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Three and Out

1 Why on earth do we need 28 bowl games? A rash of upsets, coupled with South Carolina's and Clemson's self-imposed bans, means there could be exactly 56 eligible teams once the dust settles. As a result, you could be watching the likes of Troy this bowl season.

2 After struggling out of the gate, last year's co--national champ LSU has won six straight games to secure a New Year's Day bowl berth in what amounted to a rebuilding year for Nick Saban.

3 The ACC's BCS representative will be one of its two newest additions, Miami or Virginia Tech, whichever wins on Saturday. Ironically, the Hokies were a last-minute invite in 2003 and were one of the schools that filed suit against the conference.--Stewart Mandel