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Russell Athletic Bowl 2013 Miami vs. Louisville: Live Score and Highlights

Kicking off at 6:45 p.m. ET at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., the Russell Athletic Bowl features a pair of programs on the rise.

The 9-3 Miami Hurricanes return to postseason play for the first time since 2010, but the No. 18 Louisville Cardinals (11-1) are looking to extend the 'Canes bowl winless streak to seven years.

Junior sensation Teddy Bridgewater, who is projected by many to be one of the first selections in the 2014 NFL Draft, leads the Cardinals, looking to match a program record with 12 season wins.

ESPN will carry the game, and Bleacher Report will provide live scoring updates and in-game analysis. As always, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Pinstripe Bowl 2013: Notre Dame Proves Just How Bad It Needs Everett Golson Back

Tommy Rees did a serviceable job filling in at quarterback for Notre Dame this season—one he likely won’t get enough credit for—but the Irish need Everett Golson to recapture the magic of a season ago. And thankfully, his return is here.

The potential is in place, and it was on display (at times) in Notre Dame’s 29-16 Pinstripe Bowl victory over Rutgers. It wasn’t necessarily flashy or impressive. In fact, it was an afternoon of missed opportunities and special teams blunders, a theme that was that was all too prominent throughout 2013. 

And yes, Notre Dame had to manage a different opponent: the flu.

#NotreDame HC Brian Kelly said 16 players were battling flu. Said game ball went to Rob Hunt and the rest of the training staff.

— Rachel Terlep (@eTruth_Irish) December 28, 2013

Even with this uphill climb, the Irish dominated in total yardage on Saturday, outgaining the Scarlet Knights 494-236. They moved the ball with ease at times—even though the running game sputtered throughout—and the score could have been a lot more lopsided.

But for every two steps forward, they took a step back: penalties, missed deep balls, questionable play calls and stalled drives.  The game was not always easy on the eyes, and again, much of this performance paralleled a season with both peaks and valleys.

The end result for Notre Dame is a nine-win season, a mark that should be appreciated given some of the team’s losses—headlined by Golson’s unexpected departure—and a schedule that was by no means favorable. Ten of ND’s opponents made a bowl game, and three will play in a BCS bowl.

Next year’s schedule isn’t favorable, either. It includes the likes of Michigan, Stanford, North Carolina, Florida State, Arizona State, Louisville and USC. While it will be challenging run loaded with capable opponents, there’s reason to be optimistic.

Tommy Rees is done at Notre Dame, finally exhausting what felt like 15 years or so of eligibility. Head coach Brian Kelly expressed his gratitude for the quarterback following the bowl win.

ND coach Brian Kelly on senior QB Tommy Rees: “He’s got a bright future as a graduate assistant for Brian Kelly anytime.”

— Kevin Armstrong (@KevinGArmstrong) December 28, 2013

With that, however, Rees will hand the baton back to Golson. And his return could completely change an offense in desperate need of a spark.

Golson was readmitted to Notre Dame in the middle of December after being suspended for the fall semester for what he referred to as “poor academic judgment.” He later provided a bit more clarity on the situation by speaking with Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples.

After sitting out the season, however, Golson is expected to be a full go for spring practice. He’ll likely compete with sophomore-to-be Malik Zaire for the starting quarterback opening. If Golson stays healthy and eligible, the job will be his.

While he was raw throughout Notre Dame’s undefeated run to the national championship game, the potential is off the charts.

His ability to run will completely alter the offense, an offense that struggled to move the ball on the ground with consistency this year. He also has one of the strongest arms in the country, something that was on display in his first season under center. Now it will be a matter of harnessing them both and realizing the enormous potential that was on display throughout the 2012 season. 

Adding to the excitement of his return are the offensive weapons Notre Dame will have back. And there are a few.

Wide receiver DaVaris Daniels will almost certainly be back for his senior year, as will tight end Troy Niklas. The emergence of freshman running back Tarean Folston was one of the bright spots for the team in the second half, and the “Golson-Folston” potential will be more than simply fun to say. 

