkins
Twitter: @MotownApe

LOS ANGELES— On the last day of 2016, the Brigham Young University Cougars put on a late flurry in the game to scrap together an 81-76 win over the Loyola Marymount University Lions (7-6, 0-2 West Coast Conference).  

BYU will begin its 2017 calendar year with a four-game winning streak.

This game was a battle of who would hit a clutch shot last, which turned out to be BYU (11-4, 2-0 WCC). BYU freshman guard T.J. Haws of knocked down two three-point shots in the last two minutes of the game. 

“I felt like our biggest thing in the second half was energy,” Haws said.

Game Recap:

LMU played very well against BYU during the first half by attacking the paint early and often. This was shown by senior center Stefan Jovanovic, who scored eight points, on 3-of-3 from the field and two free throw makes in the first 16 minutes. 

BYU shot a paltry 35 percent from the field to finish the first half and went  8-of-14 on from the free throw line. 

Cougars coach Dave Rose believed his team lost its edge at numerous points in the game.

“The [Cougars] lost our composure a few times," Rose said. 

Composure served in LMU's favor as it help a 47-29 lead at the half on BYU.

Beginning the second half, BYU played with much more energy and execution than the first. After trading baskets with the Lions, Cougars forward Yoeli Childs took upon himself to help the team fight back into the game on both ends of the court and finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. 

At the 6:54 mark, Haws hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 68-65. The Lions kept fighting to hold their lead as Trevor Manuel of  dunked the ball, holding on to their 74-69 lead with 3:41 remaining in the game.

BYU's Eric Mika added sturdy rebounding and made shots from the paint and finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. 

At the two-minute mark Haws hits another three-pointer to tie the game at 76. Haws was not complete with his big game shooting, hitting yet another long-range make with 39 seconds remaining to put BYU ahead.

Haws' triple would be too much for LMU to overcome as BYU lead for the rest of the game.

With any young team, letdowns are more prone to occur and LMU coach Mike Dunlap admitted its breakdown.

“The [Lions] missed a host of free throws—[There was no] executing under pressure," Dunlap said. 

"Defensive execution and offensive execution. We’re [Lions] making those strides, and just have to get better there.”

Looking Ahead:

On Jan. 5, both teams return to the hardwood as BYU travels to take on No. 19 Saint Mary’s at the McKeon Pavilion, while LMU makes the short drive up the coast to face Pepperdine University in a Los Angeles-area rivalry. 

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Valparaiso 70, UIC 59: Peters' double-double streak extends to five games

                                                               Photo Credit: Geno Green

CHICAGO— On the eve of New Year's Eve, Valparaiso Crusaders phenom Alec Peters put together another typical double-double effort seen eight times this season— 18 points and 11 rebounds, in a 70-59 win over the UIC Flames (7-6, 0-1 Horizon League) to open conference play.

For most players in college basketball, recording a double-double can be a significant achievement, but Peters has done it with ease in the last five games for Valparaiso (11-3, 1-0 Horizon).

Despite being held to seven points in the first half and scoreless for the first 12:18 of the second, Peters came alive and scored 11 points in the final 7:42 to help Valparaiso pull away from UIC.

UIC coach Steve McClain threw a series of players on Peters, but eventually made impact in the paint and gave credit to the senior for making adjustments.

"The last five minutes, Alec Peters took over in the game and that was the difference," McClain said. "We kept Alec off the free throw line for most of the game, but [Matt] got him in positions where he could score."

Another star performance came courtesy of another Crusdaer starter, Tevonn Walker. After being a non-factor for most of the first half due to foul trouble, Walker finished with a season-high 23 points, on eight-of-nine from the field in 29 minutes, highlighted by a personal 8-2 run in the second half.

"I felt good about it, despite some of the shots not falling initially," Walker said. "They harp on me all the time about being aggressive every time on the floor and tonight, everything clicked."

Valparaiso coach Matt Lottich believes playing against some of the top guards in the country prepared Walker for moments like the league opener.

"I have told Tevonn before that there are not a lot of guards that are better than you," Lottich said. "He has gone up against the likes of Malik Monk from Kentucky and when aggressive, there is nothing that can stop [Tevonn]."

