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Top 25 takeaways: after 3 unbeatens go down, what now?

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The announcement was made in Husky Stadium and the sellout crowd at the Washington-USC game roared. Pittsburgh 43, Clemson 42. It is safe to say that never before has an ACC score made a Seattle crowd so excited. Then Washington went out and lost, too. And Michigan followed up with a loss at Iowa and just like that there were three College Football Playoff-shaking results on a Saturday when all the top contenders were big favorites. Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways…

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AP Top 25 takeaways: Clemson, OSU escape; ‘Bama bashes Vols

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The college football season reached its midway point, with a chance for some major movement at the top of the rankings. Instead No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson survived in overtime and Alabama left no doubt who is No. 1 Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways from Week 7: 1. Ohio State has now won 20 straight road games , or every road game Urban Meyer has coached the Buckeyes. 2. On Wisconsin’s last play of overtime, the Buckeyes rushed…

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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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5 Things for Week 4: Nick Chubb’s Chance; Pressure on Gus Malzahn

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Week 4 of the college football season has the Southeastern Conference in the spotlight as a couple teams try to break long losing streaks to their opponents, and a few coaches face referendum games with their fanbases. BEST GAME No. 10 Texas A&M vs. No. 17 Arkansas at Arlington, Texas. No. 14 Tennessee-No. 19 Florida probably has the most pressure on one team — hello, Volunteers. No. 12 Georgia-No. 23 Mississippi has star power with Nick Chubb, Chad Kelly and…

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Multiple Heisman hopefuls take the field Saturday in Louisville

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Talking about the Heisman Trophy in September is like talking about baseball’s MVP in May. Some may remember George Steinbrenner’s dig at former Yankee and current Hall of Fame member Dave Winfield when he referred to him as “Mr. May.” But that doesn’t stop the pundits from rating the contenders after the first two weeks of the season. For Florida State fans, there’s a justifiable reason for taking a peek at some of them. Before the season began, most thought…

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Diane Roberts: Hey, football fans! How’s Donald Trump gonna do?

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Greeting sportsfans, I’m Brent Toast of ESPN, along with former Heisman winner Johnny Twitt. Welcome to the most important event of 2016, the college football national championship! Who will prevail? Will it be the Clemson University Tigers, led by evangelical whackjob Dabo Swinney, or the Crimson Tide of Alabama, coached by gazillionaire and part-time Bond villain Nick Saban? But first, let’s look at the second-most important event of 2016, the race for the White House. Who’s playing with his hand…

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Christian McCaffrey’s Rose Bowl records lift Stanford

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Even with the Heisman Trophy season put together by Alabama’s Derrick Henry, there were still those who thought Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey was the most outstanding (the Heisman definition) and complete football player in America. On Friday, McCaffrey tallied 368 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the Cardinals to a 45-16 rout of the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Rose Bowl. The true sophomore hurt the Hawkeyes, as he hurt other teams on the Cardinals’  schedule, in a number of…

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