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PETE IACOBELLI

A championship game filled with big moments

ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama’s walk-off touchdown for its latest championship win will certainly dominate much of college football’s offseason. It took several dramatic, potentially defining moments to set up what became the Crimson Tide’s 26-23 overtime victory against Georgia at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday night.

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) makes a touchdown catch against Georgia during overtime of the NCAA college football playoff championship game Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta. Alabama won 26-23. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ACC QBs Bryant, Rosier face similar path to title game

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The voids to fill were huge and the pressure enormous for both Clemson’s Kelly Bryant and Miami’s Malik Rosier. How would the backups fare when they were promoted to starters?

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2017, file photo, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney paces on the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y. Clemson faces Miami in the ACC championship on Saturday. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

QB Kelly Bryant returns for No. 7 Clemson vs Georgia Tech

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — As Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant sat down to answer questions this week, he flashed a big smile and joked, “Y’all miss me?”

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2016, file photo, Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson, left, and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney laugh as they speak on the field before an NCAA college football game in Atlanta. The schools meet on Saturday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

South Carolina hopes to continue rise against Vanderbilt

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp is not ready to talk about the Gamecocks chances of winning a Southeastern Conference title, no matter how much the team’s surprising play keep them rising toward the top.

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, file photo, South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley (19) throws a pass in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee, in Knoxville, Tenn. South Carolina figured to be a work in progress in coach Will Muschamp’s second season. But headed into their break, the Gamecocks are among the Southeastern Conference’s biggest surprises at 5-2 and have their sights set on even bigger things the rest of the way. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

South Carolina looks to keep improving through bye week

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has been one of the Southeastern Conference’s biggest surprises this fall heading into its bye week. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp believes his players will keep working hard during the time off to continue surprising people when they get back on the field.

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp calls for a timeout during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina figured to be a work in progress in coach Will Muschamp’s second season. But headed into their break, the Gamecocks are among the Southeastern Conference’s biggest surprises at 5-2 and have their sights set on even bigger things the rest of the way. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford, File)

Thornwell leads South Carolina to 88-81 NCAA upset of Duke

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is heading to Madison Square Garden — and not for the NIT.

South Carolina’s Chris Silva (30) goes up to dunk past Duke’s Frank Jackson (15) during the second half in a second-round game of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier calls for a timeout in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. Kentucky won 26-22. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)