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2016-17 College Football Playoff

Live blog: On the field

Follow our live coverage of the teams and players involved in the College Football Playoff National Championship between Alabama and Clemson. We'll have news, analysis, photos, video and more from media day through the game itself - all in real time.

Live blog: Off the field

Experience the parties, concerts, Beach Bash and other events surrounding the College Football Playoff National Championship through the eyes of Tampa Bay Times reporters and photographers in the days leading up to the Jan. 9 national title game.

  1. Week 11 Heisman and record watches


    Heisman Watch

    5. Texas RB D'Onta Foreman: Rushing for 591 yards and five touchdowns in the past two games warrants a spot in the top five.

    LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 05: D'Onta Foreman #33 of the Texas Longhorns breaks the tackle of Paul Banks III #28 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the game on November 5, 2016 at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas defeated Texas Tech 45-37. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images) 678468059
  2. College Football Playoff: Is the Big 12 Conference's left-behind status terminal?


    College football just might have reached the crescendo of outlandishness last week. The alternate universe that has given us Lee Corso and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl featured a Jewish pundit calling for sacraments of the Catholic church.

    Oklahoma and other Big 12 teams have had little to celebrate this season. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) IACN126
  3. No. 7 Texas A&M tanks in Starkville


    STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald was hit a few yards shy of the end zone as one, two, then three Texas A&M defenders tried to pull him to the ground.

    Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is just one of several Mississippi State standouts in Saturday’s upset of Texas A&M.
  4. Anemic offense No. 10 Florida's undoing in 31-10 loss to Arkansas


    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Given all No. 10 Florida faced Saturday — a chance to pad its lead in the SEC East, a tough road environment, an opponent coming off a bye — coach Jim McElwain expected the trip to Arkansas to define his team.

    Arkansas' Ryan Pulley (11) and Florida's Antonio Callaway (81) brace themselves as Arkansas' Josh Liddell, right, falls into the Florida end zone as he intercepts the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Samantha Baker) ARSB103
  5. Big Ten football: How Florida talent is fueling conference's rise


    Bret Bielema came up with a radical idea when he was a young assistant at Iowa: He wanted to start recruiting Florida.

    Offensive lineman Mason Cole (East Lake High) has started every game since joining Michigan in 2014. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  6. College football by the numbers: Week 10


    By the numbers: Week 10

    16 Different sites that have hosted Notre Dame-Navy, which will take place Saturday at Jacksonville's EverBank Field

    Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema reacts to a call during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) ALBD122
  7. Nation in a snap: Tennessee's downward spiral


    Rocky Topped

    Tennessee shouldn't have any trouble today against Tennessee Tech, but the Volunteers have cratered since snapping an 11-game losing streak to UF:

    Before UF win

    Record: 3-0

    Point differential: + 37

    Turnovers lost: 4

    Yards per play allowed: 4.7

    After …

    KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 24: Joshua Dobbs #11 of the Tennessee Volunteers breaks out of the tackle attempt by Caleb Brantley #57 of the Florida Gators in the second quarter at Neyland Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
  8. Week 10 Heisman and record watches


    Heisman watch

    5. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson: His three game-winning drives are getting closer to overshadowing his 10 interceptions.

    In this Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, file photo, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook sheds Clemson safety Van Smith during a 70-yard touchdown run in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Tallahassee, Fla. Cook had 169 yards rushing and four touchdowns on just 19 carries against Clemson.  (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser, File) NY155
  9. College football viewing guide: Stay up late


    Viewing guide

    Lamest time window: Anything before 8. There's not a lot of sizzle this weekend.

    In this Sept. 24, 2016, file photo, LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) hurdles an Auburn player as he carries the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game,  in Auburn, Ala. Even after missing four games with injuries, Leonard Fournette just might be able to make some noise in the Heisman Trophy race. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File) NY186
  10. Title town bound? Predicting the CFP teams, Week 10


    Each week Times staff writers Matt Baker and Joey Knight will handicap what the field might look like for the national championship game on Jan. 9. Don't like their picks? Give us yours.

    Joey Knight

    Washington quarterback Jake Browning (3) throws against Utah in the second half during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Salt Lake City. Washington won 31-24. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) UTRB129