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No more Tostitos for the Fiesta Bowl; Discover parts ways with Orange Bowl


All of the Tostitos have been put to rest. Tostitos, an 18-year sponsor of the Fiesta Bowl, will no longer be the corporate sponsor for one of the biggest bowl games in college football. Neither will Discover, which had sponsored the Orange Bowl for the last four years. According to a report by The Sports Business Journal, both corporate sponsors will part ways with their bowl games as college football opens the new College Football Playoff era in 2014.

The SBJ reports the Orange Bowl will still have a credit card company attached as the top sponsor, with Capital One closing in on a deal to replace Discover. If the deal becomes official, it is expected Capital One will drop the naming rights for the Capital One Bowl. Hey, we got the Peach Bowl back. May we now please have the Citrus Bowl back? Pretty please?

The top sponsor for the Fiesta Bowl is now up for grabs. The decision for the Tostitos brand to separate from the Fiesta Bowl is a bit of a surprise given the long-standing history with the postseason bowl game. Since the bowl’s introduction, there have only been three sponsors for the Fiesta Bowl. Sunkist was the game’s first corporate sponsor in 1986 through 1992. IBM followed with a three-year sponsorship before Tostitos took over in 1996.

The Rose Bowl also has a new top sponsor with Northwestern Mutual replacing Vizio. AllState Insurance remains the top sponsor for the Sugar Bowl, a spot it has held since 2007.

Expect Oregon’s quarterback rotation to continue for the next two weeks

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Oregon touched the ball 15 times in its 41-24 win over Colorado on Saturday night. Jeff Lockie played seven of them, including the first. Taylor Alie played eight.

As long as Vernon Adams nurses his broken finger, this appears to be the plan for the Ducks.

“They’d both done enough good things in practice last week to merit playing,” head coach Mark Helfrich told the Oregonian. “We just felt looking at the game plan we could parcel out aspects with each.”

“Of course you want to get into a better rhythm but that’s how it goes,” Lockie said. “We’re just going to play the best we can and as long as we’re winning games, there’s no problem with me.”

Lockie completed 8-of-11 throws for 54 yards with an interception while rushing five times for 18 yards. Alie connected on 4-of-9 throws for 83 yards and a touchdown while adding 22 yards on five carries. Not quite Marcus Mariota numbers from either signal caller.

“It’ll just depend on the game plan,” Helfrich said of Alie and Lockie. “I think those guys they have differences. There are some strengths and weaknesses to different areas of their game and so we’ll think about that going forward of just how the Washington State game plan comes out.”

With Oregon playing Washington and Washington State (combined Pac-12 wins thus far: zero) before a tough closing stretch, Helfrich and company have time to alternate signal callers.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.