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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2013

BOWL SCHEDULE By The Associated Press Saturday, Dec. 21 New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Washington State (6-6) vs. Colorado State (7-6), 2 p.m. (ESPN) Las Vegas Bowl Fresno State (11-1) vs. Southern Cal (9-4), 3:30 p.m. (ABC) Famous Idaho Potato Bowl At Boise, Idaho Buffalo (8-4) vs. San Diego State (7-5), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) New Orleans Bowl Tulane (7-5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Dec. 23 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl At St. Petersburg, Fla. Ohio (7-5) vs. East Carolina (9-3), 2 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu Oregon State (6-6) vs. Boise State (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Bowling Green (10-3) vs. Pittsburgh (6-6), 6 p.m.

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Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego Northern Illinois (12-1) vs. Utah State (8-5), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Dec. 27 Military Bowl At Annapolis, Md. Marshall (9-4) vs. Maryland (7-5), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN) Texas Bowl At Houston Minnesota (8-4) vs. Syracuse (6-6), 6 p.m. (ESPN) Fight Hunger Bowl At San Francisco BYU (8-4) vs. Washington (8-4), 9:30 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Dec. 28 Pinstripe Bowl At New York Notre Dame (8-4) vs. Rutgers (6-6), Noon (ESPN) Belk Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. Cincinnati (9-3) vs. North Carolina (6-6), 3:20 p.m. (ESPN) Russell Athletic Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Miami (9-3) vs. Louisville (11-1), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN) Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Kansas State (7-5) vs. Michigan (7-5), 10:15 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl At Fort Worth, Texas Middle Tennessee (8-4) vs. Navy (8-4), 11:45 a.m. (ESPN) Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Mississippi (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5), 3:15 p.m. (ESPN) Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Oregon (10-2) vs. Texas (8-4), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN) Holiday Bowl At San Diego Arizona State (10-3) vs. Texas Tech (7-5), 10:15 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Dec. 31 AdvoCare V100 Bowl At Shreveport, La. Arizona (7-5) vs. Boston College (7-5), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN) Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas Virginia Tech (8-4) vs. UCLA (9-3), 2 p.m. (CBS) Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. Rice (9-3) vs. Mississippi State (6-6), 4 p.m. (ESPN) Chick-fil-A Bowl

At Atlanta Texas A&M (8-4) vs. Duke (10-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas Bowl At Dallas UNLV (7-5) vs. North Texas (8-4), Noon (ESPNU) Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Nebraska (8-4) vs. Georgia (8-4), Noon (ESPN2) Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Wisconsin (9-3) vs. South Carolina (10-2), 1 p.m. (ABC) Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. Iowa (8-4) vs. LSU (9-3), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Stanford (11-2) vs. Michigan State (12-1), 5 p.m. (ESPN) Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Baylor (11-1) vs. UCF (11-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Alabama (11-1) vs. Oklahoma (10-2), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Jan. 3

Orange Bowl At Miami Ohio State (12-1) vs. Clemson (10-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas Missouri (11-2) vs. Oklahoma State (10-2), 7:30 p.m. (FOX) Saturday, Jan. 4 BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. Houston (8-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Sunday, Jan. 5 GoDaddy.com Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Arkansas State (7-5) vs. Ball State (10-2), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 6 BCS National Championship At Pasadena, Calif. Florida State (13-0) vs. Auburn (12-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Jan. 18 East-West Shrine Classic At St. Petersburg, Fla. East vs. West, 4 p.m. (NFLN) Saturday, Jan. 25 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. South vs. North, 4 p.m. (NFLN)

Seminoles return to practice after break BY KAREEM COPELAND The Associated Press

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Auburn running back Tre Mason (21) and head coach Gus Malzahn, right, celebrate after winning the Southeastern Conference title in Atlanta. The Tigers are once again trying to defy the odds as they considered underdogs going into the national title game against Florida State.

Auburn aiming to defy odds one more time BY JOHN ZENOR The Associated Press AUBURN, Ala. — The Auburn Tigers were slim favorites over Georgia and double-digit underdogs against Alabama. Then, a common assumption was that a hangover from that dramatic Iron Bowl victory would surely linger into the Southeastern Conference championship game against Missouri. Now, No. 1 Florida State is an 8 1/2point favorite to beat the secondranked Tigers and claim the BCS title on Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Calif. The refrain feels sort of familiar to Auburn defensive end Dee Ford, who said the Tigers will be ready anyway. “Once the ball is rolled out, it’s time to play football,” Ford said on Wednesday. “It really doesn’t matter about any rankings. I think any team can play in the national championship that’s a good caliber team. It’s just all about who prepares. I could care less about people not believing or saying, ‘This is the time they’re going to fall.’ We prepare for all this. “They’re saying that as though we

didn’t prepare to win these games. We prepared to win them, and we’re doing the exact same things with these two to three weeks that we have right now.” Auburn (12-1) has defied the odds, and the doubters, to this point. The Tigers began preparations this week to face the Seminoles (13-0) and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston after pulling out an escalating series of big games with a couple of fantastic finishes and an overpowering 59-42 victory over Missouri to win the SEC. There was the “Immaculate Deflection” against Georgia and the return of a missed field goal to beat the Crimson Tide. “These last few games, every win has been kind of like surreal for me and I think for most of my teammates,” fullback Jay Prosch said. “Especially coming off a season like last year. So I think it’s just something guys are soaking in and loving right now.” At least Auburn is getting used to big stages and high stakes after being out of national prominence for a couple of years. The Tigers have beaten two straight Top-5 teams.

