■ Kyle Bonagura ranks the Pac-12 bowls by intrigue and has the Oregon-FSU game listed as #1.
Heisman Trophy winners playing quarterback for opposing teams in a College Football Playoff game? Yes, please. This is the prime example of why the playoff trumps the BCS because this game doesn't get played in the old era. Does it need further billing? There’s only one potential game in college football that would be more intriguing … and if both Oregon and Alabama win, it will be played on Jan. 12.
■ Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.
■ Marcus Mariota and Ifo Ekpre-Olumu are making the rounds at the award circuit in Florida.
...If Mariota — who has called overcoming his shyness one of his most difficult challenges of college — wins the Davey O'Brien and Maxwell Awards on Thursday at a college football awards show from this resort, or claims the first Heisman in Ducks history on Saturday from midtown New York, his reaction will be seen live by millions.
"Everything that's going on right now," Mariota said, "is surreal."...