Five burning questions for New Year’s Day

 Happy New Year everybody! When it comes to college football New Year’s Day just ain’t what it used to be. The BCS title won’t be decided until Jan. 7. The Orange Bowl in on Jan. 5. The bowls are too spread out to the point where an outdoor hockey game in Boston is probably going to draw a pretty good TV rating today.

 

Still, here are Five Burning Questions we begin the first day of 2010:

 

1. Will Bobby go out a winner? It is still surreal to me that Bobby Bowden will be coaching his last game today when Florida State takes on West Virginia in the Gator Bowl (1 p.m., CBS). West Virginia has the better team but I’m hoping that Florida State’s players will understand that they are a part of history and will play at a very high level and win one for “the old man,” as he is affectionately called. These players don’t understand it now, but when they are fathers and grandfathers they will look back on this game as one of the most important events of their lives. The memories will be sweet but the memories are always sweeter when you win.

 

2. Is it finally the Big Ten’s turn in Pasadena? The Big Ten has lost six straight appearances in the Rose Bowl and really isn’t expected to win today against the Oregon Ducks and quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. If Ohio State can run the ball and keep the Oregon offense off the field, then the Buckeyes have a chance. I really like the Ohio State defense but you just can’t give Oregon too many possessions. The X-factor is Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. He’s gifted but unpredictable. If he doesn’t make mistakes, the Buckeyes have a shot.

 

3. Is Florida mentally prepared to play Cincinnati? There has been precious little written about tonight’s Sugar Bowl because the ongoing drama surrounding Gator coach Urban Meyer has sucked all of the oxygen out of this game. This will be the last game for Florida DC Charlie Strong, who’s headed off to be the Louisville head coach.  Assistant Billy Gonzalez has left for LSU and I’m hearing that some other Florida assistants may be taking leave after this game as well. This is a very distracted football team and program whose future is uncertain. But the Gators have No. 15 on offense (Tim Tebow) and No. 51 on defense (Brandon Spikes). They will be fine. Talent beats distractions.

 

4. Is LSU going to pull a Georgia Tech on Penn State? Last year LSU was coming off a disappointing finish and was playing Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Tech got the edge because the Yellow Jackets finished strong and beat Georgia to end the regular season. But when the game started LSU trotted out all of those great athletes and just destroyed Georgia Tech. Penn State is a slight favorite in this game but I just don’t see it. I look at all of the athletes at LSU and even though the Tigers don’t have RB Charles Scott (shoulder) I think they are going to win and win comfortably.

 

5. Can Auburn close it out on a high note? If you had told the Auburn faithful in August that the first season under Gene Chizik would end with a near-win over Alabama and a bowl on New Year’s Day, they would have been absolutely giddy. The Tigers, who started 5-0, took the nation’s No. 1 team to the limit before losing. They are 7-5 and were rewarded with the Outback Bowl berth against Northwestern (8-4). Northwestern finished strong beating Iowa (Orange Bowl), Illinois and Wisconsin down the stretch. The Wildcats have not won a bowl game since 1948. I like Auburn.

 

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Spike

January 1st, 2010
9:25 am

Calhoiundawg

January 1st, 2010
9:29 am

Spike, we must be the only two people who went to be at eight-thirty last night. Go Dawgs !!!!

P.S. 2nd

Spike

January 1st, 2010
9:29 am

#6.. Why did UF “officials” lie about Urban Meyer and his dehydration? And thanks a lot Tennessee for making the SEC look like crap on national TV last night. How do you all like the Kiffens now? And get Lane a sweatshirt that fits.

hop

January 1st, 2010
9:30 am

who cares, another non-event with the so called mr. college football.

Calhoundawg

January 1st, 2010
9:30 am

That should be “Calhoundawg.” Extra sleep must not of helped. Go Dawgs !!!

gym jacket

January 1st, 2010
9:30 am

Happy New Year to you and all !!

Hawk n the Ham

January 1st, 2010
9:31 am

I like grape jelly :)

11-2 GEORGIA TECH in ORANGE BOWL

January 1st, 2010
9:32 am

………….Thanks for a great season, …….ACC CHAMPS

Spike

January 1st, 2010
9:33 am

Calhouin.. Yea, but think how much better we feel this morning yhan the rest of them!!

RomeDawg

January 1st, 2010
9:37 am

I love that Tennessee got destroyed on national TV. I still don’t see why they got picked so high of all the 7-5 SEC teams. Maybe just sour grapes on my part. Lame can pull out any “gimmick” he wants for recruiting but I ain’t sure he’s a good coach yet.

ReptilesRule

January 1st, 2010
9:50 am

HOW ‘BOUT THEM VOLS!! FEAR THE KITTEN!! WON’T WIN MORE THAN 5-6 GAMES IN 2010!!

