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2014 NCAA Football: Preseason vs. Final AP Top 25 Rankings

The 2014 National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes Started The Season Ranked Fifth

The 2014 National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes Started The Season Ranked Fifth

There’s no doubt about it. Ohio State is truly the undisputed 2014 National Champion, winning the first ever College Football Playoffs (CFP) in certain fashion – cutting through Alabama and Oregon for the title.

But who was predicted to win it all way back in August? The AP was calling for a Florida State repeat.

It’s hard to predict the overall season-ending No. 1, and you still have to give the preseason rankings some credit. The top five – minus a poor Oklahoma – are in tact though jumbled, and 16 of the preseason rankers made the final cut.

That also means nine dropped out and nine climbed in, including the early-on, way-underrated TCU Horned Frogs, who went from nowhere to No. 3.

2014 NCAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON VS. FINAL RANKINGS

PRESEASON 2014 RANKING TEAM FINAL 2014 RANKING FINAL 2014 RECORD UP OR DOWN? DIFF.
1. Florida State (57) 5 13-1 DOWN -4
2. Alabama (1) 4 12-2 DOWN -2
3. Oregon (1) 2 13-2 UP +1
4. Oklahoma (1) NR 8-5 DOWN OFF
5. Ohio State 1 (59) 14-1 UP +4
6. Auburn 22 8-5 DOWN -16
7. UCLA 10 10-3 DOWN -3
8. Michigan State 5 11-2 UP +3
9. South Carolina NR 7-6 DOWN OFF
10. Baylor 7 11-2 UP +3
11. Stanford NR 8-5 DOWN OFF
12. Georgia 9 10-3 UP +3
13. LSU NR 8-5 DOWN OFF
14. Wisconsin 13 11-3 UP +3
15. USC 20 9-4 DOWN -5
16. Clemson 15 10-3 UP +1
17. Notre Dame NR 8-5 DOWN OFF
18. Ole Miss 17 9-4 UP +1
19. Arizona State 12 10-3 UP +7
20. Kansas State 18 9-4 UP +2
21. Texas A&M NR 8-5 DOWN OFF
22. Nebraska NR 9-4 DOWN OFF
23. North Carolina NR 6-7 DOWN OFF
24. Missouri 14 11-3 UP +10
25. Washington NR 8-6 DOWN OFF

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2014 NCAA FOOTBALL: FROM NOT RANKED TO RANKED

PRESEASON 2014 RANKING TEAM FINAL 2014 RANKING FINAL 2014 RECORD
NR TCU 3 12-1
NR Georgia Tech 8 11-3
NR Mississippi State 11 10-3
NR Boise State 16 12-2
NR Arizona 19 10-4
NR Utah 21 9-4
NR Marshall 23 13-1
NR Louisville 24 9-4
NR Memphis 25 10-3

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Ohio State Buckeyes and Oregon Ducks All-Time Bowl Results and Records

It's Ohio State Vs. Oregon For All The Marbles

It’s Ohio State Vs. Oregon For All The Marbles

If you include championship or title games, Ohio State is appearing in its 46th Bowl game this evening and Oregon its 29th.

The Buckeyes and Ducks have met two times before on so (ok, not quite as so) grand a stage: the 1957 and 2009 Rose Bowls. Ohio State came out on top both times.

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES (BOWLS RECORD 21-24)

  W-L WINS AGAINST (SCORE) LOSSES AGAINST (SCORE)
Rose Bowl 7-7 1949 California (17-14) 1920 California (28-0)
    1954 USC (20-7) 1970 Stanford (27-17)
    1957 Oregon (10-7) 1972 USC (42-17)
    1968 USC (27-16) 1974 USC (18-17)
    1973 USC (42-21) 1975 UCLA (23-10)
    1996 Arizona State (20-17) 1979 USC (17-16)
    2009 Oregon (26-17) 1984 USC (20-17)
           
Orange Bowl 1-1 1976 Colorado (27-10) 2013 Clemson (40-35)
           
Sugar Bowl 3-2 1998 Texas A&M (24-14) 1977 Albama (35-6)
    2010 Arkansas (31-26) 1997 Florida State (31-14)
    2014 Alabama (42-35)    
           
Gator Bowl 0-2     1978 Clemson (17-15)
        2011 Florida (24-17)
           
Fiesta Bowl 4-2 1983 Pittsburgh (28-23) 1980 Penn State (31-19)
    2002 Miami (FL) (31-24) 2008 Texas (24-21)
    2003 Kansas State (35-28)    
    2005 Notre Dame (34-20)    
           
Liberty Bowl 1-1 1981 Navy (31-28) 1990 Air Force (23-11)
           
Holiday Bowl 2-0 1982 BYU (47-17)    
    1993 BYU (28-21)    
           
Citrus Bowl 1-3 1985 BYU (10-7) 1992 Georgia (21-14)
        1994 Alabama (24-17)
        1995 Tennessee (20-14)
           
Cotton Bowl 1-0 1986 Texas A&M (28-12)    
           
Hall of Fame/Outback Bowl 0-4     1989 Auburn (31-14)
        1991 Syracuse (24-17)
        2000 South Carolina (24-7)
        2001 South Carolina (31-28)
           
Alamo Bowl 1-0 2004 Oklahoma State (33-7)    
           
BCS Championship 0-2     2006 Florida (41-14)
        2007 LSU (38-24)

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OREGON DUCKS (BOWLS RECORD 13-15)

