Oct 22, 2014

Week 8 Team Selection Committee Recap

With another week down, members of the Florida Citrus Sports Team Selection Committee were at the stadium bright and early this Monday morning to talk about game day action and the current landscape of college football. 

In the ACC, Florida State remains unbeaten, handing Notre Dame its first loss of the season.  Victory slipped through the fingers of the Fighting Irish victory when a touchdown in the closing seconds of the game was called back.  In the Coastal Division, Duke is 6-1 after beating Virginia.  The Blue Devils are now bowl-eligible for the third consecutive season.  We also visited Syracuse vs. Wake Forest and Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina.

West Virginia upset Baylor in Morgantown on Saturday, while Kansas State pulled out a one-point victory over the Oklahoma sooners.  TCU had a reason to celebrate, gaining 676 yards against No. 15 Oklahoma State, getting back on track in the Big 12 after last week’s devastating loss against Baylor.  Our committee was also present at the Texas vs. Iowa State game.

Ohio State gave Rutgers their worst loss in 12 years in the Scarlet Knights first Big Ten road game.  Maryland earned their first conference win against Iowa during Homecoming weekend in College Park.  Though Purdue has improved over the course of the season, Saturday’s one-point loss to Minnesota left the Gophers with the lead in the West division.  Selection Committee members also attended Michigan State vs. Indiana and Nebraska vs. Northwestern.

The SEC wasn’t scarce on points in Week 8, with Alabama shutting out Texas A&M 56-0 and Ole Miss scoring 31 points in a victory over Tennessee.  The Missouri Tigers spoiled Florida’s homecoming, leaving Gainesville with a 42-13 win.   We also visited Kentucky vs. LSU.

Aside from sharing game day experiences, committee members received important updates on stadium reconstruction.  The main video board is up and functioning, allowing passers-by to witness the blue light illuminating the stadium at night.  Scouts will be able to take a tour in the coming weeks to see all of the drastic changes made from their initial tour in the summer. 

This weekend, we’ll be at a number of games in our partner conferences: Alabama vs. Tennessee, Vanderbilt vs. Missouri, Ole Miss vs. LSU, South Carolina vs. Auburn, Ohio State vs. Penn State, Maryland vs. Wisconsin, Michigan vs. Michigan State, Rutgers vs. Nebraska, West Virginia vs. Oklahoma State, Texas vs. Kansas State, North Carolina vs. Virginia, Georgia Tech vs. Pittsburgh, and Syracuse vs. Clemson.

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