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AP Top 25 Takeaways: Oklahoma upset; Miami over FSU, finally

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Four of the top five teams in the country kicked off their games at noon Eastern on Saturday, which suggests that all were expected to roll. No. 2 Clemson, No. 4 Penn State and No. 5 Georgia all did just that. Then there was No. 3 Oklahoma. The Sooners and Iowa State provided some early drama and the first really big upset of the season. Then No. 13 Miami and Florida State played another classic, with the Hurricanes finally getting some…

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Alabama-Florida State kicks off this season’s games to watch

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College football’s four-team playoff has altered some of the drama of the regular season. On one hand, some of the biggest games aren’t necessarily must-wins, since one loss may not end a team’s playoff hopes. Clemson lost in November last year and still went on to win the national title. Ohio State made the playoff despite failing to win its conference.

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Peach Bowl: Alabama dynasty vs. playoff outsider Washington

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Alabama is very familiar with this role. Washington? It’s been a while. The Peach Bowl features one of college football’s greatest dynasties against the definite outsider in this season’s College Football Playoff. The top-ranked Crimson Tide (13-0) is going for its second straight national title and fifth in the last nine seasons under coach Nick Saban. At this point, it’s national championship or bust for Alabama. A loss in Saturday’s semifinal game would make this season a failure. “It’s the…

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No. 10 Washington rolls No. 7 Stanford 44-6

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Washington stayed quiet. Stanford was just the next opponent, the Huskies said, and there was no extra meaning or motivation. Then the celebration happened, complete with purple-clad fans rushing the field to celebrate Washington’s 44-6 rout Friday night. After months of hype surrounding a possible breakout performance for Washington (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12), the 10th-ranked Huskies showed they were ready for their return to the national stage. And they did it emphatically, handing No. 7 Stanford (3-1, 2-1) its worst loss…

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