A 16-day gap between the College Football Playoff semifinals and the title game was not exactly by design.
Part of that was due to the first-half absence of wide receiver Tee Higgins, who was sidelined with an apparent injury. Higgins returned to the Fiesta Bowl in the second half, and he revealed Saturday that will be healthy for Monday’s clash at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and guard Damien Lewis also declared themselves fit for the title clash, which is a big boost for its high-powered offense.
ESPN has put together a four-part series — on its streaming platform ESPN+ — on the championship, and the network’s N.F.L. shows will shoot from New Orleans next weekend. “The N.F.L. piece is the biggest challenge,” said Dawson. “The N.F.L. is going to take over that conversation to some extent.”
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Dabo Swinney, the Clemson coach, said he welcomed this season’s delay, in part because Clemson played its semifinal matchup near Phoenix and had to travel back across the country.
“For everything we do, there are multiple audiences,” he said. “And I don’t want to downplay that coaches like this period — although most of them, their attitude is ‘Wherever they tell me to go, I’ll be there’ — but we won’t have this gap again.”