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    It was a tale of two halves that saw the #22 ranked Northwestern Wildcats take the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl over the #17 ranked Utah Utes, 31-20 inside San Diego's SDCCU Stadium.

    Kyle Whittingham's Utes took a 20-3 halftime lead as Jason Shelley threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter, a 27-yard connection to Jaylen Dixon and a four-yard touchdown strike to Jake Jackson.

    Charlie Kuhbander put Northwestern on the board almost seven minutes into the second quarter with a 21-yard field goal before Matt Gay booted two field goals for Utah of 32 and 20 yards to give Utah a 17-point halftime lead.

    But Pat Fitzgerald's defense turned up the heat and pulled away with the last 28 points of the game, all in the third quarter.

    Shelley had 341 total offensive yards in the game, but threw two interceptions in the game and was sacked three times.

    Utah had six turnovers the game.

    Those miscues allowed Clayton Thorson, who had 241 passing yards in the game, throw two touchdown passes of his own with Riley Lees and Trey Klock catching one four-yard pass each.

    Jared McGee had a 82-yard scoop and six that saw Shelley lost a fumble and Lees capped off the third quarter with a eight-yard touchdown run.

    Thorson was named offensive MVP while Northwestern S JR Pace was named defensive MVP with five tackles for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery.
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    Both teams finished 9-5 overall after the game.
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    Kirk Ferentz's 20th season in Iowa City ends with his second straight bowl victory.

    The Iowa Hawkeyes edged out the #18 ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs, 27-22 to take the Outback Bowl inside Tampa's Raymond James Stadium.

    Joe Moorhead's Bulldogs led 6-0 after the first quarter on a pair of field goals from Jace Christmann of 44 and 42 yards.

    But Iowa dominated the second quarter to take a 17-6 halftime lead.

    Miguel Recinos booted a 44-yard field goal and Nate Stanley threw two touchdown passes, one a 75-yard bomb to Nick Easley and a 15-yard connection to Ihmir Smith-Marsette.

    However in his final game in Starksville, Nick Fitzgerald won't let Mississippi State go away in the third quarter.

    Fitzgerald threw a one-yard dink to Kylin Hill and scampered into the end zone from 33 yards out to give the Bulldogs a 19-17 lead with 11:08 left in the third. The first touchdown had a failed two-point conversion.

    Fitzgerald had 255 total offensive yards and responsible for those two scores.

    Iowa took the lead heading into the fourth quarter though as Stanley finds Easley again from eight yards as Iowa was in front, 24-19.

    Stanley completed 21 of 31 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns in the game.

    Christmann booted his third field goal from 20 yards out to pull Mississippi State to within two points, 24-22 with 12:04 left before Recinos kicked a 40-yarder to make it 27-22 with 5:51 remaining in regulation.

    Mississippi State needed a touchdown, but turned the ball over on downs late to help Iowa preserve the victory.

    The Iowa defense also had three takeaways.

    Easley was named Outback Bowl MVP after catching eight balls for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

    Iowa finishes 2018 at 9-4 overall while Mississippi State drops to 8-5 overall.
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    The Southeastern Conference and the Big Ten split their New Year's Day bowl games.

    The Big Ten had the edge in Tampa when Iowa edged out Mississippi State to take the Outback Bowl.

    In the VRBO Citrus Bowl inside Orlando's Camping World Stadium, it was the #14 ranked Kentucky Wildcats holding off the #12 ranked Penn State Nitany Lions, 27-24.

    It is Kentucky's first 10-win season since 1977 when Fran Curci led the Wildcats to a 10-1 record and the Wildcats' first bowl win since 2008 when Rich Brooks saw his Kentucky squad beat the East Carolina Pirates in the Liberty Bowl, 25-19.

    Mark Stoop's Kentucky took a 10-0 lead after the first quarter when Miles Butler booted a 28-yard field goal and Lynn Bowden returned a Blake Gillikin punt 58 yards to the hose.

    James Franklin's Nitany Lions scored the only points in the second quarter as Trace McSorley, playing his final collegiate game, finds Nick Bowers from one yard out to pull Penn State to within three at halftime, 10-7.

    However, it was the Benny Snell Jr. show in the third quarter as he led Kentucky to a 17-0 shutout in the third quarter.

