ESPN’s SEC Storied documentary, “The Play That Changed College Football” tells the story of the first college football conference championship game, pitting undefeated Alabama against 8-3 Florida in 1992.
I wrapped up one of my best seasons against the spread last week with a modest 3-2 mark. Betting against Les Miles was a mistake on so many levels.
However, after going 3-2 last week, I've finished the year 50-33. I, and every gambler on the planet, will take that in a heartbeat.
Wait, isn't there much more football to be played and more bets to be made? Not in my world. Not one of these championship game lines inspires me to play and betting on bowl games is one of the dumbest things anyone can do.
Lost somewhat this week amidst all the College Football Playoff speculation and news of coaching changes is what Alabama is on the doorstep of accomplishing Saturday afternoon in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Conference championship games are a key part of every college football season. It’s the last chance for Heisman candidates to make an impression, there’s playoff implications among the Power 5 leagues, and these games also play a role in determining how the top 10-15 rank on Sunday for New Year’s Six bowl matchups.
Missouri’s coaching search to replace Gary Pinkel ended with a familiar face. Defensive coordinator and former player Barry Odom was hired as Pinkel’s replacement on Thursday night. Odom is considered one of the rising stars in the assistant ranks and should be a good hire for athletic director Mack Rhoades.
And in a short video released by the school on Thursday night, it’s safe to say Missouri’s players are really excited about Odom’s promotion.
South Carolina’s coaching search is ongoing, as the program looks for its replacement after Steve Spurrier retired in early October. Shawn Elliott worked as the team’s interim coach through the rest of the season, but the Gamecocks went 1-5 under his watch.
What a long, strange trip this college football season has been — and it's not over yet. On Saturday, the best of the best from FBS conferences around the country will square of in their annual conference championship games (If a conference indeed has one).