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Pick 6: BCS championship game memories

The Bowl Championship Series produced frustration, anger, resentment – and some indelible memories.No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn play the final BCS championship game Monday in the Rose Bowl.

Michigan St revels in Rose Bowl bid

DETROIT (AP) — For Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis, the Big Ten championship game was a fitting conclusion to a run hardly anyone saw coming.”Nothing came easy throughout the season, and nothing came easy throughout the game,” Hollis said.The Spartans won the Big Ten with a 34-24 victory over Ohio State on Saturday night, and now they’ll play in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1988.It’s the culmination of a seven-year rise under coach Mark Dantonio in which Michigan State went from national afterthought to the top of the conference.The wait for that elusive Rose Bowl berth could have been a bit shorter.Michigan State tied for the Big Ten title in 2010 with Ohio State and Wisconsin, but lost out on the trip west because of a tiebreaker based on BCS rankings.Then there was the heartbreaking 2011 conference title game, when the Spartans lost in the final minutes to Wisconsin.Ohio State came into Saturday’s game with a national title shot on the line – but Michigan State never seemed any less motivated.The Buckeyes may have been eager to play for a national championship, regardless of the venue, but it’s hard to imagine that they would have appreciated a trip to Pasadena any more than the Spartans will.”It’s going to be a special moment when we walk out on that field,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said.”When you set down and write down your goals and think about the goals in whatever job that you take or occupation, you’re going to have some different things that you want to try to accomplish. That was one of the things we were trying to accomplish.”The fourth-ranked Spartans will take on fifth-ranked Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Although its ranking is now high, there was almost no national title talk surrounding Michigan State this season.Michigan State went 7-6 last season, and a few key players left early for the NFL draft.The Spartans had four players in the mix at quarterback this September, and the results were somewhat predictable. The defense carried Michigan State, scoring four of the team’s first five touchdowns before Dantonio eventually settled on Connor Cook as his quarterback.The Spartans looked nothing like a team that would roll through nine straight Big Ten games, winning each by double digits. But Cook and running back Jeremy Langford provided enough offense, and Michigan State remained dominant on the defensive side of the ball.”Right now we have a Rose Bowl product, a Big Ten champion product, which is tremendous,” Dantonio said. ”But the process to me is the enjoyment of coaching and that’s how I measure it.”A 29-6 win over Michigan in early November helped the Spartans emerge as Legends Division champions, and not even Urban Meyer’s unbeaten Buckeyes could stop Michigan State last weekend.Now, the trip to the Rose Bowl awaits, and it’ll be as anticipated as some of Michigan State’s other marquee sporting events in recent years.”Football drives athletic programs,” Hollis said. ”It’s going to be like a Final Four experience – times whatever number you want to put on it.”There was an old-fashioned charm to Michigan State’s celebration after the Spartans won the Big Ten title. The last time Michigan State went to the Rose Bowl, there was no Bowl Championship Series. The goal of every Big Ten team was to make it to Pasadena – and the entire season was played with that objective in mind.Perhaps at some point, the Spartans will compete for a national championship – if the four-team playoff started this season, they might very well have been included.But in 2013, Michigan State finally earned a trip to the Rose Bowl, where the Big Ten champion will face the Pac-12 champion in a game both teams are thrilled to be a part of.”To have a matchup where both teams earned their way in,” Hollis said. ”I think it’s set up beautifully for the Rose Bowl.”Sports & RecreationAmerican FootballMark Dantonio

