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Tagged Art Briles, Baylor Bears, Bowl Season 2019/20, Christian Schimmel, College Football, College Football 2019, Georgia Bulldogs, Jan Weckwerth, Oregon Ducks, Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Wisconsin Badgers

Jan 01


Preview of the last three "New Year’s Six" bowls:

  • 7pm: Cotton Bowl Classic from Dallas
  • 11pm: Rose Bowl from Pasadena
  • 02h30: Sugar Bowl from New Orleans

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Tagged Auburn Tigers, Bowl Season 2016/17, Cotton Bowl, Joe Mixon, Oklahoma Sooners, P.J. Fleck, Penn State Nittany Lions, Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, USC Trojans, Western Michigan Broncos, Wisconsin Badgers

Jan 02


Welcome to the new year, hopefully all with no extremities blown away. What New Year's jumping is in this country, it is in the United States New Year bowls in college football, which this year for the first time in the form of the new playoff system come up with sporting importance. SPORT1 US will broadcast the two semifinals from 23h and 02h30. Continue reading →

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Tagged Alabama Crimson Tide, Baylor Bears, Bowl Season 2014/15, College Football, College Football 2014, College Football Playoff, Florida State Seminoles, Michigan State Spartans, Ohio State Buckeyes, Oregon Ducks, Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl

Jan 01


The Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena will The Granddaddy of them All and is the biggest highlight next to the BCS National Championship Game. The Rose Bowl is the mother of all bowls. It takes place every year on New Years Day (or on January 2nd) as an accompanying program to the big one Rose parade in Pasadena at 2 p.m. local time, framed by legendary fireworks in the blazing sunshine. The venue is the Bowl from Pasadenathat football fans will still have gruesome memories of the most boring of all World Cup finals 1994 Brazil vs Italy (Roberto Baggio football god).

The Rose Bowl as an event is still considered to be the most famous, sought-after bowl, but it has suffered in recent years increasing loss of meaning. On the one hand, one contract partner, the Big Ten Conference, is languishing, on the other hand, everyone has wanted the playoff for years - all except the Rose Bowl events committee, which would prefer to turn back time to the 50s. After a new system is introduced next year, it should be clear who won.

Traditionally, the winners of the Big Ten Conference and the Pac-12 Conference play against each other in the Rose Bowl. The opponents this time, in the 100th edition: # 5 Stanford Cardinal (11-2, Pac-12 Champ) and # 4 Michigan State Spartans (12-1, Big Ten Champ). Kickoff is 23h CET. The ESPN player and SPORT1 US broadcast live.

That means: good old man smashmouth-Football for the hundredth with lots of running game and hard tackles. Stanford won the Pac-12 twice en suite, above all with a tough defense and an offense that tries to avoid mistakes. Michigan State won ... only on defense. 2.7yds / Carry allow the Spartans, even though their only big superstar with big NFL ambitions, Darqueze Dennardwhen cornerback plays. Stanford allows 3.0yds / Carry for an even better schedule.

Several NFL prospects are playing at Stanford for 2014: OLB Trent Murphy should be known to readers of this blog by now, but people like apply to the draft LBShayne Skov or OG Dave Yankey classified as much higher. Stanford as a university that in recent years, especially under Jim Harbaugh (now 49er head coach) and later HC David Shaw brought a whole new mentality to this elite university: We don't just want super players, we also want super students. Those who can do both are elite. He belongs to us.

Stanford can do it. The biggest star may be RB Tyler Gaffney, a two sports prospect, about whom Lindsey Schnell wrote a sensational portrait at Grantland.com:

Gaffney could have a great day today because the most important player in the front seven, LB Max Bullough, was suspended from his own university for violating team rules for the game - by no means an undisputed move that caused a stir at Michigan State, after all, Bullough comes from a loyal family, and his grandfather and father played in the Spartans.

Last year Stanford vs Wisconsin was a brutally close, crisp match. This time Michigan State had a better defense than Wisconsin, but also a much more inefficient offense. Special teams could make the difference.

SRS favors Stanford with 7.5 points, and that feels about right.

Posted in College Football, TV Guideline

Tagged Bowl Season 2013-14, College Football, College Football 2013, Michigan State Spartans, Rose Bowl, Stanford Cardinal

Jan 01


If you still want to see ESPNA tapes, a spoiler warning is appropriate. For the others: Here's a quick look at BCS and the rest.

