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College football winners and losers from NFL draft early-entry deadline

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Monday marked the early-entry deadline for underclassmen to enter the 2021 NFL draft, so we now have a better idea of who is staying or leaving, and which schools were most impacted. The NCAA approved an eligibility freeze for all fall athletes, thus giving seniors the option to return for......

College football’s way-too-early 2021 All-America team

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After navigating the challenges of the 2020 college football season, is there anybody not eager to look ahead a little bit? We bid adieu to stars such as DeVonta Smith, Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields and Daviyon Nixon, but there’s a whole new batch of players waiting to star on college......

Sources: Marshall set to hire Tide’s Huff as coach

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Marshall is expected to hire Alabama associate head coach/running backs coach Charles Huff as its new head coach, pending approval by the university’s board of governors on Monday, sources confirmed to ESPN on Saturday. Huff, 37, is regarded as one of the top recruiters in college football, and he also......

From DeVonta Smith to Buddy Johnson, the 2020-21 college football All-Bowl team

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Another college football bowl season is in the books. While Alabama reigns supreme again, there was much more to the postseason than just the College Football Playoff. Even in a modified bowl season, with fewer games because of the coronavirus pandemic, there were still plenty of exciting moments and noteworthy......

Final college football Power Rankings for the 2020 season

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In the realm of Alabama football (and given the monster Nick Saban has created), going two entire years without winning a national championship is inexcusable. Pardon the sarcasm. But as we look back on a season unlike any other in college football, right there at the top of ESPN’s final......

Flood set to join Sarkisian at Texas, sources say

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9:06 PM ET Ian Fitzsimmons Adam Rittenberg Close ESPN Senior Writer College football reporter. Joined ESPN.com in 2008. Graduate of Northwestern University. Texas is set to hire Alabama assistant and former Rutgers coach Kyle Flood as its new offensive coordinator and offensive line coach under Steve Sarkisian, sources confirmed to......

Sources: Tide finalizing deal with O’Brien for OC

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Alabama is finalizing a deal with former Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien to be the Crimson Tide’s next offensive coordinator, sources told ESPN. O’Brien was in the Alabama football complex on Wednesday. He also spent some time around the team last week leading up to the College Football Playoff national......

Predicting next year’s breakout player for each Top 25 team

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The 2020 college football season has just ended, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to next season. Here’s a look at one potential breakout star for each player in the 2021 Way-Too-Early Top 25. No. 1 Clemson: QB D.J. Uiagalelei This feels like cheating. Saying Uiagalelei is......

Why is Nick Saban smiling? The answer goes beyond him leading Bama to another title

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“I enjoyed the ride!” Alabama head coach Nick Saban, his 69-year-old face looking downright cherubic, was specifically talking about the lift he had just received, as he was carried him across the field of Hard Rock Stadium like a sack of potatoes on the right shoulder of 6-foot-6, 324-pound Landon......

Alabama’s title felt both impossible and undeniable

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — At the end of a long, grueling, strange, uncomfortable season for college football, we finally got a small piece of normalcy as the final seconds ticked off the clock Monday night at Hard Rock Stadium: Alabama, hoisting yet another national championship trophy after winning in dominant,......

Bama’s Jones: Think we’re best team to ever play

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Finishing the season undefeated and beating Ohio State 52-24 to win the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night had some Alabama players feeling as if they’d made history. “I think we’re the best team to ever play,” Alabama quarterback Mac Jones said. Jones, who threw for more than......

Saban passes Bryant for most national titles

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Move over Paul “Bear” Bryant. Nick Saban now owns the most national championships by a head coach in college football history. Saban won his record seventh title when he led Alabama to a 52-24 win over Ohio State in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night in Miami.......

Smith wins Offensive MVP off 1st-half brilliance

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith set multiple records and was named Offensive Most Valuable Player of Monday night’s 52-24 win over Ohio State in the College Football Playoff National Championship game presented by AT&T. Crimson Tide defensive tackle Christian Barmore was named Defensive MVP. Smith, who was......

Alabama’s perseverance guides Nick Saban to record seventh national championship

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Nick Saban found himself in the unfamiliar position of walking through empty halls and past vacant offices at Alabama for much of the summer. His staff and players were forced to isolate in their homes, and Saban was doing his best to adapt to this new reality. The 69-year-old coach......

The 2021 Way-Too-Early college football top 25

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Even in a 2020 college football season that featured more starts and stops than Los Angeles traffic, there were a handful of near certainties, such as Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State reaching the College Football Playoff. Even a pandemic couldn’t balance power in the most top-heavy sport. Will we finally......

DeVonta Smith Shatters Records in Title Game vs. Ohio State

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Devonta Smith has nearly shattered every wide receiver record in a national championship game. And there’s still two quarters to go.  With most of the second half yet to be played, Smith has 12 receptions for 215 yards and three touchdowns to boot. For perspective, the entire Ohio State offense......

Waddle Returning From Broken Ankle to Play in Title Game

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Shapiro Alabama’s offense has tallied over 50 points in three of its last four games, and the Crimson Tide will receive an additional boost to its receiving corps on Monday night.  Junior wide receiver Jaylen Waddle will return to......

Ohio St. defense down 2 starters; kicker also out

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MIAMI — Ohio State starting defensive tackle Tommy Togiai, defensive end Tyreke Smith and kicker Blake Haubeil will miss Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship against Alabama. In all, 13 players were listed on the team’s unavailability report, including two other defensive linemen. Backup kicker Dominic DiMaccio is also......

‘It’s going to be a hell of a football game’: Coaches’ keys to Ohio State-Alabama

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7:00 AM ET Chris Low Close ESPN Senior Writer College football reporter Joined ESPN.com in 2007 Graduate of the University of Tennessee Adam Rittenberg Close ESPN Senior Writer College football reporter. Joined ESPN.com in 2008. Graduate of Northwestern University. Alabama and Ohio State most recently met during the inaugural College......

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