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College Football Bowl Picks 2014: BCS National Championship No. 1 Florida State vs No. 2 Auburn
Thirty-four bowl games have been played since mid-December. A lot of them have been exciting, some have been shocking, some even were duds. But all of the bowl games that came before Monday night won't come anywhere near the battle on the field between No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn in the BCS national championship game. The two best teams in college football will play for the ultimate crown, and there is no reason to believe it won't be an epic conclusion to this tremendous season.

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College Football Bowl Picks 2014: GoDaddy Bowl, Arkansas State vs Ball State, Compass Bowl, Houston vs Vanderbilt
Before we get to college football's epic conclusion in the form of the BCS national championship game Monday night between No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn, there are two weekend games to keep the bowl season in vogue. Here we preview and our college football experts pick against the spread the Compass Bowl between Houston and Vanderbilt Saturday and the GoDaddy Bowl between Arkansas State and Ball State Sunday.

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College Football Bowl Picks 2014: Orange Bowl, Clemson vs Ohio State, Cotton Bowl, Oklahoma State vs Missouri
Four of the best teams in college football will get the primetime stage Friday night as a pair of huge games will be on national television opposite each other for our viewing pleasure. Here we preview and our college football experts pick against the spread the Orange Bowl between No. 12 Clemson and No. 7 Ohio State and the Cotton Bowl between No. 13 Oklahoma State and No. 8 Missouri.

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College Football Bowl Picks 2014: Sugar Bowl, Oklahoma vs Alabama
The New Year's Day marathon of college football is over, and while that is a sad time for fans, as it was the last full-slate schedule of the season, it does mean the big-time games are on the horizon. That is no different with Thursday night's Sugar Bowl, featuring a rare meeting between No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 3 Alabama, the defending champions. Here we preview and our college football experts pick the game against the spread.

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College Football Bowl Picks: Rose Bowl, Michigan State vs Stanford, Fiesta Bowl, Central Florida vs Baylor
Many will dance on the grave of the BCS in less than a week. Heck, everyone but the creators will be celebrating when the college football season comes to an epic conclusion and the controversial points system dies for good. But it doesn't mean we can't enjoy the last crop of BCS games before everything changes with a four-team playoff next season. It starts with a pair of great games New Year's Night. Here we preview and our college football experts pick against the spread the Rose Bowl between No. 4 Michigan State and No. 5 Stanford and the Fiesta Bowl between No. 15 Central Florida and No. 6 Baylor.

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College Football Bowl Picks: Gator Bowl, Nebraska vs Georgia, Outback Bowl, Iowa vs LSU, Capital One Bowl, South Carolina vs Wisconsin, Heart of Dallas Bowl, UNLV vs North Texas
Finally, we've reached the point where the bowl games take on a whole new meaning. Finally, a new year is upon us, which in college football, represents the beginning of an epic conclusion to the season. But before we get to the championship battle between Florida State and Auburn next Monday night, we have the traditional New Year's Day bowl lineup to enjoy first. Here we preview and our college football experts pick against the spread the Gator Bowl between No. 22 Georgia and Nebraska, the Heart of Dallas Bowl between UNLV and North Texas, the Outback Bowl between No. 16 LSU and Iowa and the Capital One Bowl between No. 9 South Carolina and No. 19 Wisconsin.

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College Football Bowl Picks: AdvoCare V100 Bowl, Boston College vs Arizona, Sun Bowl, Virginia Tech vs UCLA, Liberty Bowl, Rice vs Mississippi State, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Duke vs Texas A&M
As we get closer to the BCS national championship game between Florida State and Auburn the matchups get bigger in bowl games across the nation. That's no different with the four games slated for Tuesday. Here we preview and our college football experts pick against the spread the AdvoCare V100 Bowl between Boston College and Arizona, the Sun Bowl between Virginia Tech and No. 17 UCLA, the Liberty Bowl between Rice and Mississippi State and the Chick-fil-A Bowl between No. 24 Duke and No. 21 Texas A&M.

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College Football Bowl Picks: Armed Forces Bowl, Middle Tennessee vs Navy, Music City Bowl, Ole Miss vs Georgia Tech, Alamo Bowl, Oregon vs Texas, Holiday Bowl, Arizona State vs Texas Tech
Here we preview and our college football experts pick against the spread the Armed Forces Bowl between Middle Tennessee and Navy, the Music City Bowl between Ole Miss and Georgia Tech, the Alamo Bowl between No. 10 Oregon and Texas and the Holiday Bowl between No. 14 Arizona State and Texas Tech.

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College Football Bowl Picks: Pinstripe Bowl, Rutgers vs Notre Dame, Belk Bowl, Cincinnati vs North Carolina, Russell Athletic Bowl, Miami vs Louisville, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Michigan vs Kansas State
Here we preview and our college football experts pick against the spread the Pinstripe Bowl between Rutgers and No. 25 Notre Dame, the Belk Bowl between Cincinnati and North Carolina, the Russell Athletic Bowl between Miami and No. 18 Louisville and the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl between Kansas State and Michigan.

