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Everything You Need to Know for the Sugar Bowl

While most of the BCS drama focused on the final poll and whether Alabama or Oklahoma State should face LSU in the championship game, the Sugar Bowl was not without its own share of controversy.

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NCAA College Football Bowl Recap — Dec. 17-23

Bowl season is in full swing. Here’s a look back at what went down in the first week of games.

Thursday, Dec. 22

Maaco Bowl; Las Vegas, NV

NO. 8 BOISE STATE 56 – ARIZONA STATE 24

Doug Martin returned

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The Hammer Falls on Ohio State as Buckeyes Banned from Bowl Game Next Season

Over a year after the first allegations of improper benefits being given to Ohio State football players broke, the NCAA has finally issued its final report on the matter and handed down its punishment.

The Buckeyes will not be eligible to play in the Big Ten Championship or a bowl game next season, and they will lose a total of nine scholarships (three in each of the next three seasons). The school will also be on probation through 2014.

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Baylor’s Robert Griffin III Named Sporting News’ Player of the Year for His Off-the-Field Wins

Less than a week after winning the Heisman Trophy, Baylor junior standout Robert Griffin III was named the Sporting News’ player of the year. The quarterback helped revitalize the flailing Baylor college football program, and helped propel them to a 9-3 record this season.

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Do College Football Fans Want the BCS or a Playoff System? — Survey of the Day

It’s pretty well accepted that the BCS system to determine college football’s national championship is unpopular with the public.

But a new survey from Poll Position shows just how hated the BCS -- which uses a mix of human polls, computer rankings and strength of schedule to determine a one-off national championship game — really is.

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Jerry Sandusky Waives His Preliminary Hearing At Last Minute – Moves Case To Trial

Sandusky's lawyers and prosecutors had late night negotiations in which they opted for an abbreviated preliminary hearing in the child sexual abuse case that has been brought against Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky.

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Baylor Quarterback Robert Griffin III Wins Heisman Trophy

After leading Baylor to a nine-win season and its highest ranking in over two decades, Bears quarterback Robert Griffin III became the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner Saturday night. Griffin edged out preseason favorite Andrew Luck of Stanford for football’s most prestigious award.

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Former All-American Cliff Harris Dismissed from Oregon Football Team

Junior cornerback Cliff Harris was dismissed from the Oregon football team, the university announced Monday afternoon. The talented but troubled player was a consensus All-American in 2010, but played in just six games this season due to two different suspensions.

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Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III Highlight Field of Five Heisman Finalists

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck was the preseason favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, so the fact that he got an invite to the award presentation shouldn’t be a surprise. But the fact that he’ll be joined by a defensive back, a track star in shoulder pads and a Wisconsin player not named Russell Wilson might be.

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LSU, Alabama Rematch in National Championship Game Highlights 2011-12 Bowl Schedule

The Southeastern Conference will take home its sixth consecutive national championship next month, as Louisiana State and Alabama will play a rematch in the BCS National Championship game. Despite a last-minute push by Oklahoma State in a 44-10 drubbing of then-#10 Oklahoma, Alabama edged out the Cowboys in the final BCS standings for the #2 spot and a shot at the national title. They will take on #1 LSU, which pounded #14 Georgia, 42-10, in the SEC title game to remain undefeated.

LSU defeated Alabama 9-6 in overtime in their regular season matchup on November 5th. While surveys show most people outside of Louisiana and Alabama do not want to see a rematch in the national championship game, the poll voters and computers gave the slight edge to the Crimson Tide, giving Alabama another shot.

In addition to the national title game, here is the schedule for all of this year’s bowl games.

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