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  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the Quick Lane Bowl.

    QUICK LANE BOWL
    Boston College (6-6) vs. Maryland (6-6)
    Dec. 26, 2:30 p.m. ET
    ESPN

    – Both teams earned bowl eligibility in their final regular season games. For Maryland, 2016 has been a roller coaster. First-year head coach DJ Durkin started Maryland’s season off hot with four straight victories. Then, the Terps lost six of the following seven games by a massive margin of 260-73. Maryland earned its sixth win in a 31-13 defeat over Rutgers and hopes to parlay a bowl victory into momentum for next season.

    Boston College finished its season notching consecutive victories over UConn and Wake Forest to achieve six wins. 0-2 in bowl games with Steve Addazio at the helm, Addazio and his dudes would like to keep him off the hot seat with a bowl win.

    Harold Landry leads Boston College and FBS in sacks this season with 15.
    Harold Landry leads Boston College and FBS in sacks this season with 15.
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  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the St. Petersburg Bowl.

    ST. PETERSBURG BOWL
    Miami-Ohio RedHawks (6-6) vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (5-7)
    Dec. 26, 11 a.m. ET
    ESPN

    – Miami-Ohio earned its first bowl berth since 2010 after starting the season 0-6 and then rebounding to win its next six games. The success was thanks to the Mid-American Conference’s second-best defense. The RedHawks are allowing 354.8 yards per game and 24.3 points per game and didn’t allow more than 26 points in its final six games. That defense will be key on Monday since the RedHawks haven’t defeated an SEC team since beating Vanderbilt to open the 2000 season.

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    Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald. (Getty)
    Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald. (Getty)

    – While Mississippi State got into this bowl game on the strength of its APR, the Bulldogs have a promising future thanks to quarterback

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  • Hawaii defensive back Trayvon Henderson returned an interception for a touchdown in the win over Middle Tennessee. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
    Hawaii defensive back Trayvon Henderson returned an interception for a touchdown in the win over Middle Tennessee. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

    In the third quarter of the Hawaii Bowl, Hawaii ran one of the stranger fake punt plays you will ever see. It ended up helping the Rainbow Warriors defeat Middle Tennessee 52-35 at Aloha Stadium — the program’s first bowl win since 2006.

    Leading Middle Tennessee 38-28, the Rainbow Warriors were facing a fourth-and-three play near midfield. Hawaii lined up to punt but curiously positioned another player — receiver Makoa Camanse-Stevens — about seven yards or so behind the punter.

    The longsnapper airmailed the snap over punter Rigoberto Sanchez’s head right to Camanse-Stevens. Camanse-Stevens then rolled right and threw it downfield to Ammon Barker for a 21-yard gain and a first down.

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    First of all, that snap from Noah Borden went at least 20 yards in the air and was right on target. Camanse-Stevens then was able to evade pressure from a MTSU defender

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  • Troy edged out Ohio in sloppy game.
    Troy edged out Ohio in a tight, sloppy game.

    It was not pretty, but Troy ended the season with double-digit victories after defeating Ohio 28-23.

    Although running back Jordan Chunn scored three rushing touchdowns for Troy, the MVP of the game went to the Trojan defense. Santa came early for Troy as Ohio quarterback Greg Windham gifted the Trojan defense five turnovers (four INTs and one fumble) in the contest. Troy’s offense exchanged the turnovers for 21 points.

    Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers tossed two interceptions in the game, and Ohio converted one of his mistakes into a 99-yard touchdown drive in the first quarter. Alas, Ohio tried to stick to its usual script of keeping the game close, but the Bobcats could not overcome their minus-5 turnover margin for the game.

    The embodiment of Ohio’s night came in the third quarter when Windham had a tipped pass outside his own end zone land in the hands of Troy defensive lineman Trevon Sanders.

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  • Kendal Briles will be joining Lane Kiffin. (AP)
    Kendal Briles will be joining Lane Kiffin. (AP)

    Lane Kiffin has reportedly found his offensive coordinator.

    According to Sports Illustrated, the new Florida Atlantic coach will hire Baylor offensive coordinator Kendal Briles for the same job at FAU. Briles was without a job at Baylor after the school hired former Temple coach Matt Rhule.

    Per ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, Kiffin will cede control of the offense to Briles, which means FAU’s offense will look significantly different than Kiffin’s at Alabama. Baylor’s offense is largely based on stretching the field vertically and asking the receivers and quarterback to read the coverage shown by defenses to determine the routes.

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  • Trent Taylor had 12 catches for 233 yards and two touchdowns. (AP)
    Trent Taylor had 12 catches for 233 yards and two touchdowns. (AP)

    Louisiana Tech’s Jonathan Barnes kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expried to give the Bulldogs a 48-45 win over Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl.

