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Arkansas State accepts bid to GoDaddy Bowl


Arkansas State will play in the GoDaddy.com Bowl for the third straight year, the Mobile, Ala.-based bowl announced Monday. The Red Wolves will face a to-be-announced MAC team — so hey, what better way to warm up for the Jan. 6 BCS Championship with a little #MACTion?

Under its third coach in three years, Arkansas State went 7-5, 5-2 in the Sun Belt. Of course, coach Bryan Harsin’s predecessors were Gus Malzahn (2012) and Hugh Freeze (2011), both of whom led Arkansas State to 10-win season before departing for the SEC.

For what it’s worth, Arkansas State played both the participants in the SEC Championship, losing 38-9 to Auburn and 41-19 to Mizzou. Both those games came in September, when nobody had an idea Auburn and Mizzou would play for an SEC title in a top-five matchup.

Arkansas State earned the GoDaddy Bowl bid over Western Kentucky, which beat the Red Wolves and has a better record at 8-4. Welcome back, bowl politics.



Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

Associated Press

Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.

Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.

Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.

Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.

There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

Dabo Swinney
Associated Press

Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.

Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.

“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”

I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.

Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.

Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.