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Greg Schiano Returns to Rutgers, to Become New Head Coach

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There are some coaches in College Football that just become synonymous with their program. Nick Saban is that for Alabama and Dabo Swinney is that for Clemson.

Once upon a time, the same could be said for Greg Schiano and Rutgers, as he led the Scarlet Knights for a decade from 2001 through 2011.

Now after a stint in the NFL and as a coach for Ohio State, Schiano has returned to where he made a name for himself, as he has been hired to once again become Rutgers’ head coach.

Schiano originally took over Rutgers back in 2001 and had to completely rebuild the program from scratch. Schiano went 3-20 across his first two seasons and did not have a winning season until 2005.

After losing the Insight Bowl in 2005, Schiano led Rutgers to an incredible season the following year, as the Scarlet Knights finished with an 11-2 record. He won countless coach of the year awards, including the Big East Coach of the Year.

Schiano led Rutgers to their first ever bowl game win in 2006, as Rutgers won the Texas Bowl. Rutgers went on to win five bowl games in six years under Schiano.

Now Schiano returns to Rutgers and gets a heft payday in the process.

Since he last represented the Scarlet Knights, Greg Schiano got the opportunity to coach in the NFL, spending two years as the head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After being fired by the Buccaneers in 2013, Schiano took a hiatus away from coaching at the collegiate or pro level. He then returned and became Ohio State’s defensive coordinator in 2016.

Now Schiano returns to where it all started, as he tries to resurrect his career as well as the program he once built.

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Ohio State Dominates in the Second Half to Avoid Upset in the Big 10 Championship

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Ohio State came into the Big 10 Championship as the clear favorites over Wisconsin, as many had the Buckeyes pegged as the best team in the nation.

Then all of that hype was suddenly cast in doubt, after the Wisconsin Badgers thoroughly dominated the first half, setting the stage for a massive upset.

Ohio State then proved that they have the heart of a champion, as the Buckeyes found a way to completely shift the momentum in the second half.

Wisconsin was held off the scoreboard entirely and Ohio State scored 27 points to not only beat the Badgers, but still somehow beat them by 13 points.

Ohio State’s backfield of Justin Fields and J.K. Dobbins finally started to come alive after halftime, showing the nation that same incredible offense we had been watching all year.

Fields was very poised for a sophomore playing in the biggest game of his career, as he completed 19 of his 31 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns.

Dobbins on the other hand picked up yards all game, finishing with a 172 rushing yards on 33 carries.

While the entire Ohio State team played well to get back into the game, Wisconsin did do them some favors, particularly on special teams.

K.J. Hill was another Ohio State player that made huge contributions to this victory, just like he has throughout his entire career.

In the process of making his seven catches for 83 yards, the senior receiver made some personal history in this game.

Along with setting a school record, Hill caught two touchdown passes, including the one that officially gave Ohio State the lead.

The crazy dichotomy of this game was that everyone spent the entire first half talking about how Ohio State wasn’t as good as we thought. Yet by the end of the game we may have realized they are even better.

You can list off the accomplishments now, as Ohio State wins their third-straight Big 10 Championship and finishes the year a perfect 13-0. But their is still more games to be played.

Ohio State will now definitely be in the College Football Playoff and are now just two victories away from a National Championship.

After watching their latest performance, there is no one that is doubting the Buckeyes in that tournament for all the marbles.

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LSU Stays Perfect with Dominant Win Over Georgia in SEC Championship

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The LSU Tigers magical season just kept rolling on Saturday afternoon, as they beat the Georgia Bulldogs handily in the SEC Championship Game.

In doing so, LSU completed the 16th conference title in the school’s history and the first since 2011.

The Tigers beat Georgia 37-10, completing what has been a very impressive season thus far. LSU is a perfect 13-0, despite playing their fair share of top-10 ranked teams.

While LSU has plenty of talented players up and down the roster, the presumptive Heisman Trophy-winner has gotten most of the credit for the Tigers success.

Joe Burrow has been a sensation this year, setting SEC records for the most passing yards, touchdowns and the highest completion percentage in a season.

Burrow was naturally the SEC Championship Game MVP, as he threw for 349 passing yards and four touchdowns. He also added 41 rushing yards as he just picked the Bulldogs defense apart.

Burrow was so locked in against Georgia that he even completed a first down pass to himself at one point.

LSU was likely to make it to the College Football Playoff even if they lost this game, but now they are all but assured a spot in the four-team playoff.

The only question is going to be where the Tigers are seeded and who they will be playing, when LSU tries to win their first National Championship since 2007.

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Oklahoma Beats Baylor in Overtime to Win Fifth-Straight Big 12 Championship

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The Oklahoma Sooners have owned the Big 12 ever since Lincoln Riley took over as the head coach back in 2017.

They came into Saturday as the reigning Big 12 Champions and Riley was able to keep their streak of winning the conference going, leading the Sooners to a victory over the Baylor Bears.

Although Riley has been great with the Sooners, he did inherit a dynasty, as Bob Stoops had led the program to plenty of success across his 17 seasons at the helm, prior to retiring in 2016.

The Sooners were back-to-back Big 12 champions when Riley was hired. They have now won the conference in five-straight years, continuing to add to the legacy of the great program.

While the Sooners ultimately won, the Bears battled them tooth and nail all game long, providing a very compelling championship.

Superstar receiver CeeDee Lamb got the Sooners going early, taking his first catch 71 yards to set up an eventual touchdown.

Lamb made big plays all game long, leading Oklahoma with eight catches for 173 yards.

Still, the Baylor Bears went into the second half with a 13-10 lead, as their defense was able to contain what had been one of the best offense in the nation all year long.

Oklahoma eventually secured the lead in the third quarter, scoring 10 unanswered points to take a 23-13 lead over Baylor into the fourth quarter.

Once the Sooners kicked a field goal early in the fourth, Baylor’s head coach Matt Rhule decided to turn to his third-string quarterback to try to spark his stagnant offense.

Jacob Zeno is a redshirt freshman, who had only appeared in one game all year. He was advertised to have a big arm and really was able to showcase that to help the Bears get back into the game.

One 70+ yard completion would have been impressive for Zeno, but two is just ridiculous. Yet that was exactly the case, as Zeno completed a pass out of his own end zone that Chris Platt took 78 yards into field goal range.

Baylor was able to tie up the game and send it into overtime, pushing the Sooners to the brink of a massive upset.

Oklahoma won the coin toss though and was able to score a quick touchdown to take the lead over Baylor once again.

Then when the Bears got the ball back, Zeno’s magical run came to an end, as the Sooners defense finally came through and closed out the game.

Following the game, CeeDee Lamb was named the Big 12 Championship MVP after his amazing performance for Oklahoma. Something that quarterback Jalen Hurts predicted before the game.

When Hurts was asked after the game how he would describe the story of the crazy run of his college career, he responded brilliantly saying, “I hope the story ain’t over.”

Hurts may be right, as the Sooners are now in position to make the College Football Playoff after winning the Big 12 Championship.

Since No. 5 Utah lost last night, No. 6 Oklahoma may be destined for the playoff as long as No. 4 Georgia loses to No. 1 LSU in the SEC Championship.

The Sooners just have to sit back and wait to see what the College Football Playoff committee decides at this point. But they have at least done their part to give themselves a chance.

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