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November 23, 2020

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Norvell denies Dabo claim that FSU ducked Tigers

ESPN
One day after Dabo Swinney suggested Florida State ducked last Saturday’s game using a Clemson player’s positive COVID-19 test as an excuse, Seminoles coach Mike Norvell emphatically denied the charge, saying the decision to postpone the game was made entirely by medical personnel. Asked if COVID-19 was the reason for......

Swinney: COVID-19 ‘excuse’ for FSU nixing game

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One day after Florida State abruptly postponed its scheduled game against Clemson because of a positive COVID-19 test among the Tigers’ roster, Dabo Swinney lambasted FSU’s administration for the decision. Swinney said Sunday that Clemson followed all required protocols when it traveled with a player who had shown prior symptoms......

AP Top 25 college football poll reaction: What’s next for each ranked team?

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The new AP Top 25 college football poll is out, and while there’s not much movement at the top, one new team (North Carolina) joins the party. Here’s what’s next for each ranked team. No. 1 Alabama (7-0) It’s been a while since Alabama has been tested. You have to......

Latest projections for every bowl game, including the College Football Playoff

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10:40 AM ET Kyle Bonagura Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the Pac-12. Joined ESPN in 2014. Attended Washington State University. Mark Schlabach Close ESPN Senior Writer Senior college football writer Author of seven books on college football Graduate of the University of Georgia As we inch closer to the first......

Northwestern in the playoff? Michigan-Rutgers in 3OT? Week 12 brings the chaos

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This year has been so filled with chaos, it’s hard to notice each new twist or turn. Our collective lack of surprise is actually the one thing that has kept us bonded throughout a year in which our connections have been stretched and tested like no other time in recent......

College football Power Rankings for Week 12

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The first College Football Playoff selection committee rankings will be unveiled Tuesday night, and there’s not much suspense on who the top four teams will be. 1 Related But in the latest ESPN Power Rankings, non-Power 5 stalwarts BYU at No. 7 and Cincinnati at No. 8 continue to hold......

College Football Playoff picks after Week 12

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Week 12 presented one of the mainstays in this season’s College Football Playoff predictions with its toughest test of the year. How will Saturday’s top games affect the College Football Playoff chase? What are the current odds for the top four? The Allstate Playoff Predictor has the answers. Check back......

Clemson-Florida State showdown postponed

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Florida State and Clemson will not play Saturday after the team’s medical personnel could not mutually agree on moving forward with the game, the ACC said in a statement. The teams were supposed to play at noon in Tallahassee. “We are disappointed that we will not be able to play......

Lawrence virus-free, ‘back to normal’ for Clemson

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Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is fit, confident and most importantly for the Tigers, virus-free. The junior said Tuesday he is ready for the fourth-ranked Tigers championship run down the stretch. Lawrence missed the past two games for Clemson (7-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) after testing positive for COVID-19, then spent......

Heisman Watch: Time to consider Kyle Trask a real contender

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Welcome back to our weekly Heisman Watch for the 2020 college football season. Throughout the season, ESPN.com writers will vote on their top Heisman Trophy candidates. To get the final rankings, we use the following methodology: 13 voters, five votes each. Points system: five points for first-place votes, four points......

College football Power Rankings for Week 11

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The college football schedule absorbed its biggest blow yet from COVID-19 issues this week, meaning there was very little movement in ESPN’s Week 11 Power Rankings. 1 Related The SEC alone had four games postponed, and five of the top six teams in last week’s Power Rankings either had open......

A mind-boggling Big Ten, QB drama and fake spikes are all we needed in Week 11

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There have been Saturdays with more drama. Look no further than last week’s Clemson-Notre Dame thriller. There have been Saturdays with bigger games. This week lacked a single matchup between top-25 teams, with four of the top five squads sitting out. With 15 games postponed or canceled because of the......

College Football Playoff picks after Week 11

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Not much changed in our writers’ College Football Playoff picks this week because, well, three of the top four teams weren’t in action. How will Saturday’s top games affect the College Football Playoff chase? What are the current odds for the top four? The Allstate Playoff Predictor has the answers.......

Undefeated USC vs. 1-loss Notre Dame? Breaking down potential College Football Playoff decisions

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Let’s talk head-to-head matchups. Except these won’t be played out on the field. The two-team battles we’re discussing today will be waged behind the closed (Zoom?) doors of the College Football Playoff selection committee. We’re asking the question: If it came down to these two teams, in these exact scenarios,......

Heisman Watch: Mac Jones leads Justin Fields — for now

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Welcome back to our weekly Heisman Watch for the 2020 college football season. Throughout the season, ESPN.com writers will vote on their top Heisman Trophy candidates. To get the final rankings, we use the following methodology: 14 voters, five votes each. Points system: five points for first-place votes, four points......

Forde-Yard Dash: Ugly Week Sinks Big-Brand Programs

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Pat Forde Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college football (“Lateral Capital of America” T-shirts sold separately at Rutgers): FIRST QUARTER: BIG-BRAND MISERY It was an ugly Saturday for some of the most tradition-steeped and avidly followed......

Bama extends streak, 13th straight year at No. 1

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Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this year, extending its record of consecutive seasons with at least one week on top of the rankings to 13. Notre Dame moved up two spots to No. 2 on Sunday after upsetting Clemson in......

Who has the best chance to make the College Football Playoff?

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Notre Dame upended Clemson on Saturday night in one of the true classics of this unusual season to date. What does the result mean for both teams’ 2020 College Football Playoff chances? The Fighting Irish took a giant step toward the program’s second CFP appearance, increasing their playoff odds in......

Projecting every bowl game, including the College Football Playoff

ESPN
11:30 AM ET Kyle Bonagura Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the Pac-12. Joined ESPN in 2014. Attended Washington State University. Mark Schlabach Close ESPN Senior Writer Senior college football writer Author of seven books on college football Graduate of the University of Georgia While the final four for the College......

College Football Playoff race still too close to call

ESPN
As if the College Football Playoff selection committee didn’t have enough to debate this season. Unbalanced schedules, delayed starts, disruptions and cancellations because of the coronavirus pandemic. And then, on Saturday, the ACC and SEC further complicated the playoff picture when they both bolstered an early case for having two......

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