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Heisman race still open

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It's rare to see the Heisman Trophy race in such flux. For a while, it was all about Johnny Manziel, then it was about Marcus Mariota, then about Jameis Winston. At this point, it's anybody's race. If integrity and character weren't factors in the voting, Winston would probably win in a walk. But his legal problems opened the door for two to three other players. A.J. McCarron, who bested Manziel...

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Clemson vs. Florida State pivotal for BCS, ACC and Heisman race

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It’s taken until the eighth week of the college football season to get a matchup of top 5 teams. And it’s a great one in the ACC.

No. 5 Florida State (5-0, 3-0 in ACC) visits No. 3 Clemson (6-0, 4-0) in Death Valley on Saturday night (ABC, 8 p.m.) with the stakes about as high as they can get. The winner not only takes control of the ACC’s Atlantic Division but also takes a giant leap in the...

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Mid-season Heisman report

TAJH BOYD Quarterback, senior, Clemson Boyd enters the

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Here’s a little mid-season Heisman Hype

In the thick of things…

Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson, Sr.: Boyd (1,783 yards, 15 TDs, 2 INT) doesn’t get the Heisman Hype other players get because he plays in the ACC. But the Tigers are 6-0 and have an excellent chance of making a BCS bowl appearance. Winning the ACC conference championship in addition to an undefeated regular season would raise Boyd’s...

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Early Heisman Trophy hype

Here are a few early performances that will get the Heisman voters going.

Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson, Sr.: Boyd, already a talented prospect, made a statement on Saturday night, as he helped lead his Tigers to a thrilling 38-35 win over Georgia. Boyd completed 18 of 30 passes for 270 yards, three touchdowns and no picks. He also ran for 42 yards and two touchdowns. Clemson will have to continue...

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