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Rose Bowl has Buckeyes taking on Washington in Urban Meyer’s final game as head coach


Rose Bowl 2017 photo By Ted Eytan from Washington, DC, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


Urban Meyer is 82-9 at Ohio State ( photo)

The Rose Bowl today at 5 pm will feature a couple of big-play teams in #5 Ohio State from the Big Ten against #9 Washington, members of the Pacific 12. ESPN is televising the game.

It will be the final game in the Hall of Fame career of Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer.

The 54-year-old Meyer, a native of Ashtabula, Ohio, and a fan of the team growing up when the legendary Woody Hayes was coaching there, has always wanted to coach in the Rose Bowl. He will get his wish today.

Meyer has had a very successful career coaching OSU. He has an 82-9 record, 7-0 vs. Michigan, 1 national title, 3 Big Ten titles, 5 Eastern Division championships and 2 Leaders Division championships. He is popular with players, fans and media. So when he announced his retirement in early December, it was a shock but everyone understood. He is retiring due to health concerns involving headaches.   After this game, Meyer will become an assistant athletic director to his friend and boss, Gene Smith. Meyer, who has also coached at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida, is 11-3 in bowl games. He and the Buckeyes have won three of the last four bowl games.










The fact that Ohio State (12-1), is in this game is a testament of good coaching, players hard work and being talented.

In a strange season, the Buckeyes have overcome a controversy involving former assistant coach Zach Smith with alleged domestic violence. The 3-game suspension of Meyer for how he handled that situation. Offensive coordinator Ryan Day becoming acting head coach during those three games where he was 3-0. Letting less talented teams hang around in games where it should have been blowouts. A once-proud defense giving up big play after big play. A 49-20 demolishing at the hands of Purdue on the road. Going 9-1 under Meyer after he came back. Surviving Maryland in overtime. Embarrassing Michigan 62-39 in the annual season finale to win the East Division. Beating Northwestern 45-24 to win the Big Ten title. So you see, this team has overcome several obstacles to beat a Top 5 team and even get to a prestigious bowl this year.

Along the way, Ohio State found a QB to replace the popular J.T. Barrett who had graduated. Dwayne Haskins did show in many 2017 games that he was capable, but that was in mop-up duty most of the time. He did win the game at Michigan when Barrett got hurt. An NFL prospect, Haskins has set several Big Ten and OSU passing records this year. Throwing for more than 396 yards or more six times in eight games. Just missed 500-yard passing game against Northwestern by 1-yard.  He has several weapons on offense for Washington to stop: RB’s J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber; WR’s Parris Campbell, K.J. Hill, Binjimen Victor, Terry McLaurin, Johnnie Dixon, C.J. Saunders and a late-in-the-season blossoming player in Chris Olave. All have speed, are elusive and can get open. Washington will have their hands full.

#9 Washington under Chris Peterson can never be counted out. They are 10-3 and always play well on the national stage.

The Huskies have playmakers too. Sr. QB Jake Browning has had an up-and-down career if you talk to media and

Myles Gaskin (courtesy

fans who follow the team. This season he threw for 2,879 yards with 10 interceptions. Only one passing game over 300 yards.

RB Myles Gaskins is the first Pacific 12 back to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his four seasons. Has 55 rushing touchdowns in his career.

The Huskies has a solid placekicker in Peyton Henry, who is 15-of-21.

Washington has a solid defensive unit. They are ranked 16th nationally against the run and have a defensive backfield as good as anybody’s in college football.

Chris Peterson with Washington is 1-3 in bowl games.


Fiesta Bowl matchup 12-0 Central Florida up against #11 LSU

State Farm Stadium in Arizona 2006 photo By Taken by en Flickr user MCSixth, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


Ohio State transfer QB Joe Burrow got a chance to play and showed he is good. 2018 by Tammy Anthony Baker, Photographer via wikipedia commons

For the second straight year, the Central Florida Knights are undefeated going into the bowl season.

Today, #7 UCF will take on another SEC opponent in #11 LSU.

The Knights, who lost head coach Scott Frost to Nebraska after last season, was taken over by Josh Heupel and never lost a beat. Central Florida has a had a beef with the College Football Playoff committee for not including them into the final four the past two years with undefeated records. But you can see it both ways. Yes, the Knights are undefeated. But their opponents: UConn, South Carolina State, Florida Atlantic, SMU, East Carolina, Navy are not of the caliber of the Power Five Conference schools. Plus, the American Athletic Conference is a good conference, but is not really noticed by the people in charge of the voting. It is looked upon as an offensive, no defense league.

The fact that UCF (12-0) and the AAF champion, was able to remain undefeated is a story in itself. Their regular QB McKenzie Milton, went down with an injury for the year and backup Darriel Mack Jr. has stepped in and played adequately. In that AAF championship game, Mack rallied the Knights from a 24-7 hole to win 56-41 over Memphis.

