first_imgalabama quarterback jalen hurts at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Bowl season is here in college football, but before we get into these postseason contests, it is time for a final top 25 from CBS Sports.As always, Dennis Dodd handles the rankings for CBS. He updated his weekly throughout the season, and put out his last set today.Not surprisingly, Alabama is No. 1. The Crimson Tide are 13-0 and have the top seed in the College Football Playoff, which starts on December 2019.Clemson, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Georgia round out Dodd’s top five.Here is his final top 25:AlabamaClemsonNotre DameOklahomaGeorgiaOhio StateUCFWashingtonWashington StateFloridaLSUMichiganKentuckyTexasFresno StateWest VirginiaUtah StatePenn StateUtahBoise StateSyracuseCincinnatiMississippi StateAppalachian StateTexas A&MYou can see Dodd’s full analysis and top 25 breakdown here.Bowl season begins this Saturday, December 15.last_img read more

first_imgjustin fields runs the ball during the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with the ball in the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Much has been made about the starting quarterback competition that is going to take place at Ohio State between Justin Fields and Tate Martell. Both Fields, who decided to transfer to OSU from Georgia, and Martell, a redshirt freshman, are expecting to win the starting job.There’s another quarterback on the Buckeyes’ roster who could play a factor, too, though.Matthew Baldwin, a freshman quarterback out of Texas, is highly thought of by Ohio State’s new head coach, Ryan Day.The former four-star pro-style QB recruit certainly isn’t afraid of any decision.Baldwin told The-Ozone that he will welcome any competition between himself, Fields and Martell.“Charlie Brewer, the quarterback at Baylor, he was the MVP of the Texas Bowl last week, he started for two years and so I was under him,” Baldwin said of his high school experience. “I had the option to transfer out my sophomore year, but I never did. I’m not afraid of competition. I welcome it because the best player is going to play here. There’s no politics. I hope I can be the best player.”Baldwin added that a heavy quarterback competition comes with the territory of playing for a school like Ohio State.“Competition isn’t something that I’m afraid of,” Baldwin said. “If you come to Ohio State and think there’s not going to be a competition, you don’t know what you’re doing. Like I said, I’m not afraid of it. I’ll just take on spring with a good mindset.”Ohio State has had some notable quarterback competitions before. Just recently, Dwayne Haskins beat out Joe Burrow, who transferred to LSU and went on to start for the Tigers. A couple of years ago, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones competed for the job.It’s certainly going to be a fascinating spring in Columbus.last_img read more