    Snell Jr. scored two rushing touchdowns of two and 12 yards to help Kentucky lead 27-7 after three.

    In the process Snell Jr. broke Kentucky's career rushing record. Butler also nailed his second field goal of the game from 28 yards out.

    But McSorley is not going to let Penn State go down without a fight in the fourth quarter.

    McSorley pounded in a one-yard touchdown run early in the fourth to make it a 13-point ballgame, 27-14.

    McSorley threw his second touchdown of the game as Pat Freiermuth hauled in a 18-yard pass to make it, 27-21 with nine minutes left.

    Jake Pinegar slotted home a 32-yard field goal as Penn State trailed 27-24 with 4:12 left.

    However, Penn State came up short as Kentucky hung on for the victory.

    McSorley completed 17 of 33 passes for 246 yards and ran for another 75 with three total offensive touchdowns, but was sacked five times as the Kentucky defense had six sacks overall and two takeaways.

    Snell Jr. was named Citrus Bowl MVP after scoring twice and ran for 144 yards on 26 carries.

    Kentucky finishes their 2018 season at 10-3 overall while Penn State falls to 9-4 overall.
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    The Central Florida Knights FBS winning streak is over.

    The #8 ranked team in the nation lost their first game since 2016 after the #11 ranked Louisiana State Tigers held them off, 40-32 to take the Playstation Fiesta Bowl inside Glendale, Arizona's State Farm Stadium.

    Cole Tracy started the scoring with a 24-yard field goal, but UCF went on a 14-0 run to take a 14-3 lead with 6:39 remaining in the first quarter.

    Greg McCrae, who had 81 rushing yards in the game on 10 carries, gored the LSU rush defense with a 25-yard touchdown run and Brandon Moore picked off LSU QB Joe Burrow for a 93-yard pick-six.

    But Burrow bounced back with a 22-yard strike to Justin Jefferson to give Ed Orgeron's Tigers a 14-10 lead after the first quarter.

    Burrow's continued his hot streak with two more touchdown passes in the second quarter.

    Derrick Dillon hauled in a 49-yard rope and Jefferson grabbed his second touchdown of the game from 33 yards out as LSU led 24-14 with 7:11 remaining in the second quarter.

    But UCF had the last word in the first half as they tested the undermanned and banged up LSU secondary.

    Without five defensive backs including Greedy Williams sitting out for the NFL draft and two players ejected during the game, UCF QB Darriel Mack Jr., filling in for the injured McKenzie Milton, launched a 32-yard bomb to Gabriel Davis to pull the Knights to within three, 24-21 at halftime.
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    Mack Jr. completed 11 of 30 passes for 93 yards, but the LSU defense kept the Knights offense at bay yielding only 250 yards.

    Burrow continued to lit up the UCF defense with his fourth touchdown pass of the game, a 32-yard strike to Ja'Marr Chase as the Tigers made it a 31-21 game early in the third quarter.

    After both teams kicked four field goals combined with Tracy booting three of them, UCF pulled themselves to within eight, 40-32 with 2:24 left in regulation after Taj McGowan bangs his way into the end zone from two yards and successfully converted the two-point conversion.

    UCF had the ball to try to force overtime, but Mack Jr. was picked off.

    Burrow was named Fiesta Bowl offensive MVP after 21 of 34 passes for 394 yards and four touchdowns.

    Nick Brossette was another key offensive player for the Tigers with 117 rushing yards on 29 carries.

    LSU DL Rashard Lawrence was named defensive MVP after getting two of LSU's five sacks.
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    LSU finished their 2018 season at 10-3 overall while UCF suffered their only loss of the season at 12-1 overall.
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    Reports: Dana Holgorsen leaves the West Virginia Mountaineers to become Houston Cougars head coach
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    Urban Meyer goes out a winner.

    The #6 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes won their eighth Rose Bowl Game after holding off a gamed Chris Petersen and the #9 ranked Washington Huskies, 28-23 inside Pasadena's Grand Daddy of Them All.

    The Buckeyes once led 28-3 with 12:18 to go in regulation.

    Dwayne Haskins completed 25 of 37 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns and J.K. Dobbins added a three-yard touchdown run before the end of third quarter.

    But Washington RB Myles Gaskin won't let the Huskies roll over and play dead and brought the fight in the fourth.

