Do you appetite a academy football playoff? Do you adulation the attitude of a New Year’s Day arranged with A-list bowls? You can accept both, as apparent by Stick Jockey’s video d simulation of a 16-team clash – and 27 bowls.
Warning: This is a actual continued column. There are added than 40 amateur declared below. I’ve accent the playoff after-effects in chicken if that’s what you’re actually absorbed in.
One of the best apocryphal debating credibility in the academy football playoff altercation is the abstraction that somehow the bowls abate a playoff, or carnality versa. I advance that the basin postseason should be preserved, active alongside a meritorious, 16-team playoff agreeable the best of every conference. The bowls – the bigger ones, anyhow – accept a majesty that far surpasses any “football NIT” characterization some anticipate they’d access if the NCAA implemented a Division I football playoff.
My abstraction is that, while a d like the Orange Basin may not adopt a bond of appointment runner-ups, provided the abandon are appropriately akin the amateur can be no beneath memorable. The bowls relentlessly acclaim their tradition, but balloon that tradition, until the aboriginal 1990s, acquainted no obligation to advice actuate a civic champion. And for a antic ability so congenital on haves and have-nots, a holiday-based basin anatomy as a alleviation award-winning offers a abundant added allusive postseason “reward,” as one of the talking credibility consistently describes the bowls, to teams that rarely, or accept never visited fabulous venues like the Sugar or the Cotton, rather than sending them to Birmingham to comedy in an advertisement for Papa John’s.
The bowls accept a abundant value. But they accept no abode in chargeless a civic champion. The Basin Championship Series is the best meritless alternative of a best in aloft sports in the complete world. Worse than boxing. Worse than all-embracing soccer’s acceptability for draw-rigging and added shenanigans. The Basin Championship Series is a arrangement that is congenital on backroom dishonesty, not one exploited by it. And it’s about appreciative to advertise it up front.
Well, not in the absoluteness I control, which is NCAA Football 10, my best admired archetypal railroad of antic sims. So this anniversary I set up a 16-team playoff, and afresh agilely redrew the bowls as aing to their complete appointment ties as the basin of acceptable teams would allow.
For an affecting altercation in favor of a 16-team playoff, and the angary that comes from agreeable every Division I appointment champion, I animate you to apprehend Dan Wetzel’s contempo cavalcade for Yahoo! Sports. To it, I’d alone add that teams like Troy are either aloft academy football participants or they’re not. It’s not a self-declared thing. The NCAA accepted these teams to the accomplished level. But the comments and behavior of BCS conferences and the basin committees hellbent on adding the pie for the fattest do added to abate a football affairs like East Carolina than the affection of the Pirates’ agenda anytime does.
Alright, here’s the backstory of what happened in my absoluteness this week. Afterwards creating this 16-team playoff, the NCAA fabricated one appeal and one concession. All bowls had to be completed afore civic appellation game. In return, the NCAA would never agenda a playoff d on Dec. 31 or Jan. 1. (or Dec. 24 or Dec. 25, for that matter). The above bowls, acid their own TV deals, afresh began a run aback to acceptable New Year’s and New Year’s Eve dates, bringing us aback to the canicule of the Rose, Cotton, Sugar and Orange, all on the aforementioned day.
The championship d was appointed for San Diego, abundantly because the burghal has a able clue almanac hosting Super Bowls, and because it’s not home to any of the (very acceptable pissed off) aloft BCS bowls. And additionally because Qualcomm Amphitheater is an accessible area in NCAA Football 10.
The football playoff agriculture was afresh handed to an NCAA board abundant like the one that handles the basketball bracket. The agriculture advised algebraic formulae but, ultimately, it was a animal decision, the aforementioned as the basketball tournament. Aback anybody is so accursed up about attention the adherence of the approved division games, I fabricated a aphorism that no at-large aggregation may host an aperture annular game. Yes, that finer seeds a aggregation like Florida ninth. It additionally turns the eighth-seed into a bench of afterlife (likely adverse an at-large aggregation that is seeded artificially lower, and afresh the clash No. 1 if they win) but, dammit, this is football. It’s hard. We can’t pave everyone’s way to the semifinals, and a agriculture reflects how abounding amateur a aggregation is accepted to win. Afterwards the rule, this eight berry would bead at atomic one atom lower, which agency it is accepted to lose in the aboriginal round, anyway. Instead, an eight-seed beneath this aphorism gets a d at home – adjoin a difficult opponent, abiding – but additionally the advantage and, added importantly, revenue, of aloof such a date. I still apprehend Georgia Tech to abhorrence me for this.
Anyway, afterward the Big XII championship d on Dec. 5, my agriculture board met and called the afterward teams:
(1) Alabama(2) Texas(3) Cincinnati(4) TCU(5) Boise State(6) Oregon(7) Ohio State(8) Georgia Tech(9) Florida(10) Virginia Tech(11) Iowa(12) Brigham Young(13) LSU(14) Central Michigan(15) East Carolina(16) Troy
BYU provides the alone alternative controversy, bumping Penn State. Both teams are 10-2. Brigham Young had a greater backbone of agenda in the Sagarin Ratings and, although the achievement doesn’t attending as acceptable now, the Cougars’ achievement over then-No. 5 Oklahoma to activate the division was a behemothic upset. BYU additionally gutted out a achievement over a ranked Utah to end the year. Penn State did not defeat a human-ranked aggregation all year; did not exhausted any aggregation that accomplished in Sagarin’s top 30; absent abominably to Iowa and Ohio State at home; played the analogue of a cupcake non-conference agenda and didn’t do a abuse affair except alpha the division ranked high. Plus, the Nittany Lions accomplished a complete third, and the Big Ten is a acceptable conference, but it’s not three-teams good. That’s the SEC, and LSU is the third team. If I would not booty Penn State over BYU, I actually would not booty it over LSU.
Brigham Young additionally was seeded advanced of LSU to abstain an opening-round rematch of appointment opponents. These rematches are certain abroad on the bracket, but it can be controlled here. I’m acquainted that Alabama and Florida will acceptable rematch in the additional round, three weeks afterwards their SEC appellation game. I adopt – and accordingly my board prefers – that such a affair booty abode there rather than in the civic championship.
The bowls were afresh chargeless to allure any .500 or better, six-Division I win team, absent the ones above. Of advance this agency there are added bowls than can host acceptable teams. Six died: the Poinsettia, Meineke Car Care, Little Caesars, Texas, Armed Forces and PapaJohns.com. Lots of horsetrading was complex as the accessory bowls accolade to ample slots. Ultimately, the chargeless bazaar prevailed. The complete payout absent with the afterlife of these six: $8.2 million. I anticipate the conferences can absorb their allotment of $8.2 actor to acquire a abundant above allotment of a nine-figure television arrangement for a football playoff.
With all that out of the way, actuality are all the amateur – 27 bowls and 15 playoff amateur – apish on NCAA Football 10 application the agenda and abyss blueprint accounting by RomanCaesar from Operation Sports. The amateur are presented in the adjustment they were played on the calendar.
I do not affirmation that this is a accurate simulation. These amateur were played once. A simulation for accurateness would crave a abundant above sample admeasurement and added cautiously acquainted sim settings. The amateur were played with nine-minute abode to authority bottomward blatant scoring and statistical performances. That additionally skewed a lot of the after-effects to down-to-the-wire finishes.
Dec. 18at St. Petersburg, Fla.St. Petersburg BowlSouth Florida (Big East, 7-5) vs. Central Florida (Conference USA, 8-4) These two Sunshine State up-and-comers did not comedy their animosity d this year, so they accommodated here. USF holds on, 21-17.
at Albuquerque, N.M.New Mexico BowlWyoming (Mountain West, 6-6) vs. Fresno State (WAC, 8-4) This bond is one of a few fatigued up that reflect complete life. Fresno blasts the Cowboys 55-27 abaft 151 yards hasty and two touchdowns by Ryan Mathews.
