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Bowl Records by Conference for 2006

by Chris Coleman,

During the regular season, there is much discussion amongst college football analysts, as well as fans, as to which conferences are strong and which are weak. There is generally no final answer to the argument, but many people rely on the results of bowl games to settle the dispute.

This year, the Big East went 5-0 in bowl games, an outstanding mark for a conference that was gutted by the loss of Virginia Tech, Miami and Boston College to the ACC just three years ago. In fact, the Big East went 7-3 in head-to-head matchups with the ACC this year, including two victories in bowl games.

Louisville beat Wake Forest 24-13 in the Orange Bowl, while West Virginia squeaked by Georgia Tech 38-35 in the Gator Bowl. Rutgers continued their Cinderella story by routing Kansas State 37-10 in the Texas Bowl. South Florida trounced East Carolina 24-7 in the Bowl, while Cincinnati beat Western Michigan 27-24 in the International Bowl.

As expected, the SEC was near the top as well. The conference that many consider to be the best conference in the nation went 6-3 in bowl games, including Florida’s 41-14 victory over Ohio State in the National Championship Game. LSU also knocked off Notre Dame 41-14 in the Sugar Bowl.

Other big bowl wins for the SEC came over the ACC. Georgia rallied to beat Virginia Tech 31-24 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, and Kentucky upset Clemson 28-20 in the Music City Bowl. It was a very good bowl season for the tradition rich SEC.

The ACC and Pac-10 both finished .500 in bowl games. The ACC went 4-4 and the Pac-10 went 3-3. Unfortunately for the ACC, they lost all three of their high-profile bowl games. Wake lost to Louisville in the Orange Bowl, the Hokies were defeated in Atlanta, and Georgia Tech lost to WVU in the Gator Bowl.

Maryland’s Champs Sports Bowl win, 24-7 over Purdue, was the conference’s best bowl victory. Miami beat Nevada 21-20 in the MPC Computers Bowl, Florida State routed UCLA 44-27 in the Emerald Bowl, and Boston College won a close 25-24 Meineke Car Care Bowl over Navy.

The Pac-10 didn’t start well, losing their first three bowl games, but they finished very strong. Oregon was crushed 38-8 by BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl, Arizona State lost 41-24 to Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl, and UCLA was defeated by Florida State.

Things started going better for the Pac-10 in the Sun Bowl, when Oregon State beat Missouri 39-38. Cal crushed Texas A&M 45-10 in the Holiday Bowl, while USC routed Michigan 32-18 in the Rose Bowl in a game that was not as close as the score indicated. The Pac-10 appears to be a top-heavy conference if you just judge by bowl game results.

The Big 12 went 3-5 during the bowl season, but their three victories went relatively unnoticed. In a battle of 6-6 teams in the Independence Bowl, Oklahoma State beat Alabama 34-31, while Texas Tech rallied to beat 6-6 (now 6-7) Minnesota 44-41 in the Insight Bowl. Texas played poorly but knocked off Iowa 26-24 in the Alamo Bowl. All three of the Big 12’s bowl wins came against teams that entered the game with a 6-6 record.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma lost to Boise State 43-42 in the Fiesta Bowl, and Nebraska lost to Auburn 17-14 in the Cotton Bowl. And as mentioned above, Texas A&M and Kansas State were blown out by California and Rutgers respectively. It wasn’t a good bowl season for the Big 12.

Finally, we have the Big Ten, who boasted three top ten teams at the end of the regular season. Two of them, Ohio State and Michigan, were thought by some to be the two best teams in the country, but both of those teams were thrashed in their bowl games, and the Big Ten limped to a 2-5 record in bowl games.

Ohio State went undefeated in the regular season and was the favorite to win the National Championship, but they lost to Florida 41-14. Michigan went to the Rose Bowl and got hammered by a very talented USC team. Purdue, Minnesota and Iowa all lost their bowl games as well.

Penn State and Wisconsin were the only teams that represented their conference well. The Nittany Lions beat Tennessee 20-10 in the Outback Bowl, and Wisconsin defeated Arkansas 17-14 in the Capital One Bowl. Despite the Big Ten’s overall bowl record, at least they can hang their hats on two victories over SEC teams in New Years Day Bowls.

The 2006 college football season is behind us, and while it’s never possible to truly determine the best conference, the SEC is a pretty safe bet. Wins in the National Championship Game, the Sugar Bowl, the Cotton Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Bowl are very impressive.

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Connolly Weighing Options

January 12, 2007
After making an official visit to Kansas last weekend, which his first official visit of the recruiting process, 6-2, 240-pound defensive end prospect Michael Connolly is thinking about his next move. Earlier this week, the athletic Cardinal Mooney (Sarasota, FL) prospect spoke with Virginia Tech primary recruiter Charley Wiles. Does his stance with Virginia Tech remain the same?

Basketball Game Preview: Virginia Tech vs. #1 North Carolina
January 12, 2007
Ignore all the talk you hear about Ohio State and Florida on ESPN. The most talented college basketball team in the land will enter Cassell Coliseum this Saturday. The #1 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels are the first top-ranked team to play in Cassell Coliseum since Marcus Camby and UMass made the trip back in 1996. This time, the Hokies are hoping for better results.

