Jan 14, 2020

Joe Burrow leads LSU to national college football title

LSU Tigers Head coach Ed Orgeron, Joe Burrow and Grant Delpit after beating the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship game in New Orleans Monday. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Louisiana State University's Joe Burrow led his team to a 42-25 victory over defending champions the Clemson Tigers in the college football national championship clash in New Orleans Monday.

Why it matters: Burrow set the single-season record for most touchdown passes with 60, becoming the first major college quarterback to do so, AP notes. "This is so special," Burrow said afterward. "I’m kind of speechless right now." Both teams were undefeated before the game.

Flashback: Ohio State tops the first CFP rankings

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of Burrow's record and his comments.

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XFL 2.0 prepares for kickoff

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A reboot of one of America's most infamous sports leagues kicks off this weekend, with billionaire wrestling mogul Vince McMahon betting once more that football fans are hungry for more football.

What they're saying: Whereas the old XFL leaned on gimmicks and stunts when it first launched (and failed) 19 years ago, the new XFL is presenting itself as a league focused entirely on quality of play and the on-field product.

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26 million Americans will bet on Super Bowl LIV

Prop bets at Bally's Atlantic City Hotel and Casino. Photo: Wayne Parry/AP

With sports betting now legal in 14 states, the American Gaming Association estimates $6.8 billion will be bet legally and illegally on Sunday's Super Bowl between the S.F. 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, AP's Wayne Parry reports.

The state of play: 26 million Americans plan to make a bet, up 15% from last year, per the AGA.

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Blue-chip football recruits are concentrated in the South, California

Data: 247 Sports; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Today is National Signing Day. What was once a day filled with frenetic activity is now much quieter due to the "early signing period" scooping up most FBS signees, but it still signifies the end of the college football recruiting cycle.

Why it matters: Elite football prospects spring up all over the country, but they're heavily concentrated in the South and California, plus notable hotspots near Houston and Dallas.

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