Georgia Beats Ohio State in Semifinal on Last-Minute Touchdown

ATLANTA — The high-wire art of survival returned Saturday night — and then early Sunday morning — to the College Football Playoff semifinals. No. 1 Georgia, pummeled to the point of repeatedly trailing by 14 points, surged and scored in the Peach Bowl’s final minute to overcome fourth-seeded Ohio State, 42-41. No. 3 Texas Christian, … Read more

T.C.U. Topples Michigan in Wild Playoff Semifinal

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Sonny Dykes is not the ideal of the jut-jawed football coach. He opens his program up, instead of building walls around it. He freely acknowledges there were times when he was a younger coach — several, in fact — that the pressure of winning games became suffocating. And he is not afraid … Read more

At 100, the Rose Bowl Has Seen Many Sunsets

The modern-day sports stadium is something like an enormous outdoor (or indoor) living room. Roomy seats — even for those who can’t afford suites. Gourmet food. High-tech gadgetry. Video screens that are nearly the size of the field itself. The Rose Bowl it isn’t. This relic of a stadium, with its cramped seats, narrow tunnels, … Read more

All Glory to the Hypnotoad, TCU’s Meme Mascot

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — There are any number of reasons that this cute little Texas Christian University football team has elbowed its way into the College Football Playoff, the realm of the behemoths. There is the plucky, carrot-topped Heisman Trophy runner-up quarterback, who was relegated to backup duty at the start of the season by the … Read more

California Regents Allow U.C.L.A. to Join Big Ten, Strings Attached

LOS ANGELES — The University of California Board of Regents voted on Wednesday to approve U.C.L.A.’s move to the Big Ten Conference, but attached conditions meant to ensure that money the school reaps from its new league’s lucrative television contract would offset the byproducts of athletes making repeated trips across the country for sporting events. … Read more