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Lunchtime links: Nothing about TCU, Utah here

Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson
Yes there are other things happening in the non-BCS than tonight's game between Utah and TCU, and I've assembled some of them right here in this cozy little blog post.

• Ball State had a big win over Northern Illinois last week, but I think the most important thing to note is a small line near the middle of this notebook. A representative from the Orange Bowl was in attendance. The Cardinals picked a nice night to be dominant.

• Fresno State's Tom Brandstater and Nevada's Colin Kaepernick are from the same city, but lmade their marks with with opposite quarterbacking styles. Both have great respect for the other as they head into the final collegiate game against each other.

• Like many teams in the WAC, the Broncos are thriving because of their youth, including players at tight end and fullback, who had to fill in because of injuries.

• There's still a lot for which to play if you're UNLV. And we're not just talking a bowl game, we're talking your coach's future.

• North Texas got its first win of the season last week against Western Kentucky and will look to build on that progress this week against defending Sun Belt champion Florida Atlantic.