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College Football Bowl Picks: Military Bowl, Marshall vs Maryland, Texas Bowl, Syracuse vs Minnesota, Fight Hunger Bowl, BYU vs Washington
Here we preview and our college football experts pick against the spread the Military Bowl between Marshall and Maryland, the Texas Bowl between Syracuse and Minnesota and the Fight Hunger Bowl between BYU and Washington.

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College Football Bowl Picks: Little Caesars Bowl, Pittsburgh vs Bowling Green, Poinsettia Bowl, Utah State vs No. 23 Northern Illinois
Here we preview and our college football experts pick against the spread the Little Caesars Bowl between Pittsburgh and Bowling Green and the Poinsettia Bowl between Utah State and No. 23 Northern Illinois.

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College Football Bowl Picks: Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, Ohio vs East Carolina, Hawaii Bowl, Boise State vs Oregon State
The first day of the college football bowl schedule is almost in the books and the games are only going to get better as we move closer to the BCS national championship game in early January between Florida State and Auburn. Here we preview and our college football experts pick against the spread the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl between Ohio and East Carolina Monday afternoon and the Hawaii Bowl between Boise State and Oregon State Tuesday night.

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College Football Bowl Picks: Las Vegas Bowl, Southern Cal vs Fresno State, New Mexico Bowl, Washington State vs Colorado State, Idaho Potato Bowl, Buffalo vs San Diego State, New Orleans Bowl, Tulane vs LA-Lafayette
While most fans, us included, would like the bowl lineup reduced (as 70 teams play in 35 bowl games), it does mean one thing - there will be plenty of football to watch over the next three weeks. We start our postseason edition of our college football picks column with four bowl games to be played Saturday, highlighted by No. 20 Fresno State taking on No. 25 Southern Cal in the Las Vegas Bowl. We also preview and our three college football experts pick against the spread the New Mexico Bowl (Washington State vs. Colorado State), the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Buffalo vs. San Diego State) and the New Orleans Bowl (Tulane vs. LA-Lafayette).

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Florida State QB Jameis Winston Will Win Heisman Trophy, Plus Full Ballot And Navy Vs Army Predictions
There will be very little intrigue at Saturday's Heisman trophy ceremony, as Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is a near-guarantee to take the biggest symbol of college football greatness back to Tallahassee. The leader of the No. 1 team in the nation has had the best season, by far, of any player in the country and it would be a grave injustice if he didn't win the Heisman.

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College Football Bowl Breakdown: BCS National Championship, No. 1 Florida State Vs No. 2 Auburn, Plus Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl And Best Of The Rest
Leading up to the final BCS standings in history, there was a ton of potential controversy that could have sent the much-maligned system out with a furor. But much like every other season, all the questions were answered on the field, and we'll have a national championship game that everyone can agree upon. No. 1 Florida State will play No. 2 Auburn for the right to call themselves national champions January 6 in Pasadena, the Rose Bowl site. Here's a rundown of the biggest bowl games of the season, including the BCS national championship, the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl and the best of the rest.

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College Football Championship Week Picks: SEC Championship, Missouri Vs Auburn, Big 10 Championship, Ohio State Vs Michigan State, ACC Championship, Florida State Vs Duke, Pac-12 Championship, Stanford At Arizona State, Plus Big 12
Alabama's shocking loss to Auburn last week threw the BCS standings for a loop, as it opened the door not only for undefeated Ohio State but the winner of the SEC championship game as well. But for those believing the end is here for the Crimson Tide, think again. Alabama still has a very realistic chance of playing for the national championship again, even though it will not play in the conference title game. It's rather simple, actually. If Ohio State loses to Michigan State in the Big 10 title game and Missouri beats Auburn in the SEC championship, Alabama would be slated to play for the BCS national championship against Florida State, assuming, of course, the Seminoles beat Duke. Here's how Championship Saturday will play out.

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College Football Picks Week 14: No. 1 Alabama At No. 4 Auburn, Florida State At Florida, Ohio State At Michigan, Clemson At South Carolina, Notre Dame At Stanford, Texas A&M At Missouri, UCLA At USC, More
This is easily the biggest non-championship Saturday of the college football season. Each of the 11 games we will preview and pick against the spread either have major national or conference title implications, feature two heated rivals or simply should get all fans excited for what are a number of big-time matchups. It's no doubt the perfect end to the two-day feast of college football games, which was chock full of games all day Friday as well as Saturday. All three national title contenders, plus two more on the fringe of the race, will be in action Saturday and put to the test in varying degrees of difficulty. The biggest game of them all is No. 1 Alabama traveling to play No. 4 Auburn Saturday afternoon.

