Thursday, January 2, 2014

Bowl Game Day Goulash: Mark Dantonio, Jadeveon Clowney, A.J. McCarron, and more.

Bowl Game Day Goulash - Post-New Year's Day, pre-Sugar Bowl edition.

New Year's Bowl Games

Sparty cuts down Tree.
Michigan State comes up triumphant in the 100th Rose Bowl as it defeats Stanford 24-20. (ESPN)

Keeping the band together.
Michigan St. gives head coach Mark Dantonio a new contract, which will make him and his coaching staff one of the highest paid staffs in college football. (ESPN)

I decided long ago never to walk in anyone's shadows. 
Drew Sharp explains how Michigan St. isn't "in anyone's shadows any longer" following its Rose Bowl victory. (The Detroit Free Press)

I Will Remember You.
Michigan St. players showed their support for suspended Spartan senior linebacker Max Bullough on the sidelines during yesterday's Rose Bowl game. Bullough was suspended for the game due to an ever-vague "violation of team rules." (The Detroit Free Press)

Central Florida smashes Baylor's Pinata. 
Central Florida pulls the upset of the bowl game season so far as the Knights defeats Baylor 52-42 in the Fiesta Bowl. (AP/ESPN)

Tigers poke Hawkeyes.
LSU defeats Iowa in the Outback Bowl. (AP/ESPN)

Gamecocks beat Badgers.
South Carolina defeats Wisconsin 34-24 in the Capital One Bowl thanks in part to starting quarterback Connor Shaw's five touchdowns. (AP/ESPN)

Goodbye Says It All.
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney officially announces his plans for forego his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. (ESPN)

Huskers shuck Dawgs.
Nebraska manages to hold off Georgia in a 24-19 win in the Gator Bowl. (AP/ESPN)

Heart and Soul.
North Texas defeats UNLV in the Heart of Texas Bowl. (AP/USA Today)

Sugar Bowl news

Will he or won't he?
There's conflicting information on whether or not Alabama starting QB A.J. McCarron will participate in the 2014 Senior Bowl. (

Belue Morning, Belue Day.
Andrew Gribble profiles Alabama cornerback Deion Belue. (

Pocket Full of Kryptonite?
Jason Kersey profiles Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight, and how his Johnny Manziel-like skill set could pose a problem for Alabama's defense in the Sugar Bowl. (The Oklahoman)

The eyes of Texas are upon you. 
Ralph H. Russo discusses how the search for a new head coach at Texas hangs over college football and the BCS title game like a "Texas-sized cloud." (AP/The New York Times)

Good seats still available.
Tickets are still available for the Sugar Bowl from Ticketmaster, as well as on the secondary market. (


We are not amused.
Legendary Broadway performer and actor Ben Vereen's interpenetration of "The-Star Spangled Banner" doesn't get much affection over at Deadspin, which really only seems to mention it in reference to the passing of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air star James Avery.

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