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Clemson scores with one second left to dethrone Alabama

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Deshaun Watson, it seems, had grown weary of the background. No. 3 in the Heisman voting, 2015. No. 2 in the Heisman voting, 2016. No. 2 in the national championship playoffs, 2015. For most of Monday night’s game against favored Alabama, it seemed that Watson might finish short of the finish line again. Instead, he led Clemson on a 68-yard drive in the last 127 seconds, throwing a two-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow to pull out a 35-31 victory…

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Clemson’s Dabo Swinney thinks only Clemson can beat Alabama

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According to Dabo Swinney, there is one team in college football that can beat the Alabama Crimson Tide. Fortunately for Swinney, it’s the Clemson team he brought to Tampa to compete in Monday night’s National Championship game. “To be honest with you, I don’t think there’s another team out there that’s capable of beating Alabama,” Swinney said. “I think we’re probably the only team that has a chance. You know, that’s – and we do, we’ve got a solid chance.…

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Alabama’s Nick Saban tiring of questions about Lane Kiffin

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Alabama coach Nick Saban hasn’t been able to shed Lane Kiffin as easily as he might have thought. In a teleconference call Tuesday, Saban was peppered with questions about the timing of the departure of Kiffin, who Saban dumped as his offensive coordinator this week before Monday night’s national championship game. The odd-timing of the decision and Kiffin’s stated goal of working in the press box both were discussed. “We made a statement about this yesterday,” Saban said, “and really…

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Alabama swamps Florida in SEC Championship game

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The University of Alabama defense was too good for Florida quarterback Austin Appleby to overcome Saturday afternoon. Appleby threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns against the Tide, but he also threw three interceptions and the Tide rolled over the Gators, 54-16, Saturday. The Tide, the only major unbeaten team in the country, outscored Florida 21-0 in the second half to pull away. On this night, it is hard to believe that Florida’s greatest quarterbacks — Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel…

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Can you imagine Nick Saban leaving Alabama for Bucs?

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You can imagine him pulling into the parking lot at Raymond James Stadium, his trophies lined up on his car like hood ornaments. You can imagine him waving to what there is of the crowd, his championship rings glistening in the sun. You can imagine him treating the Atlanta Falcons like a rivalry on par with Auburn. Nick Saban, Bucs‘ coach. Can you imagine? Both Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times and Martin Fennelly of The Tampa Tribune can.…

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After another title, Nick Saban may be college football’s greatest coach

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He likes cookies for breakfast. He keeps Little Debbie’s pastries in business. He dances for his team. He tells jokes, rumor has it. And that’s about all that’s sweet about Nick Saban, the University of Alabama‘s reigning grump, also known as college football’s finest coach. Maybe ever. Saban won his fifth title Monday night with his gutsy onside call with the score tied at 21 in the fourth quarter. The Tide went on to win, 45-40, over Clemson. It was…

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Alabama holds off Clemson’s Deshaun Watson for title

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This is where the championship lives. All those other teams, in all of those other seasons, were merely holding the place of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama won the college national championship again Monday, holding off Clemson in a wild game, and the electric Deshaun Watson to win a 45-40 game. It was the fifth national title for Alabama coach Nick Saban, his fourth with the Crimson Tide, after a dominating fourth quarter. The Tide trailed 24-21 after three periods…

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