Saturday, December 24, 2005

Reporters' Notebooks

Patrick Obley, Columbia State: Expect to see plenty of empty seats at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Clemson has sold 9,500 of its 12,500-ticket allotment. Colorado? Only 2,000 tickets have been gobbled up by Buff fans.

Joey Johnston, Tampa Tribune: Everything went wrong 20 years ago when Tampa got its bowl game. Now the Outback Bowl is a source of pride for the community. Also, a look at some of the stars of past Outback Bowls.

Joseph Goodman, Miami Herald: Penn State's gameplan for its matchup against Florida State in the Orange Bowl? Get after Seminole freshman quarterback Drew Weatherford (registration).

Jason King, Kansas City Star: Kansas will lose much of its defense, but coach Mark Mangino said the Jayhawks will reload, not rebuild (registration).

Thomas Murphy, Mobile Register: Would it be surprising to know Alabama's highly regarded defense played only one of the best 61 offenses in the nation in 2005? It's true.

Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune: What's it like for Robin Quinn, mother of Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn, to be living in the shadow of the Ohio State Buckeyes?

Phil Stukenborg, Commercial Appeal: Who will foot the bill for this one? Memphis coach Tommy West kept his promise. The Tigers will wear black shoes in the Motor City Bowl, a switch from the normal white the team wears (registration).

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