Le'Veon Bell's 2012 season really began last January, when fellow running back Edwin Baker announced he was skipping his senior year to enter the NFL draft.
The learning curves were conquered quickly by Northwestern freshmen Dan Vitale and Dean Lowry.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Derrick Nix had 25 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 20 Michigan State surged past Texas 67-56 Saturday afternoon.
In August, few outside Notre Dame's locker room expected the Irish to play for a National Championship.