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  • December 19, 2014
  • Pete Fiutak

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Famous Idaho Potato Air Force (9-3) vs. Western Michigan (8-4) Dec. 20, 5:45, ESPN Here’s The Deal: Call this the Turnaround Bowl for two good programs that fell off the map last year, but came back roaring. Now, the potential is there for these two to come up with a terrific early bowl season shootout. […]

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  • December 19, 2014
  • Pete Fiutak

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl South Alabama (6-6) vs. Bowling Green (7-6) Dec. 20, 9:15, ESPN Here’s The Deal: Not every bowl game can be the Rose Bowl. This might not be the most scintillating matchup on the board, but the potential is there for this to be a fun and entertaining game with plenty of […]

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  • December 19, 2014
  • Pete Fiutak

Miami Beach Bowl

Miami Beach Bowl BYU (8-4) vs. Memphis (9-3) Dec. 22, 2:00, ESPN Here’s The Deal: It’s been a season of breakthroughs and milestones for the once-hapless Memphis football. Its reward will be a trip to Miami and a chance to measure itself against one of the game’s nationally known programs. The Tigers were fending off […]

  • December 19, 2014
  • Pete Fiutak

Boca Raton Bowl

Boca Raton Bowl Marshall (12-1) vs. Northern Illinois (11-2) Dec. 23, 6:00, ESPN Here’s The Deal: Marshall and Northern Illinois wanted a crack at a Power Five opponent. They’ll settle for an underrated matchup of league champs in the first-ever Boca Raton Bowl. The Thundering Herd and the Huskies were in the Group of Five […]

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  • December 19, 2014
  • Pete Fiutak

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Navy (7-5) vs. San Diego State (7-5) Dec. 23, 9:30, ESPN Here’s The Deal: If you like high-flying passing games, and if you’re dreaming of a Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady-like day of quarterbacks, this won’t be for you. That doesn’t mean it won’t be fun. Navy’s rushing […]

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  • December 19, 2014
  • Pete Fiutak

Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl

Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl Central Michigan (7-5) vs. WKU (7-5) Dec. 24, 12:00, ESPN Here’s The Deal: Everyone will like to think of the idea of Popeye’s fried chicken and college football being linked together, but there will be many who laugh at the idea of a bowl game between Central Michigan and Western Kentucky being […]

  • December 19, 2014
  • Pete Fiutak

Hawai’i Bowl

Hawaii Bowl Fresno State (6-7) vs. Rice (7-5) Dec. 24, 8:00, ESPN Here’s The Deal: Beginning the year 0-3 couldn’t keep Fresno State and Rice out of the postseason, testament to their perseverance and the Costco-sized bowl system. The Bulldogs and the Owls, one-time WAC rivals, renew acquaintances in Honolulu, a Christmas Eve miracle of […]

  • December 16, 2014
  • Pete Fiutak

Harbaugh To Michigan? Get Your Man

Dec. 16 ”I got a job, and it wasn’t that bad.” … Jim Harbaugh shouldn’t go back to college. He should go back to Michigan, and there is a difference. Some guys are just better suited for the college coaching world, but Harbaugh – ego and all, personality and all, bristling attitude and all – can succeed on […]

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  • December 16, 2014
  • Rich Cirminiello

2014 All-Freshman Team

Offensive Freshman of the Year: QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State  QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State When Braxton Miller went down with a season-ending injury in August, it looked as if the Buckeyes’ title hopes went on the shelf with him. That No. 4 Ohio State is playoff-bound as the Big Ten champ can be traced directly to the […]

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  • December 16, 2014
  • Rich Cirminiello

2014 All-Sophomore Team

Offensive Sophomore of the Year: RB James Conner, PittFirst Team QB Jameis Winston, Florida StateQuarterbacks, like coaches and baseball pitchers, are judged by wins and losses. And by that measurement, Winston has been perfect, winning all 26 starts of his Seminole career. Sure, the passing numbers weren’t nearly as impressive as a season ago, especially the 17 interceptions. […]

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  • December 14, 2014
  • Pete Fiutak

Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman In Blowout

Fine, so Marcus Mariota isn’t exactly fellow Hawaii native Barack Obama when it comes to public speaking, and he might not be a thrilling quote machine, but he came through when it counted – on the podium as the winner of the 2014 Heisman Trophy. With all of the problems in football at both the […]

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  • December 13, 2014
  • Pete Fiutak

Heisman 2014: Marcus Mariota’s Top 5 Plays

By Pete Fiutak The problem with the Heisman vote – especially this year It’s my annual rant, and I’m going to be proactive this time so there’s no Tuesday morning quarterback on January 13th in case there’s a problem. It’s fine that college football has its big awards thing now – go ahead and give away […]

  • December 11, 2014
  • Pete Fiutak

2014 College Football Awards: Who Won?

It’s award season, and the stars are coming out. Who’s going to win each key award? Who should win? What’s going to happen? Bednarik – Top Defensive PlayerFinalists: DE Vic Beasley, Clemson; DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State; LB Scooby Wright, Arizona The Order Should Be/Fiu’s Vote: 1) Wright, 2) Beasley, 3) Bosa The Winner Is: Scooby Wright Louisville’s ball-hawking defensive back Gerod Holliman […]

Gary Andersen Leaving & What Gordon Should Do
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  • December 11, 2014
  • Pete Fiutak

Gary Andersen Leaving & What Gordon Should Do

Dec. 10: ”Thank you. I just had it stuffed.” … From what it sounds like from Barry Alvarez, Gary Andersen apparently liked the idea of beating his head against the wall, and liked the idea of living in Corvallis over Madison, as the head coach of Oregon State rather than try to keep working with a program […]

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  • December 7, 2014
  • Campus Insiders

2014-2015 Bowl Matchups

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Nevada vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Gildan New Mexico Bowl Utah State vs. UTEP Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Utah vs. Colorado State Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Western Michigan vs. Air Force Raycom Media Camellia Bowl South Alabama vs. Bowling Green Miami Beach Bowl BYU vs. Memphis Boca Raton Bowl Marshall vs. Northern […]

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