The final days of 2008 are upon us, which means that there will be a glut of bowl games on television and how much each game means is essentially up to the fan bases involved. Outside of the BCS games, it's usually about one of two goals: a springboard into next season (Florida State most likely will be a favorite in the ACC next year) or a final chance to cap a successful campaign (Louisiana Tech did that tonight with a win in the Independence Bowl).
Now that the presents have been unwrapped and many of you are rushing to stores for post-Christmas deals, it's time for college football to blitz into the new year with a glut of games. You can argue all day about the merits of thirty-four bowl games (personally, I think it's too many), but at the least some of these games offer momentary diversions from college basketball, which in many cases is still a week or so away from conference play.
Not a good sight in some of the metropolitan area training rooms right now. As was noted on this site yesterday, St. John's has lost Justin Burrell for the near future due to a collision with teammate Sean Evans in practice, resulting in three broken bones in his face. He's at least out for the Aeropostale Holiday Festival this weekend, but the Red Storm were able to take care of an equally shorthanded Marist team with relative ease.
Before getting into the team and player of the week honors in the metropolitan area, it's time to acknowledge area players who picked up some praise in their respective leagues.
Atlantic 10: Fordham freshman guard Jio Fontan was named Rookie of the Week after two exemplary games for the Rams. Fontan averaged 17.5 points and 5.5 assists in the two games, which included a career-high twenty-two in a 69-66 loss to Fairfield.
Tonight at the Nokia Theater in New York City another college football player was awarded the Heisman Trophy, adding another member to the prestigious fraternity. Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford (1,726 points) won the trophy in a close vote, becoming the fifth Sooner to win the honor. Texas quarterback Colt McCoy (1,604) was second while 2007 winner Tim Tebow (Florida) finished third with 1,575 points. Tebow had the most first place votes, but now it will be Bradford who looks to avoid the "Heisman hangover" that hits so many winners in their bowl games.
That time of the college football season is now upon us. The weeks leading up to bowl games when banquets and trophy presentations honoring some of the nation's best players for their work throughout the season. A number of awards will be given on ESPN Thursday, and a couple have already been announced. With all these opportunities for making predictions at our disposal, how could Billy Palmer and I not make our own selections?
We now know who will be playing in the BCS National Championship Game, and it shouldn't be a shock that the champions of the two best conferences in college football will be involved. SEC champ Florida (12-1) takes on Big 12 champion Oklahoma (12-1) on January 8th in Dolphins Stadium in Miami. At first glance this is a game that matches up two teams that have been arguably playing the best football in the nation over the last month of the season.