UIC center Tai Odiase, who came into the game tied for 24th in Division I with 2.46 blocks per game, finished with a game-high four, to go along with 11 points and seven rebounds and gave Peters problems for the most of the game with his help defense.

The script did not begin as planned for Valparaiso as Peters lost a contact lens on his right eye at the 16:29 mark and ran straight to the dressing room to get another one as Valpo trailed UIC, 7-3.

In the process, UIC maintained its lead before Peters sprinted back onto the court 1:52 later and made his presence known in a different format— penetrating to the paint and reading UIC's double team and distributing the ball to Max Joseph for a layup to help spearhead a Valpo 10-0 run over 3:59 to go ahead 19-14.

Peters accomplished another milestone at the 6:01 mark as he moved into second on the Crusaders' all-time career rebounds list.

The Crusaders maintained the lead through the remainder of the first half going into the locker room ahead of the Flames 31-24, despite enduring foul trouble as starters Walker and Shane Hammink, who scored a game-high 22 points vs Chicago State on Dec. 28, sat at various points with two fouls each.

Hammink's second foul made the most impact as it doubled as a technical after being called for traveling violation, which he reacted with choice words to the official and was benched as a result.

The foul bug passed on to Peters as he picked up his second and third personal fouls in a 1:44 stretch to begin the second half as Valparaiso maintained a 38-30 lead with its star player still on the court.

The Flames began to take advantage of Peters playing more off-ball defense to avoid a fourth foul as they went on a 7-0 run over a 1:24 stretch.

Clinging to a 51-46 lead with 6:30 left in regulation and in need of a spark, Hammink’s inbounds pass helped set up Peters at the left baseline as he collected the ball and delivered his first triple of the game after going 0-for-4 beforehand.

Peters’ offensive spark would be the edge Valparaiso needed as it led by as many as 12 points with 1:39 left in regulation and pulled away for its fourth win in the last five games.

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No. 19 Saint Mary's 72, Loyola Marymount 60: Gaels rally after slow start in their WCC opener

                               Photo Credit: Associated Press

By: Devin Larkins
Twitter: @MotownApe

The No. 19 Saint Mary’s Gaels (11-1,1-0 West Coast Conference) extended their winning streak to five games going tonight beating the Loyola Marymount University Lions 72-60, in a contest where both teams played not totally up to par to start WCC play.

Saint Mary’s started the night a tad sluggish letting LMU (7-5, 0-1 WCC) play aggressive and dictate the pace. Yet, with the play from Gaels center Jock Landale and guard Emmett Naar, they held off from what would have been a major setback to begin the conference season.

From what history showed in the last meeting between these two teams, LMU hangs tough, but the patience and presence of the Gaels overthrows them.

In the teams' last meeting in the 2015-16 WCC semifinal, Saint Mary's let LMU hang around and then flipped a switch to power its way to a 60-48 win. 

Naar led the team in scoring tonight with 19 points. Albeit a quiet 18 points knocking shots down through the game while shooting 6-of-9 from the field but in addition to icing 5-of-6 free throws.

Game Recap:

From the beginning, LMU would be aggressive on defense, yet for every run Saint Mary’s countered with its paint presence led by Landale's 18 points, on 6-of-10 from the field, on 6-of-10 from the field and a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Gaels began to force their way on the Lions. Every time the Lions would try to get out and run the Gaels would slow them down and dump the ball into the big man Landale. Things were not all great for the Gaels as they managed to turn the ball over 19 times throughout the game.

Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett knows the process is still in progress, despite the strong start to the season.

"The [Gaels] played well in some areas and bad in others-- But, we will take the win," Bennett said.

The 19 turnovers were forced by a very resilient defense by the Lions and coach Mike Dunlap took solace in the solid play and how he emphasizes that in recruiting.

“One, it is in their DNA. Let’s give them full credit," Dunlap said. "Two, we like to play up the floor, that is part of our recruitment. We try to get guys who can play in space.”

Midway through the second half, Trevor Manuel, who finished with a team-high 18 points for LMU, made a great play and jumped in front of the driving Gaels player to take a charge. This gave the Lions a massive momentum boost and it appeared as if they would make a charge to pulling an upset of the Gaels.

