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No. 18 Washington State dismisses leading WR Tavares Martin, Jr.

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No. 18 Washington State his dismissed wide receiver Tavares Martin, Jr., the school announced Sunday. Martin committed the ever-vague violation of team rules.

A junior from Belle Glade, Fla., Martin led the club with 70 grabs for 831 yards and nine touchdowns, the most on the team in every category. He caught 10 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-23 win over Oregon State on Sept. 16, hauled in four grabs for 114 yards and two scores in a 45-7 drubbing of Nevada a week later, and snared 11 passes for 136 yards in a 58-37 loss to Arizona on Oct. 28.

He was also suspended for the Cougars’ 28-0 win over Colorado on Oct. 21 for poor behavior.

“He was a little angry, saying things hadn’t gone his way the last couple of games. He broke a team rule and needs to be punished for that,” Tavares Martin, Sr., told the Seattle Times at the time. “He just made a mistake and he had to pay a price for it. It was a miscommunication between him and the coaches. He was upset. He said he felt like he should have been more involved in that game. There were a lot of things that took place in the Cal game. T.J. also understands that you lose as a team and you win as a team.”

The Cougars will meet No. 16 Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28 (9 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1).

USC player who decked field-rushing Wazzu fan won’t face charges

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Liam Jimmons can officially breathe a huge sigh of relief.

In the immediate aftermath of Washington State’s upset of USC in Pullman in late September, Wazzu fans in attendance stormed the Martin Stadium field in a celebratory frenzy. Video subsequently surfaced of one Trojans football player, later identified as Jimmons, a redshirt freshman defensive lineman, decking one of the Cougars fans who had stormed the field.

In early November, after it had been confirmed that university police were investigating the incident, the same department recommended to prosecutors that felony charges be pursued against Jimmons. However, Jimmons’ attorney confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that she received a letter Tuesday from the Whitman County (Wash.) prosecutor’s office that stated they were declining to pursue charges in the case.

“I have carefully reviewed all the information available,” the prosecutor, Denise Tracy, wrote in the letter, “and met with [the victim] to review the case with him. I have decided not to file any criminal charges in this matter.” It was reported that the victim was forced to go to the hospital twice after the run-in due to a concussion he claimed he had suffered as a result of the run-in with Jimmons.

From KXLY-TV:

Jimmons says he made a split second decision to push the victim to the side to protect himself from getting hurt by a more direct collision.

Tracy found that it cannot be proven that Jimmons knew he would likely cause a severe concussion with the shove. Tracy also believes that it is unlikely to be proven that Jimmons was criminally negligent, disproving his claim of trying to protect himself. Tracy also points out that Jimmons was supposed to be on the field while the victim was trespassing on the field when he was hit.

The football program has not publicly commented on this latest development. In October, head coach Clay Helton would only state that Jimmons had been disciplined internally.

Jimmons played in nine games for the Trojans this season. He was credited with five total tackles on the season.

Luke Falk beats out two-time winner Baker Mayfield for 2017 Burlsworth Trophy

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While it’s expected to end with a lot more hardware for his trophy cabinet, the 2017 awards season hasn’t gotten off to a winning start for Baker Mayfield.

Late last month, the Oklahoma quarterback and newly-minted two-time Heisman finalist lost out on the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award to Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph.  Not to worry as Mayfield was also a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, an award he’s won twice; Monday, however, it was announced that Washington State quarterback Luke Falk has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Burlsworth Trophy.

Falk had been a finalist each of the past three years.

The award is given out annually to the nation’s top player who began his career as a walk-on and is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, the former All-SEC Arkansas offensive lineman who was killed in a car accident 11 days after the 1999 NFL draft.

Mayfield won that award in both 2015 and 2016.

Your 2017-2018 college football bowl schedule

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The matchups have been set. The dates have been reserved. Here is your full bowl schedule and pairings for this bowl season, starting with the College Football Playoff. All times are Eastern.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

Rose Bowl Game: No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Georgia
January 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m., ESPN

Allstate Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Alabama
January 1, 2018, 8:45 p.m., ESPN

CFB National Championship Game: TBD vs. TBD
January 8, 2018, 8:00 p.m., ESPN

NEW YEARS SIX

Goodyear Cotton Bowl: No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 8 USC
December 29, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: No. 9 Penn State vs. No. 11 Washington
December 30, 4:00 p.m., ESPN

Capital One Orange Bowl: No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Miami
December 30, 8:00 p.m., ESPN

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: No. 7 Auburn vs. No. 12 UCF
January 1, 2018, 12:30 p.m., ESPN

THE REST

DECEMBER 16, 2017

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Troy vs. North Texas
1:00 p.m., ESPN

AutoNation Cure Bowl: Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky
2:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network

