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Top-ranked Tide wallops Gators for SEC crown...Clemson, Penn State make their playoff cases



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ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama showed off all its weapons in the Southeastern Conference championship game by mauling 15th-ranked Florida 54-16 to finish a 13-0 regular season. Now, the top-ranked Crimson Tide can expect a return trip to Atlanta for the College Football Playoff when the four playoff teams are announced Sunday.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Deshaun Watson bolstered his Heisman Trophy candidacy by passing for three touchdowns and running for two more in leading third-ranked Clemson to a 42-35 victory over No. 19 Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship. Winning consecutive league titles for the first time in 28 years likely will send the 12-1 Tigers back to the four-team College Football Playoff for the second straight year,

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Trace McSorley threw four TD passes and eighth-ranked Penn State stunned No. 6 Wisconsin 38-31, rallying from a 21-point first-half deficit to claim its first conference title in eight years with the greatest comeback in Big Ten title game history. Now the Nittany Lions must wait to see if the selection committee rewards them with one of the four coveted playoff spots on Sunday.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)— Navy's football team is heading to next Saturday's Army-Navy game on a down note. Phillip Walker threw two touchdown passes as Temple's defense stuffed Navy's running game and the Owls claimed their first AAC title with a 34-10 win over the 20th-ranked Middies.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP)— Baker Mayfield passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns in seventh-ranked Oklahoma's 38-20 win over No. 11 Oklahoma State for the Big 12 title. Samaje Perine ran for 239 yards on 37 carries for the Sooners who are now 10-2 and 9-0 Big 12 play.

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