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Army, Navy, and money

Army will try to avoid its 12th straight loss to Navy on Saturday in Philadelphia. Can Rich Ellerson's Black Knights get the breaks that have eluded them in recent games and take advantage of a...

2013 Playoff brackets, from 4 to 32 teams

The Bowl Championship Series did pretty well in choosing the two teams most deserving of a national title shot. But what happens next year when we've got a four-team playoff? And why stop at four?

Strength vs. strength for the Big Ten

The weekend's biggest game and best matchup pits the Buckeyes' No. 1 rushing attack against the Spartans' No. 1 rushing defense. This is Big Ten football as it's meant to be played.

10 things about Auburn-Missouri

The SEC Championship is always fascinating thanks to the pomp, circumstance, and virtually guaranteed high quality of the teams on the field. This game might have been unexpected, but the matchups...

Projecting championship weekend

Projecting Week 15 of the college football season and its likely impact on the national championship and BCS bowl races. Four teams remain in the running for the title ... okay, Alabama fans. Five.

You did it again, college football

Documenting one of college football's greatest, most exciting weekends on record.

Everything at stake during hate week

From outlandish trophies to BCS dreams to division races to sheer local hatred, the second-to-last weekend of the college football regular season offers something for everybody.

How Auburn can win the Iron Bowl

The odds are certainly in Alabama's favor in this Saturday's SEC West championship rivalry game. But let's take a look at what Auburn needs to do to pull an upset.

The value of being great in November

The best teams are the ones that dominate all year long. But if you can't be part of that group, it pays to be like Oklahoma State, saving your brightest play for the coldest months.

SEC roundup: Can Mizzou take one more step?

Missouri needs to sweep Ole Miss and Texas A&M to win the SEC East. In a battle of two teams with wonderful ball distribution, can the Tigers outgun the Rebels in Oxford on Saturday night?

Trying to stop Baylor

Baylor's offense has been nearly unstoppable in 2013, but both Kansas State and Oklahoma found success on and off. How did they do it, and can Oklahoma State replicate these defenses' relative...

Projecting the BCS race

The 10 teams that will make this year's BCS bowls are almost certainly listed here. Let's take a look at each team's potential scenarios the rest of the way. Hope you're excited about...

The Numerical: Starting hot

The best way to win is to dominate the first quarter, as USC, Wisconsin, Florida State, and others demonstrated this weekend. Also, maybe saying goodbye to Travis Wilson and your weekly Duke...

Masterpiece of a weekend

Not much changed from when Ball State and NIU kicked off in DeKalb to when Ed Orgeron grabbed a sword late on Saturday night. But Week 12 of the college football season saw the sport at its...

Week 12's big games: Is Auburn ready?

There are no enormous headliners like last weekend, but Week 12 of the college football season offers matchups all over the place with serious conference title implications.

Could Alabama beat Alabama?

Alabama fans, like everyone else, have taken up chanting, "We want Bama." So let's see how this year's team compares to others in the recent dynasty. Interesting strengths and weaknesses emerge,...

Projecting FSU's ACC title opponent

There are 1,024 scenarios left for the ACC Coastal. According to the numbers, the Noles should get a decent challenge in the ACC title game. It could be Duke! Odds are good that it won't be Duke,...

Your (inferior) BCS-busters

Fresno State and Northern Illinois do not measure up well to their predecessors (including 2012 NIU), Oregon doesn't really have a Stanford Problem, Gary Danielson references advanced stats, and...

LSU needs magic and mayhem

LSU's defense probably isn't going to make enough stops against Alabama's steadily improving offense, so it's going to be up to either quarterback Zach Mettenberger or Les Miles' mayhem to make...

Alabama-FSU title game now likely

Ten teams have realistic (or very optimistic) shots at the BCS National Championship, but Thursday and Saturday will tell us exactly how many are fighting for the top two spots.

College football's biggest Thursday ever?

Biggest regular season Thursday, at least? Getting a top-10 battle on Thursday night is pretty unique and exciting. Getting two top-10 battles in the same Thursday night is ridiculous. And fun.

The Numerical: Week 10's best stats

Purdue is bravely playing red zone-free football, Oklahoma State gets a break against Texas Tech, and Logan Thomas is still playing like a freshman. These are college football's best stats from...

Ohio State finally looking the part

Six big college football stories, from Ohio State's sudden surge to Florida State vs. Oregon to the baffling Notre Dame to the game-changing weekend awaiting us.

SEC roundup: The new Georgia-Florida story

Florida and Georgia were both preseason top-10 teams, but a combination of holes and injuries have left them unranked heading into the Former Cocktail Party on Saturday. Which team begins a...

Miami must be perfect

Miami might be able to move the ball on the ground against Florida State, but the Hurricanes simply have no margin for error in this battle of top-10 teams.

Big Ten's other division goes through Spartans

A win over Michigan this weekend would all but sew up Michigan State's second Big Ten Legends title in three seasons. Also, the 16-step path to Minnesota playing Ohio State for a trip to the Rose...

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