George Mason reveals men's hoops non-CAA schedule

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George Mason reveals men's hoops non-CAA schedule

George Mason's 2012-13 men's basketball non-conference schedule includes hosting Virginia in the season opener, facing Maryland in the BB&T Classic and a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, the school announced on Friday.

The Patriots play all 12 non-conference games before New Year's, with four coming on their home court and road tilts against Big East program South Florida plus Atlantic 10 schools Rhode Island and Richmond.

After a home exhibition game against Bowie State on October 25, the Patriots face the Cavaliers on November 9 at the Patriot Center, the first time the schools have met in Fairfax since 1996. Last season Virginia defeated George Mason in Charlottesville 68-48 in coach Paul Hewitt's first campaign with the Patriots.

The BB&T appearance is the Patriots first in five seasons and the program's first matchup against Maryland since 2004.

George Mason will participate in the Paradise Jam on the island of St. Thomas November 16-19. The three-game stint starts against Mercer and the field includes Connecticut, Wake Forest and New Mexico.

Home game in CAPS, start times to be determined.

Thu, Oct 25 vs. BOWIE STATE (Exhibition)

Fri, Nov 09 VIRGINIA

Tue, Nov 13 Bucknell at Lewisburg, Pa.

Fri, Nov 16 Mercer at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (Paradise Jam)

Sat, Nov 17 - Mon, Nov 19 Two Games vs. TBD (Paradise Jam)

Sat, Nov 24 BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Wed, Nov 28 Rhode Island at Kingston, R.I.

Sun, Dec 02 Maryland at Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (BB&T Classic)

Tue, Dec 04 UMBC

Sat, Dec 08 NORTHERN IOWA

Sat, Dec 22 Richmond at Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Va.
(Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic)

Sat, Dec 29 South Florida at Tampa, Fla.

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.

Hokies can't contain Deshaun Watson in ACC Championship game loss

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Hokies can't contain Deshaun Watson in ACC Championship game loss

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Deshaun Watson bolstered his Heisman Trophy candidacy by passing for three touchdowns and running for two more to lead third-ranked Clemson to a 42-35 victory over No. 19 Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday night.

Winning consecutive league titles for the first time in 28 years likely will send the Tigers (12-1, No. 3 CFP) back to the four-team College Football Playoff for the second straight year, providing Watson with an opportunity to resolve unfinished business from last January, when his team lost to Alabama in the national championship game.

The Clemson star completed 23 of 34 passes for 288 yards, including TDs of 21 and 10 yards to Jordan Leggett and 15 yards to Hunter Renfrow for a 42-28 lead midway through the fourth quarter. He also rushed for 85 yards on 17 attempts for the Tigers. They've won back-to-back ACC titles for the first time since winning three straight from 1986-88.

Watson's Virginia Tech counterpart, Jerod Evans, was just as impressive. The 6-foot-3, 238-pound ran for two touchdowns and rallied the Hokies from a 21-point deficit to make it close at the end.

The Hokies (9-4, No. 23 CFP) scored on three straight possessions, trimming what was once a 35-14 deficit to seven points on Evans' 5-yard run early in the fourth quarter and Cam Phillips' 26-yard TD reception with just under 6 minutes remaining.

Virginia Tech got the ball back with a chance to force overtime. Evans drove his team to the Clemson 23, where the drive stalled when Tigers cornerback Cordrea Tankersley intercepted a pass on fourth-and-6.