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Ralph D. Russo

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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.

Hall of Famer Scott keeps promise to late friend

Former UGA travels for Hall of Fame induction

BCS title game is LSU-Alabama rematch

LSU and Alabama will rematch in the BCS national title game.

BCS title game is LSU-Alabama rematch

Play it again, LSU and Alabama.

Alabama holds on to No. 2 in AP poll

Alabama is No. 2 behind LSU and ahead of Oklahoma State in the latest Associated Press college football poll.

Alabama holds on to No. 2 in AP poll

Alabama is No. 2 behind LSU and ahead of Oklahoma State in the latest Associated Press college football poll.

LSU, Alabama atop latest BCS standings

LSU-Alabama Round 2 is just a few victories away. A weekend filled with upsets left the Southeastern Conference rivals in the top two spots in the BCS standings released Sunday.

Blue chippers flocking to Florida despite uncertainty

This much is certain at Florida: Any doubts about Urban Meyer's future with the Gators didn't hurt their recruiting one bit this year.

2009 NFL Draft: Is he a good pick? Depends on who picks him

NEW YORK - In college football there's a theory, supported by some solid evidence, that a high school player's rating is influenced by the schools recruiting him.

Walker, Tenuta among caretaker coaches

DeWayne Walker has been in charge of a bowl-bound team this month. Sounds like a good gig, except by next week he could be out of job.

Florida's Tebow wins Heisman

NEW YORK - Tim Tebow needed only two years of college to graduate to Heisman Trophy winner, putting the sophomore in a class by himself.