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Alabama Faces Clemson in National Title Rematch

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Alabama Goes For Record 5th National Title in 8 Years

Alabama hopes to set a new standard for FBS schools tonight by winning an unprecedented fifth national championship in eight seasons. The College Football Playoff National Championship is set for Tampa Florida at 8 p.m. et on ESPN).

None of the legendary football programs, including Notre Dame under coach Frank Leahy who won four in seven seasons in 1943, '46, '47 and '49, Miami who won four titles in nine seasons under three different coaches (1983-91), Oklahoma in the '50s, under Bud Wilkinson who led the Sooners on a still unmatched 47-game unbeaten streak, Florida State despite finishing in the top five in 14 consecutive years (1987-2000), Nebraska who finished #1 three times in a four-year span (1994, '95, '97), USC in the 2000s, when it came within a last-minute TD vs Texas of winning three consecutive national championships and not even Alabama under legendary coach Bear Bryant who won three national championships in the '60s and again in the '70s.

They all come up short compared to the current Alabama run under HC Nick Saban. Saban hopes to match Bryant with a 6th national title in the poll era. Alabama will have to beat a motivated Clemson club that wants revenge in this title match from last season. Clemson actually held the lead in the early 4th quarter before losing in a thrilling championship matchup 45-40.

The Tide wins the old fashion way – very tough defense and a ground attack that pounds the rock. Under Saban’s coaching reign, their stable of big backs has no end and they rely on sophomore Bo Scarbrough to move the chains and wear down a defensive front with deceptive speed to break big plays. Freshman QB Jalen Hurts has directed his attack well, showing fine ball management with excellent running skills and consistent accuracy in the shorter zones. The Bama defense is one of their most dominating units in history with new records for defensive TDs in consecutive games. Their front has controlled the line of scrimmage consistently on both sides of the ball to make this incredible run of national titles. The defense features five future #1 picks, plus a few other highly regarded prospects that are part of this record setting unit.

Tonight they hope to set a new standard for college football champions.

Tide Rolls - Alabama 31 Clemson 20

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DraftInsiders.com 2016 All-American Teams

Photo - WR Dede Westbrook - Oklahoma

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FIRST TEAM
Offense

QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville
RB Dalvin Cook - Florida St
RB D’Onta Foreman - Texas
All-Purpose Christian McCaffrey - Stanford
WR Corey Davis - WMU
WR Dede Westbrook - Oklahoma
TE Jake Butt - Michigan
OT Cam Robinson - Alabama
OT Ryan Ramczyk - Wisconsin
OG Cody O’Connell - Washington St
OG Dorian Johnson - Pittsburgh
C Pat Elflein - Ohio State

Defense
DL Derek Barnett - Tennessee
DL Jonathan Allen - Alabama
DL Ed Oliver - Houston
DL Marcus Walker - Florida State
LB Reuben Foster - Alabama
LB Zach Cunningham - Vanderbilt
LB Jabrill Peppers - Michigan
CB Desmond King - Iowa
CB Adoree' Jackson - USC
S Jamal Adams - LSU
S Budda Baker - Washington

Specialists
K Zane Gonzalez - Arizona St
P Mitch Wishnowsky - Utah
KOR Christian Kirk - Texas A&M
PR Adoree Jackson - Southern Cal

SECOND TEAM
Offense

QB Deshaun Watson - Clemson
RB Saquon Barkley - Penn St.
RB Leonard Fournette - LSU
All-Purpose Curtis Samuel - Ohio State
WR John Ross - Washington
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster - Southern Cal
TE Evan Engram - Ole Miss
OL Roderick Johnson - Florida State
OL Adam Bisnowky - Pittsburgh
OL Billy Price - Ohio State
OL Dan Freeney - Indiana
OL Ethan Polcic - LSU

Defense
DL Myles Garrett -Texas A&M
DL Malik McDowell - Mich. State
DL Lowell Lotulelei - Utah
DL Chris Wormley - Michigan
LB Tim Williams - Alabama
LB Raekwon McMillan - Ohio State
LB Josey Jewell - Iowa
CB Cordrea Tankersley - Clemson
CB Jourdan Lewis - Michigan
S Marcus Maye - Florida
S Malik Hooker - Ohio St

Specialists
K Daniel Carlson - Auburn
P Cameron Johnston - Ohio St.
KOR Quadree Henderson - Pitt
PR Dante Pettis - Washington

Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long-time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

College Football Playoff Announces Final Top 25 Rankings Alabama vs Washington & Ohio St vs Clemson in Semi Finals

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
SELECTION COMMITTEE RELEASES FINAL RANKINGS

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee announced its final Top 25 rankings. Alabama is No. 1, Clemson No. 2, Ohio St No. 3 and Washington is No. 4. It sets up the match-ups for the Playoff Semifinals and New Year’s Six bowls.

On Saturday, December 31, 2016, No. 4 Washington will face No. 1 Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at 3 p.m. ET. The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl will follow at 7 p.m. ET as No. 3 Ohio State plays No. 2 Clemson.

Photo - LB Reuben Foster - Alabama

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The winner of the Peach Bowl will face the winner of the Fiesta Bowl in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship. The national championship game will take place on Monday, January 9, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

The College Football Playoff also announced the New Year’s Six bowl match-ups.
Capital One Orange Bowl (Dec. 30) – No. 11 Florida State vs. No. 6 Michigan
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (Jan. 2) – No. 15 Western Michigan vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual (Jan. 2) – No. 9 Southern California vs. No. 5 Penn State
Allstate Sugar Bowl (Jan. 2) – No. 14 Auburn vs. No. 7 Oklahoma

The committee will prepare its final Top 25 on Selection Day, Sunday, December 4. The top four teams in the final rankings will play in the Playoff Semifinals on December 31, 2016, at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

RANK/ TEAM/ OVERALL/ RECORD
1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Ohio State
4. Washington
5. Penn State
6. Michigan
7. Oklahoma
8. Wisconsin
9. Southern California
10. Colorado
11. Florida State
12. Oklahoma State
13. Louisville
14. Auburn
15. Western Michigan
16. West Virginia
17. Florida
18. Stanford
19. Utah
20. LSU
21. Tennessee
22. Virginia Tech
23. Pittsburgh
24. Temple
25. Navy

About the College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. The 2016 semifinals will take place December 31, at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. The national championship game will be Monday, January 9, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

CFP Selection Committee Releases Rankings - Top 4 Teams - Bama, Ohio St, Clemson & Washington

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CFP Selection Committee Releases Rankings

The College Football Playoff Committee announced its fifth Top 25 rankings. Alabama is No. 1, Ohio State No. 2, Clemson No. 3 and Washington is No. 4.

QB Jake Browning - Washington

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The committee will prepare its final Top 25 on Selection Day, Sunday, December 4. The top four teams in the final rankings will play in the Playoff Semifinals on December 31, 2016, at the Chick -fil-A Peach Bowl and the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

RANK/ TEAM/ OVERALL/ RECORD
1 Alabama - 12-0
2 Ohio State -11-1
3 Clemson - 11-1
4 Washington - 11-1
5 Michigan - 10-2
6 Wisconsin - 10-2
7 Penn State - 10-2
8 Colorado - 10-2
9 Oklahoma - 9-2
10 Oklahoma State - 9-2
11Southern Cal - 9-3
12 Florida State - 9-3
13 Louisville - 9-3
14 Auburn - 8-4
15 Florida - 8-3
16 West Virginia - 9-2
17 Western Michigan - 12-0
18 Stanford - 9-3
19 Navy - 9-2
20 Utah - 8-4
21 LSU - 7-4
22 Tennessee - 8-4
23 Virginia Tech - 9-3
24 Houston - 9-3
25 Pittsburgh - 8- 4

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

College Award Finalists 2016 - Maxwell, Bednarik, Outland, Bronko Nagurski & Jim Thorpe

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Finalists Maxwell, Bednarik, Outland, Nagurski, Jim Thorpe Awards Announced

Photo - DB Jabrill Peppers - Michigan

Maxwell Award Finalists
QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville - Sophomore
QB Baker Mayfield - Oklahoma - Junior
DB Jabrill Peppers - Michigan - Junior

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2016 Chuck Bednarik Award Finalists
Jonathan Allen - Alabama - Defensive Line - Senior
Myles Garrett - Texas A&M - Defensive Line - Senior
Jabrill Peppers - Michigan - Linebacker - Junior

Finalists for Outland Trophy
Ohio State - OC Pat Elflein
Washington St - OG Cody O'Connell
Alabama - OT Cam Robinson

