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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2019, file photo, Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian watches warmups before an NCAA football game against LSU in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Texas has hired Sarkisian as the Longhorns new coach. The move comes just a few hours after Texas announced the firing of Tom Herman after four seasons with no Big 12 championships. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)

Sark latest 'Bama assistant multi-tasking before title game

Jan. 6, 2021 5:06 PM EST

Steve Sarkisian is the latest Alabama coordinator to be drawing up game plans for a national title showdown before leaving for a new head coaching job. The top-ranked Crimson Tide's offensive chief is trying to treat the transition as business as usual, saying Wednesday that his “week has been as normal as...

Georgia place kicker Jack Podlesny, offensive player of the game, stands with Georgia head coach Kirby Smart after the Peach Bowl NCAA college football game against Cincinnati, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in Atlanta. Georgia won 22-21. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Podlesny's FG lifts Georgia past Cincinnati in Peach Bowl

Jan. 1, 2021 5:57 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Jack Podlesny told Georgia coaches before Friday's Peach Bowl that he felt confident attempting field goals from as long as 55 yards — a full 4 yards past his career best. Podlesny made good on his claim, kicking a 53-yard field goal with three seconds remaining, and No. 11 Georgia...

FILE - Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell shouts instructions to his players during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Central Florida in Orlando, in this Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, file photo. Fickell knew he might surprise some by suggesting No. 11 Georgia is the best team Cincinnati has faced in his four seasons as head coach. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

No. 6 Cincinnati an underdog in Peach against No. 11 Georgia

Dec. 31, 2020 12:53 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Luke Fickell knew he might surprise some by suggesting No. 11 Georgia is the best team Cincinnati has faced in his four seasons as head coach. After all, then-No. 5 Ohio State crushed the Bearcats 42-0 early in the 2019 season. Cincinnati has another opportunity against what he refers to as...

Georgia quarterback JT Daniels throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. Cincinnati's Desmond Ridder is known for his dual-threat skills. JT Daniels has used his arm strength to add balance to Georgia's attack. The two quarterbacks also boast impressive football intelligence, and that may be the biggest reason neither has lost a game as a starter this season as they prepare to meet in Friday's Peach Bowl.(AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Ridder, Daniels put winning streaks on line in Peach Bowl

Dec. 29, 2020 4:53 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Cincinnati's Desmond Ridder is known for his dual-threat skills. JT Daniels has used his arm strength to add balance to Georgia's attack. The two quarterbacks also boast impressive football intelligence, and that may be the biggest reason neither has lost a game as a starter this season as...

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, file photo, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart pauses during timeout against Florida in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Jacksonville, Fla. Kirby Smart says rising COVID-19 numbers have him concerned as the No. 11 Bulldogs prepare for Friday's Peach Bowl game against No. 6 Cincinnati.  (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Georgia's Smart wary of COVID-19 results before Peach Bowl

Dec. 28, 2020 4:01 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Rising COVID-19 numbers have Georgia coach Kirby Smart concerned as the No. 11 Bulldogs prepare for Friday's Peach Bowl game against No. 6 Cincinnati. Smart said four players, including defensive standouts Eric Stokes and Monty Rice, will miss the game due to opting out for the NFL draft or...

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, center, hugs wide receiver Amari Rodgers, right, during warm-ups before the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game against Notre Dame, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (Jeff Siner/The News & Observer via AP)

Clemson's Swinney votes CFP opponent Ohio State 11th

Dec. 21, 2020 2:30 PM EST

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had long discussed the inequality of teams that play double-digit games against those who play shorter seasons. He applied that reasoning when he voted in the final Amway Coaches' rankings, placing the Tigers' College Football Playoff opponent Ohio State at...

Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder throws a pass during the first half of the American Athletic Conference championship NCAA college football game against Tulsa, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

No. 6 Cincinnati lands Peach Bowl date with No. 11 Georgia

Dec. 20, 2020 6:54 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Coach Luke Fickell believes No. 6 Cincinnati has a lot on the line in its Peach Bowl game against No. 6 Georgia, even though the Bearcats didn't land in the College Football Playoff. Fickell said the Jan. 1 bowl game is a chance for the Bearcats to show they deserve the same respect given to...

Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder holds the trophy following the American Athletic Conference championship NCAA college football game against Tulsa, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 27-24. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

No. 6 Cincinnati to face No. 11 Georgia in Peach Bowl

Dec. 20, 2020 5:06 PM EST

No. 6 Cincinnati (9-0, American Athletic Conference) vs. No. 11 Georgia (7-2, Southeastern Conference), Jan. 1, 12:30 p.m. ET LOCATION: Atlanta TOP PLAYERS Cincinnati: RB Gerrid Doaks and QB Desmond Ridder combined for 19 rushing touchdowns and almost 1,300 yards. Ridder passed for 2,090 yards with 17 touchdowns...

FILE - Alabama head coach Nick Saban celebrates with his team after the BCS National Championship college football game against LSU in New Orleans, in this Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, file photo, Alabama won 21-0. Saban's dominating run at Alabama is more than just wins and championships. He's also ruined the careers of many of his fellow SEC coaches and cost the league's other 13 schools more than $100 million in buyouts -- all in search of someone who can knock the game's greatest coach from his perch.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Column: Alabama's Nick Saban is Coach Killer of the SEC

Dec. 18, 2020 2:49 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — They keep trying to knock him off. Occasionally, they're successful. A Kick Six here. A Joe Burrow there. In the end, though, no one in the Southeastern Conference comes close to Nick Saban. He's the ultimate Coach Killer. Over his 14-year reign at Alabama, the other 13 SEC schools have...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2019, file photo, Alabama coach Nick Saban reacts during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against LSU in Tuscaloosa, Ala. As Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Oregon, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Florida prepared to play for conference championships, they signed top-10 recruiting classes for 2021 they hope to fuel their next title contenders.. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)

Bama, Ohio St add 5-stars while preparing for champ games

Dec. 16, 2020 6:35 PM EST

As Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Oregon, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Florida prepared to play for conference championships, they signed top-10 recruiting classes for 2021 they hope to fuel their next title contenders. The most unusual college football season in memory brought the convergence Wednesday of the start...