W-L WINS AGAINST (SCORE) LOSSES AGAINST (SCORE)
Rose Bowl 3-4 1916 Pennsylvania (14-0) 1919 Harvard (7-6)
2011 Wisconsin (45-38) 1957 Ohio State (10-7)
2014 Florida State (59-20) 1994 Penn State (38-20)
2009 Ohio State (26-17)
Cotton Bowl 0-2 1948 SMU (21-13)
1995 Colorado (38-6)
Liberty Bowl 0-1 1960 Penn State (41-12)
Sun Bowl 3-1 1963 SMU (21-14) 2003 Minnesota (31-30)
1999 Minnesota (24-20)
2007 South Florida (56-21)
Independence Bowl 1-1 1989 Tulsa (27-24) 1992 Wake Forest (39-35)
Freedom Bowl 0-1 1990 Colorado State (32-31)
Las Vegas Bowl 1-1 1997 Air Force (41-13) 2006 BYU (38-8)
Aloha Classic 0-1 1998 Colorado (51-43)
Holiday Bowl 2-1 2000 Texas (35-30) 2005 Oklahoma (17-14)
2008 Oklahoma State (42-31)
Fiesta Bowl 2-0 2001 Colorado (38-16)
2012 Kansas State (35-17)
Seattle Bowl 0-1 2002 Wake Forest (38-17)
BCS Championship 0-1 2010 Auburn (22-19)
Alamo Bowl 1-0 2013 Texas (30-7)

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Jim Harbaugh and Every Michigan Head Coach (1891 – 2015)

Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Quarterback Between 1983 And 1986, Is Now The Wolverine's 20th Head Coach

Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Quarterback Between 1983 And 1986, Is Now The Wolverines’ 20th Head Coach

Jim Harbaugh is officially the 20th head coach in 125 years of Michigan Wolverines football, taking over for Brady Hoke. Harbaugh signed a seven-year contact that takes him to 2021. The fiduciary details are a bit foggy, but NBC Sports estimates the total compensation to be around $40 million.

The former head coach of the Stanford Cardinal (2007-2010) and the NFL‘s San Francisco 49ers (2011-2014), Harbaugh will take the helm at one of the most storied college football franchises in history.

The previous 19 head coaches (or at least most of them) had a lot to do with that.

Though pedigreed with a 12-1, Orange Bowl-winning 2010 and an NFC title in 2012, Harbaugh will be following in some bigger (much bigger) footsteps.

Together, all 19 coaches posted a preposterous 106 winning seasons. Their winning-losing seasons record is 106-15-3.

They have 20 Bowl wins and nine national titles.

More than half (10) are in the College Football Hall of Fame.

The longest serving Michigan head coaches, in order, were: turn-of-last-century Fielding Yost (25 seasons), 1970’s and 1980’s icon Bo Schembechler (21) and more recently, turn-of-this-century Lloyd Carr (13).

These three guys had 57 winning seasons between them (out of 59). Schembechler and Carr never had a losing season (though Bo was 6-6 in 1984).

Check out below – all 20 Michigan head coaches, going back in time. The first coach, in 1891, was actually two coaches at once: Mike Murphy and Frank Crawford.

COACH SEASONS YEARS W-L W-L PCT. POSTSEASON WINS; [WINNING SEASONS, LOSING SEASONS, .500 SEASONS]
20. Jim Harbaugh 2015(-2021) (7) TBD TBD TBD
19. Brady Hoke 2011-2014 4 31-20-0 0.608 Sugar (2011); [3, 1, 0]
18. Rich Rodriguez 2008-2010 3 15-22-0 0.405 None; [1, 2, 0]
17. Lloyd Carr 1995-2007 13 122-40-0 0.753 National Champions (Rose/1997*), Citrus (1998, 2000), Orange (1999), Outback (2002), Capital One (2007); [13, 0, 0]
16. Gary Moeller 1990-1994 5 44-13-3 0.758 Gator (1990), Rose (1992), Hall of Fame (1993), Holiday (1994); [5 ,0, 0]
15. Bo Schembechler 1969-1989 21 194-48-5 0.796 Rose (1980, 1988), Bluebonnet (1981), Fiesta (1985), Hall of Fame (1987); [20, 0, 1]
14. Bump Elliot 1959-1968 10 51-42-2 0.547 Rose (1964); [5, 5, 0]
13. Bennie Oosterbaan 1948-1958 11 63-33-4 0.650 National Champions (1948*), Rose (1950); [9, 2, 0]
12. Fritz Crisler 1938-1947 10 71-16-3 0.806 Rose Bowl (1947); [10, 0, 0]
11. Harry Kipke 1929-1937 9 46-26-4 0.632 National Champions (1933*); [5, 2, 2]
10. Tad Wieman 1927, 1928 2 9-6-1 0.594 None; [1, 1, 0]
9. Fielding Yost 1901-1923, 1925, 1926 25 165-29-10 0.833 National Champions (Rose/1901*, 1902*, 1903*, 1904*, 1918*, 1923*); [24, 1, 0]
8. George Little 1924 1 6-2-0 0.750 None; [1, 0, 0]
7. Biff Lea 1900 1 7-2-1 0.750 None; [1, 0, 0]
6. Gustave Ferbert 1897-1899 3 24-3-1 0.875 None; [3, 0, 0]
5. William Ward 1896 1 9-1-0 0.900 None; [1, 0, 0]
4. William McCauley 1894, 1895 2 17-2-1 0.875 None; [2, 0, 0]
3. Frank Barbour 1892, 1893 2 14-8-0 0.636 None; [2, 0, 0]
1., 2. Mike Murphy, Frank Crawford 1891 1 4-5-0 0.444 None; [0, 1, 0]

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