Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Grayson High defensive end made his announcement live on ESPN on Wednesday.
Robert Nkemdiche's college recruitment came to a dramatic end Wednesday morning -- live on ESPNU. Wearing a bow tie and his letter jacket, the Grayson High School football star decided to accept a scholarship from the University of Mississippi. "After much discussion and prayer, I have decided to attend the University of Ole Miss," Nkemdiche announced, while putting on an Ole Miss cap. Nkemdiche, the nation's No. 1 prospect, chose Mississippi over LSU and Florida. The Rebels, who play in the SEC West, are not scheduled to play Georgia in 2013. -- Check back with Patch for more on National Signing Day.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
A look at the January 1 college football games.
Tuesday, January 1
Updated 9:49 a.m., January 1 A generation ago, New Year's Day was THE day for college football bowl games. There were the Big Four -- Rose, Orange, Cotton and Sugar. And the season ended there. Now, January 1 no longer the culmination, but it still offers some pretty good football. And in fact, the Rose Bowl is still holding to tradition, teeing it up at 5 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday in Pasadena, Calif. There are five other bowl games Tuesday, including the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla, which pits SEC runner-up Georgia against Big Ten runner-up Nebraska. (Game time 1 p.m., ABC). Catching up with the latest developments with the Bulldogs: In Tuesday's other bowl games: Gator: Mississippi State vs. Northwestern, noon, ESPN2 Heart of Dallas…
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Will the Bulldogs start 2013 with a win?
The Georgia-Nebraska Capital One Bowl will be televised on Tuesday, January 1, at 1 p.m. on ABC. The complete bowl TV schedule is here. ---- The Georgia Bulldogs arrived in Orlando on Wednesday (December 26) to begin prepping in earnest for their New Year's Day Capital One Bowl matchup against the Big Ten's Nebraska. Coming off a heartbreaking SEC championship loss in which a few yards made the difference between playing for the national title and being passed over for a BCS berth, the Dawgs are looking to close out the 2012 season on a triumphant note. Some analysts think that's likely. "With the way that the Bulldogs left Atlanta, they are looking for redemption and there is not much that the Cornhuskers can do to stop it from being …
Friday, December 14, 2012
The BCS title game payout would have meant an estimated $600,000 more in revenue for the Bulldogs.
Updated December 15, 2012 When Georgia came up short against Alabama in the SEC title game earlier in December, it cost the Bulldogs more than a national title shot. The difference in revenue for the Bulldogs between the BCS National Championship Game and the Capital One Bowl likely is about $600,000. As bowl season begins Saturday (December 15), it's another reminder that the postseason -- especially the elite BCS bowls -- is very lucrative for college teams. According to available information and estimates, SEC champion Alabama will make about $1.925 million for playing Notre Dame in the national championship game on January 7. Georgia, by virtue of its loss to the Tide, will play in the Capital One Bowl on January 1 -- a non-BCS bowl …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
A report says the Gators, despite that loss to the Bulldogs, will get the SEC's other spot. The BCS matchups will be announced Sunday, December 2.
It's unofficial, but a leading online publication already is speculating that Florida, not Georgia, will get the SEC's remaining BCS bowl spot in 2012. Bleacher Report (published by Turner Broadcasting System) has projected in a Sunday posting (December 2) that the Gators will be matched against Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, one of four BCS bowls outside of the title game. That projection would leave Georgia, SEC runner-up, out of the BCS picture and settling for a lesser bowl. Alabama, which won the SEC title Saturday, will be matched against Notre Dame for the BCS title. No conference can have more than two teams in the BCS bowls. Georgia was No. 3 and Florida No. 4 in the final regular-season BCS standings. Now, the Bulldogs have two …
Monday, November 26, 2012
A look at some Thanksgiving weekend news stories from the area.
Thanksgiving is over, you are headed back to work, and the kids are back in school. So it's a good time to review some news matters that you may have missed amid all that turkey and football. GEORGIA COMPANY EYES TWINKIES MAKER: Flowers Foods, based in Thomasville, Ga., is setting itself up to buy Hostess Brands, the makers of Twinkies and other popular snack foods, according to Patch and other media reports. Flowers makes the Sunbeam and Nature's Own brands. NO-RISK BCS TICKET PACKAGE: A Suwanee-based travel agency is touting a special ticket-travel package for the BCS Championship game in January 2013. Esoteric Sports' deal requires a $300 deposit, which is refunded if "your team" -- either Alabama or Georgia, in this case -- is not …
Sunday, November 25, 2012
A local business is offering a no-risk BCS Championship travel package.
Attention, Georgia Bulldogs fans: Want to go ahead and book a trip to Miami for the 2013 BCS title game? Apparently, there is a no-risk way for tickets and lodging, thanks to a Suwanee-based business. Esoteric Sports already is beating the drum for its BCS Championship package, according to its website and Facebook page. The three-night deal, which includes hotel accommodations and tickets, starts at $2,900 per person, and based on double room occupancy. Package dates are January 5-8, 2013; the BCS title game is January 7 in Miami. Also, the Esoteric Sports website says, "If your team does not advance to the BCS Championship Game, your $300.00 per person deposit is fully refundable." Esoteric Sports' price could be a bargain. A check with …
Georgia and Alabama also win Saturday to complete the postseason picture.
The SEC Championship Game between Alabama and Georgia will be televised at 4 p.m. December 1 on CBS. --- Things went as expected in SEC football action Saturday (November 23), and Notre Dame also won to set up the BCS National Championship scene. The Fighting irish, ranked No. 1 in the BCS standings, completed an 11-0 season Saturday night with an 22-13 victory over rival USC. In the SEC, Georgia smacked Georgia Tech 42-10, and Alabama walloped Auburn 49-0. The Crimson Tide (No. 2 in BCS) thus clinched the SEC West title and will play Georgia (No. 3 in BCS) for the SEC title in Atlanta on December 1. The SEC champion then likely will get the bid to play the Irish for the BCS title January 7 in Miami. This already is quite a turnaround for …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
For the Bulldogs, the hype about a possible national championship has begun.
The Georgia Tech-Georgia game will be televised at noon Saturday on ESPN. --- Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity might have been prescient when he asserted earlier this season that Georgia Tech, and not Florida, is really the Bulldogs' biggest rival. Who would have predicted a month ago that so much would ride on this weekend's in-state matchup? Georgia survived the easier of its back-to-back triple-option challenges by defeating Georgia Southern last week. Now the Bulldogs, suddenly catapulted to No. 3 in the BCS standings, must withstand a visit from Georgia Tech before turning their attention to the SEC Championship game, likely against No. 2 Alabama. And then, maybe, the national title game? Not so fast, says Georgia head coach …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Looking at the final regular-season weekend of SEC action.
All eyes will be on Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday for the annual Auburn-Alabama rivalry. This is always a fierce one, and this year it carries strong implications for the SEC title and BCS national championship picture. Alabama can clinch the SEC West title with a win. And no one is giving Auburn, winless in the SEC this year, much of a chance. (Game time: 3:30 p.m., CBS). Shades of 1972. That year, Alabama was heavily favored over Auburn when the teams met. But in one of the most memorable upsets in college football history, Auburn blocked two punts, returning them both for touchdowns in a 17-16 victory. The plays were strikingly similar: Auburn's Bill Newton broke through to block both punts, and Auburn DB David Langner picked them both …