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Sooners Roll Tide To Win Sugar Bowl

SEC-Ya, Sooners Roll Tide To Win Sugar Bowl – KFOR

Oklahoma used big plays on offense and defense and kept Alabama in check in a 45-31 upset of the 3rd-ranked Crimson Tide to win the Sugar Bowl on Thursday night at the Superdome in New Orleans.


Alabama struck quickly at the start, going 75 yards in just 1:49 on a short T.J. Yeldon scoring run after a big 53 yard pass from A.J. McCarron to Amari Cooper.

But the Sooners showed they had some striking power themselves, when starting QB Trevor Knight just missed a wide-open Jalen Saunders on what would’ve been a TD pass, but the ball deflected off Saunders and Alabama got the interception.

However, McCarron threw an interception to the Sooners Gabe Lynn on the first play after Alabama’s oskie, and OU wasted no time in tying the score.

On the 1st play after the turnover, Knight threw a strike to LaColtan Bester for a 45 yard touchdown play and the game was tied 7-7.

Alabama kicked a short field goal for a 10-7 lead before the Sooners came up with perhaps their best drive of the season.

OU went 78 yards in 13 plays, taking up more than 5-minutes off the clock with Knight hitting Saunders from 8 yards out for the score and OU led 14-10 after the opening period.

In the quarter, OU had 161 total yards to 149 for Alabama and the Tide was held to just 18 yards rushing. The Sooners also converted 4-of-4 on 3rd down plays in the opening 15-minutes.

Alabama regained the lead early in the second quarter, with McCarron throwing deep to DeAndrew White for a 67-yard touchdown to put the Tide back on top, 17-14, with 14:03 to play in the first half.

OU’s defense helped them dominate the rest of the half.

The Sooners scored touchdowns on the first play of two possessions after Alabama turnovers.

Geneo Grissom recovered an Alabama fumble and rumbled 20 yards upfield before the last Crimson Tide player with a chance made a touchdown-saving tackle at the OU 35.

Knight then struck again, finding Saunders on a deep pass for a 43-yard touchdown, with Saunders making a great over-the-shoulder catch to give the Sooners a 24-17 lead with 2:59 to play in the first half.

On the next Alabama possession, McCarron didn’t handle an OU blitz and he threw it right to Sooners freshman CB Zach Sanchez, who returned the oskie 43 yards to the Tide 13 yard line.

On the very next play, Sooners WR Sterling Shepard raced 13 yards around right end for the shocking 31-17 lead and the pro-Alabama crowd inside the Superdome was absolutely shocked.

To top off the impressive first half, Alabama rolled down the field kicker Cade Foster was wide on a 32-yard FG try and the Sooners danced to the locker room with the lead…with massive applause from their delirious fans.

In the first half, OU scored 21 points off Alabama turnovers, more than the 20 the Crimson Tide had allowed all season off turnovers.

The Crimson Tide gave up 42 points in an early-season game to Texas A&M and 34 in their regular season finale, their lone loss to Auburn.

Other than that, Alabama hasn’t allowed more than 17 points in any one game this season.

And yet, OU never punted in the opening half and scored 30+ points in a 1st half for the first time since the West Virginia game in 2012.

OU’s 31 first half points were the most a Nick Saban-coached Alabama team has ever surrendered.

Oklahoma’s momentum didn’t last into the third quarter, and Alabama inched closer.

The Sooners had the ball on four possessions, and only gained 28 total yards as ‘Bama cut their 14-point halftime deficit in half on Derrick Henry’s 43 yard touchdown jaunt with 8:49 left in the period.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Sooners doubled their lead, with Knight passing to Bester for a gain of 34.

That set up the next Sooner touchdown, as Knight rolled right and spotted Shepard in the back of the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown to make it 38-24 Oklahoma with 10:44 to play.

Alabama got back within seven midway through the quarter, with McCarron dumping off a short pass to Henry, who zipped 61 yards through poor OU tackle attempts to cut the Sooner lead to 38-31 with 6:22 to play.

Oklahoma took over the ball and moved the ball downfield, converting a critical 3rd and 9 with a pass from Knight to Clay for a gain of 10 yards.

Knight found Roy Finch for a gain of 15, then Brennan Clay gained 12 yards on a run.

The Sooners then got a critical pass interference penalty on Alabama on 3rd and 8 that kept OU’s drive alive with just under 3 minutes to play.

OU’s drive stalled, though, and they had to punt to Alabama with just under a minute to play.

Alabama took over on their own 15-yard line, and on the first play of the drive, the Sooners clinched it.

Eric Striker rushed in from McCarron’s blindside, sacking him and knocking the ball loose.

Grissom scooped it up at the nine-yard line, and returned it, stretching the ball over the goal line for a touchdown with 47 seconds left to put Oklahoma on top 45-31, and sending the Sooner fans into delirium.