There was no chaos, the first nine have not changed - the BCS experienced an astonishingly “quiet” rivalry weekend. And we're smarter. # 1 Notre Dame will play for the BCS crystal ball in mid-January in Miami / FL in an archenemy stadium. The opponent will come from the SEC: # 2 Alabama and # 3 Georgia didn't show any nakedness over the weekend, drove their domestic rivals Auburn and Georgia Tech to the wall with no humor, and will play the BCS final rivals in the SEC finals next Saturday at 9:30 pm.

When it comes to the Simple Rating System (SRS), Alabama is favored with 7 points. The SRS classifies the three remaining BCS final contenders as follows:

#SRS UNIVERSITY SRS BCS W-L # 2 Alabama 26.5 # 2 11-1 # 6 Notre Dame 19.6 # 1 12-0 # 7 Georgia 19.5 # 3 11-1

The further findings of the weekend: The picture for the BCS bowls is becoming clearer.

ROSE BOWL - The Big Ten Conference will select the winner NebraskaWisconsin Send to Pasadena, and the opponent is out of the game StanfordUCLA (Pac-12 Championship) are coming. Anyone who would have predicted one of these four matchups for me, I would have sent them a Steige of beer. It is also clear that the best team from these two conferences, # 5 Oregon (11-1), will be left out. The BCS and SRS rankings of these five teams:

#SRS UNIVERSITY SRS BCS W-L # 1 Oregon 27.0 # 5 11-1 # 9 Stanford 17.9 # 8 10-2 # 20 UCLA 12.3 # 16 9-3 # 25 Nebraska 11.0 # 12 10-2 # 26 Wisconsin 10.4 NR 7-5

First Luck had to leave, then Stanford got the chance to go to the Rose Bowl. Or UCLA a home game. Or a Wisconsin not represented in the BCS rankings.

FIESTA BOWL - The Big 12 Conference will either be in the last few weeks depending on the outcome Kansas State (10-1, 7-1) or Oklahoma (9-2, 7-1). K-State won the direct duel against Oklahoma, and both have similar tasks over the weekend: Oklahoma @ TCU, K-State at home against Texas. TCU and Texas are roughly equally strong: On Thursday, TCU cleaned the Longhorns in a game worth watching, almost 20-13.

SUGAR BOWL - Still a little piece of cake: The SEC champ will play in the BCS finals, so the Sugar Bowl will convene a replacement team ... and that's where it will be exciting, because it cannot be ruled out that the Sugar Bowl will be a one lossFlorida (11-1) would be preferred to an SEC final loser Alabama / Georgia (then 11-2 each), also in view of the Gators' much more difficult schedule compared to the other two opponents, and regardless of the direct duel they won with Georgia.

ORANGE BOWL - the ACC will choose the winner FSUGeorgiaTech send, and if it's what you've seen, the Seminoles are as good as through. Because the Orange Bowl will be the last bidder in the second bidding round, the unblanked one is threatened BigEast-Champ to remain, so a matchup against Rutgers (if it wins) or against one of the potentially equal-point quartet Rugerts / Louisville / Cincinnati / Syracuse (if Rutgers loses) - we will see a crazy possible exception in a moment.

Because there are at-large bids and other AQ.

AT-LARGE BIDS. Florida, as I already mentioned, gets pretty sure the second SEC spot alongside the BCS finalist from the SEC, which would cause either Alabama or Georgia to drop completely from the BCS due to the conference restrictions.

That leaves two spots: one in the Fiesta Bowl, one in the Sugar Bowl. Oregon is a very hot favorite to be taken from the Fiesta Bowl (first picks its at-large bid).

Second place will be exciting. The second from the Big12 (Oklahoma or K-State) could get the place, but there is a BCS spoiler that has secretly climbed the rankings in the last few weeks: # 17 Kent State (11-1) from the Freak-Conference MAC (Mid-American Conference), one of mine dark horses in the summer playing against Northern Illinois in the MAC Finals.

The # 16 is very popular in the BCS rankings because it says: A Mid major gets a place in the BCS bowls if he is ranked at least at # 16 and is ranked higher than at least one of the champions of another BCS conference. Wisconsin (NR) or a BigEast representative (Rutgers at # 18 highest) are currently behind Kent State ...

... and UCLA is exactly at # 16 in front Kent State. If UCLA loses the Pac-12 final away to Stanford at the weekend ...

