24-19: The Dawgs Choke on an ear of Corn
Since the heart of this blog is Georgia football, I feel obligated to discuss the 2014 Gator Bowl. The Bulldogs turned in a slippery and sloppy performance, losing 24-19 in their season finale. The Nebraska Cornhuskers deserved to win. For Bulldog Nation, the Gator Bowl left one more stain on a season which started with so much promise.
Excuses and injuries notwithstanding, the Georgia Bulldogs have a long offseason ahead. Mark Richt and company must work towards getting better on the field without getting in trouble off of it. On a positive note, The University of Georgia won eight games this season.
The Dawgs remained competitive despite an overwhelming number of injuries and bad breaks. History may not smile on this particular team the way they had hoped, but the 2013 Bulldogs continued the winning tradition associated with Georgia football.
Too Many Mediocre Bowls
There are too many bowl games. The 2013 bowl slate featured 35 bowl games. Despite ESPN’s promotional insistence, Capital One Bowl Week is far from the most wonderful week of the year. Even die-hard college football fans must have trouble getting excited for the mediocrity that ensues early in bowl season.
Johnny Football is Money
The debate about Johnny Manziel’s off the field conduct may never end. Still, there is no questioning his will to win. Manziel’s highlight reel performance against Duke resulted in a 52-48 win for Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. By erasing a 38-17 deficit, the Aggie comeback capped off an unforgettable two year run for “Johnny Football” at A&M.
The former Heisman Trophy winner will be a top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. No matter which team selects him, Manziel is expected to be a franchise quarterback. Love him or hate him, the legend of Johnny Football continues to grow.
The Bowl Championship Series Goes out With a Bang
With the 2014 BCS National Championship Game in the books, the Bowl Championship Series is no more. Thanks in part to intriguing match-ups, the BCS went out in style. BCS festivities began with the 100th playing of the Rose Bowl game, which gave college football fans a 28-24 slug fest between Michigan State and Stanford on New Year’s Day. That same night, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl culminated in a 52-42 shootout between UCF and Baylor.
The Orange Bowl produced another high scoring battle between Ohio State and Clemson. Clemson picked up the victory while Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes finished the year with back-to-back losses.
Major college football has needed a playoff for some time. With that said, certain aspects of the Bowl Championship Series will be missed. The Rose Bowl will maintain some of its luster as a marquee athletic event, but I hate to think the Tournament of Roses will not be quite the spectacle when it is part of the playoff puzzle.
The Streak Ends
Congratulations to the Florida State Seminoles for winning the 2014 National Championship Game. My disdain for the Auburn Tigers would not allow me to pull for the SEC’s streak of championships to continue. As a college football fan, I am pleased the better team won. Luck finally ran out in War Eagle country.