Thursday, December 12, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
Make your travel plans
Well, in those resounding words of Don Meredith, “It has all boiled down to gravy,” meaning that the post-season schedule has already been scripted.
There has not been a lot of fanfare but this season marks the demise of the BCS series. The computers have been fired, terminated, let go (whichever works for you). There will be a four-team playoff at the end of next season. Of course, some computers will probably keep their jobs in statistical back-up positions.
A very important piece of the puzzle was put together in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on December 7. Missouri and Auburn, two 11-1 teams, played to a very entertaining end with one set of Tigers besting another set of Tigers – and one set of Tigers falling short of reaching the title game in the BCS series.
The Auburn Tigers logged a 59-42 win over the Mizzou Tigers.
Then at about 12:01 a.m. on the ninth of December, the computers churned out the post-season schedule.
It begins on December 21 at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, and then there will be bowl games on the 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 30 (Ole Miss will appear in the Music City Bowl vs Georgia Tech, both teams at 7-5) and 31, (Mississippi State, 6-6, vs Rice, 10-3, in the Liberty Bowl). Also on that date is Duke (10-3) vs Texas A&M (8-4) at Atlanta, Ga.
On January 1, the Gator Bowl will have Georgia (8-4) vs. Nebraska (8-4), Outback Bowl LSU (9-3) vs. Iowa (8-4), and Capital One Bowl South Carolina (10-2) vs. Wisconsin (9-3). January 2 at the Sugar Bowl, Alabama (11-1) will contest Oklahoma (10-2). January 3 at the Cotton Bowl, you will see Oklahoma State (10-2) and Missouri (11-1). Vanderbilt will play in a bowl game on January 4 with Houston; both are 8-4.
There’s a game on the 5th, and then the biggest of them all on January 7 at Pasadena, the BCS championship game, pits Auburn against the only unbeaten team in the system, the Florida State Seminoles.
If you haven’t already noticed, the teams are listed only if there is a SEC component. So, with all this info you have ample time to make travel plans.
The college teams pretty much know where they will go or won’t go, while the NFL is just starting to feel the pressure of post season.
Sorry to report, but there has already been a victim of the revolving NFL horses. Head coach Gary Kubiak of the Texans was fired last week. It continues to puzzle me as to why teams can’t wait until the season is over before they start wielding the axe.
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