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Is AJ McCarron an NFL starter?

AJ McCarron's stellar college career came to a close Thursday night at the Sugar Bowl, where things ended uncharacteristically (read: with a loss) for the Heisman Trophy runner-up. Now it's on to the NFL, where McCarron isn't expected to be a star -- at least not right away. While Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and SEC rival Johnny Manziel are expected to go at the top of the draft, the two-time national championship-winning starter isn't seen as a first-rounder. Will he overcome his iffy projection to succeed in the pros?

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  • Will AJ McCarron have a better NFL career than any of Todd McShay's top three QB prospects (Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel)?

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  • Is AJ McCarron a College Football Hall of Famer?

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Who will win the Sugar Bowl?

Talk about teams coming from different places. Alabama in late November seemed likely to play for its third straight national championship; instead, a shocking loss to Auburn doomed the Crimson Tide to a secondary BCS bowl. Oklahoma, meanwhile, lost handily to Texas and Baylor in a span of four weeks, yet roared back to win its last three -- including a Big 12 title-denying upset of rival Oklahoma State on Dec. 7. Who wins in New Orleans?

Which team will win the Allstate Sugar Bowl? (Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)

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  • Which team will be more motivated?

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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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When ashes -- possibly human -- were discovered Monday at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn associate professor Scott McElroy said that sort of thing happens "a lot more than you think." This raises two points: First, someone in the crowd must have been confident that the Tigers were going to beat Alabama, giving fans the chance to rush the field. Second: Just how often is "more than you think"? Either way, when we think about the possibility of being united for all eternity with a stadium and the team that plays there, we're torn between "romantic sentiment worth pursuing" and "very bad idea."


Final wishes?

Would you want your favorite team's home to be your eternal home, too?

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If a loved one or friend asked you to spread his or her ashes at a favorite sporting venue, what would your answer be?

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Win one before it's too late

Some sports fans have been rewarded for their patience with a championship. Others are still waiting for that elusive moment.

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How many titles has your favorite sports team won in your lifetime?

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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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