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A National Holiday Set Aside for the College Football Fan

By on January 1st, 2014 in Football 12 Comments »

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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  1. …..It’s been an interesting start to the day. Georgia looks to be unable to score a TD, and looks like a loser against Nebraska. LSU appears pretty superior physically to Iowa, but is mucking around a bit.They should win comfortably. South Carolina and Wisconsin look to be the best matchup, with both teams pretty powerful and fast.

    …..Happy New Year! Surprisingly, even the weather seems to be cooperating today. It’s pretty mild, good weather to pick up paper and spent firework parts, and to do a little BBQ!

  2. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..SEC bowls have wrapped up, here on New Year’s afternoon!

    …..Georgia becomes the first SEC team to lose this bowl season, falling 24-19 to Nebraska in the Gator Bowl. They did surprisingly well without Aaron Murray, but the real losers in this game were the Georgia receivers, who dropped ball after ball, particularly tight end Arthur Lynch, who had a number of 4th quarter drops. Georgia has lost 3 of its last 4 bowl games, under head coach Mark Richt, who hasn’t won an SEC title since 2005. His overall bowl record at UGA is 8-5.

    …..LSU hung on against a scrappy Iowa team in the Outback Bowl, winning 21-14. At times, Iowa looked physically more powerful, but LSU had more athletes. LSU got pushed around some up front on defense this season, but its a young bunch who’ll be better next season. Like Georgia, LSU was without their starting quarterback, Zach Mettenberger. Unlike the Bulldogs, LSU found a way to win.

    …..Wisconsin was a very talented bunch, but South Carolina overpowered ’em, 34-24. Connor Shaw was the MVP in his final game, as USC has gone 11-2 each of the past 3 seasons, and is in line for another top 5 finish. Steve Spurrier is 4-4 in bowl games at South Carolina.

    …..With New Year’s Day completed, the SEC is 5-1 this bowl season. The worst the league could finish now would be 5-5, if every team remaining loses. Alabama plays Oklahoma tomorrow night in the Sugar, Missouri takes on Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl Friday night, Vanderbilt tangles with Houston in the BBVA Compass Bank Bowl Saturday afternoon, and in the big show Monday night, it’s Auburn vs. Florida State.

    …..Of the remaining games, I’m pretty confident that Bama and Vandy will win on superior strength and execution. Missouri’s porous run defense worries me against Okie State. The Cowboys run a lot of zone-read and power from the diamond formation, much like Auburn does, and the Tigers had no answer for it in Atlanta. And of course, Auburn takes on a very talented FSU squad.

  3. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    I predict a 9-1 bowl slate for the SEC. UGA without Murray and a hobbled running back (name escapes me right now) did a pretty good job. They would have won the game if the 4th down pass, which was on target, had been held on to. He just did not look it in.
    I just can’t seem to get too interested in any of the bowl games with Monday night looming. I highly doubt I will be upright and awake by the time the Sugar Bowl is over. Old guys need their rest, especially if they have to work the next day.

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..Sleep? I’m hoping to just survive till Saturday night. I’m back on the graveyard shift this week, and have been leaf-blowered to death during the day when I’m supposed to be sleeping. I actually set an alarm today, to get up and watch the SEC. I watched a chunk of MSU-Rice yesterday afternoon while doing the traditional black-eyed-peas and other long-cook-time stuff. But I skipped the Aggie thriller, to play games and shoot off fireworks with family. Today was an afternoon to flip channels and see where the SEC stands.

      …..I’ve got to work Thursday and Friday nights. I’ll be leaving the house at halftime on both Bama and Mizzou, I’m afraid. I had thought about trying to attend the Vandy game here in the Tragic City Saturday, but then again I might not wake up in time.

      …..My plan is to rest up Saturday and Sunday, and go absolutely wild Monday evening!

      • MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

        Thank goodness I don’t have to do the different shift thing., I just have to be at work first to see who does not show up or is late. Makes 9PM my normal bedtime. I have already warned my employees that I will be late on Tue.
        Sad thing is, I had 2 tickets waiting for me to Pasadena for only $500. One of my suppliers offered them to me. The sad….I have a real estate closing on Fri that looks to slip till Mon. Can’t miss that. I am using the opportunity to buy new TV for the game.
        My excuse to anyone Bammer about not going….. I will go when we get back to the big game next year. That gets things stirred up.
        Black eye peas, greens, jowl, potato pancakes, cornbread today. It doesn’t get any better than that.

        • gonecoastal says:

          I saved a vacation day just for next Tuesday.

          I’ve got a feeling I may need it.

          Watching the Fiesta Bowl, I caught a humorous comment about the SEC officiating crew there. The commentator noted that the SEC never gets to send an officiating crew for the BCS championship game, since the conference has had a team playing in it every year.

          • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

            …..I burnt a whole week in January, this year, which pains me greatly! On the other hand, I was NOTTTTTTT! going to have to go to work at halftime, on just Auburn’s second Natty game in my lifetime!

            …..Man. I can’t even imagine how terrible Penn Wagers and SEC crew would reflect on us, in a national title game. Ugh! The Union might burn Atlanta again…

    • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

      Todd Gurley…that’s the name you’re looking for.

  4. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    Stupid Georgia. I mean seriously. Losing to the Huskers??? Dudes, show some respect for yourself and the SEC. Gah.

    Central Florida is playing better than I thought. I’ve got everybody ( and I mean everybody) fixed and sorted for bed…so I’m all bundled up and ready to relax with some football. Aaaahhhhhhhh.

    War Eagle and Happy New Year!!

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..Man. UGA could have beat those guys, with just a few more caught passes! Mark Richt has lost control of his guys’ hands!

      ……Happy New Year, TOTM! We’ll look forward to your comments on the BCS Title Game thread!

      • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

        Ha! I was actually pulling for Georgia (which is exceptionally hard for me-AND before I read WEA’s post #hipster)–so I was extra irritated when they laid an egg at the end. And I don’t even want to hear the Husker fans…they are the bammers of the Midwest. Totally obnoxious. Mark Richt has lost control of all bowl games.

        I’ll def be around on Monday and pop in and out of the open thread. I feel like I’m bad luck if I get really comment happy during the game. Plus, with the kiddos….I only have so many hands 🙂

        …looking forward to your pregame report, Acid.

        Oh, we’re back home now. It’s stupid cold outside. Even our giant winter-made furry dog hates being outside right now. I never knew how little I appreciated the weather in the Tragic City until now….

  5. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    Late due to family visits, food and football. Baylor is flexing their muscles but UCF has looked good. As an underdog, I hope they can find a way just like our great Auburn Tigers have so far. According to the ESPerts, we don’t have a chance, as usual. What’s new? Got a second, Bama? One more to go.

    Our local “coaches” are meeting on Friday to discuss plans for the game. We’ll have a group watching party somewhere, so I probably won’t get in on the live thread. I will be there and in Pasadena in spirit, AUBURN SPIRIT.

    The game doesn’t always go to the stronger or faster team.
    But, sooner or later, the team who wins is the one who thinks it can.

    AND, Everyone knows, WIN OR LOSE:


    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!