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39 bowl games and a reason to watch every one

Over the next three weeks, 38 bowl games and a national championship game will be played from Boise to the Bahamas and various points in between. You should watch them all.

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Oregon QB Marcus Mariota wins Heisman Trophy

Marcus Mariota, the prototypical 21st-century quarterback, took an old-fashioned approach to become Oregon’s first Heisman Trophy winner.

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Te'o provides answers, but more may be asked

NEW YORK -- Manti Te'o tried to put one of the strangest sports stories in memory behind him, insisting he was the target of an elaborate online hoax in which he fell for a fake woman created by pranksters, then admitting his own lies made the bizarre ordeal worse.. Whether

SECond to none after another BCS title win

There is no end in sight, not for Alabama or the Southeastern Conference. The Crimson Tide made it two straight national championships and three in four years on Monday night.

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Alabama avoiding the D word -- for now

Alabama's All-American offensive lineman has spent five seasons with coach Nick Saban and he knows better than to talk about stuff like legacies and the Crimson Tide's place in history.

Saban, Kelly lead storied programs out of darkness

There were some dark days at Notre Dame and Alabama, dark years really, during which two of college football's proudest programs flailed and foundered.

Notre Dame's Kelly wins AP coach of the year

After two seasons as Notre Dame coach, Brian Kelly decided he wasn't spending enough time doing the best part of his job: coaching players.

Presidents approve college football playoff

Playoffs and tournaments long have determined champions of every college sport from baseball to bowling. The exception was major college football. That ended Tuesday. Come 2014, the BCS is dead.

Road to BCS changes filled with bumps

The guys in charge of changing the BCS are headed back to Chicago, hoping to make more progress at a meeting Wednesday than they did the last time they were there.

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BCS takes big step toward football Final Four

College football has taken a big step toward having a final four.

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