SEC links for Tuesday:
Jameis Winston channels Vince Young to put a fairy tale ending on the final BCS title game, writes Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports.
The lasting memory of the Bowl Championship Series era in college football will be the Southeastern Conference’s seven-year run of national titles. But the bookend games on either side of that run were the two best in the BCS’ 16-year existence: Texas 41, USC 38 in 2006; and Florida State 34, Auburn 31 in 2014. The similarities between those two classics are startling. Same stadium. Same end zone for the climactic scenes and scores. Similar clutch, do-or-die winning drives. Similar transcendent quarterback talents making the winning plays in the final seconds.
On his birthday, Winston became a champ, says Mark Bradley of the AJC.
1. On his 20th birthday, Jameis Winston took a game going bad and wrestled it into a national championship. The Florida State quarterback completed 12 of 24 passes for 120 yards and no touchdowns and was sacked four times in the first three quarters. He completed eight of 11 for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the final period. “It was his best game of the year,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said of the Heisman Trophy winner, “and I’ll tell you why … A lot of guys can look good on their ‘A-game’ nights, but it takes something special to win on a night like this.”
A.J. McCarron’s mom didn’t cover herself in glory with a post-game tweet. She quickly deleted the tweet and apologized.
Any1 that knows our family knows we r far from racist. My tweet was not in anyway meant that way. I sincerely apologize if it offended any1
— Dee Dee McCarron (@DeeDeeBonner) January 7, 2014
Auburn wasn’t able to hold on in the second half, writes Ryan Black of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
Walking into Auburn’s postgame press conference Monday night, the junior running back didn’t cut himself any slack. He apologized on behalf of himself. He apologized on behalf of the team. The Tigers were close to capping the best turnaround season in the history of college football with a victory in the biggest game of the season: the BCS championship. They just weren’t close enough.
Auburn’s miracles run out, writes Chris Low of espn.com.
As costly as that pass-interference penalty was for the Tigers, the real back-breaker was Greene’s 49-yard catch-and-run to set up Benjamin’s touchdown. Auburn was in a zone and had a chance to tackle Greene for a modest gain, but he split Davis and safety Ryan Smith and was off to the races. “We just didn’t come up with a stop when we needed to, and we usually do that as a defense,” said Davis, who was also covering Benjamin on his game-winning touchdown.
SEC men’s basketball starts play tonight. Here’s the upcoming schedule:
- Tuesday – Tennessee at LSU 7:00 PM ESPN
- Tuesday – Vanderbilt at Alabama 9:00 PM ESPNU
- Wednesday – South Carolina at Florida 7:00 PM
- Wednesday – Georgia at Missouri 8:00 PM SEC TV
- Wednesday – Mississippi St. at Kentucky 8:00 PM SEC TV
- Wednesday – Arkansas at Texas A&M 9:00 PM FSN
- Thursday – Auburn at Ole Miss 7:00 PM ESPN2
Final AP college football rankings are out, and here are the SEC teams:
- 2. Auburn
- 4. South Carolina
- 5. Missouri
- 7. Alabama
- 14. LSU
- 18. Texas A&M
- 24. Vanderbilt
By the way, I thought Nick Saban was tremendous on the pre-game and post-game shows last night.
Vote on which team you think wins the SEC in football in 2014:
Links of interest
- Follow John Clay on Twitter
- Download a spreadsheet of this year’s AP college basketball poll
- Three quick things on Florida State winning the title