Monday, December 31, 2012

Morning Six Pack: December 31, 2012

Enjoy 2012’s last six pack college football stories from around the country. We’ll be back in 2013, as cool, crisp and refreshing as ever.

Browns eye Penn State's Bill O'Brien - not Alabama's Nick Saban

The Browns are also expected to pursue Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who's this year's "it" candidate, a source told The Plain Dealer.

Nation’s second-leading rusher leaving Nevada for NFL

Two days after their long-time head coach stepped down, Nevada has lost its most productive offensive cog as well. In a tweet posted a couple of days ago to the Twitter account of Kelli Masters Management, it was announced that running back Stefphon Jefferson has signed with KMMSports.

SEC Bowl Blowout: Vanderbilt Starts Off a Week of Postseason Matchups

Vanderbilt goes for history in the Music City Bowl while LSU looks to take out another set of Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. On tap for New Year's Day: Georgia-Nebraska, South Carolina-Michigan, and Mississippi State-Northwestern.

TCU laments missed opportunities in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Texas Christian dominated Michigan State's offense in the first half by bottling up Le'Veon Bell. Once the Spartans' bruising running back got going, the Horned Frogs had no way of stopping him.

A&M confirms Damontre Moore is off to NFL

After spending the 2012 season wreaking havoc in SEC backfields, Damontre Moore will officially attempt to do the same at the next level. In a video released by the university, the defensive lineman confirmed that he will leave the Aggies a year early and make himself available for the April NFL draft.

Quotable:

There's always plenty of action down on South Beach around New Year's. This January, there will also be plenty of MACtion: Northern Illinois became the first MAC team to reach a BCS game, crashing the Orange Bowl to take on heavily favored Florida State. But instead of toasting the visitors, everyone from television executives (under their breath) to TV commentators (out loud) has questioned NIU's inclusion in the game.

Consider The Herbstreit Referendum this game's ultimate storyline after ESPN commentator Kirk Herbstreit lambasted the Huskies on ESPN's bowl selection show. Was he stumping for his angry pal, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops? Or are the Huskies really feeble foils for the Seminoles? If there's one thing Florida State has done consistently this past decade, it's play down to its opponents and deliver unthinkable clunker losses. (This season's loss to NC State being the latest example.) Will quarterback Jordan Lynch and the Huskies deliver enough MACtion to get an equal or opposite reaction from Herbstreit and the other doubters?

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