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CBS experts say Florida, Florida State ripe for first-round upsets in NCAA Tournament

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When the NCAA Tournament pairings were announced on Sunday, the CBS crew of Greg Gumbel, Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis analyzed the 68 teams and picked an upset or two. Davis, as usual, was the most outspoken, calling out two teams of interest to Florida viewers. Looking toward Thursday’s games in Orlando, Davis emphatically predicted that 14-seed Florida Gulf Coast will knock Florida State out of the West region. In one of the earlier games to be played at the…

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Alabama’s Crimson Tide close in toward another national title

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Does the University of Alabama have any room left in its trophy case? Yes, from the way the Crimson Tide looked in a 38-0 walloping of Michigan State in the College Football Playoff Semifinals on Thursday night. It brought Alabama coach Nick Saban within a week of his fifth national championship game. Of course, the Tide would have to beat the unbeaten Clemson Tigers in next week’s title game. Few schools have won the way the Tide has won, however,…

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College football playoff semifinals make new tradition for New Year’s Eve

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Sometime around 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Rochelle Carrasco and Jeremy Jehnsen will be having their first dance as a newly married couple. All eyes at the reception will be on them for those few minutes – no small feat since they’ll be having that dance in Lansing, Michigan, around the same time as kickoff of the Michigan State-Alabama matchup in the College Football Playoff semifinals. And most of their bridal party is, you guessed it, Michigan State fans.…

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No. 1 Clemson celebrates playoff selection with pizza party

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There’s an ongoing celebration at Clemson, and the latest shindig was Sunday’s pizza party at Death Valley for about 20,000 of Dabo Swinney‘s new best friends. The coach had mentioned in passing nearly a month ago that if the Tigers earned a spot in the College Football Playoff he would have a pizza party when the final four teams were announced on Sunday. The comment took on a life of its own as the Tigers continued to win, and Swinney…

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Things to watch: All eyes on Oklahoma, Big Ten showdown

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College football’s regular season has three weeks left, including championship weekend. Week 12 is all about Oklahoma. The Sooners state is the site for three big games, all with major postseason implications. Elsewhere, the Big Ten’s game of the year will be played in Columbus, and Michigan is not invited. Virginia Tech says goodbye to one of the greatest coaches in college football history. Plus, several division titles could be handed out. Here are things to watch for in Week…

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Graduate transfers making impact in ACC

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Nathan Peterman noticed when Russell Wilson bolted N.C. State for Wisconsin in 2011 as a graduate transfer, but only in a “hey, isn’t that interesting” kind of way. At the time, Peterman was a senior in high school and prepping for a career at Tennessee. He spent three sometimes frustrating years with the Volunteers, where his accomplishments in the classroom far outpaced his opportunities on the field. By December, 2014 Peterman had already earned a degree in communications and the…

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A guide to the 2015-16 college hoops season

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The blue bloods have reloaded. New contenders are rising. More talented freshmen are ready to shine. The college basketball season is upon us and this one, as always seems to be the case, is loaded with intrigue. To get you ready, we’ve got a rundown of the top teams and players, best games and a whole lot more: — TOP TEAMS Maryland. Melo Trimble and the loaded Terps are eyeing Maryland’s first NCAA title since 2002. Kentucky. Another year, another…

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