Yet again, their momentum was ended by the big and little combination of Londale and Naar as the Gaels held off the Lions in the first of many road tests in conference play.

Looking Ahead:

Both teams return to action on New Year's Eve as Saint Mary's heads down Interstate 5 for a home meeting with the San Diego Toreros on New Year's Eve, while Loyola Marymount hosts BYU.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

CSO's 2016-17 college basketball conference schedule

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With Christmas out of the way, conference games begin for most teams this week and here are the ones we will cover this season at CSO:

NOTE: More games will be added as the conference season moves along.

Dec. 29- Basketball- Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount, 10 p.m.

Dec. 31- Basketball- BYU at Loyola Marymount, 3 p.m.

Jan. 2- Women’s basketball- Providence at DePaul, 8 p.m.

Jan. 3- Women’s basketball- Ohio State at Northwestern, 8 p.m.

Jan. 6- Basketball- Detroit Mercy at UIC, 7 p.m.

Jan. 7- Basketball- San Diego at Pepperdine, 3 p.m.

Jan. 10- Basketball- Providence at DePaul, 8 p.m.

Jan. 13- Women’s basketball- Butler at DePaul, 7 p.m.

Jan. 14- Basketball- DePaul at Marquette, 1 p.m.

Jan. 16- Basketball- Marquette at Butler, 11 a.m.

Jan. 17- Women’s basketball- Michigan State at Northwestern, 8 p.m.

Jan. 21- Basketball- Butler at DePaul, 1 p.m. 

Jan. 25- Basketball- Bradley at Loyola (CHI), 7 p.m.

Jan. 28- (CSO Super Saturday) Basketball- Providence at Marquette, 1 p.m. and No. 3 Gonzaga at Pepperdine, 9 p.m.

Jan. 31- Basketball- Georgetown at DePaul, 8 p.m.

Feb. 3- Women’s basketball- St. John’s at No. 21 DePaul, 7 p.m.

Feb. 4- Basketball- Marquette at DePaul, 1 p.m.

Feb. 5- Women’s basketball- Seton Hall at No. 21 DePaul, 2 p.m.

Feb. 9- Basketball- No. 3 Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount, 9 p.m.

Feb. 11- Basketball- No. 16 Creighton at DePaul, 1 p.m. and No. 3 Gonzaga at No. 21 Saint Mary's, 9 p.m.

Feb. 13- Basketball- No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8 p.m.

Feb. 19- Women’s basketball- No. 21 DePaul at Marquette, 1 p.m.

Feb. 21- Basketball- Green Bay at UIC, 7 p.m.

Feb. 22- Basketball- Drake at Loyola (CHI), 7 p.m.

Feb. 24- Women's basketball- Villanova at No. 21 DePaul, 7 p.m.

Feb. 25- Basketball- Seton Hall at DePaul, 1 p.m.

Feb. 26- Women’s Basketball- Georgetown at No. 21 DePaul, Noon

March 4- Basketball- No. 16 Creighton at Marquette, 1:30 p.m.

March 11- Basketball- BIG EAST Championship Game (Madison Square Garden), 4:30 p.m.

March 16-19- Men's Division I NCAA Tournament, Time TBA

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Marquette and DePaul stand out among the top of the BIG EAST as conference play nears

                   Photo Credits: Marquette Athletics/DePaul Athletics

As Christmas nears, one thing is for certain– the gift that is BIG EAST women's basketball looms once more.

Coming into the regular season, the Creighton Blue Jays' expectations were sky high as they were tied with the DePaul Blue Demons in the conference preseason poll and returned leading scorer Marissa Janning after missing most of last season with a broken leg.

The possibly of contending can exist as league play starts on Dec. 28, but a 5-4 start from Creighton has given way for Marquette's 8-2 mark in non-conference play, highlighted by wins over No. 18 Arizona State and No. 22 Oregon State.

Given how some of the non-conference opponents have overlapped with several BIG EAST schools, DePaul coach Doug Bruno is not surprised at all about Marquette's start.

"I have not had the need yet to see [Marquette] and any other conference opponents because some they play people that are on our schedule," Bruno said.

The Golden Eagles' fast start has been fueled by sophomore Allazia Blockton's league-leading 18.5 points per game, along with 5.4 rebounds per game.