Dec. 19NCAA Division I Football ChampionshipFirst Annular (seedings in parentheses)
Noon games:(16) Troy (Sun Belt champion, 9-3) at (1) Alabama (SEC champion, 13-0) Alabama alone leads 24-20 at the half, stoking huge agitated interest. But Heisman champ Mark Ingram break a 74-yard touchdown run to accessible the third quarter, en avenue to a 52-27 aboriginal annular win for the Crimson Tide.
(15) East Carolina (Conference USA champion, 9-4) at (2) Texas (Big XII champion, 13-0) Actually aught brawl here. Texas annihilates East Carolina 52-0.
(14) No. 25 Central Michigan (MAC champion, 11-2) vs. (3) Cincinnati (Big East champion, 12-0) The assured Chippewas accessible with a come-into-the-room-honey 10-point advance aboriginal in the additional quarter. But Cinderella fantasies prove premature, and the Bearcats acknowledge with 35 changing credibility to win 45-24, abaft six touchdowns from quarterback Tony Pike.
2 p.m. games:(10) Virginia Tech (at-large, 9-3 ACC) at (7) Ohio State (Big Ten champion, 10-2) The aboriginal nailbiter of the playoff. Ohio State leads 26-21 afterwards a touchdown and bootless two-point PAT. Virginia Tech faces third-and-18 from their own nine, but the Hokies’ Tyrod Taylor responds with a 35-yard bomb to get a alpha set of downs and abundant acreage position. VPI array but additionally misses its two-point attempt, and leads 27-26. Ohio State’s Terrelle Pryor finds Ray Small for a 20 backyard accretion on 4th and bristles from the Buckeyes’ 42 with 1:09 left, afresh hits DeVier Posey for a 26-yard accretion to get bottomward to Virginia Tech’s 8. Aaron Pettrey hits the 25-yard acreage ambition for the 29-27 win.
(9) Florida (at-large, 12-1 SEC) at (8) Georgia Tech (ACC champion, 11-2) Florida coasts 43-3 in the playoff’s aboriginal agitated 43-3 – in name alone – captivation Tech’s Jonathan Dwyer and Josh Nesbitt to 85 yards hasty combined.
4 p.m. games:(11) Iowa (at large, 10-2 Big Ten) at (6) Oregon (Pac-10 champion, 10-2) Addition blast victory, 41-15 for Oregon. The Ducks accumulation up 507 yards of breach and catch bottomward on Iowa, captivation the Hawkeyes to 283 yards of offense. Oregon’s LaMichael James gets alone 79 yards rushing, but adds 107 accepting and alike throws a touchdown pass.
(12) Brigham Young (at-large, 10-2 Mountain West) at (5) Boise State (WAC champion, 13-0) Abaft 38-26 backward in the fourth, a phenomenon 85-yard run by the Broncos’ Jeremy Avery with 5:22 larboard makes it 38-33. The Cougars acknowledge with a quick acreage goal, blame the advance to eight and giving the Broncos one added drive. Kellen Moore’s eight backyard out arrangement to Austin Pettis on fourth bottomward from their own 44 keeps the Broncos in business. They ability BYU’s 17 and bandy three incompletions afore Moore hits bound end Tommy Gallarda to accomplish it 41-39 with 35 abnormal left. But Moore’s two-point about-face canyon to wideout Tyler Shoemaker is no good. The onside attack fails, and Brigham Young provides the prototypal 12-5 agitated we apprehend in the academy basketball bracket.
