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Texas Football: 5 Best Moments of 2013

The Texas Longhorns' 2013 season will come to an end on Monday in the Alamo Bowl. No matter how it ends against Oregon, there were plenty of moments where Texas looked like the program we thought it would be.

While losses to Oklahoma State and Baylor will define this year's 'Horns, they do not lessen the excitement that came with steamrolling Oklahoma and Texas Tech. 

There was Jackson Jeffcoat's transcendent senior year, and Johnathan Gray's pre-injury breakout. Even fullback Alex de la Torre gave this team a jolt this season

Here is the best of Texas' 2013 campaign.

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Texas Football: 5 Best Moments of 2013

The Texas Longhorns' 2013 season will come to an end on Monday in the Alamo Bowl. No matter how it ends against Oregon, there were plenty of moments where Texas looked like the program we thought it would be.

While losses to Oklahoma State and Baylor will define this year's 'Horns, they do not lessen the excitement that came with steamrolling Oklahoma and Texas Tech. 

There was Jackson Jeffcoat's transcendent senior year, and Johnathan Gray's pre-injury breakout. Even fullback Alex de la Torre gave this team a jolt this season

Here is the best of Texas' 2013 campaign.

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Baylor Head Coach Art Briles Discusses Texas Football Coaching Rumors

After current Baylor coach Art Briles was linked to the Texas football head coaching job, per Kirk Bohls and Brian Davis of The Austin American-Statesman (subscription required), the Bears coach discussed the Horns job while in Arizona preparing for the 2014 Tostito's Fiesta Bowl.

On Dec. 29, Craig Smoak of ESPN Central Texas asked Briles about The Statesman's report that he would take Texas job if offered. Smoak reported his findings on Twitter, which can be found via Storify.

Anybody can say anything, you know. I learned a long time ago, I think it was believe none of what you hear and half of what you read. And I know that our total focus is on beating UCF and that's the way it's going to be. I mean if I did anything that was not on that would be detrimental to our football team and our university and I'm never going to do that. I'm privileged and honored to be the head coach at Baylor University, I can promise you that.

Davis addressed the Briles quote via Twitter.

Certainly, Briles is focused on the upcoming matchup with Central Florida, but he did not deny any interest or want in the Texas job. A definitive statement would have been nice for the sanity of both the Baylor and the Texas faithful.

Briles has taken Baylor from the bottom of the Big 12 to the top with a 2013 conference championship and the school's first-ever BCS berth. He's gotten many top recruits, including Heisman winner Robert Griffin III and Rivals.com 5-star recruit Lache Seastrunk, to come to Waco. What kind of damage could he do in Austin if he took over Mack Brown's former job?

The Longhorns take on the Oregon Ducks in the 2013 Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30. The Bears play their bowl game on Jan. 1, 2014. Possibly, rumors will be flying over the next weeks, but a decision on the Texas job should be made soon.

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Baylor Head Coach Art Briles Discusses Texas Football Coaching Rumors

After current Baylor coach Art Briles was linked to the Texas football head coaching job, per Kirk Bohls and Brian Davis of The Austin American-Statesman (subscription required), the Bears coach discussed the Horns job while in Arizona preparing for the 2014 Tostito's Fiesta Bowl.

On Dec. 29, Craig Smoak of ESPN Central Texas asked Briles about The Statesman's report that he would take Texas job if offered. Smoak reported his findings on Twitter, which can be found via Storify.

Anybody can say anything, you know. I learned a long time ago, I think it was believe none of what you hear and half of what you read. And I know that our total focus is on beating UCF and that's the way it's going to be. I mean if I did anything that was not on that would be detrimental to our football team and our university and I'm never going to do that. I'm privileged and honored to be the head coach at Baylor University, I can promise you that.

Davis addressed the Briles quote via Twitter.

Certainly, Briles is focused on the upcoming matchup with Central Florida, but he did not deny any interest or want in the Texas job. A definitive statement would have been nice for the sanity of both the Baylor and the Texas faithful.

Briles has taken Baylor from the bottom of the Big 12 to the top with a 2013 conference championship and the school's first-ever BCS berth. He's gotten many top recruits, including Heisman winner Robert Griffin III and Rivals.com 5-star recruit Lache Seastrunk, to come to Waco. What kind of damage could he do in Austin if he took over Mack Brown's former job?

