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Officials place the trophy on the stage after the Peach Bowl NCAA college football playoff game between Alabama and Washington, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Atlanta. Alabama won 24-7. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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  • Officials place the trophy on the stage after the Peach Bowl NCAA college football playoff game between Alabama and Washington, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Atlanta. Alabama won 24-7. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    College Football Playoff viewership on ESPN rises slightly

    Both New Year’s Eve College Football Playoff semifinals drew a bigger television and online audience than the games last season, but there were still far fewer people watching the games than when they were played on New Year’s Day two seasons ago. The Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl semifinals on Saturday together drew total live […]
  • Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson walks off the field after the Peach Bowl NCAA college football playoff game against Washington, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Atlanta. Alabama won 24-7. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Peach Bowl was a typical day for ‘Bama’s high-scoring D

    ATLANTA (AP) — Ryan Anderson no longer holds the unhappy distinction as probably the best Alabama defender without a touchdown. The top-ranked Crimson Tide linebacker took care of that with a 26-yard interception return late in the first half of Saturday’s 24-7 Peach Bowl defensive throttling of No. 4 Washington. With a spin move and […]
  • Alabama players celebrate defeating Washington 24-7 in the Peach Bowl NCAA college football playoff game at the Georgia Dome on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

    Get ready for a blockbuster sequel: Alabama vs. Clemson

    Get ready for a blockbuster sequel. It’s Alabama vs. Clemson, The Rematch. The top-ranked Crimson Tide will take on the No. 3 Tigers in a do-over of last season’s national championship game, a 45-40 thriller won by Alabama. If the Jan. 9 matchup in Tampa comes anywhere close to that classic in the desert, it […]
  • Alabama head coach Nick Saban celebrates on stage after the Peach Bowl NCAA college football playoff game against Washington, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Atlanta. Alabama won 24-7. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Alabama wears down Washington 24-7, returns to title game

    ATLANTA (AP) — For Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide, it would be unimaginable to end a season any other way. Once again, they’ll be playing for a national title. Going old school on playoff newcomer Washington, top-ranked Alabama relied on a stifling defense and the bruising runs of Bo Scarbrough to wear down […]
  • Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough (9) runs the ball against Washington linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven (25) en route to a touchdown during the second half of the Peach Bowl NCAA college football playoff game, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Skip Martin)

    The Latest: Alabama rolls back to national title game

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the College Football Playoff Peach Bowl semifinal game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Washington. All times local. 6:35 p.m. Alabama is going back to the national championship game. The top-ranked Crimson Tide scored 10 points off turnovers, including Ryan Anderson’s interception return for a touchdown late in […]
  • Alabama head coach Nick Saban, right, and Washington head coach Chris Petersen pose for a photo with the trophy during an NCAA college football press conference for the Peach Bowl, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 in Atlanta. Washington plays Alabama on Saturday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Peach Bowl: Alabama dynasty vs. playoff outsider Washington

    ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama is very familiar with this role. Washington? It’s been a while. The Peach Bowl features one of college football’s greatest dynasties against the definite outsider in this season’s College Football Playoff. The top-ranked Crimson Tide (13-0) is going for its second straight national title and fifth in the last nine seasons […]
  • Washington’s rise came after 25 years of turmoil

    SEATTLE (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, Washington stood on top of college football as co-national champions in the midst of a three-year run as Pac-10 Conference champions. What happened in the 2½ decades since that 1991 season for Washington was a roller coaster of momentary highs and pitiful lows, providing a cautionary tale of how […]