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  • (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Add two more to the list of players leaving school early for the NFL draft.

    Both Oklahoma linebacker Dominique Alexander and Texas A&M offensive lineman Germain Ifedi both announced that they will forgo their senior seasons and declare for the 2016 NFL draft.

    Alexander led the Sooners in tackles in each of the past two seasons. This year, he totaled 103 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and one interception.

    Alexander also had 107 tackles and six tackles for loss in 2014 and 80 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss in 2013.

    The 6-foot, 220-pound Alexander is the second Oklahoma player to declare for the draft, joining cornerback Zack Sanchez.

    Here’s Alexander’s statement regarding his decision:

    Ifedi also revealed his decision on Twitter on Saturday.

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  • Penn State head coach James Franklin, left, and athletic trainer Tim Bream check on an injured quarterback Christian Hackenberg prior to his leaving the game in the first half of the TaxSlayer Bowl NCAA college football game against Georgia in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)Penn State head coach James Franklin, left, and athletic trainer Tim Bream check on an injured quarterback Christian Hackenberg prior to his leaving the game in the first half of the TaxSlayer Bowl NCAA college football game against Georgia in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)Another highly regarded underclassman quarterback is headed to the NFL.

    After Penn State fell to Georgia Saturday in the TaxSlayer Bowl, Nittany Lions junior Christian Hackenberg told reporters that he will forgo his senior season and declare for the 2016 NFL draft.

    Hackenberg left Saturday’s game in the second quarter after a hard fall on his throwing shoulder.

    PSU head coach James Franklin said after the game that Hackenberg’s x-rays were negative, so the injury does not appear to be serious. Franklin characterized the injury as a “sprained shoulder joint.”

    Hackenberg has started all three of his seasons at Penn State with varying results.

    Hackenberg, who remained committed to Penn State amid the turbulent Jerry Sandusky scandal and subsequent NCAA sanctions, flourished as a true freshman in 2013 under Bill O’Brien,

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  • Notre Dame running C.J. Prosise announced Saturday that he has decided to go pro.

    "After a lot of thought and reflection I have decided to forego my remaining eligibility and declare for the NFL Draft," Prosise wrote on Instagram. "Thank you to Notre Dame, the coaches, staff, faculty and fans. I couldn't have asked for a better university to play for, it's been an honor to have played with Team 127 and I'm glad to have had the opportunity. I look forward to what lies ahead. Thank you, Go Irish!!!"

    Prosise, a senior, became Notre Dame’s premier back this season after Tarean Folston was lost for the year in the season opener.

    Prosise carried the ball 156 times for 1,032 yards and 11 touchdowns, but missed three games, including the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State, with varying injuries. A high ankle sprain kept him out of what would have ultimately been his final collegiate game.

    Prosise’s 2015 season was really his only quality campaign with the Irish. He played sparingly in 2013 and had

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  • George wide receiver Terry Godwin catches a pass in the end zone for touchdown during the first half of the TaxSlayer Bowl NCAA college football game against Penn State in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)George wide receiver Terry Godwin catches a pass in the end zone for touchdown during the first half of the TaxSlayer Bowl NCAA college football game against Penn State in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)No head coach or coordinators? No problem for Georgia.

    Playing in the TaxSlayer Bowl following the removal of head coach Mark Richt and the departure of both coordinators, the Bulldogs withstood a second-half comeback from Penn State to win 24-17 and notch their 10th win of the season.

    After Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg left the game with a shoulder injury, Georgia tacked on 10 points late in the second quarter to build a 17-3 halftime lead.

    Both of the Bulldogs’ first-half touchdowns involved Terry Godwin. The five-star freshman first took a toss and threw deep to Malcolm Mitchell (five catches, 114 yards) for a 44-yard score. And with 24 seconds left in the half, he caught a 17-yard touchdown from Greyson Lambert (10/20 for 115 yards).

    Penn State could only muster 50 yards in the first five drives after Hackenberg’s departure, and Georgia extended its lead to 24-3 late in the third on a 21-yard touchdown run from Sony Michel (85 yards rushing).

    The Nittany Lions, with

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  • Miami coach Mark Richt is assembling quite the staff in south Florida.

    The Hurricanes announced the hire of Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz to the same position Saturday afternoon. Diaz is a native of Miami and his father once served as the city's mayor.