The Longhorns take on the Oregon Ducks in the 2013 Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30. The Bears play their bowl game on Jan. 1, 2014. Possibly, rumors will be flying over the next weeks, but a decision on the Texas job should be made soon.

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Nebraska Football: 5 Best Moments of 2013

Nebraska football fans saw a lot in 2013, some good and some bad. And while the bad things (the Deadspin audio, 12 turnovers in three games, losing to Minnesota and Iowa) certainly stand out, there were a lot of shining moments for the Scarlet and Cream this year.

So as we prepare to bid 2013 farewell, let’s take a look back at the Cornhuskers’ year and pick the five best moments for Nebraska fans. Champagne and silly hats are required for this slideshow...go ahead, I’ll wait.

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Nebraska Football: 5 Best Moments of 2013

Nebraska football fans saw a lot in 2013, some good and some bad. And while the bad things (the Deadspin audio, 12 turnovers in three games, losing to Minnesota and Iowa) certainly stand out, there were a lot of shining moments for the Scarlet and Cream this year.

So as we prepare to bid 2013 farewell, let’s take a look back at the Cornhuskers’ year and pick the five best moments for Nebraska fans. Champagne and silly hats are required for this slideshow...go ahead, I’ll wait.

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Wisconsin Badgers, Minus 1 Bears Fan, Celebrate Packers' Last-Minute Victory

When Aaron Rodgers hit Randall Cobb for a 48-yard touchdown in the final minute of Sunday's game at Soldier Field, Packers nation exploded.

The Wisconsin Badgers football team, which watched the game at the team's hotel in Orlando, Fla., went crazy when Green Bay took a 33-28 lead. Well, the entire team except the one Chicago Bears fan in the middle of the group.

The last-minute touchdown gave the Packers the victory, and it wrapped up the NFC North as well.

Thanks to the Wisconsin Badgers for the video, and hat tip to Samer Kalaf of Deadspin for the find.

 

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Army All-American Bowl 2014: 10 Recruits with Best NFL Skill Sets

The 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl will take place at Noon CT in Texas this Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The East and West both have rosters packed full of talent, so this will be fun to watch.

Many current NFL players played in this game as high school seniors, so history leads one to believe several future professional football stars will be playing in the 2014 edition. Reaching the NFL is the goal for every recruit in the country, but not many make it.

However, a couple players who will be showcasing their talent this weekend appear to have the skill set and potential to become a pro. Keep an eye on the following recruits.

Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

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Georgia Football: 5 Best Moments of 2013

With the New Year around the corner as well as the Bulldogs' final game of the season, it’s safe to say the 2013 season was a roller coaster for the players, coaches and fans.

There were some great wins, and there were a few bad losses. There were more injuries than a coach would want, and there was a player who cemented his name as one of the best in Georgia history.

The 2013 season did not turn out the way the program wanted, but there were some great moments to take away, which made the year very interesting.

Here are the five best moments from 2013.

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Georgia Football: 5 Best Moments of 2013

With the New Year around the corner as well as the Bulldogs' final game of the season, it’s safe to say the 2013 season was a roller coaster for the players, coaches and fans.

There were some great wins, and there were a few bad losses. There were more injuries than a coach would want, and there was a player who cemented his name as one of the best in Georgia history.

The 2013 season did not turn out the way the program wanted, but there were some great moments to take away, which made the year very interesting.

Here are the five best moments from 2013.

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Michigan Football: Super Early Preview of the 2014 QB Battle

Saturday didn’t mark the arrival of Super Shane.

No, it was simply the debut of a true freshman who was thrown into the fire, expected to give Michigan some sort of shot at winning the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in the absence of starter Devin Gardner.

Really, the Wolverines’ 31-14 loss to Kansas State marked the beginning of the Serviceable Shane Morris era—at least it should have. The former 247Sports 4-star pro-styler showed “something,” despite the pathetic effort put forth by the rest of his teammates.

Moving forward with Morris, along with Wilton Speight, in 2014 seems likely.

Completing 24-of-38 passes for 196 yards isn’t a trophy-worthy accomplishment, but considering the circumstances, Morris certainly deserves credit for doing that “something” while others did nothing.

Having to string together a little magic while the No. 1 watches, crutch-bound, from the sidelines isn’t an easy job—even against a 7-5 Wildcats team that opened 2013 with a loss to FCS North Dakota State.

