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NCAA College Football Bowl Recap — Dec. 31-Jan. 8

While we can argue about whether or not the right teams were playing, it was hard to argue with the excitement of the BCS bowl games so far. Three of the four were decided either in the last seconds of regulation (Rose Bowl) or in overtime (Fiesta and Sugar bowls), while the fourth (Orange Bowl) shattered virtually every bowl game record on the books for offensive statistics.

But the non-BCS games also gave us a lot of close games and great individual performances, as well. Here are the highlights from the final week of bowl season.

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Everything You Need to Know for the BCS National Championship

ALLSTATE BCS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: #1 Louisiana State (13-0) vs. #2 Alabama (11-1)

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Michigan Outlasts Virginia Tech, 23-20 in Overtime, To Win Sugar Bowl

For the second time in as many nights, a missed field goal in overtime proved to be the deciding factor in a BCS bowl game. Michigan edged Virginia Tech, 23-20, after Hokies kicker Justin Myer missed a 37-yard field goal in the first overtime, allowing Michigan to kick a field goal of its own for the win moments later.

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NCAA College Football Bowl Recap — Dec. 24-30

The second week of bowl season usually features some exciting games, and this year was no exception. Many of the games this week gave us wild plays, last-second finishes, great individual performances and, in the case of the Alamo Bowl, the kind of unstoppable offense that would make Bo Jackson in Super Tecmo Bowl proud. Here are all the highlights from the last week in college football.

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Everything You Need to Know for the Fiesta Bowl

Although a late-season loss at Iowa State and a handful of poll votes kept Oklahoma State out of the national championship game, the Cowboys can still make their case for national respect, playing on the biggest stage in school history.

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NCAA College Football Bowl Preview — Dec. 31-Jan. 8

Bowl season is hitting its high point with the biggest games of the year coming up in the next week. While much of the focus is understandably on the BCS games and the national championship, there are a lot of other good games coming up for your viewing pleasure in the next few days. We’ll have previews of the BCS games coming up shortly. But in the meantime, here is what to watch for in all the remaining non-BCS bowl games.

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NCAA College Football Bowl Recap — Dec. 17-23

Bowl season is in full swing. Here’s a look back at what went down in the first week of games.

Thursday, Dec. 22

Maaco Bowl; Las Vegas, NV

NO. 8 BOISE STATE 56 – ARIZONA STATE 24

Doug Martin returned

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NCAA College Football Bowl Preview — Dec. 24-30

With the holidays comes the second week of the bowl season. This coming week features a lot of intriguing matchups, with Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III in action, along with several big name teams who struggled through disappointing seasons. H

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The Hammer Falls on Ohio State as Buckeyes Banned from Bowl Game Next Season

Over a year after the first allegations of improper benefits being given to Ohio State football players broke, the NCAA has finally issued its final report on the matter and handed down its punishment.

The Buckeyes will not be eligible to play in the Big Ten Championship or a bowl game next season, and they will lose a total of nine scholarships (three in each of the next three seasons). The school will also be on probation through 2014.

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Baylor Quarterback Robert Griffin III Wins Heisman Trophy

After leading Baylor to a nine-win season and its highest ranking in over two decades, Bears quarterback Robert Griffin III became the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner Saturday night. Griffin edged out preseason favorite Andrew Luck of Stanford for football’s most prestigious award.

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Andrew Luck, LSU Defense Big Winners at College Football Awards Ceremony

While the big trophy will be given away Saturday night, Heisman finalists Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Tyrann Mathieu and Trent Richardson won’t be leaving New York empty-handed. Each player won at least one of the other prestigious college football awards that were announced Thursday night.

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Charlie Weis Hired as Kansas Jayhawks’ New Head Coach

Former Notre Dame head coach and NFL assistant Charlie Weis has been hired as the University of Kansas’ new head football coach, KU officials announced late Thursday.

In addition to his five-year stint with the Fighting Irish, Weis is best known for his work in the NFL, where he won four Super Bowl rings as an assistant coach, including three as the Patriots’ offensive coordinator. 

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