Las Vegas Bowl: No. 25 Boise State vs. Oregon
3:30 p.m., ABC

Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Colorado State vs. Marshall
4:30 p.m., ESPN

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: Arkansas State vs. Middle Tennessee
8:00 p.m., ESPN

DECEMBER 19, 2017

Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl: FAU vs. Akron
7:00 p.m., ESPN

DECEMBER 20, 2017

Frisco Bowl: SMU vs. Louisiana Tech
8:00 p.m., ESPN

DECEMBER 21, 2017

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl: Temple vs. FIU
8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

DECEMBER 22, 2017

Bahamas Bowl: Ohio vs. UAB
12:30 p.m., ESPN

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Wyoming vs. Central Michigan
4:00 p.m., ESPN

DECEMBER 23, 2017

Birmingham Bowl: USF vs. Texas Tech
12:00 p.m., ESPN

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Army vs. San Diego State
3:30 p.m., ESPN

Dollar General Bowl: Appalachian State vs. Toledo
7:00 p.m., ESPN

DECEMBER 24, 2017

Hawai’i Bowl: Houston vs. Fresno State
8:30 p.m., ESPN

DECEMBER 26, 2017

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl: Utah vs. West Virginia
1:30 p.m., ESPN

Quick Lane Bowl: Duke vs. Northern Illinois
5:15 p.m., ESPN

Cactus Bowl: UCLA vs. Kansas State
9:00 p.m., ESPN

DECEMBER 27, 2017

Walk On’s Independence Bowl: Florida State vs. Southern Mississippi
1:30 p.m., ESPN

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Iowa vs. Boston College
5:15 p.m., ESPN

Foster Farms Bowl: Purdue vs. Arizona
8:30 p.m., FOX

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl: Missouri vs. Texas
9:00 p.m., ESPN

DECEMBER 28, 2017

Military Bowl: Navy vs. Virginia
1:30 p.m., ESPN

Camping World Bowl: No. 19 Oklahoma State vs. No. 22 Virginia Tech
5:15 p.m., ESPN

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl: No. 16 Michigan State vs. No. 18 Washington State
9:00 p.m., FS1

Valero Alamo Bowl: No. 13 TCU vs. No. 15 Stanford
9:00 p.m., ESPN

DECEMBER 29, 2017

Belk Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Wake Forest
1:00 p.m., ESPN

Hyundai Sun Bowl: No. 24 NC State vs. Arizona State
3:00 p.m., CBS

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: No. 21 Northwestern vs. Kentucky
4:30 p.m., ESPN

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl: Utah State vs. New Mexico State
5:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network

DECEMBER 30, 2017

TaxSlayer Bowl: No. 23 Mississippi State vs. Louisville
12:00 p.m., ESPN

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Memphis vs. Iowa State
12:30 p.m., ABC

JANUARY 1, 2018

Outback Bowl: Michigan vs. South Carolina
12:00 p.m., ESPN2

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl: No. 14 Notre Dame vs. No. 17 LSU
1:00 p.m., ABC

Final College Football Playoff rankings will block TCU from New Years Six

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The final rankings from the College Football Playoff selection committee have been revealed. After already releasing the top six to set the playoff field, there were only a few more things to take care of with the ranking. First up? Confirming once and for all that UCF will be the highest-ranked Group of Five conference champion. That was a bit of a formality, and the final rankings put that in stone with 12-0 UCF being ranked No. 12, up two spots from a week ago.

The rest of the rankings would come in handy for determining the field for the New Years Six. Sorry TCU, but you will have to settle for a non-New Years Six bowl game this season.

TCU dropped to No. 15 in the final playoff rankings, trailing potential at-large teams Wisconsin, No. 7 Auburn, No. 9 Penn State, No. 11 Washington, and No. 13 Stanford. The Horned Frogs are also one spot behind Notre Dame. Because the New Years Six will be determined by final ranking once all reserved spots are filled, TCU and Notre Dame will ultimately be left out by virtue of their ranking.

  1. Clemson
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Georgia
  4. Alabama
  5. Ohio State
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Auburn
  8. USC
  9. Penn State
  10. Miami
  11. Washington
  12. UCF
  13. Stanford
  14. Notre Dame
  15. TCU
  16. Michigan State
  17. LSU
  18. Washington State
  19. Oklahoma State
  20. Memphis
  21. Northwestern
  22. Virgina Tech
  23. Mississippi State
  24. NC State
  25. Boise State

The New Years Six bowl lineup will be unveiled later this afternoon. Miami and Wisconsin will be locked into the Orange Bowl according to the Orange Bowl’s contract with the ACC, Big Ten and SEC (ACC champion or best available ACC team vs. highest-ranked non-conference champion from Big Ten or SEC or Notre Dame). The Fiesta Bowl, Cotton Bowl, and Peach Bowl all still have to be organized.