tBBC Preview: BCS National Championship Game

Written January 5th, 2014 by Jason

And now, it comes to an end- the BCS’ final game and our last bowl preview.

Florida State (13-0, 9-0 ACC) vs Auburn (12-1, 8-1 SEC)

January 6th, 2014  8:30 PM EST ESPN

The final BCS championship game sees Auburn look to run the SEC’s win streak to 8 wins in a row in the game. Standing in their way are the Florida State Seminoles and Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston. The BCS swan song should be a dandy, let’s take a deeper look. Read More

tBBC Preview: Fiesta Bowl – UCF vs. Baylor

Written December 31st, 2013 by Joe Dexter

College Football’s 2014 Resolution of MOAR SPEED AND OFFENSE gets off to a roaring start on New Year’s day with the potential of a BCS Shootout!

UCF (11-1, 8-0 American) vs. Baylor (11-1, 8-1 Big 12)

Wednesday, January 1st, 8:30 PM EST ESPN

The History: The Fiesta Bowl has been a long standing tradition for Arizona football fans since 1971 and has seen some of the best moments in sports history. The Fiesta has been a major part of the BCS era, hosting an NCAA record seven national championship games.  Over the last few years, the bowl has become popular for the amount of trick plays that have lead to wins. From Urban Meyer’s 2005 Utah squad, to the 2007 Boise State trick plays, there is no doubt that this bowl has been known as an exciting game to watch every single season.

Let’s relive some of those great moments. Starting with the three Boise State trick plays that beat Oklahoma…

And how about this good ol’ defensive stand on 4th and goal to give the Buckeyes the championship in double OT in 2003…

Buckeye Connection: As witnessed above, the Fiesta Bowl has been good to the Buckeyes. Ohio State has played in the Fiesta six times, defeating Notre Dame (2006), Miami (2003 Championship), Kansas State (2004) and Pittsburgh (1984). The Buckeyes have lost to Texas (2009) and Penn State (1980) in the Fiesta Bowl. Current Head Coach Urban Meyer  defeated Ohio State as the head coach of Florida in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl National Championship. Meyer also lead Utah to a 35-7 win over Pitt in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl.

The Buckeyes faced UCF last season, lead by current quarterback Blake Bortles in the second game of the year, winning 31-16. Braxton Miller rushed for three touchdowns on a then career high 27 carries. He was the first OSU quarterback in over 34 years to run for three scores.

Despite not playing each other since 1982, a lot of talk during the season from the media and fans pitted Baylor against Ohio State as a matchup they’d like to see at the end of the season. Ohio State and Baylor have only played twice against each other, with OSU holding a 2-0 record against the Bears.

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tBBC Preview: Outback Bowl – Iowa vs. LSU

Written December 30th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

You want a classic coaching matchup? Well, do we have a bloomin’ onion for you.

Iowa (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten) vs. Louisiana State (9-3, 5-3 SEC)

Wednesday, January 1st, 1:00 EST ESPN

The History: Originally called the Hall of Fame Bowl when it began in 1986, the Outback Bowl became the staple it is today in 1995 when Outback Steakhouse became its official sponsor. The last 22 years the game has been played in Tampa, with the game seeing the Big Ten and SEC squaring off since 2000- the SEC holds an 9-5 edge.

If you’re looking for a reason to watch this game, I offer this to you: This bowl is often home to HUGE hits (we here at tBBC don’t celebrate these, as we don’t want to get flagged for targeting). Here’s two Outback moments that Ohio State fans will absolutely love.

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tBBC Preview: Capital One Bowl – Wisconsin vs South Carolina

Written December 29th, 2013 by Charles

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#19 Wisconsin (9-3, 6-2 B1G) vs #9 South Carolina (10-2, 6-2 SEC)

The Capital One Bowl is one of the oldest and most prestigious of the non-BCS bowls.  Originally known as the Tangerine Bowl, the game was first played in 1947 in front of a crowd of about 9,000 (which seems like about the number of people who watch some of the lesser bowls we have today such as the Idaho Potato Bowl).  The bowl didn’t start out very prestigious, originally featuring matchups between schools in the South, the game often featured the Ohio Valley Conference champion and other small colleges though major schools would occasionally feature in the game.  Being in the South, the bowl followed along the racist trends of the region at that time and prohibited African Americans from participating in the game.  This resulted in boycotts of the game by Hillsdale in 1955 and Buffalo in 1958; Morgan State would become the first historically black college to play in the game in 1966.

From 1968 to 1975 the Tangerine Bowl featured the MAC champion versus the champion of the Southern Conference or the SEC.  As time went on the game began to feature more prestigious matchups as the major conference began to allow more of their teams to play in bowl games.  Renamed the Citrus Bowl in 1983, the game jumped a lot in prestige as it signed an agreement to pit the ACC champion against an at-large opponent from 1987 to 1991.  Its prestige grew even more after the 1991 game which saw Georgia Tech defeat Nebraska to finish 11-0-1 and be named the national champion by UPI. 

Renamed as the Capital One Bowl in 2003, marking the start of the bowls completely selling out on naming rights, the game now features a matchup between the Big Ten and the SEC, earning the first pick of teams from each conference after the BCS games.  The game is played at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando.  Over the past decade the stadium has drawn a lot of criticism due to its poor condition and lack of modern facilities which likely resulted in it not being included in the upcoming college football playoff system.  After years of delays and debate, the stadium will finally undergo an almost complete reconstruction in 2014.

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Hooray! One final chance to make fun of TTUN in 2013!

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Kansas State (7-5, 5-4 B12) vs. Michigan (7-5, 3-5 B1G)

December 28, 2013 1o:15 PM ET ESPN

The history: This is the 25th edition of the game. Since it began in 1989, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl has been played in Arizona at three stadiums. For the first 10 years, the game was played at Arizona Stadium, on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson. In 2000, the game was moved to Bank One Ballpark, a baseball-only stadium in Phoenix. In 2006 the game moved to Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University in Tempe to replace the Fiesta Bowl which had moved to University of Phoenix Stadium.

The game was formerly known as the Copper Bowl from 1989 until 1996 when sponsorship and naming rights were assumed by Insight Enterprises and it became the Insight.com Bowl (1997 to 2001), and then the Insight Bowl. For 2012, Buffalo Wild Wings assumes sponsorship after Insight Enterprises elected not to renew the fifteen-year agreement. It has featured teams from the WAC, the Big 12, the Big East and Pac-10. Starting in 2006, the Insight Bowl began featuring an annual matchup between teams from the Big Ten and the Big 12.

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Kansas State scouting report: After a Fiesta Bowl appearance last season, the Wildcats had high hopes with a high flying offense. But the defense was decimated by graduation and any visions of grandeur were blurred by a 2-4 start. They rebounded to win five of six but only held four opponents under 20 points all season.

Jake Waters sparked the passing offense, completing nearly 60 percent of his throws for almost 2,200 yards. His favorite target was Tyler Lockett, who snatched 71 balls for 1,146 yards and 8 touchdowns. When it came to running from the QB position, Daniel Sams took charge with 784 yards and a team-leading 11 touchdowns. John Hubert led with 968 yards while scoring nine times. Read More