The playbook will look vastly different with an athletic quarterback reassuming his role, and it will be up to Golson to provide a spark in an offense that lacked it in 2013.

Rees, while improved, operated with a limited physical skill set. Simply put, he made the most of what he had. In turn, the offense was limited in what it could accomplish, although it accomplished quite a bit given the circumstances. 

That won’t be the case next season. If Golson is indeed the starter, the offense has the potential to be one of the more dynamic attacks in the country. The governor will be removed, the limitations tossed away, and it will be full speed ahead.

One book is closing. Another is reopening.

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Pinstripe Bowl 2013: Grading Tommy Rees' Final Performance at Notre Dame

As has been the case throughout his Notre Dame career, quarterback Tommy Rees had his fair share of ups and downs during his final collegiate start.

Fortunately, the senior did enough to lead the Fighting Irish to victory over Rutgers, 29-16, during Saturday’s New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

Sure, Rees may have been expected to do more against a Scarlet Knights squad that was coming off a 6-6 regular season and ranked No. 122 against the pass (311.4 YPG). However, all that matters at the end of the day is that he led Notre Dame to the win.

Regardless, Rees’ performance is bound to be under the microscope over the next couple of days.

 

What He Did Well

Coming into this matchup, it was a known fact that opposing quarterbacks feasted on Rutgers’ secondary.

Rees maintained that status quo, torching the unit for 319 yards on 27-of-47 passing. He also successfully moved the chains, recording 20 of the Irish’s 31 first downs through the air.

Although he didn’t throw a touchdown, he also didn’t throw an interception. That snapped his streak of four consecutive games with a pick.

But what Rees did best was making the necessary adjustments in the second half:

As you can see, not only was Rees far more accurate in the second half, but he also gained a larger chunk of yards with each attempt.

Not to mention, Rees was money when passing on third-down situations, only falling short once.

 

What He Did Poorly

When it came down to it, Rees just couldn’t make that final play to get it into the end zone.

So, instead of running away with the game by halftime, Notre Dame had to wait until midway through the fourth quarter to finally put the game away.

Eight times the team moved the ball inside the Scarlet Knights' 35. Only twice did the Irish manage to score a touchdown and both times came via the rushing attack.

To make matters worse, Rees was just 2-of-12 inside the Rutgers 30.

His lack of a passing touchdown becomes even more unforgivable when you consider just how generous the Scarlet Knights secondary has been all season long:

Furthermore, this game marked the first time Rees was held without a touchdown in a start since 2011.

All in all, his lack of a finishing touch on drives leaves us with a sour taste in our mouths.

 

Overall Grade: B+

Rees played a solid game overall. But one has to imagine if this effort would have been good enough to lead the Irish to victory against an opponent who had even a decent secondary.

 

All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of CFBstats.com.

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2013 Was a Brutal Calendar Year for Notre Dame Football, but 2014 Will Be Better

When the calendar changed from Dec. 31, 2012 to Jan. 1, 2013, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were ranked No. 1 in the country, preparing to face Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game on the heels of an undefeated season.

Since that moment, though, it's been a tale of two very different years. With a series of slow and consistent waves, the walls of that campaign have been pelted into submission, crumbling around this team and leaving it in a state of genuine flux.

It started on Jan. 7 in Miami. Alabama waxed Brian Kelly's team in front of 26 million anxious viewers, confirming every cruel word that was spoken ad nauseam about Notre Dame's overrated-ness. With one fell swoop and a 42-14 loss, an entire year of reputation rehab went for naught.

Once the team had collapsed as a whole, Lady (Bad) Luck turned her attention to the players. Nine days after the loss to Alabama, Heisman runner-up and consummate Notre Dame poster boy, Manti Te'o, was exposed as either a gullible dolt or a calculated fraud (if not both). Quarterback Everett Golson was later suspended from the university for unspecified academic transgressions, putting the fate of 2013's offense on the fickle right arm of Tommy Rees.

The year came to an end against now 6-7 Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Saturday—a sentence so sullen that it speaks for itself. Even in victory, 29-16, the Irish needed all 60 minutes to beat a team that lost to Houston by 35 points. This is how far they have slipped.

