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FEI Final: Alabama Again
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FEI Final: Alabama Again

The national championship game will long be remembered for the flurry of scores over the final ten minutes, but two key stops by Alabama before that flurry began were just as crucial.

ESPN: Key Stat to Decide the National Title

Alabama and Clemson are the two best defenses in forcing opponent three-and-outs (or worse). What impact will this defensive statistical matchup have on the outcome of the game?

FEI: Bowl Blowouts
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FEI: Bowl Blowouts

Brian Fremeau explores a new method of visualizing the savage beatdowns that Alabama and Clemson administered to Michigan State and Oklahoma.

ESPN: UM & UF Enjoy Early Success

Based on recent history, the best indicator of future success has as much to do with the state of the program the coach inherited as it does in his winning percentage out of the gate.

ESPN: Projecting Conference Bowl Records

How much stock should we put into bowl results? The conferences that have the best record in the end may get there primarily due to the quality (or lack thereof) of the opponents they're scheduled to face.

ESPN: Clemson's Unenviable No.1 Ranking

Over the previous 10 seasons -- nine in the two-team BCS format and one in the four-team playoff format -- the No. 1 team heading into the postseason hoisted the trophy in January only three times.

FEI Week 14: Sparty Yes
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FEI Week 14: Sparty Yes

Brian Fremeau recaps Michigan State's long, long, long march to glory against Iowa.

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ESPN: Alabama Leads Playoff Field

Comparing the stats of each of this year's College Football Playoff contenders with the pre-playoff stats of last year's Buckeyes to find out which team stands poised to make a championship run.

ESPN: Conference Title Game Matchups

Taking a deep data dive into the key statistical matchups that may have a strong impact on the outcome of each Power 5 conference championship game, and the College Football Playoff.

FEI Week 13: Take a Poll
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FEI Week 13: Take a Poll

If we asked the teams themselves to vote on a College Football Playoff field, Clemson might find itself on the outside looking in.

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