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Time sure does fly. It seems like just last week, we were wishing for the start of football, and now both the college and NFL seasons are nearly over.

THURSDAY, NOV. 21 NFL (7-11 p.m., NFL Network): The New Orleans Saints can add to the Atlanta Falcons dumpster-fire of a season with a win on the road against their main rival. SATURDAY, NOV. 23 College football (11 a.m.-3 p.m. CBS): Mississippi State must win in Little Rock against Arkansas to keep its bowl hopes alive. … College football (6:30-10 p.m., ESPN): Ole Miss hosts Missouri in a game that could have ramifications in the SEC East. SUNDAY, NOV. 24 NFL (7:30-11 p.m. NBC): The Denver Broncos travel to take on the New England Patriots. MONDAY, NOV. 25 NFL (7:30-11 p.m. ESPN): Two teams not living up to 2013 expectations take the stage as the Washington Redskins host the San Francisco 49ers. TUESDAY, NOV. 26 College football (6-9 p.m., ESPN): Northern Illinois looks to complete an undefeated season and bust the BCS against Western Michigan. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27 NHL (6:30-9 p.m., NBCSN): For your weekly hockey fix, check out the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning hosting the last-place Philadelphia Flyers. Thanksgiving is nearing, and then Christmas. By the time we celebrate New Year’s Day, the college football season will be over, and the NFL season will be reaching its ending.

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hat a difference a year makes in college football. If it was 2014, the four undefeated schools left would be a lock to be in the four-team playoff—but, as it is 2013, we could see more controversy in the BCS’ last year. I love watching Twitter and other forms of social media during football season. After each win, three of the four fan bases love to try to make their case for their team playing in the national title game. Alabama is in the driver’s seat to play for the title, so Crimson Tide fans have little to complain about. But Baylor, Ohio State and Florida State all want to stay unbeaten to lock up the second spot in the title game. On social media, I see Ohio State fans feeling disrespected over their 22game winning streak, Baylor fans feeling they get no respect because the school is not a traditional power and Florida State fans saying their previous seasons should

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he JFP College Football Top 25 Poll was the first to notice something special was going on in Durham, N.C. Now, after the team beat Miami, the rest of the college football world is catching up on the Duke Blue Devils. Stanford played its way into the national title conversation with a win over Oregon. This Saturday against USC, the Cardinals talked their way out of the title conversation for good. Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State and Baylor are all playing for a shot in the title game. Any slip-up between now and the end of the conference title games will end title hopes. Northern Illinois and Fresno State are fighting for a spot to bust the BCS. If there is any justice, both schools will get a spot if they finish undefeated. Rank

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not be held against them. The teams have one thing in common, which is that all three want to face Alabama. If Alabama can stay undefeated, someone is going to get what they wished for, and they might not like the outcome. If I had a vote for the Heisman, my top three would be Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston and A.J. McCarron. Without quarterback Manziel, Texas A&M might not have reached bowl eligibility, as bad as the Aggies defense has been. Winston has FSU on the verge of its second-straight conference championship and first national title since 1999—although the Seminoles’ quarterback could lose my vote depending on the outcome of a sexual-assault charge. McCarron has Alabama in position for a third-straight national championship. The quarterback should be considered for his play as the one constant in the Tide’s last three seasons.


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