- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday58 mins ago
The Sun Belt Conference had more teams eligible for bowls than it had bowl spots. While that may be a good problem to have, it's still a problem. So the conference took the step of offering the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl and the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl money to select a Sun Belt team.
Neither bowl took the conference's offer.
"And during the past several weeks, I have been in discussions and negotiations with all the bowls that might be open. Specifically, the Sun Belt targeted the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl and Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl and was in negotiations with both up until final decisions were made," Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson said in a statement.
"The Sun Belt Conference Presidents and Chancellors authorized me two weeks ago to use Sun Belt funds at my discretion to entice both bowls to take a Sun Belt team. As a result, the Sun Belt made very significant financial offers to both bowls that clearly exceeded anything the Sun Belt has done in previous years."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr 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.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Orange Bowl Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Fla. Jan. 3, 2014 Ohio State vs. Clemson
An early look at the matchup: The Orange Bowl features two teams with dynamic offenses with tons of speed and bend but don’t break defenses. The immediate draw is to the quarterback position with dual threats Braxton Miller and Tajh Boyd running the show for Ohio State and Clemson, respectively.
Each quarterback has their fair share of weapons to work with, but Braxton Miller and Ohio State do most of their damage on the ground. Miller threw for 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns while also accumulating an impressive 1,033 yards and 10 scores on the ground. The Buckeyes have a versatile run game with Carlos Hyde in the backfield. He and Miller can gash defenses consistently with the read-option, but when Miller is under center, there is a high likelihood that he is handing the ball to Hyde (1,408 yards and 14 touchdowns). Wideouts Philly Brown and Devin Smith each accumulated 655 receiving yards and combined for 18 touchdowns. They are the top deep threats for OSU.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Allstate Sugar Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La. Jan. 2, 2014 Oklahoma vs. Alabama
An early look at the matchup: Hey, it's Oklahoma and Alabama. Two of college football's most recognizable programs. This is going to be a rock 'em, sock 'em slugfest, right?
Well, we're not optimistic. Starting next season, the Sugar Bowl is between teams from the Big 12 and SEC. The Sooners are behind the Oregon Ducks in the BCS standings, but the Sugar Bowl has the opportunity to get a head start on the matchup. Plus, Oklahoma is closer and easily driveable, and the bowl can count on more fans to make the trek. Alabama is close too, so it's going to be a house of crimson. But we're deprived of the opportunity of seeing Oregon's offense against Alabama's defense. If you're a neutral, isn't that the more intriguing game?
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Rose Bowl Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. Jan. 1, 2014 No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 5 Stanford
An early look at the matchup: Besides the National Championship game, the Rose Bowl showdown between the Spartans and the Cardinal is arguably the most intriguing. Coming off impressive efforts on both sides of the ball in their respective conference title game wins, these teams are hot, and they both play a similar, extremely physical brand of football. Both teams showcase a style of football that is fading away in recent times.
The Spartans and the Cardinal both feature run-first offenses with bruising, downhill running backs. With 1,618 yards rushing yards (seventh in the country) and 20 rushing touchdowns (fifth), Stanford’s 6-foot-1, 221-pound Tyler Gaffney is one of the toughest backs in the country. And though he only averages just over 21 passing attempts per game, quarterback Kevin Hogan is a steady game manager who can make all the throws. Ty Montgomery, Hogan’s favorite target, has hauled in 58 catches for 937 yards and 10 touchdowns.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Az. Jan. 1, 2014 Baylor vs. Central Florida
An early look at the matchup: We'll go ahead and ask it. How much of a mismatch really is this game? Baylor's high-flying offense has gotten accolades all season, though it was slowed against Oklahoma State and sputtered a bit against Texas in two of the Bears' last three games. Central Florida won an extremely weak American Athletic Conference by running the table and seven of its 11 wins came by seven points or less.
Central Florida's only loss of the season came at home to South Carolina, a team that it led for most of the game before the Gamecocks came back in the fourth quarter. Baylor's was in a 49-17 shellacking in Stillwater, OK, against Oklahoma State in a game that nothing went right for the Bears.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Less than a week after firing Dave Christensen, Wyoming has announced the new man that will lead the school's football program. After a few days of speculation, the university officially introduced Craig Bohl as the new head coach on Sunday.
Bohl had been the head coach at North Dakota State since 2003, winning National Championships at the FCS level the past two seasons. Bohl’s NDSU team is currently in the 2013 FCS Playoffs as the No. 1 seed and currently has a 12-0 record entering the third round. Bohl confirmed that he will stay to coach NDSU through its playoff run.
“Rarely do you get an opportunity to hire a head coach who has won multiple National Champions and has a reputation as a program builder,” Wyoming Athletic Director Tom Burman said.
“I am absolutely confident we hired one of the best football coaches in the country. All you have to do is look at his record, including several wins over FBS programs.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
College football officials are subject to criticism in each game. Sometimes the criticism is just and sometimes it is excessive, but with this blunder that took place during the second round of the FCS playoffs between Coastal Carolina and Montana, I don’t think you can complain enough.
With 7:20 to go in the third quarter, the Grizzlies were trailing the Chanticleers 42-21 but were driving deep into CCU territory to try to cut into the lead. On a second down play from the 35-yard line, quarterback Jordan Johnson found receiver Sean Haynes for an 18-yard gain down to the CCU 17.
Haynes dove to make the catch, but it appeared that the catch was clean, so the referees set the ball for the next play, where Johnson tossed a middle-screen to running back Jordan Canada who took the ball down to the two-yard line.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
While Urban Meyer was sad and eating Papa John’s pizza after losing to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game Saturday night, some of his former players at the University of Florida didn’t hold back their feelings when their old coach came up short.
RT @Jhalapio67: HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA
Everything happens for a reason lol
Ahhh I can rest easy now ��� #phinsup
As Florida’s head coach in 2010, Meyer somewhat infamously “retired” from coaching for family and health reasons, before taking the job at Ohio State not even a year later. These players clearly felt duped by Meyer, so watching him lose with a National Championship game berth on the line was sweet.
- - - H/T Deadspin
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
One of the fun things about the final USA Today Coaches Poll of the year is the unveiling of the ballots. Unlike the Associated Press poll, the voters' ballots are not revealed until the final week of the season, so we have to wait to see any interesting voting habits.
And the biggest takeaway from this year's final poll? Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is still not an Ohio State fan. The former Wisconsin coach has the Buckeyes ranked 12th on his ballot. Ohio State is ranked sixth overall. Apparently Jen Bielema and Jen Vrabel have not made up to each other.
You know who Bielema has sixth? Louisville. The Cardinals are headed to the Russell Athletic Bowl after they finished second in the weak American Athletic Conference. The AAC champion, Central Florida, the team who beat Louisville at Louisville, is ranked 15th. Yeah, not sure what to say about that one.
Even Louisville coach Charlie Strong had more common sense than that. He put UCF 10th and his own team 12th.