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Jan 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; in the 2016 CFP National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Returns to Top of College Football With 45-40 Win Over Clemson


Sam Khan Jr. | ESPN Staff Writer

GLENDALE, Ariz. — What a game.

Alabama and Clemson gave fans an entertaining back-and-forth show before the Crimson Tide eventually claimed a 45-40 victory over the Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T on Monday at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Tide are back atop the college football world. Let’s review how it all unfolded.

What the win means for Alabama: It’s the Crimson Tide’s fourth national championship in seven seasons — the others came in 2009, 2011 and 2012 — and the 16th overall in school history. It’s the fifth national title for head coach Nick Saban, further cementing his status in college football history. He trails only the late Paul “Bear” Bryant in national titles since 1936 (Bryant has six). It’s Alabama’s fourth consecutive win over a No. 1-ranked team in The Associated Press poll, a streak More >


ESPN is reportedly giving $20M back to advertisers because the College Football Playoff on New Year’s Eve was such a disaster


By on Jan 8, 2016, 2:09p

ESPN’s broadcast of the New Year’s Eve bowl games — the College Football Playoff semifinals and the Peach Bowl — saw viewership decline than more than a third in 2015. As a result, their advertisers aren’t happy.

A report from John Consoli of Broadcasting & Cable magazine says the network is currently negotiating more than $20 million in make-goods — credits given to advertisers to compensate for mistakes — in response to the broadcast’s lower-than-expected ratings. ESPN had assured advertisers that running two of the season’s biggest bowl games against a night historically reserved for parties and other non-football events would have no negative effect on their total viewers. Now, they’re making up for the lack of viewers during what had been sold as a prime advertising opportunity.

 It won’t be a

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The best of the bowls: Ranking 1-40


Mark Schlabach, ESPN Senior Writer

And the wait begins.

We won’t get to watch the College Football Playoff semifinals until New Year’s Eve, when No. 1 Clemson plays No. 4 Oklahoma in the Capital One Orange Bowl and No. 2 Alabama plays No. 3 Michigan State in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

Fortunately, we have to wait only 11 days for the 2015 postseason to kick off, with the inaugural Cure Bowl starting the bowl season on Dec. 19.

Here’s a look at 40 bowl games that will be played, ranked from first to last in terms of entertainment value:

All times Eastern.

1. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Alabama Dec. 31 Arlington, Texas | AT&T Stadium Dec. 31, 8 p.m. on ESPN

Buckle up your chinstraps, as the SEC champions play the Big Ten champs with More >

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