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It’s time for teams to go bowling. We’re already in the thick of the bowl schedule as it all builds to the New Year’s Day matchups. The Kickoff will publish our wrap up issue on January 10th, but Editor Tommy Duff shared some thoughts ahead of that.

“The most interesting matchup that is not in the College Football Playoff is USC vs. Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29th,” Duff said. “OSU feels like they deserved to be in the playoff, but USC has just as strong of an argument, also going 11-2 during the regular season, and they lost against a stronger team than Iowa.”

Boise State, Troy, Georgia State, Marshall, and Middle Tennessee have all won their bowls so far and are looking ahead to next season. The Kickoff listed the complete bowl schedule (with our Kickoff Power Rankings) in Issue 16, out Dec. 11th.

Duff said the post-season is generally more difficult to predict this year.

“The Orange Bowl Winner will be whoever has any motivation left between Miami and Wisconsin. (They are) two teams in playoff contention all year that fell apart in the final week,” Duff said. “I think Auburn should win against UCF, which is losing their head coach. I expect LSU to win against Notre Dame, which is overmatched.”

“Regarding the College Football Playoffs, can a Big XII offense take care of business against a defense as talented as Georgia’s? I think they can, but UGA has the potential to give Baker Mayfield problems,” Duff said. “Of course, the marquee matchup is the third playoff meeting between Bama and Clemson. Clemson was playing better towards the end of the year, but Bama should be much healthier and is still the team to beat.”

If Georgia prevails in the Rose Bowl and Alabama beats Clemson in the Sugar Bowl, producing an All-SEC national championship game, Duff said experience points to Alabama winning. “If Oklahoma beats Georgia, then I think they will beat Bama,” he said.

In addition to winning the Heisman, Baker Mayfield led several of the stats this season, including percentage of completed passes, efficiency rating, total yards per play, and being responsible for touchdowns at 46. He was also named to the 2017 Kickoff All American team, along with Sooners Mark Andrews, Orlando Brown, and Obgonnia Okoronkwo. These ingredients combine for a potent threat to Clemson defending its national title if the two teams should go head-to-head.

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The Feed: Week 12 Preview

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The headlines in college football…

Associated Press – Week 12 preview: Defensive struggle, trying to go bowling

Associated Press – College Football Picks: Playoff races break for mismatches

Associated Press – No. 7 Georgia faces Kentucky looking to get over 1st loss

Associated Press – No. 14 UCF faces Temple ahead of AAC showdown

AL.com – Healthy Jeremiah Dinson has been ‘big key’ to Auburn’s secondary

SB Nation – Yep, Gus Malzahn really might leave a top-10 Auburn to replace Bret Bielema at Arkansas

ESPN – Miami’s up, FSU’s down and Lane Kiffin is trolling along in a wild year for football in Florida

Curated by Steven Stiefel

The Feed: Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry Has Playoff Implications This Year

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The headlines in college football…

Associated Press – College Football Picks: 7 ranked vs ranked games – again

Associated Press – Notre Dame-Miami matchup headlines ACC’s Week 11

Associated Press – Georgia, Auburn meet in SEC game with playoff implications

AL.com – Kirby Smart: Clemson game a ‘misnomer’ for Auburn offensive line

SB Nation – Auburn is all-or-nothing anyway, so why not go for ALL right away against Georgia?

AL.com – Auburn adopting ‘championship urgency’ in crucial November stretch

Bleacher Report – Bowl Projections 2017: CFP Predictions After Latest Playoff Rankings

Bleacher Report – College Football Odds Week 11: Picks, Spread Predictions for Top 25 Games

AL.com – How many teams are still alive for the College Football Playoff?

Associated Press – Week 11 preview: Booking trips to championship weekend

Associated Press – No. 18 Mississippi St gets its shot at top-ranked Alabama

Associated Press – No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 8 TCU to face off for Big 12 lead

Dallas News – Bowl projections: Are Texas and Texas A&M on a collision course? No CFP for Big 12?

Bleacher Report – ESPN College Gameday 2017: Location, TV Schedule and Week 11 Predictions

MLive – Spartans know they’re a huge underdog vs. Buckeyes, but do they care?

Seattle Times – Huskies hoping to impose their own physical brand in final road test at Stanford

Cleveland.com – Ohio State-Michigan State: Will Urban Meyer lose two in a row?

Curated by Steven Stiefel

The Feed: Could this be the best college QB class in history?

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The headlines in college football…

Yahoo! Sports – Could this be the best college QB class in history?

Bleacher Report – Jarrett Stidham Named Auburn’s Starting QB over Sean White

Associated Press – Best friends, roommates vie for starting QB job at Kansas

Roanoke.com – Josh Jackson named Hokies’ starting QB

Bleacher Report – Les Miles Is Enjoying Life Post-LSU—and Preparing for the Next Run

Bleacher Report – Antonio Callaway Among 7 Florida Players Suspended vs. Michigan

ESPN – Vols’ Butch Jones says use of slogans ‘blown out of proportion’

ESPN – P.J. Fleck is absolutely convinced he can get Minnesota rowing in the right direction

ESPN – Florida State will be a ‘challenge’ for Bama

Associated Press – K-State’s Bill Snyder back on the sidelines for another year

Associated Press – Coaching carousel shakes up Group of 5 pecking order

Associated Press – Family ties helping Tennessee QBs deal with competition

Bleacher Report – 10 Realistic Upsets That Would Send the 2017 College Football Season into Chaos

CBS Sports – Key Big 12 Questions For 2017

CBS Sports – LSU’s mind-blowing quarterback attrition streak continues with another transfer

CBS Sports – Why the hype for Notre Dame is dead before the season

CBS Sports – Four reasons you should not sleep on defending national champion Clemson

CBS Sports – Candid Coaches: Truth on whether players deserve money beyond cost of attendance

NBC Sports – Notre Dame-Wisconsin neutral site home-and-home all but official

Curated by Steven Stiefel

The Feed: Sex Assaults Reap Consequences at Penn State, Michigan State

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The headlines in college football…
AP – 3 ex-Penn State officials sent to jail in Sandusky scandal
AP – 3 Michigan St players charged in campus sexual assault case
AP – SEC coaches unanimously object to NCAA recruiting reforms
AP – Family of late Pittsburg St player sues NCAA
ESPN – How sports scientists are trying to change college football
SB Nation – Lane Kiffin wins the offseason (at least for a day)
ESPN – Malik Zaire offers depth, experience to Florida
ESPN – Five SEC games with the highest stakes in 2017
ESPN – What gives Top 25 teams a home-field advantage
AL.com – Top Georgia receiver Matthew Hill has strong comfort level at Auburn
CBS Sports – Lane Kiffin: Coaches play nicer in Conference USA than the SEC
NESN – Al Pacino To Star As Joe Paterno In HBO Film About Penn State Scandal/
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AL.com – Why Alabama’s newest 5-star defender could make early impact

Curated by Steven Stiefel

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