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    BB55's Picks - 2017-18 NCAA Division I FBS Bowl Game season: January 1, 2018 (Part 1)

    Outback Bowl - Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL Noon ET/9 AM PT on ESPN2
    BB55's Pick: Michigan over South Carolina

    BB55's Match of the Day #1
    Citrus Bowl presented by Overton's - Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL 1 PM ET/10 AM PT on ABC
    BB55's Pick: #17 LSU over #14 Notre Dame
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    BB55's Picks - 2017-18 NCAA Division I FBS Bowl Game season: January 1, 2018 (Part 2)

    BB55's Match of the Day #2
    New Year's Six Bowl Game
    Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta, GA 12:30 PM ET/9:30 AM PT on ESPN

    #12 Central Florida vs. #7 Auburn

    Three Keys for UCF
    - McKenzie Milton playing the game of his life.
    - Win the turnover battle.
    - Perfect send-off to Nebraska for Scott Frost.

    Three Keys for Auburn
    - Jarrett Stidham and Kerryon Johnson setting the tone.
    - Ferocious on defense.
    - Focus for all four quarters and beyond.

    BB55's Prediction
    Will the UCF Knights steal the show in Atlanta?

    The Knights not only want to have a massive scalp in Frost's last game as UCF head coach, but also showing that the Group of Five is here to stay in the New Year's Six and the American Athletic Conference already had a scalp when the Houston Cougars beat the Florida State Seminoles in the 2015 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl.

    However, the Auburn Tigers will be a massive test for the Knights where they have speed and tenacity to swallow them.

    It should be a good game, but I think a more focused and serious Auburn will get my nod in the end.

    BB55's Pick: #7 Auburn over #12 UCF
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    BB55's Picks - 2017-18 NCAA Division I FBS Bowl Game season: January 1, 2018 (Part 3)

    BB55's Match of the Day #3
    College Football Playoff Semifinal #1
    Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual - Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA 5 PM ET/2 PM PT on ESPN

    #3 Georgia vs. #2 Oklahoma

    Keys for Georgia
    - Ground and pound with Sony Michel and Nick Chubb.
    - Keep Baker Mayfield and Rodney Anderson at bay.
    - Jake Fromm as the X Factor.

    Keys for Oklahoma
    - Mayfield and Anderson leading the way for the OU offense.
    - Protect Mayfield.
    - Neutralize Michel and Chubb.

    BB55's Prediction
    It's the high-powered and explosive Boomer Sooner offense against the nasty and tenacious UGA defense to see who will book a spot in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

    I think both Georgia and Oklahoma will display their strengths in this game.

    Will the leaky OU defense be good enough to neutralize Georgia's stampeding running attack? The Sooners need to do that and force Jake Fromm to throw the ball more often.

    But will the Georgia defense make the Sooners offense off-balance? The Sooners need to neutralize Anderson and get in Mayfield's face more often.

    It should be a pretty good game with a little more points and OU just has enough to outlast Georgia and deny the Bulldogs a trip to Atlanta for the CFP National Championship title.

    BB55's Pick: #2 Oklahoma over #3 Georgia

    BB55's Match of the Day #4
    College Football Playoff Semifinal #2
    Allstate Sugar Bowl - Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA 8:45 PM ET/5:45 PM PT on ESPN

    #1 Clemson vs. #4 Alabama

    Keys for Alabama
    - Run, Tide, Run with Bo Scarbrough, Damien Harris and Jalen Hurts.
    - Keeping Kelly Bryant, Travis Etienne and Tavien Feaster in check.
    - Special Teams.

    Keys for Clemson
    - Bryant, Etienne, Feaster and Hunter Renfrow leading the Clemson offense.
    - Brent Venables defense smothering the Alabama offense especially making them convert longer third-downs.
    - Special Teams.

    BB55's Prediction
    With both the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide meeting a third time in the College Football Playoffs, both teams know each other.

    It's going to come down to the little things like third-downs and which QB can produce more through the air with points going to be at a premium.

    In the end, I like Clemson edging out Alabama in a close-scoring clash.

    BB55's Pick: #1 Clemson over #4 Alabama
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    Brian Kelly finally gets a quality bowl game win as a collegiate head coach.