8 p.m. game:(13) LSU (at-large, 9-3 SEC) at (4) Texas Christian (Mountain West champion, 12-0) The primetime antagonism explodes into one of the greatest amateur anytime played in the history of academy football. TCU gets out to a 28-10 advance at the bisected and afresh LSU puts it in gear, shrewdly authoritative a two-point about-face in the third division en avenue to 25 changing credibility and a 35-28 advance with 1:17 left. TCU gets a 24 backyard alpha return, a 15-yard canyon arrest call, a 14-yard auto on 3rd and 1 from LSU’s 22, and ultimately an 8-yard touchdown bang from Andy Dalton to Jimmy Young with four abnormal larboard to accelerate the d to overtime.
Both abandon barter touchdowns in the aboriginal two overtime periods. In the third, LSU cracks, clearing for a 46-yard acreage goal. On third bottomward of their final possession, the Horned Frogs’ Joseph Turner shoves two defenders to the arena on the way to a 17-yard touchdown run and the win, 55-52, in amateur overtime. Delirious TCU admirers rip bottomward the goalposts, apathy they will charge them the aing week.
Dec. 22at Las VegasLas Vegas Bowl:No. 23 Utah (Mountain West, 9-3) vs. UCLA (Pac-10, 6-6) This affectionate of antagonism proves how a playoff would advance the bowls. In complete life, this d brings a academy with admirers who don’t biking (Oregon State) to Las Vegas to face one whose alumni don’t alcohol or bang (Brigham Young). Beneath my system, we’d accept Utah and UCLA. Abundant attendance, and actually a abundant game. UCLA triumphs 28-25 in a attenuate basin overtime.
at New OrleansNew Orleans Bowl:Southern Mississippi (Conference USA, 7-5) vs. Middle Tennessee State (Sun Belt, 9-3) Addition real-life pairing. MTSU is allegedly the best nine-victory aggregation no one’s anytime seen. For a reason. Senior halfback Damion Fletcher carries the day for Southern Mississippi, 167 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-9 snorefest.
Dec. 24at HonoluluHawaii Bowl:Nevada (WAC, 8-4) vs. SMU (Conference USA, 7-5) Yet addition real-life draw. June Jones allotment to the 50th State for SMU’s aboriginal basin actualization aback the NCAA collapsed the abominable Afterlife Penalty in 1986. Hawaii rolls 41-13 as the Mustangs blunder to aloof 178 yards of complete offense.
Dec. 26NCAA Division I Football ChampionshipSecond Round
Noon games:(7) Ohio State at (2) Texas The Longhorns booty a 21-3 advance afterwards the aboriginal division and never attending back, acceptable 45-17. Terrelle Pryor is intercepted three times, sacked four, and throws no touchdowns. Colt McCoy, meantime, tosses four.
(6) Oregon at (3) Cincinnati Oregon, arch 20-17, misses a 46-yard acreage ambition to accessible the fourth quarter. Cincinnati responds with a 71-yard, 14-play drive and a 24-20 advantage. The Ducks booty over on their 20 with 1:27 left, accepting to the Cincinnati 13 with no timeouts left. Jeremiah Masoli spikes the ball, afresh on fourth bottomward finds D.J. Davis for a touchdown with 14 abnormal larboard and a blood-tingling 27-24 victory.
4 p.m. game:(12) Brigham Young at (4) TCU TCU connects on a acreage ambition at the alpha of the fourth division and leads 17-13. Later, a disastrous, shanked punt gives the Horned Frogs the brawl on BYU’s 35 with 5 annual to play. The key comedy comes on 4th and 2 from the Cougars’ 13; TCU elects to go for it, makes it, and Joseph Turner ultimately array the complete two-yard touchdown. The Frogs charge it, as Brigham Young responds with a agony touchdown and converts the two-point try but can’t balance the onsides kick. TCU wins addition thriller, 24-21.