Morris didn’t wow the masses. He showed mobility with a 40-yard run in the fourth quarter, and he probably should have connected on at least three more passes—drops by receivers were to blame for falling short of 28-for-38 for 250 yards and a touchdown.

He looked calm. He only threw one interception, and that was in the third to Dante Barnett. Michigan was already well behind.

Dare it be said that he played a helluva game for a first-time starter?

Indeed.

And that’s why a no-holds barred race for No. 1 in 2014 should be anticipated.

 

Morris Makes Most of Opportunity

If you were in the “expect the world from Shane” camp, you were disappointed Saturday night. If you were in the “show me something” camp, you were likely delighted.

Morris went 3-for-5 (44 yards) during his first drive, including 13- and 24-yard completions which were heavily aided by the YAC. But he was OK. He didn’t get mauled, and considering Gardner’s past—he was sacked 34 times, third-most in the FBS—seeing an upright Morris was enough to satisfy.

So the Wolverines lost. They were severely underprepared. According to Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com, Michigan defensive end Frank Clark said the following about the lack of continuity as his team was suffocated by K-State:

I think a lot of guys lost the will to play as a family. That's one thing you can't do in football. In football, you've got to stick in there and stay together as a family.

That's something we've got to work on in the offseason.

A 63 percent completion rate and clean uniform shouldn’t have been results of a “family” implosion. Morris’ effort was one of few honest and true goes (Clark included). 

According to Baumgardner, James Ross said the defense wasn't "totally into it." That makes sense. The Wildcats went aerial in the first and never looked back. How was Morris supposed to spark a rally when his defense kept giving away points? 

Look, there is no clear star on the roster. For those who whiffed on Gardner, don't feel ashamed. Some guys simply don't live up to perceived potential. Morris has the characteristics, at the very least, of a traditional, true-blue pocket passer. 

If Michigan can't do it with him, the only other in-house option is Speight.

In an effort to make things clear, Michigan should reclassify Gardner as a wideout. Far from a potential in-the-shadows Heisman dark horse and possible Big Ten MVP, Gardner played like a quarterback who had just five starts and benefited from a tide of good fortunes late in 2012.

 

Speight's Arrival

He's another Under Armour All-American, just like his predecessor. 

But, at 6'6" and 220 pounds, he's slightly bigger than Morris. There will be compromise in this equation. Morris, arguably, has the better arm. But Speight's ball developed during his senior year at Richmond Collegiate (Va.). 

Speight is supposed to enroll early, so the spring game could be quite interesting. Russell Bellomy should be back to full health, so that makes four in the mix if Gardner's included. At the very least, three pocket passers should compete for the top job (if the roster stays as-is). 

Don't let the 3-star ranking fool you. Speight was recruited by Alabama and Auburn, two schools which have flourished with similar passers. His spiral isn't as tight as Morris, and his velocity isn't up there yet—but he's accurate, patient and very, very tall. 

Vision shouldn't be an issue, nor should his intentions. During an interview with Tim Sullivan of TheWolverine.com (subscription required to view), Speight said he's prepared to enter Ann Arbor and was quite comfortable during visits.

Michigan doesn't [host] do it as much with flash as some of the other schools, but they make it meaningful and make sure we enjoy ourselves. I think - I've known this since the day I committed, and a lot of the guys have - it basically solidified all the thoughts that we definitely made the right choice in committing to Michigan. It's a very special place and we were reminded of that this weekend

 

Possible 2014 QB Crop

Assuming everyone stays put, the following table illustrates Michigan's ball throwers. With the exception of Bellomy, the pool of contestants for starter shouldn't include a guy with an asterisk by his name. 

 Follow Bleacher Report's Michigan Wolverines football writer Adam Biggers on Twitter @AdamBiggers81

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Michigan Football: Super Early Preview of the 2014 QB Battle

Saturday didn’t mark the arrival of Super Shane.

No, it was simply the debut of a true freshman who was thrown into the fire, expected to give Michigan some sort of shot at winning the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in the absence of starter Devin Gardner.

Really, the Wolverines’ 31-14 loss to Kansas State marked the beginning of the Serviceable Shane Morris era—at least it should have. The former 247Sports 4-star pro-styler showed “something,” despite the pathetic effort put forth by the rest of his teammates.

Moving forward with Morris, along with Wilton Speight, in 2014 seems likely.

