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Clemson upsets Alabama, 35-31, to win national championship

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LA Times
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson threw a two-yard touchdown pass to receiver Hunter Renfrow for the go-ahead score with one second left on the clock to give the Tigers a 35-31 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff national championship on Monday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

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Gus Malzahn better hope Jarrett Stidham is Auburn’s answer at quarterback

SEC COUNTRY
Gus Malzahn rang in the new year by repeating what he did for most of 2016: reflect upon Auburn’s conundrum at quarterback.

New year, same old Tigers.

Their issues under center were made painfully apparent once again in a a 35-19 loss to Oklahoma on Monday in the Sugar Bowl, in which Auburn (8-5, 5-3 SEC) passed for 154 yards against a Sooners defense that allows 279 yards per game.

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SEC Football by the Numbers: Awards season

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0 SEC players have won both the Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, although both awards are presented to the nation's top defensive player. Alabama DE Jonathan Allen won the 2016 Nagurski Trophy on Monday night and is a finalist for this season's Bednarik Award.

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SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES 2016 FOOTBALL LEGENDS CLASS

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The Southeastern Conference announced its 2016 SEC Football Legends class, a collection of former football standouts who will be honored at events surrounding the SEC Football Championship Game in Atlanta in December.

The 2016 Football Legends Class includes 14 former stars who excelled on the gridiron and helped write the rich history of the sport at their respective institutions.  This year’s class includes a Heisman Trophy winner, All-Americans, All-SEC selections and Academic All-Americans as well as NCAA and SEC record holders.  The group represents teams that won National and SEC Championships and are represented in state, school and college football halls of fame.
 
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‘Now, the real war’s starting in recruiting’: LSU's Ed Orgeron moving quickly to secure top targets, early enrollees

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Ed Orgeron knows as well as anyone that he has no time to waste.

Orgeron, who was announced as LSU’s 33rd head coach Saturday, has to act quickly. It’s recruiting season, and the initial contact period begins Sunday. The Tigers’ former recruiting coordinator was set to be on the phone Saturday night with recruits he hasn’t already spoken to, and he planned to hold a meeting with his staff Sunday morning before hitting the recruiting trail.

The first contact period, a two-week time frame, allows Orgeron and his staff to make in-home visits to current commitments and other top targets, especially those high school prospects who plan to enroll early at a university.

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SEC title game kicks off big college football month in Atlanta

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This week’s SEC Championship game — the last to be played in the Georgia Dome — will kick off a momentous month of college football in Atlanta.

The action starts at 4 p.m. Saturday with No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 15 Florida in the 25th SEC title game, the 23rd in the Dome, and ends Dec. 31 with a College Football Playoff semifinal in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

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