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The dream bowl games we'd really like to see

Anyone for Alabama vs. Michigan, which means Saban vs. Harbaugh? How about a rematch between Ohio State and Penn State? They're among the top dream bowl games we'd like to see.

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Spreads for every CFB bowl game

Looking to bet on any college football bowls this holiday season? Whether it's the Belk Bowl, Cure Bowl or Sugar Bowl, all of the lines are here for your perusal.

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FPI breaks down bowl season

Who does FPI have as the biggest favorite out of the 40 bowls this season? Check out its projections for every bowl game.

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McFarland disagrees with Peppers being Heisman finalist (1:48)
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Meet the Heisman candidates (0:51)
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The Heisman is greatness personified (0:52)
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History on the line between Navy and Army (4:27)
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Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson share the highlight-reel spotlight (1:36)
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Get used to it, people: There's no surefire CFP path

Expecting year-to-year consistency from the playoff committee is a fool's errand. As it picks the four best teams, it won't always reward conference titles or challenging schedules.

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Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan is slated to have a big recruiting weekend with a ton of top prospects visiting Ann Arbor. The weekend started early, though, as ESPN 300 defensive back Ambry Thomas announced his commitment to the Wolverines. The No. 227 ranked prospect is taking a visit to Michigan this weekend and had been deciding between the Wolverines and Michigan State. Now as a commitment, Thomas will be joined on the trip by ESPN 300 receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, running back Najee Harris as well as some of the other committed prospects.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

ECU WR Zay Jones on catching a FBS single-season record 158 passes this season: "I expect to dominate every game. I never go into a game thinking I'm not going to catch under 10 balls. That's just not the person I am, I want as many as possible. Some might see it as selfish, but that's just the competitor in me. I like the pressure to be on me. I want to be the go-to guy in the red zone on fourth down. I want it on my shoulders."

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan LB Jabrill Peppers says he isn't focused on any sort of NFL talk yet. Hasn't made a decision one way or the other about staying or going after this season. "We have one more game and that's what my main concern is. ... I'm not every thinking about none of that. We have a big game against Florida State. ... That's been our main focus."

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Deshaun Watson said he grew up watching Urban Meyer when he was the head coach at Florida and wanted to play for him when he was at Florida. He still has a picture of Meyer and Tim Tebow and still considers Meyer one of his favorite coaches. "Even my freshman year (of high school) when I went to visit I was like 'This is where I'm going. I'm playing for Urban Meyer (at Florida).'" Added that Clemson "stole" him from Meyer a few years later.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson on if he thinks he should win the Heisman: "Of course. I think everyone should have that mindset that they deserve to win it." But here's his case for why he should win the Heisman over Louisville QB Lamar Jackson: "I really don't get too big into all that. Whoever wins it really deserves it. At the end of the day, we both did some great things for our teams."

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State RB Dalvin Cook said he's honored to be up for the Doak Walker Award this season, but doesn't feel like he was snubbed for the award last year or a spot as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy this year. "To get [nominated] for the awards, it shows you have to do the dirty work to be successful. It's not [frustrating]. I knew my time would come and I just had to keep working hard."

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Even though he's projected as a first-round pick, Alabama OT Cam Robinson said he hasn't made a decision on the NFL one way or the other. "I'm just focused on the playoffs and the next game coming up [against Washington]. I feel like when I start worrying about that too much, it starts taking away the focus that I need to have on the game that we have coming up."

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Allen on Alabama losing QBs Cooper Bateman and David Cornwell to transfer: "You have to do what's best for you at the end of the day. I'm not surprised. I understand that they are juniors and we have a freshman playing and they don't feel like they're gonna get the opportunity that they want so they have to do what's best for them and I wish them the best of luck. I have no hard feelings toward them."

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Alabama DE Jonathan Allen's reaction to Jabrill Peppers being a Heisman Trophy finalist over him: "I hope Jabrill Peppers wins. Represent for the defense. That's what I told him. I'm not bothered by it. It's fine because I won the Nagurski Trophy. I'm perfectly fine with that. I won't lose any sleep over that.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Foreman said he met with new Texas coach Tom Herman, who tried to convince him to stay in school, but there was no turning back for Foreman after his 2,000-yard rushing season. "I really feel like Herman's a great guy. We had a great conversation and he had a great pitch, but with the carries I got this season, I felt it was time for me to go to the NFL and try to get paid for some of them."

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas RB D'Onta Foreman said that the firing of Charlie Strong didn't have a major impact on his decision to turn pro, but it was the final factor in his decision. "Once I talked to my parents, I pretty much knew what I was going to do. Whether he would have left or stayed, I probably still would have gone to the NFL anyway. With him leaving, it definitely put the top on it and [told him] 'Yeah, it's definitely time for me to leave.'"

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Some names for Temple: Tennessee Tech coach Marcus Satterfield, Ohio State offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, Temple assistant head coach Ed Foley (currently interim), Penn State assistant head coach/cornerbacks coach Terry Smith, Old Dominion coach Bobby Wilder.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

One name gaining traction at Georgia State is South Carolina offensive line coach Shawn Elliott, sources say. Elliott served as South Carolina's co-offensive coordinator from 2012 to 2015 and was interim coach following Steve Spurrier's midseason retirement.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook said he sent away to the NFL draft advisory board to see where he could possibly be drafted. Cook said he was going to wait until after the Capital One Orange Bowl against Michigan before making a decision on his future.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Rhule said he's received a ton of texts from coaches. Jon Gruden told him: "Bring some power to the Big 12."

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett says he will make a decision on whether to turn pro after the Aggies' bowl game. He said he thinks he knows what he's doing but wants to talk things over with his family and coaches. Asked what factor might push him over the top when it comes to turning pro: "I want to go top 3"

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Biletnikoff Award finalists Zay Jones (East Carolina), Austin Carr (Northwestern) and Dede Westbrook (Oklahoma) checking out the College Football Hall of Fame.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Rhule says one of the things he's learned in first days on the job: "A lot of kids want to come to Baylor." The Bears have only one verbal commitment for the 2017 class right now.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

?New Baylor coach Matt Rhule: "We just felt called to be here."? Cited his faith and said he's felt guided to every single job he's taken in his career.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson said he will explore the option of leaving school early for the NFL draft. Carlson, a junior, said there isn't set on a specific round he'd like to hit when his NFL feedback comes in. However staying in school is his top option right now. "I'm definitely leaning toward staying at Auburn."