Kobe Bryant rusty in return
Eight months after a ruptured Achilles ended his 2012-13 season, Kobe Bryant made his 2013-14 debut Sunday against the Toronto Raptors. But it wasn't the triumphant return many Los Angeles Lakers die-hards had envisioned. Bryant played 29 minutes, scoring nine points on 2-of-9 shooting, dishing out four assists but committing eight turnovers in a 106-94 Lakers loss (he did grab eight rebounds). Is this a worrying sign, or just rust?
The BCS bowl matchups are set, and there are few -- if any -- surprises in the five games. At the top, Florida State and Auburn will face off as expected, after the Seminoles cruised in the ACC championship game, the Tigers won the SEC and Ohio State lost in the Big Ten title game. Those Buckeyes will head to South Florida to face Clemson; Alabama and Oklahoma will meet in the Sugar Bowl; Big Ten winner Michigan State will take on Pac-12 champion Stanford in the Rose Bowl; and Baylor and UCF will make rare BCS appearances, this one in the Fiesta Bowl.
So ... who ya got?
BCS title game
Florida State was the only unbeaten AQ team this season, but Auburn's SEC has won every title since the 2006 season.
Which team will shake off the disappointment of not playing for the national title they aspired to before the season?
Alabama likely is somewhat disappointed to be here, while Oklahoma fought off a rough start to reach a BCS bowl.
Michigan State hasn't been to the Rose Bowl since 1988; Stanford won last year's.
Baylor hasn't been to a big-time bowl in decades. For UCF? This is a first.Howard Smith/USA TODAY Sports
Do you like football in the snow?
For a while, no one could score. Then, no one could make a tackle. And the game we're describing -- the Baltimore Ravens' bizarre 29-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings -- wasn't even the snowiest game of a flurry-filled Sunday. Those conditions hit Philadelphia, where the Eagles and Detroit Lions barely could see the ball for stretches -- and rarely kicked an extra point -- during the home team's eventual 34-20 win. Are you a fan of these conditions? Do you want them to hit Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium?
pollcenter:category=4775+doyoulikefootballinthesnow?AP Photo/Rick BowmerAfter finishing the season 1-2, Mack Brown faces questions about his job security at Texas.
Expectations at a school like Texas are, and always will remain, very high. That is why even after an 8-4 regular season and a second-place finish in the Big 12, 16-year head coach Mack Brown faces questions about his job security, as he hasn't had a final BCS ranking any higher than No. 19 in four seasons. With the 2005 national championship firmly in the rearview mirror, and even the 2009 title game appearance old news, Texas has a decision to make.
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