Going Bowling

Going Bowling

A look at the BCS and Big Ten bowl destinations, which were announced Sunday night:

BCS National Championship:
No. 1 Notre Dame
vs. No. 2 Alabama

Monday, Jan. 7 (ESPN)
What they’re saying: “The tradition of Alabama and Notre Dame brings special attention to it, but we’re just trying to be the best team on Monday, Jan. 7. All of that tradition, what’s happened in the past, is not going to help us Jan. 7, but we do respect the traditions.” — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly

Fiesta Bowl:
No. 4 Oregon
vs. No. 5 Kansas State
Thursday, Jan. 3 (ESPN)
What they’re saying:
“It’s an amazing challenge. They’re extremely talented and well-coached collectively. Offensively, they go faster than the speed of light, so to speak.” — Kansas State coach Bill Snyder

Sugar Bowl:
No. 21 Louisville
vs. No. 3 Florida

Wednesday, Jan. 2 (ESPN)
What they’re saying: “We had our opportunity in Jacksonville and didn’t quite get it done to get into the national championship game, but we’re going to play in the Sugar Bowl to represent our conference. We have great motivation for this game regardless of the circumstances.” — Florida coach Will Muschamp

Rose Bowl:
vs. No. 6 Stanford

Tuesday, Jan. 1 (ESPN)
What they’re saying: “We played our way into it with a win this week, and we’re very excited to return to Pasadena and have the opportunity to play against a great opponent. It’s a matchup I knew our kids were instantly excited about in the locker room last night.” — Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema

Orange Bowl:
No. 15 Northern Illinois
vs. No. 12 Florida State

Tuesday, Jan. 1 (ESPN)
What they’re saying: “We’re 12-1. We faced tons of adversity this year. ... We definitely deserve to be in there.” — NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch
“They’re a great football team. They’ve earned the right to be here.” — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher

Big Ten bowl destinations: Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl: Minnesota vs. Texas Tech, Friday Dec. 28 (ESPN); Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: TCU vs. Michigan State, Saturday, Dec. 29 (ESPN); Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Northwestern, Tuesday, Jan. 1 (ESPN2); Heart of Dallas Bowl: Purdue vs. Oklahoma State, Tuesday, Jan. 1 (ESPNU); Outback Bowl: South Carolina vs. Michigan, Tuesday, Jan. 1 (ESPN); Capital One Bowl: Nebraska vs. Georgia, Tuesday, Jan. 1 (ABC)

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Illini1973 wrote on December 03, 2012 at 5:12 am
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Northern goes to the BCS and we're in the Toilet Bowl...how low have we sunk?

OKOMIS wrote on December 03, 2012 at 9:12 am

NIU, ranked higher BCS then the entire B1G!!!   If USF names Zook head coach, are we off the hook any $$$?? the high school coaches down here do love him

aaeismacgychel wrote on December 03, 2012 at 10:12 am

Yes, if Zook would make a higher annual salary at the new coaching position than he received here, we would fully be off the hook for the salary. If not, we would be responsible only for the pay differential. It would be in our best interest for the Zooker to take another coaching job. It would also be in our best interest for Beckman to take another coaching position, but I digress...

OKOMIS wrote on December 03, 2012 at 11:12 am

i'd like to get the old south florida coach, Jim Levitt to take over our defense... i think he's coaching linebackers a with the 49'rs

if there is such a thing as a perfect fit for Zook, it would be South Florida... he could rule the Big East... it 's realy the old conference USA now??

calvin wrote on December 03, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I don't know the details for the Zooker at all, but if he was/is on the same plan as Bruce Weber,we wouldn't be off of the hook, as it were.  Bruce got a payout from us(due in 60-90 days?) and then gets paid by Kansas State.  We can only hope Zook takes another job and gets us free from our obligation........I just don't think that's the case here though..........but I have to admit, I don't know................I also have to think that Coach Beckman is scrambling to find out, because if the Zooker is cleared from the books, that's a huge loss out of the way before he gets put on the scrap heap..................his buyout is "only" 400K/year...............for four years........he< Beckman, would be toast