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College football's breakout performance
College football's breakout performance

The show Monday night was forecast to draw the largest audience in cable television history. A 30-second advertising spot was going for as much $1 million. The cause of all this attention: the first-ever College Football Playoff championship game. Ohio State upset Oregon, 42-20, before 85,639 fans in a game that failed to follow anything resembling the anticipated script. The champion Buckeyes were the last team to earn a spot in the four-team playoff field, and they fell behind almost immediately as high-powered Oregon bolted 75 yards in 11 plays for a touchdown the first time they had the ball. In the end, however, it was Ohio State celebrating on the field amid a shower of confetti,...

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