So potentially the following BCS bowls:

BCS finals: Notre Dame - Alabama / Georgia
Rose Bowl: Wisconsin / Nebraska - Stanford / UCLA
Fiesta Bowl: Kansas State / Oklahoma - Oregon
Sugar Bowl: Florida - Oklahoma / Kansas State / Big East Champ / Kent State
Orange Bowl: FSU / Georgia Tech - Big East Champ / Kent State

A BCS spoiler! And not enough: Boise State is ranked # 20 (a bit high, in my opinion), with minimal chances of slipping into the top 16, and even then I'm not sure if there is anything else (MWC-Champ is not officially named, after a tie-breaker is inevitable).

Ohio State after the hard-fought win over Michigan 12-0 and unbeaten. The Buckeyes are blocked for bowl season for known reasons (Tressel / Pryor and Tattoogate) and are therefore not allowed to participate in the BCS rankings. But it is possible that the Buckeyes will be ranked # 2 or # 3 in the AP poll despite their lukewarm strength (SRS level # 16, 14.1pts above average); I cannot imagine that even if Notre Dames lost in the BCS final, the AP would be able to win for one of the “ssplit "-Title ensures. Next year OSU will be back in the BCS concert.

Fri 1h MAC Kent State - Northern Illinois Fri / Sat 2h Pac-12 Stanford - UCLA Sat 18h C-USA Central Florida - Tulsa Sat 21h30 SEC Alabama - Georgia Sat / Sun 02h ACC Florida State - Georgia Tech Sat / Sun 02h17 Big Ten Nebraska - Wisconsin

Change of coaches is always entertaining - this year there weren't any big hits like Rich Rodriguez, Rick Neuheisl or Todd Graham, but a master coach flew less than two years after winning the National Championship: Gene Chizik, fired silently in Auburn, despite a high fee (around 7.2 million dollars are rumored). Chizik's legend will always remain: came to Auburn with a 5-19 record from Iowa State, won the BCS title there in the second year with a QB Cam Newton who played everything to the ground and many close comeback victories, two years later everything was on fire leave. Stewart Almond has gotten a closer look at it.

In Colorado it was Jon Embree Fired after only two years: Colorado was on the ground after the unsuccessful experiment with Dan Hawkins (ex-Boise State, had desperately tried to implement his son as a QB), and the local guy Embree didn't make much of the situation: It was the year Colorado 1-11, ranked # 114 out of 124 teams in the SRS (-15.6pts on the average team). Colorado is not a pipe university: in the 90s you were still a national champion.

Markus Kuhn's college coach was also left: Tom O’Brien is out at NC State. O'Brien's last big stir was a year and a half ago when he chased Russell Wilson (now NFL popular with the Seahawks) off campus and into Wisconsin for no reason. NC State 7-5 this year, the biggest result being a comeback victory over FSU.

More dismissed coaches: The bankrupt one John L. Smith (allegedly over $ 40 million in personal debt) who kicked a field goal from the 1yds line at 10-17 behind in the final quarter of the weekend! The only thing that sets Smith apart from Ron Rivera: Rivera would have scored. Arkansas lost, of course, and Arkansas was 4-8 this year. Frank Spaziani down at Boston College Danny Hope in Purdue.

More than interim successors have not yet been named.

Posted in College Football, Mathletics

Tagged Alabama Crimson Tide, American Football, BCS, Boise State Broncos, College Football, College Football 2012, Georgia Bulldogs, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Oregon Ducks, Rose Bowl, SRS

Nov 27


The new bowl season in the post-BCS era (from 2014/15) is taking shape, and new decisions have been made during the week. The current status now seems to be:

Six "large" bowls (instead of the previous four) plus the separately held National Championship Game. Two of the six big bowls are used each year as the semi-finals for the final one week later, on a yearly rotating basis. The system is said to be valid for 12 years, for which ESPN offered an incredible 7.2 billion (!) Dollars (approx. 600 million $ per year).

The six bowls are divided into "Contract Bowls" (Bowls with fixed contracts with conferences) and "Host Bowls" (Bowls without contractual obligations). The title game is auctioned off to the highest bidder every year.

The Contract bowls should, according to Sportingnews, be the following:

Rose Bowl (Big Ten vs. Pac-12)

Sugar Bowl (SEC vs. Big 12)

Orange Bowl (ACC)

Yup, it's AQ again after all (automatic qualifier) integrated into the system, despite all prophecies of doom. Big Ten and SEC are said to have already received a second AQ, and at the beginning of the week they even scored "Other five", MAC, Big East, MWC, Sunbelt, C-USA, a touchdown and were allotted a fixed seat together in one of the big bowls: The highest-ranking champ from these five conferences is definitely there, and if it's a freak team like Colorado State should be.

It is said to have been a concession that the big players made without batting an eyelid, because it's fair.