    Gaskin started with a Tim Tebow jump pass to Drew Sample from two yards out to give Washington their first touchdown of the game.

    Gaskins added two more touchdown runs to pull Washington to within five, 28-23 with 42 seconds left. The Huskies failed on the two-point conversion.

    Washington needed an onside kick recovery, but Ohio State fell on the ball and took a knee to seal the victory.

    Gaskins had 121 rushing yards and three total touchdowns in a losing effort for Washington who finished their season at 10-4 overall.

    Haskins takes home the offensive MVP after his three touchdowns takes him to 50 passing scores on the season while Brendan White takes the defensive MVP honors as Meyer's final season ends at 13-1 overall.
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    Tom Herman made history in his second year as Texas Longhorn head coach.

    The #15 ranked team in the nation earned their first 10-win season since Mack Brown led the Longhorns to the BCS National Championship Game in 2009 after leading wire-to-wire for a 28-21 victory over the #5 ranked Georgia Bulldogs to take the Allstate Sugar Bowl inside New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Louisiana Superdome.

    Texas QB Sam Ehlinger completed 19 of 27 passes for 169 yards, but it was his legs that gave the Georgia defense fits.

    Ehlinger ran for 69 yards and had a rushing hat trick as Texas once led 28-14 with 11:49 remaining in regulation.

    But Kirby Smart's signal-caller Jake Fromm won't let Georgia go away in the Big Easy.

    Fromm had 212 passing yards and three touchdowns, but the Texas defense kept Elijah Holyfield and the Georgia rushing attack at bay with 72 yards on 30 carries and had two sacks on Fromm and two takeaways.

    Ehlinger was named the Sugar Bowl Most Outstanding Player after three rushing touchdowns.

    The Burnt Orange finished their season at 10-3 overall while Georgia dropped to 11-3 overall.
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    Progressive Bowl Challenge Cup Standings

    As of January 2, 2018

    Conference USA wins the 2018-19 Bowll Challenge Cup with a 66.7% winning percentage in a minimum of three bowl games.

    It is their fourth Bowl Challenge Cup title, tying with the Mountain West Conference for the most since ESPN created the challenge in 2002.

    Notes:
    * = Finished Bowl Season
    $ = Bowl Challenge Cup champion
    - The ACC versus Mountain West First Responder Bowl was a no-contest due to lightning.
    - FBS Independents don't participate.

    Conference Bowls Record
    SEC 12 6–5 (0.545)
    ACC 12 (11) 5–5 (0.500)
    Big Ten* 9 5–4 (0.556)
    Big 12* 7 4–3 (0.571)
    Pac-12* 7 3–4 (0.429)
    AAC* 7 2–5 (0.286)
    Conference USA*$ 6 4–2 (0.667)
    Mountain West* 6 (5) 3–2 (0.600)
    MAC* 6 1–5 (0.167)
    Sun Belt* 5 3–2 (0.600)
    Independents* 3 2–1 (0.667)
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    He runs one amateur football game a year and makes more than $1,000,000 while the players get nothing.

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    Jim McVay, a sports executive who for the past 30 years has run the Outback Bowl, a second-tier college football postseason game featuring third-place teams.

    The hefty paychecks enjoyed by bowl bosses long have been viewed by economists as a sign of exploitation in a sport played by amateurs. But even among this coterie of well-paid executives, McVay’s compensation — $1,045,000 in 2017, according to the bowl’s most recent tax filing — ranks as extreme, according to a review of bowl financial records and interviews with industry experts.
    McVay, a former Buccaneers marketing executive and uncle to Los Angeles Rams Coach Sean McVay, was the highest-paid bowl executive in the country in 2017, the most recent year financial records are available, even though his organization’s revenue that year — $11.9 million — ranked 10th among bowl organizations.

    The chief executive of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association — which generated $96.7 million in revenue, and manages the Rose Bowl and the Tournament of Roses Parade — made $412,000, or less than half of McVay’s income. The chief executive of Peach Bowl Inc. — which generated $32.5 million in revenue, and also manages the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game — made $710,500. And the chief executive of Florida Citrus Sports Events Inc. — which generated $17.4 million in revenue and manages two bowl games (Citrus and Camping World) — made $586,000.
    The decision by the Outback Bowl’s board — a volunteer group of local businesspeople and dignitaries — to pay McVay, year after year, more than many of his peers further stands out because their bowl, historically, is among the stingiest when it comes to giving to charity.
    Among the 10 wealthiest bowl games in terms of revenue, the Outback Bowl ranks eighth in charitable giving since 2000, according to financial records and interviews, with $500,000 donated, all in the last two years.

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    BB55's Primer and Pick - 2019 NCAA Division I FCS National Championship Game: #1 North Dakota State v. #3 Eastern Washington

    Saturday January 5, 2019
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    Noon ET/9 AM PT on ESPN2

    Preview: Will the North Dakota State Bison make history or will the Eastern Washington Eagles change it?

    The Bison are gunning for their seventh FCS title in the last eight years while the Eagles are gunning for their first FCS title since 2010.

    Keys for the North Dakota State Bison:
    - Balance with Easton Stick and Bruce Anderson leading the way
    - Win the battle of attrition
    - Last hurrahs for some including Robbie Grimsley and Greg Menard and departing head coach bound for the Kansas State Wildcats in Chris Klieman

    Keys for the Eastern Washington Eagles:
    - Eric Barriere goes positive stat crazy
    - Win the little battles including the line of scrimmage and turnovers
    - 2010 Mojo

    Prediction: Eastern Washington needs to play an absolute perfect game to beat North Dakota State like they did in 2010.

    However, given the Bison gunning for history, they get my nod as their destiny is fulfilled.

    BB55's Pick: North Dakota State over Eastern Washington, 38-24.
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    History was made inside Frisco, Texas' Toyota Stadium.

    The North Dakota State Bison won the most NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision National Championships in NCAA history after holding off a gamed Eastern Washington Eagles team, 38-24.

    It is the Bison's seventh FCS title in the last eight years.

    In his final game as Bison head coach before taking over the Kansas State Wildcats, Chris Klieman saw his team jumped to a 10-0 lead after the first quarter as Cam Pedersen slotted home a 36-yard field goal and Easton Stick, who's playing his final game, scored on a 10-yard touchdown run.

    Aaron Best's Eagles got on the board to start the second quarter as Roldan Alcobendas booted a 40-yard field goal before Stick found the end zone on the ground again almost six minutes later as North Dakota State led 17-3 with eight minutes to go in the first half.

    Eastern Washington had the final word in the first half as Best went to the back of tricks and used a fake field goal to pull the Eagles to within seven before halftime, 17-10, with a fake field goal.

    Holder Gunner Talkington took the snap and shoveled it to Jayce Gilder who found the end zone from two yards out. Officials reviewed the scoring play to see if Gilder's elbow was down before the ball grabbed a piece of the goal line, but it stood.

    But the Bison replied with Stick throwing his first touchdown pass of the game to Darrius Shepherd from 23 yards out to give the Bison a 24-10 lead with 11:52 to go in the third quarter.

    The Eagles won't go away though as they answered back on one play as Sam McPherson, who had 158 rushing yards on 18 carries, scampered to the house on a 75-yard touchdown run to make it 24-17.

    The Stick to Shepherd connection worked again to end the third quarter as they combined for 78 yards as the Bison led 31-17 heading into the fourth.

    It looked like the Bison was going to wear down the Eagles with a 19-play, 88-yard drive that consumed 10:10, but Pedersen yanked his 24-yard field goal attempt, wide left.

    That miss gave the Eagles a lifeline when they scored in 62 seconds after driving down 80 yards with Eric Barriere capping off a five-yard touchdown run.

    But the Bison sealed the title as Stick completed his rushing hat trick with a 46-yard touchdown run.

    Stick had 319 total offensive yards and was responsible for all five Bison touchdowns.

    The Bison defense had four sacks and three takeaways as the Bison earned their second 15-0 FCS National Championship season with the first back in 2013 under Craig Bohl.
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    BB55's Primer and Pick - 2019 NCAA Division I FBS National Championship Game: #1 Alabama Crimson Tide v. #2 Clemson Tigers

    Preview: It's the last college football game of the 2018 season. Somebody will make history tonight in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS National Championship Game from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on ESPN.

