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Ranking All 35 College Football Bowls for 2013: From Must-See to Must-Miss

Athlon ranks the bowl games from No. 1-35.
Ranking All 35 College Football Bowls for 2013: From Must-See to Must-Miss

College football’s regular season is over and the postseason is set. 35 bowl games take place, starting on Dec. 21 and stretching until the national championship on Jan. 6. Which bowls should you tune into?

Athlon ranks and previews all of the matchups from the must-see to the ones you can avoid.
 

10 Amazing College Football Stats from Championship Weekend

Highlighting the most important, interesting and historic stats from this week in college football
Amazing College Football Stats from Championship Weekend 2013

Numbers and statistics are unquestionably a huge part of the game. Any game, for that matter.

Some fall on the sabermetric side of things, while others like to keep it simple and use the ol' eyeball test. In the football world, that means total offense, total defense and points scored versus points per play and defensive efficiency ratings. Rational and logical arguments can be made for the legitimacy and relevance of both sides of the stats spectrum.

5 Reasons Why Florida State Will Beat Auburn in the National Championship

Florida State is back in the BCS title for the first time since 2000.
5 Reasons Why Florida State Will Beat Auburn in the National Championship

College football’s regular season is over, and the chase for the national championship is down to Florida State and Auburn.

The Seminoles returned only 10 starters this year and had to replace six assistants, but coach Jimbo Fisher has recruited and developed talent as well as any team in the nation.

Florida State scored at least 40 points in 12 of its games this season and only one matchup was decided by 20 points or less.

5 Reasons Why Auburn Will Beat Florida State in the National Championship

Can the Tigers continue the SEC's run of dominance?
5 Reasons Why Auburn Will Beat Florida State in the National Championship

Auburn is 60 minutes away from extending the SEC’s national title streak to eight in a row. The Tigers are a surprise contender for the BCS title, but this team is one of the hottest in the nation and moved to the No. 2 spot after Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State.

Final 2013 BCS Rankings and Analysis

Last release of the BCS standings before the playoff leave no surprises
Final 2013 BCS Rankings and Analysis

Despite fears to the contrary two weeks ago, the final BCS standings and selection for the major bowls featured little controversy or drama.

Ohio State lost in the Big Ten title game, clearing the path for Auburn to be the undisputed No. 2 team. Northern Illinois’ loss in the final week cleared the path for Oklahoma to be the final at-large pick, ironic given undefeated NIU pushed the Sooners out a year ago.

Auburn's Tre Mason is Athlon's National Player of the Week

Florida State, Bowling Green and Michigan State also win weekly awards
Auburn's Tre Mason is Athlon's National Player of the Week

By the time Missouri took a 17-14 lead in the second quarter, Saturday’s SEC Championship Game was already was one of the wildest title games in league history.

Then Tre Mason happened.

On Auburn’s next drive, Mason rushed for 49 yards on five carries and took the lead on a 7-yard touchdown run. He topped that with a 52-yard run on his next carry and another touchdown four attempts later.

With Bo Jackson on the sideline, Mason put up Bo Jackson-like numbers and a running performance never seen in the previous 21 SEC title games.

Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints Game Preview and Prediction

Cam Newton looks to lead the Panthers to a ninth consecutive win and first place in the NFC South
Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints Game Preview and Prediction

First place in the NFC South and a potential first-round bye in the playoffs are on the line tonight when the Carolina Panthers travel to the Crescent City to take on the New Orleans Saints on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" at 8:30 p.m. ET. The Saints and Panthers are currently deadlocked at the top of the division with 9-3 records. This game will be the first of two matchups between the two teams over a span of three games.

Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers Preview and Prediction

Pete Carroll and the Seahawks look to clinch the NFC West and a first-round bye in the playoffs with a sweep of the 49ers
Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers Preview and Prediction

One of the NFL’s best rivalries going right now will take center stage this afternoon when the Seattle Seahawks take on the San Francisco 49ers at 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX. Pete Carroll and the Seahawks (11-1) have already clinched a playoff spot and can sew up the NFC West title and a first-round bye with a win.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals Preview and Prediction

Andy Dalton and the Bengals host the Colts in a battle of AFC division leaders
Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals Preview and Prediction

AFC division leaders are set to face off when the Indianapolis Colts take on the Cincinnati Bengals at 1 p.m. ET on CBS. Andrew Luck and the Colts (8-4) currently hold a commanding three-game lead over the Titans in the AFC South, while Andy Dalton and the Bengals (8-4) are two games ahead of the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens for first place in the AFC North.

College Football Championship Week Recap: FSU-Auburn ready for title game

Auburn wins SEC shootout, Michigan State prevents BCS controversy
College Football Championship Recap: FSU-Auburn ready for title game

Say this for the BCS era: Many of the controversies that seem to be possibilities during the season play themselves out by the end of the season.

The final week of the season began with the possibility of either Auburn or Ohio State being left out of the national championship game. A month ago, we had four undefeated teams with national championship aspirations, plus two undefeated outsiders vying for one spot in the BCS.

Saturday ended with only Florida State without a blemish on the record.

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