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Who will win the Orange Bowl?

A January trip to South Florida should not be played down, but it'd be hard to believe the two Orange Bowl teams aren't a little disappointed with their postseason destination. Clemson entered the year eager to prove itself a title-caliber team, only to see that dream shattered by a crushing defeat to Florida State in October. Ohio State got even further, needing a win over Michigan State in the Big Ten title game to earn a trip to the BCS championship contest (needless to say, the Buckeyes didn't get it). Still, if these two teams show up motivated, it could be quite the shootout.

Which team will win the Discover Orange Bowl? (Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

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  • Both teams are averaging more than 40 points per game. Will either get there in the Orange Bowl?

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  • Which team has the better offense?

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  • Who is the better quarterback?

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  • Who is the better coach?

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  • Will Ohio State or Clemson play in the national championship game in the next five years?

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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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Big Ten -- Ohio St. vs. Mich. St.

Finally, thanks to Alabama's shocking loss to Auburn on Saturday, the Big Ten championship game is on the national radar. If the Ohio State Buckeyes win, they are likely -- but not guaranteed -- to head to Pasadena not for the Rose Bowl, but for the BCS National Championship. The Michigan State Spartans, though, might have something to say about that; they, like OSU, went undefeated in Big Ten play and boast a strong defense that can counter the Bucks' dangerous O.

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  • What does Ohio State need to do to deserve a spot in the BCS title game?

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  • Which unit is better?

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  • Will you miss the Leaders and Legends divisions when the Big Ten switches to East and West in 2014?

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  • Should Marcus Hall and Dontre Wilson be suspended for their actions Saturday at Michigan (ejected in the second quarter)?

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  • Which team would win on a neutral field?

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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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