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Power Ranking for All 126 Teams After the 2013 Regular Season

Brian PedersenFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2013

Power Ranking for All 126 Teams After the 2013 Regular Season

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    It's all over but the bowling.

    Save for the annual Army-Navy tussle this weekend, the 2013 college football regular season is complete. We have our 35 bowl matchups, ranging from the yawn-inducing to the saliva-generating, and everything in between.

    We also have a final power ranking of all 126 FBS teams that took the field this fall. And while it might make sense to have the 70 teams that are still active and preparing for bowls to be all lined up at the top of the rankings, well, that's just too nice and neat.

    Check out the slides to see where each and every team ended up, then give us your thoughts on this next-to-final (another one, the really final one, will come out shortly after the BCS National Championship Game) set of rankings.

    (Note: The rankings are comprised of an average of the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls, as well as Bleacher Report's official pollJeff Sagarin's computer ratings and the author's personal ranking.)

126. Florida International Golden Panthers

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    Average rating: 173.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Florida International (1-11, 1-7 C-USA) finished with its worst mark since joining the FBS in 1996.

125. Miami (Ohio) RedHawks

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    Average rating: 173.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete. 

    Notable: Miami (0-12, 0-8 MAC) went winless for the first time since going 0-10-1 in 2008 and will enter next season on a 16-game losing streak.

124. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles

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    Average rating: 162.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Southern Mississippi (1-11, 1-7 C-USA) ended a 23-game losing streak in its season finale.

123. Eastern Michigan Eagles

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    Average rating: 158.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Eastern Michigan (2-10, 1-7 MAC) reached double-digit losses for the fourth time in the last five years.

122. Idaho Vandals

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    Average rating: 157.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Idaho (1-11), which played as an independent this season, will join the Sun Belt Conference in 2014.

121. Massachusetts Minutemen

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    Average rating: 156.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Massachusetts (1-11, 1-7 MAC) is 2-22 in two seasons of FBS play.

     

120. Georgia State Panthers

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    Average rating: 155.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Georgia State (0-12, 0-8 Sun Belt) lost by an average of 17.9 points per game in its first season of FBS play.

119. New Mexico State Aggies

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    Average rating: 155.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: New Mexico State (2-10), which was independent this season, joins the Sun Belt Conference next year.

     

118. Western Michigan Broncos

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    Average rating: 153.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Western Michigan (1-11, 1-7 MAC) finished with one win for the third time since 1975.

117. UTEP Miners

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    Average rating: 150.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: UTEP (2-10, 1-7 C-USA) finished under .500 for the eighth straight year and reached 10 losses for the first time since 2003.

116. UAB Blazers

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    Average rating: 142.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: UAB (2-10, 1-7 C-USA) ended the season on a five-game losing streak and finished with its eighth straight losing record.

115. Air Force Falcons

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    Average rating: 135.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Air Force (2-10, 0-8 MWC) finished with 10 losses for the first time in school history and also went winless in league play for the first time ever.

114. Purdue Boilermakers

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    Average rating: 134.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Purdue (1-11, 0-8 Big Ten) went winless in league play for the first time since 1993.

113. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

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    Average rating: 132.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Louisiana Tech (4-8, 3-5 C-USA) finished the year ranked 113th in scoring at 19.2 points per game, after leading the FBS with an average of more than 50 points per game in 2012.

112. Army Black Knights

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    Average rating: 131.5

    Week 15 result: Bye

    Up next: Army (3-8) faces Navy (7-4) in Philadelphia on Saturday in the final regular-season college football game of 2013. The Black Knights have dropped 11 straight in the series, falling 17-13 to the Midshipmen last season.

    Notable: Army's rushing game slipped to No. 2 nationally, at 323.6 yards per game, while its passing attack (80.1) is 123rd in the FBS.

111. Hawaii Warriors

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    Average rating: 126.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Hawaii (1-11) finished the year 19th in passing (301.4 yards per game) but 113th in rushing (114.6).

110. New Mexico Lobos

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    Average rating: 126.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: New Mexico (3-9, 1-7 MWC) has lost at least nine games for five straight seasons and completed its sixth consecutive year with a losing record.

109. South Florida Bulls

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    Average rating: 125.0

    Week 15 result: South Florida (2-10, 2-6 American) ended its season with a 31-6 loss at Rutgers (6-6, 3-5).

    Notable: The Bulls finished with their worst record since starting their football program in 1997.

108. Tulsa Golden Hurricane

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    Average rating: 123.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Tulsa (3-9, 2-6 C-USA) had its worst season since going 1-11 in 2002. Since then the Golden Hurricane had at least eight wins in eight of 10 years.

107. Old Dominion Monarchs

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    Average rating: 118.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Old Dominion (8-4), which moves to Conference USA next season as it transitions from the FCS, went 1-4 against FBS programs this year.

106. Texas State Bobcats

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    Average rating: 117.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete. Despite being bowl-eligible, Texas State (6-6, 2-5 Sun Belt) did not get invited to a postseason game.

    Notable: The Bobcats ended the season on a three-game losing streak after becoming bowl-eligible.

105. California Golden Bears

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    Average rating: 116.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: California's 1-11 record was its first with double-digit losses since going 1-10 in 2001.

104. Wyoming Cowboys

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    Average rating: 116.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Wyoming (5-7, 3-5 MWC) hired North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl to replace Dave Christensen, who was fired last week after five seasons.

103. Temple Owls

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    Average rating: 114.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Temple (2-10, 2-6 AAC) finished with 10 or more losses for the ninth time in school history.

102. Kansas Jayhawks

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    Average rating: 114.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Kansas (3-9, 1-8 Big 12) ended he year 121st nationally in scoring, averaging just 15.3 points per game.

101. Akron Zips

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    Average rating: 113.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Akron (5-7, 4-4 MAC) won three straight to end the year to collect as many victories in 2013 as in the previous four seasons combined.

