It’s the end of an era.
The very last BCS rankings were revealed on Sunday and, as expected, the championship game will be played between No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn. The Seminoles secured their berth this past Saturday with a win over Duke while Auburn did so in the SEC championship game Saturday night.
It’s FSU’s fourth BCS title game appearance and first since 2000. It’s Auburn’s second appearance in the past four seasons.
Alabama finished third in the rankings and will be heading to the Sugar Bowl to take on Oklahoma. Michigan State and Stanford finished fourth and fifth, respectively, and will face each other in the Rose Bowl. Baylor placed sixth and will take on No. 15 UCF in the Fiesta Bowl. No. 7 Ohio State, which just missed out on the title game, will go to the Orange Bowl as a consolation and take on No. 12 Clemson.
The SEC led the way with four teams ranked in the top 10 of the final BCS standings. Here’s the top 10 plus the five BCS bowl matchups to be played in January:
1. Florida State, .996
2. Auburn, .964
3. Alabama, .906
4. Michigan State, .860
5. Stanford, .819
6. Baylor, .772
7. Ohio State, .771
8. Missouri, .726
9. South Carolina, .715
10. Oregon, .581
BCS National Title Game — No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 2 Auburn
Sugar Bowl — No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 11 Oklahoma
Rose Bowl — No. 5 Stanford vs. No. 4 Michigan State
Fiesta Bowl — No. 6 Baylor vs. No. 15 UCF
Orange Bowl — No. 12 Clemson vs. No. 7 Ohio State
For the second time in less than a month, two members of the Purdue football program have found themselves on the wrong side of the law.
This time around it’s a pair of freshmen, linebacker Wyatt Cook and defensive end Chazmyn Turner, who are in a bit of a predicament, with the Indianapolis Star reporting that both players were arrested over the weekend. Cook was charged with minor consumption of alcohol while Turner was charged with possession of marijuana.
No details of what led to the arrests and charges were made public. The program is aware of the incident, but have not stated what if any punishment either could be facing.
Cook was a three-star member of this year’s recruiting class, Turner a two-star. Neither has played in a game this season.
In the middle of last month, two freshmen cornerbacks, Evyn Cooper and David Rose, were arrested and charged in connection to stolen bicycles. Those two were members of this year’s recruiting class as well.
It is no secret that Under Armour is making a nice serious push in acquiring university apparel deals, but the Texas Longhorns is not one it will be likely to whisk away from The Swoosh. According to one report from the Austin American-Statesman, University of Texas officials broke off a meeting with Under Armour and are now expected to stay with Nike moving forward.
The University of Texas has been a partner with Nike since 2000. The contract between the two gives Nike an exclusive window in which it can match or improve on any offers made to the school from rival companies such as Under Armour or Adidas. It is unknown if Under Armour made a formal offer to Texas or how much such an offer could have been valued. What is pretty much commonly known is the Texas brand is still a nice asset in the athletics apparel business, even if the Longhorns are struggling on the football field. Having Texas wear your gear is still a quality investment, which makes Texas a highly sought-after commodity.
Per the American-Statesman report, Texas is expected to sign what would be the biggest deal currently going in collegiate athletics. Considering the handsome deal recently signed between Nike and Michigan, that would mean Texas would be looking forward to more than $169 million from Nike. Michigan signed a 15-year contract valued at $169 million, which will bring an end to its current relationship with Adidas in 2016. As part of the deal, Michigan will become the first football program to wear the Jordan brand logo on its football uniforms. Could Texas be the next? For now that is just something to ponder.
Nike recently lost partners at Arizona State and Miami. Last year Notre Dame began a new partnership with Under Armour, signing a $90 million contract.