8 p.m. game:(9) Florida at (1) Alabama The day’s additional rematch of appointment titleists with runners-up. This beauty actualization seven advance changes and a accomplishment alike added amazing than the TCU-LSU ballsy of a anniversary before. Abaft 28-24 with the brawl at midfield, Tim Tebow fumbles the snap, avalanche on it, afresh converts third-and-18 with a 33-yard bomb to Riley Cooper, and ultimately Tebow carries in a four-yard touchdown himself for the 31-28 lead.
Alabama gets the brawl aback with three annual larboard and all its timeouts. Quarterback Greg McElroy throws three beeline incompletions and is sacked on fourth-and-ten from Alabama’s 27, allegedly sealing Florida’s victory. But the Crimson Tide use all of their timeouts, force Florida to bang a acreage goal, and get the brawl aback with 1:05 remaining. A phenomenon 68-yard bomb from McElroy to Julio Jones with 21 abnormal larboard actually detonates Bryant-Denny Stadium. Jones has three touchdowns, 175 yards receiving, and never has to pay for a alcohol in Tuscaloosa the blow of his life.
Dec. 27at Tempe, Ariz.Insight Bowl: Iowa State (Big XII, 6-6) vs. Air Force (Mountain West, 7-5) With two teams activity to the playoff, the Big Ten ran out of bowl-eligible teams to accelerate to this game. So I yanked the Zoomies from the Armed Forces Basin in Fort Worth and beatific them to Arizona, home of a added established, higher-paying midlevel bowl. Air Force salts the d abroad in the fourth division aback arresting aback Anthony Wright allotment an interception for a touchdown and the final 35-18 margin.
Dec. 27at San FranciscoEmerald Bowl:Navy (9-4) vs. California (Pac-10, 8-4) Cal and its admirers get a abbreviate cruise above the Bay Bridge, d it’s functioning. Navy gets a nice anniversary in a boondocks with a able seapower tradition. Jahvid Best, aback from his alarming abrasion adjoin Oregon State on Nov. 7, gets 138 yards and three touchdowns. the Bears antic 48-17 in a d not alike bisected as close.
Dec. 28at Orlando, Fla.Champs Sports Bowl:No. 14 Miami (ACC, 9-3) vs. Michigan State (Big Ten, 6-6) ACC schools are not best by accomplishment and to a basin committee, Miami – alfresco of the Orange Basin or a civic appellation d – is a money-losing disaster. That’s why the Hurricanes fell so far here, but the acceptable annual is they break aing to home. Michigan State has the affectionate of admirers who are captivated to go to Disney Apple for the holidays and alarm that the bigger affair they’ve done all year. I’m not abiding I accept this aftereffect myself, but the Spartans aisle 21-7 aboriginal afore scoring 27 changing credibility and benumbed to a 48-24 win. Miami’s Jacory Harris is intercepted four times.
Dec. 29at WashingtonEagleBank Bowl:Northern Illinois (MAC, 7-5) vs. Louisiana-Monroe (Sun Belt, 6-6) Lacking abundant participants from its tie in conferences, this new basin survives alone because it pays (Dr. Evil voice) one actor dollars. Unfortunately, it’s accepting the atomic adorable antagonism – UL-M isn’t alike activity to a basin in complete life. But the Warhawks accord a abundant show, acceptable 33-26 aback Trey Revell and Luther Ambrose angle up on a 30-yard touchdown canyon with four abnormal left.
Dec. 30at Boise, IdahoHumanitarian Bowl:Bowling Green (MAC, 7-5) vs. Idaho (WAC, 7-5) Boise State isn’t the alone academy that can go out accoutrements afire on the Smurf turf. Bowling Green and Idaho amalgamate for added than 1,000 yards of breach – 433 of that from Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle’s arm – as the Vandals win a 44-42 clue accommodated on a acreage ambition with 1:56 left.
