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The Feed: Alabama vs. Georgia in the 2018 National Championship Game

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The headlines in college football…

Associated Press – Saban, complacency-proof Alabama faces Georgia for title

Associated Press – Scene quiet before frenzy of big game, planned protests

Associated Press – National title game still feels like afterthought to season

Bleacher Report – Kirby Smart Is the Nick Saban Clone Georgia Needed to Become the Next Alabama

LA Times – Frank Beamer, Mack Brown head College Football Hall of Fame class

USAToday – Lane Kiffin points out the absurdity of Nick Saban’s latest claim

Fox Sports – Crown them: UCF celebrates national championship with parade at Disney World

Yahoo! Sports – Our predictions for Alabama vs. Georgia in the 2018 National Championship Game

Atlanta-Journal Constitution – Mark Richt sends message to Georgia, fans ahead of championship game

Burnt Orange Nation – Major Applewhite makes shameful decision to hire ex-Baylor assistants Kendal Briles and Randy Clements at Houston

The Advocate – Rabalais: SEC haters unite for the CFP final, but this conference doesn’t care – Ohio State makes hiring of former Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch official

ESPN – The College Football Playoff’s first-ever border dispute

ESPN – Ridley brothers reunite on opposite sidelines at the CFP title game

ESPN – Florida State hires Harlon Barnett as defensive coordinator

ESPN – Jarrett Stidham decides to return to Auburn next season

ESPN – Bowlsby: American Athletic not same as Big Ten, SEC or Big 12

Curated by Steven Stiefel

The Feed: New Year’s Day Bowls to Set CFP Matchup

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The moment we’ve been waiting for all year is almost here. New Year’s Day Bowl games to determine which teams will play for the national championship!

The headlines in college football…

Associated Press – Alabama, Clemson back in playoffs after mass talent exodus

Associated Press – Oklahoma, Georgia want focus and balance before Rose Bowl

Associated Press – Auburn RB Kamryn Pettway won’t play in the Peach Bowl

Associated Press – USC, Ohio State much different memories of Cotton Bowl home

Associated Press – Florida State beats Southern Miss 42-13 in Independence

USAToday – Tom Herman Appeared to Mock Mizzou QB’s TD Celebration in Texas Bowl

NBC Sports – Jeremy Pruitt reportedly adding Florida State DC to Tennessee staff

Yahoo! Sports – Could Dabo Swinney succeed Nick Saban as Alabama’s next head coach?

Yahoo! Sports – Road to the College Football Playoff: Georgia Bulldogs

Bleacher Report – Rose Bowl Odds: Georgia vs Oklahoma Betting Pick, Analysis – Sugar Bowl: Phil Savage points to keys in Alabama-Clemson, compares Kelly Bryant, Deshaun Watson

ESPN – College football’s brightest star hits the game’s biggest stage

ESPN – Scott Frost’s crazy month juggling Nebraska and UCF

ESPN – Postseason Power Rankings: Bama makes the top four

Curated by Steven Stiefel

The Kickoff College Football Bowl Preview

2016 college football

It’s time for teams to go bowling. We’re already in the thick of the bowl schedule as it all builds to the New Year’s Day matchups. The Kickoff will publish our wrap up issue on January 10th, but Editor Tommy Duff shared some thoughts ahead of that.

“The most interesting matchup that is not in the College Football Playoff is USC vs. Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29th,” Duff said. “OSU feels like they deserved to be in the playoff, but USC has just as strong of an argument, also going 11-2 during the regular season, and they lost against a stronger team than Iowa.”

Boise State, Troy, Georgia State, Marshall, and Middle Tennessee have all won their bowls so far and are looking ahead to next season. The Kickoff listed the complete bowl schedule (with our Kickoff Power Rankings) in Issue 16, out Dec. 11th.

Duff said the post-season is generally more difficult to predict this year.

