GameDay Final: A mad dash to the finish line with no clear leader

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College football is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s a clich√©, but it was proven true again.

Even the best runners can cramp up late in the race. Take Alabama: The Crimson Tide have been either No. 1 or No. 2 in the polls all season and had outscored their opponents by an average of 31 points.

Enter Saturday’s muscle twinge. No. 6 Auburn, with the right offensive combination of smash and dash at running back and quarterback, took advantage of an Alabama defense that has been ravaged by injury in a 26-14 win. The sixth-ranked Tigers, according to their head coach, Gus Malzahn, beat the top-ranked Tide “handily” as Auburn fans mobbed him on the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium. It’s a debilitating loss for the Tide being so close to the finish line, and it might keep them out of the playoff for the

Article source: http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/page/gamedayfinal112517/the-best-stuff-week-13

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