- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
It’s bowl season and we all know what that means, time to criticize, mock and marvel at the ridiculous bowl gifts teams are getting just for making a bowl.
And this year, not only are players being showered with watches, Oakleys, high-end electronics and gift cards, they’re also being treated to luxury recliners.
Yes, bowl gift giving has officially gone off the rails.
Several bowls will have gift suites set up where participants can choose from an array of gifts as long as they don’t exceed the $550 NCAA-allowed award. And for the first time, players can choose home theater recliners that have built in USB ports so they can charge their devices.
Not a bad deal for the third-string kicker that gets to make the trip.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Following Michigan State’s upset of Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, Spartans fans took to the streets of East Lansing and decided it was a good idea to riot.
Fires were started, cars were overturned, couches burned and several arrests were made in the wee hours of Sunday morning. No one was injured.
Police are looking for anyone to identify people in various photographs (and possibly in the above video) to help with more arrests.
“If you burn a couch, if you break the law ... you are not one of us,” said Scott Westerman, executive director of the MSU Alumni Association told the Detroit News.
An estimated 2,000 people gathered near Cedar Village apartments across from the MSU campus, a traditional hotspot of large-scale celebratory partying. Revelers ripped landscaping trees from near the complex to feed a huge bonfire.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
ESPN reporter Heather Cox took a lot of heat over the weekend after she asked Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston about the sexual assault investigation following the ACC title game.
Several fans, mostly from Florida State, felt that Cox ambushed Winston. His attorney, Tim Jansen, took to Twitter expressing his disgust and demanding an apology.
In an interview with SI.com’s Richard Deitsch, Cox said Florida State told her the postgame interview was unrestricted and that her bosses gave her the go-ahead to ask anything she wanted, including trying to obtain Winston’s first unrehearsed comments about a case that had nearly derailed his Heisman chances and Florida State’s national championship hopes.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Well, it’s finally here – the last days of the BCS.
Go ahead, weep. It’s OK. The BCS has been a good sparring pal, keeping us on our toes while we debated the merits of one team getting a bid over another. Heck, even in its final year it gave us a little controversy with an interesting decision that put Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl ahead of Oregon.
Still, we'll miss our dear friend, the BCS, as we usher in a new era of a college football playoff.
When the dust clears on the 2013-14 season, either Florida State or Auburn will be crowned champion. But before we get to that, there are 34 other bowls that deserve our attention – some less than others.
The bowl season wasn’t exactly kind this year, There are a couple good matchups, but there are also a lot of duds and a few games that are just absolutely unwatchable.
We here at Dr. Saturday break them all down for you, 1 to 35:
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
BCS National Championship Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. Jan. 6, 2014 No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 2 Auburn
An early look at the matchup: Initially, the draw of this game will be the offenses. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the likely Heisman winner, has dazzled all season with accuracy and poise not often seen by a freshman. The Florida State receivers are big and physical and the running game with James Wilder Jr., makes the Seminoles a tough matchup.
Auburn’s offense revolves around quarterback Nick Marshall and running back Tre Mason, who anchor the nation’s leading rushing attack with 335.7 yards per game. The Tigers showed just how dominant that rushing game can be by throttling a Missouri rush defense that started the game ranked No. 2 in the SEC and finished No. 9 after allowing 545 rushing yards, including 304 to Mason.
But the story of the game will be defense. Florida State has a good one, Auburn doesn’t. The Seminoles lead the nation allowing just 10.7 points per game and are ranked third in the country allowing just 268.5 yards per game. They have stifled almost every opponent they have played and are especially good against the run, allowing 116.5 yards per game.
There was no doubt Florida State would beat Duke in the ACC title game, it was just a matter of by how much.
The Seminoles won 45-7 to finish 13-0 for the first time in school history and earned a chance to play for a national championship.
Florida State handled Duke the way it’s handled almost every other team on its schedule this season – with relative ease. There was no suspense; the game was never in doubt.
Quarterback Jameis Winston, the Heisman frontrunner, didn’t have a great game, but did little to harm his chances of hoisting the bronze statue next Saturday.
Florida State’s pre-bowl season wrapped up with a nice little bow.
But there’s still excitement on the horizon.
