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Postby Kingctb27 » Tue Nov 28, 2006 11:19 pm

I think ATM and Cal should make the holiday bowl.

Should be a great game ;-D
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Postby Metroid » Wed Nov 29, 2006 3:20 am

Sandrock wrote:My Beavs first ever trip to El Paso. My father bought tickets to the game and he's taking me with him. We are both OSU alums. And as much as I hate to admit it, my mothers Bachelors says UO on it. She doesn't get to go! ;-D


Uggh Much props to the Beavs finishing their season proper. ;-D

I think I just threw up in my mouth a little. :-P

Seriously though have fun. ;-D
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Postby Atog » Wed Nov 29, 2006 7:41 am

Chips going to the Motor City Bowl? Eww. I'm thinking about going to it because tickets are easy to pick up, but I was hoping that I'd get to see Garrett Wolfe.
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Postby stomperrob » Wed Nov 29, 2006 2:52 pm

From today's paper:

Seminoles, Bruins accept Emerald Bowl invitations
Nov. 28, 2006
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Florida State and UCLA both accepted bids to play in the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco.

Florida State will be playing in its 36th bowl, and 25th in a row. UCLA plays in its fifth consecutive bowl and eighth in the past nine seasons.

The Seminoles haven't enjoyed the best of seasons, going 6-6, including 3-5 in the ACC. UCLA is 6-5 with one game remaining, a showdown against rival USC on Saturday.

"We are happy to be going to San Francisco to play in the Emerald Bowl," Bowden said. "Bowl games are extremely important in college football and making one is always one of our goals to start the season. It will be a great experience for all of us, and I know our players are looking forward to visiting a different part of the country.

The game will be played Wednesday, Dec. 27 at AT&T Park in downtown San Francisco at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Postby A Fleshner Fantasy » Wed Nov 29, 2006 3:09 pm

This is a bit unrelated but...GO UCLA!
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Postby stomperrob » Wed Nov 29, 2006 3:13 pm

Also from today:

Bowls to wait on Rose
Nov. 29, 2006

Nov. 29--Another holiday season comes, another rendition of college football's Waiting Game begins.

This year, it starts in Pasadena, Calif., and ends in Shreveport, La., affecting the sport's biggest postseason games along the way. Those include both of Orlando's games, the Capital One and Champs Sports bowls.

Florida Citrus Sports last week secured Wisconsin (11-1) for another New Year's Day appearance in the Capital One, but the bowl can't get the Badgers' opponent until after the Bowl Championship Series fills its 10-team requirement.

The BCS won't do that until Sunday, which is when we'll all receive two updates: which team plays Ohio State (12-0) for the national title and what the Rose Bowl really thinks of a two-loss Notre Dame.

"We're waiting. Everybody's waiting," FCSports Executive Director Steve Hogan said. "We can't pick our teams until we know who's available."

In short form, if Florida beats Arkansas in Saturday's SEC title game, the Capital One selection committee hopes to consider LSU, Auburn, Tennessee and Arkansas. But LSU's availability is iffy, and Arkansas officials have indicated little interest to local bowl officials.

If the Razorbacks win and Florida is available, Tennessee is out of the mix. Meanwhile, Auburn's appeal is limited. The Tigers played Wisconsin here a year ago. Although Hogan won't rule out Auburn-Wisconsin II, the bowl traditionally has shied away from rematches.

But who's available depends greatly on the Rose Bowl. Operating in the first year of an eight-year agreement to stage its traditional game -- Pac-10 champ vs. Big Ten champ -- the Rose is set to lose both champions if USC (10-1) beats UCLA on Saturday to gain a spot opposite the Buckeyes in the inaugural BCS title game.

If so, after Ohio State and USC are placed in the title game, Rose officials have the right to pick two replacement teams. One will be Michigan (11-1). The second selection is key for all who come after: Sugar, Orange, Fiesta, Capital One, et al.

Most scenarios have the Rose picking between the Fighting Irish (10-2) and LSU (10-2), but Louisville (10-1 with a game to play), Rutgers (10-1 with a game to play), Auburn (10-2) and Boise State (12-0) are still in the BCS at-large pool. The BCS on Tuesday released Virginia Tech (10-2) from consideration.