    The real-life record will show the Bulldogs won the game. But when the game makes its way to movie theaters in 15 years or so, Navy may be the cinematic victor.

    Barnes’ field goal came a drive after Navy quarterback Malcolm Perry ran for a 30-yard touchdown to tie the game at 445-45. It was Perry’s first play of the day as he replaced Zach Abey, who was taken off the field after he got a vicious hit to the ribs after throwing a pass.

    Perry saw his only other game action of the season in Week 1 when he was pulled out of the stands at halftime to suit up because of an injury to starting quarterback Tago Smith. Navy needed depth after Will Worth replaced Smith and Perry ended up playing some late in the game as Navy was comfortably ahead over Fordham.

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  • Old Dominion coach Bobby Wilder's team finishes the year 10-3. (AP)
    Old Dominion coach Bobby Wilder’s team finishes the year 10-3. (AP)

    Old Dominion is undefeated in bowl games. Yeah, the Monarchs have played in just one bowl game. But we’re going with it.

    The Monarchs beat Eastern Michigan 24-20 in Friday’s Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, the first bowl appearance in Old Dominion history. The school moved to the FBS level from FCS in 2014.

    And not only did Old Dominion win a bowl game in its first three years at college football’s top level, it got a 10-win season too. The win over EMU means Old Dominion finishes the season at 10-3.

    Eastern Michigan had two opportunities late in the game to get a tie or take the lead but some curious game-management decisions prevented an Eagle win from happening.

    Trailing 24-17 with about nine minutes to go in the fourth quarter, EMU had 4th and goal from the 3. Instead of playing for the possible tie, the Eagles elected to kick the field goal to cut the deficit to four. But since you’re good at math, you know a field goal is

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  • In 2014, Joe Mixon allegedly assaulted a woman in a sandwich shop.
    In 2014, Joe Mixon assaulted a woman in a sandwich shop.

    Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon issued a public apology Friday for his actions in 2014 when he punched a woman inside a Norman, Oklahoma, restaurant.

    Mixon was suspended for the 2014 season and entered a plea deal regarding assault charges stemming from the punch against Mia Molitor. Video of the punch was released last week after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that it needed to be part of the public record involving the case.

    The running back, an incoming five-star recruit at the time — punched Molitor after she slapped him on the neck. The punch knocked her swiftly to the ground and she hit her face on the side of a table as she fell to the floor. Molitor suffered broken facial bones in the incident and has filed a civil suit vs. Mixon.

    Reaction to the video — despite the public knowledge of what it contained — was strong. Mixon was asked Friday if he expected people to be sickened when they saw the video for the first time

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  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the Hawaii Bowl.

    HAWAII BOWL
    Middle Tennessee (8-4) vs. Hawaii (6-7)
    Dec. 24, 8:00 p.m. ET
    ESPN

    – Hawaii had to rally with back-to-back wins down the stretch just to make a bowl in its first season under Nick Rolovich. A 6-7 record doesn’t look very good on the surface, but it was a nice way to rebound after winning a combined 10 games in four seasons under Norm Chow. On the other side, Middle Tennessee looked like a Conference USA contender until quarterback Brent Stockstill suffered a broken collarbone in a Nov. 5 loss to UTSA. A loss to three-win Marshall followed the UTSA loss, but MTSU was able to rebound with two straight wins over Charlotte and FAU to finish out the regular season.

    With a win Middle Tennessee can reach the nine-win mark for just the second time in Rick Stockstill’s 11-year tenure. The last time MTSU got to nine wins

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  • Idaho quarterback Matt Linehan (10) threw for 381 yards and 4 TDs in the win over Colorado State. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)
    Idaho quarterback Matt Linehan (10) threw for 381 yards and 4 TDs in the win over Colorado State. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

    After the 2017 season ends, Idaho football is dropping down to the FCS level.

    The decision, which was made in April after the program lost its football-only membership to the Sun Belt Conference, hasn’t exactly been a popular one. And after the Vandals knocked off Colorado State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Thursday night, Idaho quarterback Matt Linehan made it clear he believes UI belongs at the highest level of college football.

    “We belong in FBS, period. That’s what I believe, that’s what everyone believes,” Linehan told ESPN Radio in the moments after the 61-50 victory. “We know we can compete, we belong here. No matter what anyone thinks, even our tone-deaf president (Chuck Staben). Maybe he doesn’t think we belong here, but I think we belong here.”

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    Linehan, a junior, backed down from his comments

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  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the Dollar General Bowl.

    DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL
    Ohio (8-5) vs. Troy (9-3)
    Dec. 23, 8 p.m. ET
    ESPN

    – If closely fought battles are your thing, then you are in luck. Keeping games tight (9 of 13 games decided by single digits) has been Ohio’s calling card all season. With opponents averaging a paltry 3.0 yards a carry against the Bobcat front, Ohio stays in games with a stellar run defense. The defense is ranked seventh nationally against the run, allowing 105.8 yards a game. Additionally, the Bobcat defense has allowed only three rushing TDs since October began.

    Ohio hopes to continue its blue-collar style of keeping games close to achieve victory.
    Ohio hopes to continue its blue-collar style of keeping games close to achieve victory.

    On the other side, the Trojan’s defensive revival this season is a big part of Troy’s record improving from 4-8 in 2015 to 9-3 in 2016. The Bobcats are not the only team with a fearsome rush defense in

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  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the Armed Forces Bowl.

    ARMED FORCES BOWL
    Louisiana Tech (8-5) vs. Navy (9-4)
    Dec. 23, 4:30 p.m. ET
    ESPN

    – Navy’s offense has been great all season. But it has struggled the last two games and that’s because of season-ending injuries to quarterback Will Worth and slotback Toneo Gulley. Worth leads the team with 1,198 yards rushing and Gulley averages nearly 10 yards a carry.

    Zach Abey should improve with the extra bowl practices, but it’s fair to say that Louisiana Tech has a lesser task ahead of it in stopping the Navy triple-option run game. Can the Bulldogs do it?

    Ryan Higgins has thrown 37 TDs in 2016. (Getty)
    Ryan Higgins has thrown 37 TDs in 2016. (Getty)

    – Louisiana Tech is going to spread Navy out and try to exploit mismatches wherever possible. Quarterback Ryan Higgins has thrown for 4,208 yards, 37 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He’s one of the nation’s leaders in yards per

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  • Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about the Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl.

    POPEYE’S BAHAMAS BOWL
    Eastern Michigan (7-5) vs. Old Dominion (9-3)
    Dec. 23, 1 p.m. ET
    ESPN

    – Both teams are newbies to bowl games. The Bahamas Bowl is Old Dominion’s first bowl game in program history, though it’s imperative to note ODU has only been at the FBS level for three seasons. The Monarchs moved up from FCS in 2014 after starting football in 2009.

    Eastern Michigan is heading to its second-ever bowl game. And we bet you can’t name the first. The Eagles’ only other bowl appearance was in the 1987 California Bowl. EMU beat San Jose State 30-27. Getting to go to the Bahamas to break bowl droughts isn’t bad at all.

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    – Eastern Michigan’s defense is going to have a tough task containing Old Dominion’s run game. The Monarchs have averaged over 5

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  • Elijah Hood ran for 17 touchdowns in 2015. (Getty)
    Elijah Hood ran for 17 touchdowns in 2015. (Getty)

    The Sun Bowl will be a matchup of teams missing starting running backs.

    North Carolina announced Thursday that running back Elijah Hood would miss the game for what the team termed “medical reasons.” He won’t make the trip to El Paso as North Carolina plays Stanford on Dec. 30.

    Hood said in the school release that he wouldn’t be declaring for the NFL draft and instead return to school for his senior season.

    “I’m disappointed I cannot be with my football brothers for the bowl game in Texas, but it’s best for me to stay home and fully recover,” Hood said in a statement. “I look forward to returning to the field in 2017 for my senior year and having the opportunity to represent UNC along with my teammates. I appreciate Coach Fedora and the staff for helping me make the best decision for my future.”

    Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey is missing the game as he prepares for the NFL draft.

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  • Shane Beamer coached at Virginia Tech under his father Frank. (AP)
    Shane Beamer coached at Virginia Tech under his father Frank. (AP)

    We know the identity of the former Virginia Tech assistant who was the beneficiary of WakeyLeaks info. He’s Shane Beamer, the son of former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer.

    Shane Beamer has been fined $25,000 by his current employer, Georgia, for his role in the info-sharing scandal. Former Wake Forest radio analyst Tommy Elrod gave inside information about Wake Forest’s game preparation to Army, Virginia Tech and Louisville. The school discovered Elrod had been disseminating information when it saw previously-unknown formations on Cardinal playcards at Louisville’s stadium in November.

    “While at Virginia Tech, I was contacted by Tommy Elrod the night before our game against Wake Forest in 2014,” the Georgia tight ends coach said in a statement. “I had known him for several years through coaching circles so I did not think it unusual he would be calling me. During these communications, however, he told me about a few

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  • Grant Perry has 13 catches in 2016. (AP)
    Grant Perry has 13 catches in 2016. (AP)

    Michigan wide receiver Grant Perry was suspended by the team Thursday after four charges were brought against him in East Lansing District Court.

