- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday32 mins ago
Gildan New Mexico Bowl Washington State vs. Colorado State Albuquerque, N.M. Dec. 21, 2013
The bowl season kicks off with two teams that haven’t played in the postseason in quite some time. Washington State is making its first appearance in a bowl since 2003 and Colorado State is making its first appearance since 2006.
This game has the potential to be high scoring, especially since Washington State, which is known for its high-octane passing offense, has one of the worst defenses in the country, and Colorado State’s offense really came on late in the year.
CSU running back Kapri Bibbs led the Mountain West in rushing with 254 carries for 1,572 yards and 28 touchdowns. And Bibbs has done a really good job of exploiting terrible rushing defenses. He had 312 yards against Nevada, which ranks 122nd nationally in rushing defense, 201 against Wyoming (107th), 147 against UTEP (117th), 137 against Hawaii (104th), and 291 yards against New Mexico (120th).
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
You didn't think that Oregon wasn't going to have special uniforms for its bowl game, did you?
The Ducks released the 'Mach Speed'jerseys that it will wear against Texas in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30. Oregon showed off both white and black duds, but since Texas was the away team and wore white in last year's Alamo Bowl appearance, Oregon will be donning white this year.
Nike says the uniforms are "the most innovative" yet, and we're a fan of the look of the white ones. They've got the distinctive Oregon flash but they're not incredibly outlandish. The Ducks have done well this year with its uniforms,including the pink helmets for breast cancer awareness.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
UPDATE: It's official. The game will be played on November 21, 2015 as a part of The Shamrock Series.
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 20, 2013
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Neutral site games can really be hit or miss. It all depends on the location. A football game at Fenway Park? That would fall under the “hit” category for sure.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
The BCS Championship Game presented by Vizio will be broadcast on ESPN Monday, Jan. 6. But you can catch the game on ESPN2 and other platforms as well.
The traditional game broadcast between Auburn and Florida State will feature Brent Musberger, Kirk Herbstreit and what you've become accustomed to in watching a game on ESPN or ABC. As part of ESPN's "MegaCast," ESPN2 will have a show called "BCS Title Talk" that features ESPN analysts and other personalities discussing the game as it happens at the Rose Bowl.
ESPNEWS will have "BCS Film Room," a show with multiple camera angles and play dissections while ESPN Classic will have a broadcast with just the noise you hear at the stadium, including the fans and the PA announcer.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Remember the Syracuse blog raising money to send kids from a local YMCA to the Texas Bowl that we mentioned on Monday?
Their goal was $12,000 to send 200 kids to the game between Syracuse and Minnesota. They made it easily. So easily, in fact, that the blog Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician had to cut off donations at $44,444.44. Yes, you read that correctly. And they even surpassed it.
— Sean Keeley (@NunesMagician) December 19, 2013
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Bret Bielema’s first season at Arkansas didn’t go exactly as planned.
The Razorbacks went 3-9 and he missed a bowl game for the first time in his head-coaching career.
In a Q&A with the Associated Press, Bielema said "the Lord decided" Arkansas should have a tough season and that he learned a lot more from the losses than he would have from wins.
Question: Arkansas went 3-9, what's the emotional toll of that?
Answer: "It is what it is. I don't have a reaction one way or the other. Obviously (I) didn't want to go 3-9, but it was the reality of what it was. For whatever reason, the good Lord decided us to be that way. There's a certain amount of teaching that can come from a win, but I do think you learn more from losses than you do from wins. Just the inventory that you press, if you're a true competitor, the way that you react. You'll get more out of a defeat ... Now, obviously, it's not great for recruiting, it's not great for anybody involved, fans, coaches, players, staff, whatever it is. But it is what it is."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Jackson State went 8-1 in the SWAC in 2013 and 8-4 overall, but when the season was over, head coach Rick Comegy and the entire coaching staff sans one were fired. Why? Well, the release from the school made it pretty clear.
"We’re looking for a coach who is going to recruit local, build a local program,” university spokesperson Eric Stringfellow said in the release.
“We’re looking for somebody where discipline is a part of their DNA. And the last thing is when you look at our fan base, you look at our numbers from what they once where to where they are now, I think it’s clear that there’s some work to be done in terms of recruiting student athletes from the Jackson metro, Mississippi area.”
The historically black university made the SWAC Championship game for the second straight season. But it did so with 12 players from Jac kson on the roster. And that is apparen tly a problem.
Thou gh the un iversity must feel it runs deeper than the numbers su ggest.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
As we get closer to national signing day on Feb. 5, coaches are doing what they can to secure the commitments – and ultimately the signatures – of some of the nation’s top and undecided recruits.
Some are sending recruits ridiculous letters, others are sending them more letters than they can possibly read and others are using Twitter in ways that walk the NCAA line for permissible contact.
What I like about "THE" 2014 DT from KY is the explosive power he can generate from his lower body! Truly impressive! The Guy is a BEAST!
— JR Sandlin (@JR_Sandlin) December 19, 2013
The popular theory is that Sadlin’s tweet was about three-star defensive tackle Matt Elam from Elizabethtown, Ky., even though Sandlin doesn’t specifically mention him by name.
By not using his name, Sandlin does a nice job of avoiding an NCAA violation. LSU coach Les Miles decided to take a cue from Sandlin and indirectly tweet out his affection for the nation’s No. 1 running back Leonard Fournette.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Auburn’s 2013 season has been one for the ages and were it not for a loss to LSU on Sept. 21, the Tigers would be undefeated heading into the BCS National Championship game against No. 1 Florida State.
So, let’s say we just forget that loss ever happened.
Auburn fans can buy SEC championship shirt with the LSU score “censored” so they can pretend what could be a perfect season was, in fact, perfect.
Thanks to The War Eagle Reader for the photo.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Steve Spurrier is on a tour of revenge for what happened after his Gamecocks beat Clemson. And he's halfway done. Watch out, Kelcy Quarles.
Quarles and safety Kyle Fleetwood doused Spurrier with a celebratory Gatorade bath after South Carolina beat Clemson 31-17.
Spurrier said Tuesday that he got Fleetwood in a special teams meeting with an ice bucket, but that he was still on the hunt for the defensive lineman. But Quarles has his guard up, so Spurrier hasn't had a chance to make an attack yet. Spurrier is a wily vet, he's going to attack the instant that Quarles relaxes, so Quarles is going to have to have his head on a swivel until he leaves campus for the final time.
In true Spurrier fashion, he also got in a dig at some coaches who apparently ask their players to not hit them in the hair when they get doused. Spurrier is not one of them.
"The other day when they got me, it came all the way down my visor and the hat and it took a while to get out," Spurrier said. "But that's okay."