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College Football Picks Week 14: Iowa At Nebraska, Arkansas At LSU, Miami At Pittsburgh, Washington State At Washington, Oregon State At Oregon, South Florida At Central Florida
The best part of the Thanksgiving holiday is fans get an extra full day of college football games. Not only do we get to eat plenty of turkey, stuffing and pies on Thursday, but we get another round of appetizers Friday with six college football games before another main course Saturday with 10 more rivalry matchups. Friday's schedule opens rivalry week in college football, making each game meaningful no matter the rankings. We preview and pick against the spread Iowa at Nebraska, Arkansas at LSU, Miami at Pittsburgh, Washington State at Washington, Oregon State at Oregon and South Florida at Central Florida.

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College Football Picks Week 13: Baylor At Oklahoma State, Texas A&M At LSU, Oregon At Arizona, Missouri At Ole Miss, Arizona State At UCLA, Indiana At Ohio State, BCS, More
We're down to four teams vying for the right to play for the BCS national championship and each is undefeated as college football gets closer and closer to reaching its regular season conclusion. Having four unbeaten teams this late in the year during the BCS era would typically be filled with controversy and anger coming from fans everywhere. But this year has been different. Nobody outside of Baylor and Ohio State supporters will complain if Alabama and Florida State are the only undefeated teams getting the chance to play for the national championship. The Crimson Tide and Seminoles have proven so far this year they are the two best teams in college football. Baylor has a better case than Ohio State does as who is third best, but overall, the competition level has destroyed both team's chances at this point.

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College Football Week 12 Picks: Stanford At Southern Cal, Alabama At Mississippi State, Georgia At Auburn, Syracuse At Florida State, Oklahoma State At Texas, BCS Breakdown, More
Shockingly enough, the college football season is quickly approaching its final chapter. It's already Week 12 and we're down to just five teams with a realistic shot to play for the BCS national championship. Two teams have established themselves as the best so far, Alabama and Florida State, while three more, Ohio State, Baylor and Stanford, can still play their way in, with a lot of help, of course. We breakdown the title contenders plus preview and pick against the spread the 12 best games of the week.

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College Football Picks Week 11: LSU At Alabama, Florida State At Wake Forest, Auburn At Tennessee, Notre Dame At Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech At Miami, Nebraska At Michigan, More
Saturday represents another chance for teams to either strengthen their hold on their position, or lose it all with a loss. No. 1 Alabama hosts No. 13 LSU, No. 2 Florida State is at Wake Forest and No. 16 Fresno State is at Wyoming. One-loss contenders Missouri, Auburn and Miami are also in action. So, who will survive? We break down all of the best matchups of the week right here, with previews and picks against the spread for the 12 best games of the day. We start with our Game of the Week.

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College Football Picks Week 11: No. 3 Oregon At No. 5 Stanford & No. 10 Oklahoma At No. 6 Baylor
Must-see television? Absolutely. First, it's undefeated Baylor, ranked No. 6 in the BCS, hosting traditional power Oklahoma, the 10th ranked team. Then, it's No. 3 Oregon traveling to take on No. 5 Stanford in one of the season's marquee games. Oregon and Baylor are unbeaten, Stanford is the top-ranked one-loss team, and one-loss Oklahoma can move up in the standings and get into the title conversation with a victory.

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College Football Picks Week 10: Miami At Florida State, Michigan At Michigan State, Oklahoma State At Texas Tech, Tennessee At Missouri, Georgia Vs Florida, Plus Five More
The list of college football's perfect teams dropped from 10 to eight after Missouri and Texas Tech fell victim to their first defeats of the season last week. At least one more team is guaranteed to fall from the ranks of the unbeaten this week, as No. 7 Miami travels to No. 3 Florida State in what could be the most important game between the two historic rivals in decades.

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College Football Picks Week 9: UCLA At Oregon, Tennessee At Alabama, Texas Tech At Oklahoma, Penn State At Ohio State, South Carolina At Missouri, Plus Six More Game Picks
Alabama, Florida State, Oregon, Ohio State, Missouri, Miami, Baylor, Texas Tech, Fresno State and Northern Illinois have all navigated the first eight weeks of the season without a blemish on their records. Of course, that list will change greatly and get smaller and smaller as each subsequent week passes. Many could be removed after Saturday's games go final. Alabama takes on red-hot Tennessee, Florida State plays an NC State team that upset it a year ago, Oregon plays host to No. 12 UCLA, Ohio State has Penn State at home, Missouri is a slight favorite against South Carolina, and Texas Tech is an underdog at Oklahoma. Miami, Baylor, Fresno State and Northern Illinois have easier opponents this week, but anything can and will happen.

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College Football Picks Week 8: Florida State At Clemson, Florida At Missouri, UCLA At Stanford, Auburn At Texas A&M, USC At Notre Dame, Many More
If any BCS conference needed a boost like this week's matchup, it is the ACC. This is no doubt this Florida State-Clemson showdown in primetime Saturday is the biggest conference matchup in years. With the backdrop of Death Valley under the lights, it's sure to be an atmosphere any college football fan would love to be part of. Luckily, we'll all get to watch on national television. That is by far the most hyped and important game of the college football Saturday, but there are a host of other big-time matchups on tap, including Florida at Missouri, UCLA at Stanford, Auburn at Texas A&M and Southern Cal at Notre Dame. As we do each week, we preview and pick against the spread all the top games. Our 12-pack of picks begins with our Game of the Week.

