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Final 2016-17 Power Rankings settle all the debates

Bowl season produced some enticing matchups and definitive results, leading to a lot of movement in our final Power Rankings of the 2016-17 season.

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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.

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Les Miles had no issue with Alabama's offensive game plan (1:59)
Watson game winner joins championship moment pantheon (2:39)


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.

Brett McMurphy College football reporter 

Florida offensive line coach Mike Summers is the new offensive line coach at Louisville, sources told ESPN. A 36-year coaching veteran, Summers had been at Florida since 2014. He returns to Louisville, where he was the Cardinals' offensive line coach from 2003-06. After Florida's victory against Iowa in the Outback Bowl, UF coach Jim McElwain said the Gators wanted to be more physical. "The one thing I will tell you, going through this offseason we'll become a lot more physical up front than we were this year," McElwain said on Jan. 2. Summers' move to Louisville gives the Gators' two openings among their nine full-time assistants. The addition of Summers completes UL's assistant staff.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska has made official the hire of former UConn coach Bob Diaco as defensive coordinator, replacing Mark Banker, whose firing was announced on Wednesday. "When we began looking for a new defensive coordinator, Bob Diaco quickly rose to the top of the list," Nebraska coach Mike Riley said. Diaco, an Iowa graduate, won the Broyles Award in 2012 as the nation's top assistant coach while coordinating the Notre Dame defense.

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New Cal football coach Justin Wilcox was defensive coordinator at Wisconsin, where the Badgers defense ranked 4th in FBS in points allowed per game allowed and 7th in yards allowed per game.Cal ranked 127th in points allowed per game and 125th in yards allowed per game this season.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama LT Cam Robinson, upon declaring for the draft, said it's bittersweet because "we didn't finish it the way we wanted to and that will always be tough."

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey seems awfully relaxed after making the decision to turn pro. He said he hasn't looked at his draft grade but thinks first or second round.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama WR ArDarius Stewart said he received a second round grade but hopes to improve that with a good combine.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey is leaving for the NFL draft: "I thought a lot the past couple of days. It was tough after losing the championship, but I had to make the decision."

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban stands alongside WR Ardarius Stewart, LT Cam Robinson and CB Marlon Humphrey as they declare for the NFL draft.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State must replace its top running back and top receiver headed into 2017 as both Dalvin Cook and Travis Rudolph are headed to the NFL draft. The two combined for just over half of the team's total offense. There are options: Jacques Patrick and early enrollee Cam Akers at RB and Noonie Murray at WR are three players to watch.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 300 wide receiver Jaylen Harris has committed to Ohio State. Harris' commitment gives the Buckeyes 16 ESPN300 commitments in 2017?.