"We know Marquette pretty well and while they might be a surprise to most, they return their talented freshman [Allazia Blockton] from a season ago and will be a solid contender," Bruno said.

Two more Golden Eagles are in the Top 10 in scoring (Natisha Hiedeman, eighth at 14.3 PPG and Erika Davenport, tenth at 13.8 PPG).

Despite a 1-3 mark against top 25 teams in the non-conference slate, DePaul remains as the class of the conference, despite an 8-4 record and out of the Associated Press poll as of Dec. 19. 

DePaul's only win against a ranked team came against No. 11 Syracuse, who played in the Final Four last season.

Jessica January has lived up to the billing of preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year as she leads the Blue Demons in points (16.1), assists (6.8), and steals (2.4) per game.

The Blue Demons were dealt a significant blow at the start of the season as projected starting center Mart'e Grays went down with a season-ending knee injury and were forced to adjust to a smaller lineup.

Amarah Coleman has been the benefactor from Grays' injury with an average of 9.9 PPG in 12 starts for DePaul.

With each BIG EAST team playing eight games in 18 days to kick off league play, Bruno knows it will be a grind with the depth from top to bottom.

"The whole league will be up for grabs and a lot of teams will make noise this season," Bruno said. "There's good wins in this league coming from every direction and as tough as our losses to Notre Dame, UConn, Baylor and Temple were, we had some solid wins against teams like Northwestern and Syracuse."

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Candy Cain: DePaul's sharpshooter responds in the second half in an 81-78 win over Southeast Missouri State

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As the snowflakes fell in the apex of winter in Chicago, Eli Cain has emerged as a beacon of light in an otherwise shaky non-conference season for the DePaul Blue Demons (7-4).

Coming into Monday's game, Cain led all BIG EAST scorers at 21.1 per game and left off from Saturday's career-high, 31-point effort vs Chicago State with 15 points in a 81-78 win over Southeast Missouri State at Allstate Arena.

15 points sounds like a solid effort for any great player, but the first half proved to be a roller coaster of emotions for Cain.

Cain struggled from the field missing two of his three attempts in the first 4:20. To add insult to injury, Cain found himself in foul trouble in that span with two and was forced to sit as R.J. Curington entered in his place.

Cain cheered from the sidelines as the Blue Demons remained in command of Southeast Missouri State at 15-8 in the 11:31 mark in the first half.

DePaul remained ahead by seven, when Cain returned with 5:44 left, but picked up his third foul 37 seconds later. His presence would be missed as SE Missouri State went on a 22-4 run and faced a 42-33 deficit into the early stages of the second half.

With as many turnovers as fouls, Cain looked to be on the verge of evaporating into thin air and DePaul coach Dave Leitao addressed the errors made in the first half.

"I think where [Eli] is heading as an athlete and a basketball player is in a really good place, but foul trouble is usually a by-product of being late to things," Leitao said. "He didn't read the defense or not quick enough to get on either side of the ball."

Facing its biggest deficit of the game at 12 with 15:26 and with two points total, Cain's resurgence began as he made move a move to the paint and was fouled hard by Denzel Mahoney and knocked down both free throws.

The free throws put DePaul within 10 of SE Missouri State and later went a 12-0 run— capped by a triple from Cain from the wing to pull within two.

With both teams exchanging leads in the latter part of the second half, Cain's two free throw makes put the Blue Demons ahead at 64-63 with 5:34 left.

After a layup from Antonius Cleveland, Cain then contributed to DePaul's next eight points (two long-range makes and an assist). Cain lived up to the billing as the conference's top scorer and felt at ease as the Blue Demons clung to a 72-67 lead with 3:27 remaining and held on for the three-point win.

13 of Cain's 15 points came in the second half and Leitao acknowledged the no quit mentality of the sophomore.

"[Eli's] bounce back ability continues to tell me what I already know and that is he has a lot of good stuff as a skill player, but brings more as a person," Leitao said. 

As the Notorious B.I.G. once said, the sky's the limit for Cain, but with BIG EAST play a week away, now is the best time for the total package to come full circle.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

CSO Bowl Bash I picks and confidence points

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Welcome the inaugural edition of the CSO Bowl Bash, which kicks off with the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 17, all the way to the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2.

