What started as a goal of building toward the 2015 season ended in an unexpected national title for Ohio State, Ivan Maisel writes.
From Marcus Mariota's poise to being well-rested after a Rose Bowl roll, here are 10 reasons Oregon will win the inaugural championship of the playoff era.
Ohio State and Oregon capitalized on the new opportunities provided by a new system, making them perfect title-game representatives in a brand new age for the sport.
Oregon's Mark Helfrich can follow in a small but distinguished group of assistants who quickly led their program to a national championship after being promoted to head coach.
Oregon used its quick-strike offense and a barrage of FSU turnovers to shut down the Seminoles' quest for a second consecutive national championship, Ivan Maisel writes.
Sharp-dressed Gary Campbell, the nation's longest tenured coach, came to Oregon in 1983 and hasn't left. He has seen the program grow into a perennial national power.
Oregon's staying power doesn't appear to be in doubt, even among tradition-rich playoff teams.
The Heisman Trophy is in good hands with its latest recipient, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.
There couldn't be two better games for the first semifinals in the history of major college football, Ivan Maisel writes.
Big Ten has the best RBs, Pac-12 has the best QBs. ACC went 4-0 against the SEC last Saturday, and the Big 12 has two contenders.
Derrick Thomas' arrival in the College Hall of Fame was overdue
For UCLA's Brett Hundley and Oregon's Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, the NFL draft could wait.
The Stanford Cardinal ruined a perfect season for the Oregon Ducks with a grind-it-out effort at home.
The sport's bluebloods, such as Oklahoma agreeing to play at Baylor, are no longer wedded to Saturdays.
The Ducks still have the speed and the defense, but Marcus Mariota has a year of improvement
This season's roster of college football quarterbacks, headlined by Johnny Manziel and Marcus Mariota, is the deepest in years.