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Where Alabama lands in early 2017 college football rankings | AL.com

Tue Jan 10 10:00:56 EST 2017 | AL.Com
The 2016 football season ended less than 24 hours ago. Next year started immediately. After Alabama lost to Clemson in the national title game, the Crimson Tide was already being picked to return to the top. Alabama was slotted No. 1 in way-too-early top-25 rankings from ESPN, CBS Sports, The Sporting News, Fox Sports, Pro Football Focus, and Sports Illustrated. The Tide was No. 2 in USA Today's early forecast. The sports books also have Alabama on top of the futures betting for 2017. The Tide i..

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Clemson was doing all it could to get back into the College Football Playoff championship game against Alabama on Monday night when Deshaun Watson got a first-hand reminder just ho..
The College Football Playoff national championship between Alabama and Clemson is upon us. With all phases of the game dissected over the past week, it is now time t..
January 9, 2017 9:02pm EST January 9, 2017 9:02pm EST American Football, News, English, NCAA Division I FBS, Alabama, Clemson Officials looked the other way on two plays that could..
Deshaun Watson did all he could to try to convert on third and 15, but the Clemson quarterback was tackled -- and spun helicopter style to the ground -- one yard short of a fi..
The defense remains stout against the run Entering last season’s national title game, Alabama’s opponents gained 2.3 yards a carry. This season, Alabama’s opponents are gaining jus..
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Alabama and Clemson meet in a rematch for the national college football title. The Crimson Tide takes a 26-game winning streak into the showdown that includes a win over the Tigers..
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Tampa Bay Times staff writers offer up their predictions for tonight's College Football Playoff national championship game between Alabama and Clemson. Clemson, 21-20: If there's a..
The Crimson Tide were rolling toward a second consecutive national championship Monday before the momentum shifted in the fourth quarter. And it certainly didn’t help that Alabama ..