CORVALLIS, OR - NOVEMBER 29: Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks hurdles safety Justin Strong #39 of the Oregon State Beavers during the second quarter of the game at Reser Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Heisman Watch: Conference Championship Games Set Stage For Big Moments From Heisman Favorites

This week’s slate of conference championship games not only serves as an appetizer or opening round to the College Football Playoff, but it doubles as the grand stage for this year’s top Heisman candidates to showcase their stuff and perhaps offer a signature Heisman moment before the votes are due.

12/04/2014

Maryland basketball. (credit: Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

No. 21 Maryland Loses to No. 7 Virginia 76-65

Playing as a Top 25 team for the first time under coach Mark Turgeon, 21st-ranked Maryland ran into an old foe that administered a lesson or two in the art of playing defense.

12/04/2014

Dez Wells (44), Michal Cekovsky (15), and Richaud Pack (20) of the Maryland Terrapins celebrate at the final buzzer as the Terrapins defeat the Iowa State Cyclones 72-63 to win the CBE Hall Of Fame Classic final game at Sprint Center on November 25, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Top 25 Schools Maryland, Virginia Square Off in ACC-Big Ten Challenge Showcase

Top 25 schools Maryland and Virginia square off in a showcase game Wednesday night, with the Big Ten leading the ACC-Big Ten Challenge 6-2 heading into the final night of competition.

12/03/2014

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 29: The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate their 42-28 victory over the Michigan Wolverines by performing their alma mater song Carmen Ohio at Ohio Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

College Football Spotlight: The Playoff Begins Now

The College Football Playoff will determine college football’s first national champion in the new playoff model in January, but the real playoff begins this weekend.

12/02/2014

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 22: Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks warms up prior to the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Autzen Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Heisman Watch: Mariota And Gordon Leading The Race Down Final Stretch

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota looks to be the favorite this season, but Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon also has a decent shot to win the award. Everybody else may be playing for third place.

11/26/2014

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 15: Briean Boddy-Calhoun #29 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers catches a pass intended for Corey Smith #84 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the first quarter of the game on November 15, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

College Football Spotlight: A Time To Be Thankful For Rivalries

With Thanksgiving upon us, we should all take some time to think about what we are thankful for. There is plenty of drama to pay attention to this weekend, and that is something every college football fan can be thankful for.

11/25/2014

Stefon Diggs #1 of the Maryland Terrapins.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Wide Receiver Diggs Will Miss Last 2 Terps Games

Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs was officially ruled out of the Terrapins final two regular-season games by coach Randy Edsall on Thursday.

11/20/2014

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 15: J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes carries the football against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the second quarter of the game on November 15, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Heisman Watch: J.T. Barrett Has Led Ohio State’s Resurrection As Playoff Contender

If you are looking for this year’s young rising star with a shot to win the Heisman Trophy, look no further than Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett. The freshman starting quarterback has stepped into a tough spot and has grown and matured along the way with terrific results.

11/20/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 8: Jalin Marshall #17 of the Ohio State Buckeyes returns a punt 26 yards in the second quarter of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on November 8, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

College Football Spotlight: Conference And Division Championship Races Come Down Final Stretch

College football’s regular season is coming down the final stretch, which means it is crunch time in the conference and division championship races. Not every team is playing for a spot in the College Football Playoff, but everybody seems to have some impact on the new postseason format.

11/18/2014

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Snider: For Turgeon, it’s Playoffs or Pink Slip

Rick Snider: Either Maryland reaches the NCAA Tournament next spring or coach Mark Turgeon has to go.

11/14/2014

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