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SEC faces strong challenges as college football’s top dog

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When LSU’s Ed Orgeron matter of factly declared the SEC as “the best conference in the United States,” he was mostly preaching to the choir in the league’s backyard. But the Southeastern Conference’s once-undisputed status as college football’s top league is facing strong challenges from both the ACC and Big Ten despite Alabama’s best efforts.

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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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Mitch Perry Report for 1.6.16 – Big time college athletics parks in Tampa this weekend

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Big time college sports makes its way to Tampa this weekend with the college football championship slated for 8 p.m. Monday evening at Raymond James Stadium. Both teams will be arriving at Tampa International Airport this afternoon, with Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney slated to headline a press conference tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. at the Tampa Convention Center. Don’t expect any sparking quotes from Coach Saban, who is in rarefied air as one of the greatest coaches in college football…

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Fiesta Bowl: Dabo Swinney looks to put a rare L on Urban Meyer’s record

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Urban Meyer was giving the abridged version of the core values he has instilled in Ohio State football, the pillars upon which he has built the Buckeyes. There is 4 to 6, A to B, in reference to the effort expected on each play. Power of the unit focuses on each position group. Competitive excellence, which sort of speaks for itself. “You mean the game-day underwear, that’s not the key ingredient?” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney chimed in, getting a smile…

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Last Clemson-Alabama game launched dynasty, led to change

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The plan was for a Clemson coming-out party. The Tigers had finished strong in 2007 and entered the 2008 season with a Top 10 ranking. It seemed like the perfect time for the Tigers to take on a marquee Southeastern Conference opponent at an NFL stadium in a nationally televised game. Turns out it was Nick Saban and Alabama that made the statement in the Georgia Dome. Coming off a 7-6 season, the Crimson Tide crushed No. 9 Clemson 34-10…

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Alabama’s Nick Saban: Love him or hate him, his dynasty stands

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To all those who think Nick Saban leads a joyless life, that all he cares about is winning football games, he’d like to set the record straight. “I’m a very happy person.” Of course, Saban spoke with his jaw tightly clinched, a steely glare and nary the hint of a smile. It’s the face of college football. Alabama will be going for its fourth national title in seven years when it takes on top-ranked Clemson in the championship game Monday…

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Clemson tries to stop a talented, motivated Alabama

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Tonight’s contenders for college football’s national championship, top-ranked Clemson and No. 2 Alabama, have proud histories of success with their respective programs. Combined, they have won 15 previous championships. OK, Alabama has 14 of those, but number 15 should not come easy, if at all, tonight. The odds makers list the Crimson Tide as a touchdown favorite, but that will only motivate Coach Dabo Swinney and the Tigers. “We’re not the favorites, but we’re no damn underdog” he roared to…

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