100. Memphis Tigers

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    Average rating: 109.5

    Week 15 result: Memphis (3-9, 1-7 American) ended its season with a 45-10 loss at Connecticut (3-9, 3-5).

    Notable: The Tigers were only outscored by 61 points for the year, despite the .250 winning percentage.

99. Kent State Golden Flashes

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    Average rating: 109.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Kent State went 4-8 this season, a year after going 11-3 and playing in the Mid-American Conference title game.

98. Connecticut Huskies

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    Average rating: 109.0

    Week 15 result: Connecticut (3-9, 3-5 American) ended its season on a three-game winning streak, the last victory a 45-10 win over visiting Memphis (3-9, 1-7).

    Notable: The Huskies averaged 33.7 points per game during their win streak, after failing to surpass 21 points in the first nine losses.

97. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks

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    Average rating: 107.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Louisiana-Monroe (6-6, 4-3 Sun Belt) was one of 10 bowl-eligible teams in FBS not chosen for a postseason game. The Warhawks went to their first-ever bowl game last season, falling 45-10 to Ohio in the Independence Bowl.

96. Kentucky Wildcats

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    Average rating: 106.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Kentucky (2-10, 0-8 SEC) is taking a 16-game conference losing streak into next season. The Wildcats open SEC play Sept. 13, 2014 at Florida.

95. North Carolina State Wolfpack

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    Average rating: 103.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: North Carolina State (3-9, 0-8 ACC) finished winless in the league for the first time in school history.

94. Central Michigan Chippewas

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    Average rating: 103.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Central Michigan (6-6, 5-3 MAC) finished on a three-game win streak but, despite getting to .500, was not invited to a bowl game.

93. Virginia Cavaliers

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    Average rating: 101.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Virginia (2-10, 0-8 ACC) ended the season on a nine-game losing streak and finished with 10 losses for the first time since 1981.

92. Troy Trojans

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    Average rating: 100.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Troy (6-6, 4-3 Sun Belt) was not invited to a bowl game, thus ending the college career of QB Corey Robinson. He finishes as the No. 8 passer in FBS history, with 13,477 yards.

91. Nevada Wolf Pack

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    Average rating: 97.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Nevada (4-8, 3-5 MWC) finished with its worst record since going 3-8 in 2001.

90. SMU Mustangs

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    Average rating: 95.5

    Week 15 result: SMU (5-7, 4-4 American) lost its season finale 17-13 at home to Central Florida (11-1, 8-0), missing out on a bowl game in the process.

    Notable: The Mustangs had been to bowls in four straight years after breaking a 25-year bowl drought in 2009.

89. Ohio Bobcats

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    Average rating: 94.0

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Ohio (7-5) will face East Carolina (9-3) in the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl on Dec. 23. The Bobcats lost to the Pirates in both 1996 and 1998.

    Notable: Ohio is making its fifth straight bowl appearance and sixth in the past seven seasons.

88. Arkansas State Red Wolves

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    Average rating: 91.5

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Arkansas State (7-5) will face Ball State (10-2) in the GoDaddy Bowl on Jan. 5 in Mobile, Ala. The schools have never met.

    Notable: The Red Wolves are playing in the GoDaddy Bowl for the third straight year, beating Kent State, 17-13, last season.

87. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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    Average rating: 89.0

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Rutgers (6-6) will face Notre Dame (8-4) in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 28 in the Bronx, N.Y. The Scarlet Knights are winless in four previous games against the Fighting Irish, losing 42-0 in 2000.

    Notable: Rutgers beat Iowa State in the 2011 Pinstripe Bowl, part of a 5-0 run in bowl games that ended with last year's loss to Virginia Tech in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

86. Arkansas Razorbacks

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    Average rating: 87.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Arkansas (3-9, 0-8 SEC) finished winless in the league for the first time ever and failed to surpass three victories for the first time since 1992.

85. Colorado Buffaloes

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    Average rating: 87.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Colorado (4-8, 1-8 Pac-12) completed its eighth straight season under .500.

84. South Alabama Jaguars

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    Average rating: 86.5

    Week 15 result: South Alabama (6-6, 4-3 Sun Belt) finished up the season with a 30-8 home win over conference champion Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4, 5-2).

    Notable: The Jaguars, who were 2-11 in their first season of FBS play in 2012, were among the 10 teams with .500 records or better that didn't get selected to a bowl game.

83. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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    Average rating: 85.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Wake Forest (4-8, 2-6 ACC) announced Monday it had hired Bowling Green's Dave Clawson to be its head coach. Jim Grobe had resigned the week before after 13 seasons. 

82. Iowa State Cyclones

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    Average rating: 84.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Iowa State (3-9, 2-7 Big 12) ended on a two-game win streak but still finished with a losing record for the sixth time in the last seven years.

81. West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Average rating: 84.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: West Virginia (4-8, 2-7 Big 12) had its worst record since going 3-8 in 2001.

80. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

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    Average rating: 82.0

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Middle Tennessee (8-4) will face Navy (7-4) in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30 in Fort Worth, Texas. The teams have never met.

    Notable: The Blue Raiders are making their sixth bowl appearance in school history, and fourth since 2006.

79. Illinois Fighting Illini

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    Average rating: 80.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Illinois (4-8, 1-7 Big Ten) hasn't won a road game since beating Indiana in October 2011.

78. UNLV Runnin' Rebels

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    Average rating: 80.0

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: UNLV (7-5) will face North Texas (8-4) in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1. The Runnin' Rebels have won all four meetings with the Mean Green, most recently in 2000.

    Notable: UNLV's last bowl game came in 2000, when it beat Arkansas in the Las Vegas Bowl.

77. San Diego State Aztecs

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    Average rating: 80.0

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: San Diego State (7-5) will face Buffalo (8-4) in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 21 in Boise. The schools have never met.