Me, DaVaughn Lucas, Jeremy Rosenberg and Ryan Larimore will be a part of the 16-day journey for bragging rights.

NOTE: Rankings reflect the CSO Mock College Football Playoff Committee Top 25.

New Mexico Bowl- New Mexico vs. Texas-San Antonio
Green- New Mexico (1)
Rosenberg- New Mexico (32)
Lucas- Texas-San Antonio (7)
Larimore- New Mexico (20)

Las Vegas Bowl- Houston vs. San Diego State
Green- San Diego State (11)
Rosenberg- San Diego State (1)
Lucas- Houston (10)
Larimore- Houston (14)

Cure Bowl- UCF vs. Arkansas State
Green- Arkansas State (4)
Rosenberg- Central Florida (6)
Lucas- Arkansas State (23)
Larimore- Central Florida (4)

Camellia Bowl- Appalachian State vs. Toledo
Green- Appalachian State (12)
Rosenberg- Appalachian State (7)

Lucas- Toledo (28)                                                                                                                                                                  
Larimore- Toledo (19)

New Orleans Bowl- Southern Miss vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Green- Southern Miss (3)
Rosenberg- Southern Miss (3)
Lucas- Southern Miss (14)
Larimore- Southern Miss (15)

Miami Beach Bowl- Central Michigan vs. Tulsa
Green- Central Michigan (5)
Rosenberg- Tulsa (36)
Lucas- Central Michigan (34)
Larimore- Central Michigan (5)

Boca Raton Bowl- Memphis vs. Western Kentucky
Green- Western Kentucky (13)
Rosenberg- Memphis (22)
Lucas- Western Kentucky (36)
Larimore- Western Kentucky (28)

Poinsettia Bowl- BYU vs. Wyoming
Green- BYU (39)
Rosenberg- BYU (36)
Lucas- BYU (21)
Larimore- BYU (17)

Idaho Potato Bowl- Idaho vs. Colorado State
Green- Colorado State (14)
Rosenberg- Colorado State (8)
Lucas- Idaho (26)
Larimore- Idaho (16)

Bahamas Bowl- Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion
Green- Old Dominion (40)
Rosenberg- Old Dominion (10)
Lucas- Eastern Michigan (39)
Larimore- Eastern Michigan (18)

Armed Forces Bowl- Navy vs. Louisiana Tech
Green- Navy (28)
Rosenberg- Navy (27)
Lucas- Navy (27)
Larimore- Navy (27)

Dollar General Bowl- Ohio vs. Troy
Green- Troy (29)
Rosenberg-Troy (21)
Lucas- Ohio (29)
Larimore- Troy (6)

Hawaii Bowl- Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee
Green- Middle Tennessee (2)
Rosenberg- Middle Tennessee (16)
Lucas- Hawaii (37)
Larimore- Hawaii (13)

St. Petersburg Bowl- Miami (OH) vs. Mississippi State
Green- Mississippi State (15)
Rosenberg- Mississippi State (30)
Lucas- Mississippi State (35)
Larimore- Mississippi State (32)

Quick Lane Bowl- Maryland vs. Boston College
Green- Maryland (16)
Rosenberg- Boston College (9)
Lucas- Boston College (33)
Larimore- Maryland (7)

Independence Bowl- NC State vs. Vanderbilt
Green- Vanderbilt (17)
Rosenberg- Vanderbilt (11)
Lucas- NC State (30)
Larimore- NC State (9)

Heart of Dallas Bowl- Army vs. North Texas
Green- Army (6)
Rosenberg- Army (28)
Lucas- North Texas (38)                                                                                                                                         
Larimore- North Texas (8)

Military Bowl- Temple vs. Wake Forest
Green- Temple (18)
Rosenberg- Temple (17)
Lucas- Temple (9)
Larimore- Temple (35)

Holiday Bowl- Minnesota/Northern Illnois vs. Washington State
Green- Minnesota (19)

Rosenberg- Washington State (39)
Lucas- Washington State (22)
Larimore- Washington State (36)

Cactus Bowl- Boise State vs. Baylor
Green- Boise State (10)
Rosenberg- Boise State (14)
Lucas- Boise State (24)
Larimore- Boise State (29)

