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  • Clemson made no one doubt it deserved a second chance to beat Alabama for the national championship with a 31-0 drubbing of Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

    Hours after the Tide dominated Washington in the Peach Bowl, Clemson’s performance against Ohio State was even more suffocating. As the Clemson defensive front ravaged Ohio State’s offense, the Clemson offense hit the Ohio State defense with a couple of uppercuts to earn a College Football Playoff National Championship Game rematch on Jan. 9.

    Nearly a year ago, Alabama beat Clemson 45-40 in the same stadium where the Tigers beat the Buckeyes for the national title. News of the rematch was apparently news to Clemson players as the clock wound down. ESPN cameras caught Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware asking those around him who won the game between Alabama and Washington and what the final score was.

    It’s the first time since the advent of the BCS in 1999 that the same teams have played for the championship in back-to-back seasons. And

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  • Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett could be the first pick in the draft. (AP Photo/Juan DeLeon)
    Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett could be the first pick in the draft. (AP Photo/Juan DeLeon)

    As expected, Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is heading to the NFL.

    The junior, who is expected to be a high first-round pick — perhaps No. 1 overall — in the upcoming NFL draft, announced Saturday night he will forgo his senior season and declare for the 2017 draft.

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    “After talking with my family and my coaches, I feel it is in my best interest to declare for the 2017 NFL draft,” Garrett said in a statement. “I would like to thank my teammates for always supporting me, encouraging me and holding me accountable. We are a family, and I will be close with these guys forever.

    “I look forward to the challenges that are ahead and I am excited about the opportunity to play at the next level. I will play for any NFL team that gives me a chance and they will get my very best effort.”

    Garrett was the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2014

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    Clemson missed a third-quarter field goal during Saturday night’s Fiesta Bowl in the midst of a wacky sequence where officials missed two pre-snap penalties.

    With the Tigers leading 17-0, Clemson kicker Greg Huegel snap-hooked a 31-yard field goal as the Ohio State defense appeared to completely stop as Huegel kicked the football. Why? Well, two Buckeyes players appeared to jump offside.

    Ohio State appeared to jump offside.
    Ohio State appeared to jump offside.

    After a moment of confusion, the Pac-12 officiating crew working the game ruled the two players got back onside before the snap. But if you look closely, the hand of Ohio State defensive lineman Robert Landers was in the neutral zone.

    That wasn’t the only missed call. There was a reason Landers jumped. The officials also missed a snap penalty on Clemson. The long snapper isn’t supposed to simulate the movement of a snap, and look what happens to cause Ohio State to jump.

    This is why Ohio State defenders moved.
    This is why Ohio State defenders moved.

    Of course, one missed call doesn’t make up for

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  • ATLANTA, Ga.—Look, there’s no denying it: getting your tail handed to you hurts, even when the oddsmakers expected it, even when your family expected it, even when you probably expected it. But the hurt that the Washington Huskies feel at getting smacked around by the Alabama Crimson Tide has to be somewhat mollified by the fact that Washington is even in the College Football Playoff at all.

    Eight years ago, both Alabama and Washington posted perfect regular seasons. But here’s the rub: while Alabama, in its second season under head coach Nick Saban, went 12-0, Washington went 0-12. Certainly Alabama’s run of titles since then has been more impressive, but the fact that Washington is now standing on the same field as the Tide is its own significant success story. (As with everything else in college football, when you’re talking successful runs, there’s Alabama and there’s everyone else.)

    This isn’t to say Washington should be just happy to be here—that’s the kind of talk that doesn’t

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  • ATLANTA — Of all the ways that Nick Saban can break an opponent — on the ground, through the air, via lethal defense — the worst is this: he offers up hope. He dangles hope in front of his hapless opponents, giving them the faint belief that their early touchdowns will stand up. They shake off Alabama’s first shots and begin thinking, “Hey, we’re hanging with the Tide! We can do this!”

    And then, as inexorable and inescapable as the sunset, Alabama crushes the life out of the opposition. The Tide are seeking their fifth national championship in the last eight years, and their mission took a large step forward Saturday with a thorough 24-7 dismantling of Washington in the first game of the 2016 College Football Playoff.

    The script that has defined so many Alabama victories — 119 now under Saban, to just 18 losses — played out to perfection in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. Washington, the Pac-12 upstart, sneaked in an early punch — a pretty 16-yard touchdown pass from Jake Browning to Dante

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  • Andi Jones’ one wish was to sing in front of a large audience.

