Liberty Bowl, Cotton Bowl and Peach Bowl
Although we are still waiting
for the BCS Standings to learn who will play for the title, the
college football teams to play in the Liberty Bowl, Cotton Bowl
and Peach Bowl are known.
start with the Liberty Bowl. Mississippi State (7-5) will
face off Central Florida (10-3) in the 2007 Liberty Bowl, after
the Bulldogs accepted the bid on Sunday. This will be first bowl
appearance for Mississippi State since 2000, but third Liberty
Bowl game overall, while UCF will play for the first time ever.
Last year's Liberty Bowl game was won by South Carolina, beating
Houston 44-36 with a payout of $1.7 million.
The 2008 Cotton Bowl this time
will see Missouri playing against Arkansas in Dallas. Missouri
accepted the invitation for the Cotton Bowl and will be the
first appearance since the 1970 Orange Bowl. Missouri, who were
leading the BCS and AP Top 25 until their last game dropped all
the way down to No.17 in the AP poll and were bypassed as an
at-large selection for a BCS bowl. Arkansas is at No.25 in the
AP Top 25 poll and both Cotton Bowl teams have a Heisman Trophy
finalist, for Missouri QB Chase Daniel and for Arkansas RB
Darren McFadden. Last year's Cotton Bowl saw Auburn beating
Nebraska 17-14 for a $3 million payout.
And finally, Clemson and Auburn will
face off in the Chick-fil-A Bowl (formerly known as Peach
Bowl) in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on December 31st. They
haven't played each other since the Jan. 2, 1998, version of
this ACC vs. SEC game, when it was still known as the Peach
Bowl. Auburn won 21-17 and leads the series 32-11-2. Last year
the "Peach Bowl" was won by Georgia beating Virginia Tech 31-24
for a $2.4 million payout.