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    (Amber Matsumoto/Yahoo Sports)

    All season long, we’ve asked you to vote for the best catches in college. And with another round of voting in the books, we’re down to the final four: Ohio State’s Noah Brown, Memphis’ Anthony Miller, Texas A&M’s Jeremy Tabuyo and Appalachian State’s Shaedon Meadors.

    Here’s how the field was narrowed from eight to four:

    No. 1 seed Noah Brown, Ohio State (80 percent) vs. No. 8 seed Zach Pascal, Old Dominion (20 percent)

    No. 2 seed Anthony Miller, Memphis (55 percent) vs. No. 7 seed Dante Pettis, Washington (45 percent)

    No. 3 seed Moroni Laulu-Pututau, BYU (45 percent) vs. No. 11 seed Shaedon Meadors, App State (55 percent)

    No. 5 seed Jeremy Tabuyo, Texas A&M (64 percent) vs. No. 13 seed Mike Gesicki, Penn State (36 percent)

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    That voting brings us to our final two matchups:

    No. 1 seed Noah Brown (Ohio State) vs. No. 5 seed Jeremy Tabuyo (Texas A&M)

    Noah Brown, Ohio State — Week 3 vs. Oklahoma

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  • Washington State QB Luke Falk is returning for his senior season. (Getty)
    Washington State QB Luke Falk is returning for his senior season. (Getty)

    Washington State quarterback Luke Falk will return for his senior season, coach Mike Leach announced during the Holiday Bowl press conference Monday.

    “It won’t be his last game,” Leach said when asked whether Falk would be playing in his final collegiate contest. “We’ll see what his last game means to the program.”

    Leach later said he’d had several conversations with his junior quarterback and he didn’t “believe” Falk was leaving.

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    Falk has thrown for 4,204 yards and 37 touchdowns this season with just 10 interceptions. He is second nationally in completion percentage (71.0), has a school-record 23 career 300-yard passing games, and is third in Cougars’ history with 10,629 passing yards. He is the NCAA’s active career leader in passing yards per game (354.3), and ranks fourth in TD passes (88). Falk has a chance to break Connor Halliday’s career

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  • Mississippi State tops Miami (Ohio) with a blocked field goal. (Getty)
    Mississippi State tops Miami (Ohio) with a blocked field goal. (Getty)

    Mississippi State blocked a 37-yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining to edge out a 17-16 win against Miami (Ohio) in a game that was more competitive than most people expected.

    Mississippi State trailed most the game until taking a 17-16 lead off a field goal with 12:03 remaining. After forcing the RedHawks to turn the ball over on downs, the Bulldogs drove to the Miami (Ohio) 22-yard line and appeared poised for a field goal that would have forced the RedHawks to score a touchdown for the win.

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    Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald ran for a 1-yard loss on third down and had his helmet knocked off and came up limping. The Bulldogs could have done any number of things on fourth down, including taking a timeout to allow Fitzgerald to regain his composure or kicking a manageable field goal. Instead, Mississippi State sent backup quarterback Damian Williams in

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  • Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols has declared for the NFL draft. (Getty)
    Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols has declared for the NFL draft. (Getty)

    Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols announced Monday he was skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

    McNichols has been a workhorse for the Broncos this season, rushing for 1,663 yards, which is the third-highest single-season total for the Broncos. His 2,185 all-purpose yards is 174 yards short of Jay Ajayi’s school single-season mark set in 2014. McNichols also has 27 total touchdowns entering Tuesday’s Cactus Bowl against Baylor just two shy of Western Kentucky’s Anthony Wales, who leads the nation.

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    Overall, McNichols posted nine 100-yard rushing games in 2016 and a Boise State-record three 200-yard rushing efforts. McNichols also leads all Mountain West backs in receptions (32) and receiving yards (450).

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  • UConn fired coach Bob Diaco, who won 11 games in three seasons. (Getty)
    UConn fired coach Bob Diaco, who won 11 games in three seasons. (Getty)

    The University of Connecticut announced Monday that it will part ways with coach Bob Diaco on Jan. 2.

    Diaco spent three seasons with the Huskies and was 11-29. They finished 3-9 this year.

    The school did not explicitly say why it was waiting until Jan. 2 to make the move official, however, there were reports Diaco’s buyout decreases after the first of the year.

    “I know this may come as a surprise to our fans and supporters given the timing of this decision,” UConn Director of Athletics David Benedict said. “However, it became apparent to me that a change in program direction is necessary at this time.”

    UConn was one of the nation’s worst offensive teams. It ranked 122nd in total offense and 128th in points scored with 14.8 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 Independence Bowl.

    INDEPENDENCE BOWL
    North Carolina State (6-6) vs. Vanderbilt (6-6)
    Dec. 26, 4 p.m. ET
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    NC State S Josh Jones has 106 tackles. (Getty)
    NC State S Josh Jones has 106 tackles. (Getty)

    – There’s nothing better than earning a trip to Shreveport with a win in the final week of the regular season. NC State upset rival North Carolina to get to 6-6 while Vanderbilt knocked off Tennessee to become bowl eligible. The winner, as you can see by the records above, gets to finish above .500. If it’s NC State, it’ll be coach Dave Doeren’s third-straight season with a winning record.

    If Vanderbilt gets the win, it’ll be the first winning season for coach Derek Mason and the first time the Commodores have been above .500 since James Franklin was the coach in 2013.

    Vanderbilt LB Zach Cunningham (41) can do it all. (Getty)
    Vanderbilt LB Zach Cunningham (41) can do it all, including jumping over the line for a field goal block. (Getty)

    – If

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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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