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Dear college football, we miss ya already

What could be better than the classic finish Clemson provided to the college football season? How about looking ahead to what awaits fans next season?

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Breaking down FPI's performance in 2016

The 2016 college football season featured quite a few surprises. See where FPI hit and missed last season, and where it can improve in 2017.

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Clemson flies home a champion (3:04)
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Ranking all 42 college football postseason games

So maybe there isn't much debate over which game is No. 1. But a look back at all 42 games this postseason reminded us again why the bowl season truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

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Dabo Swinney's most magical night

After midnight, amid the confetti and chaos of Clemson's national championship, there was magic, some guts (which he brought), his family and a whole lot of magic for Tigers coach Dabo Swinney.

Swinney: 'This is not the pinnacle for us' (3:39)
Les Miles had no issue with Alabama's offensive game plan (1:59)
Watson game winner joins championship moment pantheon (2:39)


Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

USC added another big man to its recruiting class as three-star offensive guard Jalen McKenzie announced his commitment to the Trojans on Monday night. McKenzie is the son of Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and the younger brother of Tennessee defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie, the No. 26 overall prospect in the 2015 class. McKenzie is commitment No. 18 for USC in the 2017 class.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Arkansas is promoting defensive backs coach Paul Rhoads to defensive coordinator, coach Bret Bielema announced on Twitter on Monday night. Rhoads replaces Robb Smith, who recently left for the defensive coordinator job at Minnesota. Rhoads has been head coach at Iowa State and defensive coordinator at Pitt from 2000 to 2007. Expect Arkansas to switch to a 3-4 alignment under his watch.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

SOURCE: North Carolina is hiring Texas A&M defensive backs coach Terry Joseph for the same role. Joseph replaces Charlton Warren, who left to coach Tennessee's defensive backs. This is a strong hire for the Tar Heels, as Joseph has coached defensive backs at Texas A&M, Nebraska, Tennessee and Louisiana Tech.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin announced he will leave the school to become the offensive coordinator at Cal. He was 84-31 in nine seasons.

Ryan McGee ESPN Senior Writer 

Really interesting talking to former Clemson QB Rodney Williams on Saturday's Marty & McGee on ESPN Radio. He said Dabo Swinney has done a masterful job of making old school former Tigers feel like a part of the program's current success. "When they were planning Saturday's parade he insisted that they invite back every former player within a three-hour radius, or really just anyone who could get there. He said they had to be a part of it. It's created something really special around here."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC CB Adoree' Jackson announced he will enter the NFL draft.

Ted Miller ESPN Senior Writer 

UCLA has fired offensive line coach and ace recruiter Adrian Klemm, who was hit with NCAA sanctions for recruiting violations last September. The Bruins recently hired Jedd Fisch away from Michigan as their new offensive coordinator. Here's coach Jim Mora's statement: "Adrian is a friend, which makes change difficult sometimes," said Mora. "But right now, this is what is in the best interest of the program. I know Adrian will be successful in all his future endeavors. He has played a major role in the lives of the young men he has coached and mentored here in Westwood, many of whom now have careers in the NFL. I want to thank him for that commitment to our student-athletes over the years and his dedication to this program. Most of all, I want to wish him all the best moving forward."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA announces offensive line coach Adrian Klemm has been fired. Klemm, a standout recruiter but also a controversial one, received a two-year show-cause order from the NCAA last September for recruiting violations. He was suspended in the spring of 2015 and for two games in the 2015 season. UCLA's offensive line struggled last fall, allowing 24 sacks. "Adrian is a friend, which makes change difficult sometimes," UCLA coach Jim Mora said in a prepared statement. "But right now, this is what is in the best interest of the program."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA coach Jim Mora announced he has fired offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, caling it "what is in the best interest of the program." Klemm was regarded as a talented recruiter, but was was handed a two-year show-cause order by the NCAA in September after it was determined he violated ethical conduct rules when he paid for two prospects to receive private training. Mora fired offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu after the season and hired Jedd Fisch, a former Michigan assistant to replace him.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

SOURCE: Former Cal coach Sonny Dykes will join the TCU staff. His role is still to be determined. HornedFrogBlitz.com first reported the move. Cal surprisingly fired Dykes last week after four seasons with the Bears. TCU recently lost co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham to Kansas.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor WR Ishmael Zamora has made the surprising decision to enter the NFL draft. Zamora served a 3-game suspension in 2016 after a video emerged of him abusing his dog. He recorded 809 receiving yards and 8 TDs in 10 games as a redshirt sophomore.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

West Virginia has officially hired Jake Spavital as its new offensive coordinator. The former Cal OC is reuniting with Dana Holgorsen, whom he worked with from 2009-12. Spavital was the Mountaineers' quarterbacks coach from 2011-12.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 300 wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey has committed to Nebraska. Lindsey, the No. 77 ranked prospect overall, had recently and abruptly decommitted from Ohio State without much explanation as to why. The loss for the Buckeyes turned into a big gain for the Huskers, as Lindsey fills a big need at receiver.