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Citrus Bowl Preview and Prediction: Minnesota vs. Missouri

Gophers, Tigers enjoy rare trip to Florida for New Year's
Citrus Bowl Preview and Prediction: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Missouri Tigers

The Orlando-based bowl game with the New Year’s afternoon timeslot is back to its traditional name, but it’s a long way from its traditional matchup.

 

The Citrus Bowl — returning to that name for the first time since 2002 — still has a Big Ten-SEC matchup, even if the game features teams entering new postseason territory.

 

Minnesota is playing in a Florida bowl game for the first time since 2000 when the Gophers reached the Micron PC Bowl (now the Russell Athletic Bowl, also in Orlando).

 

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.

 

Who is Your Hometown Rooting for in the College Football Playoff?

Twitter releases map of the biggest concentration of Alabama, Oregon, FSU and Ohio State fans
Who is Your Hometown Rooting for in the College Football Playoff?

As it turns out, Dallas is a fitting spot for the college football championship game this season.

 

Not only is that where the first College Football Playoff will be won on the field, it’s not that far from where the four teams will try to win the hearts of football fans.

 

Twitter issued a nationwide, county-by-county breakdown of where each of the four college football semifinalists have the greatest rate of followers.

 

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.

 

Clint Trickett's Father Remained Unaware of Son's Concussion Frequency

Retired West Virginia QB reveals he suffered five concussions in 14 months
Clint Trickett's Father Remained Unaware of Son's Concussion Frequency

LOS ANGELES — Clint Trickett even had his own father in the dark regarding the concussions that ended his football career.

As Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett prepared for the Rose Bowl and College Football Playoff semifinal against Oregon, Trickett also was keeping in touch daily with his son who was in the process of retiring from football due to concussions.

Cardale Jones' inexperience is Ohio State's only hope of beating Alabama

The Buckeyes need to take advantage of the unknown at signal caller.
Cardale Jones' inexperience is Ohio State's only hope of beating Alabama

NEW ORLEANS - The Sugar Bowl will go one of two ways for Ohio State's 250-pound sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones. 

 

His inexperience will cost the Buckeyes a shot at the national championship. Or, his international-man-of-mystery status will surprise Alabama coach Nick Saban, defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and a defense that has no idea what to expect from a player with only one game of film.

 

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.

Sugar Bowl Preview and Prediction: Alabama vs. Ohio State

Can the Buckeyes knock off the heavily favored Crimson Tide?
Sugar Bowl Preview and Prediction: Alabama vs. Ohio State

It's not just another Sugar Bowl.

 

In fact, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes don't even use the words Sugar Bowl. It's (finally) all about the playoffs for everyone involved.

 

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Preview and Prediction: TCU vs. Ole Miss

The Horned Frogs and Rebels meet in Atlanta.
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Preview and Prediction: TCU vs. Ole Miss

College football’s new four-team playoff format added intrigue to the bowl schedule, and the anticipated New Year’s Six slate begins with a showdown between TCU and Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Horned Frogs went into the last weekend of action as the No. 3 team in the college football playoff rankings but was jumped by Ohio State and Baylor in the final standings.

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.

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