Me

January 1st, 2010
9:54 am

Kiffin is a classless jerk! Many Vol fans are starting to realize exactly what they got. A total embarrassment to their University. The most hated Gator in Knoxville this year will be the NCAA investiGATOR.

John

January 1st, 2010
10:01 am

Lane Kiffin barely shook Beamer’s hand as the met after the game. While I’m no fan of Beamer, it was telling over what kind of classless jerk Kiffen really is….at least say, “Good game, Coach.” Not just shake hands and walk off.

KR

January 1st, 2010
10:05 am

1. Not all of us are fans of the Bowdens. Here’s hoping West Virginia gives Papa Bowden an appropriate send off: a big loss.

2. Ohio State has looked lethargic all year. Don’t really expect that to change today.

3. Did you know that Cincinnati actually has a team? And they have their own issues as well? The Tebows probably win, but if they play like they did against Bama, they’ll probably lose.

4. Player talent – advantage LSU. Coaching – advantage Penn State. This one could be a toss up.

5. If Auburn has managed to keep the fire they had for the Bama game, this one won’t be close. But that was over a month ago so they won’t be quite as “up.” I’m an AU grad, so I can’t be objective on this one.

Happy New Year to all.

WAR EAGLE!

Spike

January 1st, 2010
10:13 am

KR.. What happeend to ole Roswell Ed?

bad brad

January 1st, 2010
10:14 am

Happy New Year Tony; I appreciate your insights most days. I see where 2010 is Chinese year of the Tiger so that should bode well for LSU and Auburn today.

How many DCs are out there wishing Mark Richt would call so they could get a raise from their current team??

Here’s hoping 2010 is a great one for all of us Dawg fans and that CMR finds the right guy.

how2fish

January 1st, 2010
10:22 am

Tony I too would like to see Bobby go out a winner..he has been a very postive force in college football for a very long time. And while I’ve never been a Noles fan I’ve always respected Coach Bowden.

Old Dawg

January 1st, 2010
10:26 am

Tony: I was very disappointed in Lane Kifin’s behavior after Tennessee’s loss to Virginia Tech last night. He all but snubbed Frank Beamer after game … he didn’t say “good game” or anything else, just a quick hand shake. Part of being an SEC coach is to display sportsmanship. Even the UT fans watching the game with me were upset.

I know there are no rules pertaining to this, but it’s just another indication of Kiffin’s immaturity!

Asheville Dawg

January 1st, 2010
10:35 am

19th but hey who’s counting.Thanks for picking all the Southern schools. Were football is important not hockey.

jesse james

January 1st, 2010
10:43 am

Lane Kiffin, Craig James and his son Adam need to go out for dinner today and celebrate the New Year. They deserve each other. What crybabies!

jesse james

January 1st, 2010
10:47 am

Oh yea congratulations to the Naval and Air Force Academy on your wins. It must be a joy to coach teams with the discipline you have. Like Lou Holz said it is great to watch and see football the way it use to be and the way it should be played. It is great to watch kids look a coach in the eye when he is talking to them instead of looking the other way.

DP

January 1st, 2010
10:48 am

Kiffin’s excuse for snubbing Beamer is that he had to get to the locker room to check on Crompton, who took a big hit because Kiffin left him in the game at the end when it was out of hand and every pass play looked like a jailbreak for Va Tech’s defensive front.

After the game Kiffin blamed the loss on the lack of talent on his team and said he had to get back on the recruiting trail.

No acknowledgement by Kiffin that he had been thoroughly outcoached and didn’t have his team ready to play. I’d guess that is why he brushed off Beamer. He didn’t have the guts to look him in the eye after getting schooled.

KR

January 1st, 2010
10:52 am

Spike: I don’t know what happened to Roswell Ed. Maybe an alien abduction?

StraightJacket

January 1st, 2010
11:00 am

Lame Kiffin just keeps digging his hole deeper and deeper. With all the maturity of a 9 year old who just lost a little league game, he disrespects Frank Beamer with a dead fish handshake. How embarrassing for Vol fans.

Next year, the Vols won’t make a bowl game, but I think Lame will get pass … IF he starts acting like a grown-up. If not, he’ll have 2 strikes against him, and he may have to win big in 2011 just to survive.

Amazing that a fan base and program like UT can wind up with such a classless, egotistical, immature brat like Kiffin. Even if he won ‘em all, I’d be embarrassed if he were coaching my school.

Mikey D

January 1st, 2010
11:02 am

Hey Tony-
A player from a local high school (Ricky Dobbs, US Naval Academy) shattered one of your boy Tebow’s records this year, and yet “Mr College Football” has nothing to say about him. Too busy defending the bcs and hyping the sec to notice?

