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ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03: The Alabama Crimson Tide celebrate their 54 to 16 win over the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Penn State odd team out as college football sets playoffs

The Nittany Lions won the Big Ten, but were left out of the playoffs because the committee believes Washington was better.

UNH cornerback Prince Smith Jr. (right) and James Madison wide receiver John Miller jockeyed for the ball.

James Madison 55, New Hampshire 22

UNH eliminated from FCS playoffs by James Madison

Dalton Crossman scored two touchdowns for the Wildcats (8-5), but it was far from enough.

Tufts goalkeeper Scott Greenwood posted his fifth shutout of the NCAA tournament.


Tufts men’s soccer team takes NCAA crown

The Jumbos beat Calvin College, 1-0, in double overtime to claim the Division 3 title.

Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley led the Nittany Lions back from a 21-point deficit.


Penn State tops Wisconsin for Big Ten title

The eighth-ranked Nittany Lions rallied from a 21-point second quarter deficit to beat the Badgers, 38-31.

Siyani Chambers had 9 points and 10 assists against Fordham.


Harvard basketball defeats Fordham

Siyani Chambers flirted with a double-double, scoring 9 points and dishing out 10 assists.

Harry Flournoy (left) and David Lattin, members of the 1966 NCAA National Champion Texas Western basketball team, after being named members of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Class of 2007.

Harry Flournoy, 72, captain of groundbreaking NCAA championship team

Mr. Flournoy, a Fall River native, captained the first college basketball team to win the national championship with five black starting players.

Boston College head coach Steve Addazio, center, celebrates with wide receiver Drew Barksdale (80) after a touchdown interception during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Connecticut in Boston, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. Boston College won 30-0. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Three bowls keeping Boston College in mind

The Eagles’ possible destinations are the Military Bowl, the Independence Bowl, and the Quick Lane Bowl.


GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Alicia Kutil of Franklin was named Little East Player of the Week while playing for UMass-Dartmouth women’s basketball.

UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, left, shoots as UC Riverside forward Brandon Rosser defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 98-56. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


UCLA-Kentucky is best matchup of a big weekend

Both teams are undefeated and have oustanding freshmen.


GlobeSouth: Noteworthy performances

Stonehill’s Evan Jacques of Norton was named Northeast-10 Hockey Player of the Week.

04soswimmers - (L-R) Nicole Sauve, Maeve McGowan, and Danielle and Jessica Sauve. (Nancy Sauve)

Sisters swimming to the top

The Sauve sisters of Walpole — Danielle, Jessica, and Nicole — have built their friendly competition into college careers.

November 14 1987 / Gordie Lockbaum ' Holy Cross / Globe Staff photo by Barry Chin


ESPN flashes back to the inimitable Gordie Lockbaum

Holy Cross’s celebrated two-way phenom is revisited in a short film in the “30 for 30” series.

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) waves to fans as he leaves the field after they defeated Auburn 30-12 in the Iron Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)


Dissecting college football’s playoff system

Its strengths, flaws are in the eye of the beholder.

George Washington 77, Harvard 74

Harvard worn down by George Washington runs

The young Crimson dug a huge hole and came out of it, but eventually lost to the Colonials.

Running back Curtis Samuel (4) scored the winning touchdown in the second overtime as Ohio State beat Michigan on Saturday.

Ohio State remains No. 2 in College Football playoff ranking

The Buckeyes could be the first team selected to the final four without winning their conference.

Steve Addazio has led BC to bowl games in three of his first four seasons.

Boston College players never gave up on Steve Addazio

There was heat coming from outside the program this season, but faith on the inside.

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines argues a call on the sideline during the second half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)


Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh reprimanded for outburst

Harbaugh blasted the officiating after the Wolverines’ double-overtime loss to Ohio State.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - NOVEMBER 26: Running back Matt Colburn #22 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons slips a tackle by linebacker Matt Milano #28 of the Boston College Eagles during a carry in the first quarter of an NCAA football game on November 26, 2016 at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)


Boston College can only guess about its bowl destination

BC will find out Sunday where it’s are headed — Shreveport, Annapolis, or elsewhere.

