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