    The #14 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish take the Overton's Citrus Bowl after edging out the #17 ranked LSU Tigers 21-17 in a frantic finish inside a wet Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

    Brandon Wimbush struggled throwing the football as he completed three of eight passes for 52 yards and allowed Kelly to rotate Wimbush with Ian Book.

    But LSU failed to capitalize as the Tigers had two missed field goals in the first half.

    Connor Culp missed a 22-yard field goal and Jack Gonsoulin missed from 37 yards out.

    Only a 46-yard field goal from Justin Yoon were the only points of the first half as Notre Dame led 3-0 at halftime.

    LSU scored the first two touchdowns of the game when Danny Etling connected with Derrius Guice twice to give LSU a 14-6 lead with 11:13 to go in the fourth quarter.

    Etling completed 19 of 33 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns while Guice had 122 total yards from scrimmage and two touchdown receptions.

    But Ian Book helped Notre Dame tie the game at 14 with 7:45 left when he threw a six-yard touchdown strike to Michael Young and converted the two points.

    LSU took the lead 17-14 with 2:03 left as Gonsoulin connected on a 17-yard field goal.

    However, Book won it for the Irish with a 55-yard touchdown strike to Miles Boykin.

    Boykin had an incredible one-handed grab and then scampered into the end zone.
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    Book completed 14 of 19 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns.

    LSU had a chance to reply with a touchdown, but turned the ball over on downs.

    Notre Dame earned their third 10-win season under Kelly with a 10-3 overall mark while LSU finished at 9-4 overall.

    The Southeastern Conference did get a bowl win though as the South Carolina Gamecocks rallied to a 26-19 victory over the Michigan Wolverines to take the Outback Bowl inside Tampa's Raymond James Stadium.

    The Big Ten denied a perfect eight-for-eight record with the loss.

    Jim Harbaugh's Michigan had a 19-3 lead with 5:42 to go in the third quarter thanks to four field goals from Quinn Nordin and a one-yard touchdown run from Ben Mason.

    But the Wolverines turned the ball over five times.

    That allowed Will Muschamp's Gamecocks to outscore the Wolverines 23-0 the rest of the game.

    Rico Dowdle started the comeback with a 17-yard touchdown run and Jake Bentley threw two touchdown passes, one to Bryan Edwards from 21 yards out and the other to Shi Smith on a 53-yard strike.

    Bentley completed 19 of 32 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns.

    South Carolina finished their season at 9-4 overall while Michigan dropped to 8-5 overall.
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    A perfect send off for Scott Frost.

    In his final game as Central Florida Knights head coach inside Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Frost heads to the Nebraska Cornhuskers with an undefeated season at 13-0 overall after the #12 ranked team in the nation took the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl holding off the #7 ranked Auburn Tigers 34-27.

    UCF QB McKenzie Milton torched the Auburn defense with 358 yards of total offense and three total touchdowns.

    Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham completed 28 of 43 passes for 331 yards and a touchdown and Kerryon Johnson had 71 rushing yards and a score.

    But Auburn had three turnovers all from Stidham including two interceptions with one of them returned for a pick-six from Chequan Burkett and the game-ender from Antwan Collier.

    Stidham was also sacked six times. Shaquem Griffin had a monster game with 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss.

    Auburn finished their 2017 season at 10-4 overall.
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    We are going to overtime in Pasadena in the Rose Bowl.

    For the first time in the College Football Playoff era, a CFP game will go to extra time.

    #3 Georgia trailed #2 Oklahoma 31-17 at halftime before the Bulldogs outscored the Sooners 28-14 in the second half.

    Overtime Rules
    - Winner of coin toss decides offense, defense or end of field.
    - Each team starts at 25-yard line.
    - Play resumes until a winner is decided.
    - All reviews will be by the booth.
    - Play clock only.
    - Point After Touchdown: First two possessions, teams can go for one or two points. Third possession onwards, must go for two points.
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    Overtime - College Football Playoff Semifinal: Rose Bowl #2 Oklahoma vs. #3 Georgia

    Oklahoma wins coin toss, elect defense.