The matchup many wanted to see – Florida State and Auburn – will happen thanks to Michigan State’s 34-24 win against Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship. The victory knocked the Buckeyes from their coveted No. 2 ranking in the BCS standings, sliding Auburn, the SEC champs, into their spot.
Sadly, that game is still a month away, but it’s the last obstacle to what could end up a dream season for the Seminoles, who have proven they're back among college football’s power programs.
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Auburn’s miracle season continued without needing divine intervention to help it out this time.
It just needed running back Tre Mason.
Mason rushed the ball 46 times for 304 yards and contributed four touchdowns in a 59-42 win against Missouri that earned Auburn an SEC title and a spot in a BCS bowl that could very well be the national championship game (pending the outcome of the ACC and Big Ten title games).
The win also completed an unbelievable single-season turnaround by the Tigers, who were sitting at home watching this game a year ago after a 3-9 campaign and the dismissal of head coach Gene Chizik.
But all year, especially in the past few weeks, Auburn has seemingly been a team of destiny. Dramatic victories against Mississippi State, Georgia and Alabama put the Tigers into the SEC championship, and their solid running game led them past Missouri.
Behind Mason, Auburn moved the ball at will against Missouri. Of Auburn’s 677 total yards, 525 were on the ground. Auburn only attempted 11 passes. Coming into this game, Missouri had not allowed a team to rush for more than 184 yards and that was last week against Texas A&M.
The SEC title game between Auburn and Missouri has been full of exciting plays so far, but one of the most exciting – at least from a Missouri offensive standpoint – shouldn’t have counted.
With 6:29 remaining in the first quarter, Missouri quarterback James Franklin lofted the ball up to receiver Dorial Green-Beckham 28 yards for the Tigers' first touchdown of the game.
While the play stood, replays revealed that Beckham didn’t actually have control of the ball when he hit the ground. Replays showed the laces hitting the turf and the ball rolling as Green-Beckham went sliding across the turf. Even Mike Pereira, former vice president of officiating for the NFL, chimed in on Twitter to point out the loss of possession.
That was not a TD in the SEC championship game. Ball rolled on the ground when he hit the ground. Replay should have stopped that.
Missouri, probably sensing that the play might be reviewed, kicked the extra point quickly and the touchdown stood.
The touchdown didn't ultimately matter since Auburn won 59-42, but while the game was close, it could have proven the difference.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 days ago
The first BCS bowl spot of the 2013 -14 season has officially been secured.
Central Florida, a team that was in Conference USA this time last year, will be the American Athletic Conference representative in the final edition of the BCS and it has Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to thank.
It was Bridgewater who put the Cardinals on his back in the fourth quarter and ultimately led them to a 31-24 overtime victory over Cincinnati. The win gave the Knights the outright conference title. Otherwise they would have needed a win against SMU to secure the BCS berth. UCF can lose that game and tie for the AAC title with Louisville but own the head-to-head tiebreaker.
So, the first piece of what could be a very interesting BCS bowl puzzle has now been placed, but we still don’t know where the Knights will ultimately end up. Obviously their preference would probably be home-state advantage in the Orange Bowl, but Dr. Saturday’s Chris Wilson projects the Knights against Auburn in the Sugar Bowl.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 days ago
Mid-American Conference Championship Bowling Green vs. (14) Northern Illinois Dec. 6, 8 p.m., Ford Field
HOW THESE TEAMS GOT HERE Bowling Green: The Falcons, who have not played in the Mid-American Conference title game since 2003, rallied from a two-game losing streak in late October to win four straight, including a 24-7 victory over Buffalo in the regular season finale to secure a spot in the title game.
Northern Illinois: Much like last year, Northern Illinois cruised through its MAC schedule. The Huskies have not played a close game since escaping Akron 27-20 on Oct. 12. This is the first time in the past three seasons NIU has gone undefeated in conference play.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Travis Greene, RB, Bowling Green: Part of Bowling Green’s offensive gameplan is to establish a strong running game to set up the play-action pass for quarterback Matt Johnson. Green is second in the MAC with 1,422 rushing yards and is averaging 6.1 yards per rush. But Green will have his work cut out for him since NIU has the league’s second-best rushing defense.