Move over Alabama, Clemson is the new standard-bearer in college football

Concentrate, for the moment, on what can’t be disputed, not after this 38-3 pasting Clemson laid on Miami on Saturday night. What we know about the College Football Playoff: Clemson has to be the favorite.

Consider that status going forward, a month from now, and then think back to the past three seasons. Who does it better than the Tigers? Alabama? Yeah, well, maybe, but we don’t yet know if they’re in the dance. In personnel and preparation and execution and, now, downright swagger, we give you Clemson — defending national champions who don’t consider themselves that at all.

“We’re the attacking champs,” Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney said. “We’re attacking for another one.”

Cover your eyes, then, because Clemson doesn’t just have a team to win it this year. It has an operation set up to contend for years and years. The team that won the Tigers’ second national title had its quarterback (Deshaun Watson) and top receiver (Mike Williams) taken among the first dozen picks in the NFL draft, and Swinney spent most of the offseason fending off more questions about who was gone than who was here.

“Everything coming into the spring was ‘Oh, man, you won a

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