But the night is always darkest before the dawn.

The calendar changes from Dec. 31, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014 in four short days. In no time at all, though it's been a long time coming, this star-crossed year becomes forever a thing of the past; Notre Dame has a chance to bury it in the dirt and start fresh.

And there are reasons to believe that it will. 

Those reasons start with current form. Despite ugly games against Pittsburgh, Navy and Purdue, this team won nine games in 2013, and it was even better than its record might have indicated.

Though tempting to look at the lows, quite often a team's potential is defined by its highs. "How good is your good?" is a useful question for team evaluation, and in 2013—despite both injuries and Rees' penchant for turnovers—Notre Dame's good was pretty awesome.

To date, no other team in the country can say it beat Michigan State, which is 12-1 and preparing to play in the 100th annual Rose Bowl. If Stanford wins that game, Michigan State and Arizona State will have combined to lose five total games this season: three at the hands of the Cardinal, two to Notre Dame.

That is elite company for a team that endured as much as the Irish. Even with the Heavens working against it, this team's ceiling was hard to deny. And if the hteavens stop working against it in 2014, that ceiling should rise even higher than now.

Golson will return to the lineup, having been readmitted to the university on Dec. 13. He's spent this lost year working out with QB guru Marcus Whitfield, and if the reports are to be believed—which they shouldn't, necessarily, without confirmation—he's light years better than he was in 2012.

Sure, Golson lost a ton of in-game experience, which would have aided his development. But by the time he suits up in Week 1 next August, he'll have spent three-plus years learning Brian Kelly's offense, some of which took place in the midst of an undefeated season and national title run.

Few things can simulate that experience.

Throw in the recruiting classes—which have been, currently are, and will always continue to be solid—and you have a team poised for progression to the mean. Kelly has never failed to meet expectations twice in a row in his entire career, dating all the way back to his days with Grand Valley State. Why should we expect him to start now?

The schedule is tough, no doubt. Being better next year might not mean another run at the national title. With Michigan, Stanford, Florida State, Arizona State, Northwestern, Louisville and USC all looming, improvement might mean even fewer than nine wins.

But the Irish should be a better, more complete football team in almost every facet of the game, despite the potential losses of Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix up front.

And if this team, cursed by the stars from the start, could stay competitive all season and pull some nifty upsets...next year's team should do all that plus more.

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Rutgers vs. Notre Dame: Score, Grades and Analysis from 2013 Pinstripe Bowl

It's better to win ugly than lose beautifully.

That idea was reinforced after the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-4) grinded out a 29-16 victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-7, 3-5 American) in the 2013 Pinstripe Bowl.

It was a complete victory for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish out-gained Rutgers 494-236, gaining 175 yards on the ground and adding 319 yards through the air courtesy of quarterback Tommy Rees.

Even more impressive was the fact that those 175 yards came without running back George Atkinson III, after he was suspended before the game for violating team rules, per ESPN.com's Matt Fortuna.

Despite missing their second-leading rusher, the Fighting Irish dominated the running game.

That was a major key, as the windy weather and ramshackle field were adversely affecting the game. Players were slipping when trying to make cuts, and the officials had a hard time maintaining their footing.

Establishing the ground game is vital in these conditions and Rutgers was unable to do so, mustering only 80 yards rushing on the day.

Rutgers quarterback Chas Dodd had a rough time without a run-game to back him up. In the first half, he was 5-of-14 for 99 yards and a touchdown, per ESPN College Football.

It was odd, though, that Dodd found himself the leading rusher through two quarters, per CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Dodd finished 10-of-28 for 156 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions.

The two teams exchanged field goals to begin the game, with kicker Kyle Brindza putting Notre Dame ahead 3-0 on the first drive. Rutgers kicker Kyle Federico answered with a field goal of his own to tie the game after a muffed punt by Notre Dame receiver TJ Jones gave the Scarlet Knights great field position following a would-be three-and-out.

