Rooting for SEC

Published 8:59 am Friday, December 26, 2014

For all us college football fans, this is the time of the year when we’re glued to the television set and dare anyone to try and uproot us from the couch to run errands at Walmart.

If any one of the 38 college football bowl games happens to be on, it’s likely not happening. Maybe we’ll have time to go shopping after the final whistle blows of that particular game. Unless there is another football game immediately following the game we were watching on ESPN.

The college bowl season officially began last Saturday with the New Orleans Bowl. It ends on Jan. 12, 2015, with the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Florida State and No. 4 Ohio State are the four semifinalists.

Ten games have already been played. There have been a few blowouts, but for the most part, games have been close and exciting. That is what the respective bowl game officials had in mind when the matchups were announced.

I didn’t get to Monday afternoon’s live broadcast of the Miami Beach Bowl game between Brigham Young and the University of Memphis. Memphis won the game 55-48. The real story of the game came after the final horn when both teams faced off in an all out brawl. Players were sucker punched from behind and others used their helmets as weapons. You could see plenty of players kicking opposing players who were not wearing helmets.

The NCAA and coaches from both schools have plenty of evidence to sanction offending players. You can bet some of those players will be given stiff penalties by their coaches. And well they should be. It is inexcusable to participate in that type of behavior. It borders on animalistic.

In my opinion, those players who used their helmets as weapons, should be kicked off the team and not be allowed to transfer and play elsewhere. Those players who kicked an opposing player with no helmet should also have his scholarship yanked and be prevented from playing elsewhere. Where is the discipline? Without discipline, things just don’t work like they should. A precedent needs to be set so there is no question what will be tolerated and what won’t be tolerated.

Naturally, watching brawls such as that one always makes it seem worse than it was. Not in this case. It was bad from the start to the finish. Somebody in authority needs to step up quickly and exact punishment on the guilty.

I’m rooting for all 10 Southeastern Conference schools involved in bowls. I’m particularly interested in the bowls concerning LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Of course, I’ll pull for Alabama to win it all.

LSU plays Notre Dame in the Dec. 30 Music City Bowl, while No. 9 Ole Miss meets No. 6 TCU in the Peach on Dec. 31 in Atlanta. No. 7 Mississippi State meets No. 12 Georgia Tech Dec. 31 in the Capital One Bowl.

My predictions are as follows: I think LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State will win their games. Oregon and Alabama will coast in their semifinals, and Alabama will win the national championship on Jan. 12 with a 27-24 verdict over Oregon.

But then again, anything could happen in college football.

Randy Hammons is a staff writer for the Daily News. He can be contacted at 985-732-2565 or by email at