Post-Season College Football Musings

LSU and Penn State played on the worst field ever and the SEC flexed its BCS muscles. Steve Spurrier saw his team lay yet another bowl egg and USC won what turned out to be Pete Carroll's last game with the Trojans.

We have that and more in our post-bowl edition of the college football musings.

SOS for South Carolina ---- The South Carolina Gamecocks just can't make any meaningful progress under Steve Spurrier. The Gamecocks ruined the benefit of beating Clemson in their season finale by stinking up the Papa John's Bowl in Birmingham. The 20-7 loss to Connecticut is even worse than the score indicates when you realize Carolina didn't score until there was just 3:24 to play. Spurrier and his team finished the year at 7-6 after a 5-1 start and leave the Head Ball Coach 35-28 after five seasons. With the top three teams in the SEC East breaking in new quarterbacks in 2010 it would appear this season is a now-or-never situation.

Hello mudder ---- There has never been a more disgraceful situation in a college bowl game than the deplorable field conditions for the Capital One Bowl in Orlando. The Citrus Bowl played host to eight high school football games as well as the Champs Sports Bowl leading up to its signature event. That facility is the worst to host any significant bowl game let alone the highest paying event outside the BCS.

Carroll departure inevitable ---- I don't think anyone should be surprised by Pete Carroll's departure from the Southern Cal Trojans. The pressure from the NCAA, conga line of guys declaring pro and diminishing dominance of the Pac-10 combined to make the USC job a lot more stressful and less enjoyable than it had been before. Add to that a $35 million package from a wealthy, hands-off NFL owner and Carroll had almost no choice but to return to the NFL. He leaves a tremendous legacy at USC including 97 wins in nine seasons, three Heisman Trophy winners and a pair of National Championships.

Does MWC deserve an automatic bid? ---- The Mountain West Conference is making a pretty good case to replace the ACC or Big East in getting an automatic bid into the BCS. The MWC went 4-1 in bowls this year with TCU losing a tough 17-10 Fiesta Bowl game with Boise State. Contrast that with the ACC Champ, Georgia Tech losing to the Big-Ten's third best team in the Orange bowl and the Big East Champ Cincinnati getting blown up by the SEC's second best team in the Sugar Bowl. If we are going to be saddled with the BCS for at least four more years, couldn't they at least make sure the ten best teams in the country get the five best invitations?

Kirby too Smart for Georgia ---- Mark Richt is trying to give a fortune to a new defensive coordinator, but he keeps being told, no. Alabama's Kirby Smart, a Georgia graduate is the latest to tell Richt to keep his multi-year contract. Smart will remain with the BCS Champion Crimson Tide while Georgia continues to look for a replacement for Willie Martinez. Perhaps Texas Tech's Ruffin McNeill would be interested after being rejected for the top job.

Biggest bowl blowouts ---- Florida's 51-24 was tied for one of the three most one-sided results among the 34 bowl games this year. SMU had the biggest margin with its 45-10 win over Nevada, while Nebraska made a statement that it's on the way back by waxing Arizona 33-0. Of course neither of those losers entered the game 12-0 with a top five national ranking like Cincinnati did.

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