    Perry is accused of touching a woman while she was waiting in line to get into a bar just after midnight on Oct. 15 during Michigan’s bye week. According to MLive.com, Perry is facing two misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony charge of assault and battery of a police officer and a minor in possession charge.

    Michigan said in a statement that Perry’s absence in Michigan’s next two games after its bye week was related to his arrest.

    “The University was made aware of the arrest of student-athlete Grant Perry earlier this fall,” the statement said. “He was immediately suspended from all team activities at that time and missed two games. Based on the information at that time, Grant was allowed to resume team activities pending the outcome of the investigation.

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  • Former Baylor coach Art Briles (R) told ex-president Ken Starr to
    Art Briles (R) reportedly told ex-president Ken Starr to “keep riding that white horse” after Elliott was reinstated. (Getty)

    Former Baylor president Ken Starr once used his power to reinstate a former football player, now currently imprisoned, from an academic suspension in 2011.

    According to the Wall Street Journal, former Baylor player Tevin Elliott was suspended for academic misconduct reasons. After Elliott was suspended, Starr jumped in and allowed Elliott to rejoin the team.

    Elliott is serving a prison sentence after he was found guilty of raping multiple Baylor students in 2014. Per the WSJ, Starr’s move to get Elliott back on the team was met with praise by former coach Art Briles who emailed Starr “Keep riding that white horse.” Others weren’t so happy.

    Starr’s ruling was made over the objections of other administrators. The disagreement is indicative of deeper tensions that simmered between him and other Baylor officials long before the sexual-assault scandal that roiled the

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  • Former Oklahoma coach barry Switzer admitted to creating fake news for his own personal enjoyment. (AP)
    Former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer admitted to creating fake news for his own personal enjoyment. (AP)

    Former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer punked America and he’s damn proud of it.

    Switzer admitted he made up a story about meeting with President-elect Donald Trump in Trump Tower earlier this month and then cackled when major media outlets ran with the story.

    He was his own fake news outlet.

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    Media widely reported Trump met with Barry Switzer, the former University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach who has known Trump for decades. But Switzer said he was shopping with his wife and daughter on Fifth Avenue and decided to walk into the Trump Tower lobby after seeing the Naked Cowboy. He had no meeting scheduled.

    “All the media people said, ‘coach what are you doing here,'” Switzer said in an interview. “I told them I was here to see the president like everyone else.”

    Switzer said he instead went upstairs in Trump Tower,

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  • BYU RB Jamaal Williams rushed for 210 yards and a touchdown in the win (AP)
    BYU RB Jamaal Williams rushed for 210 yards and a touchdown in the win (AP)

    Kai Nacua couldn’t have picked a better way to end his BYU career.

    With 1:22 remaining, Nacua made a game-saving interception that gave the Cougars a 24-21 win against Wyoming in the Poinsettia Bowl.

    It was Nacua’s sixth interception of the year, which ties his own school record for most interceptions in a season. It also gave BYU its second consecutive nine-win season as the Cougars continue to try to regain the prominence they had a decade ago.

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    The game started out sloppy thanks to heavy rains that saturated the field and made the ball slippery. A mishandled snap on a punt set up BYU’s first touchdown, a 3-yard run by quarterback Tanner Mangum, and then a mishandled snap on a potential Wyoming field goal ultimately netted BYU three points and gave the Cougars a 10-0 lead at halftime. It was their largest halftime lead of the season.

    In the

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    Idaho hopes to improve to 3-0 in bowl games before heading to FCS in 2018.

    Need a brief primer before you attempt to watch all 40 bowl games this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are three things you need to know about Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

    FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL
    Idaho (8-4) vs. Colorado State (7-5)
    Dec. 22, 7 p.m. ET
    ESPN

    – Both teams are hot entering the bowl. Colorado State has won four out of their last five games with the one loss being a 46-49 shootout at Air Force. The Rams averaged 48 points and 520 yards on offense through the stretch. The offense has been balanced all season averaging 223 rushing yards and 228 passing yards per game. On the other side, Idaho has won four straight, while averaging a solid 36.5 points per game. The Vandal offense does not possess the same talent or explosiveness as Colorado State’s, topping 300 passing yards only twice this season.

    Nick Stevens hopes to take advantage of Idaho's struggling secondary.
    Nick Stevens hopes to take advantage of Idaho’s struggling secondary. (Getty)

    – Idaho’s defense is not good.

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