1 Sep 2001: Mississippi quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a first quarter 17 yard touchdown pass to Chris Collins (8) against Murray State, in Oxford, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)
Ole Miss finished the season at 7-4, obviously bowl eligible. But in large part because they padded their schedule with patsy teams like Murray State, the Rebels were snubbed when it came time to pass out bowl bids--much to the chagrin of Ole Miss fans.
28 Dec 2001: Ralph Parent #24 of Boston College celebrates after recovering a fumble. (Jamie Squire/ALLSPORT)
In the second bowl game played by an SEC squad, Georgia turned in a rather lackluster performance in losing to Boston College of the Big East, 20-16. The Bulldog players were candid about their feelings at missing out on a more prestigious bowl, and their disappointment likely showed versus Boston College.
31 Dec 2001: Jason Campbell #17 of the Auburn Tigers is sacked by Quincy Monk #41 of the North Carolina Tarheels during the Chic-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Chris Stanford/Getty Images, AllSport)
An inept Auburn offense was unable to mount any kind of attack against an NFL-caliber Tar Heel defensive line, and North Carolina ran away with a 16-10 victory.
1 Jan 2002: South Carolina coach Lou Holtz walks the sideline en route to beating Ohio State 31-28 in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images, AllSport)
Gamecock Head Coach Lou Holtz got even grayer in the fourth quarter, as he watched Ohio State mount a furious comeback. But South Carolina kicked a game-ending and game-winning field goal, to take a second straight bowl win over the Ohio State Buckeyes.
1 Jan 2002: Linebacker Rocky Calmus of Oklahoma (bottom left) and Brandon Everage #7 (right) tackle Brandon Holmes #7 of Arkansas during the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images, AllSport)
The Arkansas squad was game, but Oklahoma's lightning-fast defense prevented the Razorbacks from doing anything offensively. And the Sooners took a 10-3 victory that was not as close as the score.
1 Jan 2002: Grant Bowman #60 of Michigan sacks Casey Causen #7 of Tennessee during the Florida Citrus Bowl at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images, AllSport)
Give credit where credit is due. Tennessee turned in a dominating performance, whipping Michigan soundly to the tune of 45-17.
1 Jan 2002: Josh Reed #25 of LSU celebrates his touchdown in the second quarter with teammate Jerel Myers #2 during the Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Harry How/GETTY IMAGES, AllSport)
With Josh Reed and the LSU passing attack having another field day, Illinois joined a long line of teams this season unable to contain the explosive Bengal Tiger offense. LSU won going away, 47-34.
2 Jan 2002: Taylor Jacobs #6 of Florida reaches back for a first down catch over Dennard Wilson #13 of Maryland in the first quarter of the Orange Bowl at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida. (Eliot Schechter/Getty Images, AllSport)
The clock finally sounded midnight for the Cinderella Maryland squad, as an extremely impressive Florida offense scored seemingly at will on the way to a 56-23 win over the ACC champs.
A gratuitous Jill Arrington pic. (AllSport)
Just because. :^)