Bowl season illustrated the importance of motivation, the inevitability of rust and the sheer excitement generated by a bowl game decided in the final seconds.
Bobby Bowden, the rise of the spread and the power of the SEC highlight the first decade of the 21st century.
Texas' formula started with some Colt McCoy. The Horns added a big dose of Jordan Shipley. That mixture proved explosive enough to spark No. 5 Texas past No. 1 Oklahoma in a thriller.
The recipe for the 2007 season features a generous sprinkling of Southeastern Conference powers, a dash of Southern California and a pinch of the southernmost team in the country.
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