    First Overtime
    UGA: Rodrigo Blankenship 38-yard field goal is good.
    OU: Austin Seibert 33-yard field goal is good.
    After Overtime: Oklahoma 48, Georgia 48

    Second Overtime
    OU: Austin Seibert 27-yard field goal is blocked.
    UGA: Sony Michel 27-yard touchdown run.
    After Second Overtime: Georgia 54, Oklahoma 48

    Georgia wins in Double OT over Oklahoma 54-48!
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    What a game in the Grandaddy of Them All in Pasadena!

    Kirby Smart and the #3 ranked Georgia Bulldogs punched their ticket to Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium after winning the first ever overtime Rose Bowl in a high-scoring thriller over Lincoln Riley and the #2 Oklahoma Sooners in Double Overtime 54-48.

    Baker Mayfield and the Sooners led 31-14 near the end of the second quarter.

    Mayfield had a 13-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Brown and a two-yard touchdown catch off a tricky play from Ceedee Lamb.

    Rodney Anderson also put some dents in the Georgia defensive armor with two touchdown runs of nine and 41 yards.

    Anderson had 201 rushing yards and those two majors on 26 carries in the game.

    But Georgia running back Sony Michel kept Georgia in the game with two touchdowns with a 13-yard catch from Jake Fromm and a 75-yard touchdown run.

    Rodrigo Blankenship cut Oklahoma's lead to 14, 31-17 at halftime with a 55-yard field goal.

    The Bulldogs outscored the Sooners 14-0 in the third quarter to make the scores level heading into the fourth quarter tied at 31.

    Nick Chubb had a 50-yard touchdown run and Michel completed his rushing hat trick with a 38-yard touchdown scamper.

    After Mayfield threw his only interception of the game, Georgia punished Oklahoma when Fromm finds Javon Wims from four yards out to give Georgia their first lead of the game early in the fourth quarter.

    Fromm completed 20 of 29 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns.

    The Sooners replied as Mayfield finds Dimitri Flowers from 11 yards out to tie the game at 38 with 8:47 to go.

    Mayfield completed 23 of 35 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw a pick.

    The Sooners defense had one foot in Mercedes-Benz Stadium as Steven Parker scooped up a Michel lost fumble and took it to the house from 46 yards to give Oklahoma a 45-38 lead with 6:52 to go.

    However, the Sooners defense was getting worn down and Chubb punched his way in from two yards out to tie the game at 45 with 55 seconds remaining.

    Chubb had 145 yards and two scores on 14 carries in the game.

    With no more scoring, the game went into overtime.

    Georgia drew first blood when Blakenship booted a 38-yard field goal to give Georgia a 48-45 lead after the first half of the first overtime period.

    Austin Seibert forced a second overtime with a 33-yard field goal tied at 48.

    Seibert tried to give OU a 51-48 lead in Double OT, but Lorenzo Carter jumped over a blocker clean and blocked Seibert's field goal attempt.

    Georgia wins with any score and Michel completed his rushing hat trick with a 27-yard touchdown run.

    Michel finished the game with 222 total yards from scrimmage including 181 on the ground and four total offensive touchdowns.

    Georgia will await the winner of the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the #1 ranked Clemson Tigers and #4 Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship Final in Atlanta.

    If Alabama wins, it will be the second time in the last seven years that two teams from the same conference will duke it out for the FBS National Championship title.

    The first time it was LSU vs. Alabama that decided the 2011 NCAA FBS National Championship in the all-Southeastern Conference 2012 Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game which the Tide pitched a 21-0 shutout inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

    The Bulldogs will look for their first national title since 1980.

    Meanwhile, Mayfield leaves Oklahoma with the Sooners finishing 2017 with a 12-2 overall record.

    The Big XII Conference also finished their bowl season at 5-3.
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    It will be an all-SEC College Football Playoff National Championship in Atlanta!

    The #4 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide blanketed the #1 ranked Clemson Tigers in part 3 of their CFP trilogy 24-6 to take the Allstate Sugar Bowl inside New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

    Alabama QB Jalen Hurts completed 16 of 24 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns.

