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Heisman Trophy hype for 2014

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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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College Football: Games to watch

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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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Northern Illinois and Jordan Lynch hope to shine Friday

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MAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Bowling Green (9-3) vs. No. 14 Northern Illinois (12-0), 8:00 p.m.: This game has a lot more meaning than most will believe. First, Northern Illinois is in position to earn an automatic BCS Bowl bid for the second straight season. Under BCS rules, a school from a non-Automatic Qualifier (AQ) conference can earn an automatic bid two ways: If it completes the regular season...

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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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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

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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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FSU's spot in BCS poll could be short lived

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) outruns Miami

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Florida State fans need to make sure that their celebration is subdued. The Seminoles made a huge statement after a 41-14 thrashing of Miami by vaulting Oregon and taking the No. 2 slot in the latest BCS standings.

Their joy could be short lived.

Third-ranked Oregon plays at No. 5 Stanford (7-1) on Thursday night, while Florida State visits Wake Forest (4-5). A win for Oregon would guarantee...

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Games to watch this weekend

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 26: Stephen Morris

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It’s all about quality this weekend in college football as only three games feature both opponents ranked in the BCS poll. But the three games we are talking about are sure to have a profound impact on the national championship race.

Miami is looking to re-establish itself as a national power, while Florida State needs the win to keep pace with Oregon and Alabama. Oklahoma State and Texas...

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No surprise in latest BCS rankings

Florida State's Devonta Freeman looks for an opening

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Oregon jumping Florida State in the latest BCS rankings shouldn’t be a shock. The Ducks ran roughshod over a talented UCLA team, 42-12, while the Seminoles beat a bad NC State team.

Sometimes voters let the “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately” scenario take over the decision-making part of their brains. There’s nothing wrong with that in this case because the Ducks (8-0, 5-0 PAC-12) thoroughly...

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