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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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College football facts and figures

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On the final Saturday of November, some noteworthy performances from teams and individuals are worthy of mention. Here are just a few: 302 – Passing yards by Florida State QB Sean Maguire at halftime of FSU’s 45-21 win over Syracuse. Maguire was the first quarterback to achieve that many yards before halftime since Chris Weinke had the same halftime total in 2000. 183 – Yards receiving by No. 5 TCU receiver Josh Doctson in the Horned Frogs’ 40-10 romp over…

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Criticism heats up after Miami falls to No. 6 Clemson, 58-0

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The loudest cheers from the Miami fans came in the second quarter, many of them even thinking the moment merited a standing ovation. It was for a punt to the 1-yard line. That was the reality Saturday, in what became the worst loss in the program’s 90-year history. Quarterback Brad Kaaya departed in the second quarter with what was likely a concussion and No. 6 Clemson wound up embarrassing Miami 58-0 in a game that could doom whatever chance embattled…

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The Al Golden vigil is underway at The U

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Thirty years ago, Notre Dame came into the Orange Bowl to face Miami for the final game of the regular season. Gerry Faust, the embattled Fighting Irish Coach in his fifth season, was under fire for not returning Notre Dame to the national stature they once enjoyed. On Saturday, the embattled Al Golden brought his 4-2 Miami Hurricanes onto the field at Sun Life Stadium hoping to pull an upset against No. 6 Clemson. He is under the same level…

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Week 6 college football by the numbers

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A memorable game occurred in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Saturday, but several individual and team performances were also worthy of mention. Here, by the numbers, are just a few. 712 – Passing yards allowed by Florida State’s defensive unit over the last two games against Miami and Louisville; both wins, but a cause for concern for the near future (see the next item). Louisville’s freshman QB Lamar Jackson threw for 307 in the Cardinals’ 41-21 loss to FSU. 532 –…

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Clemson may finally have edge over Seminoles in ACC game

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This time, they have the edge, right? This time, Clemson is at home. This time, they have the established quarterback. This time, they are the darlings of the media poll that picks them to win their half of the standings. This time, they should beat the Florida State Seminoles. Right? The Tigers have become one of America’s finest programs, winning 10 games or more for four straight seasons. No one likes to go to Death Valley to play. Quarterback DeShaun…

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