The Fighting Irish wasted little time in taking a 10-3 lead. Head coach Brian Kelly used a nice combination of short throws and runs to move the ball 62 yards in 3:30. Jones redeemed himself, as he ran it in from eight yards out after motioning in from his usual wideout position.

It was a clever play call from Brian Kelly, as the game called for a little ingenuity in order to overcome the elements—just not too much, as would be established later.

Rutgers made it four drives in a row with a score, when Dodd hooked up with receiver Brandon Coleman for a 14-yard touchdown pass. The big play of the drive was Coleman's 51-yard reception that got the ball down to the Notre Dame 21-yard line.

Notre Dame capitalized on an interception from Dodd early in the second quarter. Brindza subsequently nailed a 38-yard field goal.

Despite taking a 13-10 lead, Kelly was likely disappointed that his team couldn't do more with great field position. The Fighting Irish started the drive on the Rutgers 22-yard line and managed to gain one yard before settling for three points.

The Irish weren't alone in leaving points on the board, as Rutgers had a 1st-and-goal on the 4-yard line. Two runs from halfback Justin Goodwin and an incomplete pass from Dodd failed to get the Scarlet Knights in the end zone, so they had to settle for a field goal.

On Rutgers' next drive, head coach Kyle Flood demonstrated that there is a right time and a wrong time to take risks. With the ball on the Notre Dame 20-yard line, he opted for a gadget play. Goodwin attempted a halfback pass, but his pass was intercepted by KeiVarae Russell on the 1-yard line.

Needless to say, Flood got his fair share of criticism on Twitter.

If only he would've listened to what this guy had to say before the game, per Mike Vorkunov of The Star-Ledger.

The first half would end with both teams tied 13-13, and it didn't come a moment too soon as the game was a plodding, largely subdued affair.

Unfortunately, the second half was more of the same.

Notre Dame had a major advantage when it came to the battle in the trenches. Their offensive line had an advantage over Rutgers' defensive line size-wise, so Kelly went about systematically wearing down the Scarlet Knights defense.

He let running backs Tarean Folston and McDaniel shoulder the majority of the offensive burden. Rees was there to move the ball through the air when the defense began creeping up a bit too much.

It was an unimaginative game plan, but it served Notre Dame well. As the game went on, the Fighting Irish exerted more and more influence and controlled the clock.

Two field goals from Brindza gave the Irish a 19-13 lead in the fourth quarter.

Federico halved the deficit, 19-16, with 47-yard field goal with a little under nine minutes to play.

Notre Dame iced the game away on its next drive as Folston punched it in from three yards out to give the Irish a 10-point lead, 26-16, with 3:38 to play.

Dodd threw his second interception of the game on Rutgers' next drive, effectively killing any chance of a comeback.

 

Key Grades

Tommy Rees, Notre Dame: A-

Rees wasn't prolific on Saturday, finishing 27-47 with 319 yards and no touchdowns.

What the senior QB did do well was manage the game. He avoided any costly interceptions and let the running game do the heavy lifting.

In addition to ending his Notre Dame career with a victory, Rees also moved to third on the school's all-time passing list, so it was a good day all around.

 

Cam McDaniel and Tarean Folston: A+

It's hard to single out either McDaniel or Folston, as their numbers were very similar. McDaniel was the game's leading rusher, with 80 yards on 17 carries. Folston also had 17 carries, getting 73 yards and a touchdown.

Both running backs set the tone for the Notre Dame offense. The more success they had, the easier it was for Rees to beat the secondary.

 

Kyle Flood, Rutgers: D-

This game was a less-than-favorable example of Flood's game-management skills.

When you've got a first down inside the red zone, you should probably keep the trick plays locked away and trust your offense enough to think it can move the football with more traditional play calls. That interception didn't decide the game, but it certainly didn't help.

 

What's Next?

This win is a nice way for Notre Dame to end the season. The Fighting Irish built some momentum heading into 2014. For Rutgers, it's the complete opposite. The Scarlet Knights move to the Big Ten will only make things more difficult next year, and now Flood will have plenty of critics questioning his ability to lead the team going forward.

