Manziel's Rise Elevates NCAA Season

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My editors have asked me to share with you my 10 favorite college football stories of 2012, which I'm happy to do, because it means I don't have to discuss realignment or coaches changing jobs. Well that, and because 2012 was a particularly fun season. We have both a national-championship participant (Notre Dame) and a Heisman winner (Johnny Manziel) that nobody saw coming. We had a tense BCS race (three undefeated teams in mid-November) that still managed to resolve itself cleanly, a bevy of memorable upsets (Stanford over USC and Oregon; Baylor over Kansas State) and a number of fantastic finishes (Alabama-LSU and Alabama-Georgia).

I enjoyed this regular season tremendously -- and I only hope the bowls can be nearly as entertaining.

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