Monday, December 5, 2016

Here's Some Sports For You

The Camping World Independence Bowl has their SEC vs. ACC matchup. A pair of first-time visitors will be the guests of honor in the 41st edition of the bowl game, Vanderbilt from the SEC and North Carolina State from the ACC.

The Commodores and Wolfpack are each 6-6 and riding the momentum of a two-game winning streak into Shreveport.

The game kicks off at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, December 26th in Independence Stadium.

LSU is heading to Orlando for a New Year’s Eve date with Louisville and likely Heisman Trophy winner, Lamar Jackson. The Tigers and Cardinals pre-game meal will be breakfast thanks to a 10:00 a.m. kickoff.

Louisville was in the mix for the college football playoffs three weeks ago, but a lopsided loss to Houston two weeks ago and a 41-38 loss to Kentucky in the regular season finale sent Bobby Petrino’s squad from the penthouse to Mickey’s house.

LSU will play for the first time with Ed Orgeron as the certified head coach. It will also be the first time the Tigers play with defensive coordinator Dave Arranda serving as the associate head coach. That new title came with a hefty raise---Fox Sports reported Sunday that Arranda will earn between $1.8 and $1.9 million per year for the next three years, a bump up from the $1.3 million he was paid during this year, his first on the job.

Louisiana Tech is bowling for the third season in a row. The Bulldogs will face 25th-ranked Navy in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on December 23rd in Fort Worth, hoping to extend their post-season winning streak to three.

Both teams advanced to their respective conference championships, with Tech losing to Western Kentucky in the Conference USA title game and the Midshipmen were handled by Temple in the American Athletic Conference game.

Kickoff in Fort Worth will be 3:00 p.m. on the 23rd.

In a game that could have been much more lopsided, Detroit blasted New Orleans Sunday, 28-13, sending the Saints to 5-7, two games behind division co-leaders Atlanta and Tampa Bay.

The Lions entered the Red Zone five times in the Superdome, but only cashed in one touchdown, settling for four Matt Prater field goals to keep the Saints in the game. After the home team crept within 19-13, Matt Stafford connected with a wide-open Golden Tate, who outraced a pair of Saints defenders to the end zone to cap a back-breaking 66-yard scoring play.

The Lions defense shut down the Saints running game, limiting the black and gold to 50 yards on just 12 carries. The visitors also did something no team has accomplished in the recent Drew Brees era—they kept number 9 from throwing a touchdown pass at home for the first time in his last 60 games in the Superdome.