    Alabama DT Da'Ron Payne had an interception and caught one of Hurts' two touchdown passes.

    Kelly Bryant and the Clemson offense can only muster up 188 yards.

    For the second time in the last seven years in the Bowl Championship Series and CFP eras, the Southeastern Conference will have two of their teams in the national title game. The first was in 2011 when Alabama pitched a 21-0 shutout over the LSU Tigers.

    Clemson finished their 2017 campaign at 12-2 overall and the Atlantic Coast Conference finished their bowl season at 4-6 overall.
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    2017-18 FBS Bowl Challenge Cup standings: as of January 2, 2018

    Conference Bowls Record
    SEC 11 56 (0.455)
    ACC* 10 46 (0.400)
    Conference USA* 9 45 (0.444)
    Pac-12* 9 18 (0.111)
    Big Ten^* 8 71 (0.875)
    Big 12* 8 53 (0.625)
    American* 7 43 (0.571)
    Mountain West* 6 33 (0.500)
    MAC* 5 14 (0.200)
    Sun Belt* 5 41 (0.800)
    Independents* 2 20 (1.000)

    Notes:
    * = Finished Bowl Season
    ^ = Bowl Challenge Cup Winner
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    2017 NCAA Division I FCS National Championship Game
    #1 James Madison Dukes vs. #2 North Dakota State Bison - Toyota Stadium Frisco, TX Noon ET/9 AM PT on ESPN 2.

    Three keys for JMU
    - Win in the trenches
    - Unleash Bryan Schor
    - Limit mistakes in terms of turnovers and penalty yardage

    Three keys for NDSU
    - Win in the trenches
    - Injuries
    - Limit mistakes in terms of turnovers and penalty yardage

    BB55's Prediction: This is the matchup FCS football fans have been waiting for this season. Both the James Madison Dukes and North Dakota State Bison are all well-rounded and well-coached in all areas of the field.

    Will James Madison successfully defend their FCS National Championship title or will North Dakota State wrestle it back to win their sixth in the last seven years?

    In a matchup filled with quality players in every position including QB (Schor vs. Easton Stick), RB (Marcus Marshall vs. Bruce Anderson), defense and special teams, it's a tough game to call and it will possibly take overtime to decided it.

    In the end, I go with the Bison in a hard-fought contest.

    BB55's Pick: North Dakota State over James Madison
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    The North Dakota State Bison did it again.

    The Bison won their sixth NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision title edging out the defending champion 17-13 in a tight struggle inside Frisco, Texas' Toyota Stadium.

    Easton Stick and the Bison tied the Georgia Southern Eagles for the most FCS National Championship titles with six.

    Stick and the Bison had a 17-6 halftime lead thanks to the NDSU defense grabbing two of their three takeaways and converting them to 10 points.

    Bruce Anderson, who had 63 rushing yards in the game, opened the scoring with a three-yard touchdown run.

    After Nate Tanguay intercepted a Bryan Schor pass in the James Madison red zone, Stick punished the Dukes with a 50-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Shepherd to give NDSU a 14-3 lead.

    The Dukes had another turnover when Riley Stapleton lost a fumble that allowed Cam Pedersen to boot a 32-yard field goal to make it 17-3 Bison.

    Ethan Ratke kicked a 21-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 11 at halftime.

    The Dukes scored the only points in the second half when Marcus Marshall scored a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to make it 17-13 NDSU.

    But the Bison defense shut the Dukes down as they yielded 241 yards with a 3.9 yard average per play and had three takeaways and four sacks on Schor.

    The 2017 FCS title is the Bison's sixth in the last seven years and it's the third under Chris Klieman.
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    BB55's Picks - 2017-18 NCAA Division I FBS Bowl Game season: January 8, 2018

    BB55's Match of the Day
    2018 College Football Playoff National Championship: #3 Georgia vs. #4 Alabama
    Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA 8:15 PM ET/5:15 PM PT on ESPN

    Four keys for UGA
    - Ground and pound with Sony Michel and Nick Chubb
    - Jake Fromm making effective decisions with the ball
    - Roquan Smith and the UGA defense forcing turnovers
    - Home cooking

    Four keys for ALA
    - Jalen Hurts dual-threat at QB
    - Ground and pound with Damien Harris, Bo Scarborough, Najee Harris and Josh Jacobs
    - Forcing turnovers
    - Been there, done that

    BB55's Prediction:
    In the second all-Southeastern Conference National Championship Game in the last seven years, the Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs will duke it out inside Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

    In a game that focuses on who wins in the trenches, field position and turnovers, it should be an exciting game.

