Bringin’ In The New Year (Bowl Previews)

By Julian HK

Outback Bowl – 1:00 PM – ABC
Michigan (18) vs South Carolina (10)

Lou Holtz said yesterday that these two teams were matched up, with similar stats, but that South Carolina’s stats were more impressive since they were in the SEC. And while I’m the first to acknowledge the S-E-C and #SECspeed™, I wasn’t convinced the numbers backed this up. Consider that 3 out of Michigan’s 4 losses came against Alabama, Notre Dame, and Ohio State; that is, they lost to two undefeated teams and the National Championship favorite. Their fourth loss to Nebraska was largely due to an injury to starting QB and human dynamo Denard Robinson and the subsequent struggle of freshman QB Russell Bellomy. Perhaps the Wolverines go on to win that game if they played Devin Gardner instead.

Taking a look at Jeff Sagarin’s ratings which are one of the six BCS computer rankings, we can see that Michigan’s schedule is ranked slightly tougher than South Carolina’s (30th to 33rd). South Carolina was still ranked higher at 9th of course because of their better season performance, but this just serves as a reminder for Lou Holtz and other analysts that SEC schedules (while still tough) aren’t necessarily the toughest schedules.

*Little side note, don’t tell the SEC but according to the Sagarin ratings, and Congrove rankings, the Big 12 actually has a harder strength of schedule! SEC fans can still take solace in many other algorithms which have them on top.

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Dogs Vs. Cats and Other Bowl Mascots

By Max Kaplan

JACKSONVILLE – I am reporting from Jacksonville as the Mississippi State Bulldogs face the Northwestern Wildcats tomorrow in the Gator Bowl. The rivalry: Dogs Vs. Cats. Maybe now we can finally determine which is better…

Last week, I looked into the battle between Christian-affiliated schools and evil mascots.

But first, let’s have some more fun with mascots.

Most Popular Mascots in FBS

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Go Tigers!
  • 5 Tigers (Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Memphis, Missouri)
  • 4 Wildcats (Arizona, Kansas State, Kentucky, Northwestern)
  • 4 Bulldogs (Fresno State, Georgia, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State)
  • 3 Aggies (New Mexico St, Texas A&M, Utah State)
  • 3 Cougars (BYU, Houston, Washington State)
  • 3 Huskies (Connecticut, Washington, NIU)
  • 3 Owls (Florida Atlantic, Rice, Temple)

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Who is Mike Glennon?

By Chad Horner

On Monday afternoon, the North Carolina State Wolfpack will face off against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the 15th edition of the Music City Bowl.  On the surface, this may appear to be another superfluous, uninteresting bowl game, pitting a middling ACC team against a middling SEC team.  However, there is at least one player that should compel you to watch this game: NC State quarterback Mike Glennon.

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The Triple Option Disadvantage

By Max Kaplan Tomorrow, Air Force plays Rice in the Armed Forces Bowl and Navy plays Arizona State in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (click here for other ridiculous bowl names and click here for the Arizona State Sun Devil’s battle with God). The service academies and Georgia Tech, who will play USC in the Sun Bowl on Monday, currently run the triple option as … Continue reading The Triple Option Disadvantage

Good Vs. Evil (Bowl Edition)

By Max Kaplan Today, Duke plays Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl and Baylor plays UCLA in the Holiday Bowl. Baylor is only one of seven schools in Division 1 FBS (out of the 124 members) to have a religious affiliation. All seven are a denomination of Christianity. The full list: Baylor: Baptist Boston College: Catholic BYU: Mormon Notre Dame: Catholic SMU: Methodist TCU: The Christian … Continue reading Good Vs. Evil (Bowl Edition)

‘Tis the Season: Best College Football Bowl Names of All-Time

By Max Kaplan Today, the BYU Cougars defeated the San Diego State Aztecs in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl is a whopping 7-word title with a length of 39 characters. A close second is the 6-word Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, coming in at 37 characters. This got me thinking. What are the … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season: Best College Football Bowl Names of All-Time