A look at the Bowl matchups and the Heisman Trophy candidates.
After my last few sports shots, how can I not keep everyone updated on college football standings? The bowl games were announced earlier this week, so I’ll start with the most important – the BCS national championship. Notre Dame secured their spot 10 days ago with a win over USC, and this past Saturday Alabama held off the Georgia Bulldogs 32-28 to earn the chance to play the fighting Irish.
The game was close the whole way; Georgia’s Alec Ogletree returned a blocked field goal attempt to put Georgia up 21-10 midway through the third to give the Bulldogs an 11 point lead midway through the third – the largest of the game by either team. Alabama then answered with 2 touchdowns of their own, with one accompanied by a 2 point conversion, but Georgia responded again with freshman running back Todd Gurley’s 10 yard run to reclaim the lead at 28-25 with 12 minutes to go in the fourth. With 3:15 to go in the game, freshman wide receiver Amari Cooper hauled in the 45 pass from junior AJ McCarron to take the final 32-28 lead of the game. Alabama has won two of the past 3 national titles and will get a chance to go for 3 of 4 on January 7th in Miami.
Georgia will play in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando on January 1st against the Big Ten powerhouse and 16th ranked Nebraska who finished 10-1 on the season and beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game.
Oregon, my former favorite to win the BCS bowl will play K State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 3rd in Glendale, AZ. Both teams narrowly missed out on the championship bowl and finished ranked 4th and 5th in the nation. It should be an exciting game pitting 2 of college’s most high powered offenses against one another for the first time this season. They were actually supposed to play each other earlier in the season, but Kansas State dropped out without explanation.
The Rose Bowl in Pasadena will feature the Wisconsin Badgers against 6th ranked Stanford on January 1st. The sugar bowl should be another good matchup with SEC Champion Florida facing off against 21st ranked Louisville on January 2nd.
The Heisman Trophy candidates were also announced, and the three finalists are Texas A&M QB Johnny Meisel, aka Johnny football, Notre Dame senior linebacker Manti T’eo, and Collin Klein, Kansas State’s QB. This race figures to be historically close, as Meisel is a redshirt freshman which voters may not like and T’eo would be only the second defensive player to win a Heisman. The first was Charles Woodson, a cornerback at Michigan, but he was also involved on offense playing some wide receiver and returning punts and kickoff, so T’eo would be the first pure defender to win. Finally, Klein seems to have about as much change of wining as I do, but we’ll see what happens when the winner is announced this Saturday at 8pm.
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