Virginia on the brink of elimination

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Virginia on the brink of elimination

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Daniel Kassouf singled in two runs in a five-run second inning and Appalachian State held on to beat Virginia 6-5 on Sunday, moving the Mountaineers into the Charlottesville Regional championship.

Seth Grant (7-3) allowed five runs in six innings and relievers Ryne Frankoff and Nathan Hyatt made it hold up as Appalachian State (41-16) set a school record for victories in a season.

Virginia (39-18-1) moved into a Sunday night elimination game against Oklahoma. The Cavaliers scored three in the fourth and single runs in the sixth and seventh, but stranded 12 baserunners.

The Mountaineers got a run in the first and made it 6-0 in the second. The first scored on a throwing error before Noah Holmes singled one home and Kassouf followed an intentional walk to load the bases with a single. A sacrifice fly made it 6-0.

Artie Lewicki (4-3) allowed nine hits and all six runs in just 4 2-3 innings for Virginia.

Army football uniforms pay tribute to World War II airborne division

Army football uniforms pay tribute to World War II airborne division

In true Army fashion, the football team’s newly unveiled uniforms for the Navy game will honor the World War II paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division.

For Saturday’s ultimate rivalry game, Army’s Nike uniforms were inspired by the actual paratrooper jumpsuits, which include a division patch, a 48-star American flag on the shoulder, player name tapes and full-color historical unit patches.

On the opposite shoulder, there will be an “AA” patch as a nod to the original members of the division who earned the “All-Americans” nickname, having represented each of the then-48 states. The uniforms also include an "All-American" patch on the front.

Members of the 82nd Airborne led the invasions of Italy, Normandy and Holland with little to no reinforcements.

"Our team is extremely inspired and humbled to be wearing a uniform that represents the 82nd Airborne," coach Jeff Monken said in a statement. "We always talk about the brotherhood and those who have come before us. I don't believe there is a better way to honor those soldiers of valor, courage and sacrifice, than to wear their patches and adopt their mottos for the greatest rivalry in sports."

Army (6-5) will take on No. 25 Navy (9-3) on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore at 3 p.m.

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College Football Playoff projections: Let's not overthink this

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College Football Playoff projections: Let's not overthink this

Did Penn State play their way into the playoff? Michigan has to be in, right? Did Ohio State fall out of top four? Will Washington hang on?

Following all the action on Saturday, there was plenty of debate over who the top four teams should be. Most of the questions surround what to do with the three Big Ten teams contenders.

Ohio State and Michigan are clearly two of the best teams in the country, but neither of them won their division. That honor went to Penn State who also won the conference championship on Saturday, the same Penn State team who beat Ohio State but who also lost twice this season.

For the first time since the College Football Playoff started, there is a real, genuine debate over who the top four will be.

But not really.

SEE THE FINAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PROJECTION HERE

If you're just asking who the committee will put into the playoff, the committee actually tipped its hand last week with its rankings:

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Washington
  5. Michigan
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Penn State

For everyone saying Michigan should be in the top four, well, they weren't in the top four last week, they didn't play this week, none of the four teams ahead of them did anything to hurt their respective resumes, so what makes anyone out there think the Wolverines are suddenly going to vault into the top four? It's not going to happen.

If Penn State were to make the playoff, it wouldn't be over Washington or Clemson who were already ranked ahead of the Nittany Lions and also won their respective conferences on Saturday. Neither team did anything to hurt themselves, so Penn State won't vault over them. Could they jump Ohio State who they beat head-to-head? That seems doubtful considering the committee declared the Buckeyes the second-best team in the country on Tuesday. That tells me the committee sees them as "unequivocally" one the top teams.

So debate away. When it comes to college football, that's what makes it so fun. But really, there's not that much to debate about. The committee showed last week who they thought the four best teams were and there's no reason to think that will change based on what we saw Saturday.

Find out who will make this year's playoff here with the final College Football Playoff projections.