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College Football Picks Week 7: Oregon At Washington, Missouri At Georgia, Oklahoma Vs Texas, Florida At LSU, Michigan At Penn State, Many More
Moving ahead to Week 7, there are a number of games that could provide memorable finishes, with or without taking the spread into account. No. 2 Oregon is at No. 16 Washington, No. 25 Missouri is at No. 7 Georgia, No. 17 Florida is at No. 10 LSU, No. 12 Oklahoma plays Texas in the Red River Rivalry and Penn State hosts No. 19 Michigan. And that's not even half the games we're picking this week.

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College Football Picks Week 6: Ohio State At Northwestern, Maryland At Florida State, Arizona State At Notre Dame, Washington At Stanford, More
This week, however, there is a solid lineup of games up and down the schedule, making for what should be one of the better Saturdays of the season. At noon, two undefeated teams battle as Maryland and Florida State play. In the 3:30 hour, Georgia plays Tennessee and Georgia Tech travels to Miami for a pair of big conference showdowns. In the night games, Ohio State heads to Northwestern trying to keep their unbeaten streak alive, while Oklahoma, LSU and Florida will all be tested. Arizona State plays Notre Dame as well, at Cowboys stadium. Finally, in the late-night game, Washington is at Stanford, in a game that will eliminate one from the national title picture.

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College Football Picks Week 5: LSU At Georgia, Ole Miss At Alabama, Oklahoma At Notre Dame, Wisconsin At Ohio State, Plus Many More
After a one-week hiatus without any marquee matchups, the SEC takes back the college football spotlight Saturday with a pair of huge games that could go a long way in determining who plays for a national championship at the end of the season. First, No. 6 LSU travels to No. 9 Georgia for an afternoon showdown. Then, later that night, No. 21 Ole Miss takes on top-ranked Alabama on the road. LSU could finally gain some believers if it can knock off the Bulldogs on the road. Georgia could run the table if it beats the Tigers, as only a game against Florida presents a true challenge the rest of the way. Alabama will be favored in every game it plays this year, and the Ole Miss matchup is no different. And then there are those Rebels, where a young cast could turn a huge upset into a shocking run toward the top of the rankings.

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College Football Picks Week 4: Arizona State At Stanford, Tennessee At Florida, Michigan State At Notre Dame, Michigan At UConn, Plus More
The main event features No. 23 Arizona State traveling to take on No. 5 Stanford. The Cardinal have national title hopes, but the Sun Devils, coming off a huge, albeit strange, victory over Wisconsin, can destroy those Saturday night in primetime. Besides that Pac-12 showdown, Tennessee at No. 19 Florida, Michigan State at No. 22 Notre Dame and Auburn at No. 6 LSU all could turn into great games. And, of course, there are those Huskies hosting the No. 15-ranked Michigan Wolverines.

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College Football Picks Week 3: Alabama At Texas A&M, UCLA At Nebraska, Tennessee At Oregon, Notre Dame At Purdue, Many More
There's just two games that feature ranked teams playing each other this week in college football, but one of those matchups just might be the game of the year. Top-ranked Alabama comes into College Station for a mega-showdown with No. 6 Texas A&M Saturday afternoon. The game will go a long way in determining not just who the best team in the SEC is, but the entire nation as well.

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College Football Picks Week 2: Notre Dame At Michigan, Florida At Miami, South Carolina At Georgia, Oklahoma, USC, Oregon, Texas, OSU & More
There's three huge games on the schedule this week, with Notre Dame at Michigan, Florida at Miami and South Carolina at Georgia all must-watch matchups. It will be the last time for the foreseeable future where the Irish will play at the Wolverines and the in-state rivalry between the Gators and Hurricanes will be played. In the SEC game, South Carolina could take a huge step toward the top of the rankings with a win, while Georgia already needs to save its season, as the Bulldogs lost to Clemson last week.

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College Football Picks Week 1: Ohio At Louisville, Florida State At Pittsburgh
The best thing about the opening weekend of college football is the games continue through Monday night. So, before the NFL takes over our Sundays and Mondays starting next week, we have two more big college games to watch before we finally close the book on a tremendous 2013 debut. In the first game, Sunday afternoon, Louisville looks to start a possible national title run against an upset-minded Ohio team. In the second, Monday night, Florida State, a team who has big hopes this season as well, travels to take on Pittsburgh in an ACC game from Heinz Field.
College Football Picks Week 1: Georgia At Clemson, Alabama Vs. Virginia Tech, Temple At Notre Dame, LSU Vs. TCU, Ohio State, Texas A&M, More
There's a host of teams who will have the spotlight Saturday night, but the matchup with the most on the line is No. 5 Georgia traveling to take on No. 8 Clemson in primetime. When the final whistle blows in that blockbuster, one team will continue its march to the top of the rankings, while the other will have a season-long quest to work its way back into the title game conversation. Not surprisingly, that is our Game of the Week, and starts off our college football preview and picks column. We pick 10 games total, each against the spread.

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2013 College Football Picks Week 1: North Carolina At No. 6 South Carolina, Plus Johnny Manziel Suspended
On paper, this game doesn't look so great, as a sixth-ranked team playing at home should be able to roll over an unranked foe from a lesser conference. But that won't be the case Thursday night. North Carolina has a high-octane offense, led by quarterback Bryn Renner, and that could be bad for any defense this early in the season. Of course, this South Carolina defense could be the best the school has ever had, led by defensive end and Heisman hopeful Jadeveon Clowney.

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College Football Conference & National Championship Picks, Alabama, Georgia, Stanford, Oregon
Believe it or not, the college football season is just days, hours, away from kicking off. This Thursday represents a new beginning for college programs across the nation and their fans to immerse themselves in a weekly tradition that can't be rivaled. Each and every week, each and every game, means something in college football. And that's what makes it great. But before we get to the Week 1 picks, here is a look at our selections for the end-of-year conference champions and who will walk away with the big prize, the BCS national championship.

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College Football Bowl Picks 2013: BCS National Championship, No. 1 Notre Dame vs No. 2 Alabama
Make no mistake about it, the Southeastern Conference has owned college football the past six seasons. The SEC has won the last six national championship games and even had two of its teams play each other last year for the title. Alabama alone has won two of the last three BCS crowns and will go for another Monday night in the 2013 version of the game. For the SEC and its fans, it's been college football nirvana. For everyone else, however, it's been nothing short of hell, with last year's LSU-Alabama BCS matchup the ultimate indignity, which only increased the media's infatuation with the conference.

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College Football Bowl Picks 2013: Compass Bowl, Pittsburgh vs Ole Miss
Before we finally reach the main event, the BCS national title game Monday, we get one more Saturday game to feast on this season. It might not get the juices flowing, but hey, we'll take all the college football we can get as the season comes to a close. We'll ignore the fact the Compass Bowl features Pittsburgh and Ole Miss, a pair of 6-6 teams, and look at the bright side - it's football.

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College Football Bowl Picks 2013: Cotton Bowl, Texas A&M vs Oklahoma
Believe it or not, Oregon's offensive showcase against Kansas State in its Fiesta Bowl victory was nothing compared to what should happen Friday night in the Cotton Bowl. If you love high-scoring offenses, the matchup between Texas A&M and Oklahoma should be a can't-miss game. The Aggies are led by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, while the Sooners have quarterback Landry Jones leading the way.

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College Football Bowl Picks 2013: Fiesta Bowl, No. 4 Oregon vs No. 5 Kansas State
So, while it's not the game neither team or college fans expected, No. 4 Oregon and No. 5 Kansas State is easily the most attractive bowl game outside of the national championship. And could be the most exciting game of them all this bowl season. Who wins? We have the breakdown and picks both straight up and against the spread below.

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College Football Bowl Picks 2013: Sugar Bowl, No. 21 Louisville vs No. 3 Florida
With the New Year's Day games in the books, the college football world turns its attention toward the final four major bowl games of the season, ultimately ending with a champion being crowned. The Sugar Bowl is first, with our GameDay college football experts picking the winner both straight up and against the spread below, and will be followed by the Fiesta Bowl, Cotton Bowl and the BCS National Championship game Monday between No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama. Before we get to that mega title matchup, it's No. 21 Louisville and No. 3 Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Here's our game preview and picks against the spread.

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College Football Bowl Picks 2013: Orange Bowl, Northern Illinois vs Florida State; Rose Bowl, Wisconsin vs Stanford; Outback Bowl, Capital One Bowl, Gator Bowl, Heart of Dallas Bowl
New Year's Day represents a lot of things, but none are bigger than making resolutions and watching huge college football bowl games. For us here at GameDay, we're combining the two. Our resolution for 2013 is simple - to correctly pick the rest of the biggest bowl games of the new year both straight up and against the spread. And when a champion is finally crowned between Notre Dame and Alabama, our own battle for college football supremacy will be decided as well. The true bowl games begin on New Year's Day, and we have you covered with all of our picks below.

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College Football Bowl Picks: Music City Bowl, NC State vs Vanderbilt; Sun Bowl, Georgia Tech vs USC; Chick-fil-A Bowl, LSU vs Clemson
Before we ring in the New Year, there's three very solid college football bowl games to feast on Monday afternoon and night. The Music City Bowl, Sun Bowl and Chick-fil-A Bowl each feature matchups from power conferences, making for an interesting battle not only between schools, but leagues as well. As always, we preview and pick those games both straight up and against the spread.

