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Writing off FSU season is premature

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Late in the fourth quarter of Florida State’s opening game against Alabama, Seminole fans knew they were about to go 0-1. Truth be told, so too did the FSU bench. At the same time, they knew, Jimbo Fisher and the staff knew, and the players knew, the season was far from over. They could still regroup, correct shortcomings (with special emphasis on special teams) and still win the ACC title and earn a spot in the College Football Playoffs.

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Alabama defense smothers Florida State

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The Alabama defense turned in a dominating performance, the Florida State special teams endured a terrible night, and one of the most anticipated opening games in college football history went to the top-ranked Crimson Tide. Damien Harris ran for a touchdown and blocked a punt, and Jalen Hurts chipped in with a scoring pass on a night that basically required the sophomore quarterback to make no major mistakes, leading Alabama to a 24-7 beatdown of No. 3 Florida State on…

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Alabama, SEC trying to climb back to college football summit

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Alabama and the Southeastern Conference are trying to climb back atop the college football mountain.

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Seminoles place 3 on preseason All-ACC

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Florida State placed three members on the preseason All-ACC football team announced Wednesday. Two come from their highly touted defensive unit voted on by the media. Center Alec Eberle, Jr., a redshirt junior, was the sole representative from the offensive side of the ball. Despite missing spring practice due to hip surgery, Eberle will anchor an offensive line still under construction.

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Steve Sarkisian: Time away showed me I loved coaching football

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Steve Sarkisian has been cramming for a final exam he didn’t know he’d have to take. The newly elevated Alabama offensive coordinator had all of a week after his earlier-than-expected promotion to prepare and implement the game plan for Monday night’s national championship game with No. 3 Clemson. Not to mention getting better acquainted with players, most notably quarterback Jalen Hurts, and adapting to a very different job description. “I’m embracing this more than anything,” Sarkisian said Saturday. “I would…

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Tide-Tigers II: The matchups that will decide the national title

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Every defensive meeting at Clemson this week might as well have started with coordinator Brent Venables passing around a photo of Alabama‘s O.J. Howard with the caption “Know where 88 is at all times.” For the second straight season, the Tigers and Crimson Tide will meet for the College Football Playoff championship. Howard is the talented tight end who came into last season’s title game with 33 catches for 394 yards and no touchdowns. He then went off for 208…

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Just go dark? Playoff teams confront Twitter pot shots

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Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware is the team’s top tackler and a lightning rod for criticism on Twitter. Some of the tweets cuss him out, others he laughs off. But one was way out of line: His father had to contact the police after one person picked on Boulware’s little sister. “Is it really that serious? You have to find my little sister and say something to her?” Boulware said. “It’s football. Sorry that I ruined your day so much, that…

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