Garoppolo, West, Daly lead AP FCS All-America team honors BY RALPH D. RUSSO The Associated Press Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and fellow Walter Payton Award finalist Terrance West of Towson were selected to The Associated Press FCS All-America team released Wednesday. Garoppolo passed for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns and won the Payton award as the top player in FCS. The senior led Eastern Illinois (12-2) to the quarterfinals of the NCAA playoffs. West has run for 2,295 yards and tied an FCS record with 39 touchdowns to help Towson (12-2) reach this weekend’s semifinals after it eliminated Eastern Illinois last week. Montana State defensive end Brad Daly, who won the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in FCS, was selected to the first-team defense, along with cornerback Marcus Williams of two-time defending national champion North Dakota State.

North Dakota State also placed offensive tackle Billy Turner on the first team. Turner, Williams and Eastern Illinois receiver Erik Lora are first-team All-Americans for the second consecutive season. Towson offensive lineman Eric Pike joined teammate West on the first team. Eastern Washington, which hosts Towson in Saturday’s semifinal, also had two first-team All-Americans in redshirt freshman receiver Cooper Kupp and offensive lineman Ashton Miller. Samford has linebacker Justin Shade and Fabian Truss at all-purpose player on the first team. Montana had two first-teamers in offensive lineman Danny Kistler and linebacker Jordan Tripp. EWU quarterback Vernon Adams, who was runner-up to Garoppolo in the Payton voting, made the second team, and North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen was a third-team selection.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State returned to the practice field Wednesday with the first of 15 scheduled sessions before playing Auburn for the national championship in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 6. Coach Jimbo Fisher said the top-ranked Seminoles were eager to get back to football after a week full of winning awards, various trips, exams and an appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman” for Heismanwinning quarterback Jameis Winston. “They were kind of getting tired of it,” Fisher said. “They were looking forward to getting out here practicing.” Fisher said the team took some time to find its groove during the first practice since winning the Atlantic Coast Conference championship Dec. 7. The session focused on fundamentals with very little specific game-planning for No. 2 Auburn. That will be blueprint for the next four practices before the team leaves for the holiday break Monday.

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Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, right, holds up the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship trophy as his son, Trey, looks on after the Seminoles defeated Duke in Charlotte.

Full installation of the game-plan begins with the next five practices scheduled Dec. 26-30 before the team flies to California on Dec. 31st. The team will have their final five practices the first week of January leading up to the BCS championship game. “They’ll get better as they go. ... In the beginning it’s always the hardest,” Fisher said. “You’ve got to get away every now and then. We went seven or eight straight weeks there at the end of the season — were banged and bruised. Thought it was good for their bodies and minds.” There was plenty to enjoy during the break.

BOWLS from Page B1 teams? Two All-American running backs going at each other: Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey and BC’s Andre Williams. TOP PLAYERS

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State. Won the Heisman Trophy, playing for a national championship. Not a bad freshman season. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama. There will be no three-peat as national champion, but he’s been as good a college quarterback as we’ve seen in a while. C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama. Collects tackles like baseball cards. Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona. Second nationally in yards per game, runs like he’s trying to punish defenders for daring to tackle him. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M. Last year’s Heisman winner could be making his last hurrah in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl against Duke.

Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State. Arguably the most disruptive interior lineman in the country. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State. All-American can turn the simplest of routes into a score. SPONSORS

Food is king among bowl sponsors for the third straight season. The 2013-14 bowl season includes seven bowls with food affiliations, from potatoes to pizza to wild wings. Second on the list are financial companies with six and auto-related companies are third with five. This year’s bowl lineup also includes a helicopter company, a university, a defense contractor, a department store and a cause (Fight Hunger). ODDS

The folks at GlantzCulver have made Florida State a decided favor-

Winston won the Heisman with 668 firstplace votes — the ninth-most in the history of the award. He joined former Seminoles Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke as the three Heisman winners in school history. Both Ward and Weinke quarterbacked national championship teams at Florida State. “Unique in that you got to see him go through all those things,” Fisher said. “Also you understand the company in which he’s in when you really walk in those banquets ... and see all those winners and all those names on the list and you realize it’s an elite company.”

ite over Auburn in the national championship game at 8 1-2 points. In the other bowls, the biggest spread is the Fiesta Bowl, where Baylor is a 16 1-2-point favorite over Central Florida. Right behind is the Pinstripe Bowl, with Notre Dame giving away 15 1-2 points to Rutgers. Alabama also is a 15point favorite over Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. Tightest odds? San Diego State and Buffalo are a pick ‘em in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and three other bowls — Cotton, New Orleans and Capital One — all have 1-point spreads. DISTANCES

Florida State and Auburn will have to make quite a road trip to play for the final BCS championship despite being about 200 miles apart. The Seminoles will cover about 2,200 miles to get to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., and the Tigers have a trip of roughly 2,100 miles to get there.

December 19, 2013  
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