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“This is just a good all-around football team with tremendous balance on offense and a very physical defense,” Saban said.

In two years, college football switches to a four-team playoff to determine its champion, and a new way of filling the other marquee bowls. It probably won’t cure everything that ails the postseason, but it’s safe to say many won’t miss the BCS.

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