Completing 24-of-38 passes for 196 yards isn’t a trophy-worthy accomplishment, but considering the circumstances, Morris certainly deserves credit for doing that “something” while others did nothing.

Having to string together a little magic while the No. 1 watches, crutch-bound, from the sidelines isn’t an easy job—even against a 7-5 Wildcats team that opened 2013 with a loss to FCS North Dakota State.

Morris didn’t wow the masses. He showed mobility with a 40-yard run in the fourth quarter, and he probably should have connected on at least three more passes—drops by receivers were to blame for falling short of 28-for-38 for 250 yards and a touchdown.

He looked calm. He only threw one interception, and that was in the third to Dante Barnett. Michigan was already well behind.

Dare it be said that he played a helluva game for a first-time starter?

Indeed.

And that’s why a no-holds barred race for No. 1 in 2014 should be anticipated.

 

Morris Makes Most of Opportunity

If you were in the “expect the world from Shane” camp, you were disappointed Saturday night. If you were in the “show me something” camp, you were likely delighted.

Morris went 3-for-5 (44 yards) during his first drive, including 13- and 24-yard completions which were heavily aided by the YAC. But he was OK. He didn’t get mauled, and considering Gardner’s past—he was sacked 34 times, third-most in the FBS—seeing an upright Morris was enough to satisfy.

So the Wolverines lost. They were severely underprepared. According to Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com, Michigan defensive end Frank Clark said the following about the lack of continuity as his team was suffocated by K-State:

I think a lot of guys lost the will to play as a family. That's one thing you can't do in football. In football, you've got to stick in there and stay together as a family.

That's something we've got to work on in the offseason.

A 63 percent completion rate and clean uniform shouldn’t have been results of a “family” implosion. Morris’ effort was one of few honest and true goes (Clark included). 

According to Baumgardner, James Ross said the defense wasn't "totally into it." That makes sense. The Wildcats went aerial in the first and never looked back. How was Morris supposed to spark a rally when his defense kept giving away points? 

Look, there is no clear star on the roster. For those who whiffed on Gardner, don't feel ashamed. Some guys simply don't live up to perceived potential. Morris has the characteristics, at the very least, of a traditional, true-blue pocket passer. 

If Michigan can't do it with him, the only other in-house option is Speight.

In an effort to make things clear, Michigan should reclassify Gardner as a wideout. Far from a potential in-the-shadows Heisman dark horse and possible Big Ten MVP, Gardner played like a quarterback who had just five starts and benefited from a tide of good fortunes late in 2012.

 

Speight's Arrival

He's another Under Armour All-American, just like his predecessor. 

But, at 6'6" and 220 pounds, he's slightly bigger than Morris. There will be compromise in this equation. Morris, arguably, has the better arm. But Speight's ball developed during his senior year at Richmond Collegiate (Va.). 

Speight is supposed to enroll early, so the spring game could be quite interesting. Russell Bellomy should be back to full health, so that makes four in the mix if Gardner's included. At the very least, three pocket passers should compete for the top job (if the roster stays as-is). 

Don't let the 3-star ranking fool you. Speight was recruited by Alabama and Auburn, two schools which have flourished with similar passers. His spiral isn't as tight as Morris, and his velocity isn't up there yet—but he's accurate, patient and very, very tall. 

Vision shouldn't be an issue, nor should his intentions. During an interview with Tim Sullivan of TheWolverine.com (subscription required to view), Speight said he's prepared to enter Ann Arbor and was quite comfortable during visits.

Michigan doesn't [host] do it as much with flash as some of the other schools, but they make it meaningful and make sure we enjoy ourselves. I think - I've known this since the day I committed, and a lot of the guys have - it basically solidified all the thoughts that we definitely made the right choice in committing to Michigan. It's a very special place and we were reminded of that this weekend

 

Possible 2014 QB Crop

Assuming everyone stays put, the following table illustrates Michigan's ball throwers. With the exception of Bellomy, the pool of contestants for starter shouldn't include a guy with an asterisk by his name. 

 Follow Bleacher Report's Michigan Wolverines football writer Adam Biggers on Twitter @AdamBiggers81

Read more College Football news on BleacherReport.com

Alabama Football: 5 Best Moments of 2013

Similar to the majority of Nick Saban’s tenure at Alabama, 2013 was a year in which the Crimson Tide dominated the college football landscape.