    Notable: The Aztecs are making their fourth consecutive bowl appearance, the longest streak in school history.

76. Florida Atlantic Owls

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    Average rating: 79.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Florida Atlantic (6-6, 4-4 C-USA) finished on a four-game win streak, but the Owls were among a handful of eligible teams that did not get invited to a bowl game.

75. San Jose State Spartans

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    Average rating: 78.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: San Jose State (6-6, 5-3 MWC) failed to reach a bowl game, despite becoming bowl-eligible in its final game of the season. Ironically, the Spartans became eligible by upsetting Fresno State, which knocked the Bulldogs out of the BCS and decreased the number of bowl spots open for Mountain West teams.

74. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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    Average rating: 77.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Western Kentucky (8-4, 4-3 Sun Belt) had the most wins of any bowl-eligible team that wasn't selected. The Hilltoppers were 7-5 last season and earned a bid to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

73. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns

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    Average rating: 77.5

    Week 15 result: Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4, 5-3 Sun Belt) ended its regular season with a 30-8 loss at South Alabama (6-6, 4-3), its second straight defeat.

    Up next: The Ragin' Cajuns will face Tulane (7-5) in the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 21. The schools have met 26 times, with ULL beating the Green Wave 41-13 last season.

    Notable: ULL, 3-1 in bowl games, is playing in the New Orleans Bowl for the third straight season.

72. Tulane Green Wave

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    Average rating: 76.5

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Tulane (7-5) will face Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4) in the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 21. The Green Wave lost 41-13 to the Ragin' Cajuns last season.

    Notable: Tulane is making its first bowl appearance since beating Hawaii in the 2002 Hawaii Bowl.

71. Colorado State Rams

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    Average rating: 76.5

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Colorado State (7-6) will face Washington State (6-6) in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 21 in Albuquerque. The teams have never met.

    Notable: The Rams are making their first bowl appearance since 2008, when they beat Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl.

70. Northwestern Wildcats

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    Average rating: 75.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Northwestern (5-7, 1-7 Big Ten) completed its worst season since 2006.

69. UTSA Roadrunners

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    Average rating: 74.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: UTSA (7-5, 6-2 C-USA) finished the season on a five-game win streak, but as part of its transition from the FBS, was only eligible for a bowl game if all other eligible teams had been slotted first.

68. TCU Horned Frogs

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    Average rating: 73.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: TCU (4-8, 2-7 Big 12) had its worst season since going 1-10 in 1997. The Horned Frogs have had nine 10-win seasons since then.

67. Tennessee Volunteers

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    Average rating: 73.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Tennessee (5-7, 2-6 SEC) finished with seven losses for the fourth straight year.

66. Indiana Hoosiers

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    Average rating: 71.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Indiana (5-7, 3-5 Big Ten) finished the season ranked 20th nationally in scoring offense (38.4 points per game) but 117th in scoring defense (38.8).

65. Florida Gators

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    Average rating: 68.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Florida (4-8, 35 SEC) completed its worst season in 34 years, when it went 0-10-1.

64. Buffalo Bulls

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    Average rating: 65.0

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Buffalo (8-4) will face San Diego State (7-5) in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 23 in Boise. The teams have never met.

    Notable: The Bulls' only previous bowl appearance came in a loss to Connecticut in the 2009 International Bowl in Toronto.

63. Syracuse Orange

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    Average rating: 65.0

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Syracuse (6-6) will face Minnesota (8-4) in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 27 in Houston. The Orange are 1-3 against the Golden Gophers, losing last year's meeting 17-10.

    Notable: Syracuse hasn't played a bowl game in Texas since beating Texas in the 1960 Cotton Bowl.

62. Maryland Terrapins

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    Average rating: 64.5

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Maryland (7-5) will face Marshall (9-4) in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 in Annapolis, Md. The schools have never met.

    Notable: The Terrapins' last bowl game came in the 2010 Military Bowl, played in Washington D.C., which resulted in a 51-20 win over East Carolina.

61. Toledo Rockets

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    Average rating: 63.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Toledo (7-5, 5-3 MAC) was bowl-eligible for a fourth season in a row but was not selected for a game this time. The Rockets were passed over for Ohio (7-5).

60. North Texas Mean Green

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    Average rating: 62.5

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: North Texas (8-4) will face UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1. The Mean Green have lost all four meetings with the Runnin' Rebels, most recently in 2000.

    Notable: North Texas is making its first bowl appearance since 2004, when it completed a stretch of four straight trips to the New Orleans Bowl.

59. Navy Midshipmen

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    Average rating: 60.5

    Week 15 result: Bye.

    Up next: Navy (7-4) will face Army (3-8) on Saturday in their annual clash in Philadelphia. The Midshipmen have won the last 11 meetings, including last year's 17-13 win over the Black Knights.

    Notable: Navy is third nationally in rushing offense, gaining 320.1 yards per game.

58. Pittsburgh Panthers

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    Average rating: 58.0

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Pittsburgh (6-6) will face Bowling Green (10-3) in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26 in Detroit. The Panthers are 2-1 against the Panthers but lost 27-17 to them in 2008.

    Notable: Pitt is making its sixth straight appearance in a bowl game, with the last three all coming in the form of the BBVA Compass Bowl.

57. Utah Utes

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    Average rating: 57.0

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Utah (5-7, 2-7 Pac-12) finished with a losing record for the second straight year after nine consecutive winning seasons.

56. Marshall Thundering Herd

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    Average rating: 57.0

    Week 15 result: Marshall (9-4) lost 41-24 at Rice (10-3) in the Conference USA title game.

    Up next: The Thundering Herd will face Maryland (7-5) in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 in Annapolis, Md. The schools have never met before.

    Notable: Marshall QB Rakeem Cato has thrown for 3,579 yards and 36 touchdowns.

