Thursday, January 8, 2009
Behind The Scoreboard
The collegiate bowl bashing, which had begun on December 20, was in full bloom this past week and weekend.
The SEC had eight contenders and already five of them are winners. The only one left undecided at this writing is the daddy of them all – the BCS Championship Bowl on January 8 in Miami. There was another Mississippi team in the melee, the Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. So if all you CUSA fans want us to count them, we will. They were three-point winners over Troy State in the New Orleans Bowl.
Before we get into the games that had yours truly on the cliff, it might be a good idea to remark about some of the ones which defied a few odds. We are talking SEC participants here and you can bet that the Commodores of Vanderbilt are still reeling from their fortunes in the Music City Bowl. Would you believe that the ’Dores won their last bowl in 1955? Their 16-14 score over Boston College left the Eagles stunned to say the least. It is to be hoped that they extend the renewed tradition.
South Carolina and the “ole coach” fell short in their quest in the Outback Bowl, but not to worry, Steve is like McArthur; he will return. Georgia, a high contender in early season to go the distance, waylaid the Spartans in the Capital One. Kentucky continued the SEC’s dominance over CUSA teams by taking out East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl at Memphis. And LSU left Georgia Tech with little dignity in the Chik-Fil-A Bowl.
But we had better get to the two bowl games which had captured the attention of the entire SEC family of supporters – Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech in the “Cotton Patch” and Alabama vs. Utah in the Sugar Bowl at New Orleans. These two games garnered attention at its widest venue.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders were rated seventh in the nation and the Ole Miss Rebels were barely on the rating fringe at 25th. What a feather in the caps and helmets of the Rebels. Hey, their payday wasn’t bad, either. You have to tip your hat to the first year head coach (Houston Nutt) and his marauding band, taking the Raiders out 47-34.
All SEC fans have to be disappointed with the Sugar Bowl loss by the Crimson Tide. The Tide had owned the number one spot in the nation for five weeks. Who would have thought that they would be taken out by the Utes? Watching the signal caller for Utah, it is hard to believe that he was so far below the radar for the Heisman hunt.
With the BCS pitting a 12-1 against a 12-1 (Florida Vs Oklahoma), let’s just hope that Tebow is mad enough about the Heisman to make good on his 3.5 odds on January 8.
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