Rose Bowl traditionally stays with its partners Pac-12 and Big Ten. The Sugar bowl In the negotiations for the alliance between the SEC and the Big 12, which was agreed months ago, stood out from other applicant cities such as Glendale, Jacksonville or San Antonio and now sees the matchup of the two (at least currently) strongest conferences every year,

The "contracts" in Rose, Sugar and Orange Bowl become obsolete, however, if their champs are in the national championship playoff or if the bowls themselves host the semifinals.

The Independents are not included. Notre Dame could, however, still sign a contract with the Orange Bowl or another bowl.

A interestingContract detail It also seems to be that the big five, SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC, reap the full share of sales in every year in which the "their" bowl (see above) has to / may hold a playoff game becomes - guaranteed.

The favorites on the three "Host Bowls" should be: Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas / Arlington and the Chick fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. This application process should take months, even if observers think the race is decided.

Another detail: As of 2014, universities are to raise funds for poor academic performance the footballer can be canceled (approx. 10% of the total budget of a conference) - as far as I understand, only the respective one gets University the money in this case is not paid out.

The semifinals should - shock! - be played either on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day. The ChampionshipGame - no bowl, but organized by the conferences! - should be played on "Champsionhip Monday", the first or second Monday in January - location as described depending on the highest bidder.

The BCS ranking list will be omitted. Instead, a Committee kick that selects the four playoff teams. The criteria.Win / Loss, Strenght of Schedule, direct comparison and the question, whether a team is conference champion. Are already more transparent criteria than before.

However, the procedures for selecting the playoff team have not yet been fully clarified, and the precise keys for distributing the TV money are still to be negotiated. But otherwise the veil seems to be lifting.

Posted in College Football, Under the microscope

Tagged BCS, College Football, National Championship, Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl

Nov 15


[02h45] Final score Wisconsin Badgers 38, Oregon Ducks 45.

Wisconsin actually made it exciting again, almost marched into the Ducks' RedZone in two plays, but then it was good too. Great, exciting game with a little more defense - pleasant, I thought - in the second half and a deserved winner at the end, because the Oregon Ducks did what they always do: They bring the opponent to a standstill at some point. Today felt less because of the drifting of the moves, but more because of the agility and agility of his incredible skill players, who made several massive big plays and burned Oregon again and again with plays around the line. Man of the day is hard to make out, but if an RB De’Anthony Thomas shows 2 runs for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns, we could say a word about it.

Good night - I'll give myself the Fiesta Bowl tomorrow as a recording and will write my thoughts accordingly in the correct thread.

[02h35] As an aside: How much does the senselessly burned timeout from the third quarter now (the touchback situation) hurt?

[02h30] 3:55 before the end of one of the men of the day, WR / KR / PR Abbrederis, with the fumble after a lack of concentration after catching the ball for 29yds. Oregon will be within FG range in a moment, can run down the clock, and will win the game.

Wisconsin 38, Oregon 45/ Q4 6:50. Oregon is not even irritated by two consecutive penalties and plays a 4th down with ice balls, only to then suddenly use the traditional method and shoot the field goal on the next 4th down and 2 at WIS13. Amazing. Chip Kelly should have realized how much the Badgers are with these quick option pitches around the offensive line.

Wisconsin 38, Oregon 42/ Q4 14:35. Foreseeable touchdown after the Badgers defense missed an important, very important tackle on 3rd down and Thomas found the WR with the Hawaiian-sounding name Lavasier Tuinei two plays later. Bizarre, actually for a moment it looked like Oregon would have been happy with the equalization. Then RB Thomas came up with this missed tackle.

[02h00] End of the third quarter - Wisconsin makes its big blunder on time. Third attempt and briefly, QB Wilson suddenly comes out of the shotgun formation and throws the INT. Sometimes I don't understand the Badgers' PlayCalls.

[01h47] Oregon marches relentlessly towards EndZone and burns the Badgers time and time again, as Wisconsin takes advantage of a girlfriend sideline and CAN INTERCEPT THE BALL. Oregon could at least have equalized with a field goal.

Wisconsin 38, Oregon 35/ Q3 4:44. After a ducks punt and a strong return from PR Abbrederi (the man is doing PLAYS today) takes over the offense at the WIS38. Subtle rhythm changes over RB Ball and RB White, a scramble Wilsons against inattentive defense, a pass over the middle for ball and a really well executed ball into the corner of Wilson's end zone. Wisconsin is leading again, it was a zag-zack drive, everything was just right.