Pinstripe Bowl- Northwestern vs. No. 24 Pittsburgh
Green- Pittsburgh (38)
Rosenberg- Pittsburgh (25)
Lucas- Pittsburgh (4)
Larimore- Northwestern (9)

Russell Athletic Bowl- No. 13 West Virginia vs. Miami (FL)
Green- Miami (FL) (27)
Rosenberg- West Virginia (4)
Lucas- Miami (FL) (25)
Larimore- West Virginia (21)

Foster Farms Bowl- Indiana vs. No. 25 Utah
Green- Utah (30)
Rosenberg- Utah (40)
Lucas- Indiana (8)
Larimore- Utah (22)

Texas Bowl- Texas A&M vs. Kansas State
Green- Texas A&M (9)
Rosenberg- Texas A&M (24)
Lucas- Texas A&M (11)
Larimore- Texas A&M (23)

Birmingham Bowl- No. 23 South Florida vs. South Carolina
Green- South Florida (32)
Rosenberg- South Carolina (15)
Lucas- South Carolina (13)
Larimore- South Florida (1)

Belk Bowl- Arkansas vs. No. 18 Virginia Tech
Green- Virginia Tech (33)
Rosenberg- Virginia Tech (26)
Lucas- Arkansas (16)
Larimore- Virginia Tech (24)

Alamo Bowl- No. 12 Oklahoma State vs. No. 14 Colorado
Green- Oklahoma State (22)
Rosenberg- Colorado (23)
Lucas- Oklahoma State (18)
Larimore- Colorado (39)

Liberty Bowl- Georgia vs. TCU
Green- TCU (20)
Rosenberg- Georgia (31)
Lucas- Georgia (32)
Larimore- TCU (10)

Sun Bowl- No. 16 Stanford vs. North Carolina
Green- Stanford (26)
Rosenberg- Stanford (20)
Lucas- North Carolina (31)
Larimore- Stanford (38)

Music City Bowl- No. 21 Nebraska vs. Tennessee
Green- Nebraska (34)
Rosenberg- Tennessee (18)
Lucas- Nebraska (40)
Larimore- Tennessee (25)

Arizona Bowl- South Alabama vs. Air Force
Green- Air Force (8)
Rosenberg- Air Force (34)
Lucas- South Alabama (6)
Larimore- South Alabama (11)

Orange Bowl- No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 11 Florida State
Green- Michigan (25)
Rosenberg- Florida State (2)
Lucas- Michigan (15)
Larimore- Michigan (37)

Citrus Bowl- No. 19 LSU vs. No. 15 Louisville
Green- Louisville (35)
Rosenberg- LSU (5)
Lucas- LSU (17)
Larimore- Louisville (12)

TaxSlayer Bowl- Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky
Green- Georgia Tech (7)
Rosenberg- Georgia Tech (29)
Lucas- Georgia Tech (19)
Larimore- Georgia Tech (31)

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (CFP Semifinal)- No. 4 Washington vs. No. 1 Alabama
Green- Alabama (31)
Rosenberg- Alabama (38)
Lucas- Alabama (1)
Larimore- Alabama (40)

Fiesta Bowl (CFP Semifinal)- No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 2 Ohio State
Green- Ohio State (24)
Rosenberg- Clemson (19)
Lucas- Ohio State (2)
Larimore- Ohio State (34)

Outback Bowl- No. 22 Iowa vs. No. 20 Florida
Green- Iowa (36)
Rosenberg- Iowa (13)
Lucas- Florida (20)
Larimore- Florida (33)

Cotton Bowl- No. 9 Western Michigan vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Green- Wisconsin (23)
Rosenberg- Wisconsin (37)
Lucas- Western Michigan (3)
Larimore- Wisconsin (26)

Rose Bowl- No. 10 USC vs. No. 5 Penn State
Green- USC (21)
Rosenberg- USC (12)
Lucas- USC (5)
Larimore- USC (30)

Sugar Bowl- No. 17 Auburn vs. No. 7 Oklahoma
Green- Oklahoma (37)

Rosenberg- Oklahoma (32)
Lucas- Auburn (12)
Larimore- Oklahoma (3)