Northwestern was looking to put an exclamation point on a standout 10-win season by dumping an SEC team. It didn’t happen for what has been one of the nation’s most surprising teams that opened 2015 with a win vs. Pac-12 champ Stanford. [ MORE: BOWL SCHEDULE | AP RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY ] The Wildcats lacked the big-play ability on offense to keep pace vs. the athletic Volunteers, one of the SEC’s fast-rising programs under Butch Jones that closed the year with six wins in a row in what was the largest margin of victory in Outback Bowl history.
Ohio State fans really enjoyed Ezekiel Elliott’s fourth touchdown run of the day vs. Notre Dame on Friday. Not only was it his fourth score, but the running back flashed Joey Bosa’s signature shrug in the end zone. Bosa, the back-to-back Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, was ejected in the first quarter for targeting. So, Elliott decided to honor his fellow standout junior. It was a nice gesture, especially because Bosa didn’t get an opportunity to do the celebration in his final game in an Ohio State uniform, this after announcing he will enter the 2016 NFL Draft.
Joey Bosa’s Ohio State career looks like it will come to an end earlier than expected. [ MORE: Check out the complete 2015-16 bowl schedule ] The star defensive lineman and two-time Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year was ejected for targeting in the first quarter of the Fiesta Bowl vs. Notre Dame on Friday. Bosa, a junior and one of the top pro prospects, recently announced he will enter the 2016 NFL Draft. Watch the targeting play above, which not only resulted in Bosa’s ejection but negated what turned out to be an Ohio State interception. Bosa apologized
It's New Year's Day, and that means it's all about Big Ten bowl games. There's a total of four Big Ten games today, culminating with the Rose Bowl Game, the Granddaddy of them All.
So many storylines dominated the Cotton Bowl matchup. Michigan State was making its first playoff appearance coming off a Big Ten title. Alabama was here last year, getting upset as the No. 1 seed by Ohio State, which went on to win the championship. Protégé (Mark Dantonio) was trying to beat mentor (Nick Saban). On it went. [ MORE: BOWL SCHEDULE | GALLERY | AP RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY ] In the end, it was all Alabama, which cruised to a 38-0 victory at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. BEST OF THE COTTON BOWL Best play: There were none
There are dedicated Michigan State fans all over the world. [ MORE: Track Michigan State vs. Alabama ] From East Lansing to Arlington and Ireland to Singapore, no matter the local time, Spartans fans are proudly cheering on their favorite team in the Cotton Bowl semifinal. We asked fans on Twitter to show us how they were watching the highly anticipated game vs. SEC champ Alabama, and the responses were impressive. If you’re interested, here’s our view tonight. Check out some of our favorite pictures fans sent our way below.
We scooped up our favorite photos from Thursday’s Cotton Bowl game between Michigan State and Alabama. Take a look in this post and make sure you follow us on Instagram, too.
(AP) Jake Coker played the game of his career, hooking up with Calvin Ridley for two touchdowns, as the second-ranked Crimson Tide aired it out to beat No. 3 Michigan State 38-0 Thursday night and advance to the national championship game. [ MORE: GALLERY | AP RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY ] Alabama (13-1) will face No. 1 Clemson (14-0), which put away Oklahoma in the first national semifinal, on Jan. 11 in Arizona looking for its fourth national title in nine seasons under coach Nick Saban. The Tide looked like a team with no weaknesses against overmatched Michigan State
Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa and running back Ezekiel Elliott will skip their senior seasons and declare for the NFL draft.
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart talked to some assistant football coaches who took on Alabama this season to get an insider's scouting report on the Crimson Tide offense and defense ahead of Michigan State's game in the Cotton Bowl. Here's what those coaches told our senior writer.