January 4, 2005 |
The Auburn Tigers are undefeated and unsatisfied. The "We're No. 1" chant from fans rang a bit hollow when it started almost perfunctorily in the minutes after the Tigers' somewhat muted celebration of a 13-0 season. Their 16-13 Sugar Bowl defeat of No.
January 5, 2004 |
Bringing an end to the college football season but not to the controversy that engulfed it, Louisiana State defeated Oklahoma, 21-14, on Sunday night to win the Sugar Bowl and the Bowl Championship Series national title. LSU will share title honors with Rose Bowl winner USC, which was named Associated Press national champion later Sunday night. The BCS was created in 1998 specifically to head off a shared championship, and had done so each season until this one.
January 4, 2004 |
It has been almost a month since Oklahoma lost its only game of the season, a 35-7 thrashing at the hands of Kansas State in the Big 12 Conference championship game on Dec. 6, but the defeat remains fresh in the minds of the Sooners and continues to motivate them going into tonight's Sugar Bowl game against Louisiana State. "That was a real eye opener," defensive end Dan Cody said. "The problem was we got on a cloud three-quarters of the way through the season.
December 22, 2003 |
The itinerary is set, the tickets are beyond sold and they're about ready to roll out the barrels (of rum), yet no one can say for sure yet whether Jan. 4 will involve football or farce ball. The Sugar Bowl waited four years to take its turn at staging the "national championship game," but, in fact, it could be staging something less than that. Because of fallout from the bowl championship series fiasco, the Sugar Bowl won't know what it has on Jan. 4 until the Rose Bowl is played Jan. 1.
January 2, 2001 |
Seeking whatever inspirational advantage he can find, University of Miami Coach Butch Davis gathered his players together in their hotel New Year's Eve, popped in a videotape and spent two hours studying quick-strike tactics on offense and defense in the fabled game film "Gladiator." "I think it's a great message movie about team unity," Davis says. To say nothing about the importance of not losing one's head during the big game.
January 5, 2000 |
Once again, depth equals championships. Florida State played 54 players Tuesday . . . in the first quarter. "Everybody was all wondering about who would start and who was getting benched for the curfew thing but, like I said, on this team it doesn't matter," Coach Bobby Bowden said. "We have a lot of guys for a lot of positions. * Bowden allowed that, "We could actually have a pretty good team next year too."