[01h22] Wisconsin's answer to that is subtly disappointing: A long kick return from Abbrederis, who cleverly buys the room with a change of sides, to Oregon's 37yds line, but after a great athletic action by Ball (and shortly after his slip) the drive at the UO12 gets stuck and there's just the field goal. Wisconsin 31, Oregon 35.

Wisconsin 28, Oregon 35/ Q3 14:11. Second run in this game for RB De’Anthony Thomas. Thomas now has 155yds on his account as this second run was a 64yds TD.

[01h02] One point on which I would like to contradict Herbstreit: The absence of DB Cliff Harris serves only to a limited extent as an excuse for the ease with which Wisconsin moves the eggs here. Sure, it helps in the passing game, but Oregon is having much more worrying trouble stopping these simple runs. This offense probably needs a game changer similar to Wisconsin's fumble return.

Halftime score was Wisconsin Badgers 28, Oregon Ducks 28.

Great shootout, which is really entertaining compared to many other games of these dreary days, even if for my taste it could be a bit more defense (Taylor and Nzegwu: please listen away!). Oregon began to use the "Edges" as weapons in the running game, so to run around the tackles - in principle, what makes Oregon great. The Thomas passes interspersed in between are almost without exception a dangerously large amount of space gain, so it was surprising that the short "Out" throw on the GoalLine succeeded 30 seconds before the break to equalize.

We had two wild points festivals last week with Air Force-Toledo and the Alamo Bowl. This game almost goes one better. Oregon then gets the ball first (onside kick not even considered - although ...), can pimp its measly possession time (8:40 min) and take the lead for the first time. Hat-tip: austrianbowl.

BIG PLAY. I just wanted to talk about the missing turnovers in this game when QB Thomas is slumped, the ball is knocked out of his hand and Louis Nzegwu carries the egg back to the TD. Wisconsin 28, Oregon 21/ Q2 3:26. Important, important to Wisconsin as the Ducks will be the first to get the ball in the second half.

[00h17] At this moment - 6:31 are still to be played in halftime 1 - the times in possession of the ball are fairly distributed: Wisconsin 19:15 min, Oregon 4:14 min.

[00h10] Incredible shootout in Pasadena: Wisconsin only needs 8 plays for 65yds (can you say “tough” today?) Before RB Montee Ball sets Barry Sanders' TD record, before Oregon after a long kick return a single pass for RB Barner over 56yds offsets again. How did Herbstreit mean? I need a tank of oxygen myself.

[23h52] Wisconsin 14, Oregon 14/ End of the first quarter. With the last move in the first quarter, Oregon's RB De’Anthony Thomas breaks through, 91yds to touchdown. A huge quarter of both offenses, each with two touchdowns on a punt in three drives.

[23h38] Wisconsin 14, Oregon 7/ Q1 5:55. The magic number is seven. Third drive to touchdown, third time seven moves were required. Wisconsin uses its RB Monte Ball massively (already 7 runs for 73yds and 2 catches for 37yds, ergo 110 total offensive yards and not yet played a quarter), but this time Wilson scrambles the few yards into the end zone. It's terrifying how ineffective any defense has been so far. You can give yourself your own entry for each touchdown drive to save space.

[23h26] Wisconsin 7, Oregon 7/ Q1 9:41. Oregon also got its touchdown in the first drive as befits its standing: 7 moves, 80yds in a rock solid 2: 07min and finished by the weasel, RB LaMichael James.

[23h19] Wisconsin 7, Oregon 0/ Q1 11:48. Abbrecadabra! In the stadium, which looks astonishingly more "red" than "yellow-green", the Ducks put down a rock-solid first drive, completed with a wonderful Playaction Pass from QB Russell Wilsons to Jared Abbrederis (38yds). Oregon's defense looked quite taken by surprise.

[23h04]#Tingeandenenmanichniesatt can see: Fireworks in blazing sunshine.

[23h00] After an extremely strange way to see and recommend Outback Bowl Georgia - Michigan State now over to the mother of all bowls in Pasadena. Today on a test basis via the ESPN player, because today I cannot receive ESPN America in the location "away from home".

[17h22] In a few hours the beautiful “bowl” begins to close Pasadena the Rose Bowl2012 between the winners of the Pac-12 and the Big Ten Conference. ESPN America will join after the WinterClassic; due to the delays, broadcasts can be expected to start around 11:45 pm-midnight. From 23h LIVE there is the chargeable one ESPN player.

Wisconsin versus Oregon is not just a duel between two entertaining teams, but also a duel Adidas versus Nike - both today with specially designed jersey sets. While the former gave the Badgers a nice, classic look, the Oregon Ducks come back in futuristic monsters. Both teams are more entertaining on the field anyway.