Wisconsin Badgers: Coaching Carousel Delivers Winner in Gary Andersen (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | Last year, around this same time of year, the Wisconsin Badgers football program was poised to claim an appearance in the second annual Big Ten championship game. As the last leaves of the season finally swirled to the ground in 2012, the Badgers would also find themselves claiming their third straight Big Ten championship and third straight Rose Bowl berth. Despite some recent failures in Pasadena, there were high hopes in Wisconsin that the Badgers could finally win a game at the “Grandaddy of Them All” — the Rose Bowl. However, between the team’s qualification for the 2013 Rose Bowl and their actual participation, the Arkansas Razorbacks pulled off what they likely considered a minor coupe by hiring Bret Bielema as their new head coach. By most accounts, the reception to this news was mixed across the state of Wisconsin. Although many residents shared a common reaction of surprise, the feeling of disappointment was far less universal. Likely unbeknownst to the University of Arkansas and the rest of the nation, many fans in Wisconsin didn’t necessarily feel Bielema was the optimal choice to lead the Badgers — on or off the field. Those intimately familiar with the Badgers program also were well aware that the three consecutive Rose Bowl appearances weren’t quite as sterling as one might think from the outside looking in. In 2012, the Badgers actually backed into their appearance in the Big Ten championship game because of sanctions placed on the Ohio State Buckeyes. Bielema didn’t lead the team to that opportunity through extraordinary coaching, but, rather, by extenuating circumstances. The Badgers went 8-6 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten conference in 2012. Moreover, in the two years prior, when the Badgers made two Rose Bowls without the help of sanctions, the team’s offense was led by the savvy Paul Chryst. Chryst, a holdover from the Barry Alvarez era, was widely regarded throughout the country as one of the better offensive minds in the game. He, along with more than a few assistant coaches, left the Badgers after the 2011 season to rebuild the program in Pittsburgh. Due to these developments, the Badgers were left without Chryst or Bielema to take the reins of what had become one of the country’s more consistent programs. Fortunately, for Wisconsin, a very well-coached Utah State team had come to Camp Randall in 2012 and nearly upset Bielema’s squad. Barry Alvarez, the current athletic director at Wisconsin, apparently took extensive notes during that contest. Shortly after Bielema left for Arkansas, Alvarez contacted the head coach of Utah State about his new vacancy. The rest, as they say, is history. Barry Alvarez was able to convince Gary Andersen to leave Utah State to come tend the program in Madison. Certainly, this development now serves as a lesson in the potential for positive outcomes after sudden, unexpected change. …

Can someone, anyone, please take down the SEC?

ATLANTA (AP) — Can somebody – anybody! – please stand up to that bully down South. The college football season hasn’t even started yet, but we already feel like we know the outcome. The SEC is up here. Everyone else is down here. Frankly, it’s getting a little boring. Sport requires drama, suspense, some degree of uncertainty to truly capture our attention. In this sport, though, we’ve got the closest thing to a sure bet. Come January, we all know there’s likely to be another Southeastern Conference team standing in the middle of that confetti at the Rose Bowl, collecting the league’s eighth straight national title. Once again, the SEC has an embarrassment of riches: the best offensive player (Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel ), the best defensive player (South Carolina end Jadeveon Clowney ), the best coach (Alabama’s Nick Saban), and – oh, yeah – the best team (Saban’s mighty Crimson Tide, winner of three crowns in the last four years and heavily favored to …

Man who claimed for years to be Ohio State All-American tight end appears to be a fraud

Giovanni Strassini had a pretty good deal going. He’d show up as a guest at functions for a Charlotte-based Ohio State fan group, he’d pose for pictures and sign autographs, and he’d talk about his exploits as an All-American tight end for the Buckeyes in the mid-1970s on Facebook.

Big Ten Would Expand Footprint with Holiday Bowl Tie-in

If the Big Ten can punt out, or share, the Holiday Bowl bid with the Big 12, as ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg is reporting they have interest in doing, that would be a win for one of college football’s most powerful …

Ohio State Football: Obstacles in the Way of Another Undefeated Season in 2013

This Buckeye squad will be considered one of the favorites for the national title next season; there’s no disputing that.
They return the majority of their starters, but those same players will garner lofty expectations that were nowhere to be …

Ducks and Buckeyes to meet in 2020, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State and Oregon have agreed to a home-and-home series with games to be played in 2020 in Eugene, Ore., and in 2021 in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes and the Ducks have met eight times, including in the 2010 Rose Bowl game, a 26-17 Ohio State win. The first meeting between the teams came in the 1958 Rose Bowl, a 10-7 Ohio State win. All six meetings between those Rose Bowl games were Ohio State wins. Ohio State will play in Eugene on Sept. 12, 2020, with Oregon playing in Columbus on Sept. 11, 2021. At the same time, Ohio State announced it has completed its 2016 schedule by adding home games against Tulsa on Sept. 10 and Central Michigan on Sept. 24.

Screw the Sanctions, the Big Ten’s Rose Bowl Team Should Be Ohio State

NOTE: This post is ultimately a joke, but it’s one of those jokes you say for a laugh but then you spend the rest of the day wishing it would happen. Like saying, “Hey yeah, maybe I should quit my …

Jim Delany no fan of super conferences

The Big 12/SEC “Champions Bowl” concept dredged up more talk of the potential that college football would eventually consolidate into four, 16-team superconferences.

Such a model would simplify choosing four playoff teams and would seem to fit into the Big …

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