The year began with Alabama’s 42-14 dismantling of Notre Dame in the BCS title game. It ended with the team falling just short of having an opportunity to play for its second consecutive SEC title and a chance at a third straight crystal football.

Still, there were plenty of moments that gave Tide fans reason to celebrate in 2013.

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Alabama Football: 5 Best Moments of 2013

Similar to the majority of Nick Saban’s tenure at Alabama, 2013 was a year in which the Crimson Tide dominated the college football landscape.

The year began with Alabama’s 42-14 dismantling of Notre Dame in the BCS title game. It ended with the team falling just short of having an opportunity to play for its second consecutive SEC title and a chance at a third straight crystal football.

Still, there were plenty of moments that gave Tide fans reason to celebrate in 2013.

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Texas A&M Football: 4 Best Moments of 2013

The Texas A&M football team had a somewhat disappointing regular season with an 8-4 record after they began the season ranked in the Top 10. The season did produce a few tremendous moments that Aggie fans will remember for a long time. 

The 2013 season was a transition year for the Texas A&M program. The Aggies' inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference in 2012 featured a senior-laden defense that helped lead the team to an 11-2 record. 

In 2013, those seniors graduated, and the Aggies defense struggled. The 2013 team featured a lot of youth as head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff have focused on stocking the roster with talent, positioning the Aggies for a bright future in the SEC.  

This is a look at the brightest moments of the Aggies' 2013 season. 

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Texas A&M Football: 4 Best Moments of 2013

The Texas A&M football team had a somewhat disappointing regular season with an 8-4 record after they began the season ranked in the Top 10. The season did produce a few tremendous moments that Aggie fans will remember for a long time. 

The 2013 season was a transition year for the Texas A&M program. The Aggies' inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference in 2012 featured a senior-laden defense that helped lead the team to an 11-2 record. 

In 2013, those seniors graduated, and the Aggies defense struggled. The 2013 team featured a lot of youth as head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff have focused on stocking the roster with talent, positioning the Aggies for a bright future in the SEC.  

This is a look at the brightest moments of the Aggies' 2013 season. 

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LSU Football: 5 Best Moments of 2013

The 2013 LSU Tigers produced some of the greatest plays ever seen in Tiger Stadium.

With a season that featured a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers, it shouldn't be all that shocking that this group of Tigers was exciting to watch.

While the season may not have produced the win-loss record LSU fans were hoping for, it still provided remarkable plays, memorable performances and something we've never seen before in Death Valley.

Judging off of pure amazement, athleticism and rarity, these were the best moments of the 2013 season.

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LSU Football: 5 Best Moments of 2013

The 2013 LSU Tigers produced some of the greatest plays ever seen in Tiger Stadium.

With a season that featured a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers, it shouldn't be all that shocking that this group of Tigers was exciting to watch.

While the season may not have produced the win-loss record LSU fans were hoping for, it still provided remarkable plays, memorable performances and something we've never seen before in Death Valley.

Judging off of pure amazement, athleticism and rarity, these were the best moments of the 2013 season.

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Michigan Football: 5 Best Moments of 2013

After three painful losses culminating in Saturday's dreadful performance against Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, recounting the Michigan Wolverines' top moments from 2013 seems untimely. It was a tough year marked by poor line play and the inability to consistently run the football, both characteristics that Michigan fans are hardly accustomed to seeing. 

But if you're able to peel back the sting of another disappointing season, there are plenty of positive moments to reminisce about. How about the monster year that Jeremy Gallon had? What about the dramatic home victory over Notre Dame that catapulted the Wolverines to 11th in the country? 

In the spirit of the New Year, which brings fresh optimism and renewed hope, let's relive some of the best moments of Michigan's 2013 season. 

 

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Michigan Football: 5 Best Moments of 2013

After three painful losses culminating in Saturday's dreadful performance against Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, recounting the Michigan Wolverines' top moments from 2013 seems untimely. It was a tough year marked by poor line play and the inability to consistently run the football, both characteristics that Michigan fans are hardly accustomed to seeing. 

But if you're able to peel back the sting of another disappointing season, there are plenty of positive moments to reminisce about. How about the monster year that Jeremy Gallon had? What about the dramatic home victory over Notre Dame that catapulted the Wolverines to 11th in the country? 

In the spirit of the New Year, which brings fresh optimism and renewed hope, let's relive some of the best moments of Michigan's 2013 season. 

 

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