A thrilling, historic double-overtime victory against Oklahoma has the University of Georgia headed to meet Alabama for the national title Monday at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Someone’s betting that a diehard fan is willing to pay $94,000 to be there.
Stubhub, the site where people can resell event tickets, has many tickets for sale – but the “cheap seats” start just under $2,100.
One eye-popping offering, though, is approaching six figures. A little research finds we’re actually talking about a suite (although it’s officially listed as “one ticket”), but still. That’s a pricey night out.
Bargain hunters, on the other hand, can try Vivid Seats, where tickets start at a mere $1,854.
Alabama football fans are passionate about their team. One Crimson Tide fan had to make a choice before Monday’s national semifinal game when her recreational vehicle caught fire near the Superdome: Stay with the vehicle, or attend the game?
You know the answer: She attended the game and was not disappointed as Alabama defeated top-ranked Clemson 24-6 in the Sugar Bowl to earn a spot in Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Atlanta.
Police said the RV caught fire around 11 a.m., WVUE reported. The blaze temporarily closed traffic in the area, but the New Orleans Fire Department quickly extinguished it, WVUE reported. No one was injured, police said.
The fan did not want to be identified, but did comment about the incident, WVUE reported.
“Roll, Tide,” she said.
It was a real slug fest on the way to a 24-6 win for Alabama.
The much anticipated Alabama-Clemson rematch didn’t quite give us everything we hoped for as the offense was not nearly as exciting as the last two matchups. It was a real slug fest on the way to a 24-6 win for Alabama.
Both teams went three-and-out on their first offensive possessions, but Alabama put up three points on the board on their second possession. Clemson failed to get anything done on yet another possession after that field goal and the Tide ended up going down the field and scoring on a pretty much broken play:
Clemson got its initial first down of the game about a minute into the second quarter and seemed to get a little more comfortable on that drive. It ended with a field goal, though, to make it 10-3 with about 10 minutes left in the half. However, they lost star freshman running back Travis Etienne early in the game to concussion-like symptoms.
Fortunately for Clemson, a missed field goal by Alabama kept the deficit to only seven points. Neither team got a foothold on offense, but the Crimson Tide just seemed to dominate and even held Clemson to 73 total yards in the first half. Alabama also more than doubled thatwith 182 of their own in the half.
Despite a fumble by Alabama to start the second half, Clemson was only able to get three points out of it to make it a 10-6 game as the offense still couldn’t get anything going. On the next possession, they seemed to be getting momentum as Kelly Bryant had gotten a few passes to go and was converting third downs, but had a costly turnover due to bad protection.
That led directly to a touchdown from Alabama and ironically enough, the receiver who caught it was the same guy who got the interception to get the Crimson Tide the ball in the first place.
And when Clemson got the ball back, things really unraveled as Bryant threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown by linebacker Mack Wilson.
That 24-6 score would hold to the fourth quarter as the total yards advantage went up to 225-99 in favor of Alabama after three quarters of play. This game was easily the worst offensive output of the season, if not the last few seasons, for Clemson and will surely send them back to the drawing board next season.
Clemson finished with 188 total yards while Alabama had 259 and the Tigers’ two turnovers were just too much to overcome as they both resulted in touchdowns for the other team. Crimson Tide running back Damien Harris had 18 carries for 75 yards while quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 120 yards and two touchdowns on the game.
Georgia and Alabama will meet for an all-SEC National Championship Game after the Bulldogs beat Oklahoma in overtime in the Rose Bowl. The game will be played Jan. 8 with a kickoff set for 8 p.m.
You can’t do this at every bowl destination. Wisconsin’s football team landed in Miami for the Orange Bowl earlier in the week, and between practices and team outings, a few teammates had the chance to schedule some deep-sea fishing.
Members of Wisconsin’s football team went fishing somewhere near Miami this week and caught a 450-pound hammerhead shark. The Badgers’ Twitter account posted a photo of the impressive catch Wednesday.
