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Despite horrible weekend, ACC still basketball’s best league

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ACC fans, or supporters of schools outside of the SEC, often grumble about the “best conference by far” tag often given to the SEC by football pundits. Each time an SEC team loses a bowl game or a head-to-head matchup with one of the outsiders, the derision often follows. Conversely, SEC basketball fans, or supporters of other power conferences outside of the ACC, are equally uncertain that conference is that much better than the others. The ACC put eight teams…

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Did participants in epic Rose Bowl deserve spot in CFP?

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Sometimes adjectives are often overused when describing sporting events. Epic; classic; legendary; incredible. All of those and more describe to the 2017 Rose Bowl. The words seem insufficient to define Monday’s back-and-forth between Penn State and Southern California, which the Trojans won 52-49 on Matt Boermeester’s 46-yard field goal as time expired. Are there better words to paint a picture of a game that featured Penn State coming from 13 points down to take a 15-point lead early in the…

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LSU, Louisville happy to be playing in Citrus Bowl

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Several fascinating matchups are in store for the 2016-17 bowl season. The Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando is certainly one of them. The LSU Tigers are among college football’s most prestigious programs over time while the Louisville Cardinals are on the verge of joining elite status through recent success. Both have big name players. This game is expected to feature the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner. Louisville’s Lamar Jackson is the favorite to win the…

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Penn State makes case for playoffs; Florida bowls nearly set

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With Penn State’s thrilling 38-31 come-from-behind victory over Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship Game on Saturday, the controversy over who gets the fourth spot in the College Football Playoffs (CFP) has already begun. While the four teams will be announced on Sunday, the debate will linger through the new year, no matter what happens. Most are expecting the Nittany Lions (11-2) to head to the Rose Bowl to face Colorado with Wisconsin playing in the Cotton Bowl against Western…

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Clemson tops AP Top 25; FSU up to 10, UF down to 18

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The Clemson Tigers tightened their hold on the top spot in the AP Top 25 College Football Poll. Alabama, Oklahoma, Iowa and Michigan State round out the top 5. Clemson earned 53 of the 61 first place votes with the Crimson Tide collecting the other eight. After Florida State’s 27-2 victory over Florida, the Seminoles moved into the 10th position. The Gators dropped from No. 10 to No. 18. Oklahoma’s rise coincides with its climb in the playoff rankings. The…

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Things to watch: All eyes on Oklahoma, Big Ten showdown

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College football’s regular season has three weeks left, including championship weekend. Week 12 is all about Oklahoma. The Sooners state is the site for three big games, all with major postseason implications. Elsewhere, the Big Ten’s game of the year will be played in Columbus, and Michigan is not invited. Virginia Tech says goodbye to one of the greatest coaches in college football history. Plus, several division titles could be handed out. Here are things to watch for in Week…

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Top-ranked Clemson looking to stay focused down the stretch

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Clemson faces perhaps its most difficult challenge now that the top-ranked Tigers have successfully navigated the toughest games out of the way, — avoiding missteps on the way to the College Football Playoffs. The top-ranked Tigers (9-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference; No. 1 CFP) made a strong statement with their 23-13 victory over Florida State in their much anticipated showdown on Saturday. The victory clinched a berth in the ACC championship game, but between now and the title contest, Clemson…

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