Matt Graves

Cotton Bowl Preview And Where To Watch Online: The Texas A&M Aggies And Johnny Manziel Take On The Oklahoma Sooners.

on January 04 2013 10:01 AM
Cotton Bowl Preview And Where To Watch Online: The Texas A&M Aggies And Johnny Manziel Take On The Oklahoma Sooners.

There are probably not two teams in the country who feel like they have more to prove than the two teams that are squaring off in the AT&T Cotton Bowl on Friday.

Although the Cotton Bowl is a highly respected and highly desirable bowl game to play in, the fact remains it is not one of the coveted BCS bowls. So on Friday night when the Texas A&M Aggies and Oklahoma Sooners meet, they will each look to prove that they should have been one of the teams invited to a BCS bowl game.

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They better be careful. If they are going to say it, they better back it up. Will Muschamp spent all month leading up to the Sugar Bowl saying that his Florida team should have been playing for the National Championship. They had an opportunity to prove it to the college football world against Louisville in the Sugar Bowl, and they failed. Miserably.

Note to Aggies and Sooners: If you feel like you have something to prove to the naysayers, you better back it up and make a case for your argument.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Preview And Where to Watch Online: Oregon Ducks And Kansas State Wildcats Look To Light Up The Scoreboard In The Arizona Valley

on January 03 2013 8:08 AM
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Preview And Where to Watch Online: Oregon Ducks And Kansas State Wildcats Look To Light Up The Scoreboard In The Arizona Valley

I imagine those in power who were commissioned to name the bowl game played in the Arizona Valley had this year’s matchup in mind when they decided to call it the Fiesta Bowl.

One of the definitions of the word “Fiesta” is: an elaborate party or celebration, often outdoors.

Thursday night’s Fiesta bowl has all the makings to be just that - an elaborate outdoor party.

When No. 4 Oregon and No. 5 Kansas State meet in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl, there will be bands playing, crowds cheering, cheerleaders dancing and touchdown celebrations. Sounds like a party to me. Did I mention there would be touchdown celebrations? There will be. A lot of them. These teams score right at a point a minute. So when I say a lot, I literally mean…A LOT.

Sugar Bowl Preview and Where to Watch Online: No. 3 Florida Gators Take On No. 21 Louisville Cardinals

on January 02 2013 7:04 AM
Sugar Bowl Preview and Where to Watch Online: No. 3 Florida Gators Take On No. 21 Louisville Cardinals

Familiarity Breeds Contempt.

Sometimes.

You would be hard pressed to find another coach across the country that is more familiar with the Florida Gators than Louisville head coach, Charlie Strong. You will also be hard pressed to find another coach that respects them more than Strong.

Strong served on the staff at Florida four different times and experienced a career’s worth of success. Most recently, he ran their defense from 2003-09, winning a pair of BCS titles during that time.

"Florida is a program of excellence and I really enjoyed my time there," he said. "I watch that program every week.

So, if familiarity breeds contempt, someone forgot to tell Charlie Strong. Nothing but respect from him.

That’s about as far as the familiarity between these two teams goes.

In fact, throughout the history of these two programs, they have only played twice, in 1980 and 1992, both in Gainesville, and Florida won both contests.

FedEx Orange Bowl Preview And Where To Watch Online: BCS Busters No. 15 Northern Illinois Huskies Look To Upset No. 12 Florida State Seminoles

on January 01 2013 3:56 AM
FedEx Orange Bowl Preview And Where To Watch Online: BCS Busters No. 15 Northern Illinois Huskies Look To Upset No. 12 Florida State Seminoles

The Florida State Seminoles are no stranger to the Orange Bowl. They have had some epic games against some of college football’s powerhouse programs, playing the likes of Nebraska, Oklahoma, Penn State and Notre Dame.

This year, the Seminoles find themselves back in the Orange Bowl and will take on, well, not exactly another college football powerhouse. They’ll play the Northern Illinois Huskies.

Northern Illinois? How do you go from Nebraska to Oklahoma to Penn State to Notre Dame to…Northern Illinois? Something doesn’t add up. That’s BCS math for you.

How is that possible?

Good question.

It’s all real simple. There is a BCS clause that states a team from a non-BCS league to be chosen if it finishes in the top 16 of the BCS standings and is higher than a BCS conference champion.

Got it?

Despite many pundits screaming that these Huskies do not belong, here they are. And it’s not the Huskies fault. If you want to point fingers, blame the system. It’s been broken for years. It will undoubtedly get tweaked again this year but it will never be right until a true playoff system is put in place.

2013 Rose Bowl Preview And Where To Watch Online: Barry Alvarez Leads Wisconsin Badgers Against No. 6 Stanford Cardinals

on January 01 2013 3:51 AM
2013 Rose Bowl Preview And Where To Watch Online: Barry Alvarez Leads Wisconsin Badgers Against No. 6 Stanford Cardinals

Remember back in the day when football was not considered a track meet on grass. When teams didn’t try to score in less than one minute every time they touched the ball. When a physical running game and a tenacious defense was the key to being a consistent contender. When quarterbacks relied on their pocket presence, precision passing and ability to manage a game instead of their ability to read whether or not a defensive end squeezes on the zone read.

Those were the good ol’ days. And if everything is cyclical, then there is hope for anyone who appreciates the aforementioned style of football for it to return to popularity. Alabama and Notre Dame play that style and they are playing for the National Championship. I’m just saying.

If you are one of them, one of us, make sure you tune in for the 2013 Rose Bowl when the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Stanford Cardinal. It will be full of overgrown lineman, physical running games and attacking defenses. It will be a thing of beauty. Trust me.

There are is one major sub plot to go along with the game that adds a little something extra to the drama.

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