The Badgers’ Orange Bowl gift bag included a PlayStation 4, wireless headphones, a 39-inch television and more, but none of the gadgets compare to a huge hammerhead.
Wisconsin went on to defeat Miami 34-24 on Saturday night.
When a boy from the Knoxville, Tennessee, area was revealed to be a victim of bullying, players for the Tennessee Titans and Vols football teams decided to step up.
A video went viral Friday afternoon of a Knoxville boy detailing the bullying he had endured at school.
University of Tennessee sophomore receiver Tyler Byrd and freshman quarterback Jarrett Guarantano both pledged to visit the boy and offer support.
Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker responded with his own video and invited the boy and his family to an upcoming game.
– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.
When it came to the Army-Navy college football game on Saturday, there was no doubt what the national anthem was going to look like in terms of participation, but the addition of snow to the equation made the moment that much more memorable.
The rendition by the West Point and U.S. Naval Academy glee clubs was a hit on social media, with many Twitter users saying the performance gave them "goosebumps” and “chills.”
Other commenters took the opportunity to call out the NFL players who have been kneeling in protest of racial inequality as the anthem is performed before games.
Army went on to win Saturday's game 14-13.
– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.
Documents show a woman filed a protective order that accuses starting University of Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson of rape.
The order accuses Anderson of driving a woman home from a bar and attacking her while she was blacked out. No charges have been filed.
His attorney released a statement denying the allegations:
"Mr. Anderson first learned of (the woman’s) request for a civil protective order late yesterday evening. Mr. Anderson is shocked and disturbed by (the woman’s) claims. The allegations are patently false. Mr. Anderson did not, nor would he ever, force himself on any woman," the statement began.
"There are undoubtedly true victims of sexual assault, for whom Mr. Anderson carries a tremendous amount of compassion. However, there are those accused of sexual assault which they unequivocally did not commit – as is the case for Mr. Anderson. It is incumbent on our community to reserve judgment and to treat this allegation on its own merit. We are confident that when authorities have all of the information surrounding this circumstance, Mr. Anderson will be completely exonerated of any wrongdoing, and he looks forward to the conclusion of this investigation so he can focus on his obligations as a student-athlete."
The news comes weeks before the University of Oklahoma faces off against Georgia in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.
The university released a brief statement Monday on the situation saying officials "are aware [of the filing] and are gathering information."
KOKI reached out to them again Tuesday following the release of more details on the allegations and received this statement:
"The university is aware of the situation and is following our protocols in coordinating with the Norman Police Department, which is currently handling the inquiry. The university takes seriously all allegations of misconduct and is continuing to collect information in this matter."
Anderson created a Twitter account Tuesday to defend himself:
Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Stanford running back Bryce Love and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield are this year’s Heisman Trophy finalists, according to the Heisman Trust, which made the announcement on ESPN Monday night.
The Heisman is one of the most prestigious awards in sports and the top award in college football.
Jackson is looking for a repeat after winning the trophy last year, hoping to become the second player to win the award two years in a row after Archie Griffin did it in 1974 and 1975. And he’s got a good chance at it, throwing for 3,489 yards and making 25 touchdowns this season, according to Sports Illustrated.
Mayfield is a favorite to win, though, leading the Sooners to their third straight Big 12 title. Mayfield broke his own 2016 record this season, setting a Football Bowl Subdivision record for passing efficiency, SI reported. He threw for 4,340 yards with 41 touchdowns, the second highest number of the season.
Love scored 17 touchdowns and was second in the country for rushing with 1,973 yards. He did it mostly with a seriously injured ankle, too.
The Heisman has been awarded to the best college football player dating back to 1935, although the first award was called the DAC Trophy after New York’s Downtown Athletic Club. The name of the award was changed to the Heisman Memorial Trophy in 1936 after the death of legendary football coach and DAC athletic director John W. Heisman.