    Nick Saban has his number against his former assistants and Kirby Smart will get his chance. Smart has won the SEC title against the Auburn Tigers in Atlanta just a month ago.

    In the end, I think Georgia will make it a game for all four quarters, but Alabama's experience in the national title game will get my nod.

    BB55's Pick: #4 Alabama over #3 Georgia
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    Halftime in Atlanta

    The #3 ranked Georgia Bulldogs lead the #4 Alabama Crimson Tide 13-0.

    The Tide had the first takeaway of the game very early when Trevon Diggs wrestled the ball away from Javon Wims after a underthrown ball from Jake Fromm.

    But Andy Pappanastos missed a 40-yard field goal wide left.

    Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs punished Alabama with Rodrigo Blankenship kicking two field goals and Mecole Hardman punched a one-yard touchdown run before halftime.

    It's 223-94 in total yards and 19:23 to 10:37 in time of possession in favor of Georgia.

    Alabama needs to find ways to have Jalen Hurts use his dual-threat capabilities and keep the Tide defense fresh.

    As for Georgia, keep your offense converting third downs where they are 6 for 11 to Alabama's 1 for 6 and keep getting Alabama frustrated where they have five penalties for 26 yards to their two for 15.
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    Guess what, folks? We have overtime in Atlanta!

    The 2017-18 College Football Playoff National Championship title is headed to extras tied at 20 between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs.

    Nick Saban decided to roll the dice and put Tua Tagovailoa in the game over Jalen Hurts in the second half and completed 13 of 23 passes for 125 yards and threw two touchdown passes and an interception.

    The Tide had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Andy Pappanastos pulled his game-winning field goal attempt from 36 yards out.

    For the first time since the Miami Hurricanes and Ohio State Buckeyes duke it out in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, a national championship will be decided in overtime.

    Overtime rules:
    - Winner of coin toss decides offense, defense or end of field.
    - Each team starts at 25-yard line and play resumes until a winner is decided.
    - No game clock, play clock only.
    - Point after touchdown: first two possessions, one or two-points. Third possession onwards, two-point conversions.
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    Overtime - 2017-18 College Football Playoff National Championship: #3 Georgia vs. #4 Alabama

    Alabama wins coin toss, decides defense.

    First Overtime
    UGA: Rodrigo Blankenship 51-yard field goal is good.
    ALA: Tua Tagovailoa 41-yard touchdown pass to Devante Smith.
    After first overtime: Alabama 26, Georgia 23

    Alabama beats Georgia in overtime, 26-23!
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    What a game inside Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium!

    Nick Saban wins his sixth NCAA Division I FBS National Championship, tying another Alabama Crimson Tide legend in Paul 'Bear' Bryant after the Tide outlast and broke Georgia Bulldogs' hearts 26-23.

    Saban rolled the dice on benching Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa became another Tuscaloosa legend as the true freshman completed 14 of 24 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns including the game-tying strike to Calvin Ridley and the game-winning 41-yard dime to DeVonta Smith in overtime after taking a huge sack in Alabama's first play in their overtime possession.

    Kirby Smart and Georgia were on their way towards their first national title since 1980 after taking leads of 13-0 at halftime and a 20-6 lead thanks to Mecole Hardman's two total offensive touchdowns of a one-yard run and a 80-yard touchdown reception.

    However, the Crimson Tide defense stiffened up and had their second takeaway which saw Andy Pappanastos booting two field goals.

    Pappanastos missed a 36-yard field goal attempt that could've gave the Tide the win in regulation.

    Instead, the national title decided in overtime.

    After Rodrigo Blankenship booted a 51-yard field goal to give Georgia 23-20 lead, the Bulldogs defense pinned them back to the 41-yard line after Tagovailoa was sacked on the first play.