"The original Rose Bowl was set up to pit the champion of the East vs. the champion of the West," Rose Bowl Executive Director Mitch Dorger said. "For many, many years, there were teams from the East that came west to play. . . . Since [1947], we've had very limited opportunities contractually to invite a team from the East."

That said, the Rose's second pick must be able to handle an allotment of some 26,000 tickets.

"Tickets is a huge issue," Dorger said.

If the Rose goes with Notre Dame, then LSU or the SEC title-game loser would be available for the Orange Bowl.

If the Rose takes LSU, Notre Dame is a likely Sugar selection, leaving the Big East champion to play the ACC champ in the Orange. Boise State must be included because of BCS standing, but the combination of its smaller fan base, locale and the Fiesta Bowl owning this year's last pick, the Broncos will play the Big 12 champ in the Fiesta.

One change-up being floated is a so-called "flip-flop" between the Orange and Sugar. After the picks are made, conference commissioners look at the two games and come to the conclusion there could be a better mix among the four teams. The new mix, say, would send an SEC-champion Florida to the Orange and an at-large LSU to the Sugar. Both schools would be closer to their fan base.

Good theory, but it has two problems.

First, New Orleans still is recovering from Hurricane Katrina and is ready to fill hotels and restaurants again. Too many LSU fans wouldn't stay overnight in the French Quarter.

Second, although the "flip-flop" is permitted under BCS guidelines -- yes, there are some -- it never has been done. The Big East and ACC asked for a do-over after the BCS prepared to stage a Florida State-Miami rematch in the 2004 Orange Bowl. Fellow BCS partners said no.

"I've heard that [flip-flop theory] out there, but that would be a very extraordinary circumstance," Orange Bowl Executive Director Eric Poms said. "Each bowl has conference championship tie-ins, and those are very important relationships. I think we all respect that. There's a lot of conversation going on right now, but more years than not, we're seeing things we didn't expect happen on the last Saturday of the season. So right now, it's just conversation."

FCSports is also in a holding pattern to find an ACC opponent for Purdue (8-5) in the Dec. 29 Champs Sports Bowl. Georgia Tech (9-3) is out of reach. Selection committee chairman George Nahas does not expect Virginia Tech to be available, which leaves Boston College (9-3), Maryland (8-4), Clemson (8-4) and Wake Forest (10-2) if it loses Saturday's ACC Championship Game. (The Georgia Tech-Wake Forest winner gets slotted into the Orange.)

"We want good teams, good records, good matchups," Nahas said. "We're going to get a good ACC team."

At the end of the long trail of falling dominoes sits the Independence Bowl in Shreveport and Alabama. If the SEC sends two teams to the BCS, the Crimson Tide would trek to the Louisiana bowl to play a Big 12 team. If the SEC has only one team in the BCS, Alabama would forgo a bowl trip for finding a new coach.

But like every major player in the bowl business, the Independence and Crimson Tide are waiting.

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Postby Luca Brasi » Wed Nov 29, 2006 3:27 pm

NIU in the poinsetta bowl (the 1st bowl game of the year)! Woo hoo! GO HUSKIES!

Ironically, NIU is playing TCU in the Chargers' stadium. Chargers RB Ladanian Tomlinson played for TCU and his backup Michael Turner played for NIU! I wonder if there's a little wager going on in the San Diego locker room?
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Postby stomperrob » Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:38 pm

'Canes vs Nevada in the MPC Computers Bowl:

Miami vs. Nevada in Boise; 'Canes interested in coordinator
Nov. 29, 2006
CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Larry Coker's difficult and final year at Miami will end on the blue turf of Boise.

The Hurricanes accepted an invitation Wednesday to the MPC Computers Bowl, where they'll meet Nevada (8-4) of the Western Athletic Conference on Dec. 31 in Idaho's capital city. It'll be the first meeting between the programs, plus Miami's first appearance in that bowl.

It will also be Coker's 75th and final game at Miami; he was fired last week after a 6-6 regular season, one that dropped his six-year record with the Hurricanes to 59-15 with one national championship. The school retained him for the bowl game, while it conducts a search for his replacement.

