Ohio State continues dom­i­na­tion

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

Ohio State has turned what’s known as The Game into ITS Game, mak­ing one of the greatest ri­val­ries in sports a one-sided se­ries with lit­tle sus­pense.

Chas­ing a na­tional cham­pi­onship, not sim­ply beat­ing the Wolver­ines, is how the Buck­eyes mea­sure a suc­cess­ful season.

And un­der first-year coach Ryan Day, they have put them­selves in a po­si­tion to po­ten­tially win it all for the se­cond time since the 2014 season and third time this cen­tury.

J.K. Dob­bins ran for four touch­downs and Justin Fields threw four TD passes, pro­vid­ing plenty of fire­power for topranked Ohio State to rout No. 13 Michi­gan 56-27 on Satur­day in Ann Arbor, Mich., for a school-record eighth straight win in the se­ries.

“It feels great just to con­tinue the legacy of this great Ohio State tra­di­tion,” de­fen­sive end Chase Young said. “We’re just go­ing to try to keep it mov­ing and keep it rolling next week.”

The Buck­eyes (12-0, 9-0 Big Ten) will head to the Big Ten cham­pi­onship game to face No. 12 Wis­con­sin next Satur­day with a spot in the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off in sight.

Mis­souri fired foot­ball coach Barry Odom on Satur­day, end­ing the four-year stay of a re­spected for­mer player who took over a pro­gram in dis­ar­ray but could never get the Tigers over the hump in the bru­tal SEC.

Mis­souri dumps Odom: The Tigers fin­ished 6-6 and 3-5 in the con­fer­ence af­ter beat­ing Arkansas on Fri­day. That left Odom with a 25-25 record, a per­fectly mid­dling mark af­ter Gary Pinkel’s suc­cess­ful run.

Ath­letic di­rec­tor Jim Sterk called the dis­missal a “dif­fi­cult” but “nec­es­sary” move.

“He and his staff have worked dili­gently dur­ing the past four years,” Sterk said in a statement. “Coach Odom has rep­re­sented our pro­gram with in­tegrity and ded­i­cated him­self to de­vel­op­ing our stu­dent-ath­letes on and off the foot­ball field for which we are grate­ful.”

The Tigers were pro­jected to con­tend for the top of the SEC East this season with the return of sev­eral key play­ers and the ar­rival of high-pro­file Clem­son trans­fer Kelly Bryant at quar­ter­back. But the season be­gan with a bum­bling loss to Wy­oming and never re­ally got on track, and the Tigers were forced to beat Arkansas just to be­come bowl-el­i­gi­ble.

Lawrence car­ries Clem­son: Dabo Swin­ney sim­ply couldn’t con­tain his joy over Trevor Lawrence and mid­way through the Tigers’ lat­est blowout, Clem­son’s coach just had to let the kid know.

“Man,” Swin­ney said he told Lawrence, “it’s just so much fun watch­ing you play quar­ter­back.”

Swin­ney should get at least a cou­ple more op­por­tu­ni­ties to see Lawrence shine this post­sea­son, start­ing next Satur­day with the ACC cham­pi­onship game against Vir­ginia.

Lawrence threw for 295 yards and three touch­downs as the third-ranked Tigers won their 27th straight and fin­ished their se­cond con­sec­u­tive 12-0 reg­u­lar season with a 38-3 vic­tory over ri­val South Carolina on Satur­day.

Lawrence, who led Clem­son to a na­tional ti­tle his first year, showed off a full range of skills with high­light-show touch­down throws to Tee Hig­gins and a knack for run­ning the Tigers out of trou­ble.

Lawrence fin­ished 26 of 36 pass­ing and com­pleted an ACC record-ty­ing 18 straight throws to keep the Tigers rolling. He also led Clem­son with 66 yards rush­ing, sev­eral of his runs go­ing for first downs.

Ge­or­gia blasts ri­val: This trip to At­lanta was barely an an­noy­ance for No. 4 Ge­or­gia.

The Bull­dogs are re­ally fo­cused on their return to the A-T-L next week­end.

Jake Fromm threw four touch­down passes and Ge­or­gia cruised into the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game with a 52-7 vic­tory over Ge­or­gia Tech on Satur­day — the Bull­dogs’ biggest win ever against their state ri­val.

The Bull­dogs (11-1) were 28-point fa­vorites and this one was never in doubt, even as they fum­bled the ball away three times, dealt with in­jury woes, had a key player ejected, and failed to cover an on­side kick.

Ex­tra points: Light­ning in the Knoxville, Tenn., area caused the start of Ten­nessee’s 28-10 vic­tory over Van­der­bilt to be de­layed by 30 min­utes. Ten­nessee (7-5, 5-3 SEC) and Van­der­bilt (3-9, 1-7) were sup­posed to be­gin their game at 4 p.m. lo­cal time . ... Joe Bur­row passed for 352 yards and three touch­downs as No. 2 LSU (12-0, 8-0 SEC) blasted Texas A&M 50-7 . ... JaMy­cal Hasty rushed for three touch­downs and No. 9 Bay­lor forced six turnovers in a 61-6 vic­tory over Kansas. The Bears (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) equaled the school record for wins in Matt Rhule’s third season as coach . ... Ian Book passed for four touch­downs and No. 16 Notre Dame (10-2) reached dou­ble-digit wins for the third straight season by beat­ing Stan­ford 45-24.

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