Dec. 31:at Nashville, Tenn.Music Burghal Bowl:Boston Academy (ACC, 8-4) vs. Kentucky (SEC, 7-5) As a basin attraction, Boston Academy is an alike bigger adversity than Miami. BC can’t alike advertise out its own amphitheater in the approved season. But at atomic Nashville’s alcove of business gets Kentucky, whose admirers consistently go to Tennessee to get their asses kicked afterwards complaint. BC obliges, 35-17.
at Shreveport, La.Independence Bowl:Kansas State (Big XII, 6-6) vs. Rutgers (Big East, 8-4) Rutgers had been slated for the Meineke Bowl, but with the SEC backbreaking its bowl-eligible members, I alien the Scarlet Knights to Shreveport, attributable to the actuality the Independence has been about longer, pays more, and abundant time has anesthetized aback it was accepted as the Weedwhacker Bowl. Rutgers apprentice Tom Savage tosses a basin almanac six touchdowns in a 47-10 blowout.
at AtlantaChick-Fil-A Bowl:North Carolina (ACC, 8-4) vs. Georgia (SEC, 7-5) I accept to say, for the accuracy of matchups, I’m proudest of this one. The Chick-Fil-A, aforetime the Peach, loves teams from the Old North State. And who bigger to comedy in Atlanta than the Georgia Bulldogs? Plus both schools can achieve that abstruse altercation apropos America’s oldest accessible university. For the record, it’s UNC, which additionally wins 35-17.
at El Paso, TexasSun Bowl:Texas A&M (Big XII, 6-6) vs. USC (Pac-10, 8-4) Brut smells like a man, and in El Paso, the Aggies aroma like an armpit, accident 38-13 in a sim that allegedly did not annual for USC’s nosedive this year.
at Jacksonville, Fla.Gator Bowl:Florida State (ACC, 6-6) vs. Pittsburgh (Big East, 9-3) The Gator wants to accord Bobby Bowden a gold watch? Fine. They can booty the 6-6 Seminoles over added admirable ACC teams for this one, too. It’s not like Jacksonville’s gonna advertise out this amphitheater on Sundays. The Panthers authority on 37-31 acknowledgment to 136 yards and four TDs – two of them accepting – by apprentice aback Dion Lewis.
at San DiegoHoliday Bowl:Texas Tech (Big XII, 8-4) vs. No. 16 Oregon State (Pac-10, 8-4) Unfortunately for Oregon State, Lubbock isn’t the alone burghal area Beavers get the Raider Rash. OSU loses 23-19 when, from Tech’s 23, Sean Canfield can’t hit James Rodgers on a achromatize as time expires.
Jan. 1at Orlando, Fla.Capital One Bowl:No. 24 Wisconsin (Big Ten, 9-3) vs. Tennessee (SEC, 7-5) This one is aforetime accepted as the Citrus – which as Steve Spurrier reminds us, can’t be spelled afterwards the UT. Tennessee gets the brawl on its 20 with 2:45 left, angry a 24. Jonathan Crompton passes of 14, 16 and 20 yards get Tennessee into blame range, and Daniel Lincoln’s 42-yard boot, afterwards missing two ahead from beneath distances, provides the 27-24 victory.
at Tampa, Fla.Outback Bowl:Northwestern (Big Ten, 8-4) vs. Auburn (SEC, 7-5) The best aloft basin absorption complete activity in this simulation, Auburn trails 31-13 aboriginal in the third afore charging aback with 28 changing to win 41-31. Tigers halfback Ben Tate helps backpack the amount with 105 yards and two second-half scores.
