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November 24, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
The last title chase in Bowl Championship Series history has been narrowed to three undefeated teams and a few one-loss teams still clinging to hope. Previously undefeated Baylor and one-loss Oregon stepped aside this weekend with humiliating road losses to Oklahoma State and Arizona. Unbeaten Ohio State and one-loss Auburn happily filled the standings vacuum but still need help in the next two weeks. Alabama and Florida State remained firmly entrenched in the top two spots in Sunday's release of the BCS standings.
November 20, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Fans from Berkeley, Calif., to Key Biscayne, Fla., must have done a spontaneous spit take when Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer announced his frustration with the lame-duck Bowl Championship Series. "I think it's a flawed system," Meyer said Monday. Here's another bulletin: Bill Gates is rich. Ohio State is 10-0 with three games left but is not likely to finish in the top two unless Alabama and/or Florida State lose. It would also help if Baylor lost. The Buckeyes are currently third in the BCS standings, by a slim margin, with Baylor set to move to No. 3 if it wins Saturday at Oklahoma State.
November 20, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The numbers said that John Freshwater was the best eighth-grade science teacher at Mount Vernon Middle School. His students often outperformed those taught by the school's two other science teachers, and Freshwater's evaluations were almost always positive in the 20-plus years he'd been at the school. On Tuesday, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the Mount Vernon school board was right to fire Freshwater in 2011 in a disagreement over how he expressed his Christianity. In a controversial case that has touched on the divide between free speech and the separation of church and state, Ohio's highest court ruled that Mount Vernon officials were right in firing Freshwater for insubordination for refusing to remove Christian materials from his classroom.
November 19, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The FBI is investigating the killing of an Aryan Brotherhood leader from Ohio inside a high-security federal prison in Victorville last week, officials said. David Snow, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday. He had served as president of the Aryan Brotherhood in Ohio, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported . He was convicted of possessing 50 tablets of oxycodone and being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to Snow's 2005 federal indictment filed in Ohio, he had also been convicted of robbery in 1979 and aggravated assault in 1988.
November 17, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Maybe the last season of the Bowl Championship Series was supposed to end this way. There are four undefeated contenders left, three weekends to play and only two spots for the Jan. 6 title game at the Rose Bowl. One-loss Stanford, which muddled up the standings last week with its No. 4 ranking ahead of undefeated Baylor, lost a second game to clear out the top four spots. Alabama struggled to a 20-7 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday but remained affixed on top in Sunday's latest BCS standings with an average of .991.
November 16, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Ohio State crushed Illinois, 60-35, on Saturday to record its 22nd consecutive victory. It tied the school record for wins in a row -- and what a rush it was. Carlos Hyde ran for 246 yards while quarterback Braxton Miller added 184. Ohio State (10-0) finished with 441 total rushing yards. It took Urban Meyer, 22-0 as the Buckeyes' head coach, less than two years to tie a record that has stood for more than four decades. Ohio State's last 22-game winning streak started with a win at Michigan State on Nov. 4, 1967, and extended through the 10-0 national title season of 1968.
November 12, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
If the college football season ended today, Alabama would play Florida State for the BCS title in a highly anticipated matchup. However, one person thinks that would not be a matchup of the two best teams. “I guess I'm a little biased, but I think we'd wipe the field with both of them," Ohio State receiver Evan Spencer said. “Both teams are really good. They have their strengths and weaknesses. Personally, I think we can exploit them, but I'm a little biased.” Ohio State is third in the BCS standings and would probably need either Alabama or Florida State to lose if it wants to play in the BCS title game.  ALSO: Matt Flynn heads back to his Green Bay Packers roots Turner Field will be demolished, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe arrested on marijuana possession charge    
November 6, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Take a snapshot of these rankings because they could look different next week. Florida State and Ohio State could be the new 1-2 if Louisiana State and Stanford take out the nation's leaders in Tuscaloosa and Palo Alto. Clemson's Tigers should be embarrassed at No. 7 after losing so badly to Florida State, but where else are you going to put them? Good timing: Arizona State's athletic director left for unranked Texas the same week the Sun Devils got back in Rankman's top 25. Making a move down the stretch is racehorse Michigan State, so completely underrated by all of us that the Spartans should play Clemson just to prove it. 1; Alabama 8-0; After Sunday's segment, Saban says he could cut 15 minutes of fat out of "60 Minutes.
November 6, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
MONCLOVA TOWNSHIP, Ohio - State Rep. Barbara Sears is the kind of Republican the party would want to highlight these days: a woman and former business owner, fluent in health insurance issues, who has managed to repeatedly win reelection in a district where Republicans and Democrats are almost evenly divided. But this year, the popular legislator with a strong conservative voting record has found her photo on door hangers throughout her district, pictured as the conductor of the Obamacare train to disaster.
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