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9-4, 1st in ACC - Atlantic
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Jackson's had his bowl struggles

Lamar Jackson's Heisman Trophy showcase didn't live up to advanced billing, and the Citrus Bowl wasn't much of a game. In LSU's 29-9 victory, Jackson had perhaps his least productive outing of the year. Ranking the 42 bowl games

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Cardinals close at No. 21 in rankings

Lamar Jackson's acceptance of the Heisman Trophy was the lone bright spot late in a season that was topped by a demolition of Florida State in late September. Louisville drops by eight spots. Power Rankings

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Mississippi State and Louisville are swapping defensive coordinators. Mississippi State announced Todd Grantham will be its new defensive coordinator after three seasons with Louisville. Peter Sirmon is expected to take Grantham's spot at Louisville after one season as Mississippi State's defensive coordinator. FootballScoop.com first reported Sirmon's move to Louisville. Sirmon had been in the mix for Colorado's defensive coordinator vacancy.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is leaving for the same spot at Mississippi State, a source confirmed. The move is not necessarily a shock. Grantham had turned down opportunities in the past and both he and the Cards seemed ready for a fresh start. The Louisville defense had success under Grantham, though injuries hurt its performance late in the season.

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7dAndrea Adelson

Positions of need: Louisville Cardinals

Offensive line remains the biggest area of need for the Cardinals, but there also are some key personnel to replace in the back seven on defense.

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7dDavid M. Hale

Clemson's stars highlight ACC All-Bowl team

It's certainly not the biggest prize they've won this week, but members of national champion Clemson dominate the bowl season All-ACC team.

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National title odds for next season

Alabama enters as the favorite at 3-1, while the defending champs open at 18-1. Texas rounds out the top-10 best odds at 25-1 in Tom Herman's first season.

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8dAndrea Adelson

Dabo: ACC 'best conference in college football'

The ACC is "the best conference in college football," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said after his team's victory over SEC power Alabama in the national championship game.

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Final AP Poll: Cardinals finish at No. 21

Louisville (9-4) closed the season with three straight disappointing losses to Houston, Kentucky and LSU. Four ACC teams make the final ranking. Final AP Poll

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Alabama, Florida State lead Way-Too-Early 2017 Top 25

Alabama loses the bulk of its menacing defense, but there's plenty of talent waiting in the wings. Expect Florida State to return to the ACC summit, but Michigan might slide in the Big Ten.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Last month, the ACC fined Virginia Tech and Louisville $25,000 each for their roles in accepting leaked plays from former Wake Forest radio broadcaster Tommy Elrod. That was the maximum fine allowed under league bylaws. Commissioner John Swofford said Sunday he felt the fine was "sufficient. We'll probably have some conversations with our presidents and athletic directors going forward about something you hope you don't have to utilize very often."

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ACC rules bowl season

Is the ACC the best conference in college football? An 8-3 bowl season and Clemson's demolition of Ohio State put the conference in the spotlight.

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15dAndrea Adelson

All hail the ACC, the new king of bowl season

For years, the ACC fought the idea that it wasn't on par with the SEC or Big Ten. But its 2016 bowl record is further proof the landscape has changed.

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Has the ACC already won bowl season?

The ACC can finish no worse than 8-4 in bowl games, but the SEC can still finish with an 8-5 record and a national championship. A 5-5 record is within reach for the Big Ten.

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Jeff Thomas is having himself a game. After scoring on an electrifying 44-yard touchdown catch in the first half, Thomas, the nation's No. 14 receiver from East St. Louis (Illinois) High School, just weaved his way through the entire defense on his way to a 79-yard touchdown reception early in the third quarter of the Under Armour All-America Game. It was a breathtaking catch and run, and it displayed the big-play ability that has Louisville, Illinois, Oregon and Miami trying to land his commitment. Thomas will visit Louisville on Jan. 13 and Illinois on Jan. 20 and he's working on dates with Oregon and potentially Miami.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

At one point, Jeff Thomas had to be removed from his East St. Louis (Illinois) High School team because he "lost his way." But he came back more determined than ever as a senior, and the end result was one of the most electrifying touchdown catches in the Under Armour All-America Game history. Thomas, the 14th-ranked receiver that's considering Louisville, Illinois, Oregon and others, caught an out route from LSU quarterback commit Myles Brennan, broke a few tackles, and then turned on the jets to out-race several other defenders to the end zone. When he's focused like he is now, Thomas is easily one of the most deadly receivers in the 2017 class.


Watch: Under Armour All-America Game

ESPN's No. 8 OLB Breon Dixon is scheduled to announce his commitment at halftime. The Loganville, Ga. product is expected to choose between Louisville, Ole Miss, TCU and Tennessee. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 300 wide receiver Jeff Thomas just scored for Team Armour at the Under Armour All-America game. Thomas is uncommitted and is visiting Oregon, Miami, Louisville and is undecided on any other visits.

Jeremy Willis ESPN.com 

Locker of Under Armour All-American Breon Dixon. The No. 145 player in the ESPN 300 will commit during the Under Armour All-America Game at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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