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Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday. Graham had a brief collegiate soccer career, but traded that in for the life of a journalist and hasn't looked back. Graham has worked for the Dallas Morning News and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as ESPN.com and AOL. She is forever striving to be the cool mom to two boys.

  • LSU hires Dave Aranda as its defensive coordinator

    Dave Aranda (uwbadgers.com)Dave Aranda (uwbadgers.com)LSU's search for a defensive coordinator didn’t take long.

    Just a couple days after Kevin Steele left for Auburn, LSU announced the hiring of Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda to fill that same role with the Tigers.

    Aranda was considered for the same position a year ago when the Tigers hired Steele.

    In three seasons with Wisconsin, Aranda’s defenses ranked in the top five in scoring, total yards, passing yards and rushing yards. This season, the Badgers ranked No. 3 in total defense (268.5 yards per game), No. 4 in rushing defense (95.4 yards per game), No. 7 in passing defense (173.2 yards per game), and led the nation with just 13.1 points allowed per game.

    “This is a great hire for us,” LSU coach Les Miles said in a statement. “Dave has an outstanding track record of producing some of the best defenses in college football. We’ve seen him up close and understand how difficult it is to have success against him.

    “He’s everything that we were looking for in a defensive

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  • Stanford band irks Iowa fans with 'Farmers Only' halftime show

    The Stanford band prides itself on irking opposing fans and it did its job Friday during the Rose Bowl when its halftime show caused boos from Iowa fans to rain down from the Rose Bowl stands.

    Stanford performed a rendition of the theme song from the online dating site farmersonly.com, morphed into a farmer, a corn maze and had two band members in a cow suit drunkenly wander through the corn maze while the band played.

    Unfortunately, video of the band's performance was scarce since ESPN's broadcast cut away once it realized what was going on (it showed Iowa's full performance).

    Stanford's band director was, of course, unapologetic.

    It was exactly what

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  • RB Christian McCaffrey sets several records in 45-16 Rose Bowl win

    Christian McCaffrey might not have won the Hesiman Trophy this season, but he used Friday’s Rose Bowl game to make sure people remembered his name for 2016.

    Stanford opened the game against Iowa with a 75-yard touchdown pass to McCaffrey on the first play from scrimmage as the Cardinal rolled to a 45-16 victory.

    In addition his 75-yard touchdown reception, McCaffrey had a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown and finished with a Rose Bowl record 368 yards of total offense. Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis previously set that record in 2012.

    McCaffrey also became the first player to have 100 yards rushing (172) and 100 yards receiving (109) in the Rose Bowl and became the first Stanford player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season (2,019).

    McCaffrey and the Cardinal picked up where they left off in the Pac-12 title game where they defeated USC and McCaffrey scored as a runner, passer and receiver. McCaffrey finished second to Alabama’s Derrick Henry, but proved Friday that he deserved a little

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  • Stanford turns fake fumble trick play in a 31-yard TD (Video)

    Stanford opened Friday's Rose Bowl game against Iowa with a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage and didn’t take its foot off the gas pedal.

    It even got a little creative in the second quarter by using a play perhaps no one has ever seen executed in a collegiate game.

    Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan pretended to fumble the ball — and running back Christian McCaffrey helped sell it — which froze the defense and allowed Hogan to find receiver Michael Rector for a 31-yard touchdown.

    The score gave Stanford an unexpected 35-0 lead, the largest deficit Iowa faced all season. In fact, Iowa allowed just one opponent to score 35 points on it this season.

    For more Stanford news, visit CardinalSportsReport.com.

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  • Pitt WR Tyler Boyd uses heartfelt letter to declare for NFL draft

    Pitt receiver Tyler Boyd has declared for the NFL draft.

    Boyd issued a letter to Triblive.com announcing his decision.

    Boyd, a junior, was a unanimous All-ACC first-team coaches' selection after catching an ACC-high 91 passes for 926 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed for 349 yards.

    Boyd is the only receiver in ACC history to have back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns as a freshman and sophomore. He’s Pitt’s career leader in receptions (254) and yards (3,361), and second in school history with 5,243 all-purpose yards.

    For more Pittsburgh news, visit Panther-lair.com.

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  • Predictions and 5 things to watch in the Sugar Bowl

    Allstate Sugar Bowl
    Oklahoma State (10-2) vs. Ole Miss (9-3)
    New Orleans
    Jan. 1, 2016

    Oklahoma State was so close to playing in the College Football Playoff.

