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BOWL STORIES: Finales, contrasts in style, coaching carousel

The Alabama invitational, um, College Football Playoff is set, along with 38 other bowl games big and small.

From coaching intrigue to record-setting runs there should be plenty of story lines to follow.

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THE PLAYOFF

Top-ranked Alabama and Nick Saban are attempting to win an unprecedented fifth national title in eight seasons, including back-to-back for a second time, and add to what can already be considered the greatest run in the history of college football.

The Peach Bowl semifinal between the Tide and No. 4 Washington it will also be the first meeting of Saban and Washington coach Chris Petersen, who has an .826 winning percentage since he...

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