    Jones, a 13-year-old who was diagnosed in 2012 with ciliary dyskinesia, a chronic disorder that causes life-threatening respiratory issues, saw that wish come true Saturday during the first quarter of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl when she regaled the crowd with a rendition of God Bless America.

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    Jones’ appearance was part of a Make-A-Wish Georgia, which also has a spring concert planned for Jones in 2017. Jones was accompanied by half the stadium, which used cards to create an American flag in the stands.

    It was very cool moment Jones and the 70,000 people in attendance, who gave her an ovation when the performance concluded.

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  • No matter how much time you have to prepare, Georgia Tech’s triple option offense is always difficult to defend.

    Kentucky learned that the hard way in Saturday’s Taxslayer Bowl as the Yellow Jackets racked up 266 yards on the ground in a 33-18 win.

    The Yellow Jackets led the whole way. Kentucky opened with the ball, but quarterback Stephen Johnson fumbled on UK’s fourth offensive play. Tech’s P.J. Davis scooped up the loose ball and returned it 41 yards for a score, giving the Yellow Jackets a 7-0 lead just 1:50 into the game.

    Kentucky kept things within striking distance for much of the first half, but Georgia Tech scored 10 points in the half’s final minute to extend its lead from 10-3 to 20-3 at the break.

    First, Tech senior quarterback Justin Thomas reeled off a 21-yard rushing score to cap off an 11-play, 94-yard drive. Kentucky’s ensuing possession went nowhere, and Georgia Tech then blocked the punt, giving the offense great field position. A few plays later, Harrison Butker

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  • No Leonard Fournette, no problem.

    Fournette, LSU’s star running back who already declared for the NFL draft, sat out Saturday’s Citrus Bowl because his lingering ankle injury was not 100 percent. And like he has for much of the year, Derrius Guice filled in admirably.

    In a 29-9 win over No. 13 Louisville, Guice racked up 138 yards on the ground, including an explosive 70-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Guice also made an impact in the return game. Just ask Louisville kicker Blanton Creque:

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    Guice wasn’t the only one making plays for the LSU offense. Aside from an ill-advised interception late in the first half, Danny Etling had a productive afternoon, throwing for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Malachi Dupre was Etling’s top target. Dupre caught seven balls for 139 yards, including this fantastic one-handed grab:

    And while the LSU offense didn’t have a whole lot of trouble moving the ball, the Tigers’ defense did a phenomenal job containing Heisman winner Lamar Jackson and the

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  • Florida State running back Dalvin Cook is heading to the NFL.

    The junior made the unsurprising announcement Saturday on Instagram, hours after his Seminoles beat Michigan 33-32 in the Orange Bowl on Friday. Cook ran for 145 yards on 20 carries vs. a staunch Wolverines rushing defense and also had three catches for 62 yards.

    Florida State’s all-time leading rusher, Cook will likely be one of the first three running backs selected in the 2017 draft among LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey. Don’t be surprised if Cook is selected in the top-half of the first round or even if he’s selected ahead of both Fournette and McCaffrey.

    The Orange Bowl performance meant Cook finishes the 2016 season with 1,765 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns. After running for 228 yards in Florida State’s first three games of the season, Cook exploded over the last 10, only failing to break the 100-yard mark once.

    He finishes his Florida State career with 4,464 rushing yards in three seasons.

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  • Michigan tight end Jake Butt suffered a knee injury in the Orange Bowl. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
    Michigan tight end Jake Butt suffered a knee injury in the Orange Bowl. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Jake Butt’s injury could not have come at a worse time.

    The Michigan senior is projected as one of the top tight ends — a potential first round pick — in the upcoming NFL draft. But now that stock could take quite a hit after Butt suffered a knee injury in the first half of the Wolverines’ Orange Bowl loss to Florida State Friday night.

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    After the game, Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh said Butt suffered damage to either the MCL or ACL in his knee. An injury of that nature — an ACL, especially — puts Butt’s status for the NFL Combine and other pre-draft workouts in serious jeopardy.

    (Update: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday night that Butt did suffer a torn ACL)

    Butt, who previously suffered a torn ACL before his sophomore year, was injured after catching a pass early in the second quarter. He was able to slowly walk off the

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  • Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst. left, joined his team on the sideline after leaving the game with an injury. (AP Photo/Mark Lambie)
    Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst. left, joined his team on the sideline after leaving the game with an injury. (AP Photo/Mark Lambie)

    It appears the injury that caused Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst to leave the Sun Bowl is a serious one.

