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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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Alabama shows Huskies, nation what great defense is all about

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As expected, Alabama advanced to the college football national championship game in Tampa with a 24-7 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl win over the Washington Huskies on Saturday in Atlanta. Running back Bo Scarbrough put up 180 yards and two touchdowns on the ground to lead his team to the next step. They did not need anything else from the offense after the vaunted Crimson Tide defense did what they normally do. That means sacks, stuffs, pressures, knock-downs and, oh yes, scoring…

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Peach Bowl: Alabama dynasty vs. playoff outsider Washington

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Alabama is very familiar with this role. Washington? It’s been a while. The Peach Bowl features one of college football’s greatest dynasties against the definite outsider in this season’s College Football Playoff. The top-ranked Crimson Tide (13-0) is going for its second straight national title and fifth in the last nine seasons under coach Nick Saban. At this point, it’s national championship or bust for Alabama. A loss in Saturday’s semifinal game would make this season a failure. “It’s the…

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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 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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No. 10 Washington rolls No. 7 Stanford 44-6

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Washington stayed quiet. Stanford was just the next opponent, the Huskies said, and there was no extra meaning or motivation. Then the celebration happened, complete with purple-clad fans rushing the field to celebrate Washington’s 44-6 rout Friday night. After months of hype surrounding a possible breakout performance for Washington (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12), the 10th-ranked Huskies showed they were ready for their return to the national stage. And they did it emphatically, handing No. 7 Stanford (3-1, 2-1) its worst loss…

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