LAHAINA, HI - NOVEMBER 23: Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels watches the action during the second half of the championship game against the Wisconsin Badgers of the Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center on November 23, 2016 in Lahaina, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)

Joe Sullivan | College Basketball

North Carolina looking like a national champion

Duke got all the preseason publicity, but the Tar Heels are playing better than anyone right now.

With coach Mark Helfrich at the helm, the Ducks missed a bowl for the first time since 2004.

College football notebook

Mark Helfrich’s status is uncertain at Oregon

The Oregon coach was preparing to head out to recruit while speculation swirled about his job security.

Devon Begley’s key 3-pointer and last-minute free throws helped push Northeastern past Kent State.


Northeastern rallies to defeat Kent State

Devon Begley’s free throws with 25 seconds left led the Huskies to a 73-70 victory.

New England College Football Roundup

UNH wins first-round playoff showdown with Lehigh

New Hampshire routed Lehigh, 64-21, in Durham, N.H.

The son of former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe (above) will attempt to play football at Washington State as a walk on.

Drew Bledsoe’s son to walk on to Washington State football team

John Bledsoe, who led his team to an Oregon state title in 2015, announced his decision Friday.


BC surges past Northeastern in women’s hockey

The sixth-ranked Eagles recovered from a third-period deficit by scoring three unanswered goals.

Auburn defensive back Tray Matthews is too late getting to Jalen Hurts.


Alabama takes care of Auburn

Jalen Hurts threw for two touchdowns and ran for another for the top-ranked Crimson Tide.

Tom Herman is leaving Houston to coach Texas.


Texas hires Tom Herman to succeed Charlie Strong

Hours after firing Strong on Saturday, Texas said the University of Houston’s Herman would be its next football coach.

Boston College running back Myles Willis  headed toward the end zone in the first quarter.

boston college 17, wake forest 14

Boston College hangs on to beat Wake Forest

The Eagles are guaranteed a bowl berth after their 6-6 season.

Nov 26, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) scores against the Michigan Wolverines in the first overtime at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 30-27 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports


Ohio State tops Michigan in double overtime

The No. 2 Buckeyes beat the No. 3 Wolverines in one the greatest games in the epic rivalry.


UMass basketball edges Harvard

Donte Clark scored 29 points for the Minutemen in the nonconference win.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Xavier Sneed #20 of the Kansas State Wildcats celebrates after a dunk against the Boston College Eagles in the second half during the Barclays Center Classic at Barclays Center on November 25, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

College roundup

Kansas State romps Boston College to remain unbeaten

Xavier Sneed’s 16 points leads Wildcats (5-0) to 72-54 win over the Eagles in the Barclays Center Classic Friday night.

Chestnut Hill MA 10/10/15 Boston College Eagles John Johnson putting presure on Wake Forest Demon Deacons quarterback Jhn Wolford during first half action at Alumni Stadium on Saturday October 10, 2015. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: Wake Forest-BC Reporter: Michael Vega

BC and Wake Forest are improved for rematch

The Eagles and Deacons have made strides since Wake Forest won last year’s game, 3-0.

Boston MA 11/24/16 Catholic Memorial Jack McGowan scoring the game winning touchdown run beating Boston College High Nate Stewart during fourth quarter action of their Thanksgiving Day football game at Boston College High. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: 25bchigh reporter:


Catholic Memorial notches Thanksgiving win for first time in 11 years

Matthew Marcantano threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns on 20-of-32 passing.


Harold Landry sets the tone along BC’s defensive line

The junior is closing in on the school season sack record, showing his teammates how it’s done.

Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss (5) stands on the court during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Utah Valley in Spokane, Wash., Friday, Nov. 11, 2016.(AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Joe Sullivan | On college basketball

The best feast: College basketball on Thanksgiving

Some of the best intersectional games of the season will take place over the holiday weekend.

Pace Academy' Wendell Carter Jr (22) slam dunks during the Class AA boys basketball championship at the Macon Coliseum Friday, March 4, 2016 in Macon, Ga. (Kent D. Johnson/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Top basketball recruit Wendell Carter chooses Duke over Harvard

The 6-9 forward from Georgia is likely to be a one-and-done college player.