The winner of the 2017 Heisman Trophy will be announced at a ceremony Saturday in New York.
Ready, set, bowl! The schedule and matchups have been announced for the 2017 college football bowl season, with 41 games on tap between Dec. 16 and Jan. 8.
That includes the College Football Playoffs, with the national title game to be held in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. No team ranked No. 1 in the final CFP regular-season rankings has ever won the national title. Defending national champion Clemson, heading into this year’s playoffs at No. 1, will try to change that.
Sit back and get your college football fix, as the bowl season begins with five games on Dec. 16. Here is the complete schedule.
Saturday, December 16
New Orleans Bowl
North Texas vs. Troy, 1 p.m., ESPN
Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky, 2:30 p.m, CBS Sports Network
Las Vegas Bowl
Boise State vs. Oregon, 3:30 p.m., ABC
New Mexico Bowl
Colorado State vs. Marshall, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Arkansas State vs. Middle Tennessee State, 8 p.m., ESPN
Tuesday, Dec. 19
Boca Raton Bowl
(Boca Raton, Fla.)
FAU vs. Akron, 7 p.m., ESPN
Wednesday, Dec. 20
SMU vs. Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m., ESPN
Thursday, Dec. 21
(St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Temple vs. FIU, 8 p.m., ESPN
Friday, Dec. 22
UAB vs. Ohio, 12:30 p.m., ESPN
Wyoming vs. Central Michigan, 4 p.m., ESPN
Saturday, Dec. 23
Texas Tech vs. South Florida, 12 p.m.
Armed Forces Bowl
(Fort Worth, Texas)
Army vs. San Diego State, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Dollar General Bowl
Toledo vs. Appalachian State, 7 p.m., ESPN
Sunday, Dec. 24
Fresno State vs. Houston, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Tuesday, Dec. 26
Heart of Dallas Bowl
Utah vs. West Virginia, 1:30 p.m., ESPN
Quick Lane Bowl
Duke vs. Northern Illinois, 5:15 p.m., ESPN
UCLA vs. Kansas State, 9 p.m., ESPN
Wednesday, Dec. 27
Florida State vs. Southern Miss, 1:30 p.m., ESPN
Boston College vs. Iowa, 5:15 p.m., ESPN
Foster Farms Bowl
(Santa Clara, Calif.)
Purdue vs. Arizona, 8:30 p.m., Fox
Missouri vs. Texas, 9 p.m., ESPN
Thursday, Dec. 28
Navy vs. Virginia, 1:30 p.m., ESPN
Camping World Bowl
Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma State, 5:15 p.m., ESPN
Michigan State vs. Washington State, 8 p.m., FS1
(San Antonio, Texas)
Stanford vs. TCU, 9 p.m., ESPN
Friday, Dec. 29
Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M, 1 p.m., ESPN
(El Paso, Texas)
North Carolina State vs. Arizona State, 3 p.m., CBS.
Music City Bowl
Northwestern vs. Kentucky, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
New Mexico State vs. Utah State, 5:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network
Cotton Bowl Classic
No. 8 USC vs. No. 5 Ohio State, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Saturday, Dec. 30
Louisville vs. Mississippi State, 12 p.m., ESPN
Memphis vs. Iowa State, 12:30 p.m., ABC
No. 11 Washington vs. No. 9 Penn State, 4 p.m., ESPN
No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Miami, 8 p.m., ESPN.
Monday, Jan. 1
Michigan vs. South Carolina, 12 p.m., ESPN
No. 12 UCF vs. No. 7 Auburn, 12:30 p.m., ESPN
Notre Dame vs. LSU, 1 p.m., ABC
College Football Playoff semifinal
No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 2 Oklahoma, 5 p.m., ESPN
College Football Playoff semifinal
No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 1 Clemson, 8:45 p.m., ESPN.
Monday, Jan. 8
College Football Playoff
Championship game, 8 p.m., ESPN, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
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