The Sugar Bowl’s announced crowd of 54,178 for Florida-Louisville was the game’s worst since 1939 and the smallest ever for a BCS bowl. Through 30 of 35 bowl games, the average announced bowl attendance is 46,278, down 5 percent from 2011-12 and 8 percent from 2010-11 through those same games. In a rarity, the Sugar was outdrawn by the Outback, Music City, Holiday and Capital One bowls.
Alabama and Notre Dame landed at separate South Florida airports Wednesday. According to reports, there was no woofing, no posturing, no intimidation, just the get-down-to-business demeanor of two teams ready to settle things on the football field. But in the rest of America, where I remain until Friday, the rhetoric is flying thick and fast, almost as thick and fast as Jadeveon Clowney himself. And it gets thicker and faster with each passing bowl game. Some of it is just healthy speculation – every conceivable angle for predicting the Alabama-Notre Dame outcome has been explored. Analyzing bowl results for insight probably isn’t any more effective than reading Tarot cards, it probably isn’t any worse than some methods. For instance, Flipper the Sea World dolphin picked the Notre Dame ball with his nose, predicting an Irish win and proving that while dolphins can communicate, they have not yet heard of Harvey Updyke. And, really, did anyone expect a dolphin to pick Nick Saban?
With 18 openings remaining on the roster for the 2013 Senior Bowl, it’s clear that the SEC will be the dominant conference at Mobile’s annual all-star game. The addition of five more SEC players to the lineup on Wednesday brought the conference’s representative to one-quarter of the 88 players who have been confirmed by Senior Bowl officials as having accepted invitations to play in the game.
Senior linebacker Nico Johnson, one of the leaders on an Alabama defense that ranks No. 1 in the nation, has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl. He’s the first Alabama player to be announced as a 2013 participant, and he’s unlikely to be the last.
Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson is coming to the Senior Bowl, the all-star game confirmed via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. The former Andalusia High School star is the Crimson Tide’s third-leading tackler this season heading into its meeting with Notre Dame in the BCS national championship game on Jan. 7. Johnson is the first Alabama player confirmed for the 2013 game. He is not expected to be the last.
Miami (Ohio), a two-time winner of the GoDaddy.com Bowl, is known as the Cradle of Coaches because of the lineup of famed football men who have come from its program — icons such as Red Blaik, Paul Brown, Weeb Ewbank, Woody Hayes, Ara Parseghian and Bo Schembechler. But it’s really the bowl that deserves the nickname now as its teams churn out coaches for larger programs.
Eddie Lacy put his arms on both sides of the podium and did his best to answer the questions: What happened? How does it feel? Where do you go from here? “There’s only one emotion,” he said. “Everybody is down. It is what it is.” The starting running back for the University of Alabama looked at the lectern where notes would usually be, grasping for the right thing to say in such an unfamiliar position. The No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide had just lost at home to No. 15 Texas A&M. It was an unimpressive loss for the team and for Lacy, who never quite got going running the football. His 92 yards and a touchdown wasn’t enough when Alabama faced first-and-goal from the 6-yard line, down 4 points with less than 2 minutes remaining.
Conference commissioners are considering the possibility of adding another game to be part of the semifinal rotation for the new college football playoff. The postseason plan approved by university presidents in June called for the national semifinals to rotate among six bowl sites.
The SEC and Big 12 have sent Champions Bowl bid packages to 10 cities, according to sources familiar with the process. The proposals include bidding options unique to much of the bowl systems so the conferences can obtain a different view of how much revenue is available. New Orleans, Dallas, Atlanta, Phoenix, Houston, Orlando, San Antonio, Nashville, Tampa and Jacksonville received a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the game. ESPN first reported the cities that got bid packages.
College football plans to keep 6-6 records, not 7-5, the benchmark to qualify for a bowl once a four-team playoff starts in 2014. Last winter, conference commissioners discussed increasing bowl-eligibility standards, a change that would kill some of the 35 postseason games. The status quo seems to have won.
Atlanta eyes Champions Bowl, national semifinal and/or national championship
They also are happy about the bowls remaining intact.
Slive says SEC & Big 12 won’t start negotiating the game’s value until BCS is settled