The # 10 Wisconsin Badgers by HeadCoach boardBielema have been with their newly shopped for a long time QB Russell Wilson a hot topic of conversation, were considered contenders for the BCS finals until mid-season two Hail Marys almost destroyed the Badgers season in a row (against Michigan State and Ohio State). After the narrow "second leg win" over the Spartans, Wisconsin is now like a year ago in the Rose Bowl.

One of the men of the year alongside Wilson is RB Montee Ball with his 38 TD (Rush + Catch). Ball could break Barry Sanders' legendary record today (39TD / 1988), although it should be noted that Sanders needed three fewer games and his additional 5TDs from the bowl season are not counted in the official stats (scored 44TD in total). Ball is still hardly noticed, which has a reason: The attack is primarily around Wilsons double threat built, and no Badgers transmission goes by without fuff hymns of praise for the massive offensive line.

The sticking point is the running defense: Wisconsin repeatedly showed problems against strong offensive machines. In the end, the problems weren't primarily responsible for the missed season goal “BCS finals”, but they could really take off today.

Because Oregon's offense is not just "strong". Oregon's offense is “great”, an aesthetic pleasure as well as mercilessly efficient. Head coach chipKelly should be voted Coach of the Year every year, just for putting such a complicated product on the field at all.

We're talking about a primarily on Run options based system that in its purest No-huddle- Appearance in these futuristic jerseys as if from another phalanx: QBDarron Thomas picks up the snap and either fakes three ball transfers or starts scrambling or throwing the deep bomb. Barely 20-25 seconds pass between the individual snaps, which tires defenses in series.

Central figure is RB # 21 LaMichael James (1646yds, 7.4ypc, 17TD in eleven games), a dwarf by a running back, but as nimble and agile as a weasel and on good days with 9-10yds / carry IN CUT. James may be a little too small and graceful for a high NFL draft pick, but will still switch to the pros after that game - college football is undoubtedly one of them the Attractions simply lost.

However, the backups are already scratching: RB # 24 Kenjon Barner (909yds, 11 TD) and the sensational freshman RB # 5De’AnthonyThomas (1934yds, 16 TD overall), called "The Black Mamba", up to now also heavily used as a ball catcher.

Only if Wisconsin, with a lot of physical strength, manages to interfere with Oregon's all-important timing, will the Badgers see land here. Overall, however, you can assume that the game will be rich in points, but I wouldn't want to bet against the Ducks.

Replay at ESPN America: Tomorrow, 3.1. at 3:30 pm (presumably a complete tape also with the beginning phase).

Posted in College Football

Tagged Bowl Season 2011/12, Chip Kelly, College Football, LaMichael James, Oregon Ducks, Rose Bowl, Rose Bowl 2012, Wisconsin Badgers

Jan 02


One day after the championship and its clauses, the places where the way to get there will be played out: The college football stadiums. In contrast to the NFL, an arena from the 90s is not yet considered obsolete at college, because here people still play down-to-earth in venues from prehistoric times, arenas that are more reminiscent of the Roman coliseums than the covered futurisms of today.

Mythical Stadium: The Rose Bowl in Pasadena

Personally, I love those old bowls, and most of all those Rose Bowl in Pasadena near Los Angeles. For me, the Rose Bowl is not only synonymous with college football, but also one of the world's most beautiful stadiums, beautifully built into the hilly forest landscape of Pasadena. Opened in the 20s, just over 90,000 still go in today, but because it is no longer too profitable due to a lack of luxury suites, the NFL will never return here. So only the UCLA Bruins play there - alone: ​​The Rose Bowl is not on their campus, but is publicly owned.

Los Angeles has downtown also has its “own” stadium, which is also known in this country thanks to two Olympic Games: Das Coliseum, not only the venue of the first Superbowl, but also the current home of the USC Trojans. The Coliseum is also such a wide shell and, thanks to the facade, is so protected as a historical monument that any conversion to NFL-suitability is made impossible.

The California Memorial Stadium at Berkeley there is such a round bowl in the hills and woods. The cool thing about her: During the game, there are often a few hundred people sitting on the slopes immediately behind the grandstands, who can watch the game for free and without much loss of quality! This season, however, the bowl is being renovated, which is why Cal / Berkley will not play at Memorial Stadium for the first time since 1923.

