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8-5, 3rd in American Athletic - West
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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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Sources: Notre Dame tab Memphis' Long as OC

Notre Dame, which lost both its offensive coordinators in recent weeks, is expected to hire Chip Long from Memphis for that position, sources told ESPN.

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Notre Dame is expected to hire Memphis offensive coordinator Chip Long for the same position, sources tell ESPN. Fox Sports first reported the impending hire. Long just completed his first season at Memphis after making the move with Mike Norvell from Arizona State. Notre Dame had the vacancy after losing Mike Denbrock (Cincinnati) and Mike Sanford (Western Kentucky) to other jobs.

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122dBrett McMurphy

Group of 5 schools considering own playoff

A growing number of Group of 5 officials are in favor of adding a playoff specifically for the Group of 5 schools because it's been 32 years since a non-Power 5 team won a national championship.

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Western Kentucky tops Memphis to win Boca Raton Bowl (1:26)
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Hilltoppers run successful fake kneeldown

This Western Kentucky fake kneeldown was so good that Memphis didn't know who the ball carrier was until it was too late.

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Western Kentucky's offense dominates in bowl victory (1:17)
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Trophy presentation for Western Kentucky's Boca Raton Bowl victory (4:02)
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Wales adds exclamation point for WKU

The Hilltoppers increased their lead to 51-31 over Memphis in the Boca Raton Bowl with this rushing TD, Anthony Wales's school-record 27th of the season.

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Memphis not giving up in Boca Raton Bowl

Riley Ferguson goes deep to Anthony Miller on fourth down for the duo's third touchdown of the game. Western Kentucky's lead is cut to 44-31 in the fourth quarter.

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WKU's Wales adds to his school record

Western Kentucky's Anthony Wales's second TD of the game is his 26th rushing score of the season, a school record and most by a running back this season.

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WKU comes out strong in second half

Mike White drops back and goes deep to Taywan Taylor for a TD to extend Western Kentucky's lead over Memphis in the Boca Raton Bowl.

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Western Kentucky goes up big with 41-yard TD pass to Taylor (0:38)
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Western Kentucky interim head coach Nick Holt discusses his team's 1st half performance vs Memphis (0:46)

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