Sunday, December 23, 2012

Morning Six Pack: December 23, 2012

Ho, Ho, Ho. Santa likes ales as much as he likes six college football stories from around the country.

Basketball on grass

last two times Boise State played in the Las Vegas Bowl, there were other places the Broncos wanted to be. Not so on Saturday, when the smallest player on the team came up big in a 28-26 victory over Washington.

Basketball on Grass, part Deux

Whether Terrance Broadway was throwing, running, or throwing on the run, he gave East Carolina fits and justified Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth's decision to let his sophomore quarterback finish the season as his starter.

Vaz will start for the Beavers in the Alamo Bowl

Junior Cody Vaz will start at quarterback for No. 15 Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl against Texas on Dec. 29.

BCS Countdown: The Streak Busters

For Alabama to win a second consecutive national championship and a third in four years, the Crimson Tide must defeat a team with a history of slashing streaks.

Sugar rush: Breaking down Florida's bowl game

fter going 7-6 and finishing the season out of the top 25 a year ago, the Gators have a chance to become only the sixth team in school history to win 12 games.


Let this staff bring in high-end SEC recruits -- the kind that roamed Neyland Stadium during the first half of Philip Fulmer's 16-year run with the Vols -- and similar results could return.

But that doesn't mean the Big Orange Nation is wrong to worry. In a league exceedingly long on future pros, the Vols look no better than the seventh best option for a top-notch recruit, clearly behind Alabama, Florida, Georgia and LSU, at least marginally less attractive than South Carolina and Texas A&M.

That's not a blueprint for a quick turnaround from four losing seasons in the last five years. That's a recipe that begs, if not demands, patience, something the UT fan base seems in no mood to endure at the moment.

The best news for Volniacs is that Jones and his staff appear to appreciate their angst.

"There is no such thing as a down game," new assistant Tommy Thigpen, a former Auburn aide, told the media last week. "There are no letdowns in this conference. That's what Butch understands. Everywhere he's gone, he's kept the intensity high. He understands that every week you've got to play like it's a national championship."

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