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COLLEGE FOOTBAL BOWL GAMES

By Arnie Leshin 
Only tonight’s Texas Bowl in Houston remains before No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia clash again in the rematch of the Southeastern Conference championship game won by the Crimson Tide.
The Bama-Bulldogs is set for Monday and played in Indianapolis with the scheduled kickoff at 6 o’clock on ESPN.
Meanwhile, the Louisiana State-Kansas State is slated to stat at 9 p.m. EST, and 7 o’clock in the Mountain Time Zone. LSU is all even at 6-6 and the Wildcats are 7-5, so it looks like a pick-em between the SEC and Big 12 teams.
That will close out the scheduled 44 bowl games that brought four cancellations and three replacements. There were surprises, there were blow outs, there were close games.
The biggest winner was the Big 12 that went 4-1 behind victories from Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas Tech, and the only loss was by Iowa State against Kentucky.
Next best was the Big Ten as Minnesota, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Purdue all emerged victorious, and losing was Michigan, Penn State, Iowa and Rutgers, one of the replacements who bowed to Wake Forest.
The SEC had the most teams that went bowling, an even dozen, but won five and lost seven. The winners were Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Maryland, and Kentucky. The losers were Mississippi, Tennessee, West Virginia, Florida, Mississippi State, Auburn, and Missouri.
As for the Atlantic Coast Conference, it won two of six, with Wake Forest and Clemson victorious and Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Louisville defeated.
The PAC-12 went windless in its four games, with Oregon, Utah, Arizona State and Washington State all coming up short.
Some impressive wins were South Carolina State over Jackson State, Liberty over East Michigan, Western Kentucky over Appalachian State, Army over Missouri, University of Central Florida over Florida, Houston over Auburn, Air Force over Louisville, Oklahoma over Oregon, South Carolina over North Carolina, Purdue over Tennessee, and Oklahoma State over Notre Dame.
Purdue, playing at the Music City Bowl in Nashville, pulled out a late triumph over Tennessee, Georgia surprised No. 1 Michigan with a stellar turnabout after the Alabama loss, South Carolina was the underdog, but stunned state-rival North Carolina with a big first quarter and coasted from there, and a close tilt matching 13th-ranked Pittsburgh versus 11th-ranked Michigan State, went to the Spartans on a late run.
Georgia against Alabama again? The Dawgs haven’t had much luck versus Bama, but should be fired-up this time after Alabama knocked them off the undefeated and No.1-ranked list. After the Crimson Tide rolled over No. 4, previously unbeaten Cincinnati, it had one more to go for another national championship, and it’s Georgia again with upset on its mind again.

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