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Who's Talking Bull? Getting into Bowl Season

Rose Bowl

Stop and smell the (purple) roses - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN
On Monday morning, TCU coach Gary Patterson took his team out to Rose Bowl Stadium so the players could get a glance at the hallowed grounds. They walked on the grass, took pictures and watched workers apply the first coat of paint that made up the school's logo in an end zone.

Sports Bowl

Champs Sports Bowl: N.C. State, West Virginia Tangle In Orlando - SBNation.com
The Champs Sports Bowl penciled in the 9-3 West Virginia Mountaineers some time ago, with the 8-4 N.C. State Wolfpack officially joining in today. This is the third Champs Sports appearance all-time for WVU, and the fifth for N.C. State.

North Carolina Tar Heels RB Anthony Elzy won't play in Music City Bowl - ESPN
The team said in a statement Monday that Elzy did not travel with the Tar Heels to Nashville, Tenn., after failing to meet his obligations as a student-athlete at the school.

Insight Bowl:

Insight Bowl Tickets: Gary Pinkel's Challenge To Mizzou Fans - SB Nation Kansas City
Missouri Tigers head coach Gary Pinkel challenged the Mizzou fan base to show up to the Insight Bowl and officials have been pleased with their efforts.

Fiesta Bowl

UConn Huskies believe they belong - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN
Connecticut, humbly, would like a moment of your time, if you can spare it. You see, the Huskies know what you think about them. They know what the pundits are telling you. They know that much of the College Football Nation doesn't believe they belong in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl opposite a program of Oklahoma's stature. They, again humbly, beg to differ. And perhaps you can find a spot in your heart to see their merits and recognize the charms of their story.

Independence Bowl

Independence Bowl: Air Force Defeats Georgia Tech - Mountain West Connection
While winning the game was the priority for Air Force, but during the game their live falcon mascot went missing for most of the second half, plus the falcon never did its pregame ritual of flying into the stadium. The falcon was eventually found and safely returned after being found on the top of a building nearby the stadium.

Big 10 Bowls:

Big Ten teams determined not to be bowled over | StarTribune.com
Minnesota won't be one of the record- tying eight Big Ten teams kicking off a postseason game over the next eight days, but its 1/11th share of the league's total haul of $45 million in bowl loot (minus expenses) should add somewhere between $2.5 million and $3 million to the school's athletic department.

Paterno family condemns health rumors as 'lies' - ESPN
Penn State coach Joe Paterno's wife dismissed as "lies" speculation that her husband's health would serve as a reason for him to resign from the job he has held for 44 years.

UB Basketball

Bulls Begin Four-Game Road Trip At Lehigh Christmas City Classic - Buffalo Athletics
BETHLEHEM, PA – The University at Buffalo women's basketball team comes back from Christmas break and immediately hits the road for the next four games, spanning into the beginning of Mid-American Conference play. The Bulls begin the trip with a two-game tournament at the Lehigh Christmas City Classic.

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