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4-Down Territory: Officiating Controversy, Your Team's 2020 National Title Hopes and More...

1st Down: Strike A Pose: The season isn’t over but already players around the country are using bowl victories to talk on social media about being National Title contenders next year. Talk is cheap and no one ever won a title on social media. What is clear is that getting to and winning the college football playoff requires a defense that is at least good if not flat out great. But maybe more importantly it requires a quarterback with durability plus mental and physical toughness. Exhibit A: LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow who just lit up Oklahoma. Exhibit B: Watch the Fiesta Bowl and ask yourself if your quarterback is as tough as Ohio State’s Justin Fields or Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. Both of them, Lawrence in particular, took a physical pounding and kept getting up off the ground to keep competing. Look at your team’s quarterback and ask if you have that guy under center. If you don’t then your National Title talk is premature to say the least. Can’t say enough about how impressive the two quarterbacks in that game were. And that brings us to……

2nd Down: “I Know It When I See It” Part One: Clemson survived a brutally physical game with Ohio State, but the game was not without controversy. The first controversy involved a targeting call. Ohio State DB Shaun Wade blitzed and as the moment of contact arrived, Trevor Lawrence