How do you get a young team up for a return visit to the scene of a 56-17 bloodletting suffered less than a month prior? Pass along the answer to South Carolina Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier if you've got it. After his Cocks got slammed by an SEC Championship Game-record margin at the hands of Cam Newton's Auburn Tigers, they're heading back to the Georgia Dome to face the Florida St. Seminoles in the Chick Fil A Bowl.
FSU lost a conference championship game of its own, but it was at least by a much more respectable margin. This is the first time the Chick Fil A has matched each conference's runner-up, meaning it should collect a little more attention than usual. Tickets are starting at $60 online, which is higher than I recall seeing last year around this time.
Star power includes FSU QB Christian Ponder and Carolina's three-headed offensive monster composed of WR Alshon Jeffery, RB Marcus Lattimore, and QB Stephen Garcia. Much more to come between now and game time.
South Carolina Gamecocks
@ Florida St. Seminoles
Friday, Dec 31, 2010, 8:00 PM EST
Chick-fil-A Bowl - Georgia Dome - Atlanta, GA