    The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers have faced each other for the FBS National Championship twice in 2016 and 2017, splitting both meetings with the Tide taking the FBS title in 2016 and the Tigers in 2017.

    Part 3 of the FBS National Championship trilogy sees both teams at 14-0 heading into this game and the winner will be the first 15-0 modern era FBS National Champion.

    Will Nick Saban win his sixth national title in Tuscaloosa and his seventh overall or will Dabo Swinney bring back the national crown to Death Valley for the second time in three years?

    Keys for the Alabama Crimson Tide:
    - Strength in depth and balance on offense Tua Tagvailoa and Damien Harris
    - Keep Travis Etienne at bay
    - Get in Trevor Lawrence's face often
    - Nick Saban's Lucky Seven

    Keys for the Clemson Tigers:
    - Win in the trenches in both run blocking and pass protection
    - Win the other little battles including turnovers, points off turnovers, third-down conversions, etc.
    - Austin Bryant and the Clemson defensive front causing havoc on Tagvailoa without Dexter Lawrence
    - Payback for the 2018 semifinal loss

    Prediction: With both Alabama and Clemson heading into the national title game at 14-0 overall with the winner going to 15-0 and a national title to boot, something's gotta give in Levi's Stadium tonight.

    Both teams are very similar in terms of talent and depth and I think the super/mega star players like Trevor Lawrence and Tagvailoa will have great games.

    I think this game may see an overtime period or two and it will come down to the little things in this tossup of a game.

    I think with Saban going for his seventh FBS title overall surpassing Paul 'Bear' Bryant, they get my nod in Double Overtime.

    BB55's Pick: Alabama over Clemson, 41-38 in Double Overtime.

    MVP Picks
    If Alabama wins: Tua Tagvailoa
    If Clemson wins: Trevor Lawrence
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    The referee is the Big Ten's Mike Cannon.
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    Alabama wins the coin toss, elects to defer to the second half.
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    One quarter in the books from Levi's Stadium.

    Clemson leads Alabama, 14-13.

    The Tigers drew first blood with a takeaway as A.J. Terrell had a 44-yard pick-six off Tua Tagvailoa to give Clemson a 7-0 lead.

    Tagvailoa answered back with a 62-yard bomb to Jerry Jeudy to tie the game at 7-7.

    The crazy scoring continued as 21 points were scored almost five minutes into the game as Travis Etienne scampered in from 17 yards out as Clemson led 14-7.

    Alabama scored the last touchdown of the first quarter as Tagvailoa connects with Hale Hentges from one yard out, but Joseph Bulovas missed the extra point when his kick hit the left upright a la Cody Parkey against the Eagles in the NFC Wild Card Game.
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    Halftime in Santa Clara, California

    Clemson leads Alabama 31-16.

    Joseph Bulovas gave the Crimson Tide their first lead of the game with a 25-yard field goal as Alabama led 16-14.

    But the Tigers scored 17 unanswered points. Travis Etienne plunged into the end zone with a one-yard score and completed his hat trick with a five-yard catch off a Trevor Lawrence shovel pass.

    Alabama QB Tua Tagvailoa completed 13 of 17 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, but threw two interceptions that led to 14 Clemson points.

    Clemson also has the edge in third-down conversions going 4 of 7 to Alabama's 2 for 6.

    The Tide get the ball to start the second half with some work to do.
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    I'm watching while working so only looking up every now and then but on a couple of plays it looked like the Zebras were all Clemson fans.
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    One quarter to go in Levi's Stadium.

    Clemson balloons their lead to 28 points over Alabama, 44-16.

    Trevor Lawrence threw two more touchdown passes in the third frame, one to Justyn Ross for a 74-yard bomb and the other to Tee Higgins from five yards out. Greg Huegel hit the left upright on the Ross score.

    Lawrence completed 19 of 29 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns.

    Alabama turned the ball over on downs twice including a failed fake field goal attempt.
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    I was wrong.
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    The FBS College Football Playoff National Championship title is heading back to Death Valley!

    Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers with a masterpiece victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide, 44-16 to claim their third NCAA Division I FBS National Championship.

    Brent Venables and the Clemson defense set the tone with A.J. Terrell picking off Tua Tagvailoa for a 44-yard pick-six as Clemson led 7-0, 1:40 into the game.

