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Week 12 preview: Oklahoma vs. West Va. has playoff implications

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With last week’s utter chaos in the top four still fresh in everyone’s mind, the penultimate week of college football’s regular season is setting up to be a little more sedate. After No. 3 Louisville’s loss to Houston on Thursday, most of the other teams in the top 10 are highly favored before a hefty helping of rivalry games next week. Here are some things you need know about Week 12: BEST GAME No. 8 Oklahoma at No. 10 West…

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Week 8 preview: A&M vs. ‘Bama; Ducks’ coach under pressure

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As the college football season makes the turn into the back half of the season, we’re due for a startling upset. The first week of the season, two teams ranked in the top 10 lost to unranked teams. No. 5 LSU fell to Wisconsin and No. 10 Notre Dame lost to Texas . Since then we have learned Notre Dame is not all that good and Wisconsin really is. Only one top 10 team has lost to an unranked team…

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Florida schools well represented in AP Top 25 pre-season poll

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The college football season is clearly just around the corner with the release of AP’s pre-season top 25 poll. To the surprise of no one, Alabama leads the pack, followed by Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida State, and LSU. Florida came in at No. 25 while Miami just missed at the 26th spot. The South Florida Bulls earned some votes to receive honorable mention. Coach Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide had 33 first-place votes while Clemson garnered 16, Oklahoma had four, Florida State collected five,…

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Alabama, UF, FSU look to close recruiting season strong

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Looking at the big board ranking college football recruiting classes, seeing Alabama perched at No. 12 might give hope to fans of other programs. They might be slipping, right? Not exactly. Despite being ranked behind conference foes LSU, Ole Miss and Florida, Coach Nick Saban and his staff are poised for a big finish culminating on National Signing Day (NSD), Feb. 3. Among the Rivals.com top 10 high school players, four still remain uncommitted. One of those is linebacker Ben Davis, the No.…

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If Clemson beats Alabama, it will take a great performance to do it

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If Clemson University is indeed to knock off the University of Alabama Monday night, it will take an epic performance. It usually does. Alabama, it seems, is always sniffing around the championship. Don’t judge the Tide simply by the three titles it’s won in the last seven years. Judge them by their misses, too, misses that included memorable performances by such players as Ohio State’s Ezekial Elliott, Auburn kick returner Chris Davis, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, and Florida quarterback Tim…

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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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