2008 Class: In-state Offer for DT Ruff
January 12, 2007
A junior this past season, Norview (Norfolk, VA) defensive tackle/offensive tackle Klinton Ruff earned first-team all-Eastern district honors for his performance on the defensive side of the ball. Ruff, who already has one major Division 1A offer in the fold, projects as a defensive lineman on the next level, as he has the size and athleticism 1A coaches are looking for.

2008 Class: Amherst's McCoy Close to First Offer
January 11, 2007
6-3, 210-pound WR/ATH Derrick McCoy, a star junior prospect for Amherst County (VA), is close to receiving his first official scholarship offer according to Amherst Head Coach Scott Abell. And the one offer could just be the tip of the iceberg for McCoy, who has been a starter on the varsity level since his freshman season.

A Look at the Numbers: Virginia Tech's Offense
January 11, 2007
Virginia Tech's offense has been the hot topic of discussion since the Chick-fil-A Bowl meltdown on December 30. An offensive line that couldn't block Georgia's front seven, and a quarterback that turned the ball over four times in the fourth quarter were the main culprits in Atlanta, but those aren't the only games the Tech offense has lost in the past few years.

2008 Profile: LCA OL/DL Bobby Massey
January 11, 2007
This time last year, Bobby Massey, then a sophomore, transferred from Appomattox High School to Liberty Christian Academy. The move has turned out very well so far for the massive offensive line/defensive line prospect, a junior who has drawn the attention of both Virginia and Virginia Tech coaches in the early going.

Hokies Rout Spartans 74-51, Await #1 UNC
January 10, 2007
Virginia Tech continued their dominance over schools from the state of North Carolina, downing UNC Greensboro 74-51 in the Greensboro Coliseum on Wednesday night. The Hokies are 5-0 against teams from the Tar Heel state, and they improve to 12-4 overall, with a 2-0 record in ACC play. UNC Greensboro drops to 7-9.

Countdown to Signing Day: One Month Left
January 10, 2007
Here is the latest edition of Countdown to Signing Day, an overall look into Virginia Tech's 2007 football recruiting class. At this time, Virginia Tech’s class is rated in the top 20 nationally by both major recruiting services, (#19) and (#16). Check out where the Hokies may go from here in the final month until Signing Day.

Basketball Game Preview: Virginia Tech vs. UNC-Greensboro
January 10, 2007
Following their huge win in Cameron Indoor Stadium against Duke, Virginia Tech will head back to the Tar Heel State once again tonight. The Hokies will play the UNC Greensboro Spartans in the Greensboro Coliseum, and a victory would set Tech up with a big ACC matchup with the #1 North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday.

Hokie Hotline Notes for 1/8/07
January 9, 2007
Monday night's Hokie Hotline was the first hour-long edition of the 2006-07 academic year, and it was head men's basketball coach Seth Greenberg's time to shine. Greenberg gladly discussed the win over Duke and the state of the program in general.

Evans Reflects on All-American Game Experience
January 9, 2007
Virginia Tech commit Darren Evans, who was named Mr. Football in the state of Indiana for his senior season performance, was selected to and played in last week’s East Meets West All-American game in Orlando, Florida. caught up with the talented 6-1, 212-pound running back for his reflections on last week.

Checking in on Allen, Hudson
January 8, 2007
Hargrave Military Academy’s postgraduate basketball squad returns to action tomorrow night, meaning Virginia Tech recruits Jeff Allen and Dorenzo Hudson will be back in action. HMA Head Coach Kevin Keatts, whose team is 10-3 on the year, discussed the progress and potential of the future Hokies.

Duke at Duke: One to Savor
January 8, 2007
When Virginia Tech joined the ACC, two things were clear: the Hokies would pound the Blue Devils in football, and Duke would return the favor in basketball. One out of two ain't bad. Football has gone as expected, but the basketball end of this matchup is quickly turning into a great rivalry. Duke might not think so, but I do.

Mosley Finalizes Plans
January 8, 2007
Shortly after making his official visit to the University of Virginia on the weekend of December 9th, Henrico (Richmond, VA) athlete recruit Corey Mosley seemed very close to committing to the Cavs. But it is Virginia Tech, led by primary recruiter Jim Cavanaugh, that will get the final official visit before the 5-9, 190-pound prospect makes his collegiate decision.

Sweet Revenge: Hokies Beat #5 Duke 69-67 in Overtime
January 6, 2007
Virginia Tech pulled off perhaps the biggest road win in school history on Saturday, knocking off #5 Duke in storied Cameron Indoor Stadium 69-67 in overtime. Virginia Tech is just the third unranked team to beat Duke in Cameron in their last 115 games against unranked foes. The Hokies improve to 11-4 overall and 2-0 in the ACC with the win. The Blue Devils drop to 13-2 and 0-1 in ACC play.

Basketball Game Preview: Virginia Tech at #5 Duke
January 5, 2007
Virginia Tech returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium this Saturday, the site of their most heartbreaking loss in recent memory. The Hokies led Duke 75-74 with 1.6 seconds remaining on December 4, 2005, but a prayer from near half court by Sean Dockery gave the then-#1 Blue Devils a 77-75 victory. Duke is ranked #5 now, and they aren't nearly as experienced, but they are still Duke. The Hokies are going to have to play very well to have a chance at the upset victory.
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