There will be plenty of college football players sporting new watches and Oakley sunglasses this winter. Some will even receive a recliner and a new PlayStation 4. Those are some of the most popular items included in the gift/goodie bags handed out to bowl teams, according to Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal.
The SEC gets another shot at extending its national title streak.
Auburn, the conference and its fans can thank Michigan State for that.
The Spartans defeated No. 2 and previously undefeated Ohio State 34-24 Saturday night to ruin the Buckeyes’ dreams, meaning that Auburn’s dream season will continue with a date with No. 1 Florida State for the national championship.
The game will be played at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 6 in the Rose Bowl.
Likely BCS. Title: FSU-Auburn; Rose: MSU-Stan; Orange: Clem-Ohio St; Sugar: Bama-OU or Oregon; Fiesta: Baylor-UCF
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 8, 2013
The SEC has won the past seven national titles, dating to Texas’ win over Southern California to cap the 2005 season.
Since then, Alabama has won three titles (2009, ‘11, ‘12), Florida has won two (’06, ‘08), and LSU (’07) and Auburn (’10) have one each.
Ohio State was looking to win its first national title since 2002, when the Buckeyes defeated Miami in the Orange Bowl. But Michigan
Auburn has gained possession of football owned by Alabama that’s probably worth $50,000 now and may be valued at $100,000 if the Tigers win the national championship.
You know which football this is.
It’s the one that was in the hands of Auburn’s Chris Davis, who returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown with no time on the clock in a miracle win over the Alabama dynasty.
Technically, the ball is owned by Alabama because in the SEC, just like the rest of the college football, teams use their own footballs on offense, including field goals. On the historic play, Alabama used its own football to attempt a 57-yard field goal.
Here’s where it gets interesting: During the wild celebration when fans rushed the field, an Auburn ball boy located and gained possession of the ball, according Bloomberg.com.
Technically the ball is still is owned by Alabama, but a spokesman for the Crimson Tide told the website that “I don’t think they would try to get the ball back.”