    Chryst was carted off the field during the first half of Friday’s game against North Carolina with what appeared to be a serious leg injury. Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman is reporting the injury is believed to be a torn ACL in his right knee.

    Chryst completed threw for 68 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown to Bryce Love, before leaving the game. He was replaced by Ryan Burns, who helped the Cardinal win the game, 25-23. Burns completed 6-of-11 passes for 86 yards in the victory.

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    Burns started the first seven games of the season for

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  • Since Jim Harbaugh took over as head coach at Michigan, he’s been one of the most entertaining coaches to follow in college football. So it was no surprise that his team was involved in the most entertaining postseason game – and the most entertaining final five minutes – of the year.

    In the end, the Wolverines fell short losing 33-32 to Florida State in the Capital One Orange Bowl, but both teams put on a show that kicked off the 2016-17 New Year’s Six Bowls in extraordinary fashion.

    In the final five minutes of the game, Michigan and Florida State combined for three touchdowns and a blocked extra point returned for a score. But it was an interception with 16 seconds remaining that gave the Seminoles the victory after they had lost and regained the lead in the two minutes prior.

    Florida State hadn’t trailed coming into the fourth quarter and took a 27-15 lead with 12 minutes remaining in the game. But Michigan scored with 5:22 remaining and added another score when runnign back Chris

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  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

    PLAYSTATION FIESTA BOWL
    No. 2 Clemson (12-1) vs. No. 3 Ohio State (11-1)
    Dec. 28, 7 p.m. ET ESPN

    – Can Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett throw effectively vs. Clemson’s secondary? We already know that Barrett isn’t the best quarterback the Tigers have faced this season — according to safety Jadar Johnson — and Clemson has been especially stingy vs. the pass in 2016.

    The Tigers are allowing 5.85 yards an attempt, below Barrett’s relatively pedestrian 7.02 yards an attempt. And while Barrett hasn’t thrown downfield a bunch, he’s been very good at limiting mistakes. He’s thrown 24 touchdowns to just five interceptions.

    Clemson has to figure out a way to limit Ohio State wide receiver Curtis Samuel’s production. Samuel is averaging 13 carries and catches per game at nearly 10 yards a touch. Samuel has scored 15

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  • The Air Force offense came alive after the first quarter.
    The Air Force offense came alive after the first quarter.

    Alternative uniforms are not always a jinx.

    Air Force donned its stylish shark tooth uniforms and cruised in the second half to a bowl victory and a 10-win season. Air Force overcame an early deficit to defeat South Alabama 45-21 in the Nova Home Loans Arizona bowl.

    South Alabama opened the game with a 75-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dallas Davis. Davis and running back Dami Ayoola would score rushing touchdowns, but the Jaguars could not muster another point after five minutes into the second quarter. Air Force would convert two short fields to tie the game at 21-21 as the first half ended.

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    With starting quarterback Nick Romaine unavailable with

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  • Derek Barnett broke Reggie White's sack record with his 33rd career sack. (AP)
    Derek Barnett broke Reggie White’s sack record with his 33rd career sack. (AP)

    It took well into the fourth quarter, but Derek Barnett finally got his record.

    Late in the fourth quarter, Barnett sacked Nebraska quarterback Ryker Fyfe to earn the 33rd sack of his three-year career and pass Hall of Famer Reggie White as a Vols’ all-time sack leader.

    Oh, and the Vols defeated Nebraska 38-24 to win the Music City Bowl and cap a nine-win campaign.

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    However, the night belonged to Barnett, who seemingly had 10 different opportunities to sack Fyfe, but couldn’t get the one to give him the record. But when he finally did, Tennessee coach Butch Jones called a timeout and allowed the entire team to celebrate. Minutes later, Jones was carried around the field to celebrate the win.

    Tennessee jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter and led by as many as 17 late in the third quarter. Quarterback Josh Dobbs threw for 291 yards

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  • The only thing that stood between North Carolina and forcing overtime in the Hyundai Sun Bowl was Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.

    Thomas, the heart and soul of a tired Cardinal defense, dominated the Tar Heels’ line of scrimmage and sacked quarterback Mitch Trubisky as he attempted to throw a two-point conversion in the final minute of the game.

    The sack secured a 25-23 Cardinal win in the Sun Bowl and the third-straight bowl victory for the first time in program history.