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Alabama Fans Name Their Daughter 'Krimson Tyde'

Parents in Andalusia, Ala. have chosen to show their devotion to their favorite football team by naming their newborn daughter "Krimson Tyde." 

From the Andalusia Star News

Summer and Steven Steele of Andalusia announce the birth of their daughter, Krimson Tyde Steele. She weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 inches long when she made her appearance at Andalusia Regional Hospital. Her maternal grandparents are Kimberly Musgrove and Randy Ainsworth. Her paternal grandparents are Ellie Mae Steele and the late David Randy Steele.

Hat tip to Darren Rovell for the find. 

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BCS Championship 2014: X-Factors That Will Decide Florida State vs. Auburn Clash

When Florida State and Auburn meet in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 6, it is no secret that much of the attention will be focused on the likes of Jameis Winston, Kelvin Benjamin, Nick Marshall, Tre Mason and a host of other stars, but that is simply the tip of the iceberg.

As important as all of those players will be, there are several others who will make a huge impact as well. It often seems as though under-the-radar players affect big games as much as anyone, and that should once again be the case when these two great teams battle for the Coaches' Trophy.

Here are the three biggest X-factors to watch when the Seminoles and Tigers meet in the season-ending BCS National Championship Game.

 

Nick O'Leary

Quarterback Jameis Winston was more than deserving of the Heisman Trophy, but he couldn't have won it without a strong supporting cast on offense. Winston has a triad of 900-plus-yard receivers at his disposal in Benjamin, Rashad Greene and Kenny Shaw, and they understandably garner much of the credit. One player who manages to consistently fly under the radar, though, is junior tight end Nick O'Leary.

The grandson of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus isn't always heavily involved in the Florida State offense, but he makes the most of his opportunities. O'Leary is averaging nearly 17 yards per catch, and he has scored seven times on 33 receptions. O'Leary hasn't had more than three catches in a game since going off to the tune of five receptions for 161 yards against Clemson on Oct. 19, but it wouldn't be wise for the Auburn defense to write him off.

O'Leary tends to shine brightest on the big stage, and there is no stage bigger than the BCS National Championship Game. Florida State boasts so many weapons in the passing game that it is essentially impossible to account for all of them.

Auburn will have to pick its poison, and it is entirely possible that the Tigers will decide to force O'Leary to beat them. Auburn may very well get its wish as O'Leary has all the tools necessary to put the Seminoles' offense on his back.

 

Corey Grant

In order for a team to lead the nation in rushing with more than 335 yards per game, it must utilize a number of excellent ball carriers. That has been the case for Gus Malzahn's Auburn squad all year long.

Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason deservedly receives a lot of praise, as does quarterback Nick Marshall, but junior running back Corey Grant is often a forgotten man. Grant has carried the ball just 65 times this season; however, it can easily be argued that he is the Tigers' most explosive weapon.

Grant—an Alabama transfer—is averaging an incredible 10 yards per carry this season to go along with six touchdowns. He has been so good, in fact, that Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee has questioned whether or not Grant is used enough in the Tigers' offense, according to Brandon Marcello of AL.com. 

"It's huge," Lashlee said. "He's a big-play guy. He's averaging over 10 yards, or right at it, a carry, and you know, kind of makes you wonder, maybe we should give it to him more."

Whatever Auburn has been doing on offense has worked, so it hasn't had to force things with Grant. He has never carried the ball more than nine times in a single game, but he offers a great change of pace to Mason. Even if he is used sparingly once again in the national title game, he has the potential to go the distance from anywhere on the field, so Florida State will have to be well aware of when he is out there.

 

Roberto Aguayo

Both Florida State and Auburn have so much talent that it's easy to forget about special teams. When two teams are evenly matched, though, special teams often make all the difference in the world. If that is ultimately the case, then the Seminoles seemingly have an advantage.

Florida State is one of the most well-rounded college football teams in recent memory as even their kicking game is worth mentioning. With that in mind, freshman kicker Roberto Aguayo could play a huge role in this contest.

