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"Starting in 2017, each team from the Pac-12 and the Big Ten will play a team from the other conference in football each season, and the conferences will also begin to play each other extensively in other sports starting as soon as next season."


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"If this is the final college game for Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, the nation’s most electrifying player can go out leading Baylor to one last incredible feat: a bowl game victory. The Bears haven’t won a bowl game since 1992, and ending that drought would give Baylor its first 10-win season since 1980. An upset by Washington, meanwhile, would erase the Huskies’ disappointment of losing four of their last six."


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"Apart from BCS bowls and their big-time payouts, schools love minor bowls because they can reward big donors with a week-long party in a resort location. Coaches, besides the extra 15 practices, love tweaking with schemes and reputations to misdirect opponent plans and pull off a surprise, either with an upset or, at least, a spectacular style of play that causes recruits to swoon."


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"Both teams have explosive offenses and porous defenses. The Las Vegas books, in fact, have given the game an over-under (meaning the combined points scored) of 78.5 — the most of any bowl game. Baylor was the only team in the country this year to average 300 or more yards passing and 200 or more rushing but also allows 477.5 yards per game. UW is averaging 392.3 yards per game and giving up 426.3. So a shootout seems in order."


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"Coach Steve Sarkisian says the revitalization he’s led in three seasons as the Dawgs’ coach would not have happened had Polk followed through on his intentions and quit football and gone home to Redlands, Calif., following his injury-shortened and winless 2008 season at Washington."


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"Polk, one of the more seasoned backs in this year’s projected class, is a prototype beast of burden. He’s eclipsed 1,100 yards on the ground in each of his past three seasons, averaging 5.1 yards per carry during the stretch. An attacker known for his sharp vision, pounding style and break-tackle ability, he’s very difficult to upend. Not to be overlooked, he’s also a solid receiver and pass blocker, additional attributes which should help him transition smoothly to the pro game. With one year of eligibility left, Polk is still undecided about his future. But if he comes out, expect his name to climb up team wish-lists as the draft process unfolds."


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"“Andrew was a dedicated Husky,” coach Lorenzo Romar said in a release from the school. “He was someone that would inspire anyone that came into contact with him and we want to make sure that we acknowledge how great of a Husky and a person that he was.”"


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"What’s Gone Quite Right: Washington, at the very least, has remained relevant. Much like Memphis, at least the team loses in interesting ways and on national television when doing so. So that’s … something."