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Clemson vs. Alabama: Picks, predictions for College Football Playoff title game (1/9/17)

Mon Jan 09 07:03:20 EST 2017 | NJ.com
Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers, left, and head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide pose for a photograph after speaking to members of the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Head Coaches Press Conference on January 8, 2017 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. (Brian Blanco | Getty Images) Here's how our experts think the game will play out. Keith Sargeant: Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is the best player on the field, but Alab..

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Deshaun Watson did it. Clemson did it, too. Watson did it. He provided that Vince Young-like moment everybody was waiting for and knocked off the defending national champion on the..
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The Alabama Crimson Tide had the Clemson Tigers right where they wanted them, taking a 14-point lead into the fourth quarter of Monday night’s College Football Playoff championship..
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TAMPA, Fla. -- College football’s first national championship rematch was fitting sequel to the original, with an unusual twist at the end. Deshaun Watson and Clemson dethroned the..