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Riley’s Ramblings: 2017-2018 Football Bowl Season Starting With Good Matchups

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Tomorrow at 11:00 CT, the 2017-2018 Bowl Season will officially be upon us. It’s only been two weeks since Conference Championship week, it feels like college football has been away for too long. Even though there are drawbacks of having so many bowls (41 to be exact), it is nice to be able to enjoy the holiday season with college football. The early bowl games don’t get a lot of publicity, but there are some good games on tap for the coming week. Here is my take on four of the nine bowl games set to kick off in the next week: (Click here to view the 2017-2018 full bowl schedule)

 

The bowl season will kick off at Mercades-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday in the Celebration Bowl between Grambling and North Carolina A&T. Both of these teams had great years in their respective conferences, Grambling finished the year 11-1 and North Carolina A&T finished at 11-0. I honestly don’t know a ton about either school, but Grambling’s conference schedule (SWAC) is a little more impressive than North Carolina A&T’s (Mid-Eastern Atlantic) so I’m giving Grambling the edge even though North Carolina A&T is currently a 10 point favorite (11:00 kick on ABC).

 

Saturday’s New Orleans Bowl is featuring a pretty interesting matchup between Troy and North Texas. North Texas’ only losses are to pretty respectable teams, SMU, Iowa, Florida Atlantic, and Florida Atlantic again in the Conference USA Championship Game so they are probably better than their 9-4 record indicates. However I still think Troy wins the game big. The Sun Belt Champions have looked impressive most of the season, especially when they traveled to Baton Rouge and defeated LSU. The South Alabama game was a loss that shouldn’t have happened for the Trojans, but they’ve looked very strong since then and are favored by seven points in this game because of it. (12:00 kick on ESPN 106.7).

 

Here’s a look at how Troy knocked off their rival Arkansas State a couple weeks ago in case you missed it:

 

Las Vagas has a pretty interesting bowl game coming to town on Saturday between Boise State and Oregon. Oregon became a brand name team in the early 2010’s but have really struggled after Marcus Mariota’s departure following the 2014 season. This season has gone a lot better for the Ducks than last year when they went 4-8 and fired Head Coach Mark Helfrich, but they still didn’t have a really impressive win and their first year head coach Willie Tagart just left for the Florida State job. Not having your coach for the bowl game is tough, and Boise State had a pretty impressive year that ended in them winning the Mountain West. The Broncos are also led by their star wide receiver Cedrick Wilson. Wilson currently has 73 receptions for 1290 yards, which is good enough for sixth in college football in receiving yards. He’s without a doubt going to be a tough man for the Ducks secondary to stop and will be a reliable target for Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien. I’m taking Boise State in a close game, but the odds have Oregon as a 7.5 point favorite. (2:30 kick on ABC).

 

Very unfortunate that Florida Atlantic doesn’t get to leave their own stadium for a bowl after the awesome year that they had, but at least they’ll have home field advantage in Tuesday’s Boca Raton Bowl against Akron. Former Auburn Head Coach Terry Bowden is bringing the Zips into Boca Raton to take on a red hot Florida Atlantic. FAU finished the season 10-3 and won the Conference USA Championship. First year Head Coach Lane Kiffin did a great job of turning this team around from their 3-9 season in 2016.

 

FAU quarterback Jason Driskel, brother of former Florida quarterback Jake Driskel, had a phenomenal season thowing for nearly 2000 yards for 13 touchdowns. Kiffin’s star this season is undoubtedly Sophomore running back Devin Singletary. Singletary currently has over 1700 yards and has a nation’s best 30 touchdowns. You read that right, 30 touchdowns. Singletary holds the nationwide lead by six scores over San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny. Akron had a pretty good year as well, especially in conference. They went 6-1 in conference play during the season before losing to Toledo in the MAC Championship. Akron had a fairly impressive year, but I have been extremely impressed with Lane Kiffin’s group this season so I’m picking the whopping 22.5 point favorite Florida Atlantic Owls.

 

Also don’t forget to keep an eye out for former Auburn quarterback John Franklin III, who is now a grad transfer at FAU. You probably saw a highlight of him during the Conference USA Championship Game…

 

Riley Hubbard

ESPN 106.7

rhubbard@aunetwork.com

Auburn High Battles Charles Henderson Thursday Night at Auburn High Gymnasium

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The Auburn High Basketball team returns to Auburn High Gymnasium on Thursday night to battle the Charles Henderson Trojans. Auburn is coming off a tough 60-52 road loss to Montgomery Catholic that dropped their record to 3-5 on the young season and are hoping for a big home win to get back on track.

 

Senior Christian Brandt has started the season strong for the Tigers so far this year, as he is averaging a team best 17.8 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game. Brandt also posted a nice performance in Auburn’s loss to Montgomery Catholic, as he recorded 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Justin Brooks, the brother of former Auburn High standout Garrison Brooks, scored 13 points.