The most notorious stadiums on the west coast are a little further north, in the state of Oregon. For one thing, we have the cute one ReserStadion from Oregon State University in Corvallis (45,000 seats), on the other hand that is incredibly loud Usestage from the University of Oregon at Eugene. Autzen holds "only" 60,000, but it is so narrow and is home to such rabid fans that the noise level can sometimes reach disco volume.

West of the Rocky Mountains I would have that LaVell Edwards Stadium the Brigham Young University (state of Utah), which is surrounded by a fabulous mountain panorama and above all is therefore a real eye-catcher, and the abysmally ugly, tiny one Bronco Stadium to Boise, unique because of the pungent royal blue playing field.

The mid west

In the vast expanses of Nebraska, Texas, and Oklahoma, there are dozen of small towns that are home to huge football temples. The largest city is still the Texas capital Austin, where dozens of nightclubs are grooved until the new day begins and the University of Texas is home. Texas plays in Memorial StadiumThat holds 100,000 even though one end zone is even open! An end zone in the Texas A&M Aggies' stadium, the Kyle Field. The remaining three sections of the grandstand are incredibly huge, and 82,500 go in.

Oklahomas Gaylord Family Stadium not only has a funny name, but also a lot, lots of tradition. And when it comes to the keyword “tradition” there is of course also Nebraskas Memorial Stadium in Lincoln not too far away, where 81,000 fanatical fans are still standing like a red wall behind the Huskers 2 minutes before the end with three touchdowns behind. Nebraska had its last unsold stadium in 1962 and on some matchdays there are 90,000 people on the premises - outside the stadium ...

No home team currently has the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Over 90,000 go in, and the arena is empty all year except for a few concerts and a bowl game!

The Bible Belt

The SEC is currently the dominant sporting conference. And it also has stadiums to offer, so you won't have to worry about that. We travel from the west to the east, across the Bible Belt, where f-a-n-a-t-i-s-c-h-e fans strut across huge stands. One of those giants is this tigerstage in Baton Rouge, where the Louisiana State Tigers play. Here too: 93,000 go in and the stadium is always full. The atmosphere is always seething and even those who don't like LSU will be amazed again and again how passionate it is at Tigers home games.

It gets very special at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), which is somewhere between the swamps in Oxford. Oxford has a population of just under 16,000. Even if you include the students: You don't bring more than 35,000 people together. The home stadium, that Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, but holds 60,000 and is still always full.

Giant of the South: The Bryant-Denny Stadium in Alabama - © Flickr

The state of Alabama has two monster stadiums to offer. The Jordan Hare Stadium from Auburn (87,000 seats) and the huge BryantDennystage in Tuscaloosa.There, the University of Alabama has recently been playing a regular six-figure backdrop. Both Auburn and Tuscaloosa have significantly (!) Fewer inhabitants than their stadium capacity. Nevertheless, all games are always sold out, and when the two play against each other, the atmosphere crackles right into the living room.

Another 100,000 is in Knoxville / Tennessee: That Neyland Stadiumwith its checkered end zones, home of the volunteers and their rabid fans, who unfortunately have remained calmer than usual in recent years due to sporting misery. But what belongs to the stadium like sweet mustard to veal sausage: The legendary, unofficial battle cry Rocky Top.

South Carolina plays in Williams-Brice Stadium, one of two stages of FBS named after a woman. Not only rabid but above all loyal fans are at home here: Years ago, the Gamecocks lost every single game for two years. The stadium with its more than 80,000 was still sold out. Always. Williams-Brice is also specially designed for Tailgater: the entire scenery takes place in the immediate vicinity of the arena.

This holds over 90,000 Sanfordstage from the University of Georgia at Athens, an hour's drive from Atlanta. While the Falcons have problems filling their arena despite sporting success, Georgia regularly brings the hut full: If you don't win, you are just proud that you embody the traditional SEC values: hard, down-to-earth running game and crisp defense.

The SEC's most ruthless stadium is probably in Gainesville, Florida: That Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. There the Florida Gators play in an arena that coach Steve Spurrier named "The Swamp" years ago. The Swamp - the swamp. Alligators are at home in the swamp. Two years ago weeping girls hugged each other when Tim Tebow played his last college downs at sunset. When the icons are not saying goodbye, things are going on in the stands and people who think differently are insulted like maggots in bacon.

Once a party and twice a myth

"Only" 83,000 fit the Florida State Seminoles home, that Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles football program could still use a few dozen pounds of tradition in terms of age, but thanks to their sporting dominance in the 90s under Bobby Bowden, the Seminoles have developed into a showpiece in Florida, and accordingly the stadium has grown larger almost every year to be able to carry the masses . A fan culture of its own has developed at FSU, which creates a very special atmosphere in the stadium - especially at night games. The Doak is one of the most famous stadiums in the States, thanks to countless battles against e.g. Florida, Miami and Notre Dame.

