Final
ESPN
College Football Playoff - Championship Game by AT&T
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)
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» Clemson
(14-1, 7-1 ACC)
0 7 7 21 35
Alabama
(14-1, 8-0 SEC)
7 7 10 7 31
FBS Polls - Final (Jan. 10)
  • AP Poll
  • 1. Clemson
  • 2. Alabama
  • 3. USC
  • 4. Washington
  • 5. Oklahoma
  • 6. Ohio State
  • 7. Penn State
  • 8. Florida State
  • 9. Wisconsin
  • 10. Michigan
  • Coaches Poll
  • 1. Clemson
  • 2. Alabama
  • 3. Oklahoma
  • 4. Washington
  • 5. USC
  • 6. Ohio State
  • 7. Penn State
  • 8. Florida State
  • 9. Wisconsin
  • 10. Michigan

Ranking the top position groups

Known through the decades for its innovative offenses and stellar quarterback play, the Pac-12 will have both in 2017. But remove Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Jake Browning and Luke Falk from the equation, and the scale tilts to the other side of the ball. There are more good players on defense than offense, more elite groups of linebackers and defensive backs than receivers and runners … more potentially dominant linemen on defense than offense. That dynamic became clear as I scoured the depth charts to determine which teams possessed the best units at each position. Finding high-end collections of receivers: difficult. Identifying quality secondaries: Easy. Same dynamic with running backs compared

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Urban Meyer: Penn State deserved to be in playoff after winning Big Ten

Ohio State lost to Penn State in 2016. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer believes Penn State should have been a part of the College Football Playoff. The Nittany Lions missed out on the playoff — to Meyer’s Buckeyes — after winning the Big Ten title.

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Stanford football: The hole that is bigger than the one Christian McCaffrey left

​Stanford defensive tackle Harrison Phillips has heard the question so many times now, he has honed the perfect response. How can the Cardinal make up for the loss of departed star defensive lineman Solomon Thomas? After all, Thomas was the No. 3 pick of the NFL Draft, a first-team All-Pac-12 Conference selection last year and the heart of the defense. You could argue that he left a bigger hole in the roster than superstar running back Christian McCaffrey, considering the lack of proven depth at his position. But “if Solomon was 10 percent of our defense,” Phillips said, “we just need five guys to be 2 percent better. And I think we have more than five guys who are more than 2 percent better.

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Minnesota will unofficially have two starting quarterbacks to open the season

Conor Rhoda is one of two Minnesota QBs who can be considered the starter for the first game of the season. Gophers’ coach P.J. Fleck said Thursday that he’ll have two quarterbacks he can call the “starter” for the team’s game vs. Buffalo on Aug. 31. Both Demry Croft and Conor Rhoda will see significant playing time.

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