 

Auburn has already played Charles Henderson once this season, winning a nail-biter by a 58-57 final score. Auburn High hopes to make it 2-0 against the Trojans on Thursday night and earn their first victory in the new Auburn High Gymnasium. Scott Bagwell and Noah Gardner will have coverage of both the girls’ game and the boys’ game on ESPN 106.7 beginning at 6:00. The girls game will tip at 6:00 followed directly by the boys’ game. Both games will also be streaming online at espnau.com and on the ESPN 106.7 app.

 

Riley’s Ramblings: Why Conference Championship Games Should Stay in College Football

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College_Football_Playoff_logo.svgConference Championships are over and all I’ve heard this week are people complaining about how Conference Championships are now redundant with the College Football Playoff and should go away forever because “they don’t mean anything”. After Alabama jumped a conference champion Ohio State on Sunday to make the playoff, it’s a pretty strong point. Georgia fans might have a different opinion though… Winning your conference used to mean everything to a program, but now it seems like your entire season is a disappointment if you don’t get into the playoff. With all of the Alabama-Ohio State debates going on, my stance is simple: Alabama was rewarded by scheduling a weak schedule and not going to the conference championship game. Alabama’s arguably most impressive win of the season was against a mediocre Mississippi State team and after losing to Auburn, got into the playoff after doing absolutely nothing on Conference Championship week.

 

2000px-Ohio_State_Buckeyes_logo.svgAt the same time, I understand that Ohio State isn’t a very strong team either. A team that got beat 55-24 by unranked Iowa does not look very playoff-worthy. I understand that some people don’t think this way, but I believe that teams like Ohio State, USC, and UCF should be proud of winning the bragging rights of their conference even though they did not make the playoffs. You can make the argument that the Conference Championship games are redundant in making the top four, but it still means something to the players, coaches, and school to have the bragging rights and the trophy. Also, it can help teams that are on the cusp- just ask anyone in red and black.


 

main_logoWith college bowl games not starting until next Saturday (click here to view 2017-2018 Bowl Schedule), all eyes will be on the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia. The Army-Navy rivalry is arguably the greatest rivalry in all of sports, and the pageantry around the game is like nothing else in college football. After Army finally broke Navy’s 14 game winning streak last year, the rivalry will become a lot more interesting (2:00 kick on CBS).

 

There is a local tie to the game this year, as Auburn High School graduate Ted Wages will be competing in his first Army-Navy game as a player at Army. Here’s ESPN 106.7’s Zac Blackerby interviewing Ted’s father on The Lunch Break:

 

 

Riley Hubbard

ESPN 106.7

rhubbard@aunetwork.com

 

Auburn High Basketball Hosts Rematch Against Eufaula Tonight

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AHS LOGOThe Auburn High Basketball team hopes to win their rematch against Eufaula High tonight in Auburn High Gymnasium. The Tigers hosted Eufaula back on November 16th for the first ever basketball game in Auburn High Gymnasium, but came up short by a 54-48 final score. Since then, AHS won 49-40 at Hardaway, went 1-2 in the N2Hoops Invitational in Huntsville, and won 58-57 at Charles Henderson.

 

AHS ON ESPNThe Tigers hope to improve on their 3-3 record on their home court tonight. Coverage will start at 6:00 with Scott Bagwell and Johnathon Middleton on ESPN 106.7 and will be streaming online at espnau.com and on the ESPN 106.7 app. The Auburn High Girls will take on Eufaula at 6:00, followed by the boys game against Eufaula.

 

Enter The ESPN 106.7 Bowl Mania Challenge

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Entries for the ESPN 106.7 Bowl Mania Challenge are now open! Click here to make your picks for the 41 college bowl games for your chance to win a prize package from ESPN 106.7. Our prize package includes a $20 Coupon from Outback Steakhouse, four free combo meals from Freddy’s Steakburgers, a $25 gift card from Wild Wing Cafe, a $30 gift card from La Cantina, a $100 gift certificate to Jimmy’s Car Stereo, and an ESPN 106.7 t-shirt.

 

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2017-2018 Bowl Games Announced

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It’s officially bowl season in college football! Here all all 41 bowl games, the 20 being broadcast on ESPN 106.7 will also be streaming online at espnau.com and on the ESPN 106.7 app:

Bowl Location Teams Date Time (CT) Radio TV
Celebration Bowl Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, GA) Gramblins vs. North Carolina A&T 12/16/2017 11:00 AM ABC
New Orleans Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans, LA) Troy vs. North Texas 12/16/2017 12:00 PM ESPN 106.7 ESPN
Cure Bowl Camping World Stadium (Orlando, FL) Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky 12/16/2017 1:30 PM CBSSN
Las Vagas Bowl Sam Boyd Stadium (Las Vegas, NV) Boise State vs. Oregon 12/16/2017 2:30 PM ABC
New Mexico Bowl Dreamstyle Stadium (Albuquerque, NM) Marshall vs. Colorado State 12/16/2017 3:30 PM ESPN 106.7 ESPN
Camellia Bowl Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, AL) Arkansas State vs. Middle Tennessee 12/16/2017 7:00 PM ESPN 106.7 ESPN
Boca Raton Bowl FAU Stadium (Boca Raton, FL) Florida Atlantic vs. Akron 12/19/2017 6:00 PM ESPN 106.7 ESPN
Frisco Bowl Toyota Stadium (Frisco, TX) SMU vs. Louisiana Tech 12/20/2017 7:00 PM ESPN
Gasparilla Bowl Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg, FL) FIU vs. Temple 12/21/2017 7:00 PM ESPN
Bahamas Bowl Thomas Robinson Stadium (Nassau, Bahamas) Ohio vs. UAB 12/22/2017 11:30 AM ESPN
Potato Bowl Albertsons Stadium (Boise Idaho) CMU vs. Wyoming 12/22/2017 3:00 PM ESPN
Birmingham Bowl Legion Field (Birmingham, AL) USF vs. Texas Tech 12/23/2017 11:00 AM ESPN
Armed Forces Bowl Amon G. Carter Stadium (Fort Worth, TX) Army vs. San Diego State 12/23/2017 2:30 PM ESPN
Dollar General Bowl Ladd-Peebles Stadium (Mobile, AL) Appalachian State vs. Toledo 12/23/2017 6:00 PM ESPN
Hawaii Bowl Aloha Stadium (Honolulu, HI) Fresno State vs. Houston 12/24/2017 7:30 PM ESPN 106.7 ESPN
Heart of Dallas Bowl Cotton Bowl Stadium (Dallas, TX) Utah vs West Virginia 12/26/2017 12:30 PM ESPN
Quick Lane Bowl Ford Field (Detroit, MI) Duke vs. NIU 12/26/2017 4:15 PM ESPN
Cactus Bowl Chase Field (Phoenix, AZ) Kansas State vs. UCLA 12/26/2017 8:00 PM ESPN 106.7 ESPN
Independence Bowl Independence Stadium (Shreveport, LA) Florida State vs. Southern Miss 12/27/2017 12:30 PM ESPN
Pinstripe Bowl Yankee Stadium (Bronx, NY) Boston College vs. Iowa 12/27/2017 4:15 PM ESPN 106.7 ESPN
Foster Farms Bowl Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, CA) Arizona vs. Purdue 12/27/2017 7:30 PM FOX
Texas Bowl NRG Stadium (Houston, TX) Texas vs. Missouri 12/27/2017 8:00 PM ESPN
Military Bowl Navy-Marine Corps Stadium (Annapolis, MD) Virginia vs. Navy 12/28/2017 12:30 PM ESPN 106.7 ESPN
Camping World Bowl Camping World Stadium (Orlando, FL) Oklahoma State vs. Virginia Tech 12/28/2017 4:15 PM ESPN 106.7 ESPN
Holiday Bowl CDCCU Stadium (San Diego, CA) Michigan State vs. Washington State 12/28/2017 8:00 PM FS1
Alamo Bowl Alamodome (San Antonio, TX) Stanford vs. TCU 12/28/2017 8:00 PM ESPN 106.7 ESPN
Belk Bowl Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC) Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M 12/29/2017 12:00 PM ESPN 106.7 ESPN
Sun Bowl Sun Bowl Stadium (El Paso, TX) Arizona State vs. NC State 12/29/2017 2:00 PM CBS
Music City Bowl Nissan Stadium (Nashville, TN) Kentucky vs. Northwestern 12/29/2017 3:30 PM ESPN 106.7 ESPN
Arizona Bowl Arizona Stadium (Tucson, AZ) New Mexico State vs. Utah State 12/29/2017 4:30 PM CBSSN
Cotton Bowl AT&T Stadium (Arlington, TX) Ohio State vs. USC 12/29/2017 7:30 PM ESPN 106.7 ESPN
TaxSlayer Bowl EverBank Field (Jacksonville, FL) Mississippi State vs. Louisville 12/30/2017 11:00 PM ESPN
Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN) Memphis vs. Iowa State 12/30/2017 11:30 AM ESPN 106.7 ABC
Fiesta Bowl University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, AZ) Penn State vs. Washington 12/30/2017 3:00 PM ESPN 106.7 ESPN
Orange Bowl Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL) Miami vs. Wisconsin 12/30/2017 7:00 PM ESPN 106.7 ESPN
Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL) Michigan vs. South Carolina 1/1/2017 11:00 AM ESPN2
 Peach Bowl Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, GA) Auburn vs. UCF 1/1/2017 11:30 AM ESPN 106.7 ESPN
Citrus Bowl Camping World Stadium (Orlando, FL) Notre Dame vs. LSU 1/1/2017 12:00 PM ESPN 106.7 ABC
Rose Bowl (CFP Semifinal) Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA) Oklahoma vs. Georgia 1/1/2017 4:00 PM ESPN 106.7 ESPN
Sugar Bowl (CFP Semifinal) Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans, LA) Clemson vs. Alabama 1/1/2017 7:45 PM ESPN 106.7 ESPN
CFP National Championship Mercades-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, GA) TBD vs. TBD 1/8/2017 7:00 PM ESPN 106.7 ESPN