Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Morning Six Pack: December 4, 2012

Give me a woman who loves beer and college football, and I will rule the world! But for now, I’m ruling these six college football stories from around the country.

Texas Tech bowl bound after missing last season

Texas Tech is back in a bowl game, a year after the Red Raiders ended a streak of 11-straight postseason appearances.

Death To The BCS, And The Demand For A Better Playoff System

With the seemingly counterintuitive, and geographically chaotic realignment of college conferences, it has been brought to the forefront of people’s minds how redundant the new playoff system is setting itself up to be.

Notre Dame focusing on themselves for now

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has bigger things to worry about right now than defending national champion Alabama.

Auburn interviews Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart

Auburn reportedly interviewed Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart on Monday. Citing "people familiar with the process," AL.com reported Auburn interviewed Smart, who just helped lead the No. 2 Crimson Tide to a 32-28 win over Georgia in Saturday's SEC Championship Game.

Column: Are you ready for some bowls?! We aren't

This college football bowl season is like a brand of Chex Mix that comes with a bunch of nuts you don't really care to eat.


"The consistency is what we were all about," Fulmer said. "We tried to surround the team with a family kind of atmosphere. We did it all together -- one for all, all for one."

The Vols went undefeated in 1998 and clinched the national title with a 23-16 Fiesta Bowl victory over Florida State. They won the title despite having to replace eight NFL draft picks and three first-round selections, including 1997 Heisman Trophy runner-up Peyton Manning.

"In a lot of ways, that team felt challenged because everybody didn't give them a chance to repeat as [SEC] champions or even have a really good team," Fulmer said. "I think they bonded. They worked really hard. To be honest with you, I probably had three or four other teams that were physically better than that team. It's just one of those things where the stars don't line up. You have a tough loss somewhere along the way and you didn't quite get it done, and that team did."

The national title capped a four-year stretch in which Tennessee went 45-5.

"I had a fantastic career at one school, which is unheard of," Fulmer said. "It being my school made it even more special."

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