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Alabama can, in fact, get pummeled, Urban Meyer is not beyond judgment, and other valuable nuggets that will make the game different in the fall.
Both teams traded touchdowns early, but the Tigers’ offense, led by two true freshmen, soon took over and buried Alabama.
Dabo Swinney substituted a freshman for a proven starter at a key moment for Clemson, and that made Clemson No. 1. Sound familiar?
True freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence led the Tigers to their second championship in three years.
On teams with deep benches, like Alabama and Clemson, competition for playing time is part of the appeal for top high school recruits.
A comparison of the national finalists’ seasons points to a clear favorite for Monday night’s college football championship game.
The commissioners in college football want to talk about expansion. This is how it always starts. Will it be different this time?
The template for Nick Saban’s dominating Crimson Tide teams is easy to see — if you look back nearly 120 years.
Why rugby? Because its tackling techniques emphasize use of the shoulder, which increasingly appeals to football coaches leery of concussions. Even in Texas.
The coach, who served a suspension earlier this season, had already announced his retirement, but he coached his team to a win over Washington in his final game.
Underperforming media deals have left the conference falling behind its peers off the field. That might be the root of its problems on it.
The Crimson Tide fulfilled expectations in getting past Oklahoma and will face Clemson in the championship game for the third time in the last four seasons.
The rout of the Fighting Irish solidified the Tigers’ status as an elite college football program.
Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian and now Mike Locksley have all found a way to get their careers back on track with a stint on Saban’s Alabama coaching staff.
Facing an economic landscape that threatened to leave it behind, Notre Dame has begun to leverage one of its most valuable assets: its century-old mystique.
The Tigers’ defensive lineman has a master’s degree, experience as a substitute teacher and the William V. Campbell Trophy, given to the college football player considered the ideal scholar-athlete.
Kyler Murray won the Heisman. Mason Fine of North Texas is about to be college football’s leading active passer. He’s two inches shy of six feet.
Heisman voters may think they are not biased toward players from their own regions. The numbers say they are.
In 1964, an Army cadet made a wager with a Navy midshipman about the outcome of the annual game. But the bet was never paid off. Until now.