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Veteran Aaron Rodgers, rookie Dak Prescott highlight Packers/Cowboys matchup

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Aaron Rodgers has been unbeatable on a seven-game run that carried Green Bay to the divisional round. So was Dallas rookie Dak Prescott for 11 straight in the regular season, a surge that ultimately benched 10-year starter Tony Romo and led to the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the quarterback’s playoff debut Sunday against the Packers (11-6). Rodgers plays at the home of the Cowboys (13-3) for the first time since winning his only Super Bowl following the 2010…

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Derrick Henry earned Heisman, but is trophy losing its luster?

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When the Heisman Trophy winner is announced each year, those who care either celebrate the winner or wonder why someone else was not chosen. There was some of that this year, but there were those who wondered why more non-winners were not invited to the ceremony on Saturday. Alabama’s Derrick Henry, as expected, was the winner in a reasonably close vote. However, Christian McCaffrey of Stanford and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson had legitimate statistics to be selected. So did a few…

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Christian McCaffrey defines “outstanding” for 2015

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The 81st winner of college football’s Heisman Trophy will be revealed on Saturday night from New York’s Downtown Athletic Club. Voting is already completed and the top three are known. They are Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. Florida State fans thought Dalvin Cook was deserving of at least being on the stage. So did Cook and he said so. Cook had a chance to rush for 2,000 yards, but injuries…

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FSU likes Swamp; Tide’s Derrick Henry carries load

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Rivalry Week provided some close games, but also a number of lopsided scores. Florida State’s 27-2 victory over Florida was much more competitive than the final score would indicate. Here are a few of the numbers that stand out after Saturday’s games. 220 – Rushing yards by No. 14 North Carolina’s Elijah Hood in the Tar Heels’ 45-34 win over North Carolina State on Saturday. Hood also scored two touchdowns as North Carolina jumped on the Wolfpack, 35-7 by the…

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Rivalry week not fun for home fans

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Home cooking was not being served during Rivalry Week 2015. No. 13 Florida State’s 27-2 victory over No. 12 Florida in the Swamp was one of several games where the road team came in and defeated their arch rivals on their home field. Florida’s opponent in next week’s SEC Championship Game also won on the road. The second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide posted a solid, 29-13 victory over Auburn on the Tigers’ home turf at Jordan-Hare Stadium. No. 8 Ohio State…

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Trouble in Buckeye land; Is LSU about to call Jimbo Fisher?

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This week’s college football games jumbled the national playoff picture. Shocking defeats and bitter reactions are making headlines. The numbers tell the story. Here are just a few that are helping make headlines. 508 – Yards passing by Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott in the Bulldogs’ 51-50 win at Arkansas. He also connected for 2 touchdowns giving him 23 for the year with just 3 interceptions. 250 – Yards rushing by Maryland’s Brandon Ross against Indiana on Saturday. The total was…

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Week 5 college football by the numbers

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Some remarkable individual achievements solidified the status of some of college football’s greatest stars. Some were necessary to assure their team of a victory. Others provide fun things to talk about. Here are just a few of those performances: 255 – Number of points scored this year by the Baylor Bears in 4 games, an average of 64 points. Their closest game was Saturday, a 63-35 romp over Texas Tech in their Big 12 Conference opener. 243 – Yards rushing…

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