    But the Hawaiian responded with a walk-off bomb to Smith to give Alabama their fifth national title in nine years and their 17th claimed national title overall.

    Alabama finished their season at 13-1 overall while Georgia had to settle for a runners-up finish at 13-2 overall.
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    Is this what every other fanbase feels about the Patriots? I am so tired of Alabama. They make the sport boring and predictable. Wow, Nick Saban again got all the best players to come to his school and be under his thumb.

    I feel this way about all the "great" college coaches - how great are they really when they can pick the absolute cream of the crop from around the country every year and plug any hole in their team. They don't have to worry about salary caps or contracts or egos. They run everything and the players have no leverage. Their reputation precedes them and they tip the scales. It's why Saban and most college coaches are failures once they get to the NFL. They can't get by on their actual coaching, all they have is their reputation based on getting the best players every year. Once they lose that, they aren't anything special.

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    BB55's Three Studs and Three Duds: 2017-18 NCAA Division I FBS Bowl Season

    Three Studs
    1. The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs created an instant classic in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game
    Why? The second all-Southeastern Conference National Championship Game in the Bowl Championship Series/College Football Playoff era was more than a treat inside Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

    Nick Saban rolling the dice on benching Jalen Hurts and putting in true freshman Tua Tagovailoa to spark the second half and overtime comeback for his fifth national title in Tuscaloosa and tying another Tuscaloosa legend in Paul 'Bear' Bryant for six national championships.

    As for Georgia, sure Kirby Smart and seniors Sony Michel and Nick Chubb will have bitter pills to swallow after coming up short for the school's first national championship title since 1980, but they have nothing to be ashamed of.

    Smart will have a much talented class coming in for 2018 and I won't be surprised if Alabama and Georgia meet again for the SEC title and a rematch for the national title in 2019 as the CFP National Championship title game comes to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

    2. Scott Frost and the Central Florida Knights being the only undefeated team in the nation in 2017
    Why? After Frost handled the acceptance of the Nebraska Cornhuskers' job well after the UCF Knights won the American Athletic Conference Championship Game, many thought that Frost was going to leave UCF immediately and start recruiting.

    Instead, Frost and his entire UCF staff coached one more game in the 2018 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl and grabbed a great scalp over the Auburn Tigers 34-27 to complete an undefeated season at 13-0.

    UCF's dream undefeated run will create more discussion on the College Football Playoff bracket should expand to eight teams down the road.

    3. The Big Ten Conference winning the 2017-18 Bowl Challenge Cup
    Why? The Big Ten Conference were very impressive in this bowl season in the Bowl Challenge Cup era going 7-1 in their eight bowl games to capture their first Bowl Challenge Cup title since the very first edition in 2002-03.

    If it wasn't for the Michigan Wolverines' meltdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Outback Bowl, the Big Ten would've had a perfect eight-for-eight record surpassing two previous Bowl Challenge Cup winners in the American Athletic Conference who went 5-0 in the 2006-07 bowl season under the Big East name and the Pacific-12 Conference who went 5-0 in the 2008-09 bowl season under the Pacific-10 name.

    Honorable Mention: TCU Horned Frogs QB Kenny Hill
    Why? Hill led TCU to their bowl win over the Stanford Cardinal after throwing two touchdown passes, ran for a score and caught a touchdown pass.

    Three Duds
    1. The Pacific-12 Conference
    Why? The Pac-12 is known as a football conference that sees their teams beat the living crap of each other in conference play not named the SEC.

    This bowl season was an absolute trainwreck for the Pac-12 as they went 1-8, the worst winning percentage in the BCS/CFP era surpassing the Big Ten's 1-6 mark in the 2008-09 bowl season.

    2. The Mid-American Conference
    Why? The MAC got a win in their bowl season in 2017-18, but still finished 1-4 in their bowl season.

    The MAC is 1-10 in their last two bowl seasons after a 0-6 campaign in 2016-17.

    3. Auburn Tigers inside Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium
    Why? Gus Malzahn and Auburn had a very rough end to their 2017 campaign losing to Georgia in the SEC title game and Central Florida in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, both inside Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

    Auburn finished their season at 10-4 despite beating the two CFP National Championship combatants in the regular season.

