New Year’s Eve Bowls: They’re SEC-sy and You Know It
Happy Fiscal Cliff Eve everybody! Be sure to watch 6% more football while everybody in Washington tries to figure out how much of your money they want and how much more they want to pretend to have. And in the odd event that everything has sorted itself out (I’m writing this on Saturday night from beautiful Brooklet, GA home of WifeYouCrazy’s sister and her husband, EricYouCrazy), then just move on to the game previews. They actually matter this time. They involve SEC teams.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
There is nothing more traditionally American than Benjamin Franklin and there is nothing more American today than bad mortgages. So the name of this bad bowl kind of makes sense. This is basically a home game for Vanderbilt, which I absolutely love. I hate Vanderbilt’s coach James Franklin and his mission to un-Vanderbilt Vanderbilt. And seeing as Vandy is supposed to be perennially poor at football, I’m glad the Commies are going to the least bowl-like bowl in the world – the one in their backyard. I dig it.
That being said, the Commodores had a respectable season and should be able to dismantle NC State. Hell, even Tennessee dismantled NC State and the Vols were probably the third best team in the state of Tennessee this year (behind Vandy and MTSU – joking!).
I’d expect Vanderbilt to win this game and I‘d expect them to cover the five point spread. I’d expect James Franklin to use a bowl game victory to proclaim something along the lines of, “This isn’t Vanderbilt anymore baby! This is Vanderbilt! There is a difference! And if you can’t see the difference and you can find somebody to hold my librarian spectacles we’ll take this outside!”
Hyundai Sun Bowl
They should have abbreviated this game title to the Sundai Bowl and made everyone crave ice-cream filled cars. But they didn’t.
This game is hilarious to me. On. Every. Possible. Level. But I’ll just explain two of those levels:
- Remember when a bunch of members of the media with more “credibility” than yours truly thought that Southern Cal would be good even though Lane Kiffin was still the Trojans’ coach? That was funnier than the first Hangover movie.
- Georgia Tech makes me giggle. So adorkable!
Of all the teams in the world with a losing record to make a Bowl game it would be Georgia Tech that we have to suffer through on NYE. Southern Cal is favored by 10.5 but based on the way things have been this week (USC showed up 90-some-odd minutes late to a dinner and GT got up and left), I kind of hope Southern Cal shows up and just plays backups the whole game in an effort to further disrespect the Bumble-Bees. That would infuriate Paul Johnson and his “coaching” staff to the point of desperation. He’d then send in third team and things would go down hill from there.
I actually think that is more likely to happen than USC covering, but I think both of those options are highly possible.
Autozone Liberty Bowl
Iowa State vs. Tulsa: pass.
I heart this game. The ACC/SEC matchups in this game are usually pretty solid. This game pits offense vs. defense. Deep, right? Doesn’t every game? Yes, but that is all this game is. It’s Clemson’s good offense vs. LSU’s good defense. When LSU has the ball you should refill your snack plates or start picking out who you’re going to smooch at midnight. Heck, maybe even turn on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve – but don’t expect too much out of him.
The math says to roll with Clemson on this game but I refuse to side with the ACC in anything. So I won’t.
Happy New Year!
That’s all I got/