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How the 2021 Way-Too-Early top 25 teams can make a CFP or NY6 run

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7:00 AM ET ESPN staff The College Football Playoff or a New Year’s Six bowl game: Which is more likely for college football teams in 2021? We break down the best-case scenario for each of the Way-Too-Early top 25 teams. The road back to the playoff isn’t particularly complicated for......

HOFers Shields, Taylor among new CFP members

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Former Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman and Pro Football Hall of Famer Will Shields, who also won the Outland Trophy while at Nebraska, and Virginia Union athletic director Joe Taylor, one of the winningest coaches in HBCU history, headline five new College Football Playoff selection committee members announced Tuesday. Kentucky......

CFP chief: No schedule changes for Bama-OSU

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College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock told ESPN on Tuesday that the College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Ohio State remains on schedule for Monday in Miami, though sources have told ESPN there have been discussions about postponing the game......

Saban: Waddle (ankle) could return for CFP final

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Alabama coach Nick Saban told ESPN that junior receiver Jaylen Waddle has been cleared to practice this week and has a chance to play Monday against Ohio State in the College Football Playoff national championship game. “He’s been running, but we need to see him in practice,” Saban said. “Our......

How Alabama and Ohio State match up in CFP National Championship

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Over the past century, only Michigan has won more football games than Ohio State and Alabama, and just one victory separates the Buckeyes and Crimson Tide. Ohio State has won 929 games; Alabama has won 928. The Crimson Tide have 15 national championships, while the Buckeyes have claimed eight. College......

Clemson’s Travis Etienne Sets CFP, ACC Records in Sugar Bowl

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTc3OTM3NDkwMjA2Nzk1MzY4/travis-etienne-sugar-bowl.jpg Madeline Coleman Take a bow, Travis Etienne.  The Clemson running back tied College Football Playoff’s career rushing touchdown record (6), joining Ezekiel Elliott and Derrick Henry for the most in CFP history.  With his first touchdown in Friday’s Sugar Bowl loss to Ohio State, Etienne became the ACC’s all-time......

Ohio State’s Teague, Harrison Among 16 Players Out for CFP Semis

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Associated Press Ohio State will be without starting guard Harry Miller, second-leading rusher Master Teague and defensive ends Zach Harrison and Tyler Friday in the Sugar Bowl against Clemson. Columbus Dispatch/USA Today Network Ohio State released a list of 16......

Clemson OC tests positive, to miss CFP semifinal

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Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott will miss the College Football Playoff semifinal game against Ohio State on Friday after testing positive for COVID-19, coach Dabo Swinney told ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi on Wednesday. Elliott, the Tigers’ offensive playcaller for the past six seasons, did not travel to New Orleans with the......

CFP sets makeup dates if virus forces delays

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Should a situation arise where any of the top four teams can’t compete in the College Football Playoff because of COVID-19, the CFP has set January makeup dates for both semifinal games and the national championship, CFP executive director Bill Hancock told ESPN on Wednesday. There has been no indication......

No. 5 Texas A&M makes last CFP case in 34-13 win over Vols

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SI – For more and to sign up click here AP News KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) No. 5 Texas A&M closed its case for inclusion in the College Football Playoff by mauling Tennessee by three touchdowns. Then the Aggies started campaigning. ”I haven’t lobbied or said a word up until now,”......

Bama-ND, Clemson-Ohio State set as CFP semis

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The unevenness of a season played in the midst of a pandemic contributed to one of the most controversial semifinal pairings of the College Football Playoff era. Players and coaches were sidelined by COVID-19, and numerous games were canceled as the sport limped to a tense finish line with the......

Left out of CFP, Aggies will play in Orange Bowl

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Texas A&M was left out of the College Football Playoff, but will look to extend its win streak to eight games when it takes on North Carolina in the Capital One Orange Bowl. The fifth-ranked Aggies (8-1) are the first one-loss SEC team to not make the playoff and will......

Jimbo says ‘something’s wrong’ if A&M not in CFP

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Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher lobbied strongly for his team’s inclusion in this year’s College Football Playoff following the Aggies’ 34-13 win at Tennessee on Saturday. The Aggies, who entered the weekend ranked No. 5 in the College Football Playoff rankings, deserve to be included because of how well it......

Rose Bowl CFP semifinal moving to AT&T Stadium

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Rose Bowl officials announced Saturday that the College Football Playoff semifinal scheduled for the Rose Bowl will be moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The announcement came just hours after multiple outlets reported the Rose Bowl was denied a special exemption from the state of California to allow a......

No. 4 Ohio State shoots for CFP in Big Ten final vs. No. 14 Northwestern

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AP News No. 4 Ohio State shoots for CFP in Big Ten final vs. No. 14 Northwestern Fourth-ranked Ohio State is playing for more than just its fourth straight Big Ten title vs. No. 14 Northwestern on Saturday in Indianapolis. The Buckeyes (5-0, 5-0 Big Ten) are looking to cement......

Irish’s Kelly threatens CFP boycott if no families

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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Friday if the Irish are chosen to make the College Football Playoff, they would consider not playing if families are not allowed to attend the semifinal game. During a Zoom call previewing the ACC championship game, Kelly made pointed remarks about the need to......

Hey! Former CFP contender Oregon!? Welcome to The Bottom 10

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[Editor’s note: College football’s regular season is almost over. We think. But as the season-long Bottom 10 contenders are wrapping up their campaigns, a late charge is coming from the Power 5 likes of the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12.] Inspirational thought of the week You breathe new lifeInto......

CFP top 6 holds steady; Big 12 still alive in chase

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The top six teams in the College Football Playoff rankings remained the same on Tuesday, including Ohio State, which stayed at No. 4 despite uncertainty about its upcoming opponents. The Big 12, meanwhile, is still alive in the CFP race. The Buckeyes stayed ahead of No. 5 Texas A&M and......

SI Top 10: CFP Contenders Narrow to Seven as Buckeyes Roll, BYU Falls

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Ross Dellenger In his pregame television interview, Ohio State coach Ryan Day prepared us all—the CFP Committee viewers included—for an ugly game in East Lansing. Ohio State was down so many players and coaches that we should all expect a......

Bama still leads CFP rankings as top 7 unchanged

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The top seven teams in the College Football Playoff rankings remained unchanged Tuesday, as Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State continue to occupy the top four spots. The Buckeyes stayed at No. 4, despite canceling Saturday’s game at Illinois following an increase in COVID-19 cases within the program, which......

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