Bell re-signing continues run of bad Emery luck

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Bell re-signing continues run of bad Emery luck

The Bears brought running back Kahlil Bellonto the roster on Tuesday for the third time in a year as somewhere Phil Emeryis probably wondering whos sticking pins in a General Manager doll.Bell replaces Matt Forte understudy MichaelBush, who was placed on injured reserve with a rib injury suffered in theSeattle game, then limited him to one carry in Minnesota and to the sidelinesagainst Green Bay.

Bush, as strong a short-yardage back as theBears have had in recent seasons, becomes the latest Emery roster additionforced into some unexpected down time.

Emery attempted to upgrade the offensiveline last offseason. He signed former 49ers second-round pick Chilo Rachal, whowon a starting job but melted down after losing the job with a debacle againstthe San Francisco 49ers.

That was a week before the teams bestoffensive lineman, guard Lance Louis, was lost for the season with a kneeinjury.

Emery signed Jonathan Scott, who replacedGabe Carimi at right tackle but suffered a hamstring injury against Green Bayand is a question this week.

No. 1 draft choice Shea McClellin has beendown with a concussion and knee injury. No. 2 pick Alshon Jeffery missed four gameswith a broken hand and then two with a knee injury. No. 3 Brandon Hardin wenton injured reserve with a neck injury in the second preseason game. No. 4 pickEvan Rodriguez has come back respectably from a knee injury that had him outfor four games.

Bush was a marquee signing early lastoffseason, giving the Bears a safety net in negotiations with Forte and aproven big back and former starter with the Oakland Raiders.

Bush appeared in the first 13 games thisseason and started in the win over St. Louis when Forte was out with an ankleinjury. He averaged 3.6 yards per carry and was second to Brandon Marshall (10)with five touchdowns.

Bell was with the Bears through theoffseason after signing a tender offer for 1.26 million. After the Bushsigning in March for four years and 14 million, and Forte signed a four-yeardeal at the outset of training camp, Bells price as a No. 3 back was out ofline with his slot.

When he refused to take a pay cut, the Bearswaived him on Aug. 23. He returned Sept. 15 and was waived a month later. Heeventually signed with the New York Jets, who released him last week.

Bell started three games for the Bears lastseason after Fortes season-ending knee injury. He totaled 337 yards on 79carries, with a peak of 121 yards against the Green Bay Packers.

Hawkeyes going to Outback Bowl for fifth time, taking on Florida

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Hawkeyes going to Outback Bowl for fifth time, taking on Florida

Iowa is going back to the Outback Bowl.

Yes, for the fifth time in the last 13 seasons, the Hawkeyes will wrap their campaign with a trip to Tampa and an appearance in the Outback Bowl. And for the third time, their opponent there will be the Florida Gators. That game kicks at noon on Jan. 2.

Iowa and Florida met in the Outback Bowl to conclude the 2003 and 2005 seasons, splitting those two matchups.

This time around, the Hawkeyes are coming off an 8-4 regular season, a disappointing follow up to their 12-2 campaign a season ago that started off a perfect 12-0 before postseason losses in the Big Ten title game and the Rose Bowl.

Kirk Ferentz has led his team to a bowl appearance in 14 of his 18 seasons, though Iowa has lost the last four of those games, without a bowl win since taking down Missouri in the 2010 Insight Bowl.

Iowa is 2-2 in its four previous Outback Bowl appearances, beating Florida, losing to Florida, beating South Carolina and losing to LSU.

As for the Gators, they own an 8-4 record, as well, after falling to Alabama in Saturday’s SEC Championship Game. Florida is known for its sluggish offense, one of the lowest-scoring teams in the country.

Start spreadin' the news: Northwestern to face Pitt in Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium

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Start spreadin' the news: Northwestern to face Pitt in Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium

Start spreadin' the news.

Northwestern is heading to New York for its bowl game this season, specifically the Bronx, where it will battle Pittsburgh in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

Though it isn't your typically warm bowl destination, the baseball-stadium setting should be pretty fantastic. The game will be played at 1 p.m. on Dec. 28.

The Wildcats reached bowl eligibility with their sixth win in the regular-season finale against Illinois. Northwestern is heading to back-to-back bowl games after missing out on the postseason in back-to-back seasons in 2013 and 2014.

This is just the 13th-ever bowl trip for the Cats, though it's their seventh in 11 seasons under Pat Fitzgerald. Northwestern has a 1-5 record under Fitzgerald in the previous six bowl games, though that win is one of just two all-time bowl victories by the program.

This season started slowly for the Cats, who lost upsetting home games to Illinois State and Western Michigan and started 1-3. But Northwestern turned things around with back-to-back road wins over Iowa and Michigan State and finished 6-6. The Cats' offense has been particularly effective this season compared to seasons past. Wide receiver Austin Carr took home Big Ten Receiver of the Year honors and is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award after leading the conference in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches. Running back Justin Jackson was the league's leading rusher until getting surpassed by just a couple yards by both Wisconsin's Corey Clement and Penn State's Saquon Barkley, who both competed in Saturday night's Big Ten Championship Game, adding to their respective rushing totals.

Pitt has had a pretty noteworthy season. Despite having four losses, it beat two teams that finished ranked in the top five of the College Football Playoff rankings: No. 2 Clemson and No. 5 Penn State. The Panthers are coached by former Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.