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College Football Bowl Picks: Pinstripe Bowl, West Virginia vs Syracuse, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Navy vs Arizona State, Alamo Bowl, Texas vs Oregon State, & Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, TCU vs Michigan State
We'll all get a special treat Saturday as college football returns to its rightful home with four tremendous bowl matchups, starting with the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium and ending with a late-night game featuring TCU and Michigan State. In between, there's a pair of other big matchups, with Navy's triple-option offense going against a stout Arizona State defense followed by Texas and all of its legal problems taking on an underrated Oregon State squad.

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College Football Bowl Picks: Russell Athletic Bowl, Virginia Tech vs Rutgers & Meineke Car Care Bowl Of Texas, Minnesota vs Texas Tech
After an extremely slow start to the bowl season, we finally have two must-watch bowl games on the schedule for Friday. Rutgers and Virginia Tech battle in the Russell Athletic Bowl with both teams looking for a positive end to disappointing seasons. In the nightcap, Minnesota is a big underdog against a Texas Tech team playing without its head coach in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (clearly one of the worst bowl names in the country).

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College Football Bowl Picks: Holiday Bowl, Baylor vs UCLA
We're slowing working our way into the bigger and bigger bowl games of the season, ultimately crowning a national champion between Notre Dame and Alabama after New Year's. Until then, there's plenty of great matchups to get excited about, including the one game we pick below, which features Baylor and UCLA in the Holiday Bowl Thursday night.

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College Football Bowl Picks: Las Vegas Bowl, Washington vs Boise State
Saturday represents one of the first "true" bowl games of the season, as the Las Vegas Bowl features Washington taking on No. 19 Boise State. While, in the big picture, it's nowhere near one of the several must-watch bowls to be played on or around New Year's Day, it is special because it kicks off the postseason part of our GameDay Battle for College Football Supremacy.

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Manti Te'o should win Heisman, plus picking winner of Army vs Navy
College football's regular season wraps up Saturday with two of the great events of the year. First, the annual Army-Navy game will take place in the afternoon. Then, the Heisman trophy ceremony will take place that evening. The Army-Navy game is one not to miss, no matter the records. No matter who you root for on a weekly basis, everyone has a side in this ultimate rivalry game. Forget any other, this is the real deal.

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College Football Bowl Breakdown: BCS National Championship No. 1 Notre Dame vs No. 2 Alabama, Plus Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl and many more
Notre Dame and Alabama placing 1-2 in the final BCS standings Sunday night was completely expected, but a party-crashing Northern Illinois squad receiving an invite to one of the big-money games was not. But that's exactly what happened when the computers spit out the final batch of rankings and the MAC champions stood at No. 15. That meant the Huskies would receiver an automatic bid into a BCS game, as they needed to be No. 16 or better to qualify. It also meant Oklahoma was booted as an at-large bid. Here is a rundown of the biggest bowl games, including the BCS national championship, Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl and more.

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College GameDay Rewind Week 13: ACC makes right call in choosing Louisville over UConn; Les Miles not dumb enough to leave LSU; more
The ACC's decision to add Louisville instead of UConn Wednesday in the latest round of conference defections was a no-brainer. Louisville is by far the more attractive athletic option, with a football team that can compete on a national level and a basketball program that is already a championship contender. UConn just can't compete with that.

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College GameDay Rewind Week 12: Rutgers, Maryland bolt for Big 10 as conference defections start up again
The biggest news to hit college football this week, after we've finally recovered from the chaos developed after both Kansas State and Oregon were handed shocking losses, was the conference landscape changing dramatically again. Maryland and Rutgers are the latest defectors to bolt for greener pastures, setting up what is sure to be another seismic shift in the sport we all know and love. Maryland and Rutgers each will be joining the Big 10 for all sports in the coming years, with the main focus being on football, of course.

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BCS chaos as Kansas State & Oregon lose, opening title game door for Notre Dame, Alabama & Georgia
For the first time in the BCS era, I didn't want chaos. I didn't want controversy. I wanted things to fall exactly as they were planned to, even if one undefeated team would be on the outside looking in at season's end. When Alabama went down to Texas A&M last week, that was the one domino I, and every college football fan outside of SEC country, wanted to see fall.

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College GameDay Rewind Week 11: Breaking down BCS title game race & how season will end for Oregon, Kansas State, Alabama, Notre Dame & Georgia
The Texas A&M upset of top-ranked Alabama has the college football world abuzz, especially when it comes to the BCS standings. Before Johnny Manziel and the Aggies stunned the Tide, there was four teams that could realistically claim the right to play for a national title. Now, there are just three. Unlike Alabama, Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame each took care of business Saturday night, remaining undefeated with relatively unchallenged victories. If everything stays the same, there will still be one team on the outside looking in, but fighting for two spots is a heck of a lot better than one. If Alabama won out, it would have been guaranteed a spot in the title game. It's a wide open race now.

