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FSU’s Dalvin Cook not invited to Heisman Trophy presentation

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Run as he might, Dalvin Cook could never catch up to the Heisman Trophy Cook, FSU’s star running back, was not among the five players invited to New York for the Heisman ceremony. Those players included Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and receiver DeDe Westbrook. The latter two, teammates, might come as a surprise. The Heisman will be awarded Saturday night. Cook has scored 19 total touchdowns this season, and rushed for 1,620…

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Top 25 takeaways: A committee quandary and a Heisman slip

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Ohio State and Penn State are setting up for quite the potential problem for the College Football Playoff selection committee. The second-ranked Buckeyes and No. 8 Nittany Lions each won Saturday, sending Penn State to the Big Ten championship game as East Division winners and Ohio State into wait-and-see mode. Both teams look playoff worthy for now. The other race that changed on rivalry Saturday was the one for the Heisman Trophy. And, oh, Texas and LSU hired new coaches,…

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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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Will FSU’s Dalvin Cook be among most talented not to win Heisman?

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He has more than 1,000 yards … again. He is averaging more than six yards a carry … again. He has more than 10 touchdowns … again. So why does Dalvin Cook seem to be an afterthought in the Heisman conversation? Oh, Cook, the talented running back of the FSU Seminoles, gets mentioned … eventually. But long after Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. And perhaps that’s as it should be. Jackson and Watson are very good players for…

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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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Week 9 preview: ACC showdown; Browning faces tough Utes

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The last weekend before College Football Playoff selection committee starts releasing its rankings has potential for a serious shake-up in the postseason race. All seven of the nine remaining undefeated teams in FBS that are playing Saturday are on the road, including No. 3 Clemson at No. 12 Florida State and No. 7 Nebraska at No. 11 Wisconsin. The rankings that come out Tuesday night will be the first of six, and as always it is important to remember not…

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Dalvin Cook-Deshaun Watson battle highlights FSU-Clemson

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There are headaches ahead for the Seminoles. Take a glance at Clemson, and you can see why they were in last season’s national championship game. They have running back Wayne Gallman and receiver Mike Williams. They have corner Cordrea Tankersley and linebacker Ben Boulware. They have defensive linemen Christian Wilkins and Carlos Watkins. But most of all, they have quarterback Deshaun Watson. He’s the player FSU needs to stop. It’s the same on the other sideline. The Seminoles have quarterback…

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