55. East Carolina Pirates

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    Average rating: 54.0

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: East Carolina (9-3) will face Ohio (7-5) in the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl on Dec. 23. The Pirates beat the Bobcats in both 1996 and 1998.

    Notable: ECU's last bowl win came in 2007 when it beat Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl.

54. Boston College Eagles

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    Average rating: 52.5

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Boston College (7-5) will face Arizona (7-5) in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl on Dec. 31 in Shreveport, La. The schools have never met.

    Notable: The Eagles have lost their last three bowl games after winning eight straight from 2000-07. The Eagles' last victory came in the 2007 Champs Sports Bowl over Michigan State.

53. Mississippi State Bulldogs

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    Average rating: 51.0

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Mississippi State (6-6) will face Rice (10-3) in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31 in Memphis. The Bulldogs have played the Owls once before, beating them in 1975.

    Notable: MSU is making a bowl appearance for the fourth straight year, a school record.

52. North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Average rating: 50.5

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: North Carolina (6-6) will face Cincinnati (9-3) in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 28 in Charlotte, N.C. The teams have played twice before, most recently in 1991.

    Notable: The Tar Heels are 0-3 in bowl games played in their home state, losing versions of the Belk Bowl in 2004, 2008 and 2009.

51. Utah State Aggies

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    Average rating: 48.0

    Week 15 result: Utah State (8-5) lost 24-17 at Fresno State (11-1) in the Mountain West title game.

    Up next: The Aggies will face Northern Illinois (12-1) in the S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 26 in San Diego. It will be the first-ever meeting between the schools.

    Notable: Utah State is 2-5 all-time in bowl games but hasn't played one in California since losing to San Jose State in the 1947 Raisin Bowl.

50. Penn State Nittany Lions

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    Average rating: 47.5

    Week 15 result: Season complete.

    Notable: Penn State (7-5, 4-4 Big Ten) was not eligible for a bowl game due to NCAA sanctions, but the Nittany Lions finished with a winning record for the ninth straight season.

49. Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    Average rating: 46.5

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Texas Tech (7-5) will face Arizona State (10-3) in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30 in San Diego. The Red Raiders lost 31-13 to the Sun Devils in 1999.

    Notable: Texas Tech, which is riding a five-game losing streak, is playing in the Holiday Bowl for the first time since a 45-31 win over California in 2004.

48. Oregon State Beavers

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    Average rating: 46.0

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Oregon State (6-6) will face Boise State (8-4) in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24 in Honolulu. The Beavers lost 37-24 to the Broncos in 2010.

    Notable: OSU, which is riding a five-game losing streak, last played a bowl in Hawaii in 1999, losing 23-17 to Hawaii in the Oahu Bowl.

47. Ball State Cardinals

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    Average rating: 44.67

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Ball State (10-2) will face Arkansas State (7-5) in the GoDaddy Bowl on Jan. 5 in Mobile, Ala. The teams have never met.

    Notable: The Cardinals are 0-6 all time in bowl games, losing 38-17 last season to Central Florida in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.

46. Washington State Cougars

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    Average rating: 42.5

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Washington State (6-6) will face Colorado State (7-6) in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 21 in Albuquerque. The teams have never met.

    Notable: The Cougars are making their first bowl appearance since 2003, when they beat Texas in the Holiday Bowl.

45. Michigan Wolverines

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    Average rating: 41.5

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Michigan (7-5) will face Kansas State (7-5) in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Dec. 28 in Tempe, Ariz. The schools have never met before.

    Notable: The Wolverines haven't played a game in Arizona since beating Nebraska in the 1986 Fiesta Bowl.

44. Boise State Broncos

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    Average rating: 41.5

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Boise State (8-4) will face Oregon State (6-6) in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24 in Honolulu. The schools last met in 2010, with the Broncos winning 37-24.

    Notable: Boise will be coached in the bowl by linebackers coach Bob Gregory, who was named the interim coach after Chris Petersen left to take the Washington job.

43. Houston Cougars

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    Average rating: 41.5

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Houston (8-4) will face Vanderbilt (8-4) in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 4 in Birmingham, Ala. The teams have never met.

    Notable: The Cougars are playing a bowl game outside of Texas for the first time since losing to South Carolina in the 2006 Liberty Bowl.

42. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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    Average rating: 41.0

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Georgia Tech (7-5) will face Mississippi (7-5) in the Music City Bowl Dec. 30 in Nashville, Tenn. The Yellow Jackets have faced the Rebels three times, most recently losing to them in the 1971 Peach Bowl.

    Notable: Georgia Tech is making its 17th straight bowl appearance. Its last two were spent in El Paso, where it split a pair of Sun Bowl contests.

41. Rice Owls

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    Average rating: 40.4

    Week 15 result: Rice (10-3) won its first conference title since 1957, taking the Conference USA championship with a 41-24 home win over Marshall (9-4).

    The Owls got 250 rushing yards, with Charles Ross gaining 109 yards and two touchdowns, while QB Taylor McHargue threw for 196 yards and a TD.

    Rice led 14-0 early and never slowed down, holding Marshall's Rakeem Cato to 265 passing yards.

    Up next: Rice will face Mississippi State (6-6) in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31 in Memphis. The schools met once before, with the Owls losing to the Bulldogs in a 1975 game.

    Notable: The Owls are 6-4 all time in bowl games.

40. Virginia Tech Hokies

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    Average rating: 40.333

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Virginia Tech (8-4) will face UCLA (9-3) in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 in El Paso, Texas. The schools have never met.

    Notable: The Hokies are making their 21st consecutive appearance in a bowl game, going 9-11 in that span. Their last two bowl games have gone into overtime.

39. Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Average rating: 40.0

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Nebraska (8-4) will face Georgia (8-4) in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 in Jacksonville, Fla. It will be a rematch of last year's Capital One Bowl, which the Cornhuskers lost 45-31.

