Why did you go to the salon for that blowout? Instead, you could have watched any of yesterday’s bowl games. Read the highlights below.
- Fiesta Bowl: (44-28) The Ohio State Buckeyes trounced the Notre Dame Fighting Irish with help from an outstanding performance by Buckeyes RB Ezekiel Elliott. But the big story was DE Joey Bosa’s first quarter ejection from the game for targeting. After the game, Bosa confirmed that he intends to enter the NFL draft this year. He is projected to be the #1 overall draft pick.
- Citrus Bowl: (41-7) In what was anticipated to be one of the closer bowl games, the Michigan Wolverines completely annihilated the Florida Gators. As Florida Head Coach Jim McElwain so eloquently remarked, “It was a case of getting your rump kicked in.” The Wolverines were dominant on both offense and defense. Even hyper-critical Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh could only say “It was really good.” Indeed, it was.
- Outback Bowl: (45-6) The Tennessee Volunteers pounded the Northwestern Wildcats yesterday. The star of the game was Tennessee’s sophomore RB Jalen Hurd, who is the first player in school history to rush for over 100 yards in two bowl games. Despite the loss, this was still an impressive turnaround season for Northwestern who won 10 games in the regular season, after winning only 10 games put together in the previous 2 seasons.
- ·Sugar Bowl: (48-20) The Ole Miss Rebels exceeded expectations with their dominant victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Rebels QB Chad Kelly and WR Laquon Treadwell were an unstoppable duo. The Rebels had a 28-point lead going into halftime, which they maintained throughout the second half.
- Rose Bowl: (48-16) #6-ranked Stanford came out with an easy victory over #5-ranked Iowa in yesterday’s game. The Stanford Cardinals clearly wanted to send a statement that they had been overlooked for the College Football Playoffs. Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey also set out to prove why he should have been named the Heisman winner over Alabama RB Derrick Henry (and many on Twitter agreed), by becoming the first player in Rose Bowl history with more than 100 rushing and 100 receiving yards. McCaffrey also broke a school record with 2,109 rushing yards this season.
Spotlight on the NHL Winter Classic
Yesterday the Montreal Canadiens easily beat their rivals the Boston Bruins in the 8th annual Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium (5-1). The Bruins had no answer for the Canadiens’ skill and speed. But sadly this is nothing new for the Bruins, they have lost 13 of their past 16 regular season games against the Canadiens.
What is the Winter Classic? It’s an annual marquis event for the NHL. On or around New Years Day, two of the League’s most popular teams will play a game outside in a football or baseball stadium, instead of their usual indoor arenas. The outdoor stadiums hold more patrons and are intended to harken back to days of yore, when hockey was played on ponds. Ah, those simpler times.
Did I do that? The TCU Horned Frogs will take on the Oregon Ducks in today’s Alamo Bowl. TCU was heavily favored to win until earlier this week when its starting QB Trevone Boykin was arrested for third-degree assault and suspended for the game. Apparently Boykin and WR Preston Miller snuck out to a bar after the team curfew. The two started exchanging words with some of the patrons about the big game which escalated into a bar fight. Boyken proceeded to hit a bicycle patrol officer and was charged with assaulting a public servant, resisting arrest and public intoxication. Now backup QB Bram Kohlhausen will take the reins, and although he’s no slouch, the Ducks are favored to take home the victory. The Frogs will have to face a big challenge in holding back Ducks QB Vernon Adams Jr., who has averaged 310.8 passing yards over the past six games with only 4 interceptions.
Musical coaching chairs. The Penn State Nittany Lions will take on the Georgia Bulldogs in today’s Taxslayer Bowl. Both of these teams have recently faced significant changes to their coaching staff. Penn State recently fired its offensive coordinator. Passing game coordinator and QB coach Ricky Rahne will be filling in as interim offensive coordinator until Fordham coach Joe Moorhead comes in next season. Meanwhile on Georgia’s side of the field, Head Coach Mark Richt was fired at the end of the regular season. Shortly afterward, Richt announced that he was going to be Head Coach at Miami and that he was taking a bunch of his Georgia staff with him. Now, Georgia’s former defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will become Head Coach and has a bunch of graduate assistants helping to fill in for the bowl game. Confusing much? Agreed. Hopefully the players can keep everything straight on the field.