Happy New Year from Corn Nation. Another year has passed and we are still alive, breathing, and cheering on this wonderful thing we call athletics. Isn’t the wonderful world of sports fun?
I’ve never been a big fan of new year celebrations. A change of the calendar seemed arbitrary to me and my direction in life. One number change did little in terms of my outlook and drive to achieve anything other than what I had already planned.
I never saw that point to look forward to a new year as it was going to hold the elixir that would bring upon new adventures or prosperity. If I wasn’t already on the path on December 31st then what would January 1st do to change that?
Today is a big day with the college football playoff games going on along with a few other big time bowl games. Hopefully you all are nursing your New Years Eve hangovers and are well on your way to getting ready for the 11 am kickoff of Michigan vs. South Carolina.
The Big Ten is currently 7-0 and it all relies upon Michigan to make it a perfect 8-0. It hasn’t been blowouts in every game but it sure has been interesting. Who knew Purdue could field a team that would beat a desert school?
So, with that I hope you all enjoy the start of 2018 and these articles to go along with your hair of the dog.
Husker season ticket-holders capitalizing on tax deduction one last time | Local | journalstar.com
For Justin Spooner, the pair of seats near the 50-yard line in West Stadium is a family heirloom.
Nebraska rallies in final seconds for first Big Ten road win in nearly two years | Women's Basketball | omaha.com
Nebraska overcame a six-point deficit in the final eight minutes to defeat Minnesota 79-74 Sunday in women’s basketball at Williams Arena.
Orange Bowl: Wisconsin Forces Miami to Break Character in Win | SI.com
Led by its stoic head coach, Wisconsin pushed Miami astray from its winning ways in the Orange Bowl.
No bowl games on New Year’s Eve, but New Year’s Day College Football Playoff! - SBNation.com
Sundays tend to mess with college football’s traditional schedule, but it all works out nicely this time around.
Saquon Barkley NFL draft declaration ends brilliant career at Penn State - SBNation.com
PSU’s electric running back leaves school with one year of eligibility remaining.
Fiesta Bowl score, highlights: Penn State holds off Washington for wild win - CBSSports.com
The Nittany Lions jumped out to a big lead, but had to hold off a furious comeback from the Huskies
Ohio State 24, USC 7 | Defense sends Barrett out a winner - Sports - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
ARLINGTON, Texas — For a consolation prize, this was pretty sweet. The Ohio State Buckeyes returned to AT&T Stadium on Friday night for the first time since winning the first College Football Playoff three years ago against Oregon. The matchup against Southern California in the Cotton Bowl was not in the playoff, and the Buckeyes didn’t hide their disappointment about that.
Why a Clemson LB and an Alabama DB could be difference-makers Monday | AL.com
The role descriptions for Clemson's Dorian O'Daniel and Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick are similar. One is a linebacker. The other is a defensive back.
Rose Bowl: Five things to know for the Georgia-Oklahoma matchup | The Telegraph
Georgia and Oklahoma are set for their Rose Bowl matchup Monday, which is also the first time these two teams have ever played one another.
UCF Knghts...Because you want to know for one more day
POWE: Panel picks Auburn win in Peach Bowl | Sports | auburnvillager.com
During the 2017 football season, The Villager published comments from a focus group about results of the previous Auburn University game and prognostication for the upcoming game. We’ve collectively labeled
Scott Frost’s whirlwind month as coach for both UCF and Nebraska mercifully ending with Peach Bowl - The Washington Post
Frost will see the Knights through the Peach Bowl as he prepares for a full-time shift to the Cornhuskers.
Central Florida joins long line of teams that failed to break college football's glass ceiling - LA Times
Central Florida plays football in the American Athletic Conference, which along with Conference USA, Mountain West, Mid-American and Sun Belt, make up the “group of five” — a lower-tier contingent of leagues comprised of teams that have struggled to break through college football's glass ceiling.
UCF's torrid love affair with Scott Frost to end way too soon against Auburn - Orlando Sentinel
The torrid love affair between Scott Frost and UCF ends way too soon in Peach Bowl against Auburn
Peach Bowl marks Scott Frost's last ride with the program he resurrected | Football | omaha.com
Central Florida, the program Scott Frost resurrected, gets to take a crack at Auburn in the Peach Bowl. After that, it’s on to Nebraska for Frost and every one of
On the Sports Media Front
A year ago this month seven of us sat around a table and raised our glasses. We were a formidable lot — two sports columnists, a sports editor, a sports...