    Notable: Nebraska is making its 50th bowl appearance, looking for its first bowl win since beating Arizona 33-0 in the 2009 Holiday Bowl.

38. Ole Miss Rebels

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    Average rating: 38.0

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Ole Miss (7-5) will face Georgia Tech (7-5) in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 in Nashville, Tenn. The teams have met three times, including twice in bowl games, with the most recent occasion resulting in a win for the Rebels in the 1971 Peach Bowl.

    Notable: Mississippi has won its last five bowl games and 10 of 11. All time, the Rebels are 22-12 in bowls.

37. Minnesota Golden Gophers

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    Average rating: 38.0

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Minnesota (8-4) will face Syracuse (6-6) in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 27 in Houston. The Golden Gophers are 3-1 against the Orange, beating them 17-10 last season.

    Notable: Minnesota has lost its last five bowl games, its last win coming in the 2004 Music City Bowl against Alabama.

36. Kansas State Wildcats

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    Average rating: 37.0

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Kansas State (7-5) will face Michigan (7-5) in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Dec. 28 in Tempe, Ariz. The schools have never met before.

    Notable: The Wildcats have lost five consecutive bowl games, last winning in 2002 when they beat Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl.

35. Cincinnati Bearcats

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    Average rating: 33.6

    Week 15 result: Cincinnati (9-3, 6-2 American) lost 31-24 in overtime at home to Louisville (11-1, 7-1).

    The Bearcats forced the extra period with a 26-yard field goal by Tony Miliano with seven seconds left, but in OT they were unable to gain positive yardage after Louisville scored on its possession. Brendon Kay threw for 304 yards and rushed for two touchdowns, but he was also intercepted twice.

    Up next: Cincinnati will face North Carolina (6-6) in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 28 in Charlotte, N.C. The Bearcats are 0-2 against the Tar Heels, but the schools haven't met since 1991.

    Notable: The Bearcats are in the Belk Bowl for the second year in a row, beating Duke 48-34 last season.

34. BYU Cougars

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    Average rating: 335.

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: BYU (8-4) will face Washington (8-4) in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 27 in San Francisco. The schools have met eight times, each winning four, with the Cougars taking the last clash 23-17 in 2006.

    Notable: BYU has never played in this game, but it's 6-8-1 all time in bowls played in California.

33. Vanderbilt Commodores

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    Average rating: 33.25

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Vanderbilt (8-4) will face Houston (8-4) in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 4 in Birmingham, Ala. It will be the first-ever meeting between the schools.

    Notable: The Commodores are playing in a bowl for the third straight year, a first in school history. The program only has six previous bowl appearances.

32. Arizona Wildcats

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    Average rating: 33.0

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Arizona (7-5) will face Boston College (7-5) in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl on Dec. 31 in Shreveport, La. The schools have never met before.

    Notable: The Wildcats have never played a bowl game east of San Antonio in 17 previous bowl appearances.

31. Texas Longhorns

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    Average rating: 30.75

    Week 15 result: Texas (8-4, 7-2) came up short in a chance to win the Big 12, falling 30-10 at league champion Baylor (11-1, 8-1).

    The Longhorns held Baylor's high-powered offense in check for one half, forging a 3-3 tie at halftime. But Texas couldn't hold the Bears down forever, ultimately allowing 508 yards and a 17-point outburst during a nine-minute span in the third quarter.

    Texas managed just 217 total yards, with Case McCoy managing only 54 yards on 12-of-34 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions. Malcolm Brown added 131 rushing yards in the loss.

    Up next: Texas will face Oregon (10-2) in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30 in San Antonio. The schools last met in the 2000 Holiday Bowl, with the Longhorns falling 35-30.

    Notable: Texas, which beat Oregon State 31-27 in last year's Alamo Bowl, is 19-14-2 all-time in bowl games played in the Lone Star State.

30. Washington Huskies

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    Average rating: 30.2

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Washington (8-4) will face BYU (8-4) in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 27 in San Francisco. The schools have split eight previous meetings, but the Huskies lost 23-17 to the Cougars in 2010.

    Notable: The Huskies will be coached in the bowl by quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo, who was named interim coach following the departure of Steve Sarkisian to USC. Incoming coach Chris Petersen, from Boise State, will not take over until after the bowl game.

29. Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes

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    Average rating: 29.6

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Miami (9-3) will face Louisville (11-1) in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28 in Orlando, Fla. The Hurricanes are 9-1-1 against the Cardinals, but the last meeting was a 31-7 loss to Louisville in 2006.

    Notable: Miami hasn't won a bowl game since downing Nevada 21-20 in the 2006 MPC Computers Bowl.

28. Bowling Green Falcons

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    Average rating: 29.6

    Week 15 result: Bowling Green (10-3) won its first Mid-American title since 1992 with a 47-27 win over Northern Illinois (12-1) in the conference title game in Detroit.

    The Falcons gained 574 yards, getting 393 passing yards and five touchdowns from QB Matt Johnson. Their defense also proved strong, forcing NIU's Jordan Lynch into a pair of interceptions

    Bowling Green also got 133 rushing yards and a TD from Travis Greene.

    Up next: Bowling Green will face Pittsburgh (6-6) in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26 in Detroit. The Falcons are 1-2 all-time against the Panthers, beating them 27-17 in 2008.

    Notable: Bowling Green will be playing the game without the coach who got it there, as Dave Clawson was hired Monday to coach Wake Forest.

27. Iowa Hawkeyes

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    Average rating: 28.8

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Iowa (8-4) will face LSU (9-3) in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 in Tampa, Fla. The only previous meeting between the teams came in the 2005 Capital One Bowl, with Iowa winning a thrilling 30-25 decision.

    Notable: This is the Hawkeyes' fourth trip to Tampa since 2004. They're 2-1 in previous Outback games.

