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10 big, bold predictions for 2019

Mark it down for 2019: Trevor Lawrence will win the first of two Heismans, while Mack Brown and Les Miles sit out bowl season in their returns.

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The 2019 Way-Too-Early Top 25

Clemson is the new king, but Alabama will be back, along with Georgia, Ohio State and Notre Dame, while a couple of teams from Texas elbow their way into the top 10.

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Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak's power-play goal at 12:38 of the first period, his 24th of the year, tied the Winter Classic against the Chicago Blackhawks at 1-1. His goal celebration evoked the "bird walk" of Washington Capitals star Evgeny Kuznetsov. Was he mimicking a hawk, considering their opponents?

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The Chicago Blackhawks strike first in the 2019 Winter Classic, as left wing Brendan Perlini scored from the slot at 8:30 of the first period. Playing in his first outdoor game, Perlini then celebrated by plugging the ear holes in his helmet with his gloves as Notre Dame Stadium's thousands of Hawks fans roared.

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NHL Winter Classic fans were greeted by a long line to enter a cramped official gear store outside of Notre Dame Stadium. By 90 minutes before puck drop, the wait time was around 35 minutes. As for prices, jerseys sold for $179.99 and hats for $31.99. They were also available inside the stadium at booths, but many items and collectibles were only available in the official store. Hopefully, worth the wait.

Greg Wyshynski ESPN 

Perfect conditions for the 2019 Winter Classic at Notre Dame. It's around 30 degrees, overcast (so no boring postgame stories about sun glare off the ice) and with no precipitation in the forecast. The fun begins at 1 p.m. ET, and Fighting Irish football great Tim Brown is scheduled to drop the ceremonial first puck.