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Report: Fiesta, Cotton, Chick-fil-A Expected To Join Playoff Rotation

mrsec-breaking-newsEarlier today, we told you via Headlines that the Fiesta Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl, and Holiday Bowl had sent in bids to join the new college football playoff bowl rotation.  Now, according to ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy, the Fiesta, Cotton, and Chick-fil-A have emerged as “overwhelming favorites” to join the six-bowl lineup.

Sorry, Holiday Bowl.

With San Diego likely out of the mix, the six bowls/sites that have been talked about for months indeed appear to be closing in on their own places at the playoff table.  If McMurphy’s sources are correct — and they usually are — starting in 2014 your semifinal rotation will include:

 

Chick-fil-A Bowl — Atlanta, GA

Cotton Bowl — Arlington, TX

Fiesta Bowl — Glendale, AZ

Orange Bowl — Miami, FL

Rose Bowl — Pasadena, CA

Sugar Bowl – New Orleans, LA

 

Somewhere Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany must be steaming over the rotation’s lack of a cold-weather locale.

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Signing Day 2013: Where The SEC’s Talent Came From

mrsec stat analysis newAlready today we’ve shown you the level of overall talent production from each of the 11 states in the SEC’s geographic footprint.  From 3-star prospects to 5-star recruits to the percentage of tip-top talent in each state that decided to stay close to home, you already know which SEC states had the most big fish to catch in 2013.

But where, specifically, did all of the SEC’s new talent come from?  Inside and outside the SEC footprint?  All degrees of prospects?  High schoolers and jucos?

The chart below shows you where each school went for its talent.  And over the next day we’ll break this information down further and provide analysis for all 14 SEC schools.  But first, here’s an overall snapshot of where SEC recruiters went shopping for their groceries this year (in alphabetical order):

 

  State   ALA   ARK   AUB   UF   UGA   UK   LSU   MSU   MU   UM   USC   UT   A&M   VU   Total
  AL   7   0   6   0   0   1   0   3   1   3   1   0   0   2   24
  AZ   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   2
  AR   1   7   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   8
  CA   1   3   1   0   0   0   2   0   1   0   0   1   2   3   14
  CO   0   1   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   3
  FL   2   4   4   18   5   9   2   1   1   1   4   3   0   4   58
  GA   3   1   3   6   18   0   2   1   1   5   7   3   0   7   57
  HI   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   2
  IL   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   1   1   0   0   0   2   5
  IN   0   0   1   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   2
  KS   0   2   5   0   0   1   0   0   1   0   0   1   1   0   11
  KY   0   0   0   0   0   3   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   4
  LA   2   0   0   0   0   0   12   2   0   1   0   0   3   0   20
  MD   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   1   1   0   0   3
  MI   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1
  MS   0   0   1   2   4   1   2   8   0   10   0   0   0   0   28
  MO   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   11   0   0   0   0   0   11
  NE   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1
  NJ   1   1   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   4
  NY   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1
  NC   0   0   0   0   1   0   2   0   0   0   4   2   0   0   9
  OH   0   0   0   0   0   3   0   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   5
  OK   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1
  PA   1   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   3
  SC   0   0   0   0   1   1   0   0   0   0   3   2   0   0   7
  TN   1   0   0   1   0   1   1   1   0   4   0   6   0   4   19
  TX   2   3   0   0   0   1   0   2   3   3   0   0   22   0   36
  UT   1   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   1
  VA   2   0   0   1   2   0   1   2   0   0   0   0   1   1   10
  Total   25   23   23   30
  32   22   27   21   20   28   21   21   31   26   348

 

Observations

*  The 14 SEC schools snagged prospects from 29 different states in 2013.

*  The only states not represented on the list were: Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

*  Of the 348 players signing with SEC schools Wednesday (or Thursday in Alex Collins’ case), 270 came from within the geographic footprint of the Southeastern Conference.  The league’s 14 programs went outside SEC states for just 78 recruits.  That’s a whopping 77.5% of all incoming SEC players who were recruited and signed from within the league’s borders.

*  The non-SEC states most often raided for talent: California produced 14, Kansas 11 (counting junior college signees), Virginia 10, and North Carolina nine.

*  Every SEC school but Texas A&M signed at least one prospect from Florida.

*  Every SEC school but Texas A&M signed at least one prospect from Georgia.

*  Texas A&M had more in-state signees than any other SEC program, inking 22 players from the Lone Star State.

*  The table below shows which SEC states produced the most SEC signees — high school or juco, 2-stars, 3-stars, 4-stars, and 5-stars — this week.  Florida has added two players since signing day and both were in-state signees, pushing the Sunshine State past the Peach State for the first time in several years:

 

  SEC State   SEC Signees
  Florida   58
  Georgia   57
  Texas   36
  Mississippi   28
  Alabama   24
  Louisiana   20
  Tennessee   19
  Missouri   11
  Arkansas   8
  S. Carolina   7
  Kentucky   4

 

 

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