26. Fresno State Bulldogs

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    Average rating: 28.0

    Week 15 result: Fresno State (11-1) won the Mountain West title game, holding on for a 24-17 home win over Utah State (8-5).

    The Bulldogs got 404 passing yards and three touchdowns from Derek Carr, who broke the school single-season yardage record. Davante Adams had 168 receiving yards and a TD, while Isaiah Burse caught 17 passes for 132 yards and a score.

    Up next: Fresno will face USC (9-4) in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 21. The Bulldogs are 1-1 against the Trojans, losing 50-42 in 2005 and beating them in the 1992 Freedom Bowl.

    Notable: Carr's 4,866 passing yards this season are the 14th-most in FBS history, and his 48 TD passes are tied for fifth-best.

25. Northern Illinois Huskies

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    Average rating: 27.6

    Week 15 result: Northern Illinois (12-1) lost its shot at a second straight BCS appearance when it fell 47-27 to Bowling Green (10-3) in the Mid-American title game in Detroit.

    The Huskies got as close as 17-13 midway through the second quarter before Bowling Green scored a pair of touchdowns to take an 18-point lead into halftime. Jordan Lynch rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns and also threw for 219 yards and a TD, but he was intercepted twice.

    NIU allowed Bowling Green to gain 574 yards, including 393 passing yards and five touchdowns from Matt Johnson.

    Up next: Northern Illinois will face Utah State (8-5) in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 26 in San Diego. The schools have never met.

    Notable: NIU is 4-4 all-time in bowl games and lost 17-7 to TCU in its previous trip the Poinsettia Bowl, in 2006.

24. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Average rating: 27.2

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Notre Dame (8-4) will face Rutgers (6-6) in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 28 in the Bronx, N.Y. The Fighting Irish are 4-0 against the Scarlet Knights, beating them 42-0 in 2000.

    Notable: Notre Dame's previous 32 bowl appearances have all been in warm weather locales or indoors. The Irish have never played a bowl game north of Texas.

23. Duke Blue Devils

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    Average rating: 26.5

    Week 15 result: Duke (10-3) was crushed by Florida State (13-0) in the ACC championship game, losing 45-7 in Charlotte, N.C.

    The Blue Devils were held to just 239 yards of offense, committing three turnovers and not scoring until 1:01 remained in the game. Duke held FSU down early but eventually yielded 569 yards to the Seminoles.

    Up next: Duke will face Texas A&M (8-4) in the Chick-fil-A Bowl Dec. 31 in Atlanta. The schools have never met before.

    Notable: The Blue Devils will be making bowl appearances in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history.

22. USC Trojans

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    Average rating: 24.8

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: USC (9-4) will face Fresno State (11-1) in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 21. The schools have met twice before, with the Trojans winning a regular-season game in 2005 but falling to the Bulldogs in the 1992 Freedom Bowl.

    Notable: USC has played in the Las Vegas Bowl once before, losing to Utah in 2001.

21. Georgia Bulldogs

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    Average rating: 23.2

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Georgia (8-4) will face Nebraska (8-4) in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 in Jacksonville, Fla. The schools met last year in the Capital One Bowl, with the Bulldogs taking a 45-31 victory.

    Notable: Georgia plays in the Gator Bowl's stadium once every year during the regular season but has not played in this bowl game since 1989 when it beat Michigan State.

20. Texas A&M Aggies

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    Average rating: 20.1

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Texas A&M (8-4) will face Duke (10-3) in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31 in Atlanta. The schools have never met before.

    Notable: The Aggies have never faced an ACC team in a bowl game, but in 1992 they lost to a then-independent Florida State team in the Cotton Bowl.

19. Central Florida Knights

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    Average rating: 19.6

    Week 15 result: Central Florida (11-1, 8-0 American) sewed up a spot in the BCS by holding on for a 17-13 win at SMU (5-7, 4-4).

    The Knights had technically already won the league by virtue of Cincinnati's loss to Louisville two days earlier, but they made it official and outright when Blake Bortles scored on a 15-yard run with 14 seconds left in the third quarter.

    Bortles, who also had a 1-yard TD run, threw for 242 yards.

    Up next: UCF will face Baylor (11-1) in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 in Glendale, Ariz. The schools have never met.

    Notable: The Knights, who have never played in a BCS game, are 2-3 all-time in bowl games. UCF beat Ball State 38-17 in last year's Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.

18. Louisville Cardinals

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    Average rating: 17.8

    Week 15 result: Louisville (11-1, 7-1 American) pulled out a 31-24 overtime win at Cincinnati (9-3, 6-2).

    Dominique Brown scored on a 2-yard run in overtime, then the Cardinals defense kept Cincinnati from gaining a first down on its possession, giving Louisville back-to-back 11-win seasons for the first time in school history.

    Teddy Bridgewater threw for 255 yards and three TDs, showing off his elusiveness on a key fourth-down run in the fourth quarter and on a 22-yard TD pass to Damian Copeland.

    Up next: Louisville will face Miami (Fla.) in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28 in Orlando, Fla. The Cardinals are 1-9-1 all-time against the Hurricanes, but that win came in the teams' last meeting, a 31-7 victory in 2006.

    Notable: Louisville will take the nation's No. 3 scoring defense (12.4 points allowed per game) into the bowl.

17. Wisconsin Badgers

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    Average rating: 17.0

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Wisconsin (9-3) will face South Carolina (10-2) in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1 in Orlando, Fla. It will be the team' first-ever meeting.

    Notable: The Badgers had played in the Rose Bowl each of the last three seasons. Their last trip to the Capital One Bowl was in 2007, when they beat Arkansas a year after downing Auburn in the same game.

16. UCLA Bruins

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    Average rating: 16.6

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: UCLA (9-3) will face Virginia Tech (8-4) in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 in El Paso, Texas. The schools have never met.

    Notable: The Bruins, who have lost 10 of their last 14 bowl games, are 2-1 in the Sun Bowl. In 2005, they beat Northwestern 50-39.

15. Arizona State Sun Devils

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    Average rating: 14.8

    Week 15 result: Arizona State (10-3) were blown at home by Stanford (11-2) in the Pac-12 title game, losing 38-14.

    The Sun Devils, who had lost 42-28 at Stanford in September after trailing 29-0 at halftime, once again fell behind quickly and found themselves never able to bounce back from a 28-7 deficit.

    ASU came into the game averaging 46.6 points per game but managed only 311 yards of total offense. Taylor Kelly threw for 173 yards but was held to just 36 yards on 21 rushes.

    Up next: ASU will face Texas Tech (7-5) in the Holiday Bowl Dec. 30 in San Diego. The schools met once before, with the Sun Devils beating the Red Raiders 31-13 in 1999.

    Notable: ASU is 0-3 all-time in the Holiday Bowl, losing most recently there in 2007 to Texas.

14. LSU Tigers

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    Average rating: 14.6

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: LSU (9-3) will face Iowa (8-4) in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 in Tampa, Fla. The schools' only previous meeting came in this same game and venue in 2005, with Iowa pulling out a thrilling 30-25 win.

    Notable: The Tigers are in a bowl for the 13th straight year, but they haven't played a bowl game in Tampa since beating Wake Forest in the 1979 Tangerine Bowl.

13. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Average rating: 13.2

    Week 15 result: Oklahoma State (10-2, 7-2) let a Big 12 championship—and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl—slip through its fingers in the final minute of a 33-24 home loss to Oklahoma (10-2, 7-2) in the annual Bedlam Series game.

    The Cowboys took a 24-20 lead with 1:46 left on Desmond Roland's second rushing touchdown of the game, but Oklahoma then re-took the lead with 19 seconds remaining. OSU's last-ditch effort to come back was squashed when Oklahoma recovered a fumble as time expired and returned it for a TD.

    Roland finished with 144 rushing yards, while Clint Chelf had 200 yards on 19-of-35 passing.

    Up next: Oklahoma State will face Missouri (11-2) in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 3 in Arlington, Texas. The former Big 12 foes last met in 2011, when the Cowboys beat the Tigers 45-24.

    Notable: OK State last played in the Cotton Bowl in 2010, losing 21-7 to Ole Miss. The Cowboys are 1-2 all-time in the event.

12. Oklahoma Sooners

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    Average rating: 13.0

    Week 15 result: Oklahoma (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) got a 7-yard touchdown pass from Blake Bell to Jalen Saunders with 19 seconds left, then added a fumble return TD as time expired for a 33-24 win at rival Oklahoma State (10-2, 7-2) in the annual Bedlam Series game.

    The Sooners fell behind 24-20 with 1:46 left, but Bell quickly led them down the field in relief of starting QB Trevor Knight and backup Kendal Thompson. Bell finished with 140 yards on 10-of-16 passing despite not playing until the third quarter.

    Saunders had Oklahoma's first score of the game on a 64-yard punt return TD, and the Sooners also scored on a fake field goal when kicker Michael Hunnicutt caught a pass from holder Grant Bothun.

    Up next: Oklahoma parlayed its win into a BCS at-large bid and will face Alabama (11-1) in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in New Orleans. The schools last met in 2003 in a regular-season game, while Oklahoma is 1-0-1 against the Crimson Tide in bowl games.

    Notable: This is Oklahoma's 10th appearance in a BCS game in the series' 16-year history. The Sooners haven't played in the Sugar Bowl since losing to LSU in the 2004 national championship game.

11. Clemson Tigers

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    Average rating: 12.0

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Clemson (10-2) earned an at-large bid to a BCS bowl and will face Ohio State (12-1) in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 in Miami. The schools met once before, in 1978, during which OSU coach Woody Hayes punched a Clemson player.

    Notable: Clemson is making its second BCS appearance in three years, and hoping this time will go a little better. In 2012 the Tigers were crushed 70-33 by West Virginia in the Orange Bowl.

10. South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Average rating: 9.8

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: South Carolina (10-2) will face Wisconsin (9-3) in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1 in Orlando, Fla. The schools have never met before.

    Notable: The Gamecocks have played 11 previous bowl games in Florida, going 5-6. That includes a win over Nebraska in the 2012 Capital One Bowl.

9. Oregon Ducks

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    Average rating: 9.6

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Oregon (10-2) will face Texas (8-4) in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30 in San Antonio. The schools last played in 2000, when the Ducks beat the Longhorns 35-30 in the Holiday Bowl.

    Notable: Oregon, which had played in BCS bowls the previous four seasons, has never been to the Alamo Bowl but is 3-3 in bowl games played in Texas.

8. Missouri Tigers

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    Average rating: 8.4

    Week 15 result: Missouri (11-2) got run over by Auburn (12-1) in the SEC championship game, falling 59-42 at the Georgia Dome.

    Mizzou allowed Auburn to rush for 545 yards, despite coming into the game allowing only 119 yards per game on the ground. Even with that output, Mizzou trailed only 28-27 at halftime thanks to an attack of its own that gained 534 yards.

    James Franklin threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns, while Henry Josey gained 123 yards on just nine carries and Dorial Green-Beckham caught six passes for 144 yards and two TDs.

    Up next: Missouri will face old Big 12 foe Oklahoma State (10-2) in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 3 in Arlington, Texas. The schools have met 51 times, with OK State winning the last three meetings, including a 45-24 victory in 2011.

    Notable: The Tigers have played in the Cotton Bowl once before, beating Arkansas 38-7 in 2008.

7. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Average rating: 7.3

    Week 15 result: Ohio State (12-1) saw its 24-game winning streak end along with its national title hopes in a 34-24 loss to Michigan State (12-1) in the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis.