    “Starkville is a special place and I could not be more thankful for the opportunity [MSU head coach] Dan Mullen and [athletic director] Scott Stricklin gave my family and I,” Diaz said in a Miami statement. “The Bulldog fans are like no other and it has been a privilege to be a part of such a great program, University and community. I wish the MSU players, coaches and fans all the best. Their future is bright. We knew it would take a very unique opportunity for us to consider leaving. God blessed me with a chance to return home, to coach in my hometown and to reunite with family. It is the kind of opportunity that comes along rarely in this business. It was simply too good to pass up. I can’t wait to help Coach Richt

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  • John Diarse is moving on from LSU.

    The program confirmed that Diarse, a redshirt sophomore wide receiver, will transfer from the Tigers program. Diarse previously announced the news in an Instagram post.

    “For every new year there comes bigger dreams to chase and even bigger challenges to overcome. The last 3 years of my life have flown by but I am very thankful for all that I accomplished and learned during my time at LSU,” Diarse wrote. “No matter what happens from this point forward I will always be part of the Tiger Family and be able to say I played for the LSU Tigers.”

    Diarse graduated in December, so he will be able to play immediately at his next school with two years of eligibility remaining.

    Diarse played in all 12 games this year for the Tigers, including five starts. He finished the season with 13 catches for 137 yards and had his best game – four catches for 45 yards – in LSU’s 56-27 win over Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl on Tuesday.

    Diarse also registered 15 receptions for

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  • Motel 6 Cactus Bowl
    Arizona State (6-6) vs. West Virginia (7-5)
    Tempe, Arizona
    Jan. 2, 2016

    Could the unofficial conclusion of the 2015/2016 bowl season go out with a high-flyer?

    Both Arizona State and West Virginia have had issues at times throughout the 2015 season. It's why, at 6-6 and 7-5 respectively, the two teams are playing late on a Saturday night rather than in a better bowl.

    But that doesn't mean the game can't be fun. The two teams are in the top 30 in total offense in 2015. That production is from quantity rather than quality. While the offenses haven't been consistent, they've run a lot of plays.

    And they're not facing stellar opposition. West Virginia's defense is 54th in the country in total defense while the Sun Devils are all the way down at 102.

    ASU hasn't been bad against the run. West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood, who has rushed for 1,447 yards this season, may not have many running lanes. But Skyler Howard should fine room to throw.

    Howard, who has thrown

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  • Valero Alamo Bowl
    TCU (10-2) vs. Oregon (9-3)
    San Antonio, Texas
    Jan. 2, 2016

    Well, this game may not be as fun as we all expected.

    Saturday's Alamo Bowl between TCU and Oregon was shaping up to possibly be the best matchup of bowl season to date. And on Thursday morning, that likelihood diminished when Boykin was arrested after a post-curfew bar incident.

    TCU's star quarterback, one of the best quarterbacks in college football, was suspended for the game along with wide receiver Preston Miller. In his absence, either Foster Sawyer or Bram Kohlhausen will start. Without Boykin, TCU's high-powered offense isn't nearly as high-powered.

    The Horned Frogs averaged nearly seven yards per play and 580 yards of offense this season. Against Kansas (when Boykin sprained his ankle) and Oklahoma (the game he missed after the injury), the Horned Frogs had two of their three lowest yardage outputs of the season.*

    *Non-Baylor in the pouring rain edition.

    Oregon, meanwhile, is just behind TCU in yards

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  • AutoZone Liberty Bowl
    Kansas State (6-6) vs. Arkansas (7-5)
    Memphis
    Jan. 2, 2016

    Both Kansas State and Arkansas had to rally to get to this game.

    Arkansas started the season 2-4 and went 5-1 in the final half of the season to finish with seven wins for the second consecutive year. Kansas State won its final three games of the season, including a dramatic 24-23 win against West Virginia in the regular season finale, to get to six wins.

    Of the two teams, Arkansas has the been the more impressive side. The Razorbacks have upset victories against Ole Miss and LSU and are in line to reach eight wins for the first time since winning 11 games in 2011.

    Arkansas’ offense has been a bit of a mixed bag. While both the running game and the passing game have played well this season, they’ve rarely played well at the same time. Against Ole Miss and Mississippi State, the passing game accounted for more than 400 yards in each contest. Against LSU, the running game had its best performance with 299

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  • TaxSlayer Bowl
    Penn State (7-5) vs. Georgia (9-3)
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Jan. 2, 2016

    Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg (14) slaps hands by head coach James Franklin during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg (14) slaps hands by head coach James Franklin during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)On the surface, Georgia and Penn State are fairly similar football teams. Good on defense, inconsistent on offense and in the midst of some coaching turnover.

    Well in Georgia’s case, there’s a lot of coaching turnover.