    Dishonorable Mention: Oklahoma Sooners' defense
    Why? There's a reason why OU has only one national championship under Bob Stoops in 2000: OU's porous defense.

    The horrific defense showed up again against Georgia in the first overtime game in Rose Bowl Game history as the Georgia Bulldogs carved them up for 527 yards including 317 on the ground.
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    Is this what every other fanbase feels about the Patriots? I am so tired of Alabama. They make the sport boring and predictable. Wow, Nick Saban again got all the best players to come to his school and be under his thumb.

    I feel this way about all the "great" college coaches - how great are they really when they can pick the absolute cream of the crop from around the country every year and plug any hole in their team. They don't have to worry about salary caps or contracts or egos. They run everything and the players have no leverage. Their reputation precedes them and they tip the scales. It's why Saban and most college coaches are failures once they get to the NFL. They can't get by on their actual coaching, all they have is their reputation based on getting the best players every year. Once they lose that, they aren't anything special.
    yeah except that the guy pulled his starting QB in the title game and the second string guy drove the team to victory. Coach must know a little bit what he's doing out there more than others

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    Top 25 FBS Rankings - AP Poll: Postseason
    http://www.espn.com/college-football...7/seasontype/3

    AP Top 25
    RK TEAM REC PTS TREND LAST WEEK NEXT WEEK
    1 Alabama(57) 13-1 1521 3 vs #2 Georgia W 26-23
    2 Georgia 13-2 1454 1 vs #1 Alabama L 26-23
    3 Oklahoma 12-2 1374 1 vs #2 Georgia L 54-48
    4 Clemson 12-2 1292 3 vs #1 Alabama L 24-6
    5 Ohio State 12-2 1286 vs #12 USC W 24-7
    6 UCF(4) 13-0 1248 4 vs #10 Auburn W 34-27
    7 Wisconsin 13-1 1194 1 @ #13 Miami W 34-24
    8 Penn State 11-2 1120 1 vs #16 Washington W 35-28
    9 TCU 11-3 974 4 vs #20 Stanford W 39-37
    10 Auburn 10-4 917 3 vs #6 UCF L 34-27
    11 Notre Dame 10-3 857 3 vs #18 LSU W 21-17
    12 USC 11-3 839 4 vs #5 Ohio State L 24-7
    13 Miami 10-3 769 2 vs #7 Wisconsin L 34-24
    14 Oklahoma State 10-3 758 3 vs #24 Virginia Tech W 30-21
    15 Michigan State 10-3 705 3 vs Washington State W 42-17
    16 Washington 10-3 668 4 vs #8 Penn State L 35-28
    17 Northwestern 10-3 528 3 vs Kentucky W 24-23
    18 LSU 9-4 368 2 vs #11 Notre Dame L 21-17
    19 Mississippi State 9-4 359 5 vs Louisville W 31-27
    20 Stanford 9-5 336 5 vs #9 TCU L 39-37
    21 South Florida 10-2 267 2 vs Texas Tech W 38-34
    22 Boise State 11-3 251 3 vs Oregon W 38-28
    23 NC State 9-4 232 NR vs Arizona State W 52-31
    24 Virginia Tech 9-4 126 2 vs #14 Oklahoma State L 30-21
    25 Memphis 10-3 119 6 vs Iowa State L 21-20

    Dropped from rankings: Washington State 21

    Others receiving votes: Washington State 84, South Carolina 46, Iowa State 36, Army 33, Florida Atlantic 32, Troy 14, Fresno State 13, San Diego State 3, Iowa 2
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    Top 25 FBS Rankings - USA Today Coaches Poll: Postseason
    http://www.espn.com/college-football...7/seasontype/3