Auld Lang Syne

January 1st, 2010
11:02 am

1. Chances look good for Bobby.

2. Yes. The PAC 10 is weak this year.

3. Sure Florida is distracted, but so is Cincy. Tebow goes out a hero.

4. LSU will pull an LSU on Joe Pa’s Lions. Raw talent should prevail over coaching. That’s good news for the Tigers.

5. No reason to think otherwise. An Auburn loss against this directional school would be a huge disappointment.

Happy New Year!

Charles

January 1st, 2010
11:05 am

Here is my question
Will the sec start 2-2 or 1-3. Would be a joke if they did considering the joke teams they play.

Charles

January 1st, 2010
11:06 am

Lsu is going to lose to psu. that is a given. 24-21

Lane Kiffin

January 1st, 2010
11:09 am

Why does every body keep pickin’ on me…It wasn’t my fault we lost, it was these lousy players fault. Now, where is my hot, good looking wife.

$1.4 million Shreveport vs. our $14 million BCS Orange bowl

January 1st, 2010
11:13 am

Number 6

Miami 82
Shreveport 29
Degrees Fahrenheit

$1.4 million Shreveport vs. our $14 million BCS Orange bowl

January 1st, 2010
11:14 am

Number 7

Home Theater System
Electric Weedeater
Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Facts

January 1st, 2010
11:15 am

Lame Kiffin is a goofball, cry-baby, cheating, whining, obnoxious, gonna get fired in about 3 months, sore-loser, disgrace of a college football coach. The Vols need to axe this joker before he stinks up the entire Vol nation.

UF will lose….Teblow will cry.

GT will get smacked by Iowa…Johnson will say it don’t matter, it wasn’t that big of a game anyway.

TCU will crush BSU and TCU and Cincy fans will storm the cooperate office of the BCS and burn the place to the ground.

Happy New Year!!!!

Terry

January 1st, 2010
11:21 am

Ahh the speculation by a hopeful redneck! Keep rooting for gt’s opponents. Eventually it will really bite you. It’s already happened with your loss last year and crummy season this year. More of the same karma will happen in 2010. You will of course be in denial like u were this year.

Auld Lang Syne

January 1st, 2010
11:24 am

Charles

January 1st, 2010
11:05 am
Here is my question
Will the sec start 2-2 or 1-3. Would be a joke if they did considering the joke teams they play.

Yep. Just start at the Bottom. Kentucky may only be the 10th ranked team in the SEC, but they were matched up with an ACC team. Not only that, it was the SECOND ranked ACC TEAM. What a joke !!!

Dweeb

January 1st, 2010
11:25 am

Thirty-fifth?

Hey "$1.4 million"

January 1st, 2010
11:26 am

Here’s the only stat you need to remember for the ENTIRE year…

UGA 30
GT 24

Nothing will change it, you can’t make it go away, it will hurt as bad six months from now as it did 30 seconds after the game. At night win the demons come, you’ll still see Ealey running up and down the field. It doesn’t matter about your bowl, or our bowl, or anybody’s bowl. We beat you. We own you. We rule the state of Georgia. You’ll fire back and say something about the Independance bowl or something like that, but the fact is, you really have nothing else you can throw at us, so you just keep trying to grasp at anything you can to try and ease your pain. But it hurts…it will hurt all year….and the hurting has just begun. Happy New Year.

takedowndawg

January 1st, 2010
11:27 am

Although I have always pulled for the SEC teams in bowl games in the past, this year was the exception. I and my family were pulling for VT. Beamer has always been a class act and his staff(particularly Foster) do an excellent job year after year even without having top 10 recruiting classes. Kiffin is, who he is. Heard he is planning to land a Harrier jet near a football field in Atlanta soon to sway away some of our Georgia recruits!

Bill

January 1st, 2010
11:28 am

Jesse James, couldn’t agree with you more. Craig James and Adam will never live down their BS cry baby crap. Kiffin will he’s what he is sh#t.

Navy and Air Force=Both 1st class….
Happy New Year!
Go GT! Go Fla. Go Auburn, Go Penn State, Go FSU , & Go Ducks!

Frank Wren, Please get a Power Hitter thats not over 35, coming off surgery are slow as Christmas.

Facts

January 1st, 2010
11:28 am

Hey “Terry”….the only ones in “denial” is you and the entire GT fanbase. Say what you want to….but here is reality: UGA owns Tech. Except it my friend….you’ll sleep better at night.

DamntheButcher

January 1st, 2010
11:30 am

GatorG

January 1st, 2010
11:30 am

DP,

Did Kiffin really use the excuse that he had to get to the locker room? I didn’t see that.

The problem with that excuse is that before he got to Beamer, he stopped and said something to a VT player. Then he just brushed past Beamer without saying anything. If he hadn’t done the former, the latter wouldn’t be so obvious.

