Just a few hours after Mid-American Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher criticized the NCAA for manipulating the bowl system to allow Georgia Tech to play in a bowl game with a losing record, the MAC announced a one-year agreement with the Military Bowl to make sure one of the conference's bowl-eligible teams has a safe landing.Read More »from Mid-American Conference strikes an alliance with the Military Bowl in response to Georgia Tech’s waiver
Mid-American Conference strikes an alliance with the Military Bowl in response to Georgia Tech’s waiverBy Graham Watson | Dr. Saturday – Fri, Nov 30, 2012 8:13 PM EST
- Frank Schwab | Dr. Saturday – Fri, Nov 30, 2012 6:46 PM EST
(US Presswire)According to William Hill US, which operates 75 sports books in the state of Nevada, Alabama would be a 10-point favorite over Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game. Georgia would be a 4-point favorite over the Irish.
So ... how many teams from the SEC would be favored or considered even on a neutral field against Notre Dame, which is the No. 1 team in every poll?
According to Jimmy Vaccaro, who has 37 years of experience as an oddsmaker in Las Vegas, that number is five.Read More »from The week’s best picks: Notre Dame vs. the SEC is a Vegas dream
- Frank Schwab | Dr. Saturday – Fri, Nov 30, 2012 2:48 PM EST
A win means a date in the BCS Championship Game against Notre Dame. Either team will be favored to win that game. The loser of the game likely won't go to any BCS bowl. The potential tumble down the bowl hierarchy is so great, the SEC had to confirm to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the loser of Saturday's title game wouldn't fall any further than the Chick-fil-A Bowl. That would be the sixth-best SEC bowl, assuming two teams from the conference are in the BCS.
So not too much on the line when Georgia and Alabama kick off at 4 p.m. ET. Just the difference between a opportunity to be favored to win a national title, or playing in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve. No pressure.Read More »from What to watch, Week 14: Championship Week, featuring a colossal SEC title game
- Frank Schwab | Dr. Saturday – Fri, Nov 30, 2012 12:47 PM EST
(@CoachVrabel50)Mike Vrabel tweeted out a picture proving that Tom Brady pays off his friendly wagers.
Vrabel, a former Patriots player who played at Ohio State, apparently bet Brady, the Patriots quarterback who played at Michigan, on the outcome of last week's Michigan-Ohio State game.
And as a result of the Wolverines' loss, Brady had to wear Vrabel's Ohio State jersey during at least one practice this week.
Pretty funny stuff. As BustedCoverage.com points out, Brady also had to wear Vrabel's OSU jersey in practice in 2006 after presumably losing the same bet.
While the joke is pretty funny on Brady, we wonder how Ohio State fans feel about seeing Michigan's greatest NFL player wearing the scarlet and gray? Might be considered sacrilegious in Ohio.
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- Frank Schwab | Dr. Saturday – Fri, Nov 30, 2012 11:49 AM EST
MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, far right (US Presswire)The commissioner of the Mid-American Conference is angry with the NCAA's ruling that Georgia Tech got a waiver to be bowl eligible at 6-7, which isn't surprising.
But, he probably has a point, because it surely seems the NCAA contradicted its own rules.
In August, the NCAA created a contingency plan if there weren't enough bowl-eligible teams. Here's the first four points to the plan, and again, this is only a contingency plan if not enough teams were eligible for bowl berths:
Read More »from MAC commissioner rips NCAA for ignoring its rules on Georgia Tech waiver
- Frank Schwab | Dr. Saturday – Fri, Nov 30, 2012 9:36 AM EST
Jimmy Hyams, a radio host on the Sports Animal in Knoxville, Tenn., reported that Gruden informed UT of his decision, after having phone talks last week.
Gruden became the focus of Volunteer fans based on Gruden's track record as an NFL coach, his short stint as a graduate assistant with UT and the fact that his wife was a Tennessee cheerleader.Read More »from Gruden reportedly removes himself from consideration at Tennessee
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