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13-1, 1st in SEC - West
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5dAdam Rittenberg

Clemson prevails in 64-team college football bracket

As we finish up our dream, 64-team college football bracket, which team reigns supreme? Thanks to a dominant defense and several options at QB, Dabo Swinney's squad comes out on top.

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6dAdam Rittenberg

What would happen in a 64-team college football bracket?

Sure, the College Football Playoff is great, but let's get greedy. Using the 2018 preseason FPI, we get down to the Sweet 16 in a true version of gridiron madness.

Hurts fulfills bet to Barkley, wears Auburn jersey (0:42)
Takeaways from Alabama's pro day (5:27)

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

4.47 (u) 40 time for Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (6-foot, 204). So much versatility in the secondary. Fitzpatrick can play in the slot, cover down as a safety, blitz off the edge and impact the run game. He's a matchup player on the defensive side of the ball. And the top DB in the 2018 class.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

4.91 (u) 40-yard dash for Alabama DT Da'Ron Payne at 6-foot-2, 311 pounds. That's a great time for Payne. And it shows his athleticism on the defensive line. Payne can win with power at the point of attack and he displayed the ability to disrupt the backfield during the College Football Playoffs. First-round talent with the versatility to play in multiple fronts.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

4.44 (u) 40-yard dash time for Alabama WR Calvin Ridley. At 6-foot, 189 pounds, Ridley's game is built on route running, plus the ability to create separation out of his cuts. And the game tape is smooth. Ridley can win at all three-levels of the route tree and he projects as one of the top WRs in the draft. First-round talent.

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16dJake Trotter

Ranking college football's best triplets

Which teams have the best combination of quarterback, running back and receiver? It starts with Stanford, but turning projections to reality at Oklahoma and Alabama could change things.

Marty Smith ESPN 

Meet Saban Hodges, 8, from Dora, Alabama. You can guess who he's named after.

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Promotions, hires among Bama staff reshuffle

Among Alabama's staff announcements Thursday were Mike Locksley as offensive coordinator, Tosh Lupoi as defensive coordinator, Dan Enos as quarterbacks coach and Craig Kuligowski as defensive line coach.

26dAdam Rittenberg

QB Future Power Rankings: Georgia leads the way

Which teams are primed for success over the next three seasons at the game's most important position? A true freshman led Georgia to the title game, and the Bulldogs have the nation's top 2018 recruit on campus, but Clemson and Alabama aren't far behind.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: Alabama is hiring Miami defensive line coach Craig Kugilowski for the same role. Kuligowski replaces Karl Dunbar, who recently left to coach defensive line with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sports Illustrated first reported the move. Kuligowski returns to the SEC, where he had great success during a long run as Missouri's defensive line coach.

Breaking down college football's FPI rankings (2:17)
What's in store for Hurts at Alabama? (1:22)
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32dEdward Aschoff

Take a spin with college football's trade machine

Clemson QB Kelly Bryant and Alabama QB Jalen Hurts on the move? With quality backups in place, let's make some (pretend) deals. Here are 11 trade-deadline-inspired moves to improve college football's best teams for 2018.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Hearing Tulane defensive line coach Kevin Peoples is in the mix for Alabama's defensive line vacancy. Peoples has been with Willie Fritz at both Tulane and Georgia Southern. He has SEC experience as Arkansas' defensive line coach under Bobby Petrino.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills hired former Alabama analyst Shea Tierney as an offensive assistant, according to the Bills' website. Tierney joins William Vlachos, also an offensive assistant, in analysts following offensive coordinator Brian Daboll from Alabama to Buffalo this offseason. Like Bills coach Sean McDermott, Tierney has spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Why Clemson is ahead of Bama in FPI preseason power rankings (1:56)

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