    It was 10-0, just on the outskirts of the top four and had two games against ranked teams remaining. However, an injury to star quarterback Mason Rudolph resulted in losses to Baylor and Oklahoma and the Cowboys landed in the Sugar Bowl instead.

    It’s not a bad spot as one of the premier New Year’s Day bowls and it will face a formidable opponent in Ole Miss. Like Oklahoma State, Ole Miss also had opportunities for a better season. The Rebels defeated Alabama early, but then fizzled with losses to Florida, Memphis and Arkansas.

    Who will have more motivation in this contest? Here are the five things to watch in the Sugar Bowl.

    The receivers: One of the highlights of this game is that it features two of the nation’s most dynamic receivers in Oklahoma State’s James Washington and Ole Miss’ Laquon Treadwell. Both players have racked up

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  • Predictions and 5 things to watch in the Rose Bowl

    Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual
    Stanford (11-2) vs. Iowa (12-1)
    Pasadena, California
    Jan. 1, 2016

    The Rose Bowl is a consolation game of sorts for both Iowa and Stanford.

    Both teams were poised for spots in the College Football Playoff and both teams were locked out — or knocked out in the case of Iowa — following the final week of the regular season.

    The Rose Bowl has become sort of a second home to Stanford. This is the Cardinal’s third trip to Pasadena in the past four seasons. Iowa, on the other hand, is making its first trip to Pasadena since 1991.

    Here are five things to watch in this game:

    Christian McCaffrey: There is no more diverse player in college football than running back Christian McCaffrey. He proved this during the Pac-12 title game when he rushed for a score, passed for a score and caught a score en route to the best day of his career. Iowa has done well against the rush this season, but it hasn’t seen a back as dynamic as McCaffrey.

    Don’t discount

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  • A quick look ahead to the Clemson-Alabama national championship

    The College Football National Championship Game is officially set and Clemson will take on Alabama at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Jan. 11.

    These two programs have met 15 times, but not since 2008. Clemson has lost the last 12 meetings and the games haven’t been close. In fact, in seven of those last 12 games, Clemson didn’t score and the Tigers didn't score more than 14 points in any of the losses. The last time the Tigers topped the Tide was in 1905. The Tigers also defeated the Tide in 1900 and 1904.

    Alabama is seeking its first national title since defeating Notre Dame in 2012. Clemson hasn’t won a national title since 1981.

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    With the matchup set, here’s a quick primer of some early storylines to watch as we head into championship week.

    Clemson’s running game vs. Alabama’s defense: Alabama’s rushing defense has been the best in the country the bulk of the season. It’s allowed

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  • Houston upsets Florida State 38-24 in Peach Bowl

    Few in college football have had a better 2015 than Houston coach Tom Herman.

    Less than a year after hoisting the national championship trophy, Herman led Houston to a 38-24 upset of Florida State in the Peach Bowl.

    The win was unexpected not only because Houston came into the contest an underdog, but because the Cougars dominated from the opening kick. Florida State didn’t come out flat or uninspired to be playing a Group of Five team, it was just beaten by a better team.

    The Seminoles woes started early when Houston shut down running back Dalvin Cook, who has been integral to the Seminoles offensive success this season. Cook was limited to a season-low 33 yards on 18 carries. He also added two catches for 26 yards.

    Quarterback Sean Maguire struggled with his accuracy early and then suffered an ankle/foot injury that forced him out of the game for a little more than a series.

    Houston took advantage and rolled to a 21-3 halftime lead.

    But Florida State didn’t away quietly. In the

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  • Memphis QB Paxton Lynch declares for the NFL draft

    Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch will forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft.

    Lynch, a junior, announced his decision during a press conference Thursday. Lynch noted in a statement that he intends to finish his degree at Memphis.

    Lynch completed 66.8 percent of his passes this season for 3,778 yards, 28 touchdowns and four interceptions. However, he had the worst game of his season during Wednesday’s 31-10 loss to Auburn in the Birmingham Bowl. In that game, Lynch completed 16 of 37 passes for 108 yards and an interception. It was only the second time this season Lynch failed to throw a touchdown pass.

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    Lynch also announced that he’s retained agents Leigh Steinberg and Chris Cabbott.

    Draft analysts

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