It’s New Year’s Day and from New York to LA families will gather round TV sets to watch the busiest day for college football bowl games. It’s an American tradition. The one national holiday set aside for the college football fan.
Bowl games have become as much of a New Year’s Day tradition as Santa Claus has for Christmas. It’s a time for family meals, parades, football games, and reflections of the old year while looking ahead to the possibilities of the new. And this past year will always be one of the most memorable for Auburn Football.
Hopefully in just five days the Tigers will complete the greatest comeback in the history of college football when the SEC Champions take on the ACC Champs Florida State for the BCS National Championship.
Both teams are already in California finalizing preparations for the big game next Monday. But on tap today are six games, beginning with two games at 11 a.m. and finishing with the Fiesta Bowl tonight.
The first of two games begin at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN when SEC power No.22 Georgia takes on Nebraska of the Big 12 in the Gator Bowl. The second game is the Heart of Dallas Bowl and pits UNLV against North Texas on EspnU.
Games involving two other SEC teams kick off an hour later at noon Central Time. No. 9 South Carolina will play No.19 Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl on abc; while No. 16 LSU goes against Iowa of the Big 10 Conference on ESPN.
At 4 p.m. the Granddaddy of them all, the 100th edition of the Rose Bowl will see No. 5 Stanford, Champions of the PAC12 going against No. 4 Michigan State, the Champions of the Big 10.
In the nightcap, No. 6 Baylor of the Big 12 will play No.15 UCF in the Fiesta Bowl at 7:30 CT on ESPN.
The most compelling question for today’s games may be how LSU and Georgia will do without their starting quarterbacks, both of whom were injured at the end of regular season. Hopefully both teams can overcome those obstacles just as SEC member Texas A&M overcame obstacles in last night’s exciting 52-48 win over Duke in the Chik-fil-a Bowl.
So get ready for a full day celebrating the game we all love. And on behalf of the staff here at Track’em Tigers, allow me be the first to wish you a Happy New Year and to say …
Go Tigers – Beat FSU!
Which bowl do you think will have the best game today?
- Rose Bowl - No. 5 Stanford vs. No. 4 Michigan State (46%, 190 Votes)
- Capital One Bowl - No. 9 South Carolina vs. No. 19 Wisconsin (28%, 116 Votes)
- Outback Bowl - No. 16 LSU vs. Iowa (11%, 45 Votes)
- Fiesta Bowl - No. 15 UCF vs. No. 6 Baylor (9%, 37 Votes)
- Gator Bowl - No. 22 Georgia vs. Nebraska (6%, 24 Votes)
- Heart of Dallas Bowl - UNLV vs. North Texas (0%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 415
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