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When the Washington Huskies and Alabama Crimson Tide take the field in Atlanta in the College Football Playoff, there will be a ton of NFL talent on the field. Bama has been producing pro football players by the bushel in the last decade, but don’t sleep on the talent on the Huskies defense as well.

Player to watch – Alabama

  • Reuben Foster – The Tide’s dominant inside linebacker has recorded 94 tackles this season to go with four sacks, 12 tackles for loss and two passes defensed. Widely considered a first-round pick, Foster would likely immediately help the Redskins run defense and raise the overall level of play at linebacker. Pro Football Focus dubbed Foster ‘the most complete linebacker’ in college football. At 6-foot-1 and 236 lbs., he has the size and speed needed to play the next level. The biggest question for the ‘Skins might be if a player like Foster lasts long enough to be drafted by the Burgundy and Gold. The Bama roster is so loaded there are plenty of other guys that could help the ‘Skins, especially defensively. Strong safety Eddie Jackson is another name to watch in the Peach Bowl, as are OLB Tim Williams and DL Dalvin Tomlinson.

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The College Football Playoff committee is assigned to grade worthiness. But what if its job was simply to deliver the most entertaining four teams in college football?

I will postulate here that the No. 1 seed would be Penn State. Give me Clemson at No. 2 and maybe Colorado at No. 3, then fill in with whomever you like.

But think about the history of Penn State football and then consider this truth: The Nittany Lions are more fun to watch than any team in the Big Ten for certain and I think you could put them on top of the heap nationally.

Through a basketball lens, they remind me of the 2001 Nittany Lions of Titus Ivory, Joe Crispin and Gyasi Cline-Heard that made the Sweet 16 and led the Big Ten in points scored, points allowed, crazy comebacks executed, steals, odds beaten, big finishes and impediments overcome.

But from a Penn State football standpoint? There’s never been anything like this team in school annals in terms of surprising overachievement and sheer entertainment delivered. That’s partly due to Penn State’s establishment status and party due to its generally bland style over the years. This outfit stands alone.

You can eyeball it or bolster it with metrics. I’ve done both. Consider the attributes, some supported by The Stat Mine:

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Browns are building for the future by stockpiling draft picks. They get five picks in the first three rounds in the 2017 NFL Draft, and possibly 11 picks overall.

With that in mind, Browns fans might want to take a closer look at the draft prospects in upcoming college bowl games.

Here’s who to watch during Tuesday’s games:

(Draft projections are from CBSSports.com)

Dec. 27

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl

Teams: Army vs. North Texas.

When: 12 p.m.

TV: ESPN.

Who to watch: This isn’t the game to find future NFL talent. Army’s top player is linebacker Andrew King, who isn’t likely to be drafted.

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman

Teams: No. 24 Temple vs. Wake Forest.

When: 3:30 p.m.

TV: ESPN.

Who to watch: Temple has a handful of players to watch in this one. Haasan Reddick is one of the top LBs in the country, and could be drafted in the first two rounds. His versatility as an edge rusher or in coverage could make him attractive to the Browns. Tackle Dion Dawkins is a projected third-round pick, while teammates Sean Chandler (CB), Jahad Thomas (RB) and Praise Martin-Oguike (LB) should be late-round picks. Wake Forest’s Marquel Lee (LB) should be a mid-round pick, and Brad Watson (CB) should be a late-round pick.

National Funding Holiday Bowl

Teams: Minnesota vs. Washington State.

When: 7 p.m.

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Autzen Stadium is open, and Oregon needs a new lead duck. It’s time for Chip Kelly to fly home.

Kelly made a name in coaching as the head coach of the Ducks from 2009 to 2012, and he has the chance to make Oregon great again after the program dismissed head coach Mark Helfrich on Tuesday night.

Helfrich was 37-16 in four years at Oregon and made an appearance in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship following the 2014 season. But a 9-4 record last year preceded a 4-8 mark this year that culminated in the program’s first loss to Oregon State since 2007.

