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AP Top 25 Reality Check: Final rankings and future prospects

Jan. 11, 2022 12:13 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A season notable for upsets and highly ranked teams losing ended with a No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 that was not particularly surprising. Georgia finished No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll presented by Regions Bank after starting the season at...

Thorne leads No. 11 Spartans past No. 13 Pitt in Peach Bowl

Dec. 31, 2021 00:08 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Michigan State capped its turnaround from from a two-win season with a fourth-quarter comeback in the Peach Bowl. Payton Thorne’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Jayden Reed gave No. 11 Michigan State the lead with less than three minutes remaining and the Spartans...

No. 11 Spartans brace for Addison, No. 13 Pitt in Peach Bowl

Dec. 29, 2021 12:53 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Michigan State's last-ranked pass defense can't relax in the Peach Bowl just because Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett isn't playing. The No. 11 Spartans (10-2) still have to worry about Jordan Addison, the Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation's top wide...

Michigan State, Pitt are without biggest stars in Peach Bowl

Dec. 29, 2021 11:55 AM EST

No. 13 Pittsburgh (11-2, Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. No. 11 Michigan State (10-2, Big Ten), Thursday, 7 p.m. Eastern (ESPN) Line: Michigan State favored by 2 1/2 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook Series record: Michigan State leads 6-0-1. ...

MSU RB Walker, Pitt QB Pickett skipping Peach Bowl

Dec. 16, 2021 21:46 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Peach Bowl will go on without Kenneth Walker and Kenny Pickett. Walker, an All-America running back at Michigan State, and Pickett, a record-setting quarterback for Pittsburgh, both announced Thursday they are skipping the bowl game to focus on the NFL draft....

Pitt awaits QB Pickett's decision on playing bowl game

Dec. 14, 2021 13:34 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi is just fine if quarterback Kenny Pickett takes his time deciding whether he'll play in the Peach Bowl against Michigan State. Narduzzi said jokingly on Tuesday he's OK as long as Pickett lets him know the night before the 13th-ranked...

Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker uncertain vs Pitt in bowl

Dec. 13, 2021 17:22 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said Monday he was uncertain whether All-America running back Kenneth Walker will play for 11th-ranked Spartans against No. 13 Pittsburgh in the Peach Bowl. The Big Ten Coach of the Year said Walker is battling through...

Former Ga Tech DB Travares Tillman returns as coach

Dec. 07, 2021 21:06 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Georgia Tech player Travares Tillman is returning to his alma mater to oversee the Yellow Jackets’ pass defense and work with defensive backs, coach Geoff Collins announced Tuesday. Tillman served as Michigan State’s cornerbacks coach this season. ...

No. 11 Michigan State to face Pickett, No. 11 Pitt in Peach

Dec. 05, 2021 19:22 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — No. 13 Pittsburgh (11-2, Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. No. 11 Michigan State (10-2, Big Ten), Dec. 30, 7 p.m. ET LOCATION: Atlanta TOP PLAYERS Pittsburgh: QB Kenny Pickett, 334-497 passing for 4,319 yards, 42...

Pitt's reward for ACC title is Peach matchup vs Michigan St

Dec. 05, 2021 18:04 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A milestone season for Pittsburgh and quarterback Kenny Pickett is continuing with a Peach Bowl matchup against Michigan State. No. 13 Pitt’s reward for its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship is the Panthers' first New Year’s Six bowl since...