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Bortles off to NFL draft

Not long after leading 17-point underdog UCF to a 52-42 upset win over the No. 6 Baylor Bears in the Fiesta Bowl, Blake Bortles has decided to declare for the 2014 NFL draft. Bortles, a redshirt junior, threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another in his first game on the big stage. Heading into the bowl, ESPN.com's Todd McShay had Bortles going No. 3 overall in his mock draft. Bortles also is the 15th-rated prospect overall, according to Scouts Inc., behind only Teddy Bridgewater at the quarterback position. Was this a good move? What is his NFL future?

What do you make of Blake Bortles' reported decision to declare for the NFL draft?

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  • What is Blake Bortles' NFL future?

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  • Did you know who Blake Bortles was before the bowl season began?

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  • If you were an NFL GM, would the level of competition Blake Bortles faced at UCF make you wary of using a top five pick on him?

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  • Which of these potential top-five picks will have the best NFL career?

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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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The new American Athletic Conference isn't widely represented in the preseason coaches' Top 25; only defending Big East champion Louisville made the list (albeit at No. 9). Are the Cardinals the clear favorites in the AAC? How do their challengers stack up? Click on the boxes below to set your rankings!

2013 AAC football teams

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

2012 overall: 10-3
2012 Big East: 5-2

Connecticut

Connecticut

2012 overall: 5-7
2012 Big East: 2-5

Houston

Houston

2012 overall: 5-7
2012 C-USA: 4-4

Louisville

Louisville

2012 overall: 11-2
2012 Big East: 5-2

Memphis

Memphis

2012 overall: 4-8
2012 C-USA: 4-4

Rutgers

Rutgers

2012 overall: 9-4
2012 Big East: 5-2

South Florida

South Florida

2012 overall: 3-9
2012 Big East: 1-6

Southern Methodist

Southern Methodist

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 C-USA: 5-3

Temple

Temple

2012 overall: 4-7
2012 Big East: 2-5

UCF

UCF

2012 overall: 10-4
2012 C-USA: 7-1

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A lot of college football fans will tell you their two favorite teams are their team and whoever plays their rival that Saturday. But it sure feels like Boise State is gaining ground on the latter part of that equation.

There are a lot of things working in Boise State's favor as it builds a nationwide network of fans. The Broncos play at least five games on ESPN or ESPN2 this season, all on weekday nights when college football fans are craving something to tide them over until Saturday. And since it's safe to say the BCS isn't America's most popular institution, it only makes sense to support the team whose diverse playbook has helped poke holes in the system's flaws. Plus, let's be honest, who doesn't love them some blue turf?

So as long as they aren't playing your team, is Boise State America's team?

Brian (Greensboro)

Ivan, pretend that Boise State is any BCS conference this year...where do you rank them? Is it still third (AP), fifth (Coaches) or something else?

Ivan Maisel
Ivan Maiisel

I understand your point. But Boise State has won two Fiesta Bowls in the last four years. They have 20-plus starters returning from an undefeated team. I don't think anyone need apologize for ranking the Broncos high. And if they lose, we'll be wrong and we'll all move on. Full transcript

Jeremy (Corvallis)

How do you think Boise would do in the PAC-10? It's much easier to get up for 1 (max. 2) games per year, compared to having to show up every week (except against Wazzu).

Pac-10 blogger Ted Miller
Ted Miller

Hard to say: Boise is a good team, and it is particularly good at preparing for big games. But as you say, playing a quality foe just about every week is something the Broncos have not done. I do think this year's Boise State team would finish in the top-third of the Pac-10, perhaps even win the conference. Full transcript

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