Wednesday, December 26, 2007

ACC vs SEC Bowl Matchups

Music City Bowl Nashville
Dec 31 4PM ESPN
Florida State vs Kentucky
Latest Line: KY -10, 57

This will be the first of two ACC-SEC matchups in bowl games and it has been all over the headlines and not for good reasons. The line opened as Kentucky -1, but has stretched all the way to -10 due to the suspensions of nearly 30+ Seminoles due a cheating scandal. Only some of the players have been named and the rest will likely not be known until game day.

Kentucky is making a return trip to Nashville after stunning Clemson last year. Andre Woodson was known around SEC circles before last year's MCB, but the he got to showcase his talents to the nation in thrashing the Clemson's defense.

In addition to the academic scandal news, the other news was Jimbo Fisher being named the successor to Bobby Bowden. The move received mixed reaction especially from Bobby himself who may feel he is being pushed out the door. Is this team going to show up or pack it in for next year because of the suspensions? Could Kentucky be underestimating FSU will all of the suspensions?

Chick Fil A Bowl Atlanta
Dec 31, 8PM
Auburn vs Clemson
Latest Line: CU-2.5, 46.5

Two schools that are very much alike-Both mascots are Tigers; both have winning traditions; both have coaches who used Arkansas to get raises.

Clemson saved their regular season by beating rival South Carolina for the 7th time in the last 9 games on the final play of the game. This was after the Tigers blew a chance at the ACCCG by losing to BC at home. They have a record setting QB in Cullen Harper and a dynamic running back duo in James Davis and CJ Spiller. But, the real breadwinner for Clemson has been their defense this season.

More of the headlines are coming out of Auburn where OC Al Borges "resigned" a few weeks back and Tony Franklin was hired from Troy as the new OC. It is suspected that the Tigers are going to implement Troy's spread offense during the bowl practice to get a head start on next year. This leaves outgoing Senior starter Brandon Cox in an interesting position because the offense suits next year's starter Kodi Burns much better.

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