    The Buckeyes rallied from a 17-0 deficit to lead 24-17 late in the third quarter, but after that, OSU couldn't do anything on either offense or defense. Braxton Miller rushed for 142 yards and scored two third-quarter TDs, but he was just 8-of-21 for 101 yards. Carlos Hyde added 118 yards on the ground.

    OSU couldn't handle MSU's passing game, which got a career-high 304 yards and three TDs from Connor Cook.

    Up next: OSU still qualified for the BCS, as an at-large team, and will face Clemson (10-2) in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 in Miami. The schools haven't met since the infamous 1978 Gator Bowl during which OSU coach Woody Hayes punched a Clemson player during the game.

    Notable: The Buckeyes haven't played in the Orange Bowl since 1977, though their last bowl game came in the state of Florida. OSU lost 24-17 to Florida in the 2012 Gator Bowl.

6. Stanford Cardinal

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    Average rating: 5.9

    Week 15 result: Stanford (11-2) won the Pac-12 Championship Game for the second straight year, taking a 38-14 win at Arizona State (10-3).

    The Cardinal beat the Sun Devils for the second time this season in the same way it won the first game, with a dominant first-half performance fueled by both its offense and defense. Kevin Hogan threw for 277 yards and a touchdown, while Tyler Gaffney rushed for 133 yards and three TDs.

    Ty Montgomery added rushing and receiving TDs for the Cardinal, which held ASU to 311 yards and 32 points below its scoring average.

    Up next: Stanford will face Michigan State (12-1) in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif. The Cardinal beat the Spartans 38-0 in the teams' last meeting, in the 1996 Sun Bowl.

    Notable: Stanford is making its fourth straight BCS bowl appearance and is 6-6-1 all-time in the Rose Bowl.

5. Baylor Bears

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    Average rating: 5.4

    Week 15 result: Baylor (11-1, 8-1) won the Big 12 title and a spot in the BCS with a 30-10 win over Texas (8-4, 7-2).

    The Bears won their first league championship since claiming the 1980 Southwest Conference title, doing so behind 287 passing yards and two touchdowns from Bryce Petty, 102 rushing yards and a score from Glasco Martin and 114 receiving yards and a TD from Antwan Goodley.

    Baylor turned a 3-3 halftime tie into a comfortable victory with 17 points in a nine-minute span in the third quarter, while also holding Texas to 217 yards and two turnovers.

    Up next: Baylor will face Central Florida (11-1) in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 in Glendale, Ariz. The schools have never met.

    Notable: The Bears are playing in their first-ever BCS bowl and their first game in January since losing to Alabama in the 1981 Cotton Bowl.

4. Michigan State Spartans

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    Average rating: 4.6

    Week 15 result: Michigan State (12-1) ended the title hopes of Ohio State (12-1) via a 34-24 win over the Buckeyes in the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis.

    The Spartans got a career-high 304 passing yards and three touchdowns from Connor Cook, while Jeremy Langford rushed for 128 yards—the first back all season to gain 100-plus yards against OSU—and a game-sealing 26-yard TD run with 2:16 left.

    MSU led 17-0 but trailed 24-17 before its defense buckled down and slowed the Buckeyes' high-powered attack. It held Braxton Miller to just 101 passing yards, who completed just eight of 21 throws.

    Up next: Michigan State will face Stanford (11-2) in the Rose Bowl Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif. The schools last met in 1996, when Stanford beat the Spartans 38-0 in the Sun Bowl.

    Notable: MSU, making its first trip to the Rose Bowl since 1988, is still tops in the country in rushing defense (80.8 yards allowed per game) despite giving up 273 rushing yards to OSU.

3. Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Average rating: 2.8

    Week 15 result: Regular season complete.

    Up next: Alabama (11-1) earned an automatic bid to the BCS by finishing third in the final standings and will face Oklahoma (10-2) in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in New Orleans. The Crimson Tide are 1-2-1 against the Sooners, most recently losing to them in 2003.

    Notable: Alabama is making its sixth BCS bowl appearance but first in a non-championship game since 2009, when it lost to Utah in the Sugar Bowl.

2. Auburn Tigers

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    Average rating: 2.8

    Week 15 result: Auburn (12-1) ran past Missouri (11-2) to win the SEC championship, cruising to a 59-42 victory at the Georgia Dome behind 545 rushing yards.

    That number was nearly five times what Missouri had been allowing entering the game, but Auburn made it look effortless. Especially Tre Mason, who set a conference title-game record of 304 yards on 46 carries with four touchdowns.

    Nick Marshall added 101 yards and a TD on the ground, to go with 132 yards and a score on 9-of-11 passing.

    Auburn only led 28-27 at halftime, but then used its pounding run game to take control in the second half and earn a spot in the national title game.

    Up next: Auburn will face Florida State (13-0) in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Calif. The teams haven't met since 1990.

    Notable: Mason, who parlayed his big game into a Heisman Trophy ceremony invitation, has 1,621 yards and 22 touchdowns this season.

1. Florida State Seminoles

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    Average rating: 1.0

    Week 15 result: Florida State (13-0) locked up a spot in the national championship game with a 45-7 win over Duke (10-3) in the ACC title game in Charlotte, N.C.

    The Seminoles shook off a sluggish start that saw the game remain scoreless for more than 17 minutes, but once they scored they just kept on scoring. Jameis Winston hit Kelvin Benjamin for a 14-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter, one of three TD passes for the Heisman Trophy favorite.

    Winston threw for 330 yards and added 59 yards with a TD run, while Devonta Freeman rushed for 91 yards and a score.

    FSU's defense was also stalwart again, holding Duke to 239 yards and a late TD, while forcing three turnovers.

    Up next: FSU will face Auburn (12-1) in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Calif. The schools haven't met since 1990.

    Notable: Florida State is playing in the title game for the first time since 2001, when it lost 13-2 to Oklahoma in the 2001 Orange Bowl. The Seminoles last won a BCS title in 2000.

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