On the offensive: Both quarterbacks had an up-and-down game, but Connor Cook survived a few questionable throws to lead the Spartans to a fourth-quarter victory behind 304 yards and three touchdowns.
Thousands of Michigan State students have celebrated the football team's Big Ten title with large, rowdy bonfires.
INDIANAPOLIS _ Big Ten, there will be no national championship for you.
INDIANAPOLIS _ Michigan State's ticket to its first Rose Bowl since 1988 _ and the vanquished national title hopes of a resurrected Ohio State _ came down to a gamble.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Bobby Bowden's laughter was the soundtrack for Florida State's golden years as a consistent national title contender. Now the retooled Seminoles are poised to go platinum under Jimbo Fisher, with a confident march that sounds more like thunder.
INDIANAPOLIS _ Gone was the chance to win a national championship. Gone was the 24-game winning streak. Gone were most of the defenders who beat back the critics that persistently ridicule the Big Ten.
Mount Union 34, Washington & Jefferson 20
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ With a punishing hit on Rashad Greene, closing quickly to separate Greene from the ball and leave him stunned on the ground, Deondre Singleton served notice that Duke had not come to the ACC title game merely to collect a participation medal.
Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix III has signed with an agent and will forego his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft, where he is projected by many to be a first-round draft pick.
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For one night, there were smiles and laughter in the Rutgers' locker room again.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The path to perfection is nearly complete for Florida State.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Nobody plays defense like the Southeastern Conference. Remember that?
No. 1 Florida State (13-0) beat No. 20 Duke 45-7. Next: TBA.
Arkansas State will share the Sun Belt Conference football title after a loss by Louisiana-Lafayette.
ATLANTA _ At first it was intriguing. Then it got comical. Then it became ridiculous. The championship game of the conference that takes football most seriously had been rendered something other than real football. Arena football, maybe. Or the NBA in the days before teams started double-teaming.
Middle Tennessee will make its first bowl appearance in three years when the Blue Raiders play Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Why didn't Urban Meyer see that coming? Because Charles Davis sure did.
Thousands of Michigan State students and fans celebrated the football team's Big Ten title win Saturday night with large, rowdy bonfires.