Notre Dame forward Erin Boley (22) and teammates huddle after play was stopped due to a power outage during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Louisiana Lafayette , Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

NCAA women’s basketball

Louisiana-Lafayette took its shot in the dark against No. 1 Notre Dame

A power outage in a neutral-site nonconference game forced the top-ranked Irish to relocate to another venue in the middle of a 91-51 win Tuesday night.

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2008, file photo, Alabama college football fans cheer during the Iron Bowl NCAA college football game against Auburn, at Bryant-Denny Stadium, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The top-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 16 Auburn meet Saturday in The Iron Bowl.(AP Photo/The Tuscaloosa News, Robert Sutton, File)

College roundup

Top 4 remain firm in college playoff rankings

Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson held top 4 spots in College Football Playoff poll; Washington was up one spot to No. 5.

FILE - In this April 21, 2012, file photo, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly leads his team onto the field for their spring NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind. Kelly, in his third-year as head coach, has the unbeaten Fighting Irish in the national championship discussion with their best start in a decade at 7-0 and a big game Saturday at eighth-ranked Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File)

Notre Dame must forfeit all football wins from 2012-13

The NCAA found that a former student athletic trainer did course work for two players and helped six others.

De'Aaron Fox and Kentucky are atop the latest Associated Press men’s basketball poll.


Kentucky men, Notre Dame women atop basketball polls

Duke fell from No. 1 to No. 6 in the men’s poll after a last-second loss to Kansas.

The Eagles improved to 5-6 by beating UConn, 30-0, Saturday.

BC (5-6) doesn’t need another win to get to a bowl game

Boston College can qualify, even if it loses seven games, because of its academic performance.

Brigham Young guard Nick Emery (4) begins to move past a BYU-Hawaii defender during a college basketball exhibition game Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in Provo, Utah. (Dominic Valente/Daily Herald via AP)


Returning trio should be a boost for BYU

The West Coast Conference race should be fascinating with Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s and BYU all looking like tournament teams.

The Brandeis University women’s soccer team, led by veteran c oach Denise Dallamora (right), is making its first appearance in the NCAA semifinals.


Golden goal lifts Brandeis women into semifinals

Senior captain Jessica Morana scored the winner in a 4-3 victory against top-ranked William Smith.

Texas coach Charlie Strong walked the sideline during his team’s crushing loss to Kansas on Saturday.


Reports: Texas to fire Charlie Strong

The school says no decision will be made until after Friday’s regular season finale.

The Duke Blue Devils hoist up the championship trophy following their victory over Rhode Island in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.


Duke tops Rhode Island for Hall of Fame Tip-Off title

The top-ranked Blue Devils never trailed in a 75-65 victory, despite a spirited challenge from the No. 21 Rams.

Corey Ronan scored for UConn in its 4-0 win over Boston University.


UConn hockey team upsets Boston University

Huskies goaltender Adam Huska earned his first career shutout in a 4-0 victory.

Michigan State's Andrew Dowell (left) broke up a pass intended for Ohio State's Mike Weber during the second quarter.


Ohio State wards off upset-minded Michigan State

The No. 2-ranked Buckeyes held on to beat the Spartans, 17-16.


Hanover romps past Triton in Division 3 semifinal

Brad Rogers had his second consecutive four-touchdown game.

Harvard quarterback Joe Viviano was under heavy pressure as he looked to throw in the second quarter.


Yale upsets Harvard in ‘The Game’

The Elis’ victory deprived Harvard of a fourth straight Ivy League crown.

BC running back Davon Jones (left) had plenty of help celebrating a first-half touchdown.


BC maintains hopes for a bowl bid

The Eagles need to beat Wake Forest next week to reach the postseason.

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 photo, Harvard football head coach Tim Murphy looks on from the sidelines against Columbia during a college football game in Manhattan, N.Y. With a victory over their archrivals in the 133rd edition of The Game on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, Harvard (7-2, 5-1) would clinch a share of a fourth straight Ivy League championship for the first time in the school's history. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)

Plenty at stake in Harvard-Yale showdown

The Crimson hope to secure their fourth straight Ivy League crown.