Bowl Championship Series
The conference commissioners in charge of the Bowl Championship Series will meet for the fourth time this year, trying to sort out the future of the BCS.
Auburn’s last-second 22-19 win over Oregon on Monday night drew a 16.1 overnight rating on ESPN. Last season’s Alabama-Texas game earned an 18.2 on Fox, which is available in about 15 percent more homes.
Both the Ducks and Tigers come in to this game undefeated, having played brutal schedules and passing every test they faced. There’s no question that these are the two best teams in the country.
Wes Byrum gets the question all the time: What would it be like to give Auburn a BCS title with one kick? Luckily, he already knows what it’s like to be the hero — at least on a smaller stage.
All this talk about the unstoppable offenses set to be unleashed by No. 1 Auburn and No. 2 Oregon in the BCS title game is enough to make a defensive coordinator’s head spin.
TCU becomes the first school not from an automatic-BCS-bid conference to win the Rose Bowl and UConn’s magical run comes to an end against Oklahoma at the Fiesta Bowl.
Oklahoma is back in the Fiesta Bowl and is supposed to win big. As of Tuesday, the Sooners (11-2) were 17-point favorites against No. 25 Connecticut (8-4) in the New Year’s night matchup.
10. Boise State (11-1): The Broncos came a Kyle Brotzman chip-shot field goal away from making things very interesting in the BCS – But unfortunately for Kellen Moore and company, their kicker choked.
Newton and James were named finalists for the Heisman Trophy on Monday, and will be joined by Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Kellen Moore of Boise State for Saturday’s announcement in Times Square.
As crazy as it sounds – although I did predict it in my season preview – the University of Connecticut has won the Big East conference and clinched their first ever BCS bowl berth.
The Fiesta Bowl missed its marquee matchup. Left with little choice after the Orange Bowl took No. 5 Stanford, the Fiesta Bowl ended up selecting four-loss Connecticut to face Big 12 champion Oklahoma.
This season’s Bowl Championship Series is all about introductions. Four of the five BCS matchups set Sunday are first meetings between the teams, highlighted by No. 1 Auburn against No. 2 Oregon in the national championship game.
Alabama learned a tough lesson on Friday – you have to play a COMPLETE 60 minute game if you want to beat a team as good as Auburn.
Black Friday just wouldn’t be the same without the Iron Bowl, and this installment is the biggest and most significant in years.
10. Alabama (9-2): For some insane reason the Tide played Georgia State – I repeat Georgia State – this late in the season.