Saturday, December 22, 2012

Morning Six Pack: December 22, 2012

Even bad bowl games are better drinkin’ than no college football. Here are six college football stories from around the country.

UCF's Bortles Dominates in Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

Blake Bortles is just one of the reasons why Central Florida feels good about its chances of being successful in the new-look Big East.

Notre Dame's TJ Jones once considered Alabama, but allure of playing for father's alma mater trumped all

Jones was set to visit Alabama for its 2009 game against Tennessee. One visit to Notre Dame, though, changed everything.

Alabama football: More room to grow for McCarron

Alabama got a 17-day break between the SEC Championship Game and the start of BCS practice, and maybe few Crimson Tide players needed it more than AJ McCarron.

Baylor RB paints bullseye on his own back

"I’m going to win the Heisman… I feel like there's no back who can do what I do," Baylor's Lache Seastrunk says.

Vols await Bray, Patterson plans

New Tennessee football coach Butch Jones is just another person in the crowd when it comes to three Volunteers juniors' decisions regarding the NFL draft.


Running the table and going 11-0 in the regular season might have been good enough to get Alabama into position to stake a claim for the national championship in any season before 1992, but for the first time there would be a new obstacle: the inaugural Southeastern Conference Championship Game. The SEC had expanded to 12 teams, adding Arkansas and South Carolina, and instituted a postseason game to settle the league title between the winners of the league's Eastern and Western divisions. Alabama won the SEC West to set up a showdown with 12th-ranked Florida - the last team to beat the Crimson Tide, 21 games before.

Truth be told, a berth in the SEC title game wasn't prized by UA players at the time.

"I didn't want to play Florida," Copeland, an All-America defensive end, said in a television documentary on the first SEC title game. "Under normal circumstances, we beat Auburn the last game of the season it's over and we get ready to go play for a national championship. At that time, that's how it should have been.

"We didn't understand this concept of another game for an SEC championship, but in hindsight, looking back on the whole thing, it made it even sweeter being able to play that extra game."

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