On the ensuing kickoff, a squib kick ricocheted off an Alabama player and OU recovered.

Trevor Knight took a knee on the final play and the Sooners had won 45-31, for their first Sugar Bowl win since 1972.

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2013/2014 College Football Bowl Games Worth Watching

Las Vegas Bowl

Saturday – December 21st – 3:30 p.m. ET

Fresno State Bulldogs vs. USC Trojans


Russell Athletic Bowl

Saturday – December 28th – 6:45 p.m. ET

Miami Hurricanes vs. Louisville Cardinals


Chick-fil-A Bowl

Tuesday – December 31st – 8:00 p.m. ET

Duke Blue Devils vs. Texas A&M Aggies


Capital One Bowl

Wednesday – January 1st – 1:00 p.m. ET

Wisconsin Badgers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks


Rose Bowl

Wednesday – January 1st – 4:30 p.m. ET

Stanford Cardinal vs. Michigan State Spartans


Fiesta Bowl

Wednesday – January 1st – 8:30 p.m. ET

UCF Knights vs. Baylor Bears


Sugar Bowl

Thursday – January 2nd – 8:30 p.m. ET

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Alabama Crimson Tide


Cotton Bowl

Friday – January 3rd – 7:30 p.m. ET

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Missouri Tigers


Orange Bowl

Friday – January 3rd – 8:30 p.m. ET

Clemson Tigers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes


BCS National Championship

Monday – January 6th – 8:30 p.m. ET

Florida State Seminoles vs. Auburn Tigers


*LIVE STREAMING* 79th Annual Sugar Bowl – Florida Vs. Louisville (01/02/13 – 8:30pm ET)









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Louisville wins!



So, Ed wanted to know about my college football playoff model

While we will never get my dream, a 16-team playoff, I am going to lay it out anyway, just so Ed can have a look, and hope that in the not too distant future, an 8 team playoff will happen. Here goes

Let us imagine that the NCAA asked me to design a playoff format. Let us imagine that system were in place today. This is how it would work

On the Friday/Saturday/Sunday following the conference championship games, We would begin the playoffs. The top 16 teams, according to the BCS poll would be in this playoff, with two games Friday, five games Saturday, and a final game Sunday. Seedings would work like this

#1 Notre Dame hosting #16 Nebraska

#2 Alabama hosting #15 Northern Illinois

#3 Florida hosting #13 Oregon State

#4 Oregon hosting #14 Clemson 

#5 Kansas State hosting #12 Florida State

#6 Stanford hosting #1o South Carolina 

#7 Georgia hosting #11 Oklahoma

#8 LSU hosting #9 Texas A&M 

NOTE: I redid a few seedings match ups to prevent so many inter-conference games. I did leave LSU-Texas A&M in place.

Now look at these games, who does not think that would make a great first round?

After these games are played, the eight losers would be eligible to receive invitations to various bowl games. The four BCS Bowls, Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar, would host the eight winners, according to seeding (highest vs lowest). Those games to be played January 1-2.

Let us say that these games would be #1 Notre Dame vs # 14 Clemson in the Orange Bowl. #2 Alabama vs #11 Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. #3 Florida vs #6 Stanford in the Rose Bowl, and #5 K-State vs #8 LSU in the Fiesta Bowl

At this point, all the bowl games would be done, and four teams would still be standing

The following weekend, the two semi-final games would be played at two BCS sites, the four sites would rotate these semi-final games. Let us predict that #2 Alabama would play #14 Clemson in one and that #3 Florida would play #5 K-State in the other

The following Monday night, we would have the BCS Championship game. Held at a site picked by a committee, like the Superbowl site is picked

Let us predict that it would be Alabama and Florida.

Florida is your national champ. OK I might be biased there, but there is your model

A side note here. This year there would be four inter-conference match ups in the first round, that would be a rare occurrence, and one that could be remedied with some re-seeding. Such as # 3 playing #13 instead of playing #14, and #4 playing #14, rather than playing #14. You could also bracket these games like the NCAA basketball tourney with the winner of #1 vs #16 playing the winner of #8 vs #9.

Ed Picks The Winners Of The College Football Bowl Games That Actually Matter – 2013


ROSE BOWL – 01/01/13 (5pm ET)
Stanford vs. Wisconsin
Stanford CardinalW

ORANGE BOWL – 01/01/13 (8:30pm ET)
Florida State vs. Northern Illinois
Florida State SeminolesW

SUGAR BOWL – 01/02/13 (8:30pm ET)
Florida vs. Louisville
Florida Gators – L

FIESTA BOWL – 01/03/13 (8:30pm ET)
Kansas State vs. Oregon
Oregon DucksW
Note: the Fiesta Bowl is one of many useless bowl game concepts that should never have been realized, but because the teams playing in it this year are among the top five teams in the country, I decided to include it in my list of bowl games that actually matter.