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College GameDay Rewind Week 10: Yankees free agent targets this offseason, including Hiroki Kuroda and Joakim Soria, plus college football
That brings us to replacing Rafael Soriano, as he is almost assuredly going to cash in after his successful year closing games for last season. The Yankees have a solid bullpen to lean on, with Mariano Rivera returning as closer, David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain as set up men and Boone Logan, Clay Rapada and David Aardsma as relievers. So, realistically, the Yankees could let Soriano go and continue on as if nothing changed. The one option the Yankees should look into is former Royals closer Joakim Soria, who missed the entire season last year after going through Tommy John surgery. Soria would be the perfect set-up man for Rivera next season and then the heir apparent the following year.

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College GameDay Rewind Week 8: Islanders' move to Brooklyn a rebirth, and death sentence for Nassau Coliseum; college football
When I drove by the Nassau Coliseum recently I could have sworn the place was left for dead. There may have even been a bunch of tumbleweed flying through the parking lot. The place looked nothing short of a dump. The chain-link fence around the decrepit parking lot made the space look like it hadn't been touched in years. There surely was no way a professional team was still playing games there. But that's the way the entire structure always looked. It was always a dump, inside and out. The interesting caveat to the place was a major professional sports team did call the Nassau Coliseum home. And while the team has been terrible for several years now, it still was a New York market team in one of the four major professional sports leagues.

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College GameDay Rewind Week 7: Does it ever end, more controversy surrounds A-Rod; Patriots game could determine Jets season; more
It really is amazing what a lightning rod of controversy Alex Rodriguez is. Really, I'm amazed. Every single time you think it can't get any worse. Every single time you think he's turned the corner and put his silly antics behind him. Alex Rodriguez's gossip page life just has to have a soap opera type storyline that has nothing to do with his ability, or lack thereof, to hit a baseball. The latest news on A-Rod is he courted a woman in the stands at Yankee Stadium after being replaced in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. He reportedly gave a ball to a bat boy to hand to a woman looking for her phone number. It was first reported in the New York Post and at least one other outlet had a source confirm it. Rodriguez, of course, denied the allegations.

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College GameDay Rewind Week 6: A-Rod's not clutch, but he's not the only one; no QB controversy for Jets; and college football
As a die-hard Yankees and Jets fan, I'm finding it more and more difficult to read story after story about Alex Rodriguez failing in the clutch and Tim Tebow's near certain ascent to the top of the quarterback depth chart. I'm actually sick of it all. We'll start with A-Rod. The obvious is Rodriguez just can't get the big hit in the big moment. I know this. The world knows this. I have very little confidence when he's at the plate in a big spot. In Game 2, the die-hard part of me thought this would be the time where A-Rod would finally break through and tie the game with a home run. The other, realistic part of me knew the game was over.

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College GameDay Rewind Week 5: Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum should be fired, losing fantasy baseball title on a fluke, and MLB playoff picks
In this backwards world starring the misfits in green and white, if the season ended today, the Jets would be champions of the division and host a first-round playoff game. That's just plain scary, especially coming off an embarrassing 34-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at home.

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College GameDay Rewind Week 4: Hallelujah! The Replacement Referee Era is finally over, Yankees manager Joe Girardi doesn't deserve job
Well, I guess all it took for the NFL and the "real" referees to finally come to an agreement was to have one team completely screwed out of a victory on national television. The Seahawks controversial victory over the Packers Monday night was no doubt the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back, as the long stalemate between the two sides has come to an end just two days later.

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College GameDay Rewind Week 3: Yankees get Andy Pettitte back at perfect time, replacement refs stink, Alabama the 1 and only on college
Wednesday could be the turning point in the New York Yankees season. Why? Because Andy Pettitte makes his long-awaited return to the mound against the Toronto Blue Jays. Yes, the 40-year-old Pettitte, who has been on the active roster for just 40 games this season, is the key in whether or not the Yankees finish off the Orioles and win the AL East. Even bigger, Pettitte is the key to the Yankees winning another world championship.

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College GameDay Rewind Week 2: Rex Ryan regains control of Jets, NFL wrong on refs, Thursday night football, Roger Clemens, more
So, who scored the most points in the NFL after all the Week 1 games came to an end? Of course, it was the New York Jets, the team who couldn't even sniff the goal line over the first three games of the preseason. Even for a die-hard fan, it was a surprising, almost shocking, turn of events to open the season.

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College GameDay Rewind Part 2: Yankees officially collapse, now Jeter needs to bring fire
The New York Yankees have completed their dramatic collapse, falling into a first-place tie in the AL East with the Baltimore Orioles after losing to the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night. The Yankees once-thought insurmountable, double-digit advantage in the division is gone, and their is no reason to believe things will turn around anytime soon, putting their postseason hopes in severe danger.

College GameDay Rewind Part 1: Alabama on top, Oregon's uniforms, Joe Girardi must be fired
Alabama, on the other hand, proved again it's one of the best teams in the nation, if not the best. The only team that could make a claim ahead of the Tide is Southern Cal, which also won big on opening night, against Hawaii. When it comes to Nick Saban vs. Lane Kiffin, though, we all know who gets the final edge.