    Coaches Poll
    RK TEAM REC PTS TREND LAST WEEK NEXT WEEK
    1 Alabama(62) 13-1 1550 3 vs #2 Georgia W 26-23
    2 Georgia 13-2 1485 1 vs #1 Alabama L 26-23
    3 Oklahoma 12-2 1414 1 vs #2 Georgia L 54-48
    4 Clemson 12-2 1329 3 vs #1 Alabama L 24-6
    5 Ohio State 12-2 1304 vs #10 USC W 24-7
    6 Wisconsin 13-1 1223 @ #13 Miami W 34-24
    7 UCF 13-0 1202 3 vs #12 Auburn W 34-27
    8 Penn State 11-2 1134 1 vs #15 Washington W 35-28
    9 TCU 11-3 1013 4 vs #19 Stanford W 39-37
    10 USC 11-3 904 3 vs #5 Ohio State L 24-7
    11 Notre Dame 10-3 888 4 vs #18 LSU W 21-17
    12 Auburn 10-4 885 4 vs #7 UCF L 34-27
    13 Miami 10-3 769 2 vs #6 Wisconsin L 34-24
    14 Oklahoma State 10-3 757 3 vs #25 Virginia Tech W 30-21
    15 Washington 10-3 706 3 vs #8 Penn State L 35-28
    16 Michigan State 10-3 682 3 vs Washington State W 42-17
    17 Northwestern 10-3 543 3 vs Kentucky W 24-23
    18 LSU 9-4 424 4 vs #11 Notre Dame L 21-17
    19 Stanford 9-5 354 3 vs #9 TCU L 39-37
    20 Mississippi State 9-4 349 3 vs Louisville W 31-27
    21 South Florida 10-2 285 3 vs Texas Tech W 38-34
    22 Boise State 11-3 242 3 vs Oregon W 38-28
    23 NC State 9-4 198 NR vs Arizona State W 52-31
    24 Memphis 10-3 149 6 vs Iowa State L 21-20
    25 Virginia Tech 9-4 96 3 vs #14 Oklahoma State L 30-21

    Dropped from rankings: Washington State 21

    Others receiving votes: Washington State 71, Troy 40, South Carolina 35, Florida Atlantic 35, Fresno State 35, Army 25, Iowa State 8, Utah 6, Wake Forest 3, Iowa 3, Appalachian State 2, Ohio 1, San Diego State 1
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    Top 25 FCS Rankings - FCS Coaches Poll: Postseason
    http://www.espn.com/college-football...7/seasontype/3

    FCS Coaches Poll
    RK TEAM REC PTS TREND LAST WEEK NEXT WEEK
    1 North Dakota State(24) 14-1 646 3 vs #2 James Madison W 17-13 —
    2 James Madison(1) 14-1 623 1 vs #1 North Dakota State L 17-13 —
    3 Sam Houston State 12-2 559 2 @ #1 North Dakota State L 55-13 —
    4 South Dakota State 11-3 557 2 @ #2 James Madison L 51-16 —
    5 Weber State 11-3 503 3 — —
    6 North Carolina A&T(1) 12-0 476 1 vs #14 Grambling W 21-14 —
    7 Wofford 10-3 445 2 — —
    8 Central Arkansas 10-2 431 5 — —
    9 Kennesaw State 12-2 427 7 — —
    10 Jacksonville State 10-2 423 8 — —
    11 Stony Brook 10-3 375 — — —
    12 Western Illinois 8-4 356 2 — —
    13 Southern Utah 9-3 329 — — —
    14 Grambling 11-2 294 2 vs #6 North Carolina A&T L 21-14 —
    15 New Hampshire 9-5 279 5 — —
    16 South Dakota 8-5 239 2 — —
    17 Samford 8-4 222 3 — —
    18 McNeese 9-2 213 3 — —
    19 Northern Iowa 8-5 182 2 — —
    20 Furman 8-5 173 5 — —
    21 Elon 8-4 162 4 — —
    22 Eastern Washington 7-4 122 3 — —
    23 Nicholls 8-4 110 1 — —
    24 Yale 9-1 102 — — —
    25 San Diego 10-3 72 NR — —

    Dropped from rankings: Monmouth 23

    Others receiving votes: Monmouth 61, Austin Peay 30, Northern Arizona 23, Delaware 6, Central Connecticut 4, Lehigh 2, Southeastern Louisiana 2, Western Carolina 1, Sacramento State 1
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    Well, it has been a pleasure talking college football for another year.

    I'm looking forward for next season in 2018.
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