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25 Most Important Players of the 2015 College Football Playoff

Oregon's Marcus Mariota ranks No. 1.
25 Most Important Players of the 2015 College Football Playoff

The college football playoff kicks off on Jan. 1 with Florida State and Oregon meeting in the Rose Bowl, and Alabama and Ohio State squaring off in New Orleans in the Sugar Bowl. There’s no shortage of talent among the four teams in the playoff, but some players are more valuable than others.

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Cactus Bowl Preview and Prediction: Washington vs. Oklahoma State

The Huskies head to the desert to battle the Pokes.
Cactus Bowl Preview and Prediction: Washington vs. Oklahoma State

Technically, this is the 26th annual TicketCity Cactus Bowl. 

 

Formerly known as the Copper Bowl (1989-96), the Insight Bowl (1997-2011) and Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (2012-13)

 

Alamo Bowl Preview and Prediction: UCLA vs. Kansas State

The Bruins and Wildcats meet in San Antonio.
Alamo Bowl Preview and Prediction: UCLA vs. Kansas State

UCLA and Kansas State were on the cusp of playing in a bigger postseason game, but the Bruins and Wildcats should have plenty of motivation when they meet on Friday night in the Alamo Bowl. Both teams recorded a 9-3 record in the regular season and went into the final weekend of action with conference title aspirations.

The Key to the Rose Bowl? Running Backs Who Took a Back Seat

Displaced by freshmen, veterans Byron Marshall and Karlos Williams have to take new roles
The Key to the Rose Bowl? Running Backs Who Took a Back Seat

LOS ANGELES — The 2014 season was the year of the freshman running back.

 

The Rose Bowl features two of the best rookie backs in Oregon’s Royce Freeman and Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, who both emerged during the second half of the season to help their teams to the national semifinal.

 

The flip side is the upperclassman running backs asked to shelve their egos and do something else so Freeman and Cook can thrive.

 

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.

Foster Farms Bowl Preview and Prediction: Maryland vs. Stanford

The Terps could face a heavy Stanford crowd in Santa Clara.
Foster Farms Bowl Preview and Prediction: Maryland vs. Stanford

The Rose Bowl should be jealous as the 13th edition of the Foster Farms Bowl — formerly the Kraft Fight Hunger, Emerald and San Francisco Bowl — will be one of just two postseason games that features a Big Ten-Pac-12 matchup (Holiday Bowl).

 

Holiday Bowl Preview and Prediction: Nebraska vs. USC

Huskers and Trojans prep for first bowl meeting
Holiday Bowl Preview and Prediction: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. USC Trojans

Nebraska fans must be asking themselves: Can Mike Riley start now?

 

The new Cornhuskers coach has many skills that will be welcome in Lincoln, but in the here and now, Riley's hex on the 2014 bowl opponent is of particular interest.

 

Despite a deficit in talent and resources, Oregon State tended to be a spoiler for USC in its glory days during the last 10 seasons. Three unranked, Riley-led teams upset three ranked USC squads in the last six meetings, including an upset of the No. 1 Trojans in 2007 and the No. 3 Trojans in 2006.

 

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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