Tennessee Volunteers: 2011 Exit Survey

Almost exactly two years ago the Tennessee Volunteers hired Derek Dooley to clean up Lane Kiffin’s mess as he headed west to Los Angeles. At the time I wasn’t too sure what to think of the Dooley hire. Dooley has a great coaching bloodline and spent time under Nick Saban but he also went only […]


Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Preview

Who: Illinois Fighting Illini vs UCLA Bruins Where: AT&T Park (San Fransisco, California) When: Saturday, Dec 31st at 3:30 PM EST TV: ESPN   ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI (6-6, 2-6 in Big Ten) Most Impressive Victory: 17-14 over then-#22 Arizona State Worst Loss: 27-7 to Minnesota Notable Alumni: Dick Butkus, Jeff George, Rashard Mendenhall In September, […]


Chick-fil-A Bowl Preview: Auburn vs Virginia

Who: Auburn Tigers vs Virginia Cavaliers Where: Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Georgia) When: Saturday, Dec 31st at 7:30 PM EST TV: ESPN   Auburn Tigers (7-5 overall, 4-4 in SEC) Most impressive victory: 16-13 at South Carolina (Oct 1st) Worst loss: 45-7 at Georgia (Nov 12th) Notable alumni: Vince Dooley, Kevin Greene, Bo Jackson, Erk Russell, […]


Hyundai Sun Bowl Preview: Georgia Tech vs Utah

Who: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Utah Utes Where: Sun Bowl Stadium (El Paso, Texas) When: Saturday, Dec 31st at 2:00 PM EST TV: CBS   Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (8-4 overall, 5-3 in ACC) Most impressive victory: 31-17 vs Clemson (Oct 29th) Worst loss: 24-7 vs Miami, Fl (Oct 22nd) Notable alumni: Reggie Ball, […]


Meineke Car Care Bowl: Texas A&M vs Northwestern

Who: Texas A&M Aggies vs Northwestern Wildcats Where: Reliant Stadium (Houston, Texas) When: Saturday, Dec 31st at 12:00 PM EST TV: ESPN   Texas A&M Aggies (6-6 overall, 4-5 in Big 12) Most impressive victory: 55-28 vs Baylor (Oct 15th) Worst loss: All of them Notable alumni: Neal Boortz, Lyle Lovett, Von Miller, Gene Stallings […]


AutoZone Liberty Bowl Preview: Cincinnati vs Vanderbilt

Who: Cincinnati Bearcats vs Vanderbilt Commodores Where: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (Memphis, Tennessee) When: Saturday, Dec 31st at 3:30 PM EST TV: ABC   Cincinnati Bearcats (9-3 overall, 5-2 and co-champions in Big East Conference) Most impressive victory: 44-14 vs. North Carolina State (Sept. 22) Worst loss: 3-20 at Rutgers (Nov. 19) Notable alumni: Connor […]


Insight Bowl Preview: Iowa vs Oklahoma

Who: Iowa Hawkeyes vs Oklahoma Sooners Where: Sun Devil Stadium (Tempe Arizona) When: Friday, Dec 30th at 10:00 PM EST TV: ESPN   IOWA HAWKEYES (7-5, 4-4 in Big Ten) Most Impressive Victory: 24-16 over #15 Michigan Worst Loss: 22-21 to Minnesota Notable Alumni: Andre Tippett, Chad Greenway, Dallas Clark, Bryan Bulaga Iowa was, in […]


Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Preview

Who: Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons Where: LP Field (Nashville, Tennessee) When: Friday, Dec 30th at 6:40 PM EST TV: ESPN   Mississippi State Bulldogs (6-6, 2-6 in SEC) Most impressive victory: 31-3 vs Ole Miss (Nov 26th) Notable alumni: Will Clark, John Grisham, Rafael Palmeiro, Jonathan Papelbon Mississippi State’s most impressive […]


Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Preview

Who: BYU Cougars vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane Where: Gerald Ford Stadium (Dallas, Texas) When: Friday, Dec 30th at 12:00 PM EST TV: ESPN   BYU Cougars (9-3) Most impressive victory: 27-24 vs Utah State (Sept 30) Worst loss: 54-10 vs Utah (Sept 17) Notable alumni: Danny Ainge, Brian Billick, Ty Detmer, Aaron Eckhart, Jimmer Fredette, […]


New Era Pinstripe Bowl Preview: Rutgers vs Iowa State

Who: Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Iowa State Cyclones Where: Yankee Stadium (Bronx, New York) When: Friday, Dec 30th at 3:20 PM EST TV: ESPN   Rutgers Scarlet Knights (8-4, 4-3 in Big East Conference) Most impressive victory: 20-3 vs. Cincinnati (Nov. 19) Worst loss: 22-40 at Connecticut (Nov. 26) Notable alumni: Louis Freeh, Calista Flockhart, […]


Valero Alamo Bowl Preview: Baylor vs Washington

Who: Baylor Bears vs Washington Huskies Where: Alamodome (San Antonio, Texas) When: Thurs, Dec 29th at 9:00 PM EST TV: ESPN Baylor Bears (9-3, 6-3 in Big 12) Most impressive victory: 45-38 vs Oklahoma (Nov 19th) Worst loss: 55-28 at Texas A&M (Oct 15th) Notable alumni: Michael Johnson, Vinnie Johnson, Mike Singletary, Trey Wingo Art […]


Champs Sports Bowl Preview: FSU vs Notre Dame

Who: Florida State Seminoles vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Where: Florida Citrus Bowl (Orlando, Florida) When: Thurs, Dec 29th at 5:30 PM EST TV: ESPN/ESPN 3D/ESPN 3 Florida State Seminoles (8-4, 5-3 in ACC) Most impressive victory: 34-0 vs NC State (Oct 29th) Worst loss: 35-30 at Wake Forest (Oct 8th) Notable alumni: Alan Ball, […]

Outback Bowl: A Sparty Perspective

It’s time to deviate from your regularly scheduled programming of bowl previews to talk a little bit about one of the most intriguing bowls on the slate this year, the Outback Bowl. We shot some questions to Jim of A Beautiful Day for Football to get the pulse of the Michigan State Spartans going into […]


Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl Preview: California vs Texas

Who: California Golden Bears vs Texas Longhorns Where: Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, California) When: Wed, Dec 28th at 8:00 PM EST TV: ESPN California Golden Bears (7-5, 4-5 in Pac-12) Most impressive victory: 34-10 vs Utah (Oct 22nd) Worst loss: 31-14 at UCLA (Oct 29th) Notable alumni: Nnamdi Asomugha, Les Claypool, Herm Edwards, Tony Gonzales, […]


Military Bowl Preview: Toledo vs Air Force

Who: Toledo Rockets vs Air Force Falcons Where: RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.) When: Wed, Dec 28th at 4:30 PM EST TV: ESPN Toledo Rockets (8-4, 7-1 in MAC) Most impressive victory: 36-13 at Temple (Oct 1st) Worst loss: 40-15 vs Boise State (Sept 16th) Notable alumni: Bruce Gradkowski, Philip Baker Hall, Lance Moore Success comes […]