LSU at 9-3, are led on offense by Ohio State transfer QB Joe Burrow. Who came in after finishing Spring Football with the Buckeyes and won the Tigers job. His stats of 12 touchdowns and 57 percent passing won’t wow you but he showed he can play at a major level in tough games. But the Tigers offense has struggled in other areas and can be ripe for an upset. UCF has a top-notch defense.

The Tigers have played UCF’s type of offense before in SEC games: Florida, Mississippi State, Alabama and Texas A&M. That style of offense gives the bulky LSU defensive front fits.

#15 Kentucky Wildcats in a New Year’s Bowl playing #12 Penn State in the Citrus












Penn State is used to playing regularly on New Year’s Day. But the Kentucky Wildcats, one of college football’s surprise teams during the 2018 season are not used to it. The well-known basketball school from Lexington, Kentucky, will be playing on January 1 for the first time in two decades after surging to a 9-3 record with several key wins in the tough and rugged SEC.

These two teams will be competing in the Citrus Bowl this afternoon at 1 pm on ABC-TV at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. One of the stadiums that gets used often during the bowl season. It is also used for the Cure Bowl and Camping World Bowl.

#15 Wildcats (9-3), have several of the SEC’s dominating players with LB Josh Allen, who leads their swarming defense, which is ranked eighth in the country. On offense, they have Westerville, Ohio native Benny Snell, Jr., one of the nation’s top running backs. He is a graduate of Westerville Central High School. Kentucky’s QB is sophomore Terry Wilson, who is athletic and exiting but has only 11 TD’s and an alarming 8 interceptions. Not a good ratio.

Westerville, Ohio native Benny Snell Jr. leads Kentucky's offense

#12 Penn State, the Big Ten Conference representative, is 9-3, had some disappointing losses during the season to fellow East Division rivals Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan. But this team is dangerous and tough to stop.

They are led offensively by QB Trace McSorley, who is elusive, exciting, athletic and a good passer. He teams in the backfield with RB Miles Sanders and they have combined for 1,946 yards this season.

The Nittany Lions also can counter with a top-notch defensive unit. Their pass rush is one of the best in the country, ranking second in sacks per game at (3.58).

Penn State QB Trace McSorley running ball 2017 photo By Chris Spon - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https


5 Bowl Games on New Year’s starts at 12 noon with Outback Bowl, Iowa taking on #18 Mississippi State


Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida 2007 photo By Bernard Gagnon - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https


The Outback Bowl at the home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Raymond James Stadium, will have a familiar team as one of the 2019 participants.

The Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big Ten know the bowl and stadium well as this will be their sixth appearance in 14 years in the West Florida city. Furthermore, Iowa is also familiar with Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead, in his first year, because he used to be the offensive coordinator of the Penn State Nittany Lions.

This game will feature two solid quarterbacks in Nate Stanley of Iowa and Nick Fitzgerald of the Bulldogs.

Both team also feature stout defenses.

The Bulldogs, 18th ranked and 8-4, have held opponents to single digit scoring five times. In the final four games, they gave up 36 points, but 24 of those was in the Alabama loss. But the best and unheard of statistic is they have given up 12 touchdowns in 12 games. Simply outstanding!

The Hawkeyes, also 8-4 on the season, comes into the game as the number 11 scoring defense in the country.

This looks like a game that will be low scoring a key turnover or big play will determine its outcome.


Tonight’s final bowl game pits NC State up against Texas A&M in TaxSlayer Gator Bowl


TIAA Bank Field Jacksonville, Florida 2018 photo By Excel23 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https


NC State's record-setting QB Ryan Finley

The final college football game of the 2018 calendar year, with it being December 31, will be the TaxSlayer/Gator Bowl from Jacksonville, Florida.

The combatants will be the North Carolina State Wolfpack up against the Texas A&M Aggies. The question is can the Wolfpack explosive offensive move and solve the balanced defense of the Aggies, who have the nation’s number 2 rushing defense.

This will be the first meeting ever between the two schools.

NC State (9-3), from the ACC, has the nation’s #6 passing attack led by redshirt senior QB Ryan Finley. He is no doubt an NFL draft pick. He has accumulated 3,789 yards this season and has thrown for over 3,000 in each season at the Raleigh, North Carolina school. He has completed 67.9 percent of his passes, ranking 10th in the country. Some Wolfpack fans say he is the second coming of Philip Rivers, another NC State product at QB.

20th-ranked Texas A&M (8-4) from the SEC, has a top-40 passing game led by sophomore Kellen Mond. It doesn’t stop there. Their rushing attack is very dangerous with Mond leading the way there too with junior RB Trayveon Williams.

The two offenses are ranked very high nationally. NC State is 22nd in scoring and A&M is 29th. Their passing defenses are horrible with NC State ranked 119th and A&M 109th. It will boil down to who is more successful through the air tonight!

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