BERKELEY (AP) - Tony Bennett wanted to see his Virginia team come through in a close game when not everything went right. Across the country right before Christmas and the start of conference play, California provided the perfect test while trying to protect a school-record home winning streak.
No. 1 Alabama placed four players on The Associated Press All-America team, most of any school, and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and fellow Heisman Trophy finalists Jabrill Peppers of Michigan and Dede Westbrook of Oklahoma were also first-team selections.
STANFORD (AP) - After gaining more than 6,000 yards the past two seasons, setting an NCAA record and finishing as the runner-up last year in the Heisman Trophy balloting, Christian McCaffrey was ready for his next challenge.