BullDawg Mike

January 1st, 2010
11:31 am

I’ve got a burning question for you……why does Tenn look like chicken manure when they play in a bowl game? Good choice of opponent for Va Tech.. It was a good thing the chick bowl committe didn’t go with Georgia, it might have actually been a good game. This is two years in a row that this game has sucked…..

GatorG

January 1st, 2010
11:36 am

The commentators in the game last night were saying that UT basically has 23 scholarships that they can’t give out because of upperclassmen leaving. They were predicting that Tennessee would be taking a step back next year as a result.

Interesting – I didn’t realize that. So much for being the 2010 SEC East Champs!

GatorG

January 1st, 2010
11:47 am

“I’m hearing that some other Florida assistants may be taking leave after this game as well.”

Yes, QB coach Scot Loeffler is up for a head coaching position, just as Charlie Strong and Dan Mullen were awarded with after coaching under Meyer.

But you didn’t want to say it that way, did you Tony. Homer.

Why 30-24 Doesn't Hurt that Much

January 1st, 2010
11:48 am

Since the better team didn’t win that game, I’m not going to hurt much from it. It was a game we should have won, so I’m disappointed. But I ain’t hurting. 11-2 > 7-5

$1.4 million Shreveport vs. our $14 million BCS Orange bowl

January 1st, 2010
11:56 am

In Two short years, Paul Johnson’s group
1. Beat Georgia between the hedges 45-42
2. Beat # 4 ranked VT which bitch slapped Tennessee which bitch slapped the dogs for Tech 45-19
3. Played for and won THIER conference championship
4. Invited to a BCS Bowl
5. Top 10 ranking nationally
6. Only negative was overlooking the dogs 30-24. With all our injuries, I can handle that (for now) when 99% of other objectives were achieved.
7. Georgia’s only claim to fame this year was beating Tech
8. But even that is not enough to get them a new defensive coordinator

DP

January 1st, 2010
11:58 am

GatorG, I looked at the Knoxville/Vols website to get the local take on the game and several say that Kiffin made the comment about why he didn’t talk to Beamer on his postgame radio show. Interesting that the subject would even come up. I guess either one of the announcers noticed it and brought it up or Kiffin knew it would be an issue so he addressed it. Regardless, it was a pathetic excuse unless Kiffin has medical training and planned to treat Crompton for his concussion symptoms. What Kiffin should address is why Crompton was still in the game passing the ball late in a blowout behind an offensive line that couldn’t protect him.

Me

January 1st, 2010
12:01 pm

Bowden has done a remarkable job over the years of pretending not to know how dirty his program really has been. Only Miami has a worse history, but Saint Bobby has always been “the last to know” when off-field and internal problems surface. Let’s remember that before the praises get out of hand.

saint Clarkston

January 1st, 2010
12:06 pm

Thanks Ga Tech for finishing 2nd in the state. Thanks for choking against the Dawgs.
Thanks for proving that you’ll always be a 3rd rate program.

Oh yeah, 30-24 hahahahahahaha

Denver Dog

January 1st, 2010
12:08 pm

Gator G, I thought those commentataors were also singing the praises of UT and especially Kiffin. It was like Matt Millen owed him something. HIs dad was the great teacher, blah blah blah. UT looked like they were totally outcoached, they had a terrible gameplan, and they totally embarassed the SEC. The brush off to Beamer was typically Kiffin smart mouth attitude. UT can do better than that, maybe?

Lets hope Bobby goes out a winner, but WVU may have other plans

Will Ohio State really do something with this gift horse. The fact that they have been in these big bowls is the burning question. WHY? I hope Oregon nails them to the wall, maybe then they will start to realize that the 1960’s style of football doesn’ work anymore.

Florida should win, but who knows. Urban wasn’t getting enough attention so he had to do this to bring all the attention to himself and the Gators. If this was all that serious, don’t you think he would have waited until after the bowl game? Why aren’t you sportswriters asking that question? I haven’t even heard it suggested. It is like O’bama making his speech about penalizing smokers, and then lighting one up in the back, and the reproters trying to maintain the image by not reporting on that.

The question is whether the quarteback has to think or not. If he does, like the end of the Ole Miss game LSU loses. I he doesn’t LSU wins in a walk.

Aubrun looks good right now, but they don’t seem to be able to finish a drive. My goodness they are playing Northwestern. THe stands are emnpty, who set up this game?

Some say that if you like empty stands, wait for the Orange Bowl. A team from 600 miles away winner of the conference, first BCS bowl ever, first major bowl since 1967, they didn’t even sell the alottment. Iowa, will bring more from 1500 miles away. That is what I call school spirit.