Alabama, the defending College Football Playoff national champions, are the Vegas favorites going into the 2016-17 season.
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- They are who we thought they were.

Well, sort of.

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, a Heisman Trophy finalist, ran like a water bug and threw darts like a barfly. The man he lost that award to, Alabama running back Derrick Henry, bowled through defenders like a monster truck with no brakes. The box score will say that the winner of the second College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T was Alabama by a score of 45-40. The Crimson Tide were the exhausted victor of a closer-than-the-final-score game that included five lead changes and three ties, but somehow still felt more like a boxing match than a track meet.

-- Ryan McGee | Full story

2017 College Football Playoff

WHEN: Jan. 9, 2017

WHERE: Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)

2015-16 FBS champion: Alabama | Full coverage

2015 FCS champion: North Dakota State | Results

2015 D-II champion: Northwest Missouri State | Results

2015 D-III champion: Mount Union | Results