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6-7, 3rd in American Athletic - East
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Grading the best of the rest

Notre Dame took the sting off a subpar season by winning big on national signing day, but the Irish weren't the only team from outside of the Power 5 conferences to score on the recruiting trail.

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Forgettable bowl season for American

South Florida and Tulsa were the only AAC teams to win bowl games this season. The conference finishes with a 2-5 record, fourth among Group of 5 conferences.

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Who would have predicted Arkansas State would be bowl champs after starting the season 0-4, including a loss to FCS Central Arkansas? The Red Wolves capped quite the turnaround with a 31-13 win over UCF in the AutoNation Cure Bowl, ending the season with wins in eight of their last nine games. It was ugly -- the teams combined for 26 penalties and 41 rushing yards (fewest in a bowl game in FBS history). But Arkansas State will take that.

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Arkansas State's Sanders scores 75-yard TD (0:30)

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Anybody looking for offense should probably turn away from the AutoNation Cure Bowl between UCF and Arkansas State. The teams have combined for a total of 12 first downs and 259 total yards (including just 25 yards rushing). The difference has been special teams, which led to two scores for Arkansas State and a 17-10 first half lead.

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Arkansas State is off to a 17-0 lead on UCF in the Cure Bowl after blocking a punt for a score and converting a fumble into another touchdown. It's defense has been stifling, too, holding the Knights to 48 total yards in the first quarter. What's more, UCF has hurt itself with penalties, too -- seven to start the game.

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Breaking down the Cure Bowl

ESPN's FPI gives UCF a 64 chance to win, but Steve Muench believes Arkansas State has the momentum. The Red Wolves have won seven of their final eight games. UCF has lost two straight. Bowl picks (Insider)

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Key betting numbers for Dec. 17-22 bowls

On your phone and need some quick betting advice on a bowl game? Fear not, we've got graphical representations of the biggest key betting numbers for Dec. 17-22 bowls.

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SVP's Week 16 CFB 'Winners' (2:15)

American conference favored heavily

AAC teams are favored in five of their seven bowl games, with South Florida given a 71 percent chance to beat South Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl. Overall, the conference is projected to have the best winning percentage in the ESPN Bowl Cup Challenge. Who will win bowl season? (Insider)

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Teams on the rise face off in Orlando

UCF and Arkansas State match up in the AutoNation Cure Bowl. UCF finished 6-6 after a winless season a year ago, while Arkansas State finished 7-1 after an 0-4 start. Bowl watchability rankings

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Rittenberg predicts UCF to win Cure Bowl

UCF has turned around its season from 0-12 to a bowl game under Scott Frost. Adam Rittenberg predicts the Knights to continue the upward climb against Arkansas State in the Cure Bowl. Bowl Predictions

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Cure Bowl: UCF Knights vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves

UCF qualified for a bowl one season after going 0-12, while Arkansas State earned bowl eligibility despite losing its first four games this season.

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1 Big Thing: SVP praises UCF's Griffin's play, character (2:17)
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Who will take the reins at Oregon?

According to Chantel Jennings, Western Michigan's P.J. Fleck, Boise State's Bryan Harsin, West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen and UCF's Scott Frost are candidates for the Oregon job. Who else may be considered? Search Firm (Insider)