    Stanford took a 22-17 lead early in the fourth quarter after safety Dallas Lloyd intercepted Trubisky. It was one of Lloyd’s two interceptions on the day; he also had a fumble recovery. After the teams traded punts, North Carolina seemingly got a second wind and Trubisky led his team on a 10-play, 97-yard drive in 1:09 to get within two points. Trubisky made several key passes and rebounded from drops in the end zone.

    With 25 seconds remaining, the Tar Heels were just a two-point conversion away from likely

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  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

    CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL
    Washington Huskies (12-1) vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (13-0)
    Dec. 31, 3 p.m. ET
    ESPN

    – Alabama’s rushing defense has been the best in the nation all season and it’s just gotten better as the season has trekked on. It is allowing just 63.4 yards per game on the ground and only two TEAMS have gained 100 yards this season. The Washington running game has been the key to the Huskies’ offense thanks to Myles Gaskin, who has 1,339 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, and Lavon Coleman, who is averaging 7.8 yards per carry and has seven touchdowns. The Huskies will need to establish some sort of running game to allow quarterback Jake Browning to operate.

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    Jake Browning and Washington face a home test against USC on Saturday. (Getty)
    Jake Browning will have his toughest test against Alabama. (Getty)

    – Browning was a

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  • Washington's Chris Petersen and Alabama's Nick Saban. (Courtesy Peach Bowl.)
    Washington’s Chris Petersen and Alabama’s Nick Saban. (Courtesy Peach Bowl.)

    They were as polite as they could be, the legend and the legend-in-training, answering all the questions about bowl-week pomp and circumstance with appropriate respect and gratitude. But you didn’t have to look hard at Alabama’s Nick Saban and Washington’s Chris Petersen, the coaches leading their teams into Saturday’s college football playoff at the Peach Bowl, to see that both of them were just ready to be done with all the preliminary silliness and get to the business of knocking helmets.

    “The week’s been great,” Petersen said of a hype-week period that’s run from the day after Christmas right on through to kickoff, and has included everything from solemn visits to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Ebenezer Baptist Church to milkshake-making competitions. “Our kids have really enjoyed it. But I think everybody here is to play well and try to win a game. At the end of the day, that’s the things you remember the most.”

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  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the Taxslayer Bowl.

    TAXSLAYER BOWL
    Georgia Tech (8-4) vs. Kentucky (7-5)
    Dec. 31, 11 a.m. ET
    ESPN

    — Like every Georgia Tech opponent, Kentucky will have its hands full trying to defend the Yellow Jackets’ option attack. In his third year as Tech’s starting quarterback, Justin Thomas is pretty much an expert at running Paul Johnson’s attack. He was one of three Yellow Jackets to rush for more than 500 yards on the season. Thomas put up 562 yards and four scores alongside freshman Dedrick Mills’ 602 yards and team-leading 11 touchdowns. However, leading rusher Marcus Marshall (624 yards) opted to transfer.

    Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas combined for 13 touchdowns this season. Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas (5) runs the ball against Georgia in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/Brett Davis)
    Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas combined for 13 touchdowns this season. (AP Photo/Brett Davis)

    Even without Marshall, the Yellow Jackets look to have the edge over a Kentucky defense that gave up 225 yards on the ground per game — No. 107 in

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  • Georgia's Nick Chubb rushed for 142 yards in the win over TCU. (AP Photo/Brett Davis)
    Georgia’s Nick Chubb rushed for 142 yards in the win over TCU. (AP Photo/Brett Davis)

    Georgia stuck with its running game and it paid off.

    After putting up just 49 yards on 17 carries in the first half, the Bulldogs exploded for 199 yards in the second half to come back and beat TCU 31-23 in the Liberty Bowl. Nick Chubb led the way for the Bulldogs with 142 yards and a touchdown while Sony Michel added 87 yards and a score of his own.

    After a big 77-yard catch-and-run by Isaiah McKenzie on Georgia’s second drive, the Bulldogs were able to take a 7-0 lead via a four-yard touchdown run by Michel. But after that, UGA couldn’t move the ball much at all. On the other side, Kenny Hill and the TCU offense got things going a bit, and put points on the board on back-to-back scoring drives to take a 9-7 lead (Brandon Hatfield missed an extra point after hitting a 40-yard FG).

    That lead increased to 16-7 when Hill found John Diarse for a 10-yard score midway through the second. TCU had a chance to

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