Saturday, November 27, 2010

What 2 Watch 4

CFRT Editor

Here are three things you just might see during your college football Saturday today.

The last time Kentucky beat Tennessee was in 1984 under head coach Jerry Claibourne.
Talking the end of a Blue Streak?

The last year the Kentucky Wildcats beat Tennessee, Ronald Reagan was elected President (his second term), Apple Macintosh was introduced and Doug Flutie won the Heisman Trophy.
In 1984, the Wildcats defeated the Volunteers 17-12 in Knoxville, but haven't been able to accomplish that feat again the last 25 times they've faced UT - the longest active losing streak between two teams in all of college football.
Once again, it would appear the Wildcats - none of which were even alive the last time UK beat the Vols - have a decent shot to beat Tennessee and end a quarter-century of frustration.
Kentucky (6-5) is averaging more than 34 points per game, they only lost to No.2 Auburn by three points and they beat SEC West champ South Carolina.
Plus, UK has had a week off to prepare for this game.
Could this be the time the Wildcats finally get it done?

A strikeout today will spell the end of bowl hopes for s few traditional bowl attendees.

Who gets Bowled Over?

There are 35 bowl games scheduled to take place at the conclusion of the 2010 college football season.
That means 70 teams (an amazing 58-percent of the 120 teams in Division I-A) will get to participate in the postseason.
Which also makes it just that much more of a downer for a team to realize that, at the end of the season, you're not even in the Top-70!
Today, three teams that have probably taken bowl games for granted in the past will be fighting for their final chance this season just to become bowl eligible when they take the field.
Tennessee (5-6), who hosts Kentucky (6-5) on Senior Day missed going bowling during the 2006 bowl season, but have made the postseason 18 out of the last 19 years.
Cal (5-6) takes Washington (4-6) with their streak of seven consecutive bowl games in jeopardy.
And Georgia (5-6) gets a visit from in-state, arch-rival Georgia Tech (6-5).
The Bulldogs have made bowl appearances in each of the past 13 seasons, including all nine years under head coach Mark Richt.
The last time UGA missed going bowling was in 1997.

Florida State fans might be watching the scoreboard as much as their game on the field against Florida today.

Scoreboard Watching in Tally

An Atlantic Coast Conference divisional title will be on the line when No.22 Florida State hosts nemesis Florida today.
Except, no matter what happens against the hated Gators in Tallahassee, it won't have any bearing on whether the Seminoles claim the ACC Atlantic championship.
No, the game going on in College Park will be deciding that, as North Carolina State travels to Maryland to play at the same time (3:30 p.m. eastern) FSU takes the field against Florida.
If the Wolfpack beats Maryland, they will become the ACC's Atlantic division champion and will play Virginia Tech for the conference title. 
If NC State loses, the Seminoles win the division.
The last time Florida State won a football championship of any kind was in 2005, when they won the Atlantic and then beat Virginia Tech in the inaugural ACC Championship game.
The Seminoles - who won or shared an ACC title for nine straight years from 1992-2000 - haven't played in that game since.
The Wolfpack - who has claimed an ACC title 11 times in their history, including the 1973 crown under head coach Lou Holtz - hasn't won the ACC Championship since 1979, and has never played in the annual ACC title game.

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