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15 Weird, Wild and Bizarre Facts about College Football's Best Bowls

LSU coach Les Miles can't eat chicken at the Chick-fil-A Bowl because of a previous endorsement.
<p> 15 Weird, Wild Facts About College Football's Best Bowls, including the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Alabama Crimson Tide in the BCS National Championship Game, Oregon Ducks and Kansas State Wildcats in the Fiesta Bowl, Florida Gators and Louisville Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl, Florida State Seminoles and Northern Illinois Huskies in the Orange Bowl, Stanford Cardinal and Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl, Texas A&amp;M Aggies and Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl, and LSU Tigers and Clemson Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.</p>

The 35-ring circus of bowl season is full of sideshows, freak shows, split stats and split personalities. And the biggest and best bowls have the most exciting high-wire acts, thanks to their award winners, NFL prospects, high-priced coaches, rabid fan bases and big dog endorsement deals. Here’s a look at 15 weird and wild facts, stats and trends from the best bowls this postseason.

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College Football Predictions: Every Game in Week 14

Conference title games take center stage
<p>  </p> <p> Six conference championship games highlight the Week 14 slate, most notably the Georgia vs. Alabama clash in the SEC. There will also BCS bids on the line in the Big Ten (Nebraska vs. Wisconsin), ACC (Florida State vs. Georgia Tech) and Pac-12 (UCLA at Stanford), and possibly even in the MAC, where the winner of the Kent State vs. Northern Illinois battle could possibly end up in the Orange Bowl.</p>

Six conference championship games highlight the Week 14 slate, most notably the Georgia vs. Alabama clash in the SEC. There will also BCS bids on the line in the Big Ten (Nebraska vs. Wisconsin), ACC (Florida State vs. Georgia Tech) and Pac-12 (UCLA at Stanford), and possibly even in the MAC, where the winner of the Kent State vs. Northern Illinois battle could possibly end up in the Orange Bowl.

College Football Predictions: Every Game in Week 12

Can Stanford shock the world and knock off Oregon?
<p>  </p> <p> College football's Week 12 schedule is highlighted by two huge battles in the Pac-12. Stanford visits Oregon in a game that likely will decide the South Division champion, while USC makes the short trip to UCLA for the game of the year in the South.</p>

College football's Week 12 schedule is highlighted by two huge battles in the Pac-12. Stanford visits Oregon in a game that likely will decide the South Division champion, while USC makes the short trip to UCLA for the game of the year in the South.

Friday

College Football Predictions: Every Game in Week 11

Can the Crimson Tide defense slow down Texas A&M?
<p>  </p> <p> College football’s Week 11 schedule is highlighted by key games in the Big Ten Legends Division, Pac-12 North and SEC West. Also, Georgia can clinch the SEC East with a win at Auburn, and Miami can take another step toward an ACC Coastal Division crown with a victory at Virginia.</p>

College football’s Week 11 schedule is highlighted by key games in the Big Ten Legends Division, Pac-12 North and SEC West. Also, Georgia can clinch the SEC East with a win at Auburn, and Miami can take another step toward an ACC Coastal Division crown with a victory at Virginia.

Friday

College Football Predictions: 10 Key Games in Week 4

Clemson travels to FSU for huge ACC Coastal showdown
<p>  </p> <p> College football’s fourth week of action features a huge showdown in the ACC Coastal Division, a big matchup in South Bend between Michigan and surging Notre Dame and key battle in the Big 12 between Kansas State and Oklahoma.</p>

College football’s fourth week of action features a huge showdown in the ACC Coastal Division, a big matchup in South Bend between Michigan and surging Notre Dame and key battle in the Big 12 between Kansas State and Oklahoma.

2012 College Football Predictions: 10 Key Games in Week 2

SEC Newcomers Mizzou and Texas A&M take center stage
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<p> SEC Newcomers Mizzou and Texas A&amp;M take center stage in Week 2 action of college football</p>

College football’s second week of action features the debut of the two newest members of the SEC and a huge road trip for Nebraska.

10 Biggest Games of Week 2

Big 12 Teams Getting Offensive

Is it good offense or bad defense?
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<p> Are teams in the Big 12 great on offense or do they feast on bad defenses?</p>

By Mitchell Light

There’s been some debate in the Athlon Sports offices —   — about the strength of the Big 12 as compared to the SEC. Most assume that the SEC, with its five straight national titles, is the nation’s premier conference.

Surprise, surprise: K-State is 4-0

Bill Snyder's Wildcats are once again exceeding expectations
<p> Bill Snyder's Kansas State Wildcats are once again exceeding expectations</p>

By Mitch Light

When Kansas State was trailing Eastern Kentucky, 7–3, late in the fourth quarter back in Week 1, even the most optimistic Wildcat fan would have had a tough time envisioning that this team would be 4–0 and that the K-State offense would be capable of scoring 28 points and 36 points in back-to-back wins over Miami (Fla.) and Baylor.