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54mIvan Maisel

Bama courts history amid unusual playoff landscape

The Big Ten race made for a very different CFP debate, but the focus belongs on the Tide and their chance to be compared to the sport's greatest teams.

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Key moments for semifinalists Clemson, OSU (1:24)
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Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Brohm's passer-friendly offense will have a good building block at Purdue in rising junior David Blough. He led the Big Ten this season with 3,352 passing yards and 25 touchdowns, though he also threw a whopping 21 interceptions. Brohm is an outstanding developer of quarterback talent, and Blough has all the tools to succeed under his tutelage.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

I've heard Troy coach Neal Brown would have interest in the Western Kentucky job. Brown was Kentucky's offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2014. Idaho coach Paul Petrino should get a look, along with Western Kentucky co-offensive coordinator Tony Levine, the former coach at Houston.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

For those wondering: Westgate would've made Washington a 4.5-pt favorite over Penn State on a neutral field.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

There are currently 1,473 upper level seats to the Fiesta Bowl (Ohio State-Clemson) selling for below face value.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

FPI chances to win national title: Alabama 42%, Ohio State 26%, Clemson 19%, Washington 13%

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama has scored 14 non-offensive TDs this year; Washington one of only 11 teams to not allow a non-offensive TD. (ESPN Stats & Info)

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama opened as a 14-point favorite over Washington, which would be the biggest spread in the 3-year history of the playoff, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

UNC coach Larry Fedora on Stanford: "Being on this side of the country, we don't get to stay up late enough to watch their games. My wife doesn't let me."

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffery quietly rushed for 1,603 yards and led the country with 211 all-purpose yards per game, but he didn't have the same spotlight after Stanford struggled early and he battled injuries. He could jog viewers' memories in the bowl against North Carolina, which is 113th in rush yards per game.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford's current run of 8 straight bowl games started at the Sun Bowl in 2009 -- Andrew Luck's first season as QB. David Shaw was Stanford's offensive coordinator then, and his starting QB in that game -- Tavita Pritchard -- is not QB coach.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

David Shaw says he met UNC coach Larry Fedora not too long ago. He says Stanford is excited to face the Tar Heels' "fast and physical defense" in the Sun Bowl.

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Gus Malzahn is pretty certain his Auburn team will be back to full strength when they play Oklahoma in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. "We had some [injuries] to impact players late in the season that really hurt us, and I feel pretty confident now, 30 days away, that we'll have everybody close to 100 percent."

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

So Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops took questions on tonight's Allstate Sugar Bowl teleconference from a helicopter. Stoops was in the process of landing in New York City for the Hall of Fame banquet. The Sooners will face Auburn next month in New Orleans.

David Ching ESPN Staff Writer 

LSU coach Ed Orgeron does not expect to have filled his staff in time for the Tigers' Dec. 31 bowl game against Louisville, but he does anticipate junior running back Leonard Fournette playing in the game. "If an injury prevents him, it prevents him. But I think if he's well, he's ready to go, he's going to play." A lingering ankle injury prevented Fournette from playing in four games, including the regular-season finale against Texas A&M.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Bobby Petrino says he'd be in favor of an expanded playoff as long as it doesn't add more games for the student-athletes, which would mean doing away with conference championship games.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Much less Heisman politicking from Bobby Petrino than Dabo Swinney. Petrino says he'd like to see Lamar Jackson win the award based on the numbers. "He's got a great resume and his total body of work. Nobody can argue with the number of yards and touchdowns. I'm wishing him the best."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona State offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey has talked with Georgia State about its coaching vacancy, according to a source. Lindsey, a candidate for the Southern Miss job last year, also likely would be in the mix at Troy if Neal Brown leaves for another job (Cincinnati possible).