    The school’s decision makers decided to move on from Mark Richt (who’s now at Miami, his alma mater) after his 15th season, despite a 9-3 record. The Bulldogs have been good, but not great for too long for the UGA administration, so Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is on his way in as the new head coach once the Tide’s College Football Playoff reaches a conclusion.

    In the mean time, receivers coach Bryan McClendon has assumed the interim head coach tag with several other assistants – including offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and defensive coordinator – moving on and not coaching in the bowl game.

    Penn State’s coaching turnover is nowhere near as drastic. The Nittany

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  • Ole Miss can finally feel a measure of vindication.

    A year after getting crushed by a Big 12 team in a major bowl, the Rebels thrashed Oklahoma State 48-20 in the Sugar Bowl.

    The win marked the first time Ole Miss had followed up a nine-win season with a 10-win season since 1961-62, and the 48 points were the most Ole Miss had ever scored in a bowl game.

    And this one was never in doubt.

    After a brief feeling out period where the two teams traded field goals, quarterback Chad Kelly started airing the ball out with good results. He completed 21 of 33 passes for 302 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.

    Three of Kelly’s touchdown passes went to receiver Laquon Treadwell, who set the Ole Miss career record for receptions with 202. He finished the night, which could be his last in an Ole Miss uniform, with six catches for 71 yards.

    Kelly's other touchdown went to offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil, who became the first offensive lineman to score a touchdown in a bowl game in 20 years.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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 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.

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  • Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith, the 2015 Butkus Award winner, suffered what coach Brian Kelly called a “significant” knee injury during the first quarter of Friday’s Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State.

    Smith, considered a possible top-10 pick in the 2016 NFL draft if he declares, planted his left leg in the turf. His knee, which was extended, bent awkwardly to the outside.

    The junior was down on the turf after the injury and was helped off by Notre Dame's training staff. Smith was unable to put any weight on his left leg when he was helped off. He was subsequently carted to Notre Dame's locker room.

    Smith had 113 total tackles and nine tackles for a loss entering the Fiesta Bowl. He's also the second player to win the high school and college versions of the Butkus Award, given to the nation's best linebacker. The other is former Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o.

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  • ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01: Sione Houma #39 of the Michigan Wolverines carries during the first half of the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl game against the Florida Gators at Orlando Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01: Sione Houma #39 of the Michigan Wolverines carries during the first half of the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl game against the Florida Gators at Orlando Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)Michigan ended year one of the Jim Harbaugh era with an exclamation point.

    The Wolverines completely dominated Florida on both sides of the ball to win the Citrus Bowl, 41-7, and finish the season with 10 wins. While Michigan’s fourth-ranked defense smothered the overmatched Florida offense and didn’t allow a point in the game’s final three quarters, fifth-year senior Jake Rudock, in his final collegiate game, turned in another solid performance, carving up the Gators for 278 yards and three touchdowns.

    The performance gave Rudock 3,017 yards passing for the season, the second-best single season total in Michigan history.

    Before Rudock, a graduate transfer from Iowa, could pick apart the Florida secondary, Michigan set the tone with a bruising ground game. De’Veon Smith led the way with 109 yards

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  • Ezekiel Elliott saved one of his best performances for the end of the season again.

    The Ohio State running back, in his final game with the team before he heads to the 2016 NFL draft, ran for 149 yards and four touchdowns as the Buckeyes beat Notre Dame 41-28.

    Elliott scored Ohio State's first touchdown and its final three. His fourth of the day, a 47-yard run where he broke free of the defense and reminded many fans of runs he had vs. Alabama and Oregon in the College Football Playoff a season ago, made the score 35-21 and ended up putting the game out of reach.

    Two other Ohio State players heading to the NFL didn't have days that came close to matching Elliott's. Quarterback Cardale Jones, who started for the team in the College Football Playoff and was the team's starter at the beginning of the year, didn't throw a pass. Star defensive end Joey Bosa, a possible top-five pick in the draft, was ejected for targeting before the first quarter was over.

    Notre Dame lost a defensive star

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  • Politics are the worst.

    Stanford graduate and current Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina tweeted Friday afternoon that she would not be supporting the Cardinal in the Rose Bowl.

    The reason is pretty transparent. The Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1. Apparently Fiorina thinks she has a better chance of getting votes in the state if she turns her back on her alma mater. Political pandering never stops even though Fiorina got her Bachelor's degree from Iowa's opponent.

    Stupid sports tweets from politicians are becoming all-too-common. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott congratulated the Houston Astros for an American League Division Series win before the Kansas City Royals came back to beat the Astros not only in Game 4 but in the series.

    This is a different level of dumb. Not only is Fiorina looking like a terrible sports fan, she's employing a strategy that's far from foolproof.

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