Let The Bowl Games Begin!!

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Colorado State 48 Washington State 45

The first Bowl game this weekend started off with a bang with the Washington State Cougars taking on the Colorado State Rams in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

This game was all offense and no defense. Both teams basically scored at will and racked up a total of 93 points between the two. The last two minutes of the game turned into a nightmare for the Cougars when the Rams were able to capitalize on two fumbles.

Instead of taking a knee and running out the clock, Washington State thought it would be a good idea to to try and run the ball in the final minutes. Big Mistake! This loss goes directly on Mike Leach and the coaching staff for time mismanagement and terrible play calling at the end of the game.

USC 45 Fresno State 20

Not too much to say about this battle at the Las Vegas Bowl except the Trojans dominated the entire game and Fresno State simply could not match the talent of USC.

Carr had a difficult time passing in the first half. He could not connect with receivers and looked rushed when USC applied pressure. As a result, his passes were off the mark and they could not sustain any meaningful drives.

Marqise Lee had a great game with 2 touchdowns and quarterback Cody Kessler dominated with 344 passing yards and 4 touchdown passes.
The Bulldogs could not compete with the Trojan offense.

Ever since Lane Kiffen was fired, this USC team has been inspired and they look and act like a totally different team. It should be interesting looking forward to see what Steve Sarkisian can do as the new head coach.

San Diego State 49 Buffalo 24

This was another lopsided game with the Aztecs dominating early in the Potato Bowl. A lot of people predicted that this would be a difficult game for the Aztecs because of the cold weather in Boise, but it was the direct opposite. If fact, there was even snow in the surrounding the seating area – not exactly San Diego weather.

The MVP of this game was Adam Muema for the Aztecs who dominated over the Buffalo defense all day. He rushed for 229 yards and scored 3 touchdowns. You simply can’t beat a team that can run at will and Buffalo could not match up.

Louisiana-Lafayette 24 Tulane 21

The New Orleans Bowl was quite the treat with an exciting match-up that lived up to the hype. Most early bowl games don’t attract large crowds, but this one brought out over 60,000 fans.

The Ragin’ Cajuns dominated early on and looked like it would be a blowout when Corey Trim had a great interception for 82 yard pick six touchdown.

The Green Wave struggled early on and a coaching decision to replace Nick Montana in the fist half turned out to be game changer.

Devin Powell took over the reins and had the game of his life. He passed for 223 and had some spectacular long passes.

Tulane was able to mount a comeback in the second half and was in position to tie the game in final seconds. Unfortunately, kicker Cairo Santos was unable to get the field goal when he kicked it wide left with only 9 seconds to go in the game.

Overall, this was a great start for bowl game season and there will be many great games in the coming weeks. CLICK HERE for more bowl game information.

College Football National Championship Game Locations Annouced for 2016 and 2017

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Two sites have been announced for future title national championship games and they are Glendale, Arizona and Tampa Bay, Florida.

The January 11, 2016 game will be played at Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Glendale is situated right outside of Phoenix and it is where the Arizona Cardinals play as well as the site of the Fiesta Bowl.

The 2017 title game will be hosted at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. This is the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well as the South Florida Bulls.

The first title game with the playoff and title game system will be played in April, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This is the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Will Stadium Capacity Meet Ticket Demand?

There is no doubt that this new playoff and championship game situation is going to be one of the biggest changes ever in college football history. The title game is going to be huge and it will probably be on the hype level of the NFL Superbowl.

As a result of this incredible change in college football, ticket demand is going to skyrocket for these games and it is going to be even more of a strain if the venue capacity does not meet this demand. Take a look at the stadium capacities for the next three title games:

  • 2015 – AT&T Stadium: 80,000 (this can be expanded to over 100,000)
  • 2016 – University of Phoenix Stadium: 72,200
  • 2017 – Raymond James Stadium: 65,890

Out of all these stadiums, AT&T Stadium will probably be the only one to meet the demand sufficiently because of the expansion seating capabilities.

The Raymond James Stadium venue is already posing the most worry because of it’s limited seating. In addition many people are complaining that other areas of the country that can meet the demand are being shut out.

How does this playoff system and title game actually work?

A lot of people are still unsure how this playoff system is going to work and how it is set up.

Here is a good video explaining how it will work. Basically a four team playoff in which teams are picked by a committee to make the playoffs.

Controversies Of The Playoff System

There is already controversy brewing with this system – mainly that there are only four teams in the playoffs. Is this really going to be an accurate portrayal of the overall college season for certain teams and will more popular football teams be favored in this process?

bsc playoff sample

How do you make a system like this fair? The answer is simple. Add more playoff games. I like the idea of a sixteen team playoff that will evenly spread out teams and give some overlooked teams a chance to prove that they can compete at the highest levels. ESPN has a great interactive simulation that you can check out to see how this playoff process works: here is the link to check it out: http://proxy.espn.go.com/ncf/bowls08/bracket

Overall, the playoff system and national championship game should be interesting and I feel there will probably be more changes and hopefully more teams added to the playoffs in the future.

Heisman Trophy Mania 2013

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The top six finalists for the Heisman Trophy Have been announced and this year it is four quarterbacks and two running backs. Here is the list:

  • Jordan Lynch – Northern Illinois
  • Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M
  • AJ McCarron – Alabama
  • Jameis Winston – Florida State
  • Tre Mason – Auburn
  • Andre Williams – Boston College

Johnny Football won the Heisman last year, but this year the overall favorite to win it is Jameis Winston of Florida State. This is mainly due to the fact that he had 38 touchdowns and passed for 3,820 yards. Not only is he a freshman, but he also led the Florida State team to the BCS National Championship game. Pretty incredible… Check out this Highlight reel:

Johnny Manziel probably will not win it this year even though his passing numbers were higher this year than last year. Too many losses and not enough rushing yards this year will be a factor.

Left Out in the Desert Dust – Ka’Deem Carey

A few great players this year did not get the invite and the most surprising one is Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey. After watching his incredible record breaking season this year, he should be ahead of all the other running backs that were invited. In fact, he is the most talented running back I’ve seen play in years.

It should be an interesting game when Carey matches up against Andre Williams in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in a few weeks. Carey will definitely have something to prove in this game and he will be fired up. If he stays in college football next year he will definitely have a great shot at winning next year’s Heisman Trophy. Check out this highlight reel of his 2013 season. It’s incredible – he looks like a pro out there: