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Underdog Clemson overwhelms Oklahoma in Orange Bowl

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For the second time in their history, the Clemson Tigers came into the Orange Bowl undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the country. For the second time, they went into the game as the underdog to the fourth-ranked team. In keeping with the storyline, for the second time the Tigers won the Orange Bowl after few thought they could. Clemson’s convincing 37-17 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners on Thursday sets them up to play for the national championship on Jan.…

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Oklahoma, Clemson took different paths to playoff

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From a protest in the spring to travel woes in the fall, Oklahoma coped with plenty of distractions on its way to the Orange Bowl. Clemson might ask for a few pointers. The top-ranked Tigers (13-0) were dealing with the suspension of three players for violating unspecified team rules as they prepared to face the No. 4 Sooners (11-1) in the national semifinal game. While none were starters, it was still an unwanted annoyance on the eve of Thursday’s contest…

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Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey wins AP player of the year

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Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey is The Associated Press college football player of the year, becoming the first non-Heisman Trophy winner to earn the honor in six years. McCaffrey was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy to Derrick Henry, but received 29 of 60 votes from the AP Top 25 media panel to edge the Alabama running back. Henry received 16 votes and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was third with 11. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield…

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Derrick Henry earned Heisman, but is trophy losing its luster?

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When the Heisman Trophy winner is announced each year, those who care either celebrate the winner or wonder why someone else was not chosen. There was some of that this year, but there were those who wondered why more non-winners were not invited to the ceremony on Saturday. Alabama’s Derrick Henry, as expected, was the winner in a reasonably close vote. However, Christian McCaffrey of Stanford and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson had legitimate statistics to be selected. So did a few…

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Christian McCaffrey defines “outstanding” for 2015

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The 81st winner of college football’s Heisman Trophy will be revealed on Saturday night from New York’s Downtown Athletic Club. Voting is already completed and the top three are known. They are Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. Florida State fans thought Dalvin Cook was deserving of at least being on the stage. So did Cook and he said so. Cook had a chance to rush for 2,000 yards, but injuries…

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Three matchups between ranked teams dot Saturday’s football schedule

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As the college football season enters the last quarter, some season-defining matchups loom, including rivalry games. This week is not one of the most exciting overall, but at least three quality matchups loom. No. 2 Alabama heads to Starkville to take on No. 17 Mississippi State. The Bulldogs look to knock Alabama out of the national championship picture while throwing the SEC Western Division into total chaos. A victory by Alabama would leave them in the driver’s seat. The size…

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