Aguayo has been nearly perfect this season, which is rare for any kicker, let alone a freshman. Not only has he converted all 90 of his extra point attempts, but Aguayo has also made 19 of the 20 field goals he has tried. That is an unbelievable statistic that has gotten buried among all of Florida State's other accomplishments. Aguayo was recognized with a year-end award, however, as he won the Lou Groza Award, according to Noles247.com.

Although Aguayo's precision hasn't necessarily made a huge difference this season due to Florida State's overall dominance, that may very well change in the BCS National Championship Game. The Seminoles haven't had to play in many tight games, however, the title game figures to be a tight affair. If it comes down to field goals, then Aguayo figures to be a dangerous, secret weapon for the 'Noles.

 

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Cold Hard Fact for Saturday, December 28, 2013

Fact: About 60 percent of bowl teams spend more to play in bowl games than they receive in payouts for their participation.

Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and engaging Cold Hard Fact of the day, presented by Coors Light.

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

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Belk Bowl 2013 Cincinnati vs. North Carolina: Live Score and Highlights

North Carolina and Cincinnati will meet in the 2013 version of the Belk Bowl, a bowl game that has a lengthy history of producing close games. In fact, four of the last five games have been decided by one possession. When you combine these two teams' paths, we're likely due for an incredible ballgame.

Cincinnati won six of its last seven games and is searching for its third straight bowl victory, while North Carolina won five of its last six games to become bowl-eligible and is hoping to win its first bowl since 2010.

This Saturday matchup will kickoff at 3:20 p.m. ET on ESPN. 

Bleacher Report will provide live in-game analysis and scoring updates, so stay locked in here.

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Arizona State Football: 5 Best Moments of 2013

The Arizona State Sun Devils finished 2013 with a 10-3 record and were one win shy of playing in the Rose Bowl.

It was a very successful campaign by all accounts.

The season was filled with many memorable moments such as scoring 62 points against USC, the crazy Wisconsin ending and winning the Pac-12 South title.

The greatest moment of all though, has to be the Sun Devils' huge 58-21 win over Arizona to keep the Territorial Cup in Tempe. It's always great to beat your rival, but beating the Wildcats by 37 made every ASU fan smile.

It's remarkable what head coach Todd Graham has done with the Sun Devil program, taking them from mediocraty to the Pac-12 title game in just two years.

The Sun Devils are now set up to be a power in the Pac-12 for many years to come.

The 2013 season isn't quite over for ASU though, as the Sun Devils still have a Holiday Bowl meeting with Texas Tech on Dec. 30. Who knows, there still may be a few memorable moments to come. 

With that being said, here is a list of the best moments of Arizona State's 2013 season.

 

Stats and information from cfbstats.com unless otherwise indicated.

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Arizona State Football: 5 Best Moments of 2013

The Arizona State Sun Devils finished 2013 with a 10-3 record and were one win shy of playing in the Rose Bowl. It was a very successful campaign by all accounts...

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College Bowl Schedule 2013-14: Where to Watch Remaining Postseason Games

Counting the four games on tap for Saturday, there are still 24 postseason contests left in the 2013-14 college football bowl schedule. (Full breakdown below).

The earliest game on Saturday is the New Era Pinstripe Bowl from Yankee Stadium. It is a high profile clash with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish battling the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The Irish are looking to finish off a mildly disappointing season with a win over a tough American Athletic Conference foe.

Later, the Cincinnati Bearcats are pitted against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Belk Bowl. The 'Heels were barely bowl eligible at 6-6, but Larry Fedora's team will have a distinct geographical advantage.

The game will be played at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Expect a plethora of 'Heels fans to be in attendance to lend their support.

The third game of the day is the Russell Athletic Bowl, and it should be a real gem. The Miami Hurricanes take on the Louisville Cardinals in what could be Teddy Bridgewater's final college football game.

Many predict the Cardinals quarterback will bolt for the NFL draft and be selected in the top three picks. He'll get a significant test from a Hurricanes team that had national championship aspirations until a three-game losing streak sent them tumbling out of the Top 25.

