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

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

Robertson Daniel #4 of the Brigham Young Cougars breaks up this pass in the endzone to Chris Harper #6 of the California Golden Bears late in the fourth quarter at California Memorial Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Berkeley, California. The Cougars won the game 42-35. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Cal’s Bowl Dreams Dashed, BYU Wins 42-35

Christian Stewart threw for 433 yards and five touchdowns, and the Cougars kept California from becoming bowl eligible with a 42-35 win over the Golden Bears on Saturday.

11/29/2014

Quarterback Kevin Hogan #8 of the Stanford Cardinal throws a pass against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on November 28, 2014 in Pasadena. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Hogan Leads Stanford To Upset Of No. 9 UCLA

Kevin Hogan passed for 234 yards and two touchdowns, and Stanford crushed No. 9 UCLA’s hopes for the Pac-12 South title and a College Football Playoff spot with a 31-10 victory Friday.

11/28/2014

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

Kenny Lawler #4 of the California Golden Bears drops a pass in the endzone while covered by Alex Carter #25 of the Stanford Cardinal at California Memorial Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Stanford Routs Rival Cal In 117th Big Game; Clinches Bowl Eligibility

Remound Wright ran for four touchdowns, and Stanford used a smothering defensive effort to rout rival California 38-17 on Saturday and clinch bowl eligibility.

11/22/2014

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Bowl Bid On The Line For What Looks Like The Most Even ‘Big Game’ In Years

California has returned to relevance and respectability in Sonny Dykes’ second season as coach. Stanford has slipped back to mediocrity under David Shaw this year.

11/21/2014

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

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Kevin Riley #13 of the California Golden Bears is surrounded by fans as he holds up the Stanford Axe after they beat the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 21, 2009. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Big Game: The Rivalry Continues

The annual battle between the California Golden Bears and Stanford Cardinal is one of college football’s oldest rivalries. Here are photos from the most recent editions of the Big Game.

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