While you won’t starve, your usual New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day bowl gluttony is set to go on a diet.
According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com, the only non-College Football Playoff games that will be played on those two days will be the Capital One and Outback bowls. Both of those games will likely kickoff between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET New Year’s Day, Murphy reports. Additionally, the Cotton Bowl and its rotational ties to the new system to determine a national champion will be played during the same time period as the
The only other games that will be played on the first day of the new year will be the Rose and Sugar bowls, which for the 2014 season will serve as the two semifinal games in the inaugural edition of the College Football Playoff. Both the Rose and Sugar, not so unexpectedly, will have the television stages to themselves, with the Sugar not kicking off until the Rose has come to an end and no other games scheduled for the 5-12 midnight window in which the semifinals will be contested.
The only other bowls that will be played during the two-day holiday are the Peach, Fiesta and Orange bowls, which will be played New Year’s Eve day as part of the six-bowl CFP package.
There were 10 bowl games each of the past two years — compared to the eight this coming season — with as many as a dozen during the two holidays.
Last year’s New Year’s Eve lineup consisted of the AdvoCare V100, Sun, Liberty and Chick-fil-A bowls. The Gator, Heart of Dallas, Capital One, Outback, Rose and Fiesta bowls were on the New Year’s Day menu.
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.
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.