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Heisman Trophy hype for 2014

Florida State's Jameis Winston with The Coaches' Trophy

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There’s nothing wrong with a little early Heisman Trophy hype. Jameis Winston will clearly be the favorite coming in. If Auburn wasn’t coming off a 3-9 season in 2012, Tre Mason might have made his way into the top three. Marcus Mariota and Sean Mannion both faded late, while Brett Hundley’s numbers weren’t overwhelming enough.

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Gamecocks vs. Badgers highlight non-BCS Bowls

Jadeveon Clowney of the South Carolina Gamecocks prepares

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While many are waiting for the BCS Bowl games to begin, here's a preview of several non-BCS Bowl matchups that are worth a look.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl Notre Dame (8-4) vs. Rutgers (6-6) (Dec. 28, Noon, ESPN): Notre Dame playing in Yankee Stadium? The Fighting Irish will be the big draw. Rutgers should have no problems with that. Just playing Notre Dame in a major venue on national TV is enough...

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Notre Dame football aims to stay relevant

Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson, left, makes

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Notre Dame’s decision to join the ACC in all sports except football raised a lot of eye brows. The move forced the decision makers in South Bend to make some touch choices, including dropping Michigan from its schedule after 2014.

The move also prompted the Irish to stagger their rivalry with Michigan State a bit. Notre Dame won’t play Michigan State again until 2016. But that doesn’t mean...

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College Football: Games to watch

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston looks for a

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ACC Championship game

No. 20 Duke (10-2) vs. No. 1 Florida State (12-0), 8:00: This certainly isn’t the matchup most people expected this season. But Duke fans will take it. The Blue Devils surged into the ACC title game thanks to an eight-game winning streak that included victories over Virginia Tech, Miami and rival North Carolina. How did Duke do it? They did it with heady quarterback play...

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Could we see an Alabama-Auburn rematch?

Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall (14) throws a pass

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As expected, Florida State is No. 1, followed by Ohio State and Auburn. As stated in an earlier post, the debate for who should be No. 2 will rage on. Proof is in the pudding as the Buckeyes have just a .0270 lead over Auburn.

How about this for a scenario? Believe it or not, we could see an Alabama-Auburn rematch in the national title game. If Florida State and Ohio State both lose in their...

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Who should be No. 2 in BCS standings?

EVANSTON, IL - OCTOBER 05: Braxton Miller #5

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Who should be No. 2 in the BCS standings? Conventional wisdom says Ohio State, because it is undefeated.

But should the Buckeyes’ unblemished record be the only thing we take into consideration?

Auburn (11-1) does have one loss, a 35-21 setback at LSU. But the Tigers have been all but flawless since then, beating Mississippi, Georgia, Texas A&M and Alabama during an eight-game winning...

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Games to watch Saturday

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The college football season clearly has saved its best for the last regular season weekend off the season. Alabama plays at Auburn, Florida hosts Florida State, Texas A&M visits Missouri and Ohio State is at Michigan. Each of those games, and a few others not mentioned, could have some sort of effect on the BCS national championship and the Heisman Trophy race.

No. 1 Alabama (11-0, 7-0...

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Heisman race still open

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It's rare to see the Heisman Trophy race in such flux. For a while, it was all about Johnny Manziel, then it was about Marcus Mariota, then about Jameis Winston. At this point, it's anybody's race. If integrity and character weren't factors in the voting, Winston would probably win in a walk. But his legal problems opened the door for two to three other players. A.J. McCarron, who bested Manziel...

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Race for BCS title game berth gets tighter

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty celebrates a touchdown against

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Slowly but surely, Baylor is creeping into the national championship race. If the Bears can win at No. 10 Oklahoma State on Saturday, things could get really tight for 3rd-ranked Ohio State, which plays lowly Indiana on Saturday. After that the Buckeyes play an unranked Michigan team. Urban Meyer’s crew will have to win impressively the next two weeks and in the Big Ten title game to keep Baylor...

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BCS: Oregon's loss is everyone else's gain

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron celebrates a touchdown against

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Oregon couldn’t have picked a worse week to lose its first game of the season. With Alabama, Florida State and Baylor winning in dominating fashion and Ohio State still undefeated, the Ducks fell from third to sixth in the latest BCS standings.

Making matters worse for the Ducks, they fell behind Stanford in the BCS standings and PAC-12 North standings. If Stanford wins its remaining three...

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