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Clemson, Alabama remain atop CFP rankings; plenty of movement below

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There is no change among the top two teams in the College Football Playoff rankings, but controversy has already begun from spots 3-6. To no one’s surprise, the Clemson Tigers remained the top-rated team with Alabama taking second. The buzz began immediately after Oklahoma was moved up four spots from the previous week to No. 3. Unbeaten Iowa claims the fourth spot, with Michigan State and Notre Dame, the first two teams currently out of the playoff, at No. 5…

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Clemson stays on top of AP Top 25; Gators climb to 8th, Seminoles to 16th

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Unlike last week, the Associated Press Top 25 poll has shown significant movement up and down the rankings. The exception is the top three positions. The Clemson Tigers maintained their hold onto the top spot. Clemson earned 34 of the 61 first place votes with No. 2 Ohio State earning 23 votes and third place Alabama claiming the other four. Florida has moved solidly into the top 10, coming in at No. 8. Florida’s 24-14 victory at South Carolina helped…

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Playoff pulse: scratch off Stanford; Baylor in big trouble

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Scratch Stanford off the list of College Football Playoff contenders. Actually, just make it the whole Pac-12. Baylor is in big trouble, too. And the Bears’ loss could be Notre Dame’s gain. The Cardinal were felled by a familiar nemesis Saturday night, losing to Oregon 38-36 in a game that left the Pac-12’s playoff hopes in a precarious position. A couple of hours later, Utah was upset in overtime, 37-30 by Arizona, leaving the Pac-12 with no team with less…

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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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Clemson stays No. 1 in college playoff rankings; Florida 11th, FSU 16th

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Clemson maintained their position at the top of the College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings for the second consecutive week. Clemson’s hard-fought 23-13 victory over Florida State impressed the committee enough to keep them at No. 1. The Seminoles performance, while a losing effort, allowed them to stay at No. 16 Alabama’s impressive 30-16 victory over former No. 2 LSU was enough to jump them to the second position. Ohio State stayed in the third spot, while Notre Dame jumped to…

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Tar Heels’ record half, underperforming LSU and other interesting stats from this weekend’s college football

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This week’s college football action had some surprises and near misses. Some of the best performances were on defense, but there were plenty of offensive numbers to talk about. Here are just a few… 404 – Passing yards by No. 21 North Carolina QB Marquise Williams at halftime of the Tar Heels’ 66-31 smashing of arch-rival Duke. Williams finished the game with 494 yards and 4 touchdown passes, while rushing for another. 216 – Receiving yards by No. 2 Baylor’s…

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CFP rankings: Tide rolls while Gators & FSU still in playoff hunt

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For those in the chorus that sings about SEC bias in punditry and polling, you have some sheet music before you. The College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings are now out and if the playoffs were to begin today, two Southeastern Conference teams would be among the four playing for a championship. The on again, off again, on again romance between college football pollsters and Alabama is back on again. After a fall from grace prompted by a home loss to…

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