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College football’s breakout players for each Top 25 team in 2020

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Jan 17, 2020 ESPN staff Which players could turn into stars next season with breakout performances? Here’s a very early look at 25 players to watch for the teams in Mark Schlabach’s 2020 Way-Too-Early Top 25. With Tee Higgins off to the NFL, Clemson needs another go-to, big-play receiver to......
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‘We’re going to be back’

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NEW ORLEANS — Trevor Lawrence sat at his locker with his full uniform on as the room around him emptied out. Co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott sat next to him, offering reassurance and encouragement. Only 30 minutes earlier, it was Lawrence who offered the same to his Clemson teammates, walking around......
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Clemson and Trevor Lawrence are ready for next season

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NEW ORLEANS — Trevor Lawrence sat at his locker with his full uniform on as the room around him emptied out. Co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott sat next to him, offering reassurance and encouragement. Only 30 minutes earlier, it was Lawrence who offered the same to his Clemson teammates, walking around......
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LSU and Joe Burrow’s national championship season places Tigers among greatest ever

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NEW ORLEANS — There was Joe Burrow, getting rid of the ball in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday night as quickly as Saints quarterback Drew Brees has done here on so many Sundays. There was the LSU quarterback, scrambling for three first downs and a touchdown in a critical second-quarter......
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Ed Orgeron enjoys storybook reunion with old coach during dream LSU season

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NEW ORLEANS — LSU defensive line coach Bill Johnson is a rookie on the Tigers’ staff, an emergency hire who didn’t join the team until August, after a freak injury sidelined another assistant. But you would never know it by the respect he is afforded in the Tigers’ building, particularly......
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College football championship — LSU-Clemson analysis, prediction and more

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Only in college football could a national title game pitting two teams that have each won two titles in this century feel fresh and exciting, but here we are. After three Alabama-Clemson title games in the past four years, with an Alabama-Clemson semifinal in 2017, we now get a battle......
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Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence flies under the radar, again, as the face of college football

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NEW ORLEANS — At precisely 8:30 a.m. New Orleans time, Country Thor Jesus, he of the politely pleasant baritone Georgia drawl, thunderous right arm, flowing blond hair and an ever-growing following of devotees, settled into his seat behind a microphone and below a giant LED-powered sign that read “TREVOR LAWRENCE......
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Clemson safety Nolan Turner, Dabo Swinney and a tale of family, faith and friendship

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Shortly before his death in 2016, Kevin Turner sent a text message to Dabo Swinney, his good friend and former Alabama teammate. Confined to a bed, Turner stared at his computer screen. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, had spread quickly throughout his body, deteriorating......
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Travis Etienne is ready for his Sugar Bowl redemption — right back in New Orleans

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JENNINGS, La. — Travis Etienne came across the picture this summer. It’s not that he needed the reminder. He’d thought of that moment often enough. But here it was, in stark imagery: the kid he used to be, walking off the field of the Superdome, defeated. The memories from Etienne’s......
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The unbelievable tales of LSU head coach Ed Orgeron

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Joe Burrow was on a recruiting visit to Louisiana. As a kid from Ohio, he wanted a taste of the local culture. And if anyone knew Louisiana culture, it’s Ed Orgeron, the LSU coach who grew up in bayou country and now leads the state’s beloved football program. So when......
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Despite a tragic family past, LSU’s Derek Stingley Jr. always had a love for football

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Derek Stingley Jr. has heard the story and he has watched the grainy video on YouTube. The New England Patriots receiver goes up, leaping for a pass he can’t catch — and while fully extended, suffers a devastating hit from one of the NFL’s most feared players. “My grandpa was......
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How 40 years of college football history would have been different with a playoff

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Through six years of the College Football Playoff experiment, the CFP semifinals have been a little bit like the Chicago Cubs‘ Kyle Schwarber — hitting only .250, but with three 500-foot home runs. Twelve combined semis have produced just three one-possession finishes, but all three of these games — 2014’s......
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A heated LSU-Clemson debate — Who plays in the real Death Valley?

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As we inch closer to the national title game on Jan. 13, there will be many debates around the fourth-ever meeting between LSU and Clemson. Who’s better, Joe Burrow or Trevor Lawrence? Clyde Edwards-Helaire or Travis Etienne? Purple as an accent to gold or purple as a partner for orange?......
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Clemson, Ohio State and the making of a College Football Playoff classic

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Over time, our memories distill classic sporting events to just one or two moments. This is unfair, as a classic is usually set up by a series of indelible events or actions, but our hard drives have only so much memory. The incredible 1984 Miami-Boston College game becomes Flutie-to-Phelan and......
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The nine unbelievable moments that defined the Clemson-Ohio State classic

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Though the Ohio State-Clemson College Football Playoff semifinal at the Playstation Fiesta Bowl looked like it might be a blowout early, the two teams ended up providing the epic showdown many expected going into Saturday. Here is a quick look at the key plays that shaped Clemson’s......
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Joe Burrow, LSU Tigers dominate Oklahoma to earn national championship trip

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ATLANTA — THE PARTY started weeks ago. In Louisiana, this was all a foregone conclusion. A national championship game is to be played, in New Orleans of all places, and so of course LSU would be there. This was destiny. The Tigers players knew it, too. They spent the past......
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LSU Tigers-Clemson Tigers national championship game preview

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The dream season for LSU and quarterback Joe Burrow will end about 80 miles from campus in New Orleans, which will provide the ultimate home-field advantage. Clemson will try to spoil the party, win back-to-back national titles and further cement its claim as the nation’s most dominant program. 2 Related......
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Why this year’s College Football Playoff quarterback class is the best yet

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It would be hard to imagine a more star-studded crop of quarterbacks than the four we have in the College Football Playoff. There’s Joe Burrow, from No. 1 LSU, who has taken the country by storm this year, transforming the Tigers’ typically stodgy offense and winning a Heisman Trophy along......
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How Oklahoma’s defense helped the Sooners land a College Football Playoff spot

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Take a guess at which Big 12 team allowed the fewest yards per game this season. Baylor? After all, the Bears’ fast, physical defense was the biggest reason the team won 11 games. Wrong. TCU? Gary Patterson’s defensive wizardry regularly puts the Horned Frogs at or near the top of......
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How Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts captivated two of college football’s most rabid fan bases

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WHEN JALEN HURTS was 6 or 7 years old, he would tag along with his dad and older brother to the summer workouts for athletes at Channelview High School in Texas’ Harris County, where his dad coaches. One of the players nicknamed Hurts “Baby Champ” because he thought Jalen looked......

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