GAME OF THE DAY: FSU 27, Virginia Tech 22
FSU 27, VT 22
THE GAME: Virginia Tech already had its ticket punched for the Orange Bowl as the ACC representative to the BCS. Florida State had four losses coming in, including three straight. The Seminoles were destined for a minor bowl in a rare off year. However, no one told Bobby Bowden, Mickey Andrews and the rest of the folks in Tallahassee. A staunch defense shut down Marcus Vick, special teams chipped in with a score and before you knew it FSU was ticketed for Miami. Bowden is now 15-0 against Va Tech. Honorable mention goes to Georgia for putting a whuppin' on LSU in the SEC title bout.
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Reggie Bush, USC
THE STORY: Nothing like locking up the Heisman in a huge rivalry game. If there were any doubt, Reggie Bush erased it in the first half of the USC's bludgeoning of UCLA at the Coliseum. He did everything, running, jumping, dancing, hurdling and just plain old dazzling everyone and everything. The brilliant junior tacked on another 260 yards to cap his astounding season. Let's also not forget his backfield-mate LenDale White, who added 154 yards on only 14 carries himself. After a quick stop for Bush to pick up some hardware Saturday in New York, it is on to Pasadena.
MOMENT OF THE DAY: Picture Perfect Rose Bowl
No. 1 USC and
No. 2 Texas
THE MOMENT: Well, the BCS has it right. The dream matchup is on tap as roses were in bloom all over Los Angeles and Houston Saturday. Texas and USC ride into the Rose Bowl with a combined 53-game winning streak, the top combined total in recent memory for a single game. Add in that you will likely have the top three finishers in the Heisman balloting (Bush, Vince Young and Matt Leinart) and Jan. 4 in Pasadena will seem more like July 4 with the fireworks that are on tap. Congress can't complain about this battle at its Wednesday hearing, so guess it will address how the four-loss Seminoles found a home in a BCS game.