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Is It Possible to Save an Undefeated Season? Dalvin Cook Did it for Florida State

Introducing the Most Explosive Player in the Rose Bowl
Is It Possible to Save an Undefeated Season? Dalvin Cook Did it for Florida State

LOS ANGELES — If it’s possible to save a season for a team that went undefeated, then Dalvin Cook is on the short list of players who accomplished such a feat.

 

Cook is the home run threat who turned the momentum in two of the toughest tests for FSU this season. He was the official MVP of the ACC championship game and an unofficial MVP of October and November for Florida State.

 

When Florida State meets Oregon in the Rose Bowl, the most Oregon-like player in the game won’t play for the Ducks.

 

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Jameis Winston Tries to Keep Low Profile in High-Profile Circumstances

Florida State quarterback: "I can't control anyone's opinion"
Jameis Winston Tries to Keep Low Profile in High-Profile Circumstances

LOS ANGELES — From afar, the scene around Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota at Rose Bowl media day isn’t all that different. The quarterbacks of college football playoff teams and Heisman winners both merit throngs of attention.

 

In fact, they occupied the same podium in the same corner an hour apart in an LA hotel ballroom.

 

As the 2014 Heisman winner, Mariota has spent the weeks since the end of the regular season in the postseason award parade. The spotlight hasn’t really left Mariota.

 

Rose Bowl Preview and Prediction: Florida State vs. Oregon

The Ducks and Seminoles meet in Pasadena.
Rose Bowl Preview and Prediction: Florida State vs. Oregon

The college football playoff officially begins when Florida State and Oregon meet on Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl for the first national semifinal matchup. The Seminoles and Ducks are two of the nation’s most successful programs in recent years, and the Rose Bowl semifinal could be one of the best bowl matchups of the 2014-15 postseason.

A Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2015

Ohio State is the early favorite for 2015.
A Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2015

College football’s 2015 season is still several months away. However, it’s never too early to take an early look at how the rankings for next season may look when the preseason polls and predictions are released.

Belk Bowl Preview and Prediction: Georgia vs. Louisville

The Bulldogs and Cardinals meet in Charlotte.
Belk Bowl Preview and Prediction: Georgia vs. Louisville

The Belk Bowl was one of the big winners in college football’s bowl tie-in shuffle prior to 2014, as the Charlotte, N.C. postseason game now features an annual matchup between the SEC (Georgia) and ACC (Louisville). The Bulldogs and Cardinals both finished the regular season at 9-3, and there’s a little familiarity between the two programs thanks to recent moves in the coaching carousel.

Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer Dances to Celebrate Bowl Win Against Cincinnati

Check out Beamer's dance moves.
Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer Dances to Celebrate Bowl Win Against Cincinnati

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer recently underwent throat surgery and spent the Military Bowl victory against Cincinnati coaching from the press box. The Hokies used a couple of turnovers by the Cincinnati offense, along with 210 rushing yards to earn the victory and post a winning record (7-6.)

 

However, Beamer wasn’t limited in his post-game availability, as the 68-year-old coach broke out the dance moves to celebrate the victory.

Check out Beamer’s post-game dance:
 

Russell Athletic Bowl Preview and Prediction: Oklahoma vs. Clemson

Cole Stoudt is back under center for Clemson in the postseason.
Russell Athletic Bowl Preview and Predictions: Oklahoma vs. Clemson

What a difference a year makes? Clemson and Oklahoma both topped current members (Ohio State and Alabama, respectively) of the College Football Playoff in BCS bowls last year.

 

Pinstripe Bowl Preview and Prediction: Boston College vs. Penn State

Penn State makes its postseason return in classic Eastern matchup
Pinstripe Bowl Preview and Prediction: Boston College Eagles vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

The last Penn State bowl appearance was hardly an experience the Nittany Lions want to remember.

 

In 2011, Penn State went to Dallas to play in a bowl game televised on ESPNU in a crowded slot with more appealing matchups in the Capital One and Outback bowls. That the bowl was an afterthought was just fine.

 

Under interim coach Tom Bradley, Penn State lost 30-14 to Houston, ending a season in which the program was reeling from scandal.

 

This game will be different.

 

Independence Bowl Preview and Prediction: Miami vs. South Carolina

Winning season on the line for both in Shreveport
Independence Bowl Preview and Prediction: Miami Hurricanes vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

Like many teams in the Independence Bowl, Miami and South Carolina don’t arrive in Shreveport with an abundance of enthusiasm.

 

Reaching this bowl game, more often than not, is the final stop in a season that didn’t go entirely as planned.

 

The Gamecocks and Hurricanes are in that position as they try to salvage one last bit of good news — not to mention a winning record — out of a lost season.

 

Sun Bowl Preview and Prediction: Arizona State vs. Duke

Duke heads out West to battle Arizona State in El Paso.
Sun Bowl Preview and Predictions: Arizona State vs. Duke

Arizona State missed a shot at the Pac-12 Championship Game on the final weekend of the regular season by losing to rival Arizona. Duke missed a shot at the ACC Championship Game by losing two of its final three games after the Blue Devils controlled their own destiny as late as Week 13.

 

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