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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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AP Top 25 Takeaways: Ohio State survives, Pac 12 title up for grabs

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No. 2 Ohio State took care of its business (AP) — barely – before Michigan week, and No. 21 Florida settled some SEC business in Death Valley. Week 12 of the season set the stage for some high stakes games in Week 13 and very well might have ended any drama about what will happen next in Austin, Texas. Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways from the rarest of Saturdays in college football: One that included a Kansas victory. 1. Weekly Charlie…

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Top 25 takeaways: after 3 unbeatens go down, what now?

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The announcement was made in Husky Stadium and the sellout crowd at the Washington-USC game roared. Pittsburgh 43, Clemson 42. It is safe to say that never before has an ACC score made a Seattle crowd so excited. Then Washington went out and lost, too. And Michigan followed up with a loss at Iowa and just like that there were three College Football Playoff-shaking results on a Saturday when all the top contenders were big favorites. Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways…

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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 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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