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College Football Playoff: Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa says sprained ankle feeling good

Alabama quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa says his sprained ankle is feeling good two days before the Crimson Tide play Clemson for the national championship.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 8:07 p.m.

Eastern Washington star Jay-Tee Tiuli misses FCS national title game against North Dakota State

Eastern Washington nose tackle Jay-Tee Tiuli, the Big Sky Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year, did not play in Saturday’s FCS national championship game against North Dakota State.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 12:29 p.m.

Recap and highlights: Easton Stick’s five touchdowns pace North Dakota State in 38-24 national title win over Eastern Washington

Seven times in the last eight years, various opponents have tried to stand in the way of the green and gold FCS machine known as North Dakota State.


Former Eastern Washington, Dallas safety Matt Johnson hopes Eagles, Cowboys make Saturday a day to remember

The stars in Texas, big and bright as they say, aligned somewhat perfectly this weekend for one former Eastern Washington football player.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 10:58 p.m.

John Blanchette: Eastern Washington hoping to make Frisco a home away from The Inferno

Nobody could have envisioned the stupefying way they won their 2010 national championship – unless, of course, they’d reviewed the tapes of all the other games Eastern Washington’s Eagles won …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 10:53 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Eagles likely to face road-game atmosphere at Toyota Stadium

It’s not Fargo, but it might as well be.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 9:08 p.m.

Eastern Washington must again beat the odds to top North Dakota State for national title

Eastern Washington wasn’t expected to win a Big Sky Conference title – let alone reach the FCS national championship game – when its most recognizable figure, All-American quarterback Gage Gubrud, …


QB Justin Fields confirms transfer to Ohio State from Georgia

Quarterback Justin Fields confirmed Friday night he is transferring to Ohio State following one season as Georgia’s backup.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 7:27 p.m.

Dual-threat sophomore Eric Barriere the next star in long line of decorated Eastern Washington quarterbacks

Erik Meyer, the first in Eastern Washington’s string of All-American quarterbacks since 2005, nearly swallowed his whistle the first time he saw Eric Barriere operate.


Hall of Fame college football coach George Welsh dies

George Welsh, who coached football at Virginia for 19 years and retired as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s career victories leader, has died.


Oklahoma hires former WSU assistant Alex Grinch as defensive coordinator

Oklahoma has hired Ohio State co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Alex Grinch as defensive coordinator.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 4:07 p.m.

Clemson-Alabama IV has precedents in other sports

Playoff games between Clemson and Alabama that determine college football’s champions have become as regular an occurrence in the winter as Golden State-Cleveland NBA Finals matchups are each spring.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

From Lamonte McDougle to Mike Leach’s reunion with Dana Holgorsen, 19 reasons to follow Washington State in 2019

Officially, WSU doesn’t kick off again for another 240 days, but it’s never too early to peer into the future.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 10:48 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Jay-Tee Tiuli makes the trip, but playing status not yet determined

Eastern Washington nose tackle Jay-Tee Tiuli donned a game jersey and red football pants Thursday as he posed for a team picture at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 12:54 a.m.

Blueprint to beat the Bison: Eastern Washington will have to slow North Dakota State rushing attack, force turnovers

Some of the most proven coaches in the country have burnt the midnight oil looking for Bison frailties, but their searches were often fruitless.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 8:21 p.m.

Official, unofficial watch parties give local Eastern Washington fans plenty of viewing options for national title game

The Eastern Washington University Alumni Association is hosting two official viewing parties for Saturday’s game, which kicks off at 9 a.m. PT at Toyota Stadium in Frisco.


John Blanchette: Please dig into your pockets to relocate these Bison

Please consider funding a budget bump that will entice North Dakota State into battle with the Alabamas and Washington States of the college universe, and save the rest of the …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 5:37 p.m.

Longtime Washington State Director of Football Operations Antonio Huffman leaving Cougars for Texas Tech

The former Red Raiders cornerback was a three-year starter for Leach at Tech and returns to his alma mater more than 10 years after his playing career ended. Formerly the …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 4:22 p.m.

Tickets for College Football Playoff title game between Alabama, Clemson available for cheap

Tickets for the CFP title game between Alabama and Clemson have never been cheaper.


Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa headlines AP’s all-bowl team

Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama outdueled Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl to earn his spot as the quarterback of The Associated Press …


Clemson’s NFL prospects step closer to championship goals

Clemson All-American defensive tackle Christian Wilkins is grateful for the journey he has taken during his final college season. But he says he hasn’t reached his destination yet. The second-ranked …


Gutsy calls by a gambling Nick Saban have turned title games

Nick Saban showed he’s capable of derring-do in Alabama’s past two national championship game wins. The coach famed for his scowl, his process and his meticulous down-to-the-tiniest detail nature has …


Ralph D. Russso: Expand playoff to get the guess work out of the game

The satisfying simplicity of sports is in the definitive result. A game is played. There is a winner and a loser and the winner gets a reward.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 9:43 a.m.

Eastern Washington, North Dakota State players look back at 2010 FCS quarterfinal

Eight years after meeting in the 2010 FCS quarterfinals, Eastern Washington and North Dakota State are the gold standard of the decade.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 11:29 a.m.

Similarities between the 2010 and 2018 Frisco-bound Eastern Washington teams

When Eastern Washington clipped Delaware 20-19 in the 2010 FCS national title game, it prevailed without one of the most electric players in the country.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019, 6:22 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Washington still looks for signature win under head coach Chris Petersen

UW didn’t look prepared for Tuesday’s Rose Bowl, coming out flat in the first half and punting on six of its first seven drives en route to its third consecutive …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019, 8:32 p.m.

Houston hires coach Dana Holgorsen away from West Virginia

Houston hired West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen as its coach Wednesday, ending his eight-year run with the Mountaineers.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019, 6:14 p.m.

Washington safety Taylor Rapp declares for NFL draft

Washington safety Taylor Rapp has declared for the NFL draft, giving up his final year of eligibility after being a second-team AP All-America selection.


Purdue super fan who inspired with fight against cancer dies

Tyler Trent, a former Purdue University student and college football super fan who inspired many with his battle against cancer, died Tuesday. He was 20 years old.


Iowa rallies past No. 18 Mississippi State in Outback Bowl

Safety Jake Gervase made an interception in the end zone to help preserve a late lead, and ball-hawking Iowa Hawkeyes beat No. 18 Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl 27-22 …