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Since going 0-11 in the former Georgia Tech’s first season, the Knights have won two Conference USA championships, earned four bowl bids and capped off a second 10-win season by beating Southern Methodist 17-7. Central Florida earned a trip to the Liberty Bowl, where it’ll most likely face Georgia on New Year’s Eve.

SMU accepted an invitation to play Army in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30 _ a game that will be played in its own stadium since TCU is renovating its stadium.

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“That’s exactly what we needed to happen for us. We were asking ‘How are we going to respond?’ I’d say they responded well.” — Boise State coach Chris Petersen, after the Broncos’ 50-14 victory over Utah State that came a week after Nevada ended their BCS hopes.