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Early 2013 Heisman Trophy Contenders

Athlon Sports is already looking ahead to 2013 with an in-depth Heisman Trophy preview.
<p> Early 2013 Heisman Trophy Contenders</p>

Johnny Manziel set the college football world on fire this year and it led to the first redshirt freshman winning the award. Johnny Heisman confirmed his amazing season by putting on a record-setting show in the Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma. But is the redshirt sophomore-to-be the front-runner to win Heisman considering only once in 77 years has someone won the stiff-armed trophy a second time. And that was in 1975 (Archie Griffin).

Winners and losers from the 2012-13 bowl season

Not all bowl results are created equal. Some will have lasting impacts into the 2013 season.
<p> We know Alabama took the top victory at the end of bowl season, but Louisville, Jadeveon Clowney and Oregon picked up bowl victories that will last until the start of next season. Other teams, players and coaches weren't so fortunate.</p>
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The 2012-13 bowl season ended with 35 winners and 35 losers, but not all victories and defeats are created equal.

2013 College Football Lookahead: Best Games in Week 1

Now that the 2012 season has come to a close, it's time to get excited for the opening week of 2013
<p> 2013 College Football Lookahead: Best Games in Week 1</p>

Alabama may be reveling in its second consecutive national championship, but college football fans everywhere else are turning their attention to recruiting and spring practice.

Those are just appetizers to the date everyone is really anticipating: The countdown for the 2013 season has begun. This is what you have to look forward to when the season reboots at the end of August.

All games on Saturday, Aug. 31 unless noted. Not all 2013 schedules are complete, so the following list is of games scheduled as of Jan. 7.

20 Awesome Photos from the BCS National Championship Game

Our favorite snapshots of Alabama's win over the Irish.
<p> 20 Awesome Photos from the BCS National Championship Game&nbsp;</p>

The BCS title game between Alabama and Notre Dame might not have looked pretty to Fighting Irish fans, but we argue that it was full of beautiful moments. Unfortunately for the Irish, none belonged to them. Still, we pulled together our 20 favorite photographic snapshots of the Crimson Tide winning 42-14 over the Fighting Irish. 

(Photos by Tom DiPace)

Ranking the National Championship Teams of the BCS Era

The BCS just wrapped-up its 15th season. How do the champions stack-up against each other?
<p> Ranking the BCS National Championship Teams</p>

The BCS just finished its 15th season of action, and has for the most part, been a major improvement on the previous bowl system. How do each of the 15 official champions stack-up against each other? Who has the most talent? Who had the best resume? Who played the toughest schedule? And who performed the best on the biggest stage?

Athlon Sports has ranked the 15 BCS National Champions — and there is a decided regional bias to the list. Just not at the very top. That distinction belongs to the Big East, Big 12 and Pac-12.

Rapid reaction: Alabama dominates Notre Dame for BCS title

Crimson Tide win third BCS championship in four years behind dominant run game, defense
<p> Rapid reaction: Alabama dominates Notre Dame for BCS title</p>

This wasn’t supposed to be the year for Alabama. Seems foolish, now doesn’t it?

The Crimson Tide returned only four defensive starters from the 2011 title squad. A Heisman finalist, Trent Richardson, left for the NFL.

20 Best Teams That Never Played for the BCS Championship

Who are the BCS' best team that never had the chance to play in the National Championship game?
<p> Best Teams That Never Played for the BCS Championship</p>

It only takes one penalty, one missed assignment or one yard for one loss to end a national championship. The 20 teams listed below came up just short of playing in the national championship game for one reason or another. Sometimes, off the field issues can impact whether or not a team plays in the BCS title game (see Ohio State this year). And in one historic case, a team did everything in its power to earn a trip to the big game only to be let down by a system without a true playoff. 

BCS National Championship Preview and Prediction: Notre Dame vs. Alabama

Will Notre Dame end the SEC's run of national champions?
<p> BCS National Championship Preview and Prediction: Notre Dame vs. Alabama</p>

Two of college football’s storied programs will meet on Jan. 7 in the most-anticipated title matchup of the BCS era. For Alabama, a trip to the national championship has almost become routine. The Crimson Tide is making their third appearance in the BCS Championship in the last four seasons and are 2-0 under Nick Saban in this setting. Alabama is also looking to become the first back-to-back champion of the BCS era.