On today’s show Bill is joined by Scott Bagwell and Painter Sharpless to discuss the comments made by a UCF player about the lack of “speed” in the SEC as well as Auburn Basketball. Today’s show was broadcast live from Mike’s Merchandise in Auburn:
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.
Conference 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.
At 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.
With 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:
On today’s edition of The Drive, Bill and Dan discuss the coaching carousel in college football and Auburn’s upcoming bowl game against UCF. Today’s show was broadcast live from United Auto Collision:
The 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.
The 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.
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Good luck from ESPN 106.7
|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|
On today’s edition of The Drive, Bill and Dan give their thoughts on the conference championship games this week and discuss the coaching carousel in college football. The Drive was broadcast on location at Turner Auto Group: