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5 players who could decide tonight’s national title game

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Forget the hype. Don’t watch the celebrities. Pay no attention to the talking heads. This is about players. Football always is. So which players could change tonight’s game? A handful of possibilities for each team: Clemson 1. Deshaun Watson, quarterback: Watson is the key figure to the game for both teams. If he gets loose – he had 405 yards and four touchdowns last year – then he can lead Clemson to a surprisingly easy win. If Alabama can contain…

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12 of this year’s college Bowl games that are worth watching

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Bowls, bowls, everywhere bowls. There are Taxslayer Bowls and Nova Home Bowls and Motel 6 Bowls. There’s a Potato Bowl and a Poinsettia Bowl and a Popeye’s Bowl. There are Bowls on every day of the week. But which ones should you watch? A dozen bowls you shouldn’t miss. 1. National Championship Game, Jan. 9, Tampa, Fla.: Will it be an Alabama-Clemson rematch? Will it be Nick Saban vs. Urban Meyer? Can the maligned Washington Huskies sneak through? This is…

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If Clemson beats Alabama, it will take a great performance to do it

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If Clemson University is indeed to knock off the University of Alabama Monday night, it will take an epic performance. It usually does. Alabama, it seems, is always sniffing around the championship. Don’t judge the Tide simply by the three titles it’s won in the last seven years. Judge them by their misses, too, misses that included memorable performances by such players as Ohio State’s Ezekial Elliott, Auburn kick returner Chris Davis, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, and Florida quarterback Tim…

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