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Forde-Yard Dash: Bowl edition — We have reached the postseason, and it's going to be the best postseason ever. Sure, there is still the wide array of dud bowl games with clunky sponsor names. There still are several teams ready, willing and able to mail in their bowl performance and turn a potentially interesting matchup into a bust.

Oregon's Marcus Mariota wins Heisman Trophy in historic landslide — It was a milestone night as Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy in a landslide Saturday. Mariota becomes the first Oregon Duck to win the award, the first Hawaii-born winner and the first player from a Pacific Northwest university since 1962 to take the most prestigious individual award in college football.

UK enduring after key injury thanks to relentless POY candidate Willie Cauley-Stein — LEXINGTON, Ky. - The season-ending knee injury to forward Alex Poythress on Thursday shook the Kentucky Wildcats to the core. In part because the core of this team is Willie Cauley-Stein. The 7-foot center is the nation's best defensive player, and the most valuable, versatile and relentless member of the nation's best team.

Sources: Houston interviewed Will Muschamp for head-coaching job — Former Florida coach Will Muschamp interviewed this week for the vacant head-coaching position at Houston, sources told Yahoo Sports. Several Southeastern Conference schools are believed to be courting Muschamp for a defensive-coordinator position, but he is interested in staying in the head-coaching ranks, sources said.

Wisconsin's Alvarez: No offer of Badgers job yet — From Yahoo Sports: MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says he hasn't offered the head football coach job to anyone amid reports that Pitt's Paul Chryst is the front-runner.

WATCH: Melvin Gordon admits he's entering the NFL Draft — From Yahoo Sports: When asked on The Dan Patrick Show if the Outback Bowl will be his final game for Wisconsin and if he's setting his sights on the 2015 NFL Draft, running back Melvin Gordon responds with a resolute, "Yes."

College Football Playoff unveils national championship rings — For the vast majority of professional athletes, the ring is the thing. One of the spoils of winning a championship these days is being able to don some oversized bling on a your finger, complete with an excessive amount of diamonds, as a symbol of the hard work that goes into capturing a title.

On Wisconsin? Gary Andersen bolting shows UW's problem may be institutional — Barry Alvarez said Wednesday he was "very surprised" that football coach Gary Andersen had abruptly fled Wisconsin for Oregon State. That comes two years and four days after Alvarez was "totally caught by surprise," by football coach Bret Bielema abruptly fleeing Wisconsin for Arkansas. Surprise, surprise.

Is Heisman Trophy race a foregone conclusion or is there more to it? — When Heisman Trophy voters cast their ballots online, we have to check a box saying we won't disclose our votes before the ceremony Saturday night. I don't like strong-arming the voters into a vow of secrecy - we're in the news business, not the withholding news business.

Dan Patrick: Ohio State got into CFP because they're Ohio State — From Yahoo Sports: The College Football Playoff committee may have gotten caught up in the hype by adding Ohio State to the playoffs over TCU and Baylor, at least that's what Dan Patrick alludes to.
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Dec 21, 2014

RT @DanWetzel: Based on tweet of Jameis Winston legal advisor @wmdavidcornwell, it appears FSU QB will be cleared of all violations of student code.

Dec 21, 2014

RT @wmdavidcornwell: "In sum, the preponderance of the evidence has not shown that you are responsible for ANY of the charged violations of the Code."

Dec 21, 2014

For Dec. 21st, the grass in Pittsburgh looks surprisingly nice. Looks better than it has on Sept. 21st some years.

Dec 20, 2014

Hold your hats: Bowl Dash will be over .500 when Utah closes out CSU. Take a pic of the scoreboard before it changes

Dec 20, 2014

@gregDOTwright @Milliganski It's very impressive. But if you watched UK-KU and UK-UCLA, you saw next-level domination.

Dec 20, 2014

@ChrisMCameron That rivals the postgame radio caller complaining about Mashburn only scoring 12 in 101-40 W over Tennessee.

Dec 20, 2014

@Milliganski: @YahooForde Umm Duke @ Wisconsin was more impressive than Kentucky winning on a neutral court.” No.

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