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College GameDay Rewind Championship Edition: Brad clinches season title over Evil One
Last year I won the GameDay Picks Championship going away, outdistancing the Evil One by six games. I more or less rolled to yet another season title from start to finish. This year was different, however, as Evil and I were neck-and-neck the whole way through. The lead for either one of us never swelled too large to overcome. It made for one great season.


The battle for the GameDay picks championship can be won tonight, as if Arkansas wins by more than eight points, I will claim the season title. The Evil One, otherwise known as Craig Carroll, is one game back, so he needs Kansas State to win outright or lose by seven points or less to remain alive. So, with that written, let's get right into the breakdown to see how we both got to this point.


The highlight of the January 2 bowl games is obviously the Fiesta Bowl featuring No. 3 Oklahoma State and No. 4 Stanford. The game has the team I still believe should be playing for the BCS national championship – Oklahoma State. While the Cowboys won’t get that opportunity, is there a chance they could win a split national title?

Like almost everyone else who follows the game of baseball, I was shocked when news broke Saturday night that reigning Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. The National League’s best player had suddenly gone from a poster boy for doing everything right to someone who will forever be tainted with the stigma of being a cheat.


Major League Baseball is by far the worst among professional sports at creating excitement for its free agency period. It’s long. It’s drawn-out. It’s flat-out boring. So it was a great treat today when I woke up to news that the Yankees may be trading A.J. Burnett, the Cardinals may be raising their offer to Albert Pujols and Marlins for-now shortstop Hanley Ramirez isn’t exactly thrilled about the team adding Jose Reyes.


The coaching hot seat has risen to intense levels all over the professional and college sports world. While that may not be so uncommon at this time of year, with football seasons reaching their conclusions, the fact the biggest coaching controversy surrounds college basketball is surprising, if not shocking.


Thanks to Oregon coach Chip Kelly and his gross mismanagement of the game clock in the closing minutes of a loss to Southern Cal, the rematch no true college football fan wanted to see is almost a guarantee to happen. LSU and Alabama, barring any upsets, will play for the national championship.


For a random Saturday night, there was a ton of marquee events happening in three different sports, all of which had championship implications. It all added up to a great night to be a sports fan.


If we learned one thing after the latest batch of BCS rankings was revealed, it’s that Boise State will never play for a championship under the current system. Even if the Broncos do move to the Big East soon, it still might not be enough to impress the pollsters or computers that are needed to move into those two coveted spots at the end of the season.


I’m one of the lucky ones here in Connecticut, as I never lost power through the apocalyptic snow storm we had here Saturday, which dropped more than a foot of snow on the area. I basically became a shut-in over the weekend, but with plenty of football and plenty of food, I had nothing to complain about.


Watching Texas Tech knock off Oklahoma late Saturday night left me with a pretty big smile on my face. While it was great, and typically always is great, when a huge underdog knocks off one of the top ranked teams in the country, this had more to do with the Sooners constantly saying to anyone who would listen that they were the best team in the nation.


This week’s edition of College GameDay Rewind is being written from Long Island, which means it was an Evil weekend for yours truly. Yes, anxiously awaiting my arrival was the Evil One, who also goes by the name Craig Carroll. You all know Craig, the guy with the sharp tongue and masked appearance who spews venom each and every week on our college football web show. Believe me, Craig being heard and not seen is a plus.


When a game gets out of hand in any sport, it opens the conversation to discuss pretty much anything except what’s happening on the field. It’s really the only way to keep the viewer interested in sticking with the telecast instead of switching the channel. Sometimes the topics discussed are interesting. Sometimes they are downright stupid. Sometimes they create an interesting debate, both for good and bad.


I realize there was no real basis for my contention that A.J. Burnett would throw a gem Tuesday night for the Yankees in a do-or-die Game 4 of the ALDS against the Tigers. Call it a hunch. Call it a feeling. Call it shear stupidity. But I just knew Burnett would come through and send this series back to the Bronx.


For those that watched my Final Rant on Sports Page Online probably already know where I’m going with this edition of College GameDay Rewind. For those that didn’t watch (Click here to watch it now!) here’s the deal. The biggest Red Sox fan I know, Matt Straub, says he will not root for the Yankees even if he needed the Bombers to win to get his Sox into the playoffs.


I don’t know if I’ve ever had such a perfect sports day followed by an absolutely horrible one like I experienced this weekend. First, on Saturday, I put together the first 7-0 record in as far as I can remember in the seven years I’ve been picking college football games against the spread in my various stops in the daily newspaper world.


Both the Michigan-Notre Dame and South Carolina-Georgia games Saturday night proved how great college football is. Both came down to the final moments, with the Wolverines and Gamecocks picking up huge victories. The games also proved to be a wild ride in rooting for teams and our picks.


It’s fitting in a week where I would have so many things to write about in college football that I wouldn’t be able to physically express that to you on the blog. I realize nobody cares, nor should you, but a wrist injury made it not only impossible to type the season’s first installment of College GameDay Rewind on time, but to do my actual job at the newspaper. So, with every call, text and inquiry as to where the column was, I was helpless in my answer.