    Tagvailoa answered back with a 62-yard strike to Jerry Jeudy to tie the game at 7, a little over three minutes into the game.

    Clemson replied quickly as Travis Etienne scampered in from 17 yards out to give the Tigers a 14-7 lead with 10:35 remaining in the first quarter.

    Tagvailoa capped off the first quarter madness with a one-yard dink to Hale Hentges to make it a 14-13 game, but Joseph Bulovas hit the left upright with the extra point.

    Alabama got their only lead of the game early in the second quarter as Bulovas had a funny kick for a 25-yard field goal to give the Tide a 16-14 lead, 42 seconds in.

    From there it was all Clemson.

    Etienne added a one-yard touchdown and completed his first half hat trick with a five-yard touchdown reception off a Trevor Lawrence shovel pass to make it 28-16 Clemson.

    Greg Huegel capped off the first half with a 36-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 31-16 lead at halftime.

    Nick Saban saw more to come as Lawrence threw two more touchdown passes in the third quarter as Justyn Ross burned the Tide defense with 74 yards and Tee Higgins hauled in a five-yard grab.

    Lawrence completed 20 of 32 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns. Ross caught six balls for 153 yards and a touchdown and Etienne added 86 rushing yards and two rushing majors on the ground on 14 carries.

    Alabama attempted three fourth downs, but turned the ball over on downs all three times including a failed field goal attempt.

    Tagvailoa completed 22 of 34 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns, but threw two interceptions that saw the Tigers score 14 points off them and had two sacks, one on Tagvailoa and the other on Jalen Hurts who got some action after Tagvailoa was on the sidelines.

    An awesome and phenomenal defensive performance without Dexter Lawrence who was suspended for the playoffs due to a failed drug test before Clemson's semifinal clash against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

    Clemson made history as the first 15-0 modern era FBS National Champion and the first since the 1897 Penn Quakers to finish a season 15-0 and win a national championship.

    Only the 1894 Yale Bulldogs won a national championship at 16-0.

    Lawrence was named offensive MVP while Trayvon Mullen was named defensive MVP as Clemson won their second national title in the last three years and their third overall.
    "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna

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    BB55's Three Studs and Three Duds with the utterly amazing: 2018-19 NCAA FBS and FCS College Football Bowl and Playoff season: Part 1 of 2

    Now that both the FBS Bowl season and the FCS Playoff seasons are over, it's time for my final installment of Three Studs and Three Duds in college football with the utterly amazing in Part 2.

    Here's Part 1 with my regular three studs and three duds.

    First up, the three duds during this bowl and playoff season.

    Three Duds
    1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Michigan Wolverines and Georgia Bulldogs have L's on their foreheads
    Why? Just like 2012, Brian Kelly saw the Notre Dame Fighting Irish go 12-0 in the 2018 regular season with Ian Book at QB and Dexter Williams at RB along with a NFL-style defense.

    But like 2012, the 2018 Irish faltered in a major postseason bowl game after Clemson shellacked them, 30-3 in the Cotton Bowl Classic.

    In their six Bowl Championship Series/New Year's Six bowl games combined, Notre Dame is 0-6 and all six losses were not even close as they lost by two or more possessions.

    That's not good in South Bend.

    Meanwhile, both the Michigan Wolverines and the Georgia Bulldogs had high hopes of making the College Football Playoffs.

    Unfortunately, their late season faltering and their disappointing bowl games sealed their fate.

    For Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs, they blew another lead and lost to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game and sat on their television screens on December 2, 2018 hoping for another shot at top seed Alabama.

    However, Georgia finished fifth and had to settle for a Sugar Bowl appearance against the Texas Longhorns.

    Georgia was undone by Sam Ehlinger and the Horns in the Big Easy rekindling the agony of the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship game loss to Bama.

    As for Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines, the Maize and Blue were no better after being blown out in their final two games to finish 2018 with a whimper: 23 to the Ohio State Buckeyes and 26 to the Florida Gators in the Peach Bowl.

    With the fifth season coming up, it's probably do or die time for Harbaugh in Ann Arbor.

    2. Mass Exodus with the Houston Cougars
    Why? Major Applewhite had Houston at 7-1 and had a chance to dethrone the Memphis Tigers for the American Athletic Conference West Division title.

