Thursday, December 23, 2010
Behind The Scoreboard
Lots of teams go ‘bowling’
Someone pointed out to yours truly over the weekend that the bowl season has already started and that other than the one which is going to garner the most attention, there has been sparse notice given about the rest. Of course, the person making that statement probably is not a great viewer of the sports channels. The next salient question was, “How many SEC teams made the cut and where are they playing?”
That second query took a little investigating. We know that last season there were 10 teams bearing the SEC colors taking part in the bowl games which are spread throughout the latter part of December and the earlier part of January. Three of the 35 bowls were decided on Saturday – New Mexico, Humanitarian and New Orleans. No SEC teams were involved in those. CUSA had an entry in the Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl on Tuesday (21st) when Southern Miss took on Louisville.
There are nine SEC entrants this season with Tennessee being the first to see action on December 30 in the Magic City Bowl. On December 31, Georgia will appear in the Liberty Bowl (Memphis) against UCF. South Carolina will be in the Chik-fil-A Bowl on the same date in Atlanta.
Two big crowd pleasers on New Year’s Day are sure to be the Crimson Tide and Michigan State in the Capital One at Orlando and Mississippi State and Michigan at Jacksonville. Florida and Penn State will close out the January 1 schedule at Tampa in the Outback Bowl.
The Razorbacks will tangle with Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl on January 4. LSU will go to the Cotton Bowl on January 7 versus Texas A&M. Kentucky will vie with Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham on January 8.
And to really get you into the playoff mood for Super Bowl XLV, the granddaddy of the collegiates, the BCS Championship will be on Monday, Jan. 10, at Glendale. This will be the only game where two unbeatens will contest each other – Auburn (13-0) and Oregon (12-0).
I have not seen the odds on this one, but you just have to consider claws over web feet.
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