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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Oregon faces Wisconsin in the 106th Rose Bowl. These schools met in the Granddaddy of Them All eight years ago and put on one of the most exciting games in this bowl's long history. Both programs are stacked with elite offensive talent again. They've also got two of the best defenses in the country. Both schools fell just short of the College Football Playoff and they get a trip to Pasadena as a consolation prize.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Nick Saban and Jim Harbaugh are about to go head-to-head in the Citrus Bowl. Alabama and Michigan will meet on Wednesday with much at stake for both teams. The Crimson Tide are seeking to ensure a Top 10 ranking to end the season. Michigan is seeking its fourth 10-win year in Harbaugh's five seasons.
UNDATED (AP) — Alabama is a touchdown favorite over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl. The schools have split four previous meetings and like this one they were all at neutral sites. Alabama is trying to win a bowl game for the fifth straight year. Michigan is trying to avoid a fourth straight bowl loss.
UNDATED (AP) — Minnesota's high-powered offense, led by sophomore quarterback Tanner Morgan, goes against SEC defensive player of the year Derrick Brown and the Auburn defense in the Outback Bowl. Morgan has passed for nearly 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns. No. 9 Auburn is the only team to have played five of the top-13 teams in the final CFP rankings. The last time No. 16 Minnesota ended the season in the AP Top 25 was 2003, when the Golden Gophers were 20th in the final poll after winning the Sun Bowl.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Aleem Ford led a barrage from the 3-point line, Nate Reuvers was dominant in the paint, and Wisconsin shook off a slow start to beat Rider 65-37. Reuvers led the Badgers with 15 points, while Ford scored 14, hitting 4 of 6 from 3-point range. Overall, the Badgers shot 13 of 31 from 3 with Brad Davison and Brevin Pritzl each hitting three on their way to 11 points apiece. The teams combined to shoot 2 for 22 over the first seven minutes of the game. Wisconsin eventually found its shooting touch, Rider did not.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Lindsey Pulliam scored 24 points, Veronica Burton added a career-high 23 points with six steals and Northwestern beat No. 12 Maryland 81-58 to snap a seven-game losing streak in the series. The Northwestern defense forced a season-high 24 turnovers, leading to 29 points, and held Maryland to 4-of-18 shooting from behind the arc. Abi Scheid chipped in with 12 points for Northwestern, which has won seven straight. Abbie Wolf added 10 points. Pulliam and Burton combined to go 24 of 25 from the free-throw line and their teammates went 7 for 13. Stephanie Jones led Maryland with 14 points.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Jaelynn Penn scored 14 points to help No. 14 Indiana beat Rutgers 66-56 to close out 2019 for both teams. Grace Berger added 13 for the Hoosiers (12-2, 2-0 Big Ten), who continued to play stingy defense. Indiana has allowed only one team to score over 70 points this season and that was then-No. 2 Baylor. Arella Guirantes scored 23 points to lead the Scarlet Knights (11-2, 1-1), who were off to their best start in 29 years.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Aaliyah Patty had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Kierstan Bell also scored 13 points and Ohio State beat No. 24 Minnesota 66-63. Ohio State trailed 63-59 with 2:55 remaining after Destiny Pitts made her fifth 3-pointer for Minnesota. Jacy Sheldon answered with a 3-pointer and Patty added a go-ahead basket on the Buckeyes' next possession. Dorka Juhasz missed a 3-pointer in the closing second, but rebounded her own miss and the Buckeyes called a timeout with 1.8 seconds left. Juhasz capped the scoring at the buzzer Sheldon added 10 points for Ohio State (8-5). Pitts led Minnesota (11-2) with 26 points.
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