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Blue roundup: BYU vs. So. Miss or SMU in bowl game?

Published: Monday, Oct. 24 2011 1:23 p.m. MDT

One of the things about being independent is, BYU already knows where it's going bowling.

With a 56-3 blowout of Idaho State last Saturday, the Cougars are bowl eligible and they will be headed to the Armed Forces Bowl in Dallas on Dec. 30. BYU and the Armed Forces Bowl signed a deal last spring.

The Cougars are slated to face a team from Conference USA. ESPN is projecting that BYU will meet either Southern Miss or Southern Methodist. Check out all of the bowl projections here.

Former Cougar quarterback John Beck got his first start on Sunday in the Washington Redskins' loss to Carolina. According to this ESPN blog, Beck won't be enough to salvage the Redskins' season.

"The narrative around the Washington Redskins the past two weeks has been about the quarterback position, because that's the way the narrative always seems to trend in today's NFL," writes Dan Graziano. "But the reality is that John Beck isn't going to carry this season's Redskins any farther than Rex Grossman was. The most the Redskins can ask of Beck is 'just fine' -- to keep it simple, protect the ball and make sure not to get in the way of what they really want to do on offense."

Read more for a breakdown of Beck's performance here.

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