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Bowl season provides its own rewards

Originally Published: December 14, 2011
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

Now that the annual BCS furor has died down -- this year's theme: SECede! -- and the first bowl games are upon us, it's time to remind ourselves that bowls are about more than determining a national champion. One game does that. The other 34 aren't there as arm candy.

And bowls haven't even been in the business of putting on a national championship game for very long. Finding a No. 1 isn't why the bowls came to be. From 1946 to 1991, No. 1 played No. 2 in a bowl exactly eight times. ...

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