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Louisville’s Lamar Jackson wins Heisman Trophy

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Lamar Jackson leapt over a loaded field of Heisman Trophy contenders early in the season and by the time he slowed down nobody could catch him. The sensational sophomore quarterback became the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, beating out preseason favorite Deshaun Watson of Clemson despite some late-season struggles. Baker Mayfield finished third and Oklahoma teammate and fellow finalist Dede Westbrook was fourth. Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers was fifth. Watson, who finished third in Heisman…

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Heisman Trophy: Sooner teammates are rare pair of finalists

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Together, Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook were practically unstoppable for Oklahoma. Mayfield is one of the most productive quarterbacks in college football and something of a magician in the pocket, escaping trouble to make something out of nothing. Westbrook is a big play waiting to happen, a receiver who can turn just about any play into long touchdown. A case could be made that neither would have been a Heisman Trophy finalist without the other, and Westbrook, for one ,…

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Top 25 takeaways: Big 12 in big trouble, the new Clemsoning

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The road claimed two undefeated teams from the Big 12, plus previously unbeaten Nebraska and Boise State, on a college football Saturday that delivered on its potential to create serious problems for College Football Playoff contenders. The first selection committee rankings will be released Tuesday. Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways from a day for road warriors and gritty victories. 1. The new definition of Clemsoning is making all the clutch plays, never flinching when behind and winning close games against good…

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AP Top 25 takeaways: Buckeyes still have playoff path

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Another big game for Lamar Jackson. Another bad game for Charlie Strong. Another non-offensive touchdown for Alabama. Just when it looked like the college football weekend was going to be filled with more of the same, Penn State pulled off the biggest upset of the season. Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways from Week 8. 1. As No. 2 Ohio State picks up the pieces from a surprising loss at Happy Valley, the most important thing to know is this: If the…

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AP Top 25 takeaways: Vols run out of magic, Houston upset

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If the first six weeks of the college football season have taught fans anything, it’s this: Never turn off a Tennessee game. The Volunteers remained America’s most interesting college football team, though not undefeated. Navy upset the playoff race and Charlie Strong had another bad, bad day. Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways from Week 6: 1. If you were looking forward to a couple of months of talking about whether No. 6 Houston could or should be selected for the College…

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Top 25 takeaways: Vols catch a break; Jackson strikes a pose

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The fifth week of the season was supposed to provide some separation from contenders and pretenders. It certainly did in the Pac-12 North and SEC East. In the ACC Atlantic, just little. Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways from the first college football weekend in 14 seasons with three games matching top-10 teams: 1. No. 5 Clemson won what could end up being the game of the year, but you can start engraving Lamar Jackson‘s name on the Heisman Trophy. He has…

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Two huge college football showdowns on tap Saturday

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Saturday’s college football schedule is short on marquee matchups and high-stakes showdowns. Of course, the Florida teams have important games on Saturday, but outside of the state, only two games are generating national interest. Even casual fans are pointing toward the huge showdown at Clemson between the fifth-ranked Tigers and the third-ranked Louisville Cardinals. This is the ABC prime-time game for good reason. Not that long ago, the winner of the FSU-Clemson game was a virtual lock for representing the…

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