Biletnikoff Award Finalists
Austin Carr - Northwestern University - WR
Isaiah "Zay" Jones - East Carolina University - WR
Dede Westbrook - University of Oklahoma - WR

Finalists Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Alabama - DE Jonathan Allen
Alabama - LB Rueben Foster
Florida St - CB Tarvarus McFadden
Michigan - LB/DB Jabrill Peppers
Clemson - DE Christian Wilkins

Finalist for Butkus Award
LSU - Kendall Beckwith
Vanderbilt - Zach Cunningham
Florida - Jarrad Davis
Alabama - Reuben Foster
Iowa - Josey Jewell

Finalists for 2016 Jim Thorpe Award
Adoree’ Jackson, USC - Jr
Jourdan Lewis, Michigan - Sr
Tre’Davious White, LSU - Sr

2016 Ray Guy Award Finalists:
Michael Dickson, University of Texas
Cameron Johnston, Ohio St University
Mitch Wishnowsky, University of Utah

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Bama Shuts Out LSU In Key SEC Clash

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College Football Monday - Week 11

Bama Shuts Out LSU To Claim #1 Ranking
Only Five Teams Remain Undefeated in Division 1 Rankings

Team of Week - Arkansas

Offensive Player of Week - QB Mason Rudolph - Oklahoma St.
Defensive Player of Week – LB Reuben Foster - Alabama

Photo - DL Jonathan Allen - Alabama

Upcoming Key Weekly Matchups
Southern Cal at Washington, Baylor at Oklahoma & Wake Forest at Louisville in major Matchups

Alabama's renowned defense once again dominated LSU as HC Nick Sabin beat his former club for the fifth consecutive time. This time it was a shutout as the Bama D limited LSU star running back Leonard Fournette to only 35 yards on 17 carries. Crimson Tide freshman QB Jalen Hurts actually won the game with his legs with 114 rushing yards on 20 attempts and the lone critical TD in the game. Hurts displayed great poise in his first game in Death Valley where the Tigers are almost unbeatable. He threw for only 107 yards on 10 completions of 19 attempts against a very stubborn Tiger defense. The game entered the 4th quarter scoreless with neither offense able to muster an effective passing game.

Hurts finally broke the deadlock on a 21-yard TD run early in the final quarter. #1 Alabama remained unbeaten with the 10-0 shutout and a strong position as the nation’s defending champion. Saban praised his physical defense which did not let LSU run a play from inside the Crimson Tide 30.

The Crimson Tide improved to (9-0, 6-0 SEC, No. 1 AP) won for the sixth straight time against LSU (5-3, 3-2, No. 15 AP). They remain alone in first place in the SEC West, one game ahead of Auburn.

"He has great poise. I don't think the stage is too big for him at all," Saban said about Hurts. "He expects a lot of himself and we expect a lot of him because he's in a role that has tremendous responsibility. He has handled that very, very well."

LSU had its share of big plays, though virtually all on defense that forced Hurts into an early interception in Bama territory. They also stopped him on a 4th-and-goal play and forcing him into a 3rd-quarter fumble. The Tiger's offense could not capitalize against menacing defensive end Jonathan Allen and LB Reuben Foster on the talented Tide unit.

"We played our butt off on defense but we lose as a team," LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron said. "We just couldn't get anything going on offense."

The Tigers finished with 125 total yards. Alabama had five sacks, one more than LSU's offense had allowed in any other game this season. Allen, linebackers Foster, Rashaan Evans and Ryan Anderson and end Dalvin Tomlinson all harassed young LSU QB Danny Etling. Edge rusher Tim Williams applied consistent outside pass pressure.

"We're just dominating the line of scrimmage," Allen said.

Etling completed 11 of 24 passes for 92 yards and 1 interception by Minkah Fitzpatrick in the 4th quarter while under pressure. The turnover led to a late Alabama field goal. The offense also looked flustered at times. LSU had to burn two timeouts early in the 2nd half to avoid delay-of-game penalties, then was called for delay of game on third down in Alabama territory later.

"We just had some miscommunications on what we were trying to do. Unfortunately, that was kind of what bit us," Etling said. "We did some stupid things and made some inaccurate throws."

