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  1. Study Up: TCU’s Rise, Ohio State’s QB Race, and More ...

    Matt Hinton

    College football is burdened by the longest offseason of any major sport: eight solid months from final gun to opening kick, with each one certain to drag on a little longer than the last. But it doesn't waste any time in the transition: Th...

    Blog | January 16, 2015
  2. What’s Next for Oregon in the Post-Loss, Post–Marcus ...

    Michael Weinreb

    For a fleeting moment on Monday night, in the midst of a whirlwind opening touchdown drive that gave Oregon its only lead of the national championship game, I could see an alternate narrative unfolding around Mark Helfrich. I could envision a world i...

    Blog | January 15, 2015
  3. ‘B.S. Report’: Chuck Klosterman on the College Footba...

    Bill Simmons

    Chuck Klosterman comes on to discuss the College Football Playoff National Championship, Oscar films, and the life of Leonardo DiCaprio. Listen to the podcast here. Subscribe to the B.S. Report on iTunes and check out our podcasts page...

    Blog | January 13, 2015
  4. The Full Meyer: How Youth and Growth Fueled Ohio State’s Im...

    Matt Hinton

    In honor of Ohio State's offensive line, let's not mince words: That was an ass-kicking. I've scoured the most arcane recesses of the thesaurus for the right adjective - assertive, brusque,&am...

    Blog | January 13, 2015
  5. Duck Hunt: Watching Ohio State Win the First College Football Pla...

    Bryan Curtis

    Who cares if he wants to be called "12 Gauge"? Sometimes football nicknames are destiny. This week, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound former third-string quarterback named Cardale Jones was supposed to be in his Columbus meditation chamber, w...

    Blog | January 13, 2015
  6. The Pigskin Pantheon: Ohio State vs. Oregon National Championship...

    Holly Anderson

    College football serves and is served by many gods, old and new. Here, week after week, we'll build a temple to them, installing saints and erecting graven idols as we go. The temple is made of words and pictures from the Internet....

    Blog | January 13, 2015
  7. Oregon–Ohio State Preview: Breaking Down the Inaugural Coll...

    Matt Hinton

    From an analytical standpoint, championship games are always strange beasts. At a distance, they appear tame, knowable -- ideal subjects to be studied, classified, and tagged before the ball is even kicked: After 14 games apiece, including semifinal...

    Blog | January 12, 2015
  8. Oregon–Ohio State Predictions: Our Picks for Tonight’...

    Grantland Staff

    It's newbie vs. Heisman winner, historic power vs. nouveau riche, Buck vs. Duck. We have no earthly idea what will happen when Oregon and Ohio State face off tonight in the first College Football Playoff National Championship, but that won'...

    Blog | January 12, 2015
  9. DUCKS UNLIMITED: An Appreciation of Oregon’s Offensive Infi...

    Holly Anderson

    It's a funny thing, this first playoff championship game. We're all inhabiting a shadowy new territory of fandom, and not just because a title game's creeping up absent the security blanket of the SEC. Even without Alaba...

    Blog | January 09, 2015
  10. Ducking the Bucks: Inside the Evolution (and Oregonification) of ...

    Chris B. Brown

    Despite being known for the innovative spread offenses his Utah and Florida teams had fielded, Urban Meyer had few obvious offensive coordinator candidates in mind when he took over as Ohio State's head football coach following the 2011 season. ...

    Blog | January 09, 2015
  11. Instant Classic: Is Enigmatic Ohio State Quarterback Cardale Jone...

    Matt Hinton

    I know how this is going to sound, so I'll get it out of the way right up front: At this point, any assessment of Ohio State's Cardale Jones has to account for the fact that he might be one of the truly great college quarterbacks of our ti...

    Blog | January 08, 2015
  12. This Frog Has Wings: Your Hypothetical Timeline Compendium for th...

    Holly Anderson

    We love talking about random twists of fate and their application to enterprises as complex as college football games. We've spent a lot of time on it in the past calendar year, thanks in huge part to the two teams in last season's title g...

    Blog | January 06, 2015
  13. Columbus Crew: Our Ohio State Bureau on Urban Meyer’s Magic...

    Mark Titus, Michael Baumann and Matt Borcas

    Here's a weird Grantland fact: Three of our writers live in Columbus, Ohio! Mark Titus is a former Ohio State basketball player who's a current local legend; Michael Baumann is a recent transplant who's hopping on the bandwagon despit...

    Blog | January 05, 2015
  14. Oregon vs. Ohio State Primer: Four Knee-jerk Narratives for Colle...

    Matt Hinton

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Thank god for the playoff. By Thursday night I felt like shouting it from the damn rooftops. Thank god for the playoff! Just imagine where we'd be right now without it. If college footba...

    Blog | January 02, 2015
  15. Buckeye of the Beholder: Alabama Goes Down, Ohio State Moves On

    Charles P. Pierce

    We should pause now, before the trumpets really start to sound, and the luxury suites begin to ring with barely disguised corporate corruption and plutocratic deceit, and before the entire shiny new circus of the College Football Playoff (presented b...

    Blog | January 02, 2015
  16. Duck, Duck, Lose: Oregon Fells Florida State in the Rose Bowl

    Holly Anderson

    While it existed, Florida State's 29-game victory streak was a marvel of talent, player development, and sweet fortune, and comprised two neatly composed halves: one of annihilations and one of swashbuckling escapes. That streak&am...

    Blog | January 02, 2015