    However, a 1-3 skid to finish the regular season and having a season-ending injury to starting QB D'Eriq King and losing their DT Ed Oliver to injury against Memphis and losing him in their bowl game for NFL Draft preparations didn't help matters for Applewhite.

    Houston was vaporized by the Army Black Knights in the Armed Forces Bowl, 70-14 that saw Applewhite and defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio getting pink slips before and at the end of the season and offensive coordinator Kendall Briles resigned after one season.

    Good luck to Dana Holgorsen to leave a Power Five school in the West Virginia Mountaineers to revamp a Group of Five school in Houston.

    3. ServPro First Responder Bowl a No Contest
    Why? In a rarity, a bowl game was ruled a No Contest due to weather concerns like lightning.

    That's what happened in Big D inside the legendary Cotton Bowl Stadium when the game was called off after the first quarter between the Boston College Eagles and Boise State Broncos.

    Both schools were unhappy due to the brutal decision.

    Three Studs
    1. UAB Blazers and Conference USA
    Why? Conference USA won or shared their fourth Bowl Challenge Cup due to the highest winning percentage with a minimum of three bowl games with a 4-2 record (66.7%).

    The Alabama-Birmingham Blazers were the catalyst. From shutting down their program in 2014 to reinstating football in 2016 and playing in 2017 to their first conference title and bowl win in 2018, Bill Clark and UAB had a story to remember.

    2. Texas Longhorns, Florida Gators and Texas A&M Aggies boosted their stocks as teams to watch in 2019
    Why? All three of those teams won their bowl games to set themselves up for high expectations in 2019.

    3. Urban Meyer leaving Ohio State on top
    Why? Is this Urban Meyer's final game coaching? It sure is for Ohio State after the Buckeyes beat the Washington Huskies in the Rose Bowl.

    Is it for good? Stay tuned.
    "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna

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    BB55's Three Studs and Three Duds with the utterly amazing: 2018-19 NCAA FBS and FCS College Football Bowl and Playoff season: Part 2 of 2

    In Part 2, I'll leave this college football season by honoring two teams who finished undefeated as national champions.

    In the Football Championship Subdivision, the North Dakota State Bison are still unstoppable.

    In 2018, the Bison won their seventh FCS National Championship in eight years since 2011.

    Before leaving for the Kansas State Wildcats, Chris Klieman joined his predecessor Craig Bohl as the only coaches to lead the Bison to 15-0 and a FCS National Championship.

    What's even crazier? Since 2011, North Dakota State has a record of 112-8 to go along with those seven FCS National Championships and are 166-35 in FCS play since moving to the FCS in 2004.

    As for the Football Bowl Subdivision, Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers handed Nick Saban his worst loss in Tuscaloosa with a 44-16 whooping.

    Clemson won their second FBS National Championship in the last three years and the 2018 team achieved a first in the modern era going 15-0 with a national title. The last team to do it was the 1897 Penn Quakers and only the 1894 Yale Bulldogs had a better record at 16-0 with a national title to boot.

    Swinney pushed all the right buttons to earn this.

    First rolling the dice by benching Kelly Bryant in favor of true freshman Trevor Lawrence. Trevor gave them a long vertical passing game to compliment livewire wide receivers like Justyn Ross to go along with their depth at running back.

    But none of this wouldn't happen had Swinney trusted Chase Brice to keep their undefeated season alive against the Syracuse Orange when Trevor had to leave that game with a head injury along Travis Etienne's rushing hat trick.

    In the playoff run against Notre Dame in the semifinals and Alabama in the National Championship Game, Swinney, defensive coordinator Brent Venables and the Clemson coaching staff passed both tests with flying colors.

    Clemson showed their depth everywhere especially on defense without Dexter Lawrence who didn't play in those two games due to a failed drug test.

    Both Brian Kelly and Saban were dazed and confused in their games against Clemson as the Tigers read them like books and earned their way to history.

    Saban even tried fake field goals and Tua Tagvailoa's QB runs on fourth down, but Clemson telegraphed them the whole way.

    Just a masterpiece for Swinney and the Tigers this season.

    Well, I enjoyed another year of college football with all of you. Let's do it again with national saying day and again on Labor Day weekend.
    "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna

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    My dud; once again the CFP committee. This group of people are constantly getting it wrong.
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