SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Jerry Jeudy #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide catches a 62 yard touchdown reception thrown by Tua Tagovailoa #13 against the Clemson Tigers during the first quarter in the College Football Playoff National Championship at Levi’s Stadium on January 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)Whether it is a Top 25 poll, recruiting, coaching, or quarterback rankings, this off-season virtually everything ultimately comes down to Clemson vs. Alabama.That shouldn’t surprise. Dabo Swinney has elevated his program to Alabama’s level, beating the Crimson Tide in two of the last three national title games.247Sports put out a ranking of the best quarterback/wide receiver combinations in the country. You can probably guess how it shakes out.Like so many other categories in college football, Alabama and Clemson finished Nos. 1 and 2 in best quarterback/wide receiver combo.In this list, it is Alabama that comes out on top, with the impressive pitch-and-catch duo of Tua Tagovailoa and Jerry Jeudy. Tua Tagovailoa and Jerry Jeudy may be the scariest returning quarterback-wide receiver duo in the country. Tagovailoa was the 2018 Heisman Trophy runner-up, while Jeudy won the Biletnikoff Award (nation’s best wide receiver). The combination of Jeudy’s elite speed and route running make him an easy target for a quarterback with Tagovailoa’s accuracy. That was on display for much of the 2019 season, as Jeudy finished with 14 touchdowns and 1,315 yards on 68 catches. The junior is a threat to score every time he touches the ball, and that puts tremendous pressure on defensive backs.Jeudy was the clear No. 1 threat for the Crimson Tide. The Tigers may actually be a little deeper, with Tee Higgins joining Justyn Ross on the outside. Ross got the nod here.True freshmen Trevor Lawrence and Justyn Ross both lived up to their 247Sports Composite rankings last season. Lawrence was the No. 1 overall player in the class of 2018, and the quarterback quickly took over the starting role from incumbent Kelly Bryant, who is now at Missouri after transferring. Lawrence became just the second true freshman starting quarterback to lead his team to a national championship. Ross, the class of 2018’s No. 1 player in Alabama, was also a major key to Clemson’s 15-0 season. After totaling just one game over 100 yards receiving during the team’s first 13 games, Ross caught 12 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns during the College Football Playoff. Rising junior Tee Higgins (12 touchdowns) actually led the Tigers in receiving until Ross’ outburst in the playoff, but we should expect Ross to have big games throughout the entire season in 2019.The rest of the list is a very interesting one, featuring some much smaller programs and names that college football fans may not be super familiar with. At No. 3, we have a Conference USA program.3. Mason Fine/Rico Bussey Jr. (North Texas) 4. Justin Herbert/Juwan Johnson (Oregon) 5. Jalen Hurts/Ceedee Lamb (Oklahoma) 6. Sam Ehlinger/Collin Johnson (Texas) 7. Cole McDonald/Cedric Byrd (Hawaii) 8. JT Daniels/Amon-Ra St. Brown (USC) 9. Ian Book/Chase Claypool (Notre Dame) 10. Jake Fromm/Demetris Robertson (Georgia)Head to 247Sports for the full list.
As he prepares to depart for the landmark United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged world leaders at the meeting – which he characterized as a “test of our collective will” – to negotiate an agenda to create a new deal to tackle global warming.“Our ultimate goal is a comprehensive agreement on climate change that all nations can embrace,” he told reporters in New York, voicing hope that the Conference will yield a “roadmap to a better future.” Mr. Ban, who is leaving for Bali on Saturday, pointed out that it is crucial to negotiate a new agreement to address the problem by 2009 so that it can enter into force in 2013 when the Kyoto Protocol, the current regime, expires.“Difficult as this path may be, we have no choice,” he said.Transforming the global economy into an eco-friendly one provides an opportunity to jump-start growth and development, not hinder it, the Secretary-General – who has identified climate change as one of his top priorities – observed.The latest report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ( IPCC ) – a recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize – estimated that curbing serious global warming would cost as little as 0.1 per cent of GDP over the next 30 years.It also reported that existing technologies offering at least a 10 per cent rate of return on investment – ranging from energy-efficient lightbulbs to alternative fuel sources – can slash the grown in energy use in the coming decades by half.“We want to unleash the power of markets, capital, innovation and entrepreneurship in our fight against global warming,” Mr. Ban said.He underscored to reporters today his efforts to jump-start efforts to combat climate change, ranging from the largest-ever high-level meeting on the issue in September to his recent visits to Antarctica, the Amazon, the Andes, Lake Chad and Central Africa to witness the problem first-hand.The Secretary-General said that he has also been meeting and making phone calls to world leaders, including President George W. Bush of the United States, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao of China and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia.“Now comes Bali, our biggest moment yet,” the Secretary-General said. 6 December 2007As he prepares to depart for the landmark United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged world leaders at the meeting – which he characterized as a “test of our collective will” – to negotiate an agenda to create a new deal to tackle global warming.