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David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson is an underdog in its bowl game again. A look at the last 4 (not counting '15 nat'l title game): 2015: +3.5 vs Oklahoma (won) 2014: +6 vs Okla (won) 2013: +2.5 vs Ohio St (won) 2012: +6 vs LSU (won)

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Petersen said the hard thing about strength of schedule is that with coaching turnover, a lot of coaches didn't actually set up the schedule they're playing. He and AD Jen Cohen didn't set up the Huskies current schedule.

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Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Fresh from the hospital, Urban Meyer is back at the office as a grandfather for the first time and with a College Football Playoff bid in tow as well. Ohio State players had the weekend off and didn't watch the selection show together, but they'll be back on the practice field this week to gear up for Clemson.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Many of Clemson's best players this year played as true freshmen against Ohio State in the 2014 Orange Bowl. The one with the biggest stat line: tight end Jordan Leggett, with one catch for 43 yards. Leggett, a finalist for the Mackey Award, just broke the school record for single-season receiving yards by a tight end with 647 yards. As Dabo Swinney has pointed out, the Clemson senior class has a school record 47 wins. That Orange Bowl is one of them.

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington coach Chris Petersen said he didn't get nervous until the very end while watching the selection show.

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Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Earlier this year, some Washington fans were among those who decided it was a good idea to hold up We Want Bama signs, but coach Chris Petersen could only laugh at that. "Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for," he said. "I didn't hold that sign up."

Ted Miller ESPN Staff Writer 

A loose Washington coach Chris Petersen on playing No. 1 Alabama, the unbeaten, dominant, defending national champions. "Be careful what you wish for." Petersen also noted all those "We want ‘Bama" signs we've seen through the years. "I didn't hold up that sign." Might this be 2007 all over again, another David vs. Goliath, when Petersen led Boise State against Oklahoma.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

A big storyline for the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl is how much Ohio State's passing game can improve in the next four weeks. Clemson's secondary is vulnerable but the Buckeyes have struggled to consistently attack downfield.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban: "I wouldn't even be in this profession if not from [legendary Washington coach Don James]," who led the Huskies to their last national title 25 years ago.

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

"We Want Bama" signs have become the rage in college football. But don't expect Washington coach Chris Petersen to be holding one. The No. 4 Huskies will play the No. 1 Tide in a CFP semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec 31. "Sometimes you've got to be careful what you wish for," Petersen said. "I didn't hold that sign up."

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington coach Chris Petersen on seeing people hold up signs around the country saying "We want Bama" ... "Sometimes you gotta be careful for what you wish for. I didn't hold that sign up." Well, like it or not, you got Bama

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

?I really liked the message from James Franklin minutes after getting bad news on the playoff. His composure will pay over the long term in dividends much greater than any points he could have earned by scorching the committee. ?

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Petersen on "We Want Bama" signs: "You have to be careful what you wish for. I didn't hold that sign up."

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Petersen has 27 days to prepare for No. 1 Alabama now. Of course, Nick Saban also has 27 days to prepare for Washington.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington coach Chris Petersen doesn't buy the criticism of the Huskies' nonconference schedule. "This schedule was made before we even got here," he said.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

We've seen what Alabama does to similarly constructed teams. Trouble for Washington? Possible and likely. But the Huskies can match up on defense with the Tide. The biggest key is Huskies quarterback Jake Browning and whether he can play better against elite talent.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

College Football Playoff committee chairman Kirby Hocutt specifically says Oklahoma's defense is a big reason why the 10-2 Sooners didn't make the top 6. They have the No. 2 scoring offense and No. 60 scoring defense in FBS.