COTTON BOWL – 01/04/13 (8pm ET)
Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M
Texas A&M AggiesW

Alabama vs. Notre Dame
Notre Dame Fighting Irish



Ed’s list of college football bowl games that almost matter.

ALAMO BOWL – 12/29/12 (6:45pm ET)
Texas vs. Oregon State

SUN BOWL – 12/31/12 (2pm ET)
Georgia Tech vs. USC

CHICK-FIL-A BOWL – 12/31/12 (7:30pm ET)
LSU vs. Clemson

GATOR BOWL – 01/01/13 (12pm ET)
Mississippi State vs. Northwestern

CAPITAL ONE BOWL – 01/01/13 (1pm ET)
Georgia vs. Nebraska



Ed’s top ten list of the dumbest-named college football bowl games… in no particular order.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Maaco Bowl
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Belk Bowl
Meineke Car Care Bowl Of Texas
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
GoDaddy.com Bowl

OK, college football bowl game time begins in two weeks here are your matchups

First, before we get to all the bowls, and my picks, I think the suckage from the BCS reached historic proportions this year. Northern Illinois will play in the Orange Bowl, despite a # 15 ranking, and will get plowed by Florida State. Look, I salute the Huskies for winning the MAC great! But seriously, the BCS passed on Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Oklahoma, AND Clemson to choose Northern Illinois? Of course that was not the only issue with the BCS, all those teams that were passed over were also passed over so #21 Louisville could go play my Gators in the Sugar Bowl? #21 playing #3? Yes, I know, Louisville won the Big East, well actually they finished in  a four-way tie, so they get an automatic bid. Come on! Winning the Big East is like winning an ass kicking contest against a one-legged man. Of course, the BCS rule that only two teams from the same conference can play in BCS bowls is idiotic. And boy, did the SEC get screwed by that rule. We have six of the top ten teams, but only two my Gtaors, and Alabama, who will beat Notre Dame like a rented mule, get BCS bowls? Oh, by the way, Wisconsin, who is not even ranked “won” the Big Ten so they get the Rose Bowl? Again SCREW YOU Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Oklahoma, AND Clemson!

Excuse me for a second but we now have 10 slots for the five BCS bowls, we have a ranking system. Why not use that ranking system to put the top ten teams in those games? Yes, OF COURSE! That would make too much sense, what was I thinking? I cannot wait for 2014, when we go to a four team playoff. I wonder how the powers that be will make a mockery of that?

Now, on to the bowls, which start December 15 in the GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL where Arizona and Nevada will hook up! Go with Zona there. Also that day We get the bowl with the most idiotic name the FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL( and you thought the old Poulan Weed-Eater Bowl was bad) with Toledo and Utah State. Go Utah State Aggies on this one.

On to December 20, when we get the SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION POINSETTIA BOWL (maybe I said the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was the worst named bowl too soon?) where BYU and and San Diego Stare hook up. Go Aztces here! 

The next night we get the BEEF ‘O’ BRADY’S BOWL, in St. Petersburg Florida. With Central Florida and Ball State playing. Go UCF here! As a side note, Beef O’Bradys is now a national chain, but once it was one location, on Kings Avenue in Brandon Florida, and they had the BEST wings evah! I remember because I may, or may not have gotten sloshed there.

On to Dec 22 when we get East Carolina vs. Louisiana-Lafayette in the R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL go with La Laf  here and Washington vs. No. 19 Boise State in the MAACO BOWL Boise is the good choice there

Then, Christmas Eve we get treated to the SHERATON HAWAII BOWL featuring Fresno State vs. Southern Methodist. Go Fresno here

Then, on the 26th, in case you are craving REALLY awful pizza, tune in to Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan squaring off in the LITTLE CAEASARS BOWL! Go with Central Michigan and LOTS of Maalox here!

Next comes December 27, and three bowls to feast on. In the MILITARY BOWL – PRESENTED BY NORTHROP GRUMMAN we get San Jose State vs. Bowling Green. Go San Jose here

In the BELK BOWL, yes, they really are going with that name. Cincinati and Duke clash. If you just watch one bowl game this year, please do not let this be the one. Bearcats win

In the legendary BRIDGEPOINT EDUCATION HOLIDAY BOWL UCLA and Baylor match up in what ought to be a great one. Go with UCLA in a shootout

On to December 28th and Ohio and Louisiana-Monroe in the AdvoCare V100 INDEPENDENCE BOWL. What is advocare? How should I know. why should you care. Go with Monroe here

Then check out the RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL featuring Rutgers and Virginia Tech, which Rutgers will win.