Leonard Fournette was again the focus of the Tide defense where he has struggled in this matchup annually. Last year, he was held to 31 yards on 19 carries in Tuscaloosa. Saturday night he had only 35 yards on 17 carries. This was with a bye week to prepare and only two weeks after TD sprints of 78, 76 and 59 yards vs Ole Miss. His longest run against the Crimson Tide was just 9 yards.

Saban explained his team's success against Fournette this way: "When you play a great player like that, everybody has to really focus on doing their job. Our guys did it last year. We played a lot of the same stuff that we played a year ago."

Coach Nick Saban improved to 8-3 against his former team since taking over the Crimson Tide in 2007, the result clouded the future of the coaching position at LSU. Ed Orgeron had won his first three games since taking over for Les Miles who was fired in late September.

Michigan is one of only five Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools that are still undefeated this season. The Wolverines are off to an 9-0 start for the first time since 2006 and the fourth time in the past 40 years. Michigan recorded a season-high 660 yards of total offense last Saturday vs Maryland. The Wolverines also had a 300-yard passer (Wilton Speight-362), 100-yard rusher (De'Veon Smith-114) and 100-yard receiver (Jehu Chesson-112) in the same game for the first time since Oct. 19, 2013, vs Indiana.

Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett was responsible for four TDs last Saturday against Nebraska, giving him 94 career touchdowns responsible for, one shy of the Big Ten record set by Purdue's Drew Brees from 1997-2000. Penn State has scored 103 points in its last two games, the first time the Nittany Lions have done that since 2008 and the first time in consecutive conference games since 2002. Penn State's 599 yards of total offense last Saturday vs Iowa were its highest total in a single game since 1995 (661 vs. Rutgers) and the most the Nittany Lions have recorded in a Big Ten game since 1994 (653 vs. Michigan State).

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Bama Faces LSU In SEC West Battle - Top Four Teams Remain Undefeated & Strong Contenders For First CFP Rankings

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College Football Monday - Week 10
Bama Travels to Baton Rouge to Face LSU Tigers
Top Four Teams Remain Undefeated & Strong Contenders For First CFP Rankings

Team of Week - Washington

Offensive Player of Week - RB Saquon Barkley - Penn St.
Defensive Player of Week - DB Jabrill Peppers - Michigan

Photo - QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville

Upcoming Weekly Matchups
Alabama at LSU, Nebraska at Ohio St & Wisconsin at Northwestern in major Matchups

Four clubs fell from the unbeaten ranks, Nebraska, Baylor, West Virginia and Boise St on Saturday reducing the number to five perfect teams entering November. Alabama, Washington, Michigan and Clemson have a strong case to be in the first CFP final four this Tuesday night. They face the teeth of their schedule through November prior to conference title games, but this group as separated themselves from the other top 25 clubs on more impressive victories on a weekly basis. Alabama faces one of their most difficult tasks this week when they travel to Baton Rouge to face their arch rivals, the LSU Tigers. Alabama has dominated LSU winning the last four matchups with a couple of beatings including a 30-16 bashing last season on the Tide's way to another national title.

Both LSU and Alabama scheduled their bye week prior to this matchup to have plenty of time to prepare and heal minor injuries. The Tigers view this as a major test to return to SEC and national prominence after a fall from grace in recent seasons despite 8 to 10 games annually. The slide cost HC Les Miles his job earlier this season which is the nature of college football programs for elite clubs that fail to return to the final four competition.

In an upcoming week with few top matchups, the Alabama /LSU clash will get heavy national attention and probably the biggest TV viewership. The Bama defense rarely allows a top runner to control the game and have effectively loaded the box vs LSU star Leonard Fournette over his career. The Tiger’s QB play continues to be their weak point annually with a consistency that comes up short in big crutch situations. The physical Bama defense plays a disciplined style that controls the line of scrimmage and forces an offense to beat them with their second tier players.

With a win Saturday, Bama would take a strong hold on the SEC West where they already have a victory over Texas A&M. They face the revitalized Auburn (5-2) Tigers who are 4-1 in conference play on Nov. 26th to complete the regular season prior to any national title defense. Their strong point lead as the #1 team in the nation will make it hard to eliminate them from the final four unless they fall to both LSU and Auburn. They prepare for the final push to repeat as national champions with an impressive current 20 game winning streak dating back to last midseason. A LSU victory would be their biggest win in years and return them to SEC status. They could easily move back into the top ten with a good chance for a top bowl game invitation.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

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