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NCAA contenders include the 'little guys'

Seven teams from non-power conferences were ranked in this week's Top 25, and that doesn't include the defending national champion Huskies. Even without UConn, several ranked teams — led by No. 6 Villanova — are regulars amid discussions about college basketball's best.

No. 13 Georgia runs over No. 20 Louisville, 37-14

Nick Chubb's big game boosted the Bulldogs .

Ducks' Helfrich is 'other guy' among star coaches

To some, he's just Chip Kelly's replacement. But the Oregon coach has successfully guided the Ducks to title contention.

Notre Dame beats No. 22 LSU 31-28 in Music City Bowl

Notre Dame got the ball with 5:41 left in the fourth quarter and never gave it back, driving 71 yards in 14 plays before kicker Kyle Brindza hit a 32-yard field goal for the win.

Jim Harbaugh vows 'excellence' at Michigan

The former Michigan player will take on the task of restoring a once-proud program to its glory days.

For Saban and Meyer, no room for satisfaction

Make no mistake: When Saban's top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide faces Meyer's No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes in the Sugar Bowl on Thursday night, two figures will tower over everyone else. It doesn't matter that neither will play a down in the semifinal playoff game.

Do improved schedules have SEC ready for No. 1 Kentucky?

The conference is ranked second in RPI this year — a big jump from last season.

Kiffin says he's staying at Alabama next season

Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin said Monday that he plans to return to the team next season, rather than jumping to the pros.

No. 1 Kentucky still unanimous atop AP Top 25

The Wildcats' win over Louisville on Saturday only cemented their status as the nation's top team.

Allen leads Texas A&M past WVU 45-37 in Liberty Bowl

Kyle Allen's four touchdowns continued a trend of Aggies true freshmen putting up big performances.

Penn State tops Boston College 31-30 in OT in Pinstripe Bowl

It was the Nittany Lions' first bowl appearance after the NCAA lifted sanctions from the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Arizona State beats Duke 36-31 in Sun Bowl

A long kickoff return set up Arizona State for its game-winning score.

South Carolina tops Miami 24-21 in Independence Bowl

The Gamecocks opened up their offense and won their fourth straight bowl game.

Cincinnati falls to Virginia Tech 33-17 in Military Bowl

Virginia Tech clinched its 22nd straight winning season and snapped Cincinnati's seven-game winning streak.

No. 1 Kentucky holds off No. 4 Louisville 58-50

Stitched up freshman Tyler Ulis came through for the Wildcats on an afternoon when nobody else seemed to have the shooting touch.

Sugar-bound Ohio State might be ahead of schedule

Unknown players stepped up for Urban Meyer's Buckeyes this season.

Marshall victorious in Boca Raton Bowl

Tommy Shuler and Rakeem Cato capped their careers with record-setting performances in the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl to help Marshall beat Northern Illinois 52-23.

Oregon's Marcus Mariota is AP player of year

The Ducks' star quarterback Marcus Mariota is The Associated Press college football player of the year, adding yet another honor to his spectacular season.

Stanford upsets No. 9 Texas in overtime 74-71

Stanford Cardinal forward Anthony Brown scored a season-best 25 points, including the go-ahead basket in overtime, helping Stanford defeat the Texas Longhorns 74-71 on Tuesday night.

Temple stuns No. 10 Kansas with 77-52 blowout

Led by 19 points from Will Cummings and 18 from Quenton DeCosey, the Temple Owls stunned No. 10 Kansas with a 77-52 rout Monday night that snapped the Jayhawks' eight-game winning streak.

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