Next, Minnesota and Texas Tech meet in the MEINEKE CAR CARE BOWL OF TEXAS. I think you can get a free tune up at halftime or something. Tech should take this one.

On the 29th, in the ARMED FORCES BOWL, Rice and Air Force meet. Let’s see Air Force or Rice? In the Armed Forces Bowl? Go with the team with jets and missiles

Then, in what could be a high scoring affair Syracuse and West Virginia meet up in the NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL. Dumb name, good game, Mountaineers roll.

Next, if hunger strikes you watch the KRAFT FIGHT HUNGER BOWL, they were going to call it the Kraft Hopes You Starve Bowl, but that got nixed. Anyway Navy and Arizona State clash. Go with the Sun Devils.

In what ought to be a fine game at the VALERO ALAMO BOWL it is #23 Texas vs. No. 13 Oregon State. Tough call but I say Beavers rule.

Wrapping up that Saturdays slate is the BUFFALO WILD WINGS BOWL with TCU vs. Michigan State. Go with TCU, and the Asian Zing sauce with this one

Enough for now, I will post the rest of these bowl games tomorrow.

Wolverines Beat Hokies In Second Of Five Bowl Games That Actually Matter

Michigan Wolverines 23, Virginia Tech 20 (OT): Brendan Gibbons’ Field Goal Wins Sugar Bowl – Detroit Free Press

Victory never tasted so sweet.

Michigan built this season on its defense. All it asked was for enough offense to get by.

Yet Denard Robinson couldn’t run and, aside from two spectacular passes for touchdowns to Junior Hemingway, could barely pass.

Still, in overtime the warped rules showed they didn’t need to march anywhere, as Michigan stole the Sugar Bowl with a field goal, 23-20 at the Superdome on Tuesday before a disappointing crowd of 64,512.

Tech (11-3) had its chance in overtime, getting an apparent touchdown catch by Danny Coale overturned, then missing a 37-yard field goal as third-string kicker Justin Myer pushed it to the right after a perfect night previously.

That set up three set-up runs for U-M’s Brendan Gibbons to line up his own 37-yarder, sealing the win for Michigan (11-2), becoming the fifth team in the modern era of Michigan football to win 11 games.

After U-M’s stagnant offense piddled its way forward – the Wolverines had 34 yards of offense in the second half and 51 yards rushing for the game– they meekly took the lead at 20-17 with a 39-yard field goal by Gibbons with exactly four minutes remaining.

It was just enough time for the Hokies to march down the field with their effective offense and tie the score at 20, forcing the overtime.

Michigan had every chance to get off the field at the start of the fourth quarter, but was done in by its inexplicable issues on third and fourth down. Four times on its drive to open the fourth quarter, the Hokies converted. They did it twice on long runs by quarterback Logan Thomas and then, at the most critical moment, freshman Blake Countess was called for a pass interference, giving Tech the ball at the two.

After a Thomas rush and a two-point conversion, the game was tied at 17.

The key drive of the second half had a ton of Michigan magic.

It began because freshman defensive end Frank Clark, subbing, improbably snatched a screen pass right out of the air.

Then, for the second time in the quarter, Robinson threw an interception to Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley.

Yet, just like the first one, it came right back. The first was overturned on review and the second not only went back to U-M because of a pass interference, it allowed the Wolverine to advance to ball.

You can only give Robinson so many chances, and he took one, hitting Junior Hemingway in the back of the end zone for the 17-6 lead.

In a first half that reminded stats are only an indicator, not the result, the Wolverines were holding their lucky charms.

They floundered for most of the 20 minutes, getting outgained 185-145 and were stuffed too many times on their own offense.

But they kept finding a way.

The defense held Virginia Tech to just two field goals on its first two possessions, despite getting shredded in yardage.

Then U-M coordinator Greg Mattison’s defense found its “place to stand” and pulled off a stop on fourth and on the Wolverines’ four.

Michigan’s offense did little to seize on the gift, yet while deep in their own territory, backup punter Matt Wile drew a roughing call, keeping the drive alive.

Long enough for them to appear to be stalling out with a third and 17 at the Tech 45 – until Robinson scrambled and threw deep, Virginia Tech safety Eddie Whitely gambled and missed, allowing Junior Hemingway to walk in with a 45-yard touchdown for U-M’s first points and the 7-6 lead.

Considering how Michigan played, that was a gift with 49 seconds left.

At least until Tech fumbled the kickoff, giving the Wolverines yet another chance with 38 seconds left.

They nearly ruined that one too, setting up for a field goal. Instead, they ran a fake, holder Drew Dileo threw into coverage and the ball bounced off a Tech player into the hands of U-M long snapper Jareth Glanda for the first down.

In the end, that just set up a Gibbons’ 24 yard field goal, giving U-M a 10-6 lead they had no business holding.

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