“It is a great honor to have served as the head football coach at the University of Oregon,” Helfrich said, according to the school. “It is with respect and disappointment that we receive this decision. Plain and simple—we didn’t win enough games this season.”

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Miami opened as a 1-point underdog at Notre Dame, no rx according to odds posted Sunday morning by VegasInsider.

But as of 1:30 p.m. Sunday, cialis that line was even.

So the oddsmakers seemingly can’t decide whether Miami (4-3, viagra dosage 1-3 ACC) should be favored on the road after losing three straight games, or if Notre Dame (2-5) should be a home favorite after a bye and two losses in a row.

The way both teams have performed has taken some of the luster off the reboot of one of the best rivalries of the 1980s, one which inspired an ESPN “30 for 30” documentary to air after the season.

The Hurricanes’ injury troubles have exposed its lack of depth on defense, and an inability to protect quarterback Brad Kaaya has stifled an offense many thought would be potent. Miami hopes to get several defensive players back, including standout end Chad Thomas (upper body).

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The city the Georgia Bulldogs are lucky enough to call home has been named the #1 College Football Town in America, cost according to a poll by Athlon Sports.

After assembling a panel of ten sports personalities and experts, thumb which included a CBS college football analyst, SiriusXM on-air talent, and writers for organizations like Fox Sports, Yahoo!, and the Associated Press, Athens, Georgia appeared on nine of the ten ballots, receiving three first place votes for a total of 62/100 points to edge out the cities of Madison, Wisconsin and Austin, Texas.

“It has it all,” said Pat Forde, a member of the panel who works as a national college columnist for Yahoo! Sports. “A great downtown area with a lot of great restaurants and bars, a pretty campus and my favorite football stadium.”

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Make friends: Get to SB Nation’s team blog chats for this game at Our Daily Bears for Baylor fans and Crimson and Cream Machine for Oklahoma fans. The Bears were clawing back into the game and it felt like the Sooners were trying to hold on for the win.

Evans became the first player in OU history to have at least two interceptions and at least two sacks in the same game. Baker Mayfield happily obliged the home fans looking for a route when he tossed a 40-yard touchdown pass to Dede Westbrook.

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Last week, Texas A&M was the surprise No. 4 team in the College Football Playoff rankings. After losing to Mississippi State last Saturday and proving it doesn’t belong at the top, we’ll see a new team take over the fourth spot this week when the rankings are unveiled at 7 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN.

The top three should stay the same, as Alabama, Clemson and Michigan all won. The question this week is whether another one-loss team has the resume to jump undefeated Washington for the fourth spot in the rankings, or if the Huskies will claim the spot that should have been theirs last week.

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The newest edition of the College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday and Tennessee was ranked in the Top 25.

The No. 25 Vols were represented in the ranking for the first time this season at the tail end of the team’s five-game winning streak.

The ranking comes after the Vols’ dominating 53-28 over Vanderbilt on Saturday. Tennessee has not lost a game since Oct. 24, pills when it fell to Alabama, order 19-14, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Since that point, the Vols have started playing some of their best football under coach Butch Jones, and clearly the Playoff committee has taken notice.

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Damn you, drug Jalen Hurd. You have given me yet another reason to despise this entire generation of college football players.

Butch Jones confirmed that Tennessee’s 6-foot-4, doctor 240-pound running back is leaving the program as soon as possible. Apparently, there he’s unhappy with his role in the offense. He intends to transfer and switch positions.

The Volunteers, who have fallen from 5-0 and No. 9 in the country to 5-3 and out of the polls, are coming off a shocking loss at South Carolina. Even with fellow ball carrier Alvin Kamara — he’s looked like the better back lately — out of the lineup, Hurd only rushed 8 times for 16 yards and a touchdown.

What was supposed to be a dream season for UT has quickly turned into a nightmare. And Jones hasn’t even woken up yet.

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