10/5 - Georgia vs. Tennessee
Special Guest Blogger: Chick-fil-A Bowl President and CEO Gary Stokan
Can you believe that it’s already week five of college football?
While it’s too soon for our full committee of scouts to hit the road and scope out the possibilities for this year’s Chick-fil-A Bowl, I like to get an early look at as many ACC and SEC teams as possible. The more football we see, the better decision we can make when it comes time to select teams in December.
When it comes to team selection, one of the most common questions we get is, “what do you DO when you’re scouting a game?”
So I thought that this week, I’d answer that question by giving you a minute-by-minute replay of my trip to Athens for Georgia vs. Tennessee.
Saturday, Sept. 29
Depart Cuscowilla in Eatonton for Athens
Stop for a pregame meal at Chick-fil-A (where else would I eat?)
Arrive at University of Georgia; immediately run into Ray Glier, who has covered the Chick-fil-A Bowl for years. His new book about SEC football will be out this fall.
Made my way over to Sanford Stadium and spent a few minutes with Georgia SID Claude Felton. Claude is one of the best in the business and always such a gracious host.
2:15 p.m. ON FIELD (UGA side)
Caught up with Bulldog radio personality Chuck Dowdle. We talked about the future of college football and he congratulated us on being selected to bid on National Championship game.
2:20 p.m. OFF FIELD (UGA side)
Met with President Michael Adams and Director of Athletics Greg McGarity; hard to believe that President Adams is retiring.
2:35 p.m. ON FIELD (UGA SIDE)
Discussed the possibility of Georgia playing in future Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games with Associate Athletic Directors Frank Crumbly and Alan Thomas.
2:40 p.m. ON FIELD (UGA SIDE)
Visited with former Bulldog greats and Assistant Athletic Directors Charley Whittemore and Steve Greer.
2:45 p.m. ON FIELD (UGA SIDE)
Visited with Tracey Wolfson of CBS
2:50 p.m. ON FIELD (UT SIDE)
Met with Associate Athletic Director David Blackburn about this season’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Tennessee’s season and potential future Kickoff Game scheduling opportunities
2:55 p.m. ON FIELD (UT SIDE)
Met with Athletic Director Dave Hart and spoke about this year’s Kickoff Game and the possibility of future dates to play in Kickoff Game.
3:00 p.m. MIDFIELD
Had a quick pregame chat with UT Coach Derek Dooley
3:05 p.m. MIDFIELD
Had a quick pregame chat with UGA Coach Mark Richt
3:20 p.m. PRESS BOX
Hustled up to the press box and spent some time with the folks up there. Visited briefly with ESPN’s Joe Schad to discuss the 7th Bowl game and our chances of becoming a Host Bowl / Semifinal / National Championship Game bowl. (Special congratulations to Joe and his wife, who are expecting their first child next week!)
3:30 p.m. PRESS BOX
Got a few minutes with ESPN radio announcer David Norrie
3:35 p.m. PRESS BOX
Met with ESPN’s Mark Schlabach to chat about the season, potential teams for our game, the 7th bowl, and our opportunities as a Host Bowl or National Championship site.
3:40 p.m. PRESS BOX
Made it to my seat just in time for kickoff. I was seated next to SEC Associate Commissioner Mark Womack, another great friend of the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
As you can see, there’s a lot of people to meet, talking to do and football to watch. We take our selection process very seriously, so appreciate every moment we get with coaches, administrators, media and fans.
This season, I am traveling to games every weekend and have already had the opportunity to watch Texas A&M, Florida, Clemson, Florida State, Auburn, NC State, Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Virginia. But, there’s still A LOT of football to be played and more than 30 games to scout. I have upcoming trips planned to watch Mississippi State vs. Alabama, Alabama vs. LSU, Virginia Tech at Clemson and Florida State at Virginia Tech, so stay tuned for more insider information on our team selection process! I’ll be in Columbia for the South Carolina vs. Georgia game this weekend, so will report back with details next week…..
This week’s predictions:CollegeFootballNews.com
Clemson vs. Texas A&M
Clemson vs. Florida
Clemson vs. Mississippi State