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Who will win the Rose Bowl?

It's the 100th edition of the Granddaddy of Them All, and the two teams involved certainly won't lack passion. Stanford, which won the Rose Bowl a year ago, might have been thinking national title earlier in the year, but certainly didn't let any disappointment show during its dismantling of Arizona State in the Pac-12 title game. Michigan State? It hasn't played in the Pasadena, Calif., bowl since 1988, and just knocked off then-No. 2 Ohio State to get here. In other words, it should be a good one.

  • Which team will win the Rose Bowl? (Jan. 1, 5 p.m. ET, ESPN)

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  • Which team looked better in its conference championship game?

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  • Who is the better quarterback?

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  • Who is the better running back?

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  • Which team has the better offense?

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  • Which team has the better defense?

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  • Who is the better defensive player?

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Florida State and Auburn are facing off for the BCS National Championship. But does that mean they're the two best teams playing in BCS games? Click on the boxes to rank the teams playing in college football's five biggest postseason contests!

Vote: Which teams will win the BCS bowls?

BCS bowl teams

Alabama

Alabama

Matchup: Sugar vs. Oklahoma

Auburn

Auburn

Matchup: Championship Game vs. Florida State

Baylor

Baylor

Matchup: Fiesta vs. UCF

Clemson

Clemson

Matchup: Orange vs. Ohio State

Florida State

Florida State

Matchup: Championship Game vs. Auburn

Michigan State

Michigan State

Matchup: Rose vs. Stanford

Ohio State

Ohio State

Matchup: Orange vs. Clemson

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Matchup: Sugar vs. Alabama

Stanford

Stanford

Matchup: Rose vs. Michigan State

UCF

UCF

Matchup: Fiesta vs. Baylor

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Pac-12 -- Stanford vs. Arizona St.

There's no national title slot on the line in this Pac-12 championship game. Nor was there much in the way of BCS National Championship talk out West, what with the league's top teams beating each other up late in the year. Another big surprise: the rise of the Arizona State Sun Devils, who went from also-ran to hosts of the conference's title contest. Can Todd Graham's team seal the deal? Or will the Cardinal match their two-touchdown September victory over ASU in Palo Alto, Calif.?

Which team will win the Pac-12 championship game in Tempe, Ariz.?

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  • Which is more surprising?

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  • Is Todd Graham an elite coach?

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When the clock hit zeroes Saturday in Auburn, Ala., it seemed the Crimson Tide had the best chance to win the Iron Bowl and reach the SEC championship game. Then ... well, we all know what happened. The question is: Where does Chris Davis' field goal return rank among the best college football endings -- meaning, the game's final play -- of all time? Click on the images below to set your list!

College football finishes

Holiday Bowl (1980)

Holiday Bowl (1980)

BYU's Jim McMahon hit Clay Brown for a 41-yard Hail Mary TD to tie SMU; the extra point gave BYU a 46-45 win after trailing 45-25 with four minutes left.

The Play (1982)

The Play (1982)

With four seconds left and a 20-19 lead, Stanford kicked off to California; the Stanford band came on the field during the multiple-lateral return, which was scored by Kevin Moen for a 25-20 win.

Hail Flutie (1984)

Hail Flutie (1984)

Boston College QB Doug Flutie hit WR Gerard Phelan on a 48-yard, against-the-wind Hail Mary to win at Miami 47-45.

The Fifth Down (1990)

The Fifth Down (1990)

With Colorado down 31-27 and near the Missouri goal line, the officiating crew accidentally forgot to flip the down marker, ultimately giving the Buffaloes a fifth down -- on which QB Charles Johnson scored a 1-yard TD to win 33-31.

The Miracle at Michigan (1994)

The Miracle at Michigan (1994)

Colorado again -- this time with Kordell Stewart hitting Michael Westbrook on a tipped 64-yard Hail Mary to give the Buffaloes a 27-26 win over host Michigan.

The Bluegrass Miracle (2002)

The Bluegrass Miracle (2002)

Another tipped Hail Mary -- this one from LSU's Marcus Randall to Devery Henderson for a 74-yard TD and 33-30 win over Kentucky (which had doused coach Guy Morriss with Gatorade seconds earlier).

Fiesta Bowl (2003)

Fiesta Bowl (2003)

After being given new life thanks to a pass interference penalty in the first OT and then taking a 31-24 lead in the second, Ohio State forced an incomplete pass from Miami on fourth-and-goal at the 1 to win the BCS National Championship.

Capital One Bowl (2005)

Capital One Bowl (2005)

After letting LSU rally from 12 points down, Iowa scrambled to get to the 44-yard line, from which Drew Tate hit Warren Holloway for a 56-yard TD to give the Hawkeyes a 30-25 win.

Statue Left (2007)

Statue Left (2007)

After fighting to get to overtime, underdog Boise State fell behind Oklahoma 42-35 in the first extra frame, scored a touchdown, then pulled a "Statue of Liberty" handoff to Ian Johnson for the game-winning two-point conversion.

Iron Bowl (2013)

Iron Bowl (2013)

A 57-yard, last-second field goal attempt for Alabama in a 28-28 game fell short and into the hands of Chris Davis, who returned the ball 109 yards for a 34-28 Auburn win.

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Mariota's Heisman chances

Thursday's 26-20 loss to Stanford dealt a severe blow to Oregon's BCS title aspirations, but how will it impact Marcus Mariota's Heisman hopes? The Ducks' superstar quarterback delivered an underwhelming performance against the No. 5 Cardinal. Does Mariota still have a shot at the Heisman? Who gets your vote right now?

Did Marcus Mariota's performance against Stanford cost him the Heisman Trophy?

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  • Which of these players would get your Heisman vote right now?

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  • Which of these players would you most want quarterbacking your NFL team?

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  • How much influence should a team's overall record have on Heisman voting?

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  • If Alabama remains undefeated, which opponent would you most like to see it play in the BCS title game?

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