“The Orange Bowl Winner will be whoever has any motivation left between Miami and Wisconsin. (They are) two teams in playoff contention all year that fell apart in the final week,” Duff said. “I think Auburn should win against UCF, which is losing their head coach. I expect LSU to win against Notre Dame, which is overmatched.”

“Regarding the College Football Playoffs, can a Big XII offense take care of business against a defense as talented as Georgia’s? I think they can, but UGA has the potential to give Baker Mayfield problems,” Duff said. “Of course, the marquee matchup is the third playoff meeting between Bama and Clemson. Clemson was playing better towards the end of the year, but Bama should be much healthier and is still the team to beat.”

If Georgia prevails in the Rose Bowl and Alabama beats Clemson in the Sugar Bowl, producing an All-SEC national championship game, Duff said experience points to Alabama winning. “If Oklahoma beats Georgia, then I think they will beat Bama,” he said.

In addition to winning the Heisman, Baker Mayfield led several of the stats this season, including percentage of completed passes, efficiency rating, total yards per play, and being responsible for touchdowns at 46. He was also named to the 2017 Kickoff All American team, along with Sooners Mark Andrews, Orlando Brown, and Obgonnia Okoronkwo. These ingredients combine for a potent threat to Clemson defending its national title if the two teams should go head-to-head.

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Bama Prevails in CFP, Sights Turn to 2016 Season

Alabama fans

Alabama fans are on top of the world after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the second College Football Playoff Game Jan. 11, 2016.

We were hoping for a great National Championship Game, and ClemsonAlabama did not disappoint!

Deshaun Watson and Clemson fought hard to the bitter end, but Bama’s big plays were just too much for too long. The Crimson Tide earned its fourth national championship since 2009 with the final score of 45-40.

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Nick Saban joins Bear Bryant as the only coaches in college football history to win five national titles.  Speaking of dynasties, in this week’s FCS Championship game, North Dakota State won its fifth consecutive national title after defeating Jacksonville State.

This time last year, everyone was talking about how Ohio State were favorites to dominate. Now there’s speculation that Clemson is likely to start 2016 ranked No. 1 with Watson a favorite for the next Heisman. The Crimson Tide will probably lose this year’s winner, Derrick Henry, and a lot of other talent, along with defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who was named Georgia’s coach, but Saban never seems to have any problem reloading.

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The latest issue of The Kickoff, our 17th issue of the season, includes our Final Top 25, with Alabama, Clemson, Stanford, Ohio State and Oklahoma at the top. We include superlatives and upsets, plus trends from throughout the season.

The issue includes stats and scores from all of the Bowl games and our final Power Ratings from the results. How does your team stack up among all 128 FBS schools?

“We would like to thank everyone for helping to make this, our 65th year in publication, a successful year,” said Tommy Duff, Editor of The Kickoff. “The Kickoff would not exist without your continued support. We look forward to adding even more improvements in 2016, which we have already started mapping out. See you next fall!”

With the College Football Playoff done, the slate is wiped clean with all teams making a fresh start and their eyes on the prize this fall. Over the next several months, bragging rights will be redeemed and hopes build with potential.

Our attention now turns to fresh answers for the same questions we annually ponder…

  • Will new coach hires empower teams to turn things around? Will the powerhouses suffer with the loss of talent? Which coaches will enter the new season feeling some heat to either deliver success or find new jobs?
  • What weaknesses do schools need to find solutions? What new chess pieces will programs be able to move? Which teams will win the recruiting wars? What new weapons will teams add to their arsenals of talent?
  • Who are the future high school and JUCO stars in the making? Which teams and players will actually live up to the hype? Which ones are destined to crack under the pressure of lofty expectations? Which players will return healed from injuries?
  • Who will advance to the next level and enter the NFL draft early? How well are they expected to do? Can they compete in the different environment?

These questions are part of what makes college football great: the anticipation of what can be achieved with the right talent, team chemistry and coaching. The Kickoff predicts which prospects have the potential to be future stars, elevate programs, or at least contribute right away.

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