A few hundred miles north in the small town of Clemson, South Carolina, there is an incredibly steep memorial stadium that is nicknamed Death Valley got. 85,000 fit into the stadium, which is located in a valley and from the stands of which you can see a cemetery on the opposite slope. The massive grandstands in Clemsons Stadium are also terrifying, and before each game the players storm down a slope onto the pitch.

The legendary Notre Dame Stadium including "Touchdown Jesus"

In the middle of the geographic heart of the Big Ten Conference, in South Bend, Indiana, is that Notre DameStadion, which is not one of the largest stadiums with a mere 80,000 seats, but is shrouded in myth like no other: The Lambeau Field of college football, so to speak. A huge mosaic protrudes behind one of the two end zones: Jesus raising his hands. Touchdown Jesus, one of college football's inflated myths. The basilica of the Catholic stronghold of Notre Dame is within sight of the stadium.

The giants in the north

The circle closes with the three huge stadiums in the Big Ten Conference. Three times more than 100,000, three times super-traditional universities. The Ohio State University in the heart of Ohio, namely in the capital Columbus, plays in the Ohio Stadium, whose shape for the nickname The Horseshoe (Horse hooves) has taken care of. Ohio has two professional teams with Browns and Bengals - but Columbus only has the Buckeyes. 102,000 fit in - and the stadium is almost invariably full.

The home ground of OSU's biggest rival, Michigan, is even bigger. Also here: Boring name (Michigan Stadium), cool nickname (The big house). With a capacity of up to 112,000 it is the largest stadium in the USA and the aerial view is simply delicious when more people are squeezing into the (admittedly boring) bowl upstairs than are officially allowed, while one floor below the crowds are still in long overcrowded bowl crowd (I love this picture, this is how it was before the recent renovation). Due to its very flat stands, the Great House is an astonishingly quiet stadium - the sound simply floats in the endless expanses of these grandstands out to Ann Arbor, the home town of the university.

Most beautiful stadium in the world: Beaver Stadium in Pennsylvania / Photo: Ballparks.com

The best for last: Beaverstage in University Park, Pennsylvania. Beaver is home to the Penn State Nittany Lions and the second largest college football stadium with a crowd of 107,000. For me, this stadium is the most beautiful in the world and it is quite simply moving when hundreds of thousands stand in there at night, all in white, and on the sidelines the ultimate coaching legend, which even after more than 60 years and now at 84 is still the weekly one Stressful coaching in front of these crowds does: Joe Paterno.

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Jul 27


Status of the article: Summer 2011. The topicality looks a bit different: 125 teams, the WAC no longer exists in football, BCS will be replaced by a second play-off round from 2014/15.

We now know about Joe Paterno and why Americans love college football. Part 3 sheds some light on the top category of college football - the FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) - and what the famous bowl season is all about.

The Conferences

The FBS currently consists of 120 university teams, which are divided into 11 conferences - not all of them are of the same high caliber in terms of sport, but each can be roughly classified geographically. The SEC (Southeastern Conference) is at home in the south of the United States, for example, in the ultra-conservative Bible Belt. The ACC (Atlantic CoastConference) takes place completely surprisingly along the Atlantic coast. The traditional BigTenConference is at home in the north around the Great Lakes, the Pac-12 Conference in the western half of the states.

Many of the conferences have grown historically and live from internal rivalries, but there are always changes and every now and then conferences dissolve or merge with others. This is what happened in the mid-90s, when the legendary Big 8 Conference merged with parts of the dissolved Southwest Conference and became a major power Big 12 Conference originated in the rednecks - the midwestern states.

You have to keep in mind that since an antitrust lawsuit in 1984 against central marketing by the NCAA umbrella organization, the conferences themselves have organized league operations and marketing. Since then it has happened now and then that conferences get geographically out of the ordinary teams - you can no longer take legal action against it.

Each university plays between 7 and 9 games against teams from its own conference, plus so-called out of conferencegamesthat are agreed with other teams - yeah, every university ultimately plays down its individual, self-negotiated schedule.

There are also universities that do not belong to any conference, so-called Independentswho expect more media coverage and more money if they can negotiate all their games, including TV contracts, themselves. There are currently four independents in the FBS: Notre Dame, the Army, the Navy and the Mormon University BYU.

At this point, reference is made to the FBS list at ncaa.org and again to yesterday's wiki picture: