Title-game ticket packages on ticketcity.com start at $943 for two tickets and escalate into the six figures. Seriously, there is a 20-ticket suite listing at $107,151 — plus the website service charge, which is a touch more than $21K — that runs about $6,000 ticket when the purchase is finalized. Hello big timers like Burt Reynolds and the Yella Wood fella.
So there's that, and yes, if you have any spare change to donate to the 5-at-10 campaign drive to get to the BCS title game, let us know. We're not sure it's tax deductible per se, but it will make all of us feel better.
From the "Talks too much" studios, here's saying college football will come up during Press Row today from 3-6 on ESPN 105.1 FM. Hey, did Tre Mason just run for another TD?
So, did anyone expect anything other than the BCS nailing its final title game with the matchup of the season's most dominant team and the nation's hottest team, and the BCS did it with it's typical flair for the dramatic and inalienable sense of timing.
Before we get rolling, let' tip the 5-at-10 helmet to Mr. StuckinKent, who not only nailed Central Florida's mixed motivation in a closer-than-expected win at SMU but also absolutely hammered Michigan State as an upset special in the Big Ten title game. We thought Urbie and THE Ohio State had too much skin in the game to let it slip away. We were wrong, and considering THE stumble by THE Ohio State allowed Auburn to springboard into the BCS title game, well, we've never been more overjoyed to be 100 percent wrong. We went 2-3 last week, as we limped across the line with a 50-40-1 record, far below our expectations.
Hey, Tre Mason just scored another TD.
The SEC title game was a shootout, and that was not that much of a surprise. That Auburn ran for a country mile and that Tre Mason powered his way toward a Heisman invite with 304 rushing yards on a hot tub-worthy 46 carries, had to catch everyone's attention in Auburn's 59-42 win over Missouri.
This wild and crazy Auburn ride could only have ended this way, right? Swimming in the confetti on the turf of the Georgia Dome, waiting to learn if THE Ohio State could finish its drill. Destiny has smooched a lot of teams and athletes over time, but it's hard to remember a group that has the power of belief and the appearance of a predetermined plan than this Auburn bunch. From the miracle tipped pass to luckily beat Georgia to the greatest ending in college football history to beat Alabama to an overpowering ground game that left Missouri shaking their heads and wondering if anyone got the tag number of the truck that rolled over it. (It was No. 21, and hey, Tre Mason just scored again.)
Of course THE Ohio State was going to gag. It was how this had to end.
And with it, the BCS exits on arguably the perfect stage. Especially considering how a four-team playoff would have opened the door for more controversy and heartache this morning.
There are no arguments that FSU is the No. 1 team of the regular season. The Seminoles were dominant from start to finish and have not trailed since September. There also is little argument that Auburn is the best one-loss team, considering the Tigers beat the nation's best team by topping Alabama and won the nation's best conference by topping Missouri last Saturday.
Now consider that a four-team playoff would have created havoc.
FSU would be the No. 1 seed and Auburn likely would have been the No. 2.
If Alabama is the No. 3 seed, and considering that Vegas has said all year that the Tide would be favored by at least a field goal against every team in college football, including FSU, that would be right. But, by making Alabama-Auburn one of the semifinals, that would mean the Tigers' miracle to end the regular season would have the shelf life of a gas station hot dog. And if the four-team playoff is going to damage the best regular season in all of sports, it's flawed from the core.
Beyond the Iron Bowl Redo, part deux, the real controversy and campaigning would be for the fourth and final spot. Would Michigan State get it after winning the Big Ten, which was viewed as only the fifth best conference? What about Baylor and its high-flying offense whih won the Big 12 and lost only to Oklahoma State? Or Stanford, which has the best wins among those that would be mentioned for this spot considering it beat Oregon soundly when the Ducks were healthy and rolling and just won the Pac 12 title game at Arizona State to secure the crown of easily the nation's second-best conference.
That hodgepodge of heartache can wait 12 months, and we all know how much difference a year can make in college football — well other than Georgia and Nebraska, who are going to reunite and run it back in the Gator Bowl for the second time in a year.
So the difference in this process a year from now could be as different as the Auburn Tigers this time last year, when they were preparing for a bowlless holiday and looking to spring practice and wondering if Gus Malzahn could succeed as a head coach in the SEC.
Yeah, that worked out pretty good. Did Tre Mason just score again?
We are planning the fourth annual "Bowling for bowls of Bowl game goodness Contest" which ranks right behind the Mastering the Masterful Masters pick 'em challenge.
We'll trot out the rules later this week, and we'll try to come up with some high-quality prizes — pool or a pond, pond would be good for Spy.
That said, let's examine the good, bad and ugly from these bowl match-ups:
The Bowls kick off on Dec. 21, and that Saturday has a sneaky good one when Fresno State faces USC in Las Vegas.
Miami plays Louisville in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28. That means Miami-native Teddy Bridgewater will get the chance to spank Florida and the Hurricanes in back-to-back bowl seasons, and midway into the season, when each of these teams were 6-0, this had the look of a BCS game.
The folks at Chick-Fil-A have a fine product and we all know they are tight with the Man upstairs. Maybe that's why they almost always get a fun bowl matchup. This year is no different as Duke and coach of the year candidate David Cutcliffe play Texas A&M in what likely will be Johnny Football's final college game.
Vandy has won eight games for the second consecutive year, a mark that raises eye brows and deserves a golf clap from fans across the country. The 'Dores reward was being the final SEC team selected — even behind a 6-6 Mississippi State team — and heading to Birmingham for the Compass Bowl. That makes no sense, directionally or otherwise.
UCF earned a BCS bid by winning the AAC PDQ, and other than alphabet soup, the Knights landed a date with Baylor. Two things: If Baylor is motivated, it will hang 70 on UCF; second, here's saying the Knights will have several thousands tickets to eat considering the 3,000-mile, one-way trip to Arizona.
Yes, it's almost a full month away, but it's tough seeing how THE Ohio State will be motivated for an Orange Bowl dance with Clemson considering THE Buckeyes were a flawed fourth quarter away from playing for the BCS title.
Nebraska-Georgia in the Gator Bowl. Again. It's a rematch in the same locale from 12 months ago. Was it so good that we needed a second one? Yeah, like Weekend at Bernie's II.
Oregon fell all the way to the Alamo Bowl, where the Ducks will play Texas on Dec. 30 in San Antonio no less. So the Ducks, who would have been an awesome Sugar Bowl date against Alabama, will be in a meaningless bowl as a decided road team. If Oregon is motivated, it will smoke Texas, but this hardly unites the troops.
Georgia Tech and Ole Miss, two teams that had their seasons ended with disappointing losses to bitter in-state rivals, are not exactly heading to Nashville's Music City Bowl with a head of steam.
Difference in decision
Watching Peyton Manning dismantle the Titans on Sunday — in temperature in the teens by the way — it was hard not to wonder what would be if Manning had picked Tennessee rather than Denver two years ago.
Seriously, the Titans would be every bit the Broncos right now, considering the way Manning's playing and rookie Justin Hunter would be a front-runner for offensive rookie of the year.
With Manning, the Titans are a legit Super Bowl contender.
Side note: Former Vols and current NFL rookies Hunter, Cordarrelle Patterson, Da'Rick Rogers and Mychael Rivera each had big days Sunday. Hunter had four catches for 114 yards and a TD. Patterson had five for 141 and a TD. Rogers had six for 107 and two TDs. Rivera had five for 21 yards and a TD. And yes, Rogers was not around last fall, but considering what that could have meant for match-ups, you would have to figure that Rogers being with the Vols would have been worth at least one more win right? And would one more win and a bowl game been enough for Derek Dooley to have kept his job? That's quite possible.
So is it fair to surmise that Rogers being dismissed from the team for failed drug tests was actually the call that downed Dooley.
This and that
— Kobe Bryant returned to the floor Sunday, and he was pleased with how he held up physically just seven-plus months since tearing his Achilles'. He was less than thrilled about his play after scoring nine points and committing eight turnovers in 28 minutes.
— As he prepares for his final week on the job, TFP UTC ace Johnny Frierson tells us about a trio of Mocs commits here. Gang, McCallie's C.J. Fritz has an extra gear.
— Zach Johnson rallied to beat Tiger Woods in overtime. (Can we call playoff golf overtime?) And yes, it was more or less an exhibition, but there was a time that Woods losing to anyone in overtime was unthinkable. Just another example of Tiger's aura of invincibility is forever changed.
— Heisman votes are due today. Don't think there's going to be much drama this year, considering Jameis Winston is a 1-to-30 favorite, meaning you have to bet 30 dollars to win $1.
Who won the weekend?
Other than the title game, which bowl intrigues you the most and why?
Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...