"We have a lot of young players, and I think a bowl experience will be very good for them," said Coker, whose team will resume practice in mid-December after finals.

The Hurricanes haven't formally revealed a complete list of who's under consideration to replace Coker, but athletic director Paul Dee confirmed Wednesday that defensive coordinator Randy Shannon -- who is thought to have the support of Hurricane players -- is a candidate.


Larry Coker's 75th game with the Hurricanes will be his last. (AP)
"We have strong interest in Randy Shannon," Dee said, adding that no one has interviewed yet for the job.

Other speculation has centered around Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, a former Miami assistant; former Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez, who has a close relationship with Miami president Donna Shalala; South Florida's Jim Leavitt and, of late, former Alabama coach Mike Shula -- son of Miami Dolphins coaching legend Don Shula.

"I think we all were upset when we heard about coach Coker," defensive end Calais Campbell said. "I'm just glad we've got one more game together."

Miami became bowl-eligible with a 17-14 win over Boston College on Thanksgiving night, and its postseason berth was guaranteed when Virginia lost to Virginia Tech two days later. The Atlantic Coast Conference has affiliations with eight bowl games; Virginia's loss meant the ACC had only eight eligible teams for those spots.

Getting a shot at Miami is a treat for Nevada.

"We've never played a team of that caliber. It is a good challenge for us and we are going to be up for it," Nevada quarterback Jeff Rowe said.

The come-from-behind victory against Boston College was a rare bright spot in a trying year for the Hurricanes, who were involved in a sideline-clearing brawl with Florida International in October, then were devastated on Nov. 7 when senior defensive lineman Bryan Pata was shot and killed outside his apartment. Police have made no arrests related to the Pata shooting.

"We pretty much said we were not going to give up," senior safety Brandon Meriweather said. "Everybody in the world expected us to give up. We decided as a unit, as a defense, as a team, not to give up -- not to give America what they want. It's easy being America's most loved, but it's hard being America's most hated."

Boise State's Bronco Stadium is famed for its blue turf, something the Hurricanes have never seen, but their biggest shock on game night may be the climate. The average high in Boise on New Year's Eve is around 35, with a low of 22 -- figures about 40 degrees less than the norms in South Florida on the same date.

"It really doesn't matter," center Anthony Wollschlager said. "What matters is we've got another game to play."

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Postby stomperrob » Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:42 pm

Loser of the Big 12 Championship goes to the Cotton Bowl:

Loser of Sooners-Huskers to play in Cotton Bowl
Nov. 29, 2006
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DALLAS -- The loser of the Big 12 championship game between Oklahoma and Nebraska will play in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day, the conference announced Wednesday.

The winner of the Big 12 title game receives a Bowl Championship Series bid to the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 1.

The Cotton Bowl will match the Big 12 runner-up against a team from the Southeastern Conference. Boise State is the likely opponent for the Big 12 champ in the Fiesta Bowl.

Texas A&M received an invitation to the Holiday Bowl on Wednesday to face California.

The Gator Bowl notified the Big 12 that it will wait until Sunday to choose either a Big East team or a Big 12 for its game. Texas and West Virginia appear to be the most likely options.

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Postby stomperrob » Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:53 pm

It's confirmed - Texas A&M vs Cal in the Holiday Bowl:

Texas A&M to face California in Holiday Bowl
Nov. 29, 2006
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SAN DIEGO -- Texas A&M will play California in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28, the Aggies' first appearance in the game since they roughed up Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer in 1990.

Both of Detmer's shoulders were separated as the Aggies routed BYU 65-14. The 51-point victory margin remains a Holiday Bowl.

The No. 22 Aggies (9-3, 5-3 Big 12) finished their regular season by beating Texas 12-7 at Austin.

No. 21 Cal plays Stanford in the Big Game on Saturday.

"The majority of our guys have never been to California so they are thrilled," Aggies coach Dennis Franchione said.

The schools have met twice before. Texas A&M beat California 29-28 at Berkeley in 1981, and the Golden Bears edged the Aggies 19-17 to open the 1983 season at College Station.

The Holiday Bowl, sponsored by Pacific Life, is played at Qualcomm Stadium.

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