Last but not least, the Michigan Wolverines battle the Kansas State Wildcats in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Wolverines fans are likely a little bummed heading into this one. Quarterback Devin Gardner will not play because of a broken foot.

He suffered the injury in the regular-season finale against the rival Ohio State Buckeyes, per Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports.

 

Freshman Shane Morris is set to start in his place against the Wildcats, but does he have enough experience to guide Brady Hoke's team to a bowl victory? Tune in on Saturday night to find out.

Need help locating each of the remaining bowl games for television viewing? Here's a breakdown of how to watch all 24.

 

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Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins Declares for 2014 NFL Draft

Fittingly, the Washington Huskies last touchdown of 2013 came via tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

That’s because it was also the last touchdown of the junior’s extraordinary collegiate career. 

“I’m going to enter the 2014 draft,” Seferian-Jenkins said, via The Seattle Times’ Adam Jude. “The idea that I can provide for my mother and play at the highest level in the world for football and compete against the best guys in the world…I’m very excited for the next chapter in my life.”

Seferian-Jenkins finished with three catches for 37 yards and a touchdown in Washington’s Fight Hunger Bowl 31-16 victory over BYU on Friday. His score came on a 16-yard reception with 11:12 remaining in the third quarter to put the Huskies up 28-16.

This season’s John Mackey Award winner and second-team All-Pac-12 selection, Seferian-Jenkins was graded as a second-round draft choice in the NFL evaluation he requested earlier this month.

“I’ve done everything I can at the University of Washington. I know I’m ready for the NFL,” he said. “I need to take care of my mom and make sure she’s financially OK. She’s done so much for me, it’s the least thing I can do.”

The Fox Island, Wash., native concludes his 2013 campaign with 36 catches for 450 yards and eight touchdowns. In his three-year career with the Huskies, he’s recorded 146 catches for 1,840 yards and 21 scores—all three are school records among tight ends.

Needless to say, Washington will be hard-pressed to find a replacement for Seferian-Jenkins.

 

All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of CFBstats.com.

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Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins Declares for 2014 NFL Draft

Fittingly, the Washington Huskies last touchdown of 2013 came via tight end Austin Seferian -Jenkins. That’s because it was also the last touchdown of the junior’s extraordinary collegiate career...

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Pinstripe Bowl 2013 Rutgers vs. Notre Dame: Live Score and Highlights

Pinstripe Bowl

Notre Dame 0, Rutgers 0—Early First Quarter

Notre Dame and Rutgers have kicked off at Yankee Stadium.

The game marks the first matchup between the two schools since 2002, when Notre Dame defeated Rutgers, 42-0, at Notre Dame Stadium.

For all highlights and analysis, keep it here at Bleacher Report.

 

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Auburn Football Recruiting: Updates on 2014 Commits and Targets

Auburn has put together the best turnaround in college football history under first-year head coach Gus Malzahn, as the Tigers are headed for the BCS National Championship Game just a year removed from a 3-9 season.

With all of the success that the Tigers have had on the field, it's hard to believe that the Auburn coaching staff has had almost as much success off the field on the recruiting trail.

Auburn is set to reel in the No. 6 recruiting class in the nation this year, according to 247Sports.com, and that projection has only risen in recent weeks—just as the Tigers have climbed through the national rankings.

The Tigers have 21 commitments already set to come to the Plains as part of the 2014 signing class, including four junior college transfers who have already signed their Letters of Intent. That means there are only a few spots left for Auburn to fill between now and signing day on Feb. 5.

Stay tuned to this updating page over the next few weeks, as news breaks from the recruiting world on the Plains, and signing day inches closer and closer.

All recruiting information via 247Sports.com unless otherwise noted.

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Pinstripe Bowl 2013 Rutgers vs. Notre Dame: Live Game Grades, Analysis for Irish

What a difference a year makes. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were playing for a national championship last go-around. One year later, things are a lot different.

This time, the Irish find themselves playing Rutgers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl (noon ET, ESPN) at Yankee Stadium.

Both teams had higher expectations for 2013, but fell well short of those. However, a win by either team will help set the tone heading into next year.

So, who will come out on top?

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