at DallasCotton Bowl:Oklahoma (Big XII, 7-5) vs. Arkansas (SEC, 7-5) The cutting arcade alter begins backward in the third with Broderick Green’s 60 backyard catch-and-run to get Arkansas on top 38-34. Oklahoma hits a 47-yard acreage ambition to draw to 38-37 aboriginal in the fourth. Quarterback Ryan Mallett and the Razorbacks storm aback with an 11-play, 81-yard drive, 63 of it by air, to advance 45-37 with six annual to play. Oklahoma stitches calm an-eight play, 82-yard drive, and knots the d on a PAT canyon from Landry Jones to Dejuan Miller with bristles annual to go. Captivation Arkansas to a three-and-out, Oklahoma goes aback to assignment from its six, acrimonious up passes of 18, 27, and 34 yards, and cavernous the final 10 to advance 52-45. Mallett gets one aftermost drive, however, bringing the Hogs to the Sooners’ 22 with eight abnormal left, area he is intercepted by linebacker Travis Lewis to allowance the game. Mallett’s barbaric 485 yards casual is calmly a Cotton Basin record.
at MiamiOrange Bowl:Clemson (ACC, 8-5) vs. No. 20 Nebraska (Big XII, 9-4) By advantage of its amalgamation with the ACC, the Orange has been the de facto Kids’ Table of the BCS for abundant of this decade, including a Wake Forest-Louisville antagonism in 2007 that should accept been advertisement by Raycom. But actuality the Orange allotment to its old Big Eight roots to allure Nebraska, bond the Cornhuskers with Clemson in a antagonism abandoning 1982, Tom Osborne and Danny Ford, and the Tigers’ alone civic championship.
Clemson’s C.J. Spiller starts the d with an Orange Basin almanac 82-yard run from flat for a touchdown as the Tigers dart to a 21-7 advance by the half. Nebraska rallies to a 28-28 tie, afresh goes for it on 4th and 1 from their own 35 with 6 annual larboard in the fourth – and fumbles. Spiller’s afterwards 7-yard touchdown grab out of the backfield from Kyle Parker provides the final margin, 35-28.
at New OrleansSugar Bowl:No. 18 West Virginia (Big East, 9-3) vs. Ole Miss (SEC, 8-4) Afterwards the SEC beatific three teams to the playoffs, the bowls were larboard with an 8-4 Ole Miss, and a agglomeration of 7-5 teams. So the Rebels appointment New Orleans for addition A-list nailbiter. West Virginia array 21 fourth division credibility to booty a 35-28 lead. With three annual remaining, Ole Miss begins active from its 24, actual a 3rd-and-18 with a 27-yard amalgamation from Jevean Snead to Shay Hodge. The drive gets bottomward to West Virginia’s 6 with 1:01 larboard but green Brandon Bolden drops Snead’s ammo in the end zone, and the Mountaineers adhere on for the trophy.
at Pasadena, Calif.Rose Bowl:No. 11 Penn State (Big Ten, 10-2) vs. No. 22 Arizona (Pac-10, 8-4) This one is actually the granddaddy of the day. Abaft 27-20, adverse 4th and 10 from Arizona’s 25 with beneath than four annual actual in the fourth, the Nittany Lions’ Daryll Clark hits wideout Derek Moye for a 16 backyard accretion to accumulate the drive alive. Afresh Evan Royster rumbles in from nine yards out to tie the d at 27 with 2:37 left. Arizona quarterback Nick Foles opens the aing control with completions of 11 and 14 yards but, adverse 4th and 1 from the 50 – what an disturbing accommodation this had to be – the Wildcats opt to punt, pinning Penn State on their own 13 with 1:13 to play. On third and 15 his own 34, Clark hits Graham Zug for a 35 backyard accretion bottomward to the Wildcat 29, and afresh three rushes by Royster ability paydirt, accouterment the final margin, 34-27, with 14 abnormal to go. Fourteen credibility in four minutes, 17 in the fourth quarter, and an complete double-dragon-kick-to-the-nutsack defeat for Arizona in its first-ever Rose appearance.
Jan. 2NCAA Division I Football ChampionshipNational Semifinals
4 p.m. game(4) TCU at (1) Alabama Alabama nails a 44-yard acreage ambition at the end of the aboriginal bisected to booty a 13-10 lead, afresh backward in the third division goes 77 yards – the aftermost 31 of it on seven beeline carries by Mark Ingram – to go up 20-10. Alabama coffin-corners a punt, pinning TCU on its two amid through the fourth quarter, afresh Justin Woodall intercepts Andy Dalton and allotment it for a touchdown. TCU does acknowledge with an 11 comedy scoring drive, but can’t balance an onsides kick, abaft by 10. An Alabama acreage ambition ices the d 30-17. Mark Ingram rushes for 208 yards a playoff record. But then, aggregate is this year.
8 p.m. game(6) Oregon at (2) Texas Texas does not get above the 50-yard band in the complete aboriginal bisected as Oregon contest to a 24-7 lead. Eddie Pleasant intercepts Colt McCoy on the Texas 27, and a 12-yard beat canyon to the adored LeGarrette Blount gives Oregon the 31-10 advantage backward in the third quarter. Texas responds with afterwards 80 backyard drives to draw aural seven, afresh recovers a LaMichael James lix at the Oregon 18 with 2:11 left. But McCoy anon tosses an interception, best off by Spencer Paysinger, to adhesive the Ducks’ 31-24 upset.
Jan. 4at TorontoInternational Bowl:Temple (MAC, 9-3) vs. Connecticut (Big East, 7-5) This d would be abundant bigger if it were Jim Calhoun and the Huskies aback in the day adverse John Chaney’s Owls on the balk in Philadelphia. Instead, these two accommodated on a amphitheatre in Canada, with UConn acceptable 31-28.
at Mobile, Ala.GMAC Bowl:Ohio (MAC, 9-4) vs. Marshall (Conference USA, 6-6) This d survives because of its MAC tie-in, but it had to annoyance over Marshall as a replacement, absent any ACC participant. Fortunately, it restores the Bobcats-Hundering Turd Thundering Herd rivalry. They aftermost played in 2004, aback both were associates of the MAC. Marshall wins here, 31-24.
at San AntonioAlamo Bowl:Minnesota (Big 10, 6-6) vs. Missouri (Big XII, 8-4) Addition alter action sees Minnesota alter advantaged Mizzou 35-31 with a 63-yard drive at the end of the game. The Tigers decay 330 yards from quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who additionally tosses two interceptions.
at Memphis, Tenn.Liberty Bowl:Houston (Conference USA, 10-3) vs. South Carolina (SEC, 7-5) South Carolina’s aegis gets Houston bottomward 17-0 early, but Case Keenum and the activating Cougars appear affronted aback for a 45-34 win that isn’t that close. Keenum tosses bristles touchdowns, two to Tyron Carrier, who additionally has 175 yards.
at Glendale, Ariz.Fiesta Bowl:No. 19 Stanford (Pac-10, 8-4) vs. No. 21 Oklahoma State (Big XII, 9-3) As the agrarian agenda of the aloft bowls, the Fiesta schedules itself afterwards New Year’s Day, and picks Oklahoma State for adjacency and Stanford for the brilliant ability of Heisman runner-up Toby Gerhart. The Cardinal advance 16-14 at halftime, but the Cowboys cull abroad for a 35-16 win. Gerhart gets 116 yards hasty but no touchdowns.
Jan. 9NCAA Division I Football ChampionshipNational Final at San Diego, Calif.
(6) Oregon vs. (1) Alabama Alabama punts on its aboriginal three possessions. Oregon array on its aboriginal three, on the way to a 28-7 halftime lead. The Crimson Tide draw to 28-17 on a 70-yard punt acknowledgment by Javier Arenas, but Oregon anon answers with a 14-play drive accoutrement 75 yards for the 35-17 advantage. Alabama array afresh in the fourth quarter, but can’t accomplish the two point conversion, and its final drive dies on 4th-and-10 from the Oregon 14 with 2:05 to go.
The final is 35-23